What Do You Hunger For? 

A. W. Tozer once said, “we are all the sum total of our hungers.” James Allen in his book, As a Man Thinketh, states that “the soul attracts that which it secretly harbours; that which it loves, and also that whih it fears; it reaches the height of its cherished aspirations; it falls to the level of it’s unchastened desires–and circumstances are the means by which the soul receives its own.” Most all of us want more out of life yet he also said this of us as humans, “men are anxious to improve their circumstances, but are unwilling to improve themselves; they therefore remain bound.”
Contentment is an important virtue but contentment with our inward state in relation first to our spiritual growth and then our growth as human beings spells inward blindness. You see if we believe we have arrived we will not go any farther because it would be foolish in our eyes to waste time on such things. It can be easy to believe we have arrived when we have not. The key is this, we never arrive. Cultivate this mindset in your spiritual life and your personal growth. It will take you higher and further than you or I can imagine.  So what do you hunger for?  

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What it’s Like Becoming a Snow Bird at Age Twenty-Four

Spending more time at Maddox Dairy and RuAnn Dairy training here in California this winter has me questioning, “It is really December?! I mean, I’m used to Carhartt’s, stocking caps, wool socks, snow boots, frozen snot, and frostbitten cheeks by now?”  I have to chuckle when I put on my layers in the morning here for the 40 degree temperatures.  There is no questions that it is chilly in the mornings here as well, but I know where it’s A LOT colder!!  Don’t take my words the wrong way, I am definitely not complaining.  Escaping some of the South Dakota winter weather is one thing I thank God for every day that I am here!  

Recently I have been training about 3 days of the week with Dr. Daniela, DVM Embryologist, and 2-3 days breeding cows with the breeders Ismael, Julio, and Robert.  I am doing my best to keep their outstanding conception rate up as artificial insemination (AI) isn’t necessarily my forte in dairy at this time.  (But I do have confirmed pregnancies at my home dairy!)  That’s why I am doing more and more of it, practice makes perfect!  Practice, practice, practice!!  I’ve learned quickly that understanding the bovine reproductive tract takes time, and a lot of patience.  As I learn more about embryology and AI simultaneously, palpating (examining by touch) numerous cows has developed my ability and confidence for artificial insemination, and taught me how to detect a corpus luteum (hormone-secreting structure developed on the ovary after ovulation, degenerates if pregnancy does not occur) or follicle (contains the oocyte prior to ovulation) on the cows’ ovaries.  Last year I wrote about embryo transfer and the reasons why I believe many cattle and people in the dairy industry benefit from it.  However I haven’t written as much about dairy reproductive management because I honestly have much to learn about this particular segment of the dairy world!  If a heifer doesn’t have that first baby, she will never produce milk.  That’s basic biology in mammals!  What should you learn from that: reproductive management on any dairy is a top priority to keep cows producing high volumes of milk!  In the coming weeks I hope to share more about what I have learned about dairy reproductive management, embryo transfer, and ovum pick-up procedures and the integral role they have in keeping dairymen and women in business!  

Lastly, if you reside in a frozen state quite literally at this time—my thoughts prayers go out to you!  I am soaking up all the warmer weather I can before I head back to South Dakota in a couple weeks!  Stay warm and keep smiling, spring always comes eventually!