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Through the eyes of a 4-H member

Through the eyes of a 4-H member

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Congratulations to Gage County 4-H member, Hannah Parde, Beatrice, who recently was awarded the experience of National 4-H Congress in Atlanta, Georgia.

She shares these thoughts:

We flew into Atlanta on November 29. Welcome assembly featured John Beede, Mt. Everest climber, pushing us to climb our mountains and surround ourselves with people who help and support us. At Saturday’s opening assembly, we heard from U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue and Mason McClintock, Georgia 4-H alumni, talking about his 4-H experience and how it expanded his horizons. Following afternoon workshops, the evening extravaganza was the International Dinner and Dance. Sunday’s inspirational assembly was presented by Manny Ohonme, who founded Samaritan’s Feet, to continue the legacy of love and hope giving the gift of shoes to kids in Africa, encouragement, believing and never giving up; he even came up with a shoe that is antibacterial. Our Nebraska delegation ate lunch at Hard Rock Café. My pick for the afternoon workshops were ‘Be Extraordinary in a Field of Ordinary’ and Coolness of Science. After that was An Evening of Culture, which you cannot describe unless you experience it! Monday’s schedule was the Morning of Service, where I was a part of Books for Africa, sorting and packing books. Awesome in Atlanta Tours, where I went to Georgia Aquarium, was a lot of fun, seeing bottlenose dolphins and white sharks, which we do not have in aquariums here. Final big event was the Congress Gala, where we dropped in formal dresses and heard Japanese singer, Sana; it was a beautiful evening! Each evening was State meetings and curfew for a packed day ahead. Tuesday we emptied our rooms and headed out on the Georgia subway. Finally we came home. I enjoyed National 4-H Congress but didn’t get much sleep!”

4-H holiday workshops

Awesome time for kids to keep in the learning mode as we present three 4-H workshops during the school break: December 30 – Hackaroom Stem Challenge, ages 10 and older, $10.00 fee; January 2 – Virtual Reality, ages 10 and older, $10 fee; January 3 – Babysitting, ages 12 and older, fee is $40. Online registration due December 27; contact the Extension Office, 402-223-1384.

Four gift rule

Grandparents, aunts, uncles, and friends shower us and our kids with gifts, often too many, and too much money spent. All of a sudden, we’re up to our ears in gifts, sometimes unappreciated, and even hard to remember who gave what. In this age of getting and receiving many gifts and lots of stuff during the holidays and all year through, a concept has risen to help set priorities.

The four Gift Rule: Something they want. Something they need. Something to wear. Something to read. And “something” translates to one item in each of those categories. It’s the Christmas Gift Challenge – and it’s not too late to implement this concept as you finish your shopping. I love the idea that less is more. Simplicity is such an awesome way to live as we share with others this holiday season.

Gifts that don’t cost a cent

The gift of friendship. The gift of listening. The gift of affection. The gift of laughter. The gift of a compliment. The gift of a favor. The gift of solitude. The gift of joy. The gift of love.

Living life

Bonnie Mohr, my favorite rural artist form Wisconsin, shares these thoughts, “Life is not a race, but indeed a journey. Be honest. Work hard. Be choosey. Say ‘thank you’ and ‘great job’ to someone each day. Love your life and what you’ve been given. Search for your purpose and do it as best you can. Laugh often. Appreciate the little things. Take time for yourself. Plan for longevity. Recognize the special people you’ve been blessed to know. Live for today, enjoy the moment.”

Simple Inspirations: Wishing you a holiday season filled with simple joys and endless blessings. Happiness is a place between too little and too much. May you celebrate the Christmas spirit every day of the year! Wishing you a Merry Christmas and the best new year in 2020!

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