Monthly Archives: April 2023

3rd calf 2023

Since Roni had her calf 9 days early, Mike & I figured we should probably bring April down to the barnyard SOON. Yesterday was the day, and BOY WERE WE GLAD WE DID THAT! Because this morning when we went over to milk, there she was with her first calf!❤️ Her due date wasn’t until 4-25, so this one was 12 days early.😳 April did a great job calving on her own.👍🏼 We were so grateful April had her own space to calve, while Helga & Roni were just on the other side of the fence. We prefer this type of situation rather than the rodeo we had bringing Roni & Helen down, lol.😆

Meet James! (Still gleaning names from All Creatures Great & Small😉) He is a spunky one. He and Helen share the same dad – an angus bull. <Click here to read about when his mama April was born.>

James wasn’t fond of the halter, but Mike was able to eventually get him to lead his mama into the barn. James is a bit stockier than Helen – and definitely has a thicker neck.

Lol – isn’t he adorable??🐮😍

Then Mike carried James up to join Monty & Helen.💪🏼

Monty cracks me up – he’s smiling for me!🤣

Helen is in the middle and James is on the right.🙂

Tally is now 2 boys and 1 girl, with 2 more mamas to calve.🐮🐮🐮

Granny should be up next with her due date being 4-27. Mike noticed her udder was pretty full when he went up to Mordor to check on everybody this afternoon. He was able to get her out, so now she is with Helga, Roni, and April. We are ready if she has another calf before its due date…🎉

2nd calf 2023


Mike & I headed back up to Mordor at daybreak to check on Roni. The good news is: she had her calf unassisted and it was up and moving. The irritating news is: Angel turned the morning into a rodeo.🙄😤

Fitting, really. Easter morning. Resurrection Sunday. The miracle of new birth, and the chaos that sin brings in. All in a farmer’s field. Right before our eyes!✝️🙌🏼🙏🏼

Angel’s easy to spot. The crazy white one.😆 She had Roni’s calf on the other side of the divider fence we have up to keep the cows away from the oil well in that field. She took advantage of Roni “forgetting” that she could have just gone up and around to get to that other side of the fence. <sigh>🤦🏻‍♀️

I stayed in Mordor while Mike got everything ready for us to walk Roni & her calf out of the field and down to the milking barn. Poor Roni was very stressed out, and her poor calf was confused by the chaos of the situation.😬 See Roni pleading with me to help her straighten this all out, lol?🙈

Seemed like an eternity, but finally Mike returned and was able to get the halter on the calf.👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

It’s a girl!🎀🐮 Welcome, Helen (think – All Creatures Great And Small😉). This is Roni’s first calf for us. [Click here to read about when Roni was born.] She was bred to an angus bull named Prime Effect for easy calving.👍🏼 Mike was able to push Helen under the fence to her mama; and for now, Angel was kept at bay.😬 Poor Helen was exhausted by all the hoopla. Took her a bit before she’d walk any further for us. We were beginning to wonder if I was going to have to bring the 4 wheeler in to drive her out. BUT – she finally cooperated and we walked her and Roni out of Mordor. It was hard to get ANY pics, and none of them turned out very well, but I’m grateful I at least got a few to go with her story.🤷🏻‍♀️

This one’s pretty funny. If you zoom in on Angel – in my imagination, her face perfectly describes how she feels, lol.😏

Roni chose NOT to walk down WITH Helen🙄, so Helen did end up getting to ride in the bed of the 4 wheeler while Mike walked behind it and held her down. In about 2 days, Mike will feel the aching muscles from holding/walking in that awkward position for the duration of the trek.😖

Once Helen was secure in her pen, Mike & I headed back up to encourage Roni to walk down to the barn. Our mission was finally successful.💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻

Hey look!!! The tree swallows are back!!! Mike built 6 more birdhouses this winter, so Lord willing, between them and the bluebirds, they will make good use of those houses. They are really fun birds to watch and enjoy.❤️

Once Roni was in the barn, we brought Helga in. Thankfully, milking went smoothly.👍🏼

After milking, we fed Monty first. He drank well from the bucket.❤️

Helen also did well. Started her on a bottle first, and then her afternoon feeding was in a blue bucket just like Monty.👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼 (And yes – even though Monty is a week older than Helen, she is physically bigger, lol. He’s such an adorable little guy!☺️)

And that wraps up our Easter morning. We were still able to make it to church, and enjoyed a full day with our family. Now off to bed for me. Will be a week of adjusting back into our milking routines. LOVE this time of year!🎉

2023 Tally so far: 1 boy+1 girl, and 3 more to go…🐮🐮

1st calf 2023 – grafted in!

It’s that time of year again – and there have been so many changes since last season! Our farm is growing, and not just with cows…🎉🎉🎉

Before Michael & Jennah even celebrated their one year wedding anniversary, they’d bought their first home! It’s perfect for them and has been exciting to watch them make it their own.🏡 They also started a pet sitting business, so keep them in mind if you ever need those services.🐶 [Click here for a link to Just Like Home Pet Sitting.]

After Paul & Annie got married last May, they decided to join us at the farm and were all moved in by the middle of the summer. We also learned a new addition would be arriving in March of 2023!👶🏼🎉

But first, they added 3 adorable kittens late last fall. They have been delightful and are soooo entertaining to watch play with one another! They LOVE people and getting attention. We do love having kitties on the farm again.😻😻😻

Meet: Freddie (white & orange), Frances (white calico), and Freda (gray). I’m quite sure there will be lots of pics of them moving forward, lol…🥰

🎉🎉🎉Just a little over 3 weeks ago, our new granddaughter was born!🎀 Ayla is absolutely beautiful, and what a gift it is to see our baby not only as a husband, but as a father, too.❤️ Granny & Pappy are so grateful for her safe delivery, and we treasure each moment spent with her.✝️🎁

That brings us to today’s addition, 4-8-23.🐮 We’re partnering with some friends of ours to begin with the first calf this year. They brought over their cow, Helga, along with her week old calf, Monty (think British TV – Gardeners’ World, lol).🐮🇬🇧 We’re grafting them into our dairy & calf herds, and looking forward to watching them grow alongside ours.❤️

Here’s Jennifer leading Helga off the trailer. Mike followed behind with Monty.🐮🐮

Monty hasn’t had much practice with a halter yet, but considering that, he did pretty good.😆 He is half Jersey and half Dexter, so he’ll be a smaller animal. Makes him extra cute!🐮

Helga acted like she already knew our layout! Walked right into the barn and headlock with no problems.👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Love our friends, Jennifer and Grant!❤️

Poor Grant got to experience a little bit of what Mike does on a regular basis with me, lol – crazy picture-taking, farmer chick…🫣📷

Not the greatest pics of Monty in the barn, but will try to get better ones as time goes on.👍🏼

Jennifer & I went out to check on Helga. She did well with milking and will stay down here by the barn to meet the other new mamas as they come down over the next week or so. I’ll try to get better pictures of her, too.🐮

It’s a blessing we’ll have Helga’s milk to add to what we get from our girls. We only have 4 of our girls bred for 2023, so our volume will be down. We are grateful for how the Lord provides.✝️❤️

Roni is slated to have the next calf. April 18th is her due date – BUT – when we went up to check on her this evening, we noticed the birthing process has begun!🎉

We are hoping to make it to Sunday School and Church in the morning, but looks like this arrival could make that a little challenging…🥴🙏🏼

Mike & I decided to put the runway fence up as the sun was setting. Will help us with time in the morning and thought maybe we’d catch a glimpse of the new calf before dark – or at least see if Roni needed any help with calving. This will be her first calf for us.🙏🏼

Another new addition to the farm is Paul & Annie’s gator. WOW was it nice to borrow it tonight for what we needed to do! Our four wheeler is still around and used every day, but as Mike & I get older, we can definitely see the benefit to getting in and out of a side-by-side vehicle.🙈 Might be on the lookout for one of these for ourselves, lol…👵🏼👴🏼

It was SUCH a beautiful night – PERFECT for a calf to be born…❤️

No, those aren’t city lights in the background, those are our curious, cud-chewing, zombie cows, lol…😂

Mike could see feet coming out, but Roni made it plain that she didn’t want any help. Us staying up there was only getting the rest of our animals all worked up.🙄😬 Soooo – I guess we’ll have to wait until Easter morning to see what we find. Lord willing, she will be ok and have a cleaned-up, well-fed calf up there when we come back. And if not, we pray for the Wisdom necessary to discern the next step in the situation. This is one of the hard parts of farming: watching and waiting…🙏🏼


It’s well past midnight now as I get the last of this post typed up before I crash. I can’t help but marvel at the miracle of creation – the miracle of Christ’s resurrection – the miracle of salvation to those whose faith is in Jesus Christ – and how I’ve been grafted in to the family of God. WOW.✝️🙌🏼

“I say then, they did not stumble so as to fall, did they? May it never be! But by their transgression salvation has come to the Gentiles, to make them jealous. Now if their transgression is riches for the world and their failure is riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their fulfillment be! But I am speaking to you who are Gentiles. Inasmuch then as I am an apostle of Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, if somehow I might move to jealousy my fellow countrymen and save some of them. For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? If the first piece of dough is holy, the lump is also; and if the root is holy, the branches are too. But if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive, were grafted in among them and became partaker with them of the rich root of the olive tree, do not be arrogant toward the branches; but if you are arrogant, remember that it is not you who supports the root, but the root supports you. You will say then, “Branches were broken off so that I might be grafted in.” Quite right, they were broken off for their unbelief, but you stand by your faith. Do not be conceited, but fear; for if God did not spare the natural branches, He will not spare you, either. Behold then the kindness and severity of God; to those who fell, severity, but to you, God’s kindness, if you continue in His kindness; otherwise you also will be cut off. And they also, if they do not continue in their unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. For if you were cut off from what is by nature a wild olive tree, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these who are the natural branches be grafted into their own olive tree? For I do not want you, brethren, to be uninformed of this mystery—so that you will not be wise in your own estimation—that a partial hardening has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in; and so all Israel will be saved; just as it is written, “The Deliverer will come from Zion, He will remove ungodliness from Jacob.” “This is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins.” From the standpoint of the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but from the standpoint of God’s choice they are beloved for the sake of the fathers; for the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. For just as you once were disobedient to God, but now have been shown mercy because of their disobedience, so these also now have been disobedient, that because of the mercy shown to you they also may now be shown mercy. For God has shut up all in disobedience so that He may show mercy to all. Oh, the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! How unsearchable are His judgments and unfathomable His ways! For who has known the mind of the Lord, or who became His counselor? Or who has first given to Him that it might be paid back to him again? For from Him and through Him and to Him are all things. To Him be the glory forever. Amen.”
‭‭Romans‬ ‭11‬:‭11‬-‭36‬ ‭NASB1995‬‬