Do you remember when we were kids and the elementary teacher assigned us to write an acrostic poem? (Was I the only one who liked doing those for fun?) We were assigned a word, such as "SUMMER," and asked to write one word for every letter that held some sort of meaning. I remember doing one about my name and some various holidays. There are so many categories I can think of things to be thankful for, as we all probably can – family, home, provision, comfort, freedom, among the many others. Just for fun, I wanted to write an acrostic for “Thanksgiving” using hobby themed words. Here it goes!
It might sound funny, but I’m very really very thankful for trains. I’m thankful for the railroads throughout our history and present that employ so many hard working people, and I’m thankful for those people who go to work every day and work to make the railroads run successfully. That is not an easy job, so thank you!
H – Hobbies
I am thankful that hobbies provide fun ways to pass the time with ourselves and/or other people along with us. There are hobbies to suit every interest, and it’s fun to find one to pursue. I loved dollhouses and knitting when I was growing up, and today I enjoy decorating and photographing.
A – Airplanes
I am thankful for the people who fly, control, and manage airplanes and the hard work they do. I am also thankful for the dreamers who love to fly mini airplanes in the sky – such as my husband. It is so fun to watch.
N – Nice People
This may come as a shock to some (maybe), but people are not always nice! My dad always told me that some people make us appreciate others more, such as when someone decides to be ugly or hateful it makes us appreciate all the many others (many, MANY others!) who are nice and kind. So I choose to be thankful for nice people, and the others I say a quiet little prayer for and then move on.
K – Kites
Awhile back, I watched the movie “Saving Mr. Banks” about the life of Walt Disney. In the movie there was special singing of the famous song “Let’s Go Fly a Kite,” and to me it is just a reminder that simple joys and time spent with loved ones is more important than a job, career, or any other pressing matter. Sometimes it is better to just go fly a kite and love the moment.
S – Slot Car Tracks
Derick talks a lot about a slot car track that used to be in Marshall, and to be honest it sounds like a lot of fun. So I put that on the list.
G – Generosity
I am thankful for the opportunity to be generous as well as to be the recipient of someone else’s generosity. Someone told me once that it takes true humility to be able to accept someone else’s help with something, and I think that is true. It’s humbling but a blessing at the same time. Someone else gets to give and be generous on your behalf. But I truly believe also that ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive’ (Acts 20:35). If I am feeling down in the dumps, one of the best doses of medicine for me is if I can bless someone else. Then I feel like I have a purpose again, and those human connections are so special to me.
I – Ideas
I am grateful I married a man with BIG ideas and that he supports me in MY big ideas too! Life is too short not to dream big.
V – Value Trains USA
I wanted to put this on the list because our new business venture so far has been very exciting and opened a lot of fun new doors. I am really thankful that this season includes Value Trains USA.
I – Imagination
Recently I have had the pleasure of watching my son use his imagination as he plays with his toys and we play in the backyard. He has such a wonderful imagination and I delight in playing “make believe” with him.
N – Nitro cars and airplanes
I was having a hard time finding something that started with “n,” so this seemed like a decent hobby-related thing to be thankful for because these are kind of going out of style. Electric and battery powered hobbies are more popular now than nitro, so these speak to me of an era that might be disappearing. I am thankful for that era.
G – Go
I am thankful we live in a society where we can just get up and go. If we feel like going somewhere, we generally don’t have to ask permission. We have a certain freedom that many people around the world do not have. I don’t take that freedom for granted. I am deeply thankful for those who made the freedom to get up and go possible – and I’m thankful that physically I am able to get up and go right now as well. I don’t take that for granted either.
So there it is – my Thanksgiving hobby-themed acrostic (poem? Is it a poem if it doesn’t rhyme?). What are you thankful for this Thanksgiving? From Derick, Rafe, and myself, we wish you the happiest Thanksgiving yet, from our family to yours!
When Derick and I moved the hobby shop to the Marshall square in 2015, one of most fun things for Derick was stocking our model train section. He filled it with HO and N scale train cars, locomotives, track and accessories. What began as a small and modest one-room collection...
...grew over time into three rooms filled with model trains.
For Halloween 2015, we both wore engineer hats to hand out candy on the square. We began going to several train shows that year and had so much fun looking at the different layouts, merchandise, and meeting so many interesting people who shared a love for trains. Derick would get SO EXCITED to go to train shows. We came to love the train show atmosphere, and that was part of what sparked the dream in Derick that became Value Trains USA.
In December 2015, the Kansas City Southern Christmas train came to nearby Slater, so we excitedly went to see it. Covered in lights, it was a very merry and fun sight. We left right before the event closed that evening, and we decided to park along the street around the corner to watch the train leave town. We imagined seeing it go by, lights blazing in the darkness, on its way to the next scheduled stop. We waited in our dark vehicle by the side of the road for nearly 3 hours before we decided to check the train’s progress, so we drove back to the Slater depot and found the train in the train shed, tucked in for the night. We still laugh about that memory a lot.
Derick even stopped in Wyoming last year on his way to a car show to see the Big Boy Locomotive in Cheyenne.
Even I have come to enjoy seeing a steam engine or a diesel chugging down tracks, and I probably don’t even need to mention how much Rafe loves Thomas the Train characters and anything train related! Trains connect us to a past era, one where travel was suddenly made faster and hauling large quantities of items from one end of the country to another was made possible.
So Derick began to pursue a dream of developing a made-in-the-USA train car, completely crafted, painted, assembled, and packaged right here in the United States. The process was expected to take less than six months, but due to several bumps in the road, the progress was delayed. But Derick never gave up on his dream. He decided to call his venture “Value Trains USA,” and to unveil the new products at Train Fest 2018 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. We launched www.ValueTrainsUSA.com earlier this year, along with the Value Trains Facebook page so we can keep everyone up to date on the progress with updates and photos.
Train Fest 2018 is next week! After 20 months, Value Trains USA has products ready to be shown and unveiled one week from today. We hope to share our love of trains and to be able to spark that same love in the hearts of many generations. Derick has so enjoyed creating these train cars.
We hope you'll like them too.
The concept of community today can have several meanings. A quick Google search gives two definitions of the word “community”:
1. a group of people living in the same place or having a particular characteristic in common.
2. a feeling of fellowship with others, as a result of sharing common attitudes, interests, and goals.
We hear this word a LOT. In many places there are community centers, community meetings, a community pantries, community agencies, community spaces, and community resources. These are all good things, but while we may have community structures, do we really experience TRUE community?
Hobbies and interests are one great way to find a community. What I love about our hobby shop is that we sell hobbies that in many ways are SOCIAL activities! Here are some examples.
· Grandparents can build plastic models with grandkids;
· Parents and children can race r/c cars together;
· Siblings can go outside and fly r/c airplanes together;
· Grandparents can build a train layout with kids and grandkids;
· Friends can fly quadcopters and talk about life;
· You can join an r/c flying club or railroading club and meet new friends who have the same interests you do.
There is something so rewarding about being around people who share the same interests we do.
I am very much an introvert, so I choose to spend a LITTLE alone time each day simply for my sanity. But I can’t spend too much time alone or I will go nuts! (Although I know other introverts who do better being alone for long periods of time than I do.) For my naturally shy self, sometimes stepping out of my comfort zone to meet new people is SUPER scary, but nearly every time it has been rewarding.
This past summer I decided to attend a spring women’s Bible study at our church. I didn’t really know anyone at the time, and I was REALLY nervous the first night I went. But the ladies welcomed me, and as a result I made several new friendships because of that six-week event. It was scary, but I took a first step and experienced true community.
I cherish the times that someone comes into our hobby shop looking for a NEW interest, and we are able to help them find community with other people who like the same hobbies they do. I encourage you if you come into our hobby shop and are looking for community, let us know how we can help you.
If you have an interest in flying r/c airplanes, there are several nearby flying clubs that would love to welcome you into their group! If you like trains, we have several local people who also love trains. If you like racing r/c cars and trucks, we have an indoor track where we race Mondays and Thursday nights during the months between October and June. They have great comeraderie and a great time, and we would love for you to join us. (If you don't live nearby, we hope you have a community or can go to your local hobby shop to find a new interest and maybe make some new friends!)
Let us help you find and celebrate your community!
Samson R/C Hobby Shop has been around now for 10 YEARS (though not at its current location). Today, it is a place where Derick gets to share his love for hobbies with everyone who walks in the door. We have been blessed with wonderful help (thanks Robbie and George!) as well as many wonderful customers whom we view as family.
But how did the hobby shop begin?
Once upon a time when Derick was much younger, he and his grandpa Raphael Samson (pronounced Ray-feel) LOVED to fly radio control airplanes.
They would spend many hours building them together, and many of their airplanes are now on DISPLAY hanging from the ceiling in Samson R/C Hobby Shop. It was Grandpa Raphael who taught Derick the love of r/c flying. Derick has fond memories of many late nights spent with Grandpa building and decorating their airplanes.
In 2008, Derick opened the first version of Samson R/C Hobby Shop, then called Samson Radio Control Aviation, at his other business Samson Design on North English in Marshall.
It was small and confined to just one room, but as anyone who knows Derick can attest to, he made EVERY inch count!
Derick and I got married in 2015. That summer we talked about what to do with the hobby shop, and we threw around the idea of trying to move it to the Marshall square. Within just a few days, we had rented a space and started filling it with inventory. The hobby shop we know and love today was born.
I got to spend a little time with Grandpa Raphael, but not enough. That fall, he suffered some health problems and in October 2015, he passed away in a hospital room surrounded by his precious family. Before he passed, he had been able to visit the hobby shop on the square one time. He had such a SMILE on his face that day when he walked through the door! I remember how excited he was to see it, and Derick was so excited to show it all to him. After all, if it hadn’t been for Grandpa, who knows if the hobby shop would exist today.
But sometimes it’s AMAZING the way things work. The same October that Grandpa passed away was the time we found out we were expecting our first little bundle of joy. The baby would be a boy that we named Raphael (“Rafe”) after the man who taught and loved Derick so much. Though Grandpa Raphael never got to meet his namesake, we know the two would get along so well if he were here today. But even though he isn’t here today, a BIG part of him is.
We invite you to come see it at Samson R/C Hobby Shop.
Thanks for stopping by! I'm a student turned teacher turned writer turned part-time tutor, postcard hobbyist, and landscape photograph enthusiast. I have zero formal training in photography, but I love the art of visual documentation. I lived the first 30 years of my life in Oklahoma until I made a major life change (long story and I'd love to tell it sometime!), met my husband, moved to Marshall, and became a bonafide Missourian. My husband Derick owns our hobby shop, and we have a 2-year old son Rafe who loves just about everything these days (except spinach). If you ever see me around town with a camera pointed at a sunset, please say hi. I'd love to be friends. :)