Category Archives: Family

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…

10-25-21 UPDATE: And here are a few more pics from their photographer that we can add to this post.❤️

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.🇺🇸✝️🙏🏼

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!✝️🙏🏼

Meet Roni – 1st calf 2020

Not gonna lie. This one caught us off-guard.😯 Yes – we knew calving season was approaching. But it just didn’t “feel” like it was gonna be this soon, lol. We were thinking next week would be the earliest…🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ But God knew. And today we started our 2020 season with a beautiful heifer from Uno. This is Uno’s 5th calf for us. [Click here to see the post from her calf from last year.] [Click here to read about when Uno was born.]

Mike txted me this when he went up to feed hay this afternoon.

After the shock wore off, we stopped working on our current projects, made a list of things to do before we could bring them down, and got to work: cleaning up the milk house (which had recently been serving as a maple sap rendering station), creating temporary calf pens in the top of the milking barn, checking runway fencing, and hooking up some electric wire along the field up on top of the hill. An extra bonus was that Michael was home from work to be extra hands if we needed him.👏🏼💪🏼

We’ve been getting A LOT of rain here lately, so everywhere is pretty yucky.😬 Thank You, Lord for boots that can handle wet and slimy mud!!👍🏼

Uno did a great job cleaning her calf up. We decided to name her Roni. (Sounds like the end of macaroni. Think: short and slang for Corona. Because – well – that’s how my brain works – I think about what’s going on around me…😂)

She allowed Mike to walk right up to her to get the halter on.❤️

And off we headed out of Mordor and to the milking barn.

Uno dropped her afterbirth on the way down…

We decided to keep them both together until tomorrow, so Roni came with us into the milking barn while we did a quick check on Uno. All was well, and back out into the field, we went.

We should have 7 more calves to arrive this year. They will be spread out longer than our normal six week window, as we had problems getting our girls bred last year.

2019 was a challenging season for us. It had been another wet year, and our ground really suffered. That, in turn, had consequences in the fertility of our soil, which led to pastures that did not thrive, and health issues for both our dairy girls and our calves. It got bad enough, that we ended up shutting down our herdshare dairy in October. Severing ties with over 30 families made it an emotional end-of-milking for us, but the Lord could not have made it more clear that that chapter needed to end.😔

So 2020 will be the beginning of a re-boot here. We’ll be reducing the sizes of our herds so we have less animals on the land. That way, we can amend the different pastures with what they are deficient in, so they can recover and thrive again. Depending on the quality and quantity of our milk this season, we’re prayerful we’ll have enough to feed our family and perhaps to even feed out a couple pigs. We sold our bull the end of October, so any breeding we do will be artificial breeding as we move forward. Our desire would be that in a few years, this land will be able to support more animals again and that we’ll be able to continue providing food for our family and others.🙏🏼

The Lord will use t-i-m-e to show us what is next here. Something new He introduced for 2020 is the rotation of harvesting timber from some of the farm’s wooded areas over a pattern of years. Mike has enjoyed walking the woods with the forester and learning more about better timber management.🌳 (And drooling about a future sawmill some day.😉) This avenue fits in perfect with the firewood harvesting we do each year, and the woodworking Mike enjoys dabbling in when he can.❤️

Our prayer is that we honor the Lord with each of these decisions alongside Mike’s parents. We recognize that He is moving us in the direction He wants us to go, and we cling to Him each step of the way. There will be seasons where we work off-farm for a bit, and there will be others where we get to stay here. If we focus on what we don’t know, it can be overwhelming. But when our focus remains steadfast on Christ, He is faithful to direct our paths. We wouldn’t have it any other way! Been there, done that.😉✝️🙏🏼

We are so grateful for the support we’ve had since day one, and we appreciate all the encouragement and prayers we continue to receive in this farming journey!🥰

Stay tuned!☺️

Four years in the making…

It all started with this picture that came up on my social media feed back in January of 2015:

I LOVED how it looked like a sewn quilt, but was actually crocheted. I did some research and I think the pattern was called Grandmother’s Flower Garden… At that time, I was looking for a project that was portable with the potential to be connected into something bigger. Also, our down comforter seemed to be losing some of its warmth, so the thought of making something functional AND pretty was intriguing.🧶

I decided to create my own pattern since I wasn’t finding what I wanted as I searched. We found some hexagon graph paper, and Mike helped me map it out.🤓

After researching all about different fibers, we decided to use wool.🐑

And even though I knew the cost to make it would be higher, I really wanted to use yarn from a smaller company. I was excited when I learned about Brown Sheep Yarn, and that a small, local yarn shop had it in stock.🧶

In October of 2015, we started acquiring skeins. (I could crochet 21 hexagons from each skein.) Each one was $8, so we just purchased them for the flower petals as we had the funds. We waited until we had a larger chunk saved up to purchase all the yellow at once. A benefit to this kind of patchwork project is that dye lots are really not that important. Any slight color variations wouldn’t really be noticed. We also did not assign flower colors on our graphed pattern until after I had most of the flowers done. I had no color preferences for the flower petals going into the project, but I wanted the middle of each flower to be the same yellow. I wanted the flowers to be random. (In reality, it is more like planned random, lol.😂) I wanted there to be enough flower colors that when I laid them all out, I wouldn’t have two of the same color next to one another.🌸

Next, I found a hexagon pattern I liked. I didn’t want something that used a ton of yarn (like the one in the original picture), or that was complicated to make. The one I settled on only had 3 rounds, and I could complete one in under 8 minutes. It was perfect.👍🏼 (I used a size “F” hook.)

Click here for the link to its pattern.

In September of 2018, it was nearing the time we’d need to make the biggest purchase – all the green. We learned of an online warehouse inventory sale that Little Knits was having for Brown Sheep Nature Spun yarn, so we investigated the price for the 30 skeins. To our amazement, each one would only be $2.65!! We did a quick inventory of how many other colors we needed to complete the remaining flowers, and placed an order for what we needed. It was so exciting to actually have all the supplies here to complete the project!❤️

It took 16 months from that point to finish those remaining flowers, all the green hexagons, and then connect everything.👍🏼

When this project started, our boys were in their junior year of high school.😯 I crocheted as we watched their final two years of baseball games⚾️, it’s been my travel companion in the car wherever we’ve driven for the past four years🚗, and it was in my hands during many evenings of the colder Ohio seasons❄️. Many prayers, tears, laughs, and even irritations have all gone with this project. I’ve learned much about my creative abilities AND its limitations, lol. Creating the hexagons and flowers was easy. Making the flowers was easy. Connecting it ALL together was NOT. Ugh.🤦🏻‍♀️ Once the connecting got to the point of long, heavier strips of blanket, it was easy for me to get lost where I was on my pattern. Straight lines became “bendy,” and well…I often didn’t know which end was up!😳 I’ll just say I’m very grateful the Lord gave me Mike to double check my work and help dig me out of messes.😆 I became an expert on how to disconnect hexagons without ruining them.🙄 <For those who are not familiar with crochet – one wrong snip of the yarn and the entire hexagon could unravel.😬>

I’ll end with the funniest mistake I made the day before completion. I was down to my final group of flowers to connect to unite the two sides of my blanket. <In hindsight, with my connecting-challenged abilities, I SHOULD have just worked from left to right.> Mike helped me line up the first flower, and went to bed. Some time between picking up both sides of the blankets and getting situated on my chair to crochet it, I must have moved the flower’s position to the wrong set of green hexagons. AND I NEVER DOUBLE CHECKED ANYTHING UNTIL I WAS DONE. I had decided I was going to stay up as late as it took since the end was so close… So at 12:30am, everything was connected, all my ends were tucked in, and I was ready to lay it out and admire its beauty…🙈

Ugh. I couldn’t believe it.😫😂

Needless-to-say, it was NOT finished that day.🤪 I spent Sunday afternoon, evening, and late night disconnecting the entire strip, fixing all my ends, and re-attaching to the correct location.👏🏼👏🏼👏🏼

Last night was the first night we had it on our bed. LOVED IT! It was toasty warm and didn’t slide off the down comforter like other blankets have.❤️ Now I’ll be on the lookout for a bed-skirt when we hit the estate sales. I think that would be a nice finishing touch.😊

I’m excited to crochet some new projects now – but I think it will be awhile before I do another BIG one, lol.😎

Might as well end with my nerdy details😏:

53 full flowers and 14 half flowers

Grand total of 875 hexagons.

875 x 7.75 minutes each = 113 hours in crocheting hexagons, and no idea how many hours in connecting everything…🤷🏻‍♀️😉

Thank You, Lord, for giving me the ability to crochet. What a fun activity to keep my hands from being idle! I’ll always treasure the time that was invested in this blanket. Thank You for giving me Your Word to meditate on, personal circumstances to talk to You about in prayer, conversations I was able to have with others as I worked on it, and for the activities I was able to watch while crocheting. May the warmth of Your love be felt by each person who is wrapped up in it, for however long it lasts. Amen

And just like that: we’re done calving for 2019!

2:25PM 5-2-19

I got this txt from Mike. This is Ruby – the last of our 3 heifers to calve… We knew her calf would be born within a few hours, just didn’t know if she would require assistance or not. Needed to watch and wait…🙏🏼

2:51PM 5-2-19

I finished up what I was working on and headed up to the field to get a couple pictures for myself. She had progressed a little – you can see feet sticking out! But she was hungry, so she just kept eating, lol.🙏🏼

4:30PM 5-2-19

Ruby was laying down and beginning to push.

We waited around/watched for the next 40 minutes or so. Got to listen to a lot of grass chewing, lol…

5:02PM 5-2-19

Ruby continued to make progress…

And she didn’t want Mike to help speed things up! The other 2 heifers: Peggy & Nat, came over to throw some interference, lol…😂

As I’m taking pictures and videos of all this with Ruby, all of a sudden I hear a weird noise behind me. I turn around to seeing Gluey laying on the ground and pushing for a few seconds and then she popped up and started eating again. I asked Mike if he thought maybe Gluey was going to have her calf today, too?🤔🤷🏻‍♀️ Time would tell…

5:10PM 5-2-19

Decided that since Ruby didn’t appear to be in distress, we would head down to get a drink and come back up in a half hour or so.

5:43PM 5-2-19

Found BOTH Gluey AND Ruby with calves, lololol…😆

Wow. So funny how some labors take hours and others just minutes!😲 We could tell a rain shower was headed our way, so we decided to let the mamas clean their babies up, grab a quick sandwich from town, and then come back up to assess the situation after the rain rolled through.

It’s a boy! This is Ruby’s first calf for us. [Click here to read about when Ruby was born.] His name is Boy-o. A name from a movie my boys have memorized lines from. Kind of fun to attach it to a calf now, lol.😂

This is Gluey’s 9th calf for us – her 5th boy. [Click here to read about her calf last year.] Gluey is always cracking us up because she kinda looks like a cartoon cow – sorta clownish.🤣 We’ve often said she reminds us of Jar Jar Binks from Star Wars… Therefore, we’ve named this boy: Jarjar.😎

7:16PM 5-2-19

The rain was done & we had eaten, so we headed back up to check things out on the hill.

Both calves were pretty cleaned up, and it looked like they either had already eaten or were in the process of eating.

If you listen closely toward the end of the video, you can actually hear him sucking!❤️

We toyed with the idea of trying to get everybody down to the barn, but with only about an hour left of daylight, it would have meant that everyone would have needed to cooperate 100%. That was not happening, lol.🙄

After much prayer and deliberation, we decided to allow the boys to stay with their moms for the night. With the sun going down quickly and our bodies feeling weary, we felt it would be better to bring everybody down in the morning instead. This concept is scary for us control-freak-types…😬 In this field, the herd is contained in just a single wire of electric, and there is no perimeter fence around the edges.🙏🏼

7:49PM 5-2-19

Mike decided to add some kelp and DE to the girls’ mineral feeder in hopes of diverting their attention from the two new additions. Perhaps then the calves could bond more with their mamas in peace.😉

First Mike allowed Peggy to try some to see if it would entice her to get more. It worked! Didn’t take long for others to follow her.👏🏼

Of course, extra attention was needed, too…😏

It was such a beautiful evening.❤️

6:29AM 5-3-19

Sure enough – BOTH calves were on the WRONG SIDE of the fence when we got up there this morning, lol.🙄 We don’t think it had been for too long, though. They were quite happy to be laying together. Sure did have all the moms in a tizzy in the corner!🤣

Boy-o and Jarjar were good about letting Mike & I get halters on them. That made it easy to get them back in with their moms.👍🏼

Next we wanted to start walking everybody down to the barn as usual. This is when we realized it would be nice to have an extra set of hands to help. Fortunately, Michael hadn’t left for work yet, and was able to join us for this fun.😉

Mike had Boy-o, and they started walking with Ruby the direction we wanted. Gluey wanted to follow, but it took a bit for her to convince Jarjar to join her…

Amidst this drama, Ruby ended up leaving Boy-o and coming back to meet up with me, Gluey, & Jarjar.🙄 Mike was able to walk Boy-o to a fencepost and tied him there until we could get back to him.

Then Mike took Jarjar from me, and walked him with Gluey & Ruby toward the barn. At this point, BOTH mamas thought Jarjar was their calf, lol.🙄

Michael & I were ahead of them and walked the remainder of the herd down to the barn.

Once we got them in the barn, Michael headed back out to join Mike with Boy-o and his two mamas.😆

It wasn’t long, and Boy-o was really losing his steam, so Michael volunteered to carry him the rest of the way down the runway. Mike was overjoyed to allow Michael to do that!😏💪🏼

We were so grateful for Michael’s help this morning! What a blessing that Don’s Custom Meats is so close to our home, so he wasn’t too late getting into work.❤️

Mike was then able to walk Jarjar to his stall in the barn.👍🏼

Next, Mike & I headed back up to where Boy-o was waiting. He basically informed us he was DONE walking, lol.🙄

Mike prepped the 4-wheeler for the trek down the runway…

He scooped up Boy-o and loaded him up. This is the pose I get when I’m supposed to be driving, but turn to take a QUICK picture, lol…😏 (Have I mentioned lately, that I LOVE this man? How in the world he can even put up with me, I will never understand…☺️)

Unlike Clint, Boy-o hardly moved at all in the drive down. It was a much more comfortable walk for Mike down the hill.👏🏼

Mission accomplished! All the dairy girls were in the barn, and both calves made it to their pens. THANK YOU, LORD.✝️

We were also grateful that they both ate today. Sometimes, when they’ve been with their mamas for a decent spell, they aren’t interested in eating from a bottle for awhile. But these guys drained their bottles. ANOTHER PRAISE!✝️

11:55PM 5-3-19

Phew. What a long two days. I don’t think it’s ever taken me so long to write a blog post and get it uploaded!

Final tally for 2019 is 5 boys and 3 girls.❤️

What a season this has been, Lord. We’ve already learned many new lessons, and we know more are coming. We thank You for how You lead and teach us, and even how you gently correct us. We continue to seek Your Wisdom now as we move forward. With the Psalmist, we pray: May the favor of the Lord our God rest upon us; establish the work of our hands for us – YES, establish the work of our hands! Amen (Psalm 90:17)