It’s Definitely Spring

Hello everyone!

I’m here to brighten your day with cute pictures of adorable baby animals.

On the farm, spring officially arrives when the babies start to arrive… or that’s how it feels. Once calving is in full swing, I know it’s definitely spring, whether the calendar says so or not. And by the time you are reading this post, the calendar does, in fact, agree with me.

This spring has been really, really exciting around the farm! You know, even without the whole Coronavirus thing? Some of the exciting has been not a happy sort of exciting, but a lot of it has!

Did you know?

The chance of a beef cow having twins is around 0.1% That’s one in a thousand!

And, yes, that’s one of the exciting things. We’ve been raising cattle for over 10 years now, and we’ve never had twins born. So we figured they’d have to come sometime.

Well, actually, we did get a pair of twins born last year, but unfortunately, they didn’t survive. That’s why cattle ranchers don’t want twins. It’s much better to get one hale and hearty calf than two dead ones.

It’s not like that for all animals, but for cows, they were kind of made to have 1, and in rare cases, 2. So it’s not something you hope for.

This year, however, we got twins. Not just twins, but two healthy calves, one a boy, and one a girl. They’re adorable. Now that’s exciting!

I didn’t manage to get pictures of them together. Sadly. But I got a lot of pictures of calves and somewhere in there, the twins appear. Separately of course. I think. And I don’t even really know when pictures they are in. I’ll probably ask my younger siblings.

So without further ado, here are the pictures.

**[Prepare for cuteness overload]**

Click on them if you want to see it bigger!

The momma cows really, really didn’t like me getting pictures of their calves. But they were in either the calf shelter area (of limits to the big cows) or sleeping on the other side of the fence. In one case, a newborn was in with his momma in a separate pen, because they’d had a little bit of a rough start. That momma cow was REALLY, REALLY upset about me taking her picture. But I got one.

The momma cows on the other side of the separating panel for the calf shelter area, also did their best to bellow and warn me of their wrath. Didn’t really keep me away, but I did take a picture of them carrying on, so there.

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The calf I found sleeping on the other side of the fence was actually a bit of a miracle. She was really, really, groggy or she would have run right away to her momma as soon as she saw me. But no, she let me get right up to her.

In fact, I wasn’t even planning to go take her picture, but I needed to get through the gate she was sleeping against. In the end, I just climbed through the fence because I didn’t actually want her to wake up. She was just too cute.

Here’s one of her sleepy, groggy, pictures.

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Isn’t she just adorable? This is like the closest you get to a baby calf! Like at all! It was pretty cool.


If you would like to see more baby calf pictures and hear some tips about photography calves without upsetting their mommas… well, check out this post.


Actually, cows are not the only thing having babies around here. We have baby goats too!!!!!! Four of them actually.

[Don’t bother asking how many calves we have around here. The answer is “I don’t know”. We’ll probably have another one in a few minutes 😉 ]

As for the goats, we’ve got one set of triplets and one single!

As is customary, they each have a lot of names. For instance, the single was first named Blackie, but he isn’t quite black, so he was also called Blackjack (after Black Beauty).

He has also been called Big Boy for a while because he’s a lot bigger than the triplets. Now he’s unofficially called Uncle because his mom is the mom of the mom of the triplets, which makes him their… uncle. Weird, I guess, but not really.

As for the triplets, I’m pretty sure their names are officially Sandstorm, Teddy, and Sage.

Teddy and Sage are identical (at least in their pattern), and Sandstorm is the odd one. Which is why I suggested we change Teddy’s name to Basil to match Sage, but I got overruled. BUT IT MAKES SO MUCH SENSE!! Oh, well.

For fun, I call Teddy “Roosevelt” just to be a tiny bit rebellious. I also don’t think Sandstorm matches, but they named him like 3 seconds after he was born and I don’t have a better name, so once again, oh well. After all, it kind of matches. Yes, it mostly matches.

Sage is my favorite. HE’S SO TEENSY!!!! And cute. And completely adorable. Even more in person than through pictures. And I think his name is kind of cute even if I didn’t come up with it.

Enough semi-ranting about kid names.

Time for the pictures. Hooray!!!

**[Prepare to melt with cuteness]**

This is Sandstorm. I actually really like how this picture turned out.

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He’s very handsome, isn’t he? Oh, by the way, all four of them are boys. Yep. All four.

This is Teddy, aka Basil, aka Roosevelt. Yep, Roosevelt kind of matches him. More than Basil, I guess.

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And [most of] the rest of the pictures shall be solely devoted to Sage. Also known as “Sage-y Baby” (’cause he’s tiny).

This is Sage playing on me. Oh, also, I forgot to mention that Sage is the most friendly and cuddle-iest baby, and is also bottle-fed.

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Isn’t he cute? And doesn’t he look so much like a mini version of Teddy?

More cuteness.

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Ahhh *melts with cuteness*

This one shows a little bit better how tiny he is. His brothers, Teddy and Sandstorm, are playing in the background.

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And some more.

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Oh, I forgot Blackjack. Or Uncle. (Or Blackie or Big Boy for that matter). He’s in the foreground in the picture above, but it doesn’t provide a very good view of him.

So here’s one more picture.

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He also had a collar on that was way too big for him in that picture. So yeah. Pretty cute.


“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD
And whose trust is the LORD.
For he will be like a tree planted by the water,
That extends its roots by a stream
And will not fear when the heat comes;
But its leaves will be green,
And it will not be anxious in a year of drought
Nor cease to yield fruit.”

-Jeremiah 17:7-8 (NASB)


God bless and keep you all! Have a peace-filled rest of your weekend. I will be praying for you all, and I mean it.

Once again, God be with you!

 

Prudence and Fear: The Difference for Christians is Love

Yes, today, after not posting a lot, I’m going to talk about the Coronavirus.

It’s definitely a pretty big topic right now, although I haven’t seen a whole lot of posts on it around WordPress. I have a lot of other things I could talk about including snow and all the exciting or not so exciting things happening on the farm. But I’ll save that for another post.

For right now I want to spend this post briefly talking about what is on my heart right now.

It seems to me that early on there were three different primary reactions to the Coronavirus.

The big one was fear. That scary looming thing creeping up out of the unknown. And yes, it’s very real, particularly now that things are progressing more.

Then a lot of Christians responded with Scripture, as they should. Beautiful, uplifting Scripture. After all, how many times does the Bible say not to fear? Do not fear, the Lord is with us, do not fear, do not fear.

But then another reaction kind of crept in: Scorn. Yes, scorn.

Some fears are quite reasonable and helpful. For instance the fear of jumping off of a cliff. Quite helpful, being as you’d probably die if you weren’t somewhat afraid of jumping of a cliff. But really this isn’t fear.

This is prudence. Wise caution. And in the process of scorning fearfulness, some people also scorned prudence.

So we have fear, we have scorn, and we have prudence.

What the difference between scorn and prudence? For Christians it is love.

I understand that the idea of “reckless love” is rather popular right now. But recklessness is rarely if ever paired with Christ-like love.

Christ-like love counts the cost. A person with Christ-like love takes up their cross. They take into account the pain, the suffering, and the loss and consider it worth it.

I’ve thought back a bit to old-time Christians when plagues and sickness came around. There are those stories of the faithful Christians who put their lives in danger just to serve and help the sick, while the rich and fearful went into hiding. Perhaps this picture is filling your mind too.

But this Coronavirus thing isn’t really like that. There aren’t people dying on the streets, there are simply people in the faithful care of brave and knowledgeable health care professionals.

I’m not a health care professional. So the most loving thing to do is to not carry a life-threatening virus to anyone else. Which might mean isolating myself out of prudence. Not because I am cowering in fear or overreacting, but simply because I don’t want any more Christ-less souls to pass into eternal death and because I don’t want my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to suffer needlessly. This is love, not fear. This is prudence.

Don’t believe me? I didn’t just get this from thinking though it. I got it be studying scripture with my family. Here are some key verses.

“The prudent sees danger and hides himself,
but the simple go on and suffer for it.”

-Proverbs 22:3 (ESV) Emphasis added

It’s as simple as that. The prudent see danger and hide from it. The foolish just go on heedlessly and suffer for it.

“Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.”

-1 Corinthians 13:6-7 (NIV) Emphasis added

Love protects. Other translations say that it bears all things. In this case for you it could mean caring for the sick. Or it could mean bearing isolation for a short time in order to protect others.

Do what is prudent and what is truly loving. Those are my thoughts, that is all. More importantly, listen to what God would have you do throughout this time.

 


If you are struggling with fear right now, I have a collection of verses meant to encourage and fight against fear. You can see it and download it here.


 

And if you are one of those people looking forward to being at home for awhile, perhaps bored, you can hope for some pictures of adorable baby goats and calves in the next week or so! That might help cheer you up! Just do not forget the glorious hope we have in Christ Jesus, despite all trials and hardships we face here on earth.

May you have a peaceful week despite everything going on! Cast you fear and anxiety on the One who cares. God bless you!


“Love is patient, love is kind and is not jealous; love does not brag and is not arrogant, does not act unbecomingly; it does not seek its own, is not provoked, does not take into account a wrong suffered”

-1 Corinthians 13:4-5 (NASB)


 

It’s been 2 years.

Hello dear readers,

It’s so crazy to think that it has been a full two years. I wish I had more to share with you all, but really I’m just thankful that you all want to follow and read my blog.

Looking back at my first few followers, I’m so amazed and thankful for those followers who have been with me almost since the beginning.

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Here are some of my first real followers:

Daily Hopeful

Beholding Him Ministries

My Way Home Life

Transforming Waters

JesusLuvsAll

Hannah Gaudette


Thank you so much to those who have been there since almost the beginning as well as those who have just now stumbled across my blog.

God has done so much in my life through this blog. It makes me smile a bit to look back on my very first two blog posts.

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In the two years since February 19, 2018, God has changed me a lot. I’m still very much the same, but when I really look back, God has indeed been working in my life. I’m so, so thankful for that. Thank you readers, for the part you have all played in my blog, and the work God is doing in me through it. I cannot wait to see what He brings in the next year and all the years beyond.


Some Stats:

Current Follower Tally: 299

My 299th follower: The Providential Blogger

Current 2020 visitor tally: 276

Number of countries viewed from in 2020: 23

All time visitor tally: 2797

All time views: 6,169

Total posts: 109

Total words: 91,268


Wow, I’ve written a lot of words! That’s almost two 50K books! And I’m really, really close to 300 followers! It’s pretty cool.

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If you’d like to look around at some of my older posts here’s some for you to look through (note that some of my older posts mention a contact page or other page that no longer exists):


Some Older Posts

My Top Five Favorite Posts:

Let Me Tell You

Thoughts on the Word of God

Where We Belong

The Fear of God

When You Are Struggling With Lonliness

My Top Four Viewed Posts:

My One Year Blogiversary

Life on the Farm and a Little Encouragement

Be Thou My Vision Tag

Go and Tell the Glorious News of Jesus Christ

My Top Three Least Viewed Posts:

Spring Has Come and Around the Farm

Snow

Resurrection Sunday

My Two Most Liked Posts:

What Have I Been Doing All This Time?

Do Our Petty Struggles Matter to God?

My Most Recent Non-photography post:

2019 becomes 2020


Thank you for reading! Have a wonderful rest of your weekend!

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“So let us know, let us press on to know the Lord.
His going forth is as certain as the dawn;
And He will come to us like the rain,
Like the spring rain watering the earth.”

-Hosea 6:3 (NASB)


 

BIBPC 7 Final Category and Valentines Day

It’s another really rainy, grey day around here.

It’s soaking wet outside, and feels rather dark inside.

Which made it a bit of a challenge to take my picture for the final category of BIBPC 7.

This weeks category is Colorful. Easy for some, but not so easy on this particular day.

In my family Valentines Day is one of my favorite holidays, mostly because of all out family traditions. I love holiday traditions, don’t you? 🙂

The night before Valentines Day, my Dad will come home with flowers for all of us girls. On the actual holiday we (aka myself) make a colored rectangular paper box for everyone in the family, each with their respective names on them. Then whoever wants to decorates their individual boxes and the boxes are set on the counter and begin filling up with sweet notes and candy-like items. Finally at dinner, everyone’s box is placed on or beside their plate. We set them aside while we eat our dinner and then everyone looks through the sweet notes and sometimes eats a few of their treats. I love watching everyone see all the little surprises in their boxes! It’s my favorite part.

I always try to make some sort of surprise show up, and this time, while people were shopping or in other rooms of the house, I made heart-shaped snickerdoodles and snuck them into everyone’s boxes. My mom found out a little earlier then I intended as she was filling the boxes with treats of her own, but as it is very difficult to bake something without everyone knowing, I consider it quite a successful surprise.

Only problem: I’m currently fighting/getting a sore throat, which, it happens, doesn’t go so well with candy. So I’ve eaten like one piece so far and probably won’t eat anymore until I’m done being sick. A forced lesson in self-control, I suppose.

Because colored paper boxes cannot be taken outside into the rain to be taken pictures of, nor can anything be photographed inside the house when it is this dark, I decided the only thing I could get a colorful picture of for this category, was the “roses” (this year they were actually red carnations).

Here’s my entry for “Colorful,” it’s about the most colorful I could get it!

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Thank you Daddy, for the flowers!

What do you do for Valentines Day? (And yes, I know I don’t have comments enabled, but you could always post about it on your own blog.)


“For this is the message which you have heard from the beginning, that we should love one another.”

-1 John 3:11 (NASB)


 

Fun with the Goats & BIBPC 7 Category 6

**Warning: Cute goat pictures ahead. **

Hello everyone!!!

It was really rainy again… then the sun came back!

So I decided to go out and get some shots of the goats. Unfortunately…. no babies yet. There might be some soon though.

A miniature baby goat would have been perfect for this weeks prompt from BIBPC:

Gentle.

But as I said… no baby goats yet. So I had to stick with bigger but fluffy goats.

I’m not sure if you remember this little girl?

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Well, that was last year. She grew up a bit.

This is her now.

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She looks almost like a sheep… except for the unmistakable goat-like head.

She’s actually a Nigora, which is a cross between an Angora and a Nigerian Dwarf (which is what all our other goats currently are).

Goats sure are funny critters. And they are a lot of fun to photograph.

I won’t show all the photos I got but here are a few.

I usually shoot on manual, but I was having a bit of trouble getting it just right on the white fur, so I shot mostly on aperture priority for those of you who know what that means. 🙂

When you look at them all together it sure does look like we have a lot of goats! I don’t even remember what our current tally is.

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I kind of like that photo. 🙂

This little cutie has such pretty little blue eyes. I forgot her name. I think they might call her Sunflower, Goldilocks, or Goldie or something. Pretty sure they call her more than one thing. 🙂

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Don’t you love that vibrant blue? Ahhh, I spent so much time trying to capture just the right blue. It looks so pretty though.

And finally, my picture for BIBPC 7 Category 6, Gentle:

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It makes me feel so happy looking at it!!!! She looks so happy, so fluffy, and so gentle!!! She seriously looks like a sheep in this photo. But I promise you: she really is a goat. A Nigora goat. (Ever heard of Mohair? Yeah. That’s were that stuff comes from).

(Here’s the small one):

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I love how the lighting went, too. 🙂

Alright, I better wrap up now!

I hope you are having a great week and that my pictures of cute goats brighten you day!

Have a great Valentines day!


“They who dwell in the ends of the earth stand in awe of Your signs;
You make the dawn and the sunset shout for joy.”

-Psalm 65:8


 

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*All photos in this post and anywhere on this blog belong to me and cannot be used without permission. BIBPC counts as permission.

**All scripture quotations are from the NASB translation unless otherwise noted.

A Surprise (aka BIBPC 7 Category 5)

Looking at Megan’s prompt for the week over at BIBPC 7, I was a bit dismayed.

The word was “Surprise.” How am I supposed to do that? The rain was dragging on all week, making it perfectly impossible to photograph anything but grass, dirt, and grey skies. Which is anything but a surprise. So I was going to make an attempt at convincing one of my siblings to make a surprised face and let me capture it. Then that fell through….so I was like…what next?

Nobody is having a birthday right now. No surprises. Nothing surprising. Really just…rain.

But then….

I had a surprise. Remember the grey skies and rain I spoke of? Yep.

The sun came out.

And I was like, YAY!!!! But, wait, what am I going to take a picture of? The sun? It actually makes for a very boring, although pretty picture.

So I was sitting (or rather standing) in the beautiful sunlight with my camera in hand, about two or three feet from a bird feeder. Wondering what to take a picture of next. And making incomplete sentences.

Then something strange happened. I have sat for a whole hour in front of those bird feeders waiting for a bird brave enough to go to the feeder and stay long enough for a picture. And that was like 10 feet away. And I don’t have a zoom lens, so the pictures I did manage to take where a bit far away.

And then… two or three feet away, a bird came right to the feeder while I had my camera in my hand and STAYED there long enough for a picture.

What a surprise.

So now I present to you my entry for Boring Into Beautiful Picture Contest the 7th, Category Five [SURPRISE!]:

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Thank you birdy! You have a lovely coat of feathers!

Here’s the smaller version:

(If you are on the Reader you won’t be able to tell the difference btw).

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(Isn’t the sunshine beautiful?)

I’m so thankful for the sunshine today and for all of God’s little surprises!

Have a blessed and peace-filled Sunday!


“Blessed be the Lord, who daily bears our burden,
The God who is our salvation.”

-Psalm 68:19 (NASB)


 

BIBPC 7 Category 4

Hello everyone, it’s been a crazy busy week. In fact it’s been so busy that I missed BIBPC Category 3, which was sad cause it was a really cool prompt.

At some point I will be posting a more substantial post. I do not have time at the moment, but I will work away at it, and sometime it will arrive. Sometime.

But for today, I just have one thing for you: a lopsided stack of books!

Yep, the photo prompt this week is “Lopsided.” And so I decided to make the most lopsided stack of books possible. And take a picture of it. Funny how hard it was to do both those things. Because a lopsided stack of books… well… it doesn’t stay that way. I guess it’s called gravity.

Here’s my picture, taken just seconds before all the books collapsed onto the floor.

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(smaller version)

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And seconds later…

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This was pretty fun!

Hope you’ve been enjoying these posts as much as I have!

Have a blessed week!


“Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.”

-Philippians 4:8 (NASB)