In our opinion, you should have the opportunity to experience as many things as possible. Track, basketball, dance, class officer, piano, fair queen, volleyball, 4-H, FFA, Student Congress, volunteering; between the four of us we’ve done it all. Most importantly, we do not have to win at everything. Nothing makes your work harder than the feeling of defeat. By trying, you also realize what you are good at. Lexi never did sports, but excelled in many leadership programs. Macy could never dance well, but is running at the state track meet today. Kenzi doesn’t enjoy school, but can flip and fly like she was born to do just that. And Leah is young enough were she gets to start trying things out to see what her specialty will be.
Showing livestock is the one activity that all Marek girls participate in. At the 2013 Washington County Fair, the Marek family exhibited 21 animals in 4 days. This does not include taking many non-livestock projects to be judged and Heather ran the queen contest. The week was crazy, nothing won grand champion, but not many other families can say they have shown cattle, pigs, sheep, and goats. At the end, we wanted to either kill eachother or die from exaustion. We will never take 21 animals again, but it made for a good story and one heck of a picture.
Our family saw the opportunity to gain experience, and we took it. If you have a crazy opportunity in front of you, we encourage you to take it. You never know who you will meet, what you will learn, or the memories you will gain. This year, our farm is full of cattle, pigs, and goats. We are blessed for the opportunities we have, we thank the Lord for the experiences we get as well as great times and good health. And yes, we will see you at the fair, with almost 20 animals!