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10/1/2019 12:01:00 AM
Who I Am

Madison Weaver
Teen Blogger

Just three months ago I would have never expressed myself as a writer. Maybe someone to share my opinion verbally (and vastly) but not someone who would have a notebook full of article topics, sports scores, and grammar rules. In the last three months God has opened up some really big doors in my life.

He has probably laughed at my reaction to those blessings, but I certainly have enjoyed standing in the doorway these few months. If I am being honest, I’ll tell you that I spend a lot more time worrying if the article has enough clarification to express my point than I do preparing to write it. Many nights I have typed paragraph on top of paragraph just to wake up the following morning and delete. It is no rare occasion that I drive down the road in search of the perfect wording for a specific topic.

When I chose the topic of this article, I originally assumed I would explain to you who I was just briefly, but as I jotted down notes to add the article became more than just a small submission.

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On Saturday mornings, you can almost always find my Grandfather and me at Foothills Farmers Market selling lamb, beef, chicken eggs and dog bones - all from animals grown just outside of my home on the farm where my Grandfather works day in and day out. During the school year I attend many sporting events for both of my siblings and my grandfather who coaches JV Girls Basketball and Varsity Softball all at West Lincoln High School.

Most recently, I have been fortunate enough to share the outcomes and highlights of those athletic events within the Lincoln Herald sports section. You may remember reading in an earlier version of “A Moment with Madison” where I explained that I was undecided in my career and college choice. One of my many narrowed down options is to become a sports journalist. That is just the reason why I call this internship with the Lincoln Herald an opened door.

While I’ve always been interested in livestock farming and have dreamed of becoming a veterinarian, I no longer have an interest in working with the animals of others, but instead growing my own stock in the coming years. As time narrows down, I pray so hard to make the decision that will best benefit me.

Lately, I find myself shadowing others in their profession(s) and grow to appreciate their knowledge and patience. As you can imagine some of those professions make me realize I could never see myself doing that job for the rest of my life. Others, well, they just add benefits to the list of options.

During the last few years I have spent numerous hours researching programs and information about various jobs and colleges. In addition to that I have met with individuals who have explained more career options and have given helpful information. As I prepare for the coming years, I understand more and more that shadowing one profession may help with the next decision of another profession.

I recently wrote in a biography submission that, “I spend a lot of time on my farm, at farmers markets and sporting events.” Something that I feel very confident in saying: “if you work towards something daily the outcome will either be extravagant or disheartening. For example, in farming if you care for your animals and tend to their needs you typically end up with nice and reputable livestock. Just as you contribute to your garden, you will more than likely end up with good vegetables. That very statement applies to my life in so many different ways.

I tell you this with the intention to inform you of my plans. I feel I will most likely develop a career in agriculture, sports journalism, or eventually obtain some type of marketing degree. Quite possibly all three. So, the next time you ask why I attend so many sporting events or spend every Saturday morning putting real food in the hands of people I’ve grown to know, prepare for the truth. I do so because I believe I am contributing to my future career.

---If you’d like to contact me about purchasing products from A Patch of Heaven Farm, you can do so at or message me on any of the social media sites below. If you have other questions or comments I would love to hear from you.

  • Facebook: Madison Weaver or A Patch of Heaven Farm
  • Instagram and Twitter: madi5882

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