Farmers of all shapes and sizes!

Farmers of all shapes and sizes!

Saturday, March 30, 2013

Spring awakens!

Mud. Everywhere. That is the current state of the barnyard. You take a step and your boot is engulfed in a slimy bath. You pick your foot up and it slurps in protest. Don't try to run or you may find your footwear has remained behind in a suctioned prison while your barefoot cringes from its squishy plunge. The cows do not mind as long as they have plenty of hay. The kitties meow pitifully from their perch on the fence cross braces until I relent and carry them across the glop and up the ladder to their waiting dinner. The goats indignantly protest this horrible affront on their domain, while attempting to copy the river game.:) I wait. I work. I hurry. I dig a small ditch in an effort to divert the runoff around the barn. I pitch hay. I sing a little. I sigh. I milk. I watch. The does are getting bigger. Two weeks is not very long. I wish for an army of help. I wonder, "what was I thinking?". I sigh again and go back to work. In the mud, that is everywhere, but at least it smells like spring. Now for a bit of fresh thought from the progressive farmer. (I love to flip straight to the back and read all the inspirational quotes on the last page before I read the articles ;) .)

Expect to have hope rekindled. Expect your prayers to be answered in wondrous ways. The dry seasons in life do not last. The spring rains will come again.
~Sarah Ban Breathnach~

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Just A Goat

From time to time people tell me, "lighten up, it's just a goat," or "that's a lot of money for just a goat." They don't understand the distance traveled, the time spent, or the costs involved for just a goat. Some of my proudest moments have come about with just a goat. Many hours have passed in my only company was just a goat, but I did not once feel slighted. Some of my saddest moments have been brought about by just a goat, and in those days of darkness, the gentle touch of just a goat gave me comfort and reason to overcome the day. If you, too, think it's just a goat, then you will probably understand phrases like just a friend, just a sunrise, or just a promise. Just a goat brings into my life the very essence of friendship, trust, and pure unbridled joy. Just a goat brings out the compassion and patience that makes me a better person. Because of just a goat I will rise early, take long walks and look longingly to the future. So for me and folks like me, it is not just a goat, but an embodiment of all the hopes and dreams of the future, the fond memories of the past, and the pure joy of the moment. Just a goat brings out what's good in me and diverse my thoughts away. I hope that someday they can understand that it is not just a goat, but the thing that gives me humanity and keeps me from being just a woman. So the next time you hear the phrase just a goat, just smile, because they just don't understand. anonymous

Thursday, March 14, 2013

Small blessings

It's funny how it's the little things in life that mean the most.

Saturday, March 9, 2013

Fire and ice

Then came the morning...

Hope rose with the dawn. Shadows vanish before the sun.

By the breath of GOD frost is given...(Job 37:10)

He giveth snow like wool: he scattereth the hoarfrost like ashes.(Psalm 147:16)
Thank you GOD for another reminder that you love us so much. :)