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So many storms going on right now. Details might be different, but the needs are the same. I was led to Isaiah 40:11 this morning while I was praying for a friend and it struck me how the answer is always the same: JESUS! He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life. He is the Good Shepherd, the Comforter, PEACE.โœ๏ธ

Father, draw more to Yourself through these storms in our lives. As we submit to You, help us to recognize You are THE SUSTAINER: carrying and gently leading us. You will never leave us nor forsake us. PRAISE GOD!๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผโค๏ธ

[pondering Isaiah 40:11, Matthew 11:28-30, John 14:6, John 10:11, 2 Corinthians 1:3-4, John 14:27, Deuteronomy 31:6]

Prom 2017

Since this blog is the closest I’ll probably ever get to scrapbooking, I thought I’d best get these pics up. Memories from Prom 2017 in a somewhat random order.๐Ÿ“ธ

Grandma & Grandpa were kind enough to let us use their place for pictures on a drizzly, cold day…๐ŸŒง 

So fun that Aunt Jenny flew in to surprise the boys this week!โค She got to see one baseball game and then shared her fashion expertise with us prom rookies, lol…๐Ÿ‘”๐Ÿ˜Š

Then we all headed to the high school for the Promenade…๐Ÿ˜€  

A few pics of two super special, beautiful couples (not that I’m biased or anything)…๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

Can you see the mental prepping going on?๐Ÿ˜‚

Priceless expressions, lol!๐Ÿ˜‚

It worked!!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Love all these kids and am thankful we had the opportunity to capture these memories this weekend.โค

10th calf 2017

FINALLY – Fiskars had her calf! Went up this morning and saw a cute little white face laying near her. {click here to read about when Fiskars was born}

This is her 3rd calf for us. {click here to read about last year’s calf} We gave Fiskars to Paul when she was a calf, and he promptly renamed her Bubby.๐Ÿ™„  This birth makes her an “official” cow.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ She’s graduated from first-calf heifer, to second-calf heifer, to cow…๐ŸŽ“

It was just Mike & I, so we headed back down to the barn to set the gates/fences up and grab a halter. The calf was pretty laid back and it was easy for Mike to get the halter on it.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

It’s a boy!!๐Ÿ˜Š

Fiskars walked this poor little guy all over Mordor before we got them through the gate. Seemed like it took forever to get them down to the barn. She pretty much zigzagged all the way down, so it’s like he walked double the distance.๐Ÿ˜ฌ Ended up having Paul meet us and carry him to the barn for the last leg. He was tuckered out!๐Ÿฎ

Fiskars meeting Junior…๐Ÿ˜ป

Paul and his girlfriend decided to name him: Jed. “How did you guys come up with that, Paul?” I asked.๐Ÿค” “It was a cross between Jeffrey and Fred, Mom,” replied Paul.๐Ÿ˜ณ Lolol – ok – there ya have it! A perfectly random name from my dry-humored, random child.  Jed.๐Ÿ˜‚โค

Jed ate like a champ this afternoon.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ Taking pics was a challenge, though, as Junior photobombed almost every pic, lol…๐Ÿ™ƒ

New tally: 6 boys and 4 girls. Not quite sure exactly how many more we’ll have this season. We think 1 for sure, but it could be 2 or 3…๐Ÿคท๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ

Last year, the neighbor’s bull jumped our fence twice. Soooo – if a calf is born before the 27th of this month, it would be from our bull. And any calves after that, would not be…๐Ÿ˜‰ Time will tell how all that will work out. Stay tuned!๐ŸŽฌ

9th calf 2017

Got up to Mordor this morning and saw our heifer RedRobin looking like this:

Sure looked like she had just had a calf – but there was no calf to be seen…๐Ÿ˜ฒ

So Mike and I split up and began searching. I looked inside the fence, and Mike looked outside the fence.๐Ÿ•ต๐Ÿป (We try to keep the cows away from this area due to all the briars; but for some reason, they love to hang out right at the edge…๐Ÿ˜ฌ)

Wasn’t but a couple minutes and Mike spotted the calf. Outside the fence. Encased in briars.๐Ÿ™„

Decided to leave it be until we had the halter and the boys to help bring them down. So Mike headed back to the barn, and I waited up in the field for them all to come back. Here is RedRobin staring at where her calf was laying from her side of the fence.

And here is a picture from the opposite direction so you can see the single line of fence sectioning off that area. (RedRobin on the left, and calf hidden on the right.)

Here come my boys…โคโคโค

They positioned themselves around the area in case the calf decided to bolt. (WHICH WAS A REALLY GOOD IDEA, LOL)๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Can kinda see Michael’s head as he waited by his post…๐Ÿ”Ž

As Mike got close, the calf jumped up…

And it took him and Paul to keep the calf from running so they could get the halter on it. NOT fun amidst thick, sticky briars…๐Ÿ˜–

RedRobin started bawling as she heard her calf…

They enjoyed their reunion, and all was well.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Meet our 5th bull: Smith. We are so thankful our second first-timer this year had her calf unassisted and healthy! (First one was Pinetar with her twins.) One more heifer to calve yet this season…๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

{Click here to read about when RedRobin was born.}

RedRobin led us all around the outskirts of Mordor. And Smith did a good job following her, but you could tell he was losing some of his steam.

Right about here RedRobin pretty much said goodbye to Smith and started down to the barnyard at a brisk pace…๐Ÿ˜‘

With his mama long gone, Smith lost his momentum and ended up hitching a ride in the wagon the rest of the way…๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

(Sorry – couldn’t resist putting that pic in…๐Ÿ˜ป)

Updated tally: 5 boys and 4 girls. (2 more, we think!)๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

8th calf 2017

I guess afternoon babies is the trend this season! Went up around 2 and found Gluey with her calf…in a mud pit…๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜ฌ (This is typical Gluey-style. She drives us crazy sometimes!)๐Ÿ˜

Mike encouraged them to move to a different area, and they were headed that way when we left. Figured we’d give Gluey time to clean him up proper and check back in a bit.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

Wesson is our 4th bull this season. [Click here to read about Gluey’s calf last year.]

Here’s a better picture of him a couple hours later…๐Ÿ˜Š

Now our count is even: 4 boys and 4 girls. 3 more calves left (we think)…๐Ÿ˜‰

Stop back later tomorrow to see the pics from Gluey and Wesson’s trip down to the barn.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐ŸŽฌ


Added from this morning 3-31-17

What a rainy, muddy mess it is today!โ˜”๏ธ

As soon as Gluey saw us coming, she and Wesson hightailed it AWAY from us.๐Ÿ™„ 

Thankfully, we could kinda direct them towards the gate. So we waited for a good opportunity to get the halter on Wesson. Seized it when we got it, and all went well the rest of the way down.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

7th calf 2017

So today’s calf has a different story… Uno had her calf, with emergency vet assistance, in the milking barn.๐Ÿ˜ฌ

Not the way we prefer, but sometimes this is how farming goes. We are grateful there are those trained to handle these types of situations, and that they can arrive when we need them to.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Mike and I had done a calf-check up in Mordor around 2, and all was well. But when Mike’s mom took her walk this evening, she noticed Uno walking around/pacing with a foot sticking out – and the foot was not facing the normal direction… Here is Uno.

I don’t have the best view here, but you can barely see a white hoof sticking out towards the top of her tail…

Fortunately, we didn’t have a ballgame tonight, so the boys joined Mike and I and we brought Uno down to the barn to get her in a headlock.

This kinda stuff is really out of our league. So we made the decision to make an emergency call to our vet. Within 45 minutes, Dr. Angel arrived and to our delight, pulled out a backwards calf – ALIVE! In less than 10 minutes!๐Ÿ˜ฏ Truly amazing!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Here are some pics that are a bit graphic. Feel free to skip over them if they aren’t to your liking…๐Ÿ˜‰

Oh – and it’s a boy! Welcome Breech! (Thought the name seemed appropriate since he arrived backwards and it also loosely fits the gun category…๐Ÿ˜) He is Uno’s second calf for us. [Click here to read about her calf last year.] And click here to read about when Uno was born.

Check back tomorrow to see how things went overnight for mama and calf. Sadly, Uno left Breech to go outside to eat and look for her friends…๐Ÿ˜ก 

We placed some hay around him so it wasn’t as slippery, and toweled off Breech as best we could. Mike+Michael carried him outside to the grass. With a flashlight, we directed Uno over to Breech, and thankfully, she began to tend to him again. We took a couple pics that looked like progress to us, so we’ll see how things are in the morning.๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ๐ŸŽฌ


Next morning: 3-29-17

Such a beautiful site as we came over to begin our day…

Although, Breech was on the wrong side of the fence, you could tell Uno took good care of him through the night.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

We knew Breech must have been able to walk ok since they were in a different location from when we left them last night, but we were surprised at his quick maneuvering when Mike went to put the halter on! Mike almost had tackle him to keep him from running!๐Ÿ™ƒ But all ended fine and he’s settled in the barn. Thank You, Lord!โค

Tally: 4 girls, 3 boys (and 4 to go, we think!)๐Ÿฎ

6th calf 2017

Another afternoon walk by Mike’s mom tipped us off that a cow was looking ready to have her calf… Mike and I went up an hour later to check things out.๐Ÿฎ

Yep – could see a little one as we neared the field!

It was cute – running around 3 cows, trying to figure out which one was its mama!๐Ÿ˜‚

From left to right is: Sarge, Fiskars, and Oreo(Cookie)…

Meet Snowflake! {Ugh. My random-naming sons… There is absolutely NOTHING snowflake-ey about today, lol! Yet they insist…๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜‚}

This is Sarge’s second calf  for us. [Click here to read about last year’s calf.] And click here to read about when Sarge was born…

I love that I caught Sarge’s tongue out, lol! She’s all ready to finish cleaning Snowflake up…๐Ÿ˜‰

They were headed in the right direction, so we decided to leave them together for now. We’ll run up after tonight’s game and make sure they are both still together and ok. Most likely, we’ll bring them down in the morning.โšพ๏ธ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Check back later tomorrow to see what happens!๐ŸŽฌ


Added these from this morning: 3-28-17

What a soggy morning it was! Made it a muddy mess, but all went well getting Sarge and Snowflake down to the barn.โ˜”๏ธ

Here we are heading up… 

[I guess today is Junior’s blog debut! He showed up a couple months ago, and he got his name because he looks so much like Blake!๐Ÿ˜ป This year Blake turns 11, which is highly unusual for a barn cat – especially considering the busy road we live on. We are grateful he made it through another Ohio winter! Junior is fun because he’s got a lot of kitten in him. He’s playful and very energetic. Can’t say that Blake is super fond of Junior yet, lol… But we do our best to shower them each with lots of love and attention.๐Ÿ˜บ]

Junior on the left & Blake on the right…โคโค

Anyways… Junior followed us almost all the way to Mordor…

He stopped here, at the roundbales…

Here we are catching up with Snowflake…

Off we headed out of Mordor…

Had to weed out their anxious entourage, but it worked out fine. (Everybody wants out of Mordor, but the grass hasn’t grown enough yet… Lord willing: it will be SOON!)๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

Here is where we met back up with Junior. Looks like he just wanted to check out our baby-routine…๐Ÿ˜น

Aaaand then he wanted to JOIN our routine, lol!๐Ÿ˜บ

Here Sarge and Snowflake were serenaded by the other newly-freshened mamas…๐ŸŽถ

And here is Blake making sure he isn’t overshadowed by Junior…๐Ÿ˜‰

After milking, Mike and Paul moved Remington and Colt over to our place while Michael cleaned the milkline. These two calves were VERY ornery. Paul had Colt, who really made Paul work. First he only wanted to go backwards. Then he changed direction and only wanted to run. His huge size meant he got to do whatever he wanted, lol! (I’m so glad it was Paul working with him and not me – I could barely keep up to take a couple pictures!๐Ÿ™„๐Ÿ˜ฌ)

New tally: 4 girls, 2 boys and 5 more to come (we think!) Half way done!!๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

Last minute move…

When your boys come home from practice and say they need to be at the school for tomorrow’s double header at 9am, you automatically start thinking backwards from when they need to leave, to when daylight breaks.โšพ๏ธ๐Ÿค”

We already know about bringing Colt and Disco down in the morning… And with the rapid succession of calves thus far, there could very well be more in the morning.๐Ÿ˜ฌ

So we decided it would be wise to transport the 3 oldest calves to their new field at our house tonight, instead of in the morning, when our time will be rushed.๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ

First up were the twins. Paul has Maple and Mike has Syrup.๐Ÿ˜Š

Here they are meeting a couple of last year’s calves who are on the other side of the fence…

Next up: Rose…๐ŸŒน

Now they are all together, and it was time to test out those legs! It is always so fun to watch them run for the first time!๐Ÿ˜

Here’s another view of last year’s calves introducing themselves to the newbies.๐Ÿ˜

Ok – so now we have a spot open for Colt in the morning plus two extra ones… Wonder what tomorrow will bring?!๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ™๐Ÿผ

5th calf 2017

Another afternoon calf! Mike’s mom said she saw a calf in the dairy girls’ hay when she came back from a walk, so Mike and I headed up to check things out.

Meet Disco’s 9th calf for us: a boy – Colt.โ˜บ๏ธ

He looks to be rather large, just like Remington. This post will be another two-parter. We’ll let them stay together until tomorrow, and will bring them down in the morning.

[Click here to read about Disco’s calf from last year.]

Check back tomorrow for more pics of their trip to the barn…๐ŸŽฌ


Updated from this morning 3-25-17

We were all relieved it was just Disco and Colt to bring down this morning. They cooperated nicely, and I think it’s safe to say all three of my boys were grateful Colt walked down on his own because NONE of them wanted to pick him up/carry him!๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸผโŒ

He is even bigger than Remington, who was born 2 days before Colt!๐Ÿ˜ฑ He has longer hair which is super cute…โ˜บ๏ธ

He ALMOST gave up, right at the end, lol… But he did get up and walk into his stall. Whew!๐Ÿ˜‰

Updated tally: 3 girls, 2 boys and 6 more to go (we think)!๐Ÿฎ