I will advise you and watch over you." -Psalm 32:8
It is difficult to understand why you take the paths you do and why you meet the people you do. However I do believe that God has a great deal to do with where you go, and the people he puts in your path.
When we moved to Nebraska which was a huge and very rewarding journey. Many people would say to us, "you don't know anyone there?" That is a true statement, we didn't know a single person. But wouldn't you know, within a few months we met several very wonderful people and all for very good reason. About a mile and half from the feed yard is Fairview Vet Clinic with two wonderful veterinarians Dr. Becky and Dr. Martin, that we started using for our vet work at the feed yard. Then one day a guy named Jeremy drove in and became our nutritionist. Jeremy would stop by often helping Jake make feed decisions. I soon found out that Dr. Martin and Jeremy were father and son. It is a small world.
Jake and Jeremy soon became friends and would spend hours on the phone "solving the world's problems". Most of their discussions are confidential. Jeremy taught Jake how to manipulate an excel spreadsheet and Jake introduced Jeremy to Big Iron. Jake soon began talking to me about asking Jeremy and Gail to partner with us on our feed yard.
I read a book that National Cattlemen Beef Association gave to Jake on the Young Cattlemen's Conference called Riding for the Brand. The book tells a story of developing partnerships and why it is important.
Gail and I have become friends, talking on the phone several times a week. She has let us bunk in with her and her family on our trips to Nebraska. We share long talks or brief conversations depending on the mood of our children about our children, the feed yard, taxes, Quick books, Husker football, the Buckeyes, were we want to vacation to, and our husbands' crazy ideas. I enjoy our talks and have come to realize we have a lot in common and share the same views on many things.
Thanks for everything, Martin Family!