Monthly Archives: April 2013

Moo-ving catch up

Moved Winchester to join the other calves almost 2 weeks ago (April 18th). Just haven’t had time to record it until today. His trip was filled with the LEAST amount of enthusiasm compared to the other 8 calves’ trips. He didn’t like walking (or running) with a halter. Nor did he cooperate with a playful pic exploring his new big space.





Xray, on the other hand, barely stayed still long enough to get a non-blurry pic, lol! We moved him over last Monday, the 22nd. πŸ™‚








Time Tantrum

OK, so I figured that since I’ve already shared with two sisters today that I had a tantrum this morning, I may as well just blog it. Perhaps it will help someone else out there to avoid one…’cause they sure aren’t pretty. 😦

Just had a tantrum this morning about not getting to do “what I want”…like reading, studying, rambling, blogging…um, I’ll just call it “playing”…

I always seem to have more on my plate than what I can physically do in a day. And somehow I forget that when I just remember to practice contentedness in wherever I’m at, the Lord surprises me with T-I-M-E. Time (like, momentary) where my joy transcends my task, and time (like, extra minutes) where I actually DO get to “play”. How many times have I seen Him do this again, and again, and again? [sigh]

Heard a program this week about “repenting for the lesson of the loaves”. Referring to how the disciples were straining at the oars of their boat during a storm, and how they freaked out when they saw Jesus walking on the water, enter their boat, and calm the winds – JUST AFTER they had witnessed His miracle of feeding the five thousand. (Mark 6:30-52)

Click here for the link to hear the 4-22-13 Haven Today program. πŸ™‚

SOOO ME today. How quickly I forget!!

Father, forgive me for doubting that you can handle my problems. For fretting about “the details”, because I think I can do Your job. For refusing to see that Your work can be found in EVERY task. For being impatient when I don’t get what I want. For forgetting that YOU KNOW my heart’s desires, and will grant them at the perfect time as I practice walking in obedience to You. It’s amazing to me “what” You can use to encourage me – the listening ears of my husband, and even the words from sisters who simply admit that they have a hard time fitting in “playtime”, too! I pray for all who struggle with contentedness in the mundane tasks. And I pray Your Words: For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of His glorious riches He may strengthen you with power through His Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledgeβ€”that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to His power that is at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. (Ephesians 3:14-21 NIV)

Wear & tear and a little fence repair

Prayers of thanksgiving this week for fixes, fixers, and The Fixer. πŸ™‚

A cold front blew through on Friday, and the winds snapped a dead tree onto a section of our fence.



Lol – my 3 goofy boys! πŸ™‚


Fortunately, this break was an easy fix for them. They cut the tree off, and were able to staple the same fence back up. (And they were so quick, that I didn’t make it out to get a “serious” pic of them working, lol!) No broken posts, and no hurt or escaped animals! πŸ™‚


And then Saturday, a vein disintegrated in our milk system’s vacuum pump…

Mike was able to tear the pump apart; however, we aren’t always able to fix everything ourselves. But we sure are grateful for companies who are available to help when we need it!

I don’t think there’s ever a “good time” for anything to break, or to have to seek outside assistance… But as we focused on the blessings, the Lord helped us in the process of the journey:

We got our milking done that morning. BLESSING
We bought that pump used & for over 6 years it has worked perfectly for us. BLESSING
Service was out to us within a few hours. BLESSING
Since we only milk once-a-day, the late cleanup didn’t affect our milking schedule. BLESSING
The day was frigid cold, but Mike had weather appropriate clothes to keep him warm. BLESSING
Mike’s mechanical skills were utilized to reduce the amount of another’s labor. BLESSING





Father, we thank You for minds that can troubleshoot problems, and hands that can fix things. Sometimes they’re ours, and sometimes they’re others, but You coordinate them all to work together to make things right. What a blessing to watch Your handiwork develop! Help us to focus on the blessings in every situation – not dwell on the negatives or unknowns. We acknowledge You are THE FIXER, and pray for strength to submit to Your plan…even in the unexpected & unplanned for hardships. Keep our focus on today, not tomorrow – and that in Your time, answers will come. May we be faithful as we walk. Amen

WELCOME – 9th calf 2013

Hooray – another healthy delivery!! Meet Gluey’s bull calf, Xray. πŸ™‚


As with all our animals, he comes with a story, lol. His mama (not the brightest cow on the block) chose to have him at the furthest end of the field in the overgrown briar patch – just like Buttercup had.


Mike carried Xray out of the briars, and expected Gluey to follow him. BUT, she stayed in the briars “looking” for her calf.


Thought maybe she’d come out to eat the hay Mike brought up, but no. Stayed in the briars. Ug. 😦

So, back we went with baby-in-tow. The boys flushed Gluey out of the briars, Mike brought Xray out of the truck, she FINALLY realized where her baby was, and the parade to the barn began. πŸ™‚




Here’s Suezy & Pax, watching the parade. Not too much longer & they should be in their own parade! πŸ™‚


Xray made it almost as far as Winchester did. Then he got a ride down the rest of the way.


Only 3 more calves left to come…

Power-washing barn clothes

Before I married Mike, I had NO IDEA what Carhartt’s even were, lol. Let alone the difference between overalls & coveralls! But now, they are a big part of our daily living – and I can’t imagine being without them… πŸ™‚


Such useful outergarments – for trudging through briars, warmth in brutal winds and cold, and my favorite part – protection of regular clothes, underneath. πŸ™‚

And they last for YEARS! Oh, they get stained & ragged after a decade or so, but thankfully, that doesn’t ruin their functionality. Truly, a great investment if you work outside through all the seasons in our neck-of-the-woods. πŸ™‚

Normally, I just rotate throwing a pair into our washing machine at the end of our cold season, so they are ready for late fall. BUT, when your washing machine has died 😦 & you haven’t found a new/used one yet, the mind does start to wander as your already-dingy-basement piles up with more piles to wash…

How does that saying go? “Necessity is the mother of invention…” or something like that ?

Our power-washer actually worked really great as a “washing machine” & using our dilapidated picket fence as the backdrop, lol.

Mike sprayed the items wet…


I spritzed on diluted lye soap…


he power-rinsed them off…


and the sunshine + wind dried them on our clothesline.


I don’t think I’ll ever throw them in a washing machine again – they really don’t need to be “street-clothes clean” – it’s just nice to get the brunt of the dirt/mud off. πŸ™‚

Also worked good for cleaning our rain suits, a sleeping bag, some canvas bags, & a throw rug!

WELCOME – 8th calf 2013

Today, Caramel had her first calf. It’s a boy!! πŸ™‚

Technically, his name should be Whiskey – since we are now on “W” of the aviator’s alphabet… But since I have an aversion to whiskey, we’ve decided to name him Winchester instead. πŸ™‚

For Caramel being a first-time mama, she did a good job cleaning up her baby. Here he is not long after he was born.


Now he’s cleaned up & ready to go!





Winchester made it a little over half-way down, and then decided he was done walking, lol…

Poor little guy had a muddy walk today. (That’s ok, though…we really needed this rain!) πŸ™‚


Mike carried/coaxed him down the rest of the way.

Victor was excited to meet his new brother! πŸ™‚


Only 4 more calves left to go… πŸ™‚

Childhood “alphabet code”

Met up with a friend from my past this week on Facebook, and was reminded of the alphabet code she & I made up in our elementary school days… It has been a joy to reminisce with her and catch up! πŸ™‚

I remember creating it with her…trying to use features from each letter, but just mixing the features up. We would write short stories in a notebook, trade them, decipher them, and even graded them, I think! Yep. Began rambling a LONG time ago! πŸ™‚

I’ve often thought about our “code” over the years, and at one point tried to impress my boys with it… (Which completely UNimpressed them – in fact, it was further proof that their mom was weird um, different, lol!)

There are two letters I can’t remember: Q and Z, but I don’t think that’s too bad considering that was 30 years ago or so! πŸ™‚

Perhaps there are other creative young minds who will have fun playing with our code…? πŸ™‚