goats

Adding our Goats to the Homestead!

We’ve done it! We’ve added our goats to our farm and it has been such a wonderful experience thus far.

We’ve actually had them for a few months. I picked them up in March after they were 8 weeks old, from a farm about an hour away from our home. Crater, Heart, and Scarlet. The backbone of our homestead. ūüôā The journey thus far had been interesting.

From the beginning, Crater (our whether), was bottle fed. My oldest took the bottle feeding upon himself and jumped right in. He could have actually been weaned at this point, and probably should have been, but I wanted to give Benjibear the opportunity to feed him from a bottle.

Over the next month, Crater (who normally has a thick black coat) turned a brownish red color and I noticed some balding on his tail. He also became really skinny. Almost emaciated looking. Copper Deficiency. I treated him once in April and once in May, provided him with loose minerals and a mineral block specifically for goats, and he finally came out of it. I’d read a lot online about how the sheep/goat combo mineral blocks do not contain the appropriate amount of copper for goats, so just FYI for those reading, watch the copper content in any minerals you buy for your goats. I do not have a vet close by who is familiar with goats. But the people I bought them from were so very helpful. He is doing just great now with a dark black coat and a nice, full tail.

Heart and Scarlet are our two does we are going to be using for breeding. They will be ready to be bread when they are about a year old, so January 2019. The girls are not full blooded nigerian dwarfs, but a mix between a few breeds. The gentleman I bought them from is working towards breeding different goats to obtain a goat with the perfect balance bewteen milk and meat. He’s been working towards this goal for the last 7 years. But the reason I chose these goats was because of how sweet and incredibly loving they are. After my previous goat experience, with a shy, untrusting doe, I was excited to see how loving these girls were. And that is what sold me.

The kids have been taking care of them this summer, with the exception of trimming hooves, and they’ve really enjoyed playing out in the pen with them. It warms my heart to see them all together, running with the goats.

Romans 12:11-12¬† — Work hard and serve the Lord enthusiastically.¬†Rejoice in our confident hope. Be patient in trouble, and keep on praying.¬†

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faith

Holidays are hard

Ever since the loss of my Grandparents in 2000, holidays haven’t been the same. I’ve had the unfortunate experience of seeing what happens when all that is holding siblings together is their parents. And once that tie is broken, so are the relationships that were hanging on by a thread. I feel this is a common occurrence and although many times, people don’t realize it at the beginning, they begin to see how much of an impact mom and dad had on their kinship with their brothers and sisters once they’ve passed.

pexels-photo-237180.jpeg¬† ¬†It seems personality types have so much to do with these struggles. Narcissism, envy, wrongdoings, lies, comparing children (even to adulthood), just struggles most adults don’t want to partake in becomes evident during this time we have together. But it brings up that question, that question that doesn’t get spoken until you’ve already let the negativity bring you down. That question that doesn’t pop up in your mind at first. The question of….where is my focus?

See, holidays aren’t about touting yourself, your new job, your prodigy child, pointing out insufficiency’s of others. Holidays are about enjoying the time you have with each other and doing good for others. Treating others as you would treat yourself. Maybe one day we can reach the point where we do these types of good all year. But holidays are a wonderful start to this. They are a chance to right wrongs, be the bigger person, show love and kindness, even if that means letting someone else proclaim their opinion louder than your own. Because your focus, your own focus, isn’t on yourself and how you want others to view you at these gatherings. Your focus on on God. And in leaving your focus on God, you can let all the other things go, because they don’t matter. There is so much in this world that man thinks is the key to success, but I believe the only true success, is your relationship with God. Because that relationship affects so many other relationships in your life. Its the difference between forgiveness and hate. Envy and happiness. The narrow path and the wide path.

pexels-photo-594421.jpeg¬†If you’re a believer and you trust in God, you can often times see where others are hurting, and that in doing the behaviors they do (that annoy you) you can see their personal struggles. The best thing you can do for yourself and for your family is to pray. Pray for your struggle with your feelings towards them and pray for their own struggles.

If you aren’t a believer and want to be close to God, the best advice I have to offer is to pray, read, and internalize the bible. Start small and work your way up. Start with the 10 commandments. These have always been so important to God that we see them over and over, with Jesus actually digging deeper into them in Matthew.¬†Come to God with a heart of repentance. Be sorry for the sin in your life and ask for change. Keep asking. You will find him when you seek him with all your heart and for many people, it doesn’t happen overnight. I have been on my own journey with the lord since 2014. I’m not perfect, nor will I ever be. I hope and pray that in sharing my own personal struggles, someone reading can gain some benefit and not feel alone. I’ve prayed a lot this holiday season and I will continue to do so. I probably annoy people as much as I am annoyed by their narcissism. I believe the true seal of doing a good job in life, is having other people talk highly of you. ¬†Unfortunately with social media the way it is, brandishing your own accomplishments over and over again is becoming the societal norm. So having it flow into your family is not a surprise. But I’m here to tell you there are still people out there who don’t believe in doing life this way and are trying to do life differently. And on that note, I’m off to work on getting the mote out of my own eye, so eventually, I can help others with the stick in theirs.