Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Worldview Weekend in Branson

How do I even begin to describe how wonderful this past weekend was? Words won't suffice, but I'll do my best to at least give a taste. :)


In a brief summary, Leah and I went to the Worldview Weekend Conference in Branson, Missouri! The speakers were excellent, and it was so refreshing and encouraging to hear the truth and authority of God’s Word boldly defended and taught. I took so many notes and look forward to reading through them again and refreshing my mind on what was taught and studying a few things deeper.

The fellowship with other like-minded believers was also a great blessing! I appreciated visiting with many older couples and hearing the wisdom that they had to share, and it was so nice to see many dear friends again and to meet some new ones, too. I was so blessed by the conference and am very thankful we were able to go!

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The conference began Friday evening, so that morning found Leah and I taking care of our animals, finishing packing, and then heading out (Mom and Dad were so sweet to do all of our animal chores for us while we were gone . . . including bottle feeding baby goats in the middle of the night!) 

This was not only Leah's and my first time going to this conference, it was also our first road trip with just the two of us . . . we had a lot of fun! And the closer we got to Branson, our excitement kept building. :) 

During the drive down . . . it rained a lot that day

Once getting to Branson, we checked into our motel, got settled in, had something to eat, and then headed to the conference which was at the Oak Ridge Boys Theatre . . .


One of the very few times the parking lot looked this empty . . . normally it was packed! On Saturday afternoon, there was a four hour break so people could go eat, etc. Leah and I grabbed a bite to eat at our hotel, and then went back to the theatre early in hopes of being able to meet and visit with other people, and that's when this photo was taken . . . there weren't many there at first!

Not long after we first arrived at the conference on Friday, some dear friends of ours, Laura and Emily, did as well, and it was so nice to see them again! Other than the conference itself, that was the highlight of the weekend for me. :) It was also a blessing to meet and fellowship with several other young ladies as well. I love how the body of Christ can encourage and build up one another!

Emily, Valencia, Me, Ken Ham, Leah and Laura
(Laura and Emily know Ken Ham so introduced us to him!)
(Photo from Laura)

There were ten men who spoke at the conference . . . .

Brannon Howse (who is the president of Worldview Weekend) spoke on  "Hirelings versus Shepherds" which was excellent! As a family, we had listened to this same message on his website several weeks ago, but hearing it again in person (and with more information added) was a great blessing. It is such an encouragement to have a godly man teaching and exhorting the church to be discerning and to 'judge those within the church' (1 Corinthians 5:12-13) . . . to discern true shepherds from false teachers. 

One of the statements he closed with on Friday night was: "We are not to Christianize the culture, we are here to preach the gospel." Excellent, and very true, point.


Brannon Howse

He talked a great deal about the need to judge and discern and answered the oft asked question "Aren't you being too negative?" and made the very good point that "by pointing out error, you are proclaiming truth." This is further expounded on in his book Religious Trojan Horse (which I bought and began reading Friday night :) in which he says that "When we expose false teaching and false teachers, we proclaim and defend the authority, accuracy, and application of God's Word . . . ." (Religious Trojan Horse pg. 8.)

What's more, God has commanded us to discern, to judge with righteous judgment, to expose error, to contend earnestly for the faith, and so much more. Brannon Howse's sessions were so good and some of my top favorites of the weekend.

A shot of the screen

 Ken Ham spoke twice . . . once on "Genesis: Is It Relevant Today?" and then the next day on "Science and the Bible - The Myth of Neutrality" . . . the latter session I was especially blessed by! There is no such thing as 'neutral ground' (Matthew 12:30.) We either start with the foundation of God's Word or Man's Word. 

Everyone has the same evidence, but there are different interpretations. And why is that? Because we have different worldviews. We have either a Biblical worldview or man's worldview . . . so we have to decide who determines truth . . . fallible man, or God? If we are going to debate or have a discussion with another individual, the starting point must always be the Word of God.

Ken Ham speaking

Another speaker that I really appreciated was Mike Gendron. He spoke on "The Pending Death of Discernment." I liked it so much that I got a DVD of his on the same topic so that not only could I hear the message again, but my family could as well. I wish I could share here all of what he said, but as that isn't possible :), here are some of the points he made that especially stood out to me (many of these were taken directly from the workbook, but some from my notes) . . . 

"We must keep discernment alive if the church is to remain alive and healthy" - so true!

And why do we need discernment?

"Error mixed with a little truth is most effective because the fatal error is often hidden by a thin veneer of truth."

"We are living in the last days when deception will be more pervasive and powerful than ever before."

"To examine everything carefully so that we can hold fast to that which is good and abstain from every form of evil (1 Thessalonians 5:21.)"

"To identify and expose the preachers who are servants of the devil carrying out his goal to deceive the world (2 Corinthians 11:13-15)"

"To discover the knowledge of God and discern the fear of the Lord (Proverbs 2:5.)"

"To examine ourselves to see if we are in the faith (2 Corinthians 13:5.)"

"To know the will of God to turn from worldliness to godliness (Romans 12:2.)"

He concluded with "What can we do?"

"-Be part of the solution - not the problem. Doing nothing helps the enemy.
-As Scripture speaks with clarity, we must contend earnestly for the truth
-We can never compromise; we must confront with love and truth
-Discern between the spirit of truth and the spirit of error (1 John 4:6)
-Discern between our ways and God's ways (Isaiah 55:8)
-Turn from evil and do good (1 Peter 3:11)
-Love the truth and hate every false way (Psalm 119:128)
-Proclaim the narrow way to those who are on the broad way (Matthew 7:13-14)"

And a couple of statements that he said that I wrote down were:

"The critical issue is the purity of the gospel"

"We must live with discernment . . . we must discern between God's ways and man's ways"

Leah browsing one of the booths

Bodie Hodge spoke on the Tower of Babel and languages which was fascinating! Leah and I liked it so much that we each got the book (complete with many charts) that he had written on the Tower of Babel. I am looking forward to reading it and refreshing my mind on all that he had taught!

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Another session that I really appreciated was by Jared Carlson which was on "The Real Jesus Among False Christ's." He examined different cults in the light of Scripture, gave four categories of cults, how to test these things ("Test the prophets - Deuteronomy 18:20-22"; "Test the teaching - Deuteronomy 13:1-5"), and more. He began with sharing that Christ warned us to "see to it that no one misleads you" (Matthew 24:4), hence the great importance for discernment of truth from error. 

He later noted that most cults are: "any group with teachings that deny the central historical doctrines of the Christian faith" and they "usually center around a strong charismatic leader who claims to have a new revelation from God." He later talked about how any 'new revelation', must be tested by God's Word which is vital. If it doesn't stand up to the scrutiny of the Scriptures, it is false.

Another point that he made that I really appreciated as it is so pertinent was regarding examining for good fruit  . . . what is good fruit? (As in, the fruit that a true believer should be 'producing' in their lives; Matthew 7:15-20.)

"There are two kinds of fruits 

1. morality, ethics, etc.

AND

2. one's doctrine or teaching

Morality, ethics, etc. are not good fruit.

Good fruit is the doctrine or teaching one holds to"

. . . and then how it is lived out in our lives. A person can have good morals, ethics, and be a very nice person, but that doesn't make these "good fruit."  
  
 Looking out across the auditorium
(Leah and I as well as our friends are on the back row here)
Photo by Laura

Carl Teichrib taught a great deal on one world government, one world religion, etc. and what steps have taken place in the past and are taking place right now to move in that direction. I found it to be not only fascinating, but sobering (and I took a lot of notes during it!) What he shared was yet another reminder that we are living in the last days . . . and another example of Scripture prophecy being fulfilled.

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Jason Carlson spoke on "The Most Important Question Facing our Culture Today", and one of the convicting questions he asked near the end was "Does my life bear the fruit of one who's submitted to Christ and guided by His Holy Spirit?" It is a sobering question, and one that we need to be continually asking ourselves as we examine the fruit in our own lives. Another point he made that I really appreciated and need to keep in mind when discussing Scripture with others is the question: "What is your faith in and what is your reasonable basis for your faith." Everyone has faith . . . but on what is it based? 

And a favorite phrase that we often use ourselves was an encouragement to hear once again: "Jesus plus anything else is not the Biblical Gospel"

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Jesse Johnson spoke on "God's Mission to the World" and the importance of sharing the gospel . . . not 'social justice' and trying to transform society. Yes, we are called to minister to the poor, but the desired end of any means that we may use must always be the gospel. Christ has called us to "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you" (Matthew 28:19-20a.) That is Christ's calling to the church . . . not transforming the culture. And as people come to know the Lord, then their lives will be transformed. 

He also shared that we see three specific groups of people that we are called to care for in Scripture, first - family; second - the church; third - our neighbors. Yet again, the end purpose for the latter is for the gospel to be proclaimed and for people to come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

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What Chris Pinto taught on was largely new to me as he focused upon "The Jesuits and the Counter Reformation." Prior to the conference, I was not very familiar with the Jesuits (other than the brief mention of them that was in my highschool history books :) so I found what he shared to be quite interesting and intriguing. I look forward to exploring this area further! 

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Jimmy DeYoung taught on "Jerusalem: The City of Creation, Conflict and Controversy." There were several things that I appreciated about what he shared including what he taught regarding the end times with the Rapture, Tribulation, Second Coming and then the Millennial Reign of Christ (in that order which is what my family and I also believe) and also what he shared about Israel's role in the end of the age. This is an area that is intriguing to me, and it was refreshing to hear it taught about not as replacement theology (the church having replaced Israel), but as Scripture teaches . . . that Israel is God's chosen people - separate from the church - and has a special role in the end times.

During the Question and Answer 
(Carl Teichrib, Jimmy DeYoung, Jared Carlson, Chris Pinto, Jason Carlson, Mike Gendron, and Brannon Howse.) 

As one of the original speakers was not able to make it to the conference due to illness, the sessions ended earlier on Saturday evening than had been planned so they had a Question and Answer for whoever would like to stay. Leah and I opted to stay, and I am so glad we did! I really enjoyed hearing the different questions that were asked and then how each man would respond to them. Not only were their answers quite interesting, it was also helpful to me, for when questions are asked of myself, to hear and learn from how they responded to the questions that were asked.

In addition to the excellent teaching, Brannon Howse sang a number of songs and Marty Goetz played and sang often before and between sessions. Marty Goetz would often have all of those attending the conference sing with him, and I loved lifting our voices all together in praise of the Lord! Especially when singing many of the old hymns together. Between Brannon Howse and Marty Goetz some of my favorites were sung . . . How Great Thou Art, It is Well, and Hallelujah! What a Savior.

Outside of the sessions, Leah and I were so blessed to visit with many people . . . we purposefully stayed after the sessions were over (except for Saturday night as it was quite late and we were so tired so we left right at the end of the question and answer), and then we came early before the sessions began in the hopes to meet and fellowship with other like-minded believers. We were not disappointed! I especially appreciated the wonderful conversations that we had with many older couples (one in particular as we had a lot in common!) and then another couple from Missouri that we talked with for quite awhile. And of course, I so enjoyed some sweet fellowship that we had with a number of other young ladies! Hearing their hearts for the Lord, what they were learning from the conference, how they wanted to apply it, and more was such an encouragement.

Over the course of the weekend, Leah and I were able to get several resources which we are looking forward to reading/watching/using! Here are the ones I came away with (and it was hard to decide! There was so much excellent material there, and I hope over time to add many more of the books/DVDs that were available there.)


It was a bit sad when the conference came to an end as the time had been so encouraging and uplifting . . . goodbyes were said, and we headed home. Our hearts and minds were full with all that we had learned and experienced and been blessed by over the weekend! The drive home went by much quicker than we had anticipated (not time wise, but mind wise :) . . . perhaps because we had so much to talk about! Once we got home, it was so nice seeing Dad and Mom again and doing what we had been looking forward to . . . sharing with them all about the conference! We talked with them for hours telling them about the conference, the different speakers, what was taught on, the different conversations we had, and more.

All in all, it was wonderful weekend . . . I was so blessed, encouraged and edified in the Lord and am looking forward to implementing many of the things I learned, utilizing the resources I was able to get, and continuing in building friendships with people met there.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The Goat Kids

Here are a few more photos of some of our newest goat kids! They aren't the easiest things to photograph as they love to be close to anyone who goes into their pen . . . hence, when I try to take photos, they are in my lap, jumping up on me, following me, etc. etc. Quite fun, but a challenge for photo taking! I hope you enjoy the few I was able to get :) . . . .

Aurora and her two kids, Sierra on the left and Centerfire on the right (so far our Boer bucks have had gun related names, and as this buckling has a perfectly symmetrical brown spot right on the center of his back, we came up with the name Center fire.)

Chase's doeling, Primrose 
(in keeping with the wildflower name theme for our dairy doelings.)
And speaking of Chase and names, Leah decided to change Chase's name to Willow (after the wildflower Water Willow. It's been a little hard to get used to, but it suits her better than Chase!

One of Larkspur's doelings, Lily  . . . I really like her coloring!

Centerfire begging for attention through the fence . . . he and his sister Sierra are really sweet and love to be petted and held.

Larkspur (her face anyway) and her two doelings, Lily and Ebony. While the latter is not the name of a wildflower, Leah wanted to name her that as her black is so black. :)

Some of the goats

Chase's (or should I say, Willow's :) buckling, Ranger. So named after the Lone Ranger who road Silver and the buckling's coat is silver . . . then the buckling's Sire and Grandsire were both named 'Classic' and the Lone Ranger is a classic so . . . the name Ranger. Make sense? :)

On a different note, we had a dusting of snow yesterday morning!! Quite unusual for late April . . . in fact, in all of my twenty-seven years, I have never seen snow this late in the year here. Spring has been coming in fits and spurts, and the trees are still not leafed out . . . yet slowly, slowly, it is awakening!

As you can see, our garden is still yet to be planted as the weather hasn't been conducive for it . . . I am looking forward to when it is tilled again, and it is all planted and not covered in weeds! And do you notice the small, fourth beehive? Dad and I did inspections on all of the hives earlier this week and one was so large that we were able to do a split from it. This time of year is a fun one for beekeeping!

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Catching Up ~ Kidding Season

Where to begin? The past few weeks have been eventful to say the least, and it wasn't my intention to 'disappear' from blogging for so long! There is a lot to post about so I'll be playing catch-up for a bit :) . . . and what better place to start than with what predominately filled our days this month? Kidding season! It has had its joys, yet sadness and tears, too. I'll begin with the later since that is what took place right after my last post.

We had three more does due to kid including Legacy (Lacy), Leah's Boer doe, and she went into labor five days early. Only it was very unusual, and she wasn't progressing normally. Leah went in to try to figure out what was going on and couldn't find the kids. Not good. As this is still relatively new to us, and Leah was feeling things that were much different than what she had felt before, we opted to call the vet. It was already after hours, and when we called, the vet was on another emergency visit somewhere else. So . . . we waited. 

The minutes ticked by and about two hours later our vet called us back . . . he had finished his other call and would be at our place soon. That was a great relief to us! By this time, Lacy was clearly uncomfortable and was becoming distressed.

Long story short, the kids were all tangled up and were trying to come together. The vet worked and worked carefully and persistently to get the kids untangled and delivered, but finally after awhile with no success, the decision was made for a c-section. So right there in the barn stall with Dad and Leah helping to hold Lacy down, the vet did the c-section (which, if it weren't for the circumstances, was quite interesting.) 

The first kid out was as limp as can be and was struggling to breath. I (and one of the assistants who came with the vet) worked a long time to get her going, and she was given a steroid shot as well. The second kid was on her feet in no time which was encouraging to see!

Hours later with the time nearing midnight, the last stitch was in, and Lacy was on her feet albeit looking like she really didn't feel well. Before the c-section, the vet had given her about a 60% chance of surviving, yet was a little more optimistic afterwards as she was already up on her feet.

We said goodbye to the vet, and then the next priority for us was the kids . . . two beautiful doelings! (which we'll be keeping. :) They needed colostrum and the weak kid needed to be warmed. Lacy's milk hadn't come in, but thankfully, Leah had frozen colostrum from Dixie that we could use. The stronger of the two doelings was able to suck out of a bottle before long which was a blessing! 

Meanwhile, we put the weak kid on a heating pad in front of the heater, but she wasn't warming up. We really needed to get her warmed so she could eat! So Leah put her in a trash bag with her head sticking out and submerged her body in a sink of warm water. She was gradually getting warm only then we found that the bag leaked! Out the doeling came, and Dad got the hair blow dryer which worked wonders to not only dry her, but finish warming her.

Sleeping in a cardboard box the day after they were delivered

Finally she was warm enough to try to feed her, but her suck reflex was extremely weak and sporadic (and not only that, but she was still so weak overall that she could barely lift her head up off of the ground.) After trying to feed her with a bottle, Dad, Leah and I went to our last resort and did something entirely new to us . . . tube feeding. Sitting on the floor with the doeling cradled in her lap, Leah carefully inserted the tube. We did the different checks to make sure it was in the stomach and not the lungs, and then fed her. It was with a sigh of relief when we finished that without any difficulty! 

With both of the doelings fed and getting warmer, Leah and I turned our attention to Lacy and did what we could for her before finally heading to bed after 3:00 am for a few hours of sleep before needing to feed the doelings again. We were thrilled when they both sucked on the bottle and drained them! The next few hours for me were spent researching online the care of a doe after a c-section which led to Leah and I giving Lacy some different medicines. We also continued to 'drench' her with fluids as she wasn't drinking on her own yet.

Throughout the day, she slowly improved, and in the afternoon, another vet came out to check on her (which they did 'just because' and didn't charge us. I am so thankful for the caring vets that we have!) There were a few things that were concerning to the vet about Lacy, but overall, she was pleased with how she was doing. We were so relieved to hear that! But still cautious as she was hardly out of the woods yet.

The next few hours brought a drastic change, however. Lacy went downhill rapidly, and amidst late night calls to the vet for advise and hurried attempts to try to help her as quickly as possible, she died in a rather traumatic way late that night. It was really hard and especially so watching her suffer as much as she did. Thankfully, she went fairly quickly. 

As we sat in the house afterwards around midnight, running over in our minds all that had happened (and yes, shedding quite a few tears, too, as Lacy was a much-loved pet and the whole experience was intense and hard), there were so many thoughts going through my mind. One of which was that what had just happened (even though it was just the death of a goat) was yet another reminder of the fallen world that we live in . . . a world that does have so much death, pain, and suffering in it, and all as a result of sin. The sin of the first man, Adam, which corrupted the perfect world that God had created. Sin which brought this physical death and suffering . . . and spiritual death and separation from God as well. But thanks be to God who gave His own Son Jesus Christ to die on the cross and rise again so that all who believe in Him as the Savior from their sins will enjoy eternal life! Physical death will then be but a transfer from this pain and sin-stricken world to a perfect home in heaven with the Lord.

So while that week was a hard one (and made even more so by the significant lack of sleep) . . . I am once again thankful for the reminder of the promise that the Lord gives of heaven and eternal life . . . a home that I look forward to eagerly where there will be no pain, suffering, sin, or death. For Christ has had victory over death! “O death, where is your victory? O death, where is your sting? The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law; but thanks be to God who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (1 Corinthians 15:55-57.) 

Over a week old and enjoying the sunshine . . . the one on the left is still unnamed, and the one on the right (that's biting her lip :), Leah named Sienna (Dad gave the doeling to her in place of Lacy.)

As I sit here typing, there are so many other things that my heart is full of thankfulness for as well . . . one of which is that we have such excellent and knowledgeable vets who care, one of which who despite the late hours and long day he had already had, worked so hard to save the life of our doe and of her two doelings. And then also thankfulness for the two doelings . . . Legacy’s ‘legacy' . . . who are both doing so well now, and the weak one has surprised us all with how quickly she rebounded and how fast she is growing!

Sierra (Aurora's doeling), Lacy's unnamed doeling, and Sienna.

With all that happened with Lacy, Leah and I were a little anxious about the next two kiddings that were just around the corner. Larkspur ended up being five days overdue and had been in pre-labor for nearly two days . . . we were starting to get a little concerned about her when last Tuesday morning, she woke me up with soft little bleats/grunts that were coming over the baby monitor. I recognized that sound! And quickly woke Leah, and we hurried out to the barn while a strong spring thunderstorm raged overhead. Not long after we arrived with the kidding kit and towels in tow, Larkspur delivered two beautiful doelings. A very quick and uneventful kidding which we were grateful for!




A few hours later Chase went into labor, and she needed just a bit of assistance to help deliver her huge (12+ pound!) buckling. A smaller doeling quickly followed. Two easy and successful kiddings in one day! A great relief to all of us. :)

Her doeling

Chase cleaning up her kids

So now our little farm is a bustling with activity! Ten adorable goat kids that are all doing really well . . . I love watching them play together! They love to race and race around the hoop houses, then leap up on the stumps, leap off again while kicking up their heels . . . it makes me smile just thinking about it! They are certainly entertaining! They also so enjoy being held and petted which we rather enjoy, too. :) And there will be more photos to come soon!

Wednesday, April 10, 2013

~ Spring ~

It was long in coming, but my favorite season has finally arrived . . . springtime in all its beauty, freshness, and color! The warm, sunny days, the fragrant flowers, the green of growing grass, flower buds opening on the trees, birds singing cheerily from branches that are beginning to leaf out, doing chores in short sleeves, fresh breezes, open windows, spring peepers peeping away . . . happy sigh . . . these days have been very much enjoyed!

Daffodils blooming by the bench

Strawberry plants beginning to poke through the straw after Mom removed the top layer of straw.

Tiny white flowers blanketing the ground in the orchard

"Bless the Lord, oh my soul, and let all that is within me, bless His holy name."  Psalm 103:1

How often this Psalm has come to mind as of late as I have 
been enjoying the beauty of God's creation! 

Leaf buds on the lilac bush

 The faithful rhubarb that keeps coming back year after year

Even the spring rains and storms that we have had last night and today are welcomed after the contrast of last year at this time when we were already in a drought. Though the storms will be followed by colder weather for a day or two, but thankfully, it shouldn't last long! Once it warms up again, I'll finish tilling the garden and then plant, plant, plant!

Due to the unusually long winter, I started planting the garden much later than last year and so far only have onion plants in the ground, peas planted, and then Leah and I planted potatoes as well. 

Newly planted onions

This doesn't look like much now, but hopefully it will before long! I planted peas along all three sides of the chainlink chicken pen, and then ran a fence on the inside of the pen about a foot from the edge. The idea is that the peas will crawl up the fence, the chickens can't reach them to eat the plants, and maybe the chickens will be able to help keep the bugs down!

The stakes in this photo mark the potato rows . . . and the green in the right foreground is the overwintered spinach. It looked a little poorly in this photo, but it's greening up more now.

I had also planted out all of the 48 broccoli, cauliflower and purple cabbage plants that I had started, and they had been doing well until one night when it got much colder than what had been forecasted and my poor uncovered plants were frozen in low 20 degree temps. Sadly, they are no more. At least I hadn't planted the green cabbage plants yet, so those are still alive!

We have so been enjoying our newest little goat kids! While their birth was a little more involved since Leah had to go in with each kid and rearrange it, everything else has been so smooth. The kids were both walking and eating on their own shortly after birth and are sturdy little things! And hungry. :) It seems like all they do is either sleep or eat! Aurora is a wonderful mama goat has been taking great care of her little ones. 


Aurora and her doeling

The doeling

 The buckling

Once the weather is decent again, they'll all get moved out of the barn and then Chase will be moved to the vacant stall. Chase is due next Monday, Larkspur tomorrow, and Lacy a few days after Chase!

 Do you think Chase has gotten over her dislike of Dixie's kids?! :)

Larkspur in the left stall, Lacy in the 'stall' we made in the walkway, and then Aurora is in the stall on the right. Lacy was brought in early in order to keep Aurora company as those two are very attached and have a hard time when separated. Poor Lacy will be relieved after her kidding . . . she is huge and quite uncomfortable!

In other news, I have been working on another cross-stitch design and kit . . .


This one has been fun to do! I also 're-wrote' the instruction manual a bit for this one since the other booklet was more specific to the Scripture verse cross-stitches.

Last week, Dad and I did our first full inspections of the year on our three beehives, and they each look really good! One hive already needed a honey super put on it, and I'll be putting another honey super on a second hive next week. The bees have certainly been busy now that flowers have started blooming again!

All three hives 
(and the gray 'things' on the sides of some of the boxes are the remains of the duct tape that I had used to attach the robber screens last fall . . . I found that duct tape does not come off easily!

 
The honeybees on the hyacinths were enjoyable to photograph! I laid down on the grass right by them and just snapped away. Not only was the photography fun, but it was a delight to watch these busy and fascinating little creatures as they went about their work!


Other than all of this, the days have been full of household tasks, 
baking, sewing, and a host of other things.

 Another doll finished and listed this week . . . it's nice to have springtime 
flowers to include in the photos now!

As we have begun to enter the busy season with the garden, kidding, milking, etc., I have been giving a lot of thought/planning to scheduling, time management and the like. It can be difficult to accomplish all that needs to be done, and I am finding even more so than before that organized lists are a huge help to me!

And as these fruitful, enjoyable, and busy springtime days continue, I am looking forward 
with anticipation to all that they will hold!

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

Aurora's Turn!

 Last evening, one of our Boer does, Aurora, kidded! She surprised us with twins, a beautiful and healthy buckling and doeling. They each had a leg back so Leah had to help rearrange them a bit . . . she does such a good job with that! This was Aurora’s first kidding, and it went much faster than we had expected! From when we first started noticing signs that she *might* be starting labor to the time that both kids were on the ground was only about 45 minutes. Both of the babies are so cute, lively, and have quite the loud voices for such small packages!

 
Aurora cleaning up the buckling just moments after he was born

 I am so glad we were once again there for the process . . . no matter how many times I see it, new life and birth are always awe-inspiring . . . what a testament to the wisdom and might of the Lord, the Creator, who created life and designed such a miraculous process!

And now cleaning the doeling who was born a short while after the buckling.

The doeling not long after birth and figuring out how to stand

There will be more to come later! 
(As well as photos of spring and gardening!)

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Out to Play

We have been introducing Dixie's kids to the goat pen (and they'll move out there permanently today), and they have really been enjoying it! Running, leaping, investigating, playing together . . . they have been so fun to watch. Dixie also has enjoyed being back out there and out of the barn stall!

Off exploring . . . his legs are doing much better now! They are still not all the way straight, but I don't think it will be long before the splints will be coming off for good.

Daisy investigating the grain feeder (which we use not for grain, but for treats) . . . baby goats are such inquisitive little creatures!

 Sportin' his new look. :) 
(Though now his legs are wrapped with vet wrap instead of duct tape . . . the first time we did the splints, we just used what we had on hand!)

 Dixie and Daisy enjoying some of the fresh spring grass

Today's going to be a busy day with moving them out to the pen permanently, cleaning out the barn stalls, converting the center aisle to a third barn stall, setting up another light, and then moving Larkspur, Aurora, and Lacy to the barn. Less than a week, and we should 
have more goat kids arriving!