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Hail!

Our spring garden was coming along so nicely.






I took those photos yesterday afternoon. And then...
HAIL! up to 1.25 inch stones of ice

60 mph winds and driving rain came with it.

To say Oklahoma's weather is temper-mental  would be an understatement.




I don't want to show you any more pictures of the flower garden.  It was just starting to bloom and it's down right depressing.
But still we are blessed. All our animals are fine. Our house has no marks left on it. And our kids who were all out at different activities were safe.
Exodus 9:19 Give an order now to bring your livestock and everything you have in the field to a place of shelter, because the hail will fall on every man and animal that has not been brought in and is still out in the field...
Lamentations 3:23 Great is His faithfulness;  His mercies begin afresh each morning.

Lamb Bath

Jared's little lilac lamb took a nap in the protein tub. Not a good place to catch some zzzz...

The mixture of molasses, hay, and gravel gave him the look of being tarred and feathered. (The other side was where most of the mess was.)
Normally, we would let them clean themselves but it seemed to be getting worse with time and not better.
Time for a bath!

Warm water and Dawn dish soap cleaned him right up.

He did great but didn't like the rub down with the towel very much.

Now Jared's little lamb has fleece as white as snow.
Love one another deeply, from the heart. 1 Peter 1:22

J2 Jumping!

Jonah has started lessons in English equitation and hunter jumper.

He absolutely loves the feeling of flying through the air on a horse.

And even though he has just started, his instructor seems to think he has natural talent.  He doesn't give compliments easily so I have a hunch, he may be right.

Regardless, that smile says it all!

We are thrilled that he is finding his fit in the world of horsemanship.
Proverbs 21:31 The horse is made ready for the day of battle,  but the victory belongs to the Lord.


Lambing Saturday

More babies were born today! Flora delivered a nicely marked ram lamb. He is sired by St. Jude's Auburn out of Rockhaven Flora.

The little fella fell in the mud so he's still a bit dirty. His momma is diligently cleaning him up though.
He has HUGE horn buds ~ 2 of them.
I love how he has white spots on his black ears. Or does he have black spots on white ears? It's so hard to tell with Jacobs!

Then Nanny Callie decided she could not be left out any longer.  She's been caught nursing some of the other lambs.  Bet that will change now that she has a little ewe of her own.
We can't tell if the ewe lamb will have her momma's pretty four horns or not.  Have to wait and see. We do know that Never Winter Haagen Dazs and St. Jude's Callie make a pretty combination.

After a few weeks of midnight checks,  we will happily sleep through the night tonight. So glad these girls decided Saturday would be a good lambing day.
Feeling blessed that all the spring lambs are he…

Ice in April

This Oklahoma spring has not been a normal one. Last year our pastures were fully green by the beginning of March. This year we have freezing rain in mid April.

We are desperate for it to warm up  so that we have grass for our farm animals too eat but we need the moisture badly and it is pretty.

I'm hoping that sparkling ice will not kill back anything that was budding out.



What a strange spring! I think I'll settle in by the wood stove  for the rest of the day  unless baby lambs decide to be born, that is!
God has made everything beautiful in it's time Ecclesiastes 3:11

Who goes with whom?

"Well, hello!  "And hello to you too!" "Oh my goodness.  Who do you belong to?" This was the conversation between me and the lambs at 3:00 this morning.
During our middle of the night check, we discovered one lamb in the yard and another in the shed but with different ewes.  One ewe, Ralene, obviously just had a lamb and the other, Twinkle, (how shall I say it?) was very clean and did not appear in labor.
We separated them and then decided that Twinkle had not had a lamb.  So we thought she was babysitting, took him away from her and put him with Ralene.  Then we went back to bed and got up to check on everyone an hour later.  Then Twinkle had another lamb!
Who goes with whom?
We weren't sure at first but have it all figured out now.  It's Twinkle's ram for sure. (She delivered two sacks)
The sheep are all happy now and the shepherds are much less confused.
 This is Jared's lamb since Ralene is his sheep.  He thinks he is pretty special.  I th…

Lamb Watch Begins

Today is the first due date for lambs. We will have two pregnant groups this year,  one due now and the other due in June.
These four girls are really close.
We have moved them to the back pen near the sheep shed and lambing jugs.  This way we can keep watch easily.  Checking on them in the wee hours of the night has started too. Not looking forward to sleepless nights  but can't wait for cuddly lambs!
Ralene looks so close... She should be first.
He tends his flock like a shepherd: He gathers the lambs in his arms and carries them close to his heart; he gently leads those that have young. Isaiah 40:11