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Monday, April 7, 2014

Four Favorites

Lambing 2014 is complete
with a total of 20 lambs, the most we've ever had.
I must say it was a challenging year
with 5 bottle lambs and 2 deaths.
Still, it has been rewarding
and we have learned a lot about shepherding.

Among the 20, there are a few stand-outs in the crowd.

Alpine ~
a blue eyed 2 horned ram.
He has amazing fleece and perfect face markings
as well as that nice slender look we love.


Atticus~
This darkly marked 2 horn ram is out of our flock matron, Precious.  She has old breed lines and we've been  hoping for a great ram from her.  She didn't disappoint us.  He's fabulous.


Amy~
Oh my.  She's just as pretty as she can be.
I think she's an improvement over her dam
and she's hard to beat.


Astaire~
 We are all fond of him because he loves attention.  
Right from the start, he has been entertaining us (hence, the name)
He is a 4 horn with lots of spots.


I know what you are thinking.  "How can you have favorites when they are all so cute?"

When you are a shepherd, you must evaluate each lamb on genetic diversity, conformation, markings, fleece and horn structure.  And then you look for presence ~ that something special that makes them stand out in a crowd. 

I think these four have it
 so they are my favorites.
Which one of the four do you like?

You will seek me and find me 
when you seek me with all your heart,
 says the LORD.
Jeremiah 29:13

Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Signs of Spring


There of signs of spring all around the farm.


Pushing there way up through the ground,
are lots of lilies in the flower garden and
 little rows of lettuce in the veggie garden.



In Oklahoma, we know it's spring
when the Redbud trees are in full bloom.


Green grass is popping up everywhere too.
This is a welcome sign on a farm.
We know the hay hauling days are almost complete.


Aren't the peach tree blooms delightful?


It makes you want to lounge in a chair outside


or on the grass, if you prefer. ;)


I will refresh the weary and satisfy the faint.
Jeremiah 31:25

Friday, March 7, 2014

Tuff & Aim


The two have become friends.


Well, maybe friends is a stretch.
Let's say they have a mutual understanding.


Tuff puts up with Aim following him around,
ramming & head butting him, 
and bothering him when he's trying to sleep.


In return, 
Aim lets Tuff lick the milk off his face after his bottle.


A man of many companions may come to ruin,
but there is a friend who sticks closer than a brother.
Proverbs 18:24

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Riviera


Today, the purchase of Jonah's new horse is final.
their first ride
Finding a jumping horse with the right size, temperament, experience, and potential is not easy.  We thought we had one when we brought Rock It home on trial but he didn't pass his vet check.
So he went home and the search continued.

After making a trip to Dallas to try horses and literally looking at everything that was for sale in our region, we were starting to lose hope.  Then we got a call from our trainer telling us of a horse that just came in for jump training at the barn where she boards.

Riviera

She's HUGE!
17.3 hands high
Jonah is 6 feet so you can see she is really big.
He's not likely to outgrow this one.


She's a gorgeous Hanoverian 
11 yrs old with extensive dressage training
and lots of potential to jump.

 trainer jumping

He couldn't be more excited about his new horse!
We are delighted for him.
Jonah and Rivi make such a nice pair.


Psalm 18:29
With You I can attack a barrier,
and with my God I can leap over a wall.



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