Dr. Daniela the Embryologist

The first photo is Dr. Daniela fertilizing some oocytes in vitro (IVF)!!  The next photo is in preparation for what she is able to do in the lab, it is called Ovum Pick-up (OPU), where a technician uses the ultrasound machine and a needle to aspirate the ovaries of cows to ‘pick-up’ the oocytes on them.  Learning how to make bovine babies in a laboratory, it has been one awesome first week!!  From learning how follicular waves work, to how each hormone affects superovulation, palpating ovaries, and learning how to move the cows reproductive tract – mastering these things are just the beginning!

It feels great to be back in the Golden State, and I am enjoying the warmer weather as I’m used to colder South Dakota weather in November.  As one who tends to over-think many things about life, this week was no different.  Not only did I learn a lot of the the details of embryo transfer and in vitro fertilization, I learned a lot more about myself as well — a win, win!  Praying for guidance and looking to make choices that I will be happy with later in my life has always helped me make decisions.  The future is not certain, nor is life.  So I came to the conclusion this week (FINALLY!! …and will certainly need reminding in the future) that I don’t need to stress about my veterinary school applications, the future, or honestly anything.  For many, it’s way to easy to get worked about things that we have no control over.  I know I am not alone on this.  Control, what does that even mean?!  We have to give it up!!!  We’ve got to keep doing our best no matter what we do, and keep learning. 

For I know the plans I have for you, “declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”  —-Jeremiah 29:11

“The reason many people in our society are miserable, sick, and highly stressed is because of an unhealthy attachment to things they have no control over.” —-Steve Maraboli 

“Life is to be lived, not controlled; and humanity is won by continuing to play in the face of certain defeat.” —-Ralph Ellison

“Incredible change happens in life when you decide to take control of what you do have power over instead of craving control over what you don’t.” —-Steve Maraboli

This verse and these quotes are reminders that we need to trust and take a leap of faith each and every day of our lives, no matter if we are young or old.  



Chase Your Dreams and You’ll Find Your Path

This week is a time of change!  The only thing in life that is certain is change.  Everyday we all make hundreds of choices and our choices determine our path here on earth.  Home working on the dairy this week, I’m also spending time with my love, my closest friends and family, and getting ready for another adventure in California.  My time there last summer impacted me greatly and I look forward to spending more time there!  I will be working primarily with Dr. Daniela Demetrio DVM, the embryologist for Maddox Dairy and RuAnn Dairy.  I am certain that I’ll be blogging more about it in the coming weeks.  

It was not a hard choice to head back to California but no one can know exactly when cupid will hit you with one of those dangerous arrows.  A very inspiring individual walked in to my life over a year ago; I met him while I was working on my family’s dairy last August.  Up until a little over two months ago, I saw him here and there and always wanted to get to know him better.  Well it just so happened that he was coming to the SD State Fair this fall where I just happened to be working, and ever since my life hasn’t quite been the same.  I still love my God, love dairy, love my family, love life and have so many dreams and goals that I am chasing.  Romantic love isn’t something that I ever tried to have any crazy expectations for.  It isn’t something one can “plan” for.  As a typical girl I dreamed about falling for someone but I didn’t know it could happen so fast or that it would happen right now!  The greatest part about having a special person in my life is that I know he’s my best friend.  ”A friend is a hand that is always holding yours, no matter how close or far apart you may be. A friend is someone who is always there and will always, always care. A friend is a feeling of forever in the heart.”  Though I am headed to an exciting adventure I am feeling bittersweet about not being near my sweetheart.  It’s hard to part ways but I know that this is how it has to be for a little while.  A true friend wants what is best for you, and wants you to be happy, for you to chase your dreams.  That’s when you know without a doubt that someone loves you.  A friendship that turns into love is the best, I am so grateful for who God has placed in my life and in my heart.  God will always be my first love, but I am so thankful for how this man compels my strengths, challenges me to be greater, but does not doubt my determination or courage to do it, he believes in me and treats me like the woman that God made me to be.  

“The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious.” —John Sculley.  In my life, I want to be the best me I can and look ahead for what I can do for others!  “The significance of a man is not what he attains but rather in what he longs to attain.” —Kahlil Gibran.  As I continue in this adventure, I am excited to keep raising my sights on what God lays before me and pray that as I make choices they will positively impact others around me! 

In January of this year I was blessed to be featured on the Young Dairyman’s page of the Hoard’s Dairyman (HD) Magazine. It was only possible because of the amazing internship I had at Maddox Dairy, because I met the Managing Editor, Corey Geiger, of Hoard’s Dairyman while attending the National FFA New Century Farmer Conference in Iowa, and lastly because Chelsey Johnson, last years HD Intern was a fellow SDSU Jackrabbit. Thank you all!!  I was also recently given a copy of the HD in Japanese, in their April publication my story was featured!  Goes to show just how international agriculture truly is.  The picture above is only one page of the column in Japanese, the article in English took one page, but in Japanese it took a few!  

Take a look into Maddox Dairy through my video blog. A great farm, great family, lots of great people. This is my first video after my first day of work. My excitement in this video is awful, but I am very much enjoying myself!