Friday, June 21, 2013

meet "Spring"

I'm not quite sure what sort of late-pregnancy induced insanity possessed me to go searching on Craigslist for a goat in milk just shy of two weeks from my looming due date. We have talked about keeping goats for milk ever since we moved here, but the timing and our lack of experience seemed to always have us rationally deciding on saving that step for "next year."

But sometimes it's only the irrational actions that actually lead to progress.

And the fact that I found a sweet couple who needed to (but didn't really want to) sell their experienced milking goat for a very reasonable price.

Which found my husband driving our car to a small town 45 minutes away with no cell service the day before (unbeknownst to me) I would go into labor. He made it back with our new Nigerian dwarf goat, Spring, in the back hatch that late afternoon day.

The next morning found me in the hospital, and my poor husband rushing back home for a bit to finish building a milking stanchion, and to get Spring milked properly before returning to be at my side.

Certainly everyone (ourselves included) thought we were nuts. We're used to that, though, and it is probably true that the timing could not have been any worse! It is truly my life lesson - that I am not in control of as much as I'd like to be. When babies decide to enter this world is a mystery even to the most trained scientists. And when goats decide to appear into your life is one too, as far as I'm concerned.

But nevermind all the drama that led to this very day. For today, I have the sweetest, most mild and gentle angel baby in my arms, and a happy, productive goat with a spring in her step just outside my window.


Thank you all so very much for your kind words and well-wishes for our growing family. I feel blessed to have you share in the joy of our son's birth!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Wednesday, June 5, 2013

around the farm

We are having the most glorious spring here! Blessed with much needed rain and some cooler temperatures of late. Everywhere I look, there is lush, green, beauty. The ponds are filled to the brim. There are puddles on the driveway perfect for splashing about. Growing, growing - The turkeys, my belly, the potatoes! (Heaven help me, I might just have the rest of the garden put in before this baby comes out, and have more to eat from than only potatoes and garlic). Soon we'll have a freezer full of homegrown chicken. The hens are laying so many eggs that I can't keep up with them; such a fortunate problem to have. The rhubarb is ready for harvest, and I have grand plans for jam and rhubarb meringue pie this weekend. Tomorrow we go see a couple about a milking goat!
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