Feeding bucket calves, running from opossums in the chicken feed, loading finisher hogs, and feeding heifers for her uncle were among the first of Hannah’s animal encounters. Once she was old enough to drive, she started feeding calves for a neighboring dairy. Compared to the beef calves she had been used to bottle feeding they appeared sickly and skinny, but she eventually did learn to love those Holsteins and spent countless hours in the milking parlor.
Although landscaping used to seem as pointless to Hannah as decorative couch pillows, nine years around the local greenhouse, Grimm's Gardens, taught her that there is little more satisfying than watching the transformation of a plant and attempting to help it reach its full potential.
While at Grimm’s Gardens, Hannah traveled the Midwest installing agriculture irrigation systems. It was through these experiences she learned to say "I'll try." Fluently running an excavator and pulling a trailer through busy cities had been among the top of her "never will I ever" statements, but now they are among her "sure, any day" replies.
Believing that she was fearfully and wonderfully made, she chooses to be thankful for the gift of Cystic Fibrosis her body was given to manage. This, more than anything, has taught her that a rose is most beautiful if it has thorns.
Today she is also grateful for the opportunity to work with Apogee and be shown a deeper understanding of caring for the animals we were given responsibility over. For, after the encompassing love towards her Creator, they rate right up there with her love for family, friends, and sunshine. And, when a day’s work is done, she always looks forward to being home where her dog, Jeb, and his ball greet her with anticipation.
"It is God that girdeth me with strength and maketh my way perfect. He maketh my feet like hinds' feet and setteth me upon my high places."
Emily Fehr is a senior at Prairie Meadows Private School. She is an outdoorsy gal who loves animals and riding horses. Emily is actively involved in 4-H, which she greatly enjoys. Apogee is excited to have her on the team!