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About Dawn Roberts

Followers of Jesus Christ masquerading as homeschooling, homechurching, baseball players/fans, & farmers.

25 years ago today…

…Mike & I stood in a church and pledged our love to one another even though we had no idea what that meant. The Lord allowed us to begin life as husband and wife, and add two sons just a few years later. For the first thirteen years, we tried to live life in our own strength, but in His mercy and grace, the Lord removed the veil from our eyes so we could see ourselves for who we truly were – two sinners in desperate need of a Savior. He rescued us from the dominion of darkness and brought us into the kingdom of the Son whom He loves – Jesus Christ, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. He qualified us to join in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of Light. And we will forever be grateful.✝️❤️

Our journey has not been smooth, but it has been sure. Each detail along the way has had a purpose. And each purpose has been for God’s glory and our good. Watching how the Lord has used life’s events to also draw our sons to Himself has been another gift that we will forever be grateful for.✝️❤️

And now, just two Sundays ago, we watched our son become a husband to Jennah, and we have gained a daughter. It was a beautiful, God-honoring day, and our hearts are full. Thank You, Jesus.🙏🏼

Just a few pictures that got captured on phones…💕

A surprise dance for our 25th anniversary…

5th and final calf 2021

We wondered if Sarge might have her calf this morning… She’s been looking “close” for a couple days now. Her due date wasn’t until 6-5…

We had friends over for a cookout today, and when we went on a walk, I noticed Sarge was off by herself and was leaking milk. Sure enough – a couple hours later, Mike’s mom went on a walk, and there was her calf!🇺🇸🐮

Notice that Gluey never misses a photobomb opportunity, lol.🙄
Poor Sarge. She had Gluey and Nat being pretty nosey with her baby.🤦🏻‍♀️

This is Sarge’s 6th calf for us. <Click here to read about when Sarge was born.> How fitting that Sarge had her calf on Memorial Day!🇺🇸 And <click here to read about the calf she had last year.>

Mike & I went down to get the halter and open up the fences for the walk to the barn.🐮

It was fun to have so many spectators here for this big day!🐮
It’s a girl!!💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻

We decided to end our calving season the way we started it – by naming her after a special friend. Our first calf this year was named after our friend Gary, and today we named our calf after our friend Tara.☺️ Tara and her family were our spectators today. Her daughter, Jennah, will be marrying Michael this fall.❤️

Sarge was AI’d to “Bender,” a milking shorthorn. What a blessing that the two cows we purposely bred to a dairy bull both had heifers for us! Another gift from the Lord.✝️ (We weren’t able to find a picture of Bender to include in this post.) Time will tell if Mattie and Tara will be future dairy girls for us.🙏🏼

Here is Sarge encouraging Tara to follow her…
But it was a long walk for a tiny girl, so Mike carried her for a bit.😉
Poor Mike had these hovering mamas all over him, lol!😂
Jennah took this cute pic with Nat (Tara’s big sister) bawling in the background, LOL.😆
Michael carried Tara the rest of the way to the barn to give his dad a break.👴🏼
Mike milked Sarge just enough to make a bottle for Tara.🍼
And Tara did a great job of guzzling down her first bottle.👍🏼
And here is Tara petting Tara.☺️

What a blessing today was! A delightful time of food and fellowship with special family, and the ending of our calving season with another healthy miracle. Our hearts are overflowing with thanksgiving, and we move forward seeking Wisdom from our heavenly Father as we all transition into new seasons.✝️😇🙏🏼

Final tally 2021: 3 boys and 2 girls.🐮🐮🐮🐮🐮

Here is our future new daughter, Jennah, with Michael.❤️❤️

Father, thank you for all the men and women who sacrificed their lives to protect our freedoms.🇺🇸✝️🙏🏼

4th calf 2021

Saw some extra activity with our dairy girls this morning… Figured Gluey may have had her calf, and we were right! Hooray – calf #4 came unassisted on a beautiful morning. Thank You, Lord…😇

It’s a good thing we disconnected the wire before we headed up!

This is Gluey’s 11th calf for us. <Click here to read about her calf from last year.>

It’s a boy!🎉 Keeping with our John Wayne/True Grit theme, his name is La Boeuf…(pronounced La-Beef, lol😂)

Gluey was bred to “Gauge” – a beef shorthorn. (Gary and Rooster have the same dad.)

Gluey did a great job of cleaning him up, and it was a perfect morning to welcome a new calf.🐮
La Boeuf did a great job and walked all the way down to the barn.👍🏼
All that adventure made for a hungry calf this afternoon.🥛😍

Only one more calf to go…

Current tally is 3 boys and 1 girl.❤️❤️❤️❤️

3rd calf 2021

This post will begin where the last one ended…

Ruby was in the process of having her calf when we were wrapping everything up from this morning’s milking.🐮

Since she had the barnyard to herself, Mike & I decided to leave her alone while we went home to have breakfast. After we were done, Mike went back to check things out.

Praise the Lord! Another calf healthy calf born without our help.❤️

It’s a boy!🐮 We are sticking with our John Wayne/True Grit theme like we did with Mattie, so this guy has been named Rooster.🤠😂

This is Ruby’s 3rd calf for us. <Click here to read about her calf last year.> <And click here to read about when Ruby was born.>

Ruby was AI’d to a beef shorthorn bull named Gauge. (So Gary and Rooster have the same sire.) Here is a picture we found online of him:

We let Ruby & Rooster bond for awhile, and Mike went and got a few more pictures after coffee break.☕️

Normally we give the calves their afternoon feeding between 3-4, so we thought that would be a good time to bring Rooster into the barn and milk his mama. We only needed enough for a bottle in case he hadn’t eaten from her in the field.

Rooster is another B-I-G calf. He might even be bigger than Gary!😮 Rooster was pretty tuckered out from his entrance into the world today, and he showed no interest in getting up, let alone walking, lol. So it was an easy decision to bring the 4wheeler over to drive him to the barn.

Uno & Nat admiring Rooster from their side of the fence while Mike prepares to pick up this 100# calf…😬💪🏼

Rooster was not as easy to carry as Mattie was just a few hours before…🥴 Thankfully Mike only had to get him on and off the 4wheeler, and then into his pen.👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

We noticed one of Ruby’s quarters was pretty empty, so we’re pretty sure Rooster ate while he was with her. He did drink some of his bottle, but really just wanted to lie down and rest. He’d had a pretty big day, lol.☺️

And Mike & I feel like we’ve had a big day, too, lol!👴🏼👵🏼

Thank You, Lord, for these first three calves. They are each unique and special, and we’ll do the best we can to care for them while we are caretakers of them. We are so grateful we still have this opportunity to be farming here. Continue to equip and grow us with each step of this journey. We are excited to see what You will teach us each and every day. Amen.✝️

New tally is 2 boys, 1 girl. Lord willing, the final two are due around May 25th and June 5th.🙏🏼

Meet Mattie – 2nd calf 2021

With the body language Mike & I observed in Uno and Ruby on Tuesday afternoon, we expected to see their calves arrive Wednesday morning…🤔

BUT…we were wrong, lol (silly farmers🙄). Uno’s didn’t make its appearance until this morning. And you’ll see by the end of this post that Ruby had hers several hours after that. Both of these calves were born on their due date.👍🏼

This is the view we were greeted with when we came over to milk Nat this morning.🐮

Uno is the black & white one in the middle. If you zoom in, you can make out the calf standing next to her.❤️
Sarge, Nat, & Ruby were all very interested in the calf, too…
This one was A LOT tinier than Gary was!
Mike had no problem getting the halter on. It’s a girl!❤️

This is Uno’s 6th calf for us. <Click here to read about her calf from last year.> <Click here to read about when Uno was born.>

We had Uno AI’d with semen from Comanche, a milking shorthorn, so we were pleased that we got a girl. Lord willing, she will be a future milk cow for us.✝️🙏🏼

Here is a picture of Comanche that we found online. How fun to see that Mattie has some of her dad’s markings!👍🏼

Mike wanted to name her Mattie. (Think: John Wayne movie – True Grit.🤠) I think that’s the perfect name for her!😍

Mattie likes the camera, lol…🥰

No one really seemed too interested in walking this morning, so Mike ended up just carrying Mattie to the barn.🥰

Thankfully, she wasn’t the 100 pounds that Gary was on Monday. Mike thinks Mattie is maybe 50-60 pounds…

Now Gary has some company in the barn.☺️

Mattie took her first bottle just fine.👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
(And Gary has advanced nicely into drinking from his big-boy bucket, lol…😂)
LOVE seeing all the pretty white markings on Mattie…😄
She is super sweet…💕
AND – apparently, she loves to pose for me, too…📸

When we finished clean up from milking, we noticed Ruby was getting ready to have her calf. Mike moved the other mamas to the back part of Eisengard so Ruby could have some peace, lol. Lord willing, I’ll have a post up about her calf by this evening.

Tally after Mattie was 1 boy, 1 girl.🐮🐮

More details coming soon about calf #3…🙏🏼

Out to pasture and 1st calf 2021

Here we are again. Another year of grazing, and another year of babies.❤️

2021 marks our 15th year of calving! We had a longer break from milking this year since we purposely waited to breed our mamas a month later than what we’ve done in the past. We thought this would maybe decrease some of the mud issues we’ve faced in past Marches, and also give the grasses an extra month to grow so our mamas’ feed would be more lush after calving. As it turned out, this season has not been a wet one, lol.🤷🏻‍♀️ But that’s ok – we were happy to have this longer break to prepare us for whatever is to come for 2021.🙏🏼

Last week we finished up getting all our groups of cows out from their winter area and out grazing in the pastures. It is always such a delight to see everything turn green and flowers pop out in the Spring!🌷

The yearlings were the first to move. Here they are on the 13th.☀️

Here are the dairy girls in route to their paddock in the Shire on the 19th.🌤

We’re expecting 5 calves this season. 3 of them are due on April 30th. One is Ruby…
Another one is Uno…
And lastly, we have Nat as the 3rd one due on the 30th. HOWEVER, you’ll see as this post continues that she actually had her calf this afternoon.🐮
Gluey is due 5-25.
And Sarge is the last one due on 6-5.

And then the last group to move on the 19th was our beef herd.

So that’s all our grazers, and now it’s time for babies!!💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻

Today, Mike left the farm for a bit to help a friend. He gave me a head’s up that he was pretty sure it looked like Nat was prepping to have her calf soon. It was nice the girls were in the Shire by our house. I checked on them every hour or so. It wasn’t long and I saw an extra face in the grass…😍

I zoomed in from our yard and txted Mike to let him know he was right.😆
I got a little closer, and could see all was well.
It was good to see Nat got her calf up, but I never saw it eating…
But she did introduce it to the water trough, lol…🤦🏻‍♀️

Once Mike returned, we got the fences ready and started the routine of bringing the calf and mama to the milking barn.

Nat was where she was supposed to be, and her calf was on the other side of the fence…
The calf stayed laying down until Mike got the halter on.👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼
It’s a boy!!❤️

We decided to name him Gary, in honor of one of our friends who is recovering from a very serious surgery. Lord willing, he’ll be well enough to come out and visit his namesake before the summer is over.🙏🏼

Next step was to get Gary back on the same side of the fence as his mama, in hopes they would both walk to the barn together…
…but it didn’t work…Nat just wasn’t interested in coming over & Gary didn’t want to walk to her…😬
Do you hear crickets??😂

Plan B involved calling Michael. He was home from work, so Mike asked if he wouldn’t mind bringing the 4wheeler over, lifting Gary up onto it, and then helping to drive Gary to the barn. We’re grateful he was willing to help, and Mike was especially happy he didn’t need to carry this calf!😬

I wasn’t going to put this picture in, but zoom in on Gluey in the background, lololol…😂🤦🏻‍♀️
His mama, Nat, is in the background…just wants to eat. This is pretty typical of her. She’s had 3 calves for us so far. Nat was bred to “Gauge” – a beef shorthorn. Last year we decided to not use our own bull anymore, so all 5 of our dairy girls were AI’d.
Here is a picture we found online of Gauge.

<Click here to read about Nat’s calf from last year.>

<And here if you’d like to read about when Nat was born.>

Michael drove while Mike jogged behind. All I had to do was run the gate and take pictures, lol.🙃
Mission successful!👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Then Mike & I went back to bring Nat over for a milking. We figured she’d be at the back of the pack so everyone would make the trek, and we were right, lol.😏

I love these walks with our girls…❤️ So excited to have begun another milkng season. Thank You, Lord, for this gift!✝️
Once we got Nat in the barn, we walked the other 4 back to the pasture. We got enough milk to feed Gary, and he was happy to eat.😋
The sweet sound of a successful feeding…✝️❤️

Now that the dust has been blown off the blog, I look forward to writing more updates as babies arrive.☺️

Wow, Lord. What a perfect day to bring our first calf of 2021. Thank You for giving us this opportunity to be here and capture pictures of life on this farm. Continue to prepare us for what is to come, and may we never cease to be amazed at how You orchestrate every detail, always.✝️❤️🙏🏼

Current tally: 1 boy. Lord willing, 4 more calves to go!

8th calf 2020

Hooray! Our final calf for 2020 has arrived!👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Seems like we’ve been waiting f-o-r-e-v-e-r for Gluey to have her calf.🙄 She’s notorious for having late calves, but once we hit the two-week late mark, we started to get concerned. She wasn’t acting sickly, and her udder never really got huge – so we began to wonder if we had calculated her due date wrong…🤔

YEP!🤦🏻‍♀️ (Record keeping is a good thing when done correctly, lol.😏)

Her new due date became 7-2, but her calf actually arrived today, 7-1.

Paul actually was the one to find him. He had gone up on the hill to mow the campfire area he and Michael had made. The cows were up there staring at him, and so was an extra little guy, lol. Here is the pic he txted me. (Gluey is the light one with the goofy face, and Nat is the other one. Notice how the calf is drifting toward the one NOT his momma.🙄🤦🏻‍♀️)

And of course, Mike had JUST LEFT to go get some farm supplies, so it was just me and Paul.😳

Here’s what I saw after I made my way to Paul.

Here’s Gluey trying to figure out if the calf is hers…😆

And here’s Nat arguing with her, lol…🙃

At first, Paul & I were going to let them all hang together and wait for Mike to return…

BUT. The calf had other plans, and promptly went under the electric fence. Which of course stressed ALL the mamas out.🤨

After I fumbled around a bit, I was able to get a halter on the calf, and I know I breathed a little sigh of relief!

Meet Christopher. He is Gluey’s 10th calf. <Click here to ready about her calf from last year.>

(He wasn’t too happy about the halter at first, lol…)

Then he decided to chill and rest…

Once Mike returned, he met us and we all walked down together.

Mike decided to hand-milk Gluey since we only needed a half gallon to feed Christopher this afternoon. It didn’t take long and we had plenty…🥛🐮

And Christopher took to his bottle perfectly. Thank You, Lord!🥰

Ahh. 2020 calving season is now officially over! The 6 older calves are growing really well, and Winnie and Christopher are off to a really good start. PRAISE THE LORD.✝️🙌🏼

Final tally is 4 boys and 4 girls.👍🏼

Father, thank You for this season that is now complete. And thank You in advance for the new one that is beginning. Prepare us to handle the ups and downs with grace and mercy. Continue to grow us more dependent on You each day. Use the circumstances of our lives to reveal more of Your Truths, and strengthen us by the power of Your Word…🙏🏼

7th calf 2020

Here we are again – finally time for another new calf post!❤️

Yesterday morning, Mike thought it looked like Rosie might have had a calf. (The cows are in a field not far from our house, so he was looking from our back yard.)

After feeding the older batch of calves, we headed out to the Shire to check things out.

Yep – Rosie had her first calf unassisted and all cleaned up. Thank You, Lord!✝️

Meet Winnifred.❤️ (Gonna call her Winnie…🙃) She has beautiful markings and did a good job moving with her mama into Green Dragon so they could spend the day and night together. <Click here to read about when Rosie was born.>

This pic cracks me up – it’s like Rosie is saying, “Wait – you mean I need to stay here by myself with this thing??”😆

Here we are this morning – it was a misty-humid, typical Ohio, summer morning.🥵 Since I couldn’t keep up with the fast pace, zooming in made for lots of blurry pictures.🙄😬 Winnie shot up and stuck with Rosie all the way out the gate. BUT – then she stopped and came toward Mike, lol. She patiently waited for him to get the halter on her and then headed toward the barn.👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

We were grateful Michael was with us to help get Winnie into the barn before he headed out to work down the road.❤️

Now our tally is 4 girls and 3 boys. Only one more to go!👍🏼 Gluey should be having her calf any day now…

What a beautiful season this has been!✝️🙏🏼

Uniting the calves

Not sure why the video shows sideways on my phone…🤷🏻‍♀️

Was a beautiful morning to move the three youngest calves over to join the others. Always a delight to watch them interact with one another and try out those running legs!😆

First one to make the trip was Hank – the baby…who is actually bigger than all his older siblings, lol. His longer coat really makes him look fluffy!🙂

Next up was Sam…😊

And then, April. She pretty much ran over like she knew what she was doing…☺️

This afternoon’s feeding will be interesting… Probably some chaos will be involved, but normally it doesn’t take too long for them to catch on to the routine.🙃🙏🏼

6th calf 2020

We knew there was a high probability that today would be the day calf #6 arrived. So we can’t say we were shocked, lol. It was 44° and the wind made it feel like it was 29°. Typical Ohio spring day!😆❄️🌷

When we got up to Mordor to do our calf check, no animals were in sight. (The last couple days, they were all close to the gate at the water trough, BUT NOT TODAY.🙄) So in we went to about as far back as the large field goes…

And there was Ruby with her fuzzy calf.🙂

This is Ruby’s second calf for us. [Click here to read about her calf from last year.] [Click here to read about when Ruby was born.]

It’s a boy! His name is Hank. (brainstormed through other characters from Avengers movies to go with Bucky and Sam😉)

Wasn’t too bad getting him on a halter since the fence was right there.

Then, of course, the others needed to come over and meet Hank…😂

Ruby wasn’t the best leader, and it didn’t take long to see walking them both all the way down to the barn wasn’t going to work. Hank is HUGE, and Mike didn’t really want to pick him up…😬 BUT – that’s the only way to get him onto the four-wheeler, so…💪🏼

Sadly, Hank was not cooperating very well, and there was no way for Mike to get a good hold of him walking behind the four-wheeler.🤨 So back down to the ground he went.🤔

Only other option was to shake the dust off the limo. It’s been a few years since we’ve used the farm truck to bring down a calf, but today it was just what we needed…👍🏼

Now I’ll be truthful here – it was scary for me, staying up with Hank & crew while Mike scurried down to get the truck. Remember – I’m the weirdo farmer chick who is afraid of animals…🤦🏻‍♀️🙏🏼 I’m happy to report that nothing crazy happened with the animals – no one tried to attack me, lol, and Hank didn’t pull me all over with his halter. Thank You, Lord!👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Endured a few snow squalls before Mike returned…🥶

Once Mike got back, he lifted Hank onto the bed of the truck. I helped him get a good hold of two legs on each side of him and we started down to the barn. Hard to take pics with just the two of us, but I managed to get a couple. They aren’t very good, but you get the idea.😉

Here is Hank all safe & sound in the barn.👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Next we headed back up to Mordor to walk Ruby down. Our approach was to call the four cows to us, get them to come to the gate, weed out Ruby, and head down. Three cows cooperated with our plan. ONE DID NOT. Guess which one?🤦🏻‍♀️

Here is the group hearing us calling them and considering heading toward us…

And in this pic, if you zoom in, you can see Ruby leaving the group and heading the opposite direction…🙄

So now my job was to keep these guys away from the gate while Mike rounded up Ruby on the four-wheeler.😬

Mission accomplished!💃🏻💃🏻💃🏻

Didn’t get done with morning chores until after noon today. Definitely a long morning, but also such a blessing.❤️

Our first six calves have arrived safe and sound! We’re expecting two more in June sometime, so we’ll have a little bit of a break with calving until then.

Our count is tied up now: three boys and three girls.☺️