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 ūüėČ ]

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!

 

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. ūüôā

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. ūüôā

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. ūüôā

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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. ūüôā

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.

Photographing Baby Calves

My favorite ever subject for photography is baby calves. Why? They are so adorable! You might think baby kids (goats) would be my favorite since they are so mini and cute.

Although photographing baby goats is awesome, I think I actually prefer photographing newborn calves even better.

There is something about cows that makes it more worthwhile to capture pictures of them. Maybe it’s the challenge of snapping an up close picture of a skittish calf under heavy guard by a momma cow. Maybe it’s how miniature and huge they can seem at the same time. Goats are obviously cute, even when they are grown, but when massive cows come in teeny form… it’s something special.

So how do you get adorable pictures of calves? It can actually be difficult at times. Goats are friendly and outgoing (at least ours are) and it’s easy to just pick up one of those babies and carry it off somewhere to snap some up close pictures as they try to run off and find their momma. For one thing, unless you are my dad, you can’t pick up a calf. For another thing, good luck getting close enough to even touch it unless the momma and the baby are asleep on opposite sides of the fence.

But thankfully, there is at least one thing going for you with calves. They are amazingly curious about cameras, something I have not found in particular with goats. The momma cows don’t care much for cameras, but the calves are full of curiosity about what you are, what the black thing making clicking noises that you keep looking through is, and whether you are fun to play with.

I thought I’d come up with a few tips to successfully get adorable pictures of baby calves, so here they are!

Tips for getting adorable photos of newborn calves:

  1. Take it slow. DO NOT LOSE YOUR PATIENCE! Often this will involve scooting forward at a rate of 1 cm per minute. Do whatever you can to make the momma cow think you are not moving towards their calf in any way, while still getting progressively closer.
  2. Tying on to the last point: make them think you are heading the opposite direction. This is kinda hard to explain, but basically if you are moving towards as calf and the momma and or the calf starts to get nervous, start easing into a different direction preferably one that will help get you around to a better, perhaps closer angle. Not sure if that one made any sense whatsoever, but oh well.
  3. Also,¬†sometimes just sticking around in a field for a little while doing nothing will help a momma cow get comfortable with you.¬†But do watch, because super protective momma cows might just get super nervous with you just standing there doing nothing, so if you test it out first while standing by a fence you can just slip under, that’s best.
  4. To get a really nice shot, get low to the ground.¬†One of the big things that makes a picture of a super cute newborn calf even more cute is the angle. If you get a picture from standing or from a distance, you just really can’t see how cute and tiny and precious they look. Point is, get low to the ground, and focus on the angle.
  5. If a momma cow is heading for you, often just one or two steps backwards will console them.¬†Usually you don’t have to run completely away if a momma cow is moodily heading for you because she thinks you are too close to her calf. Also, don’t run. That’s never a good idea. Back up as slowly as is safe.
  6. Snap ’em as you go. So many times I’ve been waiting for a momma cow and her calf to to move a little bit and get just the perfect shot when… they moved. Completely. And I missed getting a picture altogether. Instead, while you are waiting or trying to get closer, keep snapping pictures. Still, be careful, because occasionally the continual shutter noise can startle the calves or momma’s. Or just any shutter noise.
  7. Watch it.¬†Keep your eyes looking around. Sometimes even if you are not trying to get closer to a calf, the calf can be curiously moving towards you when you’re not paying attention. I’ve had a momma cow come barging at me before because her own calf was coming over to investigate me. Just keep your eyes open.
  8. And lastly,¬†enjoy it!¬†Enjoy the chance you have to watch precious newborn calves up close, even if you don’t catch any good pictures.

I’m not sure how many of you will ever end up trying to snap pictures of baby calves, but these tips may also be helpful for capturing photos of wildlife or other baby animals.

Hope you found these tips interesting, even if you don’t do photography yourself.

And of course, this post would not be complete without…

The Adorable Photos of Baby Calves!

This one I feel, turned out really well, although the momma cow was not so thrilled.

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And finally, what might¬†have been my favorite if it had been in focus. Alas. I was hoping for an adorable shot of the baby calf licking milk off of her nose. (The pink tags in the calves are girls, in case you were wondering ūüôā ) It kinda happened. Except it was sadly deficient in focus.

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I apologize for my lack of posts lately. I took me a few weeks to work on this one by bits. I’ve been very busy with a lot of other things. Hopefully, I will be more on top of things, and get another post around to you in a week or two.

I hope (and kinda know) that you enjoyed every second of the baby calf pictures! Perhaps you agree: they may just be your favorite photography subject… at least to look at. ūüôā

I also hope you are blessed by the beautiful display God has created all around us. I don’t know about you, but fall weather is beautiful (even if it feels cold early in the morning). What could be more beautiful than baby calves frisking about on a stiff breeze with golden beams lighting the background?


“The¬†Lord¬†bless you, and¬†keep you;

The Lord make His face shine on you,
And be gracious to you;

The Lord lift up His countenance on you,
And¬†give you peace.”

-Numbers 6:24-26


 

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

Hello again……

Hello! It’s been a little while since I last posted! I sort of had a month-long unannounced hiatus thing. Basically for the last four or five Saturdays something was going on or I was just too busy.

I have no idea how often I’ll be posting in the future, although I know I want to take a complete break in August. I love blogging and I greatly enjoy it and it means a lot to me that people read my blog, so thank you so much!

My life has in so many ways been kinda crazy lately. God has been teaching me so much that I can’t even begin to tell all of y’all. Above all….He is there. Always. No matter what.

He has been showing me that everything apart from Him can fall apart and will fall apart. Yet through it all, He is not only there, but He is who He is, loving, gracious, merciful, just, and true, in everything. He’s been teaching me that emotion is not something to run from and that I need brothers and sisters alongside me.

So here I am again.

In case you were wondering Oliver is doing splendidly. He is in the process of being weaned…..which he does not quite admire. I’m sure he would prefer a little bit more milk but he’s getting big and he needs to start eating grass as his primary source of food.

As for goats……they’re all big and weaned and off somewhere having the time of there lives, whatever that means. I don’t keep track of them very well. I have typically been sticking with cows and chickens. And my dog.

About three weeks I got some (aka a lot) of nice shots of scenery around here and I just now got to editing and processing them and spent most of yesterday trying to figure out why they wouldn’t upload.

So now, to make this an actual post here are my favorites.

The sunbeams were awesome.

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This was a super sweet momma cow and her calf.

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Two with grass as foreground.

And of course after a while……Oliver saw me. As he hadn’t yet had his bottle at that point, he came running. I was just barely able to snap this picture before he was slobbering all over my jeans.

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A yellow rose with pink highlights.

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And finally, a silhouette of some blooming roses set against a fading sunset.

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I hope you enjoyed this post! Thanks for all the nominating and tagging! I really appreciate it even though, I don’t think I do very many of them, at least not any time soon.

This week’s featured song is My Portion and My Strength by Ellie Holcomb.

 

May you find your portion and your strength in Him!

God be with you.

“But You, O¬†LORD, are¬†a shield about me,
My¬†glory, and the One who¬†lifts my head.”

-Psalm 3:3 (NASB)

Recent Photos and Baby Goats

Hello everyone!!!!!!! Life has been wonderful over here (for the most part) and we’ve been having wonderful weather! It’s been so beautiful I’ve been wanting to take lots of pictures, but pictures just really don’t do it justice.

My calfy-walfy (my bottle-calf) has been doing mostly splendidly. Getting pictures of him turned out a little harder than I thought. One moment he was way over there. He had just seen me and was running through the thick grass with his little tail in the air.

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The next moment I tried to take a picture of him….uh…well…..you’ll see.

This was all I got.

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Yeah. He likes me I guess. Or he wanted some more milk. Either one.

I tried running a little bit and then turning around real fast to try and snap a picture of him before he got to me. Nope. Didn’t work. He’s too fast. I just ended up out of breath and with more calf slobber on my jeans.

So……..I tried climbing on a rock. It….sort of worked. Sort of.

He’s so cute. He loves to be rubbed under his neck. At least whenever he isn’t focused on getting milk. He’ll just start sucking on your fingers.

When he was younger it was okay except for the slobber part, of which he produces gallons, but now he has developed his sandpaper tongue and it kinda hurts. He’s getting so big!!!!!

My sister and my mom were able to get a picture or two of him when he was grazing, a little more recently.

Isn’t he cute? Don’t you love him? I’ve been halter training him and he’s getting pretty good on the halter. I think he wishes he had his own real herd, though. He will once he’s a little bigger and doesn’t need a bottle.

We still have a problem: he comes to Oliver when I call him, and Oliver just matches him. However, everyone else, excepting my dad who just calls him whatever the person he’s with happens to call him, calls him Marco.

When I had my sister edit the previous post I did on Oliver and I was mentioning the disagreement about his name, good thing I read over her edits because this is what I found.

This was what the sentence was supposed to say:

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

This is what she edited it to say:

His name is Oliver. But my sisters would probably say his name is definitely Marco (because it is). But I think Oliver matches him.

Very sly. She didn’t actually change what I said, after all.

It gave me a good laugh, though. Anyway…..so everyone calls him Marco…..but I’m the one who takes care of him and feeds him, and after all, he¬†likes me best because I’m his adopted mommy. So shouldn’t I get to name him? I guess I’ll just keep calling him Oliver and they’ll keep calling him Marco and we’ll all just keep going on like this. Forever. Oh well.


All the goats are so big!!! Everything is getting so big!! All the animals are growing up. Little ity-bity Lyrabella is SOOO big now. She’s bigger than her brother, Oxford.

Below is Killarney and Lyrabella, and then on the right, just Lyrabella. She’s a silly little goat.

Guess what?

We have ANOTHER BABY GOAT here on the farm!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Diamond had a kid!

Diamond is my favorite goat, although she is the most mischevious of them all. She’s a La Mancha, which means she is extra curious, stubborn, and has little tiny ears called ‘gopher ears’.

This is Diamond.

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We decided to name the kid Tolkien. He’s so cute! He is a cross between La Mancha and Nigerian Dwarf. Because of which, his ears are kind of funny. They are mostly gopher ears, but they are a little longer and look almost like elf ears.

He’s not the most photogenic, but I managed to get some pictures of him with a little help from my brother.

I love this little guy! He’s already almost as big as Gandolf. (Not quite. Gandolf is GIANT, though). He takes after his mom and likes to butt away all the other goats. Just for fun of course. His mommy takes it all very seriously.

Now for some random pretty photos!!!!!! Enjoy! (Remember: no stealing.)

I was trying to get some pictures of the birds at our bird feeders but didn’t have much to show for all the time I sat there waiting. They didn’t like the noise of the shutter and my only lens doesn’t do a good job of getting in close. Some of them were in focus enough for me to crop them a bunch, though, so here they are!

This was the most in focus of all the ones I took of the hummingbirds. For some reason, the hummingbirds weren’t as afraid of me, but they sure are fast!

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This one was cropped a¬†lot. Goldfinches aren’t very sociable. The chickadees and juncos were a little better.

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The hummingbird wasn’t very in focus in this picture, but the lighting was so pretty!

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This one is funny! It was also cropped a lot and was part of a much larger frame. I got it just as the junco began taking off and thus…the wings. It’s still sort of cool, although it is a little blurry.

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Our herbs have been very productive lately! I love having a whole patch of oregano to pick from when I cook! We also have thyme, parsley, and cilantro. The dill plant isn’t currently producing or has disappeared.

I realized after a second glance at this photo that this was not herbs but some sort of lush weed growing in our garden. Anyway, I took a picture of my feet!

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My week has been mostly trying to work on my bad attitude and then making a little progress and then failing and feeling discouraged. I also got sick on Saturday evening and woke up even more sick on Sunday. I still have a chest cough which is a little annoying, but I’m thankful to be feeling a lot better. I got through Camp NaNo, but because of my cold or the flu, whatever it was, I only made it to 18,000 instead of 20,000 words. Still, it’s cool. I lowered my word count goal once I got sick, so I technically won.

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My sister just made banana chocolate chip muffins so that makes me feel better. I AM DETERMINED TO BE JOYFUL THIS WEEK. With or without banana chocolate chip muffins. It makes me smile just thinking of how blessed I am……..**happy sigh**. I really am so blessed!!!!!

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I hope you all had a wonderful Resurrection Sunday! Have a wonderful month of May!

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Hope you enjoyed all the photos and the update on farm life ’round here!!!

For more posts with cute pictures of baby goats, check out:

This week’s song is Wonderfully Made by Ellie Holcomb. I love this song, so make sure and check it out! Lyrics here.

God be with you through everything you may find yourself doing this week! God be with you all!!!!!

“The king answered Daniel and said, ‚ÄúSurely¬†your God is a¬†God of gods and a Lord of kings and a¬†revealer of mysteries, since you have been able to reveal this mystery.” -Daniel 2:47 (NASB)

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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Marietta

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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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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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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.

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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

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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

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(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‚Äôd like to know more about, to do this tag

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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 ūüôā ) 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,‚ÄĚ

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?‚ÄĚ 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‚ÄĚ?

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.

Life is Full of the Unexpected… Especially on the Farm

Farm-life is full of unexpected things. You can’t really ever predict things. You can’t say “Okay, this cow will have this calf on this day at this hour”. You can’t just go to bed at 9 and get up at 6 every day. It doesn’t work that way. Unexpected things are always coming up. It reminds me of this verse:

“Yet you do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes.” -James 4:14 (ESV)

Last night was one of those unexpected nights. I had just come home from orchestra practice, and I hurried to get ready for bed. I went to bed at around 11pm (I got home at like 10-10:30pm) and around midnight I was just becoming sleepy. Outside I heard footsteps. “To whom did those footsteps belong?” I thought sleepily.” Maybe it was my younger brother….they sure were loud and alert…..but my brother should be asleep…….is it my dad?” Suddenly, I was wide awake. If it was my dad, something must be wrong. Sure enough, the footsteps came rapidly up to my bedroom door.

For the sake of the story, we will say my name is Faith, as my blog is sort of called “Faith on the Farm”, that can be my pen name. My door burst open and my dad exclaimed “Faith! Wake up! I need your help. Quick! We have a breach. Meet me at the barn.” In an instant, I was awake and changed into jeans and a t-shirt. I don’t think I’ve changed that fast before. It probably took 5 seconds. In another instant, I grabbed a flashlight, slipped on my Crocs, and ran as fast I could down to the barn, right after my dad. Upon arriving moments after my dad, I had to confess to myself, for once: At 33 degrees Fahrenheit, I was slightly cold in a short-sleeved shirt. In fact, I must admit, it was a struggle to keep my teeth from chattering.¬†

For those of you who don’t know what I breach is, I’ll explain. A breach generally means the calf is coming out backward. Why is this a problem? When a calf comes out the right direction, it is shaped like a banana upside-down. The shape of the nose in a wedge helps to induce labor and the banana shape makes it easier to come out. When a calf tries to come out backwards, back-legs first, the momma cow usually can’t push it out on her own. If left on her own, the calf would probably die. 

This particular cow was a heifer, a first-timer, as we say. She was a smaller cow and overdue. The amazing thing is, of all the calves born this season, she was the only one who went into labor at a time when my dad was home. All the other cows had their calves on their own, and my dad wasn’t around when it happened. This particular night my dad was available and coincidently it was the exact time that the momma cow needed help. Some coincident huh? Or shall we give the glory to God and say it was a God thing? Cause it definitely was. 

After a lot effort and an amount of stress, we managed to head-gate the momma cow and pull the calf. Praise God, the calf was alive and healthy. This was the first calf we’ve had to pull in years. We released the momma cow and watched her momma-instinct kick in as she licked and generally “mommy’d” the calf. Quite understandably, after being pulled out of its momma with pull-chains, the calf was a little wobbly on the feet. Because of this, to make sure the calf got its colostrum, after about forty minutes, my dad got the momma cow back in the head-gate, pulled off the calf panel, and holding up the calf a little for a little support, pushed its mouth towards the udder. The calf was hungry and drank, much to my dad’s relief. 

Thanks be to God, the calf is well and healthy so far. Currently, it is sleeping with its momma. I’m so glad to be able to partake in saving its life! I’m sure you will see pictures of it in a little bit. In case you’re wondering, it’s a boy-calf. And it sure is a big one!

Last night was not expected. I was expecting to go to bed, sleep all night and get up around 7. Being as I went to bed around 1, I slept a little later than that. But the point is, you don’t know what’s going to happen tomorrow. You don’t have to have a plan for everything, a backup plan for everything that could go wrong. We may plan, but it is the Lord who establishes his steps. 

What happens when we try to take control of our lives? Anxiety. Control freaks are filled with anxiety. Because we don’t really ever have control. We know nothing of what is going to happen tomorrow. We can guess, and we can make plans based on what we guess, but in the end, we really don’t know. So what can we really do? Give it to God. He knows everything, has control over everything, and he is on the throne. He is seated forever on the throne. He will stay there immovable. 

We can always worry. After all, there’s a lot to worry about. But it is unnecessary. 

“And which of you by worrying can add a single hour to his life‚Äôs span?” -Luke 12:25 (NASB)

Are you worried about your loved ones? Are you worried about your reputation? Are you worried about your future? Who better to entrust with those things than God? Will he not take so much better care of them than you? Give them to him, entrust them to him. He is faithful

Have a wonderful day, and trust God. He is the solid rock. He is the same, yesterday, today, and tomorrow. He is unchanging and unmovable!

“There is no one holy like the Lord,
Indeed, there is no one besides You,
Nor is there any rock like our God.”
-1 Samuel 2:2 (NASB)

Farm Update 9.1

As you probably know, summer is or has come to an end. With the end of summer, come many wonderful things. For a farm-girl, these things often come in the shape of abundant harvest from the garden or the prospect of not having to move anymore sprinklers once we get some rain. I just love the lighting in the evening this time of year! Anyway, there are many things to be thankful for, not just at this season, but during all seasons.

“For everything there is a season, and¬†a time for every matter under heaven”

-Ecclesiastes 3:1 (ESV)

You know how in my last post, My Summer In Review, I said that I didn’t feel like I had done much photography this summer? Well, guess what! I found some photos that I took within the last 4 or so weeks, and I thought that some of them were fantastic. I will share (more than) a couple with you.

Along the lines of an abundant harvest, check out these Sun Gold tomatoes!

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This is the inside of our greenhouse

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Here is a cucumber

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Two beautiful shots at the scanty corn growing beside the caterpillar tunnel.

Some other pictures of our greenhouse.

Abundant Harvest!

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Now here are my favorites. These are some beautiful shots of sunflowers.

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Weren’t they gorgeous? I love them!

Some other random photos.

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Hope you enjoyed this short(ish) post! Have a great day.

“And he said to them,¬†‚ÄúThe harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few.¬†Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.” -Luke 10:2 (ESV)

*All of the photos in this post and most photos on this blog belong to me. Please do not steal.

My Summer in Review

Hello, and welcome back to Faith on the Farm! You have probably seen a lot of these sort of posts in the last couple of weeks, as summer comes to a close and we all reflect on how our summers were spent.

In everything I do my biggest question to myself is “Was this done to glorify God? Did I grow?”. So…..did everything I did this summer glorify God? Did I grow this summer? For the first question all I can say is “I hope so”. I’m not perfect, I make mistakes, and this summer was no exception. However, I’m always growing in my faith, and I hope I can have humility and learn from my mistakes. On the second question, the answer is an empathetic “Yes”. Yes, indeed! I grew so much this summer, and as painful as some of it was, I am so very thankful for it all.

One of the biggest ways I grew was by volunteering as a camp counselor at a local Christian camp. There is simply so much patience and humility that can only be learned from kids. I also learned that I simply cannot compromise on my time with God everyday, no matter how busy I am.

With the rest of this post, I would like to review some of the goals and plans I had for my summer that I wrote about in my post “Schedules and Plans“.

Here is a quote from the post:

What other stuff do I want to do this summer?

  • I want to learn¬†Symphonic Variations¬†for cello (It‚Äôs pretty hard).
  • I want to continue to read. A lot.
  • I need to organize my desk (notice I said NEED TO not want to).
  • I want to improve my photography skills.
  • Most importantly, I want to dramatically improve my prayer life and Bible study. I want to thirst for God‚Äôs word and feed on it. I want to rely entirely on God. I want that God would be my joy continually and that He would lead me, and help me, and uphold me. Amen

On Symphonic Variations…….well I can mostly play through the first three out of six pages. Does that count? I really wasn’t very focused on cello this summer, and I was actually feeling a little discouraged about it. I’m hoping that being on a schedule of some sorts will help me to practice more consistently.

I really didn’t have time for reading……..I can’t even think of any particular book that I read.¬† I did read a fair amount though. Just not as much as I wanted to. I’m currently halfway through a book called “When People are Big, and God is Small” by Edward T. Welch. So far it is an excellent read, so I recommend it, and I will probably finish it in a couple of days. Now that school has started, I actually have much more time for reading, and plan to read quite a lot.

YAY!!!! Something I actually did……I actually organized my desk. Of course it was kind of necessary for the school year, but I did it! And now my desk is nice and clean and straight, and the drawers are pretty much tidy. In case you are wondering what my desk looks like now, I will give a very brief description. My desk is a wooden desk with four drawers, and it is completely empty on top except for my bible, which is currently resting there. So no, I don’t really decorate my desk, although I do have a big sign that says “Have You Practiced Cello Yet Today?” and a quote by Joan of Arc, taped to the wall by it.

My photography…I don’t know. I might have improved my photography skills a millimeter, but I really didn’t do much photography other than the photos that I shared in this post. I mean, I did take something around 300 or more photos, but most of them are deleted or not high enough quality. I guess if I try to think all the way back to before June, then my photography has probably improved.

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Now on the last and most important point, I think I have a lot to work on. I really feel like this last week, I have really been failing at this. Although I’ve been reading my bible a lot and praying a fair amount, my mind wasn’t really focused on it, and as a result, it felt rather dry. I think this needs to be a continued goal and focus.

About the WordPress Christian Blog Directory, to be honest, I did absolutely zero work on it. If I have time I will work on it, but until then, I will just have to wait. So be patient.

So what have I done this summer? I volunteered at a Christian camp and got to share the gospel with kids. I moved lots and lots of sprinklers, and have been able to see my hard work pay off by seeing dry, rain-thirsty land become green and lush with pasture.

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I spent time with my family and have become even closer to my siblings. I’ve fed countless bottles to little baby goats.

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I cleaned and organized my desk. I grew so much in my relationship with Christ, and learned a lot about Him, as well as myself. Oh, I would never trade this summer for anything, and I’m so very thankful for it!!!!!!!!


For this fall, I’m preparing to launch into studying for my upcoming series “Think on these Thing”. An introduction to the series should come out in a couple of weeks. I will continue to post once a week on Saturdays until further notice, along with an occasional post on Wednesdays.

Starting Monday, I’m going to start journal writing daily to help me develop consistency in my writing. I’m kind of excited to be writing daily, and I might occasionally share the best of my writing here.

Thanks for reading this post! If you have any thoughts on it, please share via my contact form here. I really appreciate hearing from you!

If you haven’t taken my survey, you can take it here!¬† Also, I really need your opinion on what I should do when I reach 100 followers. Should I do another Q&A like I did here? Would you like to do some sort of collab with me? Please tell me your thoughts! Comment here or use my contact form here. I need to know soon, because my current tally is 91 followers!

Have a wonderful week!

“Oh come, let us worship and bow down;
    let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker!
For he is our God,
    and we are the people of his pasture,
¬†¬†¬†¬†and the sheep of his hand.”¬†-Psalm 95:6-7 (ESV)

“The heart of man plans his way,
¬†¬†¬†¬†but¬†the¬†Lord¬†establishes his steps.”– Proverbs 16:9 (ESV)

Utterly Adorable

Something happened 2 days ago that I thought was really important to share with you guys. Also, I’m going on a camping trip,¬† and I’m going to take a one week break from blogging.

So….what is this “utterly adorable” thing that has happened? Three words: Newborn Baby Goats. That’s right we just had baby goats! And even better, they are the tiniest most adorable baby goats I have ever seen! Of course, I say that every time, but seriously, one of them is the tiniest little baby goat ever!

Boy? Girl? How many? Names? Pictures?

Her we go: They were twin girls. Their mom’s name is Creamsickle, so we named the biggest one Fudgesickle. The dad’s name is Seto, which is Japanese for something, so we named the littlest one Chiibi, which means little or tiny or something in Japanese.

And yes, I took pictures. Prepare to be blown away by the adorableness of these pictures!

This is Chiibi.

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They are the most curious, cute little things!

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Chiibi has blue eyes and Fudgesickle has brown eyes.

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You can see how much smaller Chiibi is in this picture.

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Another couple of Chiibi

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Now for the most utterly adorable one of all!

 

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Hope you enjoyed the pictures! Have a great day!

“The¬†heavens are telling of the glory of God;
And their expanse is declaring the work of His hands.
Day to day pours forth speech,
And¬†night to night reveals knowledge.”

-Psalm 19:1-2 (NASB)