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Thursday, February 27, 2014

Blind Bottle Lamb

 He was a twin and was left immediately with the sack still on him.  We knew as soon as we looked at him something was wrong.  His mom did too.  His eyes didn't look right.  When he got up, he wandered with no direction and kept ending up in a corner.  
He appeared to be blind.

A trip to the vet confirmed what we thought. He has some vision but very little. The vet didn't see anything else wrong with him.  The good country doctor encouraged us to take him into our home and raise him as a bottle baby.

We named him Aim.

He likes to hang out with the family,

explore the farmhouse,

and nap by my spinning wheel.

And just like any other baby, he wears diapers.
Too cute!

It's amazing to see how he is adapting to his environment.  Eventually, he will go out with his one year old big sis to learn how to be a sheep.  But for now we have a blind bottle lamb in the farmhouse.

2 Corinthians 13:11
Aim for restoration, comfort one another,
agree with one another, live in peace;
and the God of love and peace will be with you.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

More and Still More on the Way

It's hard not to be completely focused 
on lambs when you have 
18 born in 17 days!

The latest are:

There's one more that I haven't shown you 
but he deserves his own special post.

Rejoice in the Lord always, 
I will say it again:
Philippians 4:4

Monday, February 17, 2014

Sweet Birth

Don't be alarmed.
There's nothing gross in this post.
Just sweet pics of 
our dear Ziggy lambing.

She settled in the little shelter in the pen
but then decided to move right before the birth.
The place?
Right where a few of the lambs were napping.

They weren't bothered one bit.
They just stayed and watched.
Maybe they were wondering, like me,
 if it was going to be a girl or a boy.

It was both.
Alpine & Aspen.

More Little Lambs

You may be getting tired of lamb pics
but I feel the need to share all the lambs with you.

Here are the ones that have been born over the weekend~

Amy & Amber are twin Valentine girls.
Little bitty things but oh, so sweet.

Aurora is huge ~ bigger than all the others.
Her mom keeps her away from everyone so catching a good photo has been impossible!

And then we had another set of twin girls but one was rejected by momma.  Not sure why we have had this happen twice this year.  It's part of having lambs, I suppose.

This one was named Rachel by her family. She will be a good little sister to Leah that they took last week.

Aquila is still with their mom and doing well.

May the righteous be glad 
and rejoice before God;
may they be happy and joyful.
Psalm 68:3

Thursday, February 13, 2014

4 lambs, wait, make that 5

The weather has warmed up and more lambs are arriving!

Daffodil, the first animal ever born on our farm, 
delivered her own ram lamb.  

We named him Aster because he needed a flower name. ;)  He's a four horn like his mom.  He's quite the charmer!

Her twin sister, Daylily, was not going to be outdone. She had a little ram too.  At only 5 pounds, he looks tiny.

1st time mom being protective ~ good ewe!
Here he is only 2 hours old. He doesn't have a name yet.

Ralene gave us twins, a ewe and then a ram.  She has proven not to be a great mom though.  Both babies were losing weight and she finally rejected the girl today.  Fortunately, a family that was here for shearing had told us their 16 yr old daughter would love a bottle lamb.  This afternoon, they picked her up and surprised her with it. I think it was love at first sight.  I hope they do well together.

photo courtesy of  lamb's new owner

For now, we are keeping the boy with his mom.  She is letting him nurse some but not enough so we are supplementing with bottles.  We will see how it goes.  He's the flashiest little thing!  He came out singing and dancing so I named him Astaire.  I LOVE all his spots.

We're doing A names this year
as if you didn't guess
and there will be more to come...

If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation;
the old has gone, the new has come.
2 Corinthians 5:17

Monday, February 10, 2014

Lambing in the Snow

It's freezing outside
and wicked looking icicles are dripping from the roof.
But in the sheep pasture,
our ewes are delivering their lambs.

This little guy came last night
and was greeted by the snow covered grass he landed on.
We quickly moved mom & babe to the shed 
where they would  have piles of hay 
and a heat lamp to stay warm (or at least warmer).

Another ewe delivered at lunch today 
and more look like they may not wait until morning.
With temps in the teens,
it's going to be a long winter's night 
at the Red Farmhouse.

Light is shed upon the righteous
and joy on the upright in heart.
Psalm 97:11

Saturday, February 1, 2014

Inside Out Caramel Apples

I can't take any of the credit for this yummy dessert.
I didn't find the recipe.
I didn't shop for the ingredients.
I didn't make it.
But oh my, I enjoyed eating it!

Gooey caramel baked inside an apple
wrapped in puff pastry

I'm so glad I have a boy that loves to bake!
Thanks, Jared.

Each one should use whatever gift 
he has received to serve others,
 faithfully administering God's grace
 in its various forms.
I Peter 4:10


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