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Our son, a sophomore at the University of North Dakota studying civil engineering and playing football, was named to the 2017 Big Sky Conference Fall All-Academic Team. I think pop culture calls the fact I'm sharing this accomplishment a "mom brag." It takes a village to help one kid land on the all-academic team. I'm proud of the 48 student-athletes from UND who were recognized in cross country, football, soccer and volleyball. Seventeen of them are Hunter's teammates; three are his roommates.
While checking out at Target recently, the checker asked, "Oh, do you have a new house?" "No," I replied. "I'm just organizing at home a bit." She said, "Last year, I moved into a new house and used all of these drawer organizers you're buying as we moved in." "Well I have lived in my house for 10 years and have messy, unorganized drawers, so hopefully this helps," I said. My daughters laughed, and one said, "It's OK, Mom. Ten years ago, you were having babies and traveling all the time for work. You didn't have time to organize drawers!"
Our son played in his first season on the field for the University of North Dakota football team. I learned about what no one tells on recruiting visits.
What do food choices mean for my Thanksgiving shopping and yours? The American Farm Bureau Federation's 32nd annual price survey of classic items found on the Thanksgiving Day dinner table indicates the average cost of this year's feast for 10 is $49.12, a 75-cent decrease from last year's average of $49.87. Farmers utilizing choices in seed technology, such as GMOs, allow us to have an abundance of food choices at affordable prices. Americans spend just under 10 percent of disposable income on food, the lowest in the world, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
One in five adults have considered adoption. Of those, 72 percent have considered adopting through foster care more than a private infant adoption or international adoption. If roughly 47 million Americans have considered adoption from foster care, why are there still 110,000 children nationwide in the system waiting to be adopted? There is a disconnect — but thankfully there are organizations working to bridge the gap between adults who are considering adoption and kids in foster care who long for a forever family.
My grandma came to visit us last week. While chatting at one point, I was sitting in a pink chair that once belonged to my dad's grandma. I mentioned that I plan to have it reupholstered this winter. Then I went to my office and came out with an armchair and set it in front of our fireplace. My grandma smiled and said, "And that was my mother's. She bought in the '40s after the war, when there were better times."
How does a woman from rural North Dakota find herself at the Dole Institute of Politics in Lawrence, Kan., for a discussion group series? As I walked into the standout facility, a tinge of self-doubt entered my mind. Thankfully, a wave of confidence followed and I was eager to share a rural voice in the conversation.
Q: How has agriculture shaped your life?
I've been a mother for 20 years and a sports mom for most of that time. Several days ago, I experienced a new "first" as a college football mom. We watched our son get in on a few plays as the University of North Dakota football team scored a touchdown against Utah in front of 46,000 fans. There were probably 200 fans in UND green in the former 2002 Olympic stadium in Salt Lake City. We lost the game, but the experience was still thrilling and opened a new chapter for our family as college football fans.
My girls recently taught me a lesson about kindness, while raising $503.25 for the local food pantry. With an assortment of doughnuts and four gallons of lemonade, their doughnut and lemonade stand was open for business bright and early on their last day of summer break. This is their second year to raise money for the Wishek Food Pantry.