• Jennifer Vincent

    There Are Ways To Help The Hungry

    Michigan Musings

     by Jennifer Vincent
     on January 7, 2014

    I'll admit it, I'm frugal. Maybe a kinder way to say that is I'm thrifty. Not necessarily because I have to be, but because I hate waste… of all kinds. I know it's the way I was brought up. I can still hear my mom saying, "Don't stand there with the refrigerator door open," or "get cleaned up quickly and get out of the shower," or "if you're cold, put another sweatshirt on," or, the ultimate, "eat all that you take on your…

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    The Most Precious Christmas Present

    Michigan Musings

     by Jennifer Vincent
     on December 6, 2013

    Twenty years ago, I asked God for a Christmas gift like no other. Regardless if He granted me this gift, I made a promise that I would continue a tradition I started that year from that point forward. This was a whopper of a gift – one I knew only God could fill. Earlier that year, my husband and I had learned we were expecting our first child. I was 20-something, fit as a fiddle with no health issues whatsoever. So, when the doctor asked if I wanted to have this blood screening test…

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    What Do You Want To Do When You Grow Up?

    Michigan Musings

     by Jennifer Vincent
     on November 4, 2013

    My youngest daughter, Emily, is 17 and a junior in high school, which means we're intently focused on developing a career path and identifying potential colleges. We've been talking about her interests for some time. She loves science and the outdoors. She's also very bright, task oriented and organized. In eighth grade, she told me she wanted to be an archeologist. Ok, I said, and left it at that. But, as she got older, I prompted her to think a little more about her career…

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    'I Do' -- Rain Or Shine

    Michigan Musings

     by Jennifer Vincent
     on September 16, 2013

    I'm going to deviate from my normally ag-focused rambling to share a bit of my personal life. If you haven't already noticed – I have a new last name. On a perfect, not-too-hot day, July20, I married my best friend of the last 2 ½ years, Christopher Kiel. The outdoor wedding and reception was held at our best friend's mother's pond surrounded by beautiful woods. The afternoon wedding was preluded with gorgeous, sunny skies and a weather forecast of the same…

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    Bring The Kids And Head Out To Ag Expo

    Michigan Musings

     by Jennifer Vincent
     on June 17, 2013

    To promote Ag Expo each year, I draw from my archived photos from year's past. In doing so, I came across several photos I'd taken of kids… including several of my own children. I've gone to Ag Expo, every year for probably the last 15 years, and each year my girls would ask to go as the official assistant photographer. I would go at least two of the three days, so I would spend one day with Emily and then one with Elizabeth. Bringing them both on the same day was not…

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    Fly Out Of Michigan And Take A Taste Of It With You

    Michigan Musings

     by Jennifer Vincent
     on April 11, 2013

    Few would argue Michigan's Pure Michigan campaign has been nothing but a tremendous boon for the state. With Tim Allen's soothing commentaries and those scenes of tranquility followed by coffee shops and kids frolicking on Michigan's beaches, who wouldn't want to visit our Great Lakes state? The Michigan legislature has spent millions of dollars on billboards, pamphlets, and radio and television advertising. And, if you've been to Chicago lately, I'm sure…

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    I Bought The Whole Bird

    Michigan Musings

     by Jennifer Vincent
     on February 25, 2013

    Just about any conference I've been to in the last year or so has had at least one speaker make reference to the looming population expansion. Global population is expected to rise by 50% by the year 2050 with an additional 3 billion new mouths to feed. Most of this growth in global population will take place in Sub Saharan Africa and South Asia. Food demands are not only growing, they are also changing as the growth of disposable income in countries such as China and India, will…

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