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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Cyclone

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

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

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My little brother’s getting big

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

This is Miso. Isn’t he cute?

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

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

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Blackberry and Miso

This is Cranberry

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Cranberry

Both pictures below are of Blackberry

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

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

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

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

(This is one of the photos my mom took)

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Aster

Her brother is named Orion.

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Aster and Orion snuggled up together

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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)

What Have I Been Doing All This Time?

I’m back! (If you didn’t notice on Saturday) So……….what all have I done while I was away from WordPress?

First, If you are new to my blog and have no idea what in the world I am talking about read this post. Then come back, and read this one.

I did lots of things while I was gone. Thanks to my Saviour, I was able to be very productive. However, that’s not to say that I didn’t mess up a lot, struggle with pride, laziness, sin, et cetera, and waste a lot of time that could’ve been spent in better ways. Obviously, I have a lot of my own problems and struggles, but that doesn’t mean I’m not blessed or that I’m not growing. God has promised that he¬†WILL¬†perfect me into the image and likeness of his son, Jesus.

“And we know that¬†God causes¬†all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are¬†called according to¬†His¬†purpose.¬†For those whom He¬†foreknew, He also¬†predestined¬†to become¬†conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the¬†firstborn among many brethren;” -Romans 8:28-29 (NASB)

So here’s what I did with my break from blogging!

  • I read books. I mean LOTS of books!!!

I reread Mansfield Park.¬†(It’s my second favorite Jane Austen novel.¬†Northanger Abbey is my favorite)

I read Sir Gibby by George MAcDonald (just so you know George MacDonald is my favorite Author). It was an awesome (I mean an AWESOME) book! You should read it if you have time.

I read¬†When People Are Big and God Is Small by Edward T. Welch.¬†No matter who you are, you need to read this book. It’s practically life-changing. In fact it is life-changing. I am so glad I read it. This was (and is for that matter) a wonderful book!

I read This Changes Everything: How the Gospel Transforms the Teen Years by Jaquelle Crowe. It was also a wonderful book. You should read it.

I read Will Our Generation Speak? by Grace Mally. This is probably the most impacting book I have read. I wrote a post about it here. Please read that post if you can. It is more important than this post. If you can’t buy this book, please try finding it at you local library, or try requesting it from them. You absolutely need to read this book. It needs to be at the very top of your “To Read” list right now!

I’m reading (as in I’m not¬†quite finished)¬†Don’t Waste Your Life by John Piper. It’s good so far.

I’m reading¬†Anxious For Nothing by Max Lucado. Already, I recommend it. Particularly if you struggle with anxiety. Max Lucado has a balanced view of anxiety, in my opinion. Anxiety is not a sin. So don’t be anxious about being anxious. It’s a really good book so far.

I’m reading¬†The Potters Promise by Leighton Flowers. I’m really enjoying this book. With all the other books I’ve been reading, somehow I haven’t finished this book, but so far it has been wonderful. It’s a biblical defense of traditional soteriology, which is really refreshing. Do get it and read it! Even if you’re a Calvinist, it will at least give you an accurate view of the other side.

I’m reading¬†A Father Offers His Son by Scott Lapierre. It’s looking pretty good so far. Look out for a post on this book

I’m in the middle of reading other books too, but I will oblige you and move on from books.

  • I processed and canned food!

My current count of canned tomatoes is 11 pints and 11 quarts

My current count on applesauce is 30 quarts and more on the way.

 

It’s been lots of fun and a lot of work (!!), and I’m excited to see how many cans of applesauce will get on the canning shelf this year. I’m already at a record!!! This has been my very first time canning tomatoes, so that was also exciting. We have a really nice pressure canner which made the canning process turn out a lot easier than I expected.

  • I fed and then weaned two adorable¬†baby kids (as in goats).

Chibi and Fudgesickle have grown up! See this post here for their cute baby pictures! They are still small (small enough to be master escape artists….ugh, how many times have we put them back in their pen today?), but they are both big enough to eat grass on their own and not drink from a bottle! Hurray!!

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  • Rain came!! (Yeah, that was a while ago..) We were excited after a summer of mostly no rain. (Did it rain this summer? Maybe sometime…I don’t remember) Anyway, here are pictures of our first “real” rain shower. Once again these are from weeks ago. How did it get to be October?

Fun with water droplets and fun with Photoshop!

  • I grew a lot in my faith. I read a lot of scripture. And I’ve begun something that I still think is a little crazy, to say the least. I read an article (you can read it here) that I got from one of the books I read. It was talking about “extended scripture memorization” and how we need to do it. Like…memorizing whole chapters? No….like memorizing whole books!! So here I am, trying to memorize the whole book of Philippians!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It’s going better than I thought. So far, I’ve memorized up to Philippians 1:10. I’m supposed to have it all memorized by the end of February 2019. So, I guess you’ll have to keep me accountable!

 

  • I’ve been called.

Let me explain. I could’ve said “I’ve been convicted”, but I wanted to get your attention first. This is really important. I’ve been called to share the gospel and I’ve been convicted about my lack of sharing the gospel. You should read this post. When talking to my dad about how the Lord’s been pulling on my heart for the unsaved around me, and the need I felt for us to go out into the world to evangelize, my dad told me “I believe that we are all called to evangelize. But I think you have a special calling for this”. At the moment I just said “Really?” and sort of laughed it off. But when reflecting on it, I was scared! Why me, anyway? The most evangelism I’ve ever done would be leading a bible study at a Christian outreach camp as a counselor. This doesn’t make sense. But then I feel this tugging on my heart and I wonder…………is God calling me in a special way to evangelism? Anyway, I could use some prayer in this area.

  • I’ve gotten lots of planning done and renergized
  • My vision for this blog has been refreshed and refocused
  • Fall calving began. Which means….lots of really cute calves!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Cows were released onto fall pasture and really enjoyed the green lush grass. “After all it is better than…….didn’t we eat grass in the summer too? I mean we had some hay too, but….well anyway it was good.” Oh, sorry the cows decided to start talking!

  • I’ve drafted a couple blog posts in a notebook…..this is actually one of them.
  • We finished our buck barn.
  • We hatched two chicks and our chicks that we bought grew up a lot!
  • I’m pretty sure I did more than that, but that’s about all I can think of right now!

What have I been up to now that I’m back?

Schoolwork for one thing. Farm-work for another. Stacking firewood, doing cattle roundups, helping with various farm projects. Writing these blog posts. Praying, studying, crying, laughing, smiling, reading, cooking, listening, waiting, and everything else. I’m planning to revamp the photo gallery soonish. It has some problems, such as not loading very well and needing to be updating. I’m planning to add some other things too.

What have you been up to? What has the Lord been showing you in your life? I would love to hear from you via my contact form here! It always makes my day to hear from you guys!

If you’re wondering what my schedule is, I’ll tell you. I don’t have one! I may post on Mondays. I may post on Wednesdays. I’ll usually post on Saturdays. If I don’t have anything I won’t post. But if I do have a profitable post to post, I will! Wednesdays will usually be around the area of farm life, photography, et cetera, and Saturdays will usually be about what the Lord has been laying on my heart spiritually. But I’m gonna be flexible.

Have a wonderful day!!!

“No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for¬†all things that I have heard from My Father I have made known to you.” -John 15:15 (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.

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, ‚ÄėWell 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.‚Äô” -Mathew 25:23 (ESV)