March 22, 2017

Lately... has been incredible full.  
Full of change, and very full of new lambs.

All but two of our ewes have lambed and we're up to 18 lambs so far.  We had a large amount of single lambs born, with only about 5 or 6 sets of twins.  Somewhat disappointing, but we are so thankful for healthy lambs who are growing well!

One of Phrionnsa's twins.

Sweet Pea and her beautiful lamb.

In the midst of welcoming new lambs, I said hello to the 3rd trimester and no energy. It was extremely noticeable this time, the sudden lack of energy.  So most of my time is spent trying to eat enough (I really don't feel like eating), and trying not to become a blob on the sofa.

Which wasn't too hard actually.  Mostly because as I was entering the home stretch of pregnancy, we listed our house for sale again.  We had sooo many showings that first week.  It was amazing!  Eight showings in the first week, in contrast to last fall when we had four showings in 2 months.  All of those showings kept me very busy keeping our house ready for complete strangers to walk through.  I'm so thankful that Hank is self-employed now (Did I mention that before?  I don't remember.  He's a full time sheep shearer now. ) and that shearing is slow this time of year.  I couldn't have kept the house neat without him.  Especially since he took on my least favorite job - doing dishes and cleaning the kitchen.  Best husband ever!

Loving my ivy plant and sweet lamb vase/planter.

It was exhausting.  Cleaning, being gone from the house so much.  But totally worth it.  The Lord brought us an incredible, unbelievably good offer exactly a week after we listed.  I still can't believe how good the offer was.  I won't get into too many details, but the offer was for only $4,000 less than our asking price.  We came to an agreement quickly and closed on March 16th.  It all happened so fast, I still can't believe it.  We get to stay here until June 5th, so Baby should be about a month old when we actually have to move out.  Which is exactly what I was hoping for.  Seeing the Lord work out every single detail through this for our good and His glory has been amazing.

Had to sneak in a pic of my best girl. :)

So, what next?  Closing so quickly on our house means that we have the necessary funds to purchase our dream property and get started on our new home!  I will save that for a future post since we are still talking with the owners and haven't reached an agreement yet.  But it's looking very promising!

In the meantime the snow is melting, I'm 28-years-old now (didn't hurt a bit!), our garden seedlings are started, and life is very, very good.

What's new with you?  Any big changes in your life? I want to know!

February 25, 2017

Just Kidding | On the Farm

 We have some new arrivals on the farm!  Here are a few of them...

Hank discovered these four cuties (3 cream, 1 brown) about 2 weeks ago on Sunday evening.  Both our Nubian does had their babies at pretty much the same time and since we weren't there to witness it, we didn't know which babies belonged to which doe.  One of the mothers wasn't very interested in any of them and, since it was cold, we decided to bring them all inside for the night. Two of them in particular were in dire need of some TLC.

Of course, Ivy thought having 4 goat kids in the living room was the best. :)

They are now sleeping in the hay barn at night and gleefully jumping around the goat pen during the day.
 We're bottle feeding three of them - one of the moms took the brown doeling back.

These two are Peaches and Bucky, and the other two are Cinnamon and Rowdy.

Harriet had her lamb the morning after the goats were born.  A strong, single, ram lamb whom Hank named Bumphrey.  So now we have Humphrey and Bumphrey. :)

More recently, we've had another goat buckling born (the last of the kidding for this year), and a new lamb this morning. Another single, but a beautiful pure white ewe lamb this time. All three lambs have the same dad, our Columbia/Hampshire ram Gunnar.  Happy to have healthy lambs, but hoping we get some twins, too!

 Humphrey is doing really well and is very happy to have a friend to play with.  He still enjoyed chasing the chickens, though. *grin*

These chickens were some of the chicks that our momma hens hatched out last summer.  They just started laying.

Gus is learning to be a good guardian dog.  We don't leave him in with the sheep all the time - he gets too playful still - but they aren't as hostile towards him now.  He can jump the fence and likes to roam the neighborhood the minute our back is turned, so that has been interesting.  He always comes back though.

We still have mountains of snow and ice, but it feels like spring here.  
 Any signs of spring where you live?  I want to know!

February 4, 2017

Lambing time...but not really | On the Farm

A belated Happy New Year to you all!

We had our first lamb of the year born on January 31st. Not when we typically lamb, but this was not a mistake!  We bred two of our ewes to lamb early on purpose.  Most 4-H lambs are born this time of year, and we wanted to see how we liked January/February lambing. To be honest, we aren't too crazy about it. *grin* It's been very cold and we have a ton of snow.  Maybe someday when we have a bigger sheep shed.  But for now, we're happy that most of our ewes will be lambing in March as usual.  In the meantime, we were excited to welcome our first lamb.  A single ram lamb, weighing in at 17 lbs.  Tabitha did a good job her second time lambing!  Ivy enjoyed petting the lamb, and "riding" Maggie. She's fearless, that girl of mine. *smile*

We just got about 10 inches of fresh snow dumped on us yesterday. 
 How's the weather where you live?
Are you ready for spring, or still loving winter like me?  
I want to know!

December 21, 2016

It's cold outside.

And there are only 4 days left till Christmas!  How...what...when did that happen?!

Here are the festive printables currently gracing our walls.  Really loving whimsy, as well as plaid (always), and song lyrics.

A little glimpse of our December thus far...

 Picking out a tiny little tree for our tiny little house.

Keeping cozy.  Sometimes Stu warms his toes by curling up on top of Gus. It's pretty cute.

Stockings hung by the chimney with care.  I need to sew myself a new stocking - must have shrunk. *wink*

Sweet moments watching these two play.  Definitely my favorite.

Dogs get so nutty when there is snow.  I love it!

First time walking in the snow!

Well, standing.  Ivy took 4 steps by herself the other night, but she's not quite walking yet.

Some of the ewes have their "beds" out in the snow.  No matter the weather, their wool keeps them cozy.

Some of our spring ewe lambs.  We kept six and decided not to breed them until next fall.  They don't all have names, but the black one is Dani.  She's a mix of Suffolk/Romney/Targhee/Texel.  The lamb on her left is a Montadale/Suffolk/Hampshire cross.  Probably our best looking ewe lamb from this year.

Cleopatra, one of our 2015 ewe lambs.  She's the only one we kept from that year and is mostly Columbia, with a smidgen of Suffolk and Targhee from her mama, Emma.

The goats.  Hyacinth, Grace, Udo, and Jasmine in the front.

I haven't had an opportunity to make a wreath in several years, so I had a lot of fun with this one!

Cutie pie!

Our little table top tree.  It's really nice to have it out of Ivy's curious reach. *smile*

Cozy mornings by the fire are my favorite.

Helping mama wrap presents.  Not much help really, but very cute.

I'm so thankful for my little family, for the beautiful snow, for a cozy home.  I can't get over how the Lord chose to bless me with all of this.  And I don't want to get over it.

Have a beautiful, blessed, and merry Christmas as we celebrate our Lord's birth!