Christmas in the Country 2015 Gift Reveal!

001-1Here we are again! It is time to reveal what was given in this years Christmas in the Country gift exchange! This is by far my favorite part of the exchange. Through all of the signing up, matching up, emailing, tracking packages and finger crossing, this is the part that makes all of that time worth it.

I really think this year was our best yet and I think I am beginning to see why. Being our third year, we have had several repeat participants. Each time they participate, we get to know them a little bit better and that knowledge of them and their blogs makes for better matching up of individuals.

This year we had 53 Bloggers; 52 women and 1 man. We had 19 states represented, stretching from Pennsylvania to Oregon. We had Bloggers who are dairy farmers, cattle ranchers, agricultural industry leaders, custom harvesters, agriculture teachers, extension agents, pig farmers, photographers, greenhouse operators, row crop farmers, poultry farmers, farm/country women and all around fantastic individuals. I also had three co-hosts who this could not of been done without! Thank you Jamie, Lara and Kirby for all of your help, all of your time and for just being there when I had a question or needed to run something by you. Thank you for everything!

This year we also had delayed packages, packages left in obscure places that took the receiver a day or five to find, a package that was returned to the sender by the shipping company, packages that arrived early and even a package that the family pet got a hold of before sending. I think we saw and or had it all happen this year! Through it all though, we could not of asked for better understanding and attitudes from all of the participants. Thank you to all of them!

This time Lori from Home on the Range Exchange had my name. I love the name of her blog and that she is from Kansas, a place I still refer to as my second home. Lori and I have more in common then similar first names. We both were born and raised on our families diversified farms; she is a fifth generation and I am a fourth. She is an Extension Agent and my mom has been in Extension for over 30 years. She too loves photography and is also very crafty. We both also love to cook. Didn’t I say something about making great matches this year…


Lori sent me some great handmade items, an awesome little cookbook that I can’t wait to use and a pretty new camera strap that she also made. My current strap is just black and works great in the cattle lot or in the tractor cab, but is not very stylish for when I am other places. Now I am set!

Thank you Lori for the lovely gift you sent. You really did take time to get to know me and your gift could not of been more perfect. I wish you the very best in 2016 and can’t wait to continue to get to know you better!

Each of the 53 Bloggers will be adding their reveal posts to a special LINKUP that is open from now until the 12th. Check the linkup so see what I sent to Chelsea of Boilermaker Ag.

Blessings to you,
Laurie – Country Link





11 comments on “Christmas in the Country 2015 Gift Reveal!

  1. theranchwifechronicles says:

    What a great diversity of demographics and 53 bloggers is awesome!

    I am amazed at how similar ag people are across the miles. It makes my smile and warms my heart to know there are others doing what we do and love it!

    • People in agriculture never cease to amaze me! We may do things a little differently, but in the end we all have one goal in mind and that is feeding, clothing and fueling this world. 🙂

  2. J. Rhoades says:

    Thanks again for all your help – this couldn’t happen without you! Lots of love friend!

  3. MNGobbleGal says:

    Love all your gifts – and THANK YOU so much for asking me to be a co-host. I had an absolute blast helping out and getting to know you better!

    Lara – My Other More Exciting Self

  4. Thanks again Laurie for my wonderful gifts! I finally have my reveal post up! 🙂

  5. Kirby Lichte says:

    Yes I love all of your gifts… The exchange is coming to an end. Thank you so much for asking me to help co host. I love the little “sisterhood” that we all share now. Going to miss our weekly, sometimes daily, group chats about things. Hope you and your family have a happy and healthy 2016.

    • Who says our little chats have to stop Kirby?? I plan to keep on bugging about designs for my basement. Thanks for joining us this year! You were fantastic and a great help!

  6. […] part of the Christmas season that I also have put aside is my involvement in the Christmas in The Country gift exchange. I think this is the third year I’ve participated in this fun part of what the […]

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