My wife was talking with her sister on the phone last night, and commented about something I was involved in. She had no idea I did that. So I thought I'd kind of put down in one place the various things I'm involved in. First of course is the family. I'm Dad of 3, grandfather of 2. Which doesn't include several third daughters. Maybe that needs a bit of explanation.
We have 2 daughters. But daughters have friends. Sometimes close friends. And some of those friends are almost like daughters. I started to include a few photos, but I'm afraid I'll not have one of someone and leave them out. But these are my third daughters. I have several. We saw one last night at a restaurant who came up and gave us a big hug. Can't get too many big hugs.
But anyway, our family is not like most. We get together every year for a big family reunion ... a multi-day reunion with campers and motorcycles and 4 wheelers. It's a little overwhelming for the potential new family member to experience the first time.
But that takes some of my time and involvement. Because even though I am a dad and granddad, I am also a son and brother and nephew and cousin.
I am also a farmer. Now, some farmers are in the enviable position of having lots of free time in the summer and winter to go do whatever. We are a cash grain farm, but between irrigation and a few other things we don't have bunches of down time.
For several years I worked off the farm in the winter delivering propane with a friend of mine. That has kind of slowed as dad has started moving toward retirement and I have taken over the farm.
I am also a Christian, and member of my local church. Well, I do a little more than that. I am currently a Sunday School teacher (I team teach 4th, 5th, and 6th graders with 2 other guys), elder, Chairman of the missions committee, and church clerk. And next week I am a group leader for VBS. I think that was the term. What it means is I'll be right in the thick of things with the kids. Visit our web site at www.wucc.us Guess who is in charge of that as well ?
I'm a member of my local volunteer Fire Department. As of last Tuesday I am the Assistant Chief. I asked for a job description and everyone laughed. I was serious! Over the past few years I have been the guy responsible for grant writing and fulfillment, and this past winter took over the online filing of reports.
Its not always fun and firetrucks.
For many years...in fact since before the beginning of it...I have been involved with our local library. I'll put West Union's library against anybodies and we'll shine. From the size of our collection versus our tax provided income, number of patrons using the library per hour it is open, per capita circulation, any standard you want to use our library is outstanding. But I became so involved in so much I had to cut something out. And my leaving would have the least impact on the library at this time.
So that is a brief description of some of the things I do. Now if you'll excuse me, I feel exhausted. I'm taking a nap.
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