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Friday, May 17, 2013

Big Night For Drewman

Tuesday evening was the FFA Banquet, for Drewman's FFA Chapter.
Our family has always been active and supported the FFA program.
Going back to my grandpa showing cattle.
My Daddy even had a FFA ring.
My siblings and I were very active in FFA, from showing livestock to speech contests.
The Big Boy followed in my grandpa's footsteps and did very well at cattle shows, while he was in FFA.
He always received top honors with his heifers, when he walked them into the show ring.

This makes Drewman a legacy in the FFA.
Although his role is much different than the rest of us, Drewman has made his way to the top!

Drewman is a leader.

A showman.

A speaker.

A craftsman.

A businessman and entrepreneur.

And a true Man of God.

Sometimes, Drewman is just a goof.

AND like all 17 year olds, he loves to have fun!

This past year, Drewman held the office of Treasurer for his local FFA Chapter.
He sold Blue and Gold sausage, chicken and bacon.
He has shown his broiler chickens at the state level.
He has attended leadership conferences.
He has lead his church youth group in presentations, to our congregation.
He has participated in state FFA welding competitions.
He has always made sure we "Pay It Forward".
He has attended both the National and State FFA Conventions, with his chapter.
He has been selected, as one of seven, to represent our town at Boy's State.
He has always made good grades and been a good steward.
He has been a typical 17 year old, who spends time with friends on Friday and Saturday nights.
Sledding when it snows, playing in the mud when it rains, as well as, hunting and fishing year around.
These past 8 months, Drewman has juggled all that, on top of, being a major help with the house build and our portion of projects going into our new home.
We could not have done it without him!

Drewman is also the entrepreneur of Drew's EGGcelent EGGs.
This is a business he and PaPa started several years ago.
Drewman needed a project and PaPa provided him with chickens.
As the flocks grew, so did the egg production.
PaPa sold the eggs out of his weld shop, until there was enough production for Drewman to take the eggs to Farmers Markets.
We obtained an egg license through the state department and set up Drew's EGGcelent EGGs for it's debut market.
It was a success!
Drewman now has a weekly delivery route to our town and I bring his eggs to work, for pickup, in a town 25 miles from home.
Drewman has over 70 laying hens and several laying ducks.
On average, Drew's EGGcelent EGGs distributes over 30 dozen eggs per week.

In past years, Drewman has gotten hatching eggs from other poultry producers and incubated them.
His incubator burned during the house fire, so this year he purchased replacement chicks. 
25 brown egg layers and 15 green egg layers are due to deliver in June.
It is important to have fresh egg layers each year, in order to keep up production. 

With all this being said, the FFA Banquet was a big night for Drewman!

STAR Agribusinessman!

FFA Proficiency Award in Diversified Livestock!

 Outstanding Junior Member!

The 2012-2013 FFA Officer Team is a group of amazing kids!

They have supported Drewman in so many ways.
I don't know where Drewman would be without them.
Drewman loves these girls like sisters and there is nothing he wouldn't do for them.
Here's the proof!

Not only has Drewman been supported by the officer team, he has also been supported by the members.
Peyton and Dusti are great girls too!

Drewman and his brother from another mother, Cooper.
Cooper and Drewman have grown up together.
Coop is at home in our house as Drewman is in Coop's house.

Drewman's top honor, of the evening, was being named the 2013-2014 President of his FFA Chapter!
This is a goal Drewman set for himself during his first year in FFA.
Drewman never once faltered or lost sight of his goal.

If you remember, the house fire started on the outside wall of Drewman's bedroom, at the A/C unit.
After the fire was out and we were allowed to sift through the rubble,
 Drewman was left with nothing salvageable!
His Blue Corduroy Jacket (the symbol of the FFA) was pulled from what use to be his closet, with burns, holes and melted chard's of other materials attached.
All of his achievement pens were melted or the finish was burnt off them.
Drewman never gave up hope.
He never stopped believing.
He never lost faith.
He never lost focus.
He never lost his smile
He continued in a positive direction.
Drewman took what could have been the lowest point of his life, turned it around and met his goal!

Next year, Drewman will lead his local FFA Chapter to new heights!
He will be a Senior!
He will be taking concurrent college courses!
He will be 18!
Preparing to leave home to further his education, dreams and goals!

We are so proud of you, son!
Keep reaching for the stars!
Stay true to yourself!
Keep God in your heart!
Your family by your side!
Anything can be yours!

Proud Momma

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