A Labor of Love

First published in The Journal on September 6, 2022.

I hope you took a moment this Labor Day to take a break from the never-ending list of tasks that require your attention and just relax. Taking time to relax is easier said than done for people with a strong work ethic, but rest is extremely important to keep your stamina up and keep your mental and physical health in check. There is no shame in taking a break to take care of yourself. Your value is not diminished because you are taking time to rest.

Labor Day this year is a pivotal point of change for our family as I return to work in a full-time capacity after maternity leave and the school year begins for our oldest child. Taking this period of leave to focus on our family was critical for us and although it allowed a break from the responsibilities of Extension work, a different type of labor has consumed my time, a labor of love in caring for my children and myself.

The Gelley Family

The Gelley Family- Keegan, Christine, Bethany, and Naomi

I want to thank the entire community for their kind words, well wishes, and patience during this time! I also want to thank my colleagues at OSU Extension for helping address the needs of the county while I addressed the needs of my family. I hope we have maintained connection over the past few months through these articles. I look forward to seeing many of you again at community events and Extension programs soon.

It was wonderful to connect with people at the Noble County Fair. Congratulations to all of the participants who were recognized for their hard work! Thank you to all of the exhibitors for showcasing the talents of our county! Thank you to the Junior and Senior Fair volunteers who make our fair function!

As a reminder, if you have questions about topics related to Agriculture and Natural Resources in Noble County, you can consult with me by email (gelley.2@osu.edu) or on the phone at 740-732-5681. Site visits can be scheduled to further evaluate the situation if deemed necessary.

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