Category Archives: The Boys

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.🇺🇸✝️🙏🏼

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!

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!✝️🙏🏼

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)

1st calf 2018

It’s that time of year again! Our first calf arrived this morning. Fiskars (a.k.a. Bubby) had her first GIRL! Welcome: Patty.🍀 <Click here to read about her calf last year.> This is her 4th calf for us. <Click here to read about when Fiskars was born.>

This year all the mamas are in the field: Grey Heaven, rather than Mordor as they have been the last 10 years. We weren’t sure how the new route would go, but these two had no problems with it.👏🏼

Here are some pics as we walked them out of Grey Heaven and down toward the milking barn.

Here they are approaching the crossroads. They used to come from the right and then walk down the hill to the barn. This year, they’ll all turn left to get to the barn.👍🏼

And here we are on our way down the hill.

Finally got a good shot of Patty from the front. She’s a cutie!😍

We are expecting a total of 7 calves this season. Sure feels good to have the first one here, and all is well!👍🏼

[Of course, today is the day my phone decides to die and we spend several hours at the Verizon store upgrading to a new phone. And then the new phone won’t accept our iTunes backup because it’s too old, lol. (All consequences to waiting too long to keep up with current technology…🙄😬) So grateful we have techie friends who can walk us through these changes!😇] So assuming I can figure out this new phone quickly and we can eventually get all our records back on it, calving posts should still get up relatively quickly. Not exactly how I wanted to start this season out, lol, but I have no doubt the Lord is already using this experience to grow me in MANY ways…especially patience!🙏🏼❤️

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.📸

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




So fun that Aunt Jenny flew in to surprise the boys this week!❤ She got to see one baseball game and then shared her fashion expertise with us prom rookies, lol…👔😊


















Then we all headed to the high school for the Promenade…😀  

A few pics of two super special, beautiful couples (not that I’m biased or anything)…🙄😏😍😍




Can you see the mental prepping going on?😂


Priceless expressions, lol!😂


It worked!!👏🏼


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

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.🙄  This birth makes her an “official” cow.👏🏼 She’s graduated from first-calf heifer, to second-calf heifer, to cow…🎓


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.👍🏼


It’s a boy!!😊



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.😬 Ended up having Paul meet us and carry him to the barn for the last leg. He was tuckered out!🐮










Fiskars meeting Junior…😻






Paul and his girlfriend decided to name him: Jed. “How did you guys come up with that, Paul?” I asked.🤔 “It was a cross between Jeffrey and Fred, Mom,” replied Paul.😳 Lolol – ok – there ya have it! A perfectly random name from my dry-humored, random child.  Jed.😂❤

Jed ate like a champ this afternoon.👍🏼 Taking pics was a challenge, though, as Junior photobombed almost every pic, lol…🙃






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…🤷🏻‍♀️

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…😉 Time will tell how all that will work out. Stay tuned!🎬

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…😲

So Mike and I split up and began searching. I looked inside the fence, and Mike looked outside the fence.🕵🏻 (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…😬)

Wasn’t but a couple minutes and Mike spotted the calf. Outside the fence. Encased in briars.🙄



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…❤❤❤


They positioned themselves around the area in case the calf decided to bolt. (WHICH WAS A REALLY GOOD IDEA, LOL)👍🏼

Can kinda see Michael’s head as he waited by his post…🔎


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…😖



RedRobin started bawling as she heard her calf…



They enjoyed their reunion, and all was well.👍🏼

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…🙏🏼

{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…😑




With his mama long gone, Smith lost his momentum and ended up hitching a ride in the wagon the rest of the way…👍🏼









(Sorry – couldn’t resist putting that pic in…😻)

Updated tally: 5 boys and 4 girls. (2 more, we think!)👏🏼

2nd & 3rd calves 2017

TWIN GIRLS!!😮😮 Meet Maple and Syrup. Mike was delighted to see that one of our two bred heifers (Pinetar) not only had one cleaned-up, full-tummied calf this morning, but TWO!😱

Pinetar took really good care of her new babies…👏🏼



[click here to read about when Pinetar was born]

This is our first set of successful twins here, so we are pretty excited!🤗

Back in 2010 we had a cow named Amy who had one live calf and one deceased calf. (It was before blogging days, so I don’t have a link to share.) But click here to read about Peekaboo – half of another set of twins we had back in 2012.

Mike and Paul were able to get halters on Maple and Syrup pretty easily.👍🏼




Here is Maple:


And here is Syrup:




Maple was not as cooperative with walking as Syrup was… The boys took turns carrying her all around Mordor. (At least these girls were smaller than Rose was yesterday, lol!😂)

Paul carried her first…




Then Pinetar led us through downed trees/scratching posts…🙄😬


Next it was Michael’s turn to carry Maple…


And finally, we all made it through the gate and into the runway to the barn.👍🏼


Syrup walked the whole way down with her mama, and I drove Michael and Maple down in the chariot…😉








Whew. What a morning! Thank You, Lord!

Tally now 3 girls, 0 boys, and 8 more to go…WE THINK!😉🙏🏼