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]**

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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!

 

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.

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 🙂 ) 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. 🙂

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.

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, “Surely 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 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’s 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, “The 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.

Farm Life and All That Stuff

Hello, I’m back! I have just recently found out that when you concentrate and focus you can get more than twice as much done. So on that note, I’ve decided that I don’t need to back down to every other week for posting and I can still keep up with once a week posting over the summer. At times when I’m super busy, I’ll write the post ahead of time and schedule it to post whenever that time is.

I have practically planned every single post until November 9th. That may sound a little crazy and I might not stay with the plan until then, but it is always super fun to plan things. I find planning very exciting!! In a week or two, I may share that plan with you, depending if I decide that is it a good blogging plan.

In my last post, about The Possibly Upcoming Q&A, I asked for a people to ask me questions. If you haven’t or you would like to ask more, please go there now, as I’m trying to get at least 50 questions. On another note, please, I cannot answer questions about my age, name, or other personal information, so save me time and DON’T ask those questions.

Pretty much all of the questions asked so far were related to farm life. One person asked, “Tell us about your daily life on the farm”. As I am planning to answer 50 questions in one post, I cannot give super long answers so I decided to spend this post talking a little more about my farm life.

I am currently not particularly involved in the daily farm chores. For right now, I am mostly everybody’s helper. I help my dad move the chicken coop. I help my sister milk goats. I help my mom transplant plants. Currently, all our baby goats are either weaned or drinking of their moms, so I do not have to bottle feed them.

The biggest thing I am doing right now on the farm is irrigation. Every day, in the morning and in the evening, I move what my dad calls “The Main Line”. The main line is a really long line of PVC pipe with sprinkler heads at intervals. I drag the PVC pipeline in increments and try not to break it. If you bend too much one way at to sharp an angle, it will, like any other PVC pipe, snap. So it requires a little bit of practice to move it.

I also move a couple regular field sprinklers (I don’t know what they’re really called, they’re the ones that you poke into the ground with your foot and they’re about 3 ft. tall). Basically, I’m in charge of making sure our field doesn’t die so that our cows have something to eat so that they don’t die.

Something that happens about once a week to every other week is the moving of the cows. The cows are not on hay this time of year. Which means all they are eating is their pasture. Which is why I have to keep the pasture growing. When we move the cows from field to field, first my dad checks all the fences to make sure that they are all up and working. Then he calls all the cows to the gate with his special cow mooing call that he does really loud. The cows always know they are going to get moved or get new hay when he does that. Unless he tricks them.

Once he has them gathered at the gate, my job comes in. I make sure there are no stray cows left in the field, and I try to keep the cattle somewhat contained. Next Dad opens the gate and lets them go. The hardest part of my job at this point is making sure the calves go in the right direction. The calves have a tendency to run as fast as they can the opposite direction you want them to go. So you have to stay on your toes and be ready to run for it. With the big cows, you have clap your hands and wave your arms and yell “Yah, Yah, git!” and all sorts of other things. I generally am in charge of the majority of the herding unless it is a two-or-more person job.

Sometimes I wish we had horses. But we don’t, so we can round ’em up on foot.

At this point, we have lots of stuff ready to harvest in the garden. So almost every afternoon now, I go and harvest vegetables for dinner.

Of all the jobs, chores, and duties I have at home, my biggest one is cooking. Every morning I make coffee. About every other day I make breakfast. And lunch. I pretty much always make dinner. But the nice thing is, it’s something I really enjoy doing, and it is a big way I can serve others.


What ways do you serve others around you? How are you contributing to your family (or your church) with your talents? Are you investing the time that you have to grow, and/or help something or someone else grow?

“His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much. Enter into the joy of your master.’” -Mathew 25:23 (ESV)

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