If you ask Shane what his favorite part of his childhood was, he would tell you all the experiences he had through FFA and 4H. Louie would probably tell you that his favorite times of Shane's childhood were the same. One can only imagine the conversations they had in the barn. They spent countless hours together preparing for show days. Shane learned a lot from his parents through his ag projects.
Fast forward 17 years and you will find Shane in the barn with his oldest daughter. Teaching her the importance of agricultural and responsibility. I can't tell you who was more excited about this new adventure, Shane or Louie. A year later and Pawpaw now had 3 girls to share these experiences with. From picking up feed, to hauling sheep and pigs, to selling fresh chickens, Pawpaw was there. Louie loved raising chickens. He was so dedicated to his family, that he would set his alarm clock to feed those birds in the middle of the night. He was determined to grow the best birds in McLennan county for his 3 girls. He was there every step of the way for the girls and their projects. You could find him crying on the side when one of them did really well. It meant the world to Pawpaw to be able to tell people about how hard his girls had worked on their projects and placed high. Louie loved being with the girls and loved that they were creating memories with Shane and him, just like he had done with Shane.
Every year in February, school age kids come to the Extraco Center in Waco to show off their hard work and try to earn a spot in the Sale of Champions. For the past three years, Louie has been there to support not only his girls, but other students. He knew from experience just how much projects can cost and that when kids are in the barn working, they aren't getting into trouble on the streets. He wanted to help make the dream of raising livestock a possibility for others and would always donate to many other students to help with their next project. The money raised in this fundraiser will be used to help students at the 2018 McLennan County Livestock Show in February.
Louie might not being standing right next to us come show day, but we know he is in our hearts and in Heaven cheering on the girls and all their show friends.