Wednesday, April 30, 2008
jubilee is mourning her lambs. she is baaing a sad call to them as she wanders out to the pasture, then to the shed, then back to the birthing place looking for them.
lessons on the farm are not always easy. but even while we are feeling the sadness of the loss, we can't help but smile at the 3 lambs we have, frolicking, leaping, and chasing each other around the pasture. and now i am keeping a watchful eye on bathsheeba, the last ewe to lamb, praying she doesn't have any difficulty.
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
(i need a better picture of her, she is too cute!)
B's painting (this is definitely the mammoth variety!)
everyday gift: homeschool in the garden...gardenschool? ;o)
Thursday, April 24, 2008
how about now? in this picture you might also see last year's miracle. do you need a clue?
here is closer view...
it is the egg case of a praying mantis, attached to this branch in the fall by the mother who will never see her offspring. the egg case will release its nymphs in late spring, 100's upon 100's of them dropping out on thin silky threads. the wind will send them on their way.
everyday gift: another miracle in God's creation
i would like my life to be like these sweet violets. oh, that i would humbly share joy with others without demanding anything in return. not like the hot house flowers who wilt and pout without the perfect conditions. and may the joy i share spark a chain reaction in others to give joy as well.
everyday gift: sweet violets spreading joy
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
another miracle occurred on sunday and this time we got to watch. it was an amazing moment, one i am sure the kids will never forget. this is hosanna's first lamb and she is doing an incredible job. it is so amazing how she knows exactly what to do! we have named the lamb shalom because she was born the day after passover. and by now we have figured out that the papa is jericho, our black shetland ram, that scoundrel!
everyday gift: the miracle of new life
Friday, April 18, 2008
roxie with her babies. the one on the left has a prominent black spot on its leg, it is a ewe lamb, her brother is on the right, with a spot on its neck.
everyday gift: newborn lambs
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
my thoughts were pulled from the pages with a distant cry. did i hear something? were they happy sounds? angry sounds? hopefully not hurt sounds. i strain to listen...there it is again. B.
i step out on the deck to see what the problem is. through the pasture i see B slogging home with S beside her, arm around her. (okay, i am not happy that B may be hurt, but that sight is beautiful to a mama's eyes!)
as they reach the garage, the story unfolds...B with her rubber boots on, had stepped into the creek, feet sinking into the muck. in an attempt to free her feet she lost her balance and sat down, feet still stuck! so she comes to me with hands caked in mud, a wet brown bottom, and boots heavy with mud. she washes her hands in the garage sink and takes off her boots. i lead her into the laundry room and she sheds her clothes. wrapped in a towel, she heads for the shower, still sobbing. i was able to help her all the way into the shower without cracking a smile! B is not happy if she thinks she is not taken seriously! ;o)
still in the garage are two muddy boys. C has mud-caked tennis shoes and thorn scratches on his hands from the rescue effort. S also has the muddy evidence of the drama. so they really do love their sister...i suspected it all along!
well, so much for my book, better get to that muddy laundry...
everyday gift: brotherly, muddy, love
Saturday, April 12, 2008
boy, are they lucky.
everyday gift: break resistant dishes
Sunday, April 6, 2008
so with the backdrop of adversity, charlotte bronte creates a chiaroscuro effect with the brilliant light of jane eyre. beautiful.
everyday gift: reading a classic