The longer I put off blogging, the harder it seems to be to get back in the swing of things. So, I decided I will just try to put as much information into this one post as I can remember. It has been 3 months since I posted last, and…well, obviously, a LOT has happened in the past 1/4 of a year, so I hope I can remember the highlights (fortunately, I took some photos during this hiatus, so that should help jog my memory):
A little over a week after we welcomed “Little Mac” (our first goat kid) into our world, our other doe, Sugar, kidded on Saturday evening, December 10. Fortunately, by this time, I knew what to watch for and had been keeping a close eye on her every day since Little Mac was born. It was a pretty uneventful delivery aside from the fact that we were “certain” she would have at least 2. We kept waiting and waiting (not knowing at the time that there are ways to know if there is another) until she finally delivered the placenta a couple of hours later…then we knew there would only be one. It was a little doeling, and we named her Bonnie Blue (we’re suckers around here for anything Gone With the Wind).
The grain I ordered back in the spring finally came in. It’s Hard Red Spring Wheat from Montana Milling. I was so excited to get it (all 300 lbs. of it), but there was one problem…I had no way to mill it…until….my parents blessed us with a grain mill for Christmas! Let me tell you, it is wonderful! I had no idea how different it would be from store-bought whole wheat flour. I don’t know how to explain it, exactly, but it seems to have so much more elasticity…it’s so much easier to knead! And, it makes the best bread I have ever tasted.
Barry had a birthday…
Lauren was in a sweet Christmas program at church…it was too cute.
One of our hens, Ruthie, went broody. Since she’s a little Silkie, we only gave her 4 eggs to sit on. Two hatched, and we are pretty sure they were from our two Ameraucanas, Pearl and Ginger…of course, papa is a Rhode Island Red, so I dunno what the outcome will be when they’re bigger.
Lauren had her 1-year post op visit with Dr. Berch. Can you believe it’s been an entire year since her surgery? Time flies around here! Nevertheless, he said she looks great, and we are so thankful for how the Lord has healed her body and that she is now able to endure any activity she wants without becoming short of breath or having chest pain. We will go back in a year to schedule the removal of her bar (which will, thankfully, be a simple outpatient surgery). While we were in Jackson for her appointment, we just had to take advantage of our trip by visiting the Mississippi Children’s Museum again. What a wonderful place…and can you believe how big the boys have gotten since our last visit to the museum?
Both girls went to TeenPact Leadership School (Lindsay’s 4th year for the 4-day class and Lauren’s 3rd year for the 1-day class). I’ve said it in previous years, and I will say it again: TeenPact is one of the best Christian student organizations around…if not the best. It has been life-changing for both girls. If TeenPact is available in your state, I encourage you to check out their website and get your kids involved as early as possible (8 years old is the starting age).
And, last but not least, we adopted this big baby girl:
Now, hopefully I haven’t left too much out, and I will try my best to not take such a long break before my next post. Thanks for your patience with me. Be sure to comment and let me know what you’ve been up to!