Life on the Farm, a Little Encouragement + I Got Tagged!

[*****Disclaimer: This post may contain many pictures of teeny, adorable, cute little baby goats. If you cannot handle the cuteness, I do not recommend reading this post. I am not responsible in any way for any possible results of looking at pictures of adorable baby goats. You have been warned.*****]

Life has been a happy kind of busy lately. It is most definitely officially spring! The rain brought the official announcement.

The farm in the spring is probably the busiest it could be. So many baby animals!!!!

Just last night our doe Mirabelle had triplets! Which was a little surprising since it is her first time having kids and she is a pretty small doe. They were tiny little baby goats! One of them is even smaller than the rest, and I think she is the teeniest baby goat I’ve ever seen. Some disagree with me and say that Chibi was just as small. She was pretty small.

The smaller, lighter one in this picture is Chibi. You can see more pictures of her in this post.

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We already had 9 baby goats before three more came last night.

Let’s see if I can get all their names right.

Henrietta had twins. A boy and a girl. The boy is named Cyclone. The girl is named Marietta.

I never really got out to take pictures of them, but I’ve been teaching my sister how to use the camera and I let her go out with it. She’s getting good at this! A lot of the photos in this post were taken by her and then edited or slightly adjusted in Photoshop by myself.

This is a picture I took of my sister earlier this year when we had snow. She put on the ski eye protection thing for fun.

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This is Cyclone. He’s a spunky boy.

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This is Henrietta with her little look-alike kid, Marietta. Doesn’t Marietta look like a miniature version of Henrietta? This happened last year, too. See this post.

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Marietta. Don’t you love the little daisy? My sister was holding her while my mom was taking pictures, and she asked my mom if she could take a picture with the daisy behind her ear. This is one of my favorite pictures in this post.

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Cyclone

Next comes our doe Strawberry. She had triplets. Their names are…..um…..let me think.

I asked my younger brother. He says their names are………

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My little brother’s getting big

Let’s see……two girls and one boy. Cranberry and Blackberry are the girls. Miso is the boy.

This is Miso. Isn’t he cute?

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My younger brother says “He’s like one of my favorites!”

This is Blackberry and Miso. This one wasn’t the greatest picture.

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Blackberry and Miso

This is Cranberry

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Cranberry

Both pictures below are of Blackberry

Fudgesickle and Chibi have grown a bit! They are the big goats in the picture below. The baby goat is Cranberry.

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Our Angora goat, Courtesy or “Tessy” (also known as “Curd-bird”……….yeah she’s got a lot of funny nicknames) had babies too! We bred her to a Nigerian Dwarf (which is what most of our goats are) so the results were super cute “Nigoras”! Check them out.

The darker one is a boy named Gandolf, and the white one is a girl named Pearl. Their little half-floppy ears are so cute! (I promise the white one isn’t a baby lamb. It really is a goat.)

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Miss Buttercup also had kids. She has two: one is a boy and one is a girl. The girl is named Aster, and I think she’s probably my favorite.

(This is one of the photos my mom took)

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Aster

Her brother is named Orion.

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Aster and Orion snuggled up together

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Now that we’ve finally got past the nine older kids (in case you didn’t know, baby goats are called kids), we can finally move on to the kids that were born last night.

Mirabelle, as I said earlier, had triplets last night. They’re so tiny!!!!! I don’t have pictures yet, but here are their descriptions:

The biggest one is a boy. He is classic buckskin pattern: tan and brown with white highlights and markings. He is the big boy and is just about as big as other newborn baby goats. His name is Killarney (after the town in Ireland: his dad’s name is Dublin).

The middle sized one is also a boy, and he has REALLY cute markings. He is mostly black with some lighter brown highlights and markings, mainly on his legs. He has white sprinkled around his face and on his ears, with a larger white spot on the top of his head. His name is Oxford.

Finally, the wee little one. She is a girl (obviously) and she’s SOOO teeny. Her cuteness just melts my heart. She’s so cute! She’s sort of a lighter buckskin pattern with a more sandy-white brown color. Her head is a darker brown, and around the base of her ears she has, like her two brothers, a sprinkling of white. Her name is Lyra after a constellation. We combined her mom’s name with her name to make “Lyrabelle”. It sure is cute.

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Actually, I found a picture my mom took of them late last night. You can’t really see just how small they are, but it works. You also can’t really see Oxford’s brown because most of it is on his legs.

As you can see, Killarney is almost two times as big as Lyra. To give you a little perspective, I can reach from her hind end to the top of her head with my hand alone. If I stretch out my hand, it reaches about twice as wide as she is.

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And now, just for fun, here’s a picture of our La Mancha goat, Diamond. I loved this picture.

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Speaking of baby animals……..we’ve been having a lot of calves lately. I’ve got no idea where the current tally is for spring calving.

We had a sort of sad occurrence here on the farm, although it has brought about something a bit exciting.

We had a calf orphaned. His momma must have died shortly after he was born.

😦

So now we’ve got a bottle baby calf! He’s the cutest most adorable little (or not so little) calf I’ve ever seen.

My younger sister and I are taking care of and feeding him. My sister has always wanted a bottle-fed calf and now she has one!

His name is Oliver. But my sister would probably say his name is Marco (it’s not). I think Oliver matches him.

Someday I’m sure we will be tired of giving him his bottle. Someday he’s gonna be a pain when he gets REALLY big and steps on our toes. But we love our little calf.

Excuse me. I must correct myself. He is not a “little” calf. He’s a BIG little calf. He sure is one chunky, muscular, healthy bottle fed calf. He is four days old today. He was born on Tuesday.

So of course, I have pictures. I think he’s grown a lot in the last two days since I took these pictures………he’s really rambunctious now. And energetic. He’s been kicking and hopping all around everywhere.

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Oliver eating his breakfast

As the title of this post says, I have been tagged! Thank you to Purple Rose from CONFESSIONS AND THOUGHTS OF A RELUCTANT PREACHER’S DAUGHTER for nominating/tagging me for the BEHIND THE BLOGGER BOOK TAG

Here are the rules:

  • Thank the person who nominated you

(yeah I know that’s more like a square root sign than a checkmark but it’ll work)

  • Answer all the questions down below

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  • Nominate 5+ bloggers you’d like to know more about, to do this tag

{Almost}

Questions will be in bold, and my answers will be in underline.

1. Why did you start blogging & why have you kept blogging?

I started my blog because I have a deep need to use my words in a positive and constructive manner and to share what the LORD has been teaching me. I continue to blog because of support from people around me and more importantly because Yeshua* is forever with me and encouraging me.

*I’m listening to Messianic Jewish right now, so I’ve got Hebrew versions of words floating through my head.

2. What is your favorite type of blog post to write?

Blog posts that come straight from my heart, with words that stem from a deep passion and yearning that God has placed in me.

3. What are your top 3 favorite blog posts?

Let’s see……

4. What are some of your favorite things to do to relax?

Hmmmm…..well I love listening to classical piano music to relax. Classical orchestra music actually doesn’t relax me. Probably because it requires so much concentration to play and I can’t click out of that level of concentration when I’m just listening to it.

I love hot chocolate. Yum.

I guess just spending time with people I love, maybe watching a movie, going out to “coffee” (aka hot chocolate), playing board games (or not…..I’m too competitive to relax while playing board games), or just talking together. 

Ultimately, if relaxed was synonymous with surrendered, outside under the stars just talking to God, pouring out my troubles to Him and praising His name, would be the most beautiful “relaxed” I could be.

5. What are 3 of your favorite things?

  • Spending time with my heavenly Abba
  • Blogging
  • Deep heart to heart conversations with sisters in Christ

(If you couldn’t tell, my top love languages are Words of Affirmation closely tied with Quality Time. I generally combine them to get Quality Conversation.)

6. What are your proudest blogging moments?

Speaking of blogging moments….I just got a WordPress notification notifying me that I have……

201 WordPress Followers!!!!!

Wow. Yep, this is one of those “blogging moments” if there is such a thing.

My happiest ……will avoid the word “proudest”. (It makes me uncomfortable for some reason) My happiest blogging moment may just have been when I was talking to a close friend of mine about my blog. I knew she followed my blog, but I guess I didn’t expect her to……well…yeah. So I was talking to her about my blog and about some of my daydreams (you know she is a wonderful friend when I can talk to her about my daydreams 🙂 ) and when I mentioned a post I had just posted, I was surprised that she completely kept up with my blog. Like she knew everything I referenced about my blog.

Also, whenever someone reblogs my posts and shares sweet comments about it on their own blog it always makes me super happy.

7. What are your hobbies outside of blogging?

Umm…a lot? I’m a farmgirl for one. Let’s just attempt a semi-exhaustive list:

  • Photography
  • Embroidery
  • Cooking
  • Baking
  • Canning and Preserving and storing up food (I’m a squirrel)
  • Drawing
  • Graphic Design
  • Photoshop
  • Studying Hebrew words
  • Not Math
  • Writing about Jesus
  • Writing stories (Thinking of writing a book………..)
  • Penpalling/ writing to my Grandma
  • School
  • Bible study
  • Reading
  • More reading
  • Playing with graphing calculators and making drawings on them using equations. It can be a little obsessive……it’s sort of weird that I like it. I’m not that good at math, but graphing calculators are so cool.
  • Adapting recipes to make in a CrockPot (my mom does most of the work with the adapting part)
  • Typing
  • I can whittle a little
  • Tech Support.
  • Listening to music
  • Analyzing music lyrics
  • Playing cello
  • Attempting to play piano
  • Singing!
  • Bottle-feeding a baby calf
  • Chicken taming
  • Archery-sort-of.
  • Admiring babies
  • Sewing (until the sewing machine broke)
  • Cleaning (sort of). I think I’d love it a lot more if it was my own house.
  • Doing my sisters’s hair.
  • Does stacking wood count as a hobby?
  • I can’t think of any more at this moment.

8. Describe your personality in 3 words:

Bright/ cheerful

Intellectual

Amusing/ clumsy

9. What are your top 3 pet peeves?

Let’s see……well when people don’t capitalize their I’s. “i” by itself looks so weird. 

Can’t think of any else that wouldn’t just be useless complaining.

10. What’s something your followers don’t know about you?

A lot of things probably. I don’t really just tell y’all everything about me. Lets see…..here’s one cool fact about me: last I checked, my hair was exactly 2 feet long. I love having long hair. 

“Does not even nature itself teach you that if a man has long hair, it is a dishonor to him, but if a woman has long hair, it is a glory to her?” -1 Corinthians 11:14-15

That was fun. Now to nominate some people. Let’s see. At least I only have to nominate a min. 5 people versus the 11 people you have to nominate in the Liebster award.

My nominees:


Some encouragement for you all:

I just wanted to offer a little encouragement to all of you who are probably a lot like me in that it can be easy to get discouraged.

Too often it feels like it’s up to us. And we fail. Our blog, our essay, our work, and they all feel like failures. We feel like failures. And we can’t fight off that nagging feeling that it might be true.

It sure looks like it might be true. I mean…..look at us. Look at you. Look at me. Failed. We have failed. It really is true. We are failures.

And then we begin to think: “If we have failed in every aspect of our life…….what if our whole life is a failure?” But this is where we’ve gone wrong. We’ve been wrong about the most important point.

It is not about us.

It has never been about us. We may fail. We may be trash. But it doesn’t matter.

God himself has declared that we are carefully and wonderfully made. His truth is eternal. There is never a point when we will not be beautifully and wonderfully made.

You can run away. You can try to hide in the darkness.

But it won’t change anything.

You are still loved. You are still valued by Him who created the universe. You may be completely unworthy, but that just makes it more amazing.

“Where can I go from Your Spirit? Or where can I flee from Your presence?…….

If I say, “Surely the darkness will overwhelm me,

And the light around me will be night,”

Even the darkness is not dark to You,
And the night is as bright as the day.
Darkness and light are alike to You.

For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.

I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.” -Psalm 139:7, 11-14

Are you feeling discouraged and worthless? You may be unworthy, but you were worth Christ dying for you and that is one high value.

Come to Him who gave His very life for you and find rest. It does not depend on you, thank God! Christ is our strength and we need only rest on him.

Do you not know? Have you not heard of this glorious God? He is humble and gentle in spirit and He calls to you:

“Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” -Mathew 11:8

Call on His name and he will rescue, call on him and rest in him.

“Do you not know? Have you not heard?

Has it not been declared to you from the beginning?

Have you not understood from the foundations of the earth?

It is He who sits above the circle of the earth,
And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers,

Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain
And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.

He it is who reduces rulers to nothing,
Who makes the judges of the earth meaningless.
Scarcely have they been planted,
Scarcely have they been sown,

Scarcely has their stock taken root in the earth,
But He merely blows on them, and they wither,
And the storm carries them away like stubble.

 “To whom then will you liken Me
That I would be his equal?” says the Holy One.

Lift up your eyes on high
And see who has created these stars,
The One who leads forth their host by number,

He calls them all by name;
Because of the greatness of His might and the strength of His power,
Not one of them is missing.

Why do you say, O Jacob, and assert, O Israel,
“My way is hidden from the Lord,
And the justice due me escapes the notice of my God”?

Do you not know? Have you not heard?
The Everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth
Does not become weary or tired.
His understanding is inscrutable.

He gives strength to the weary,
And to him who lacks might He increases power.
Though youths grow weary and tired,
And vigorous young men stumble badly,

Yet those who wait for the Lord
Will gain new strength;
They will mount up with wings like eagles,
They will run and not get tired,
They will walk and not become weary.” -Isaiah 40:21-31

So I encourage you: rest in Him, call on Him. He WILL help. He WILL be there. He was and is and will always be there.

Blessed be the one who calls on the Shem (name) of the YHWH (LORD)!

Baruch Ha’Shem Adonai!

 


This week’s featured song is You Raise Me Up by Selah. Enjoy.

Find lyrics here.

God bless you and keep you!

I really hope this post was an encouragement to you. I will be praying for those reading this post, that it would bring them closer to Yeshua our Saviour.

I also hope you enjoyed the cute pictures of the baby goats and of Oliver!

As always, God be with you this week, month, year, and forevermore!

 

“Search me, O God, and know my heart;
Try me and know my anxious thoughts;
And see if there be any hurtful way in me,
And lead me in the everlasting way. -Psalm 139:23-24 (NASB)

 


All scripture quotations are from the NASB translation

All photos in this post belong to me and/or my family. Enjoy, but please don’t steal.

Have you noticed the reduction of typos in this post and the last? After the awful typo in I Believe that she notified me of after I had already posted it, I’ve added her as editor to my blog so that she can look over my posts before they get posted. You’ve probably noticed how many typos I usually have in my posts. Although I always run it through like 3 different grammar and spell check programs, they always miss some. Thankfully, now that I have my sister to help edit, most if not all of the typos have been eliminated. Thank you sister!

BTW: if you can’t seem to see the pictures I keep talking about, try going to my actual blog rather than the notification bar, reader, or the WordPress email version. To see this post in my actual blog go here.

Author: Faith on the Farm

I’m just a Christian girl who’s striving to glorify God here on the farm. I love sunsets, roses, my dog, and about everything you can photograph on a farm. As you’ve probably guessed, I love photography. When I’m not reading my bible or working on schoolwork, you’ll probably find me cooking, practicing cello, or somewhere outside with my dog by my side and camera in hand. I also love to sing my heart out to my Saviour.

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