Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Kid Cuddles

Our goat kids entertain, play on, and snuggle with visitors, whether they be kids or grown-up kids. Unlike cow mamas, goat mamas don't mind strangers playing with their babies. Maybe that's because goats think that they're people--or that people are goats.























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"The only thing that counts is faith expressing itself through love." ~Galatians 5:6 NIV

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Waylon, Willie, and Seely

Meels proudly presents her new triplets! 





That's Waylon on the left and Willie on the right. Their little sister, Seely, is in the middle. If you're an old country music fan, you already know that they're named after Waylon Jennings, Willie Nelson, and Jeannie Seely.




They're living up to their names. Seely is smart, fun, and feisty. Waylon and Willie have already escaped from their pen to run wild around the barn--three times. Maybe we shouldn't have named those two after ramblers and good ol' boys.


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"You have taken account of my wanderings;
Put my tears in Your bottle.
Are they not recorded in Your book?" ~Psalm 56:8 AMP

Thursday, May 11, 2017

All Little Kids Love Playgrounds

Calico and Ariel love to play on their tractor tire/jungle gym/circus arena/launching pad, especially when they have an audience.




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"If we wait until we're ready, we'll be waiting for the rest of our lives." ~Lemony Snicket, The Ersatz Elevator (A Series of Unfortunate Events, #6)

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Mork and Mindy

Moey's a brand new mama, and a most devoted one. As of this writing, her kids have only been on terra firma for 21 hours, but Moey has bathed each of them so often that they haven't yet had a chance to completely dry. When she's not washing the twins, she's curled up beside them, telling them how much she loves them. Moey hardly even stops fussing over them long enough to eat, which, if you know her, is more than remarkable! 

  

For now, Mork (left) is smaller than his sister, Mindy. 
The umpteenth bath.


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"You don't have to be awesome and do everything. You simply have to believe that the One who is Awesome loves you through everything." ~Ann Voskamp, The Broken Way

Thursday, May 4, 2017

The Next Best Thing to Grandkids

Introducing Blueberry's new kids, Calico and Ariel! The first four pictures were taken when they were just a few hours old; in the last, they're about 8 hours old. I've taken lots more photos, of course, which I'll probably be sharing with you ad nauseum.

























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"No cowboy was ever faster on the draw than a grandparent pulling a baby picture out of a wallet." ~Author unknown

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Chrysanthemum

Chrysanthemum wasn’t always Chrysanthemum.

When Pansy gave birth to a dainty, lively little heifer, we named her Aster. Happily, Aster was up on her feet and nursing within minutes. “She’s a smart one,” Hubby remarked. Other newborns were arriving, one of which was having trouble standing and nursing, so I didn’t get a chance to take Aster’s baby picture until evening. That’s when I noticed her face.

For one thing, Pansy still hadn’t licked the pink and yellow birth fluids from Aster’s face, something that mama cows usually do right after delivery. Second, Aster’s nose looked too skinny because it lacked the normal amount of fluff. What hair she did have was fine and short.

We wondered if perhaps Aster was born prematurely, or even if she had some milder form of birth defect known to occur in Herefords, in which calves are born with little to no hair. Aster had more than that, but we worried about sunburn and cold. Was she smart enough to stay in shade or shelter when needed?

We prayed, and I rechristened her after the fluffiest flower that I could think of: Chrysanthemum. 

In many respects, Chrysanthemum is strong and healthy. She loves playing with her siblings and can run faster than most. (Less wind resistance?) Her face has gradually gained fluff, although she still doesn’t have enough hair around her eyes.

It irritates me that Pansy never has licked her heifer’s face clean. A cow pasture isn’t spic and span, but the other mamas wash their babies several times a day. I don’t know if she’s embarrassed of Chrysanthemum or just a slob.

What Chrysanthemum lacks in beautiful locks, though, she makes up for in smarts and style. One cold, rainy, windy morning when Hubby was feeding the herd, he watched Chrysanthemum come out of the calf shed. Instead of heading into the wind-propelled rain to get to the hay, she promptly turned and backed all 75 or so feet to breakfast. He was impressed.


        1 DAY OLD


1 WEEK OLD


                                                                                                  3 WEEKS OLD         


TODAY (5 WEEKS)



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"Let your hope keep you joyful, be patient in your troubles, and pray at all times." ~Romans 12:12  TEV

Monday, April 24, 2017

Molly and Butch

Molly's sweet face really is this white. Thanks to Fancy, her mama, Molly may very well be the cleanest person on this outfit. 

When these pictures were taken, Molly was just hours old. Her legs swiveled every which way but loose, but they've since straightened up.





Pearl blessed us with Butch (as in Cassidy), a fun-loving little outlaw. Case in point: Pearl provides him plenty of milk, but Butch tries to sneak up on other cows to see if he can steal a drink of theirs--just for kicks--which he often gets.  




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"If your problem is too big for you, it's just the right size for God." ~Steven Furtick