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shelli Mader: Road to Ranching 5-13-13

May is a big month for my family this year. This week marks my husband and my 10th year out of college. It’s exciting that we are actually heading up to Laramie, Wyo., to celebrate. My youngest brother is graduating with a B.S. in ruminant nutrition on Saturday and the whole family is coming to watch. I only wish my husband and my favorite college-days restaurant, Wingers wasn’t closed down! University of Wyoming students these days don’t know what they are missing.

My husband and I are also celebrating an even bigger milestone this month — our 10th anniversary. These days any big wedding anniversary is definitely worth celebrating — I know many people my age who have already been married and divorced, so I am very thankful my husband and I are still together!

Back in 2003 my husband and I added post-graduation stress to the family by getting married just two weeks after college graduation. It was a whirlwind of activity, but I just couldn’t stand the thought of not living in Colorado Springs with my husband for any longer than those graduated, but unmarried two weeks. This summer, my brother and his long-time girlfriend are getting married too, but they are giving my folks a little more time — the wedding isn’t until August.

This month is also a celebration of living in Scott City for a year. Maybe it is because we live inside of the town, or the fact that Scott City is a lot smaller than Hays, but we have seemed to make friends in the community quickly — it took a couple of years to feel settled in Hays and in Colorado Springs.

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When we left Hays last year, I was sad about leaving friends, a community we enjoyed and a church we were involved in. Unexpectedly, Scott City has provided us with even more friends, a great school and a church we enjoy even more than the one we left behind.

We are planning on staying in Scott City in our little duplex for one more year. After that, we don’t know what the plan is (and that’s a little scary). But if I have learned anything from the past 10 years, it’s that things have way of working out — even if it takes years to see it. I know that if God allows something in your life it is usually to improve your character or provide a stepping stone to something even greater. On the hard and confusing days I have to remind myself that everything works together for good (I’ve had more not so good times than I care to remember) but I know it is true. I’m excited to see what the next year brings! I hope that you feel the same way about the next year of your life!

For now though, I am going to enjoy all of our current May celebrations and look forward to the next one — a new nephew due any day now. ❖

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