"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Farm Life Excitement



Another exciting day on the farm! Esther, one of our Navajo Churro sheep gave birth to twins yesterday afternoon! We know for sure that one is a female because we brought her inside last night. Bill went out to check on them and one lamb was pretty lethargic- so in she came to the already established barn nursery being held in the family room and school room.

The kids(triplet goats) were born on Saturday and are doing incredible but need to be inside due to freezing nights. We have mastered taking them out 2 first then the third about 5 minutes later in order for all to have a chance to suckle. The neat thing is that we take them out around 10 pm and then bring them back in as soon as they finish feeding and they sleep until 5 am! Helga, their momma seems to get that we are helping her and is a great mother.

Esther, the ewe is a bit more worried about her lamb. When we first brought the lamb in I could hear Esther bleating. It took about 5 minutes for her to stop. When Bill gave me the lamb I was very honest with the children and told them maybe this one has a 20% survival hope. After a night up feeding and holding and rubbing the legs and back etc, she is a totally different lamb! Wow-for not knowing too much about animal husbandry, we are so far doing okay.

Once again I am feeling like I did when I had my own newborns, groggy~yet giddy with excitement. For this farm family we are most certainly thanking God, because we prayed for male goat(s) and female sheep to keep the herds increasing and praise Him-that is what we received!

Jennifer

2 comments:

Susan said...

Wow!! It is so exciting to keep up with the happenings there and the way God is blessing.
Susan

~~Deby said...

oh my....is this fun or what....you do have a real farm....congratulations
Deby