Showing posts from December, 2019

Enjoying the Simple Things in Life

In September I celebrated a significant birthday – the big 50!   I’m not one who gets too worked up about getting older, I would rather focus on being thankful my feet still hit the ground each morning.   When my husband asked how I wanted to celebrate my milestone birthday, I requested to keep it simple and fun.   After pondering a few options, my party of choice consisted of the following: Guest List:   My husband and myself Location:   Clay County Fair Party Food: Concession Food Birthday Cake:   A Spudnut Doughnut (more concession food) Present:   A $28 ticket to see Maddie Poppe in concert that evening.   If you don’t know Maddie, she won Season 16 of American Idol and is from Clarksville, Iowa. As the celebration came to a close and I reflected on my day, here were some takeaways:   1) you must pick your corn dog stand wisely; 2) a walk through the animal barns resulted in a miniature horse and Holland Lop bunny being added to my “someday” wish list; 3) Maddie is

IBA Board

In May I was selected to be a board member for the Iowa Bankers Association and my 2-year term as a board member started in October of this year. I am honored to serve the association in this capacity, and I am looking forward to the opportunity. Before I was elected to the board, I served on the Legislative Committee for the association. In this roll I helped select positions the IBA would take on certain political issues. I had several opportunities to work with our elected officials at the state level and went out to Washington D.C. once to meet with our federally elected officials. The legislative committee was a very interesting roll and I learned a lot about the association and issues that were important to our industry. The legislative committee was a passion of mine and I will continue to work with our elected officials to advocate for our industry. In my new roll on the board of directors I am looking forward to giving back to the banking industry which has provided me wit

….where the deer and the buffalo roam! Where seldom is heard…..

This past week I got the amazing experience to travel to Montana with my Aunt Jill and my mother Laura. I have always wanted to take a trip out there, especially after my aunt and mom had been out there a few years ago. This trip was filled with new experiences, amazing people, beautiful scenery, and a lot of laughter. When we got to Montana my mom and my aunt Jill’s friend picked us up at the airport in a truck and trailer loaded with a horse.   Needless to say, I felt at home from the beginning. Sadly, the weather did not cooperate with us the first few days. We spent some time seeing the amazing scenery full of mountains, valleys, and all sorts of wildlife. Eventually when the weather did clear up, we got to go riding. This was easily the best part of the trip for me. I could spend my life in a saddle, and I would be happy. We spent the first half of our week at a beautiful ranch of one of our friends, riding, shooting prairie dogs, spending a lot of time with some great