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When God Made Goats

When God Made Goats

I have to tell you… I love God.

Seriously.

I cannot even begin to fathom His greatness.  Every day something reminds me of His glory, of His power, and of His awe inspiring imagination.

Just reading Genesis 1 I literally stand amazed at His genius.

20 And God said, “Let the waters swarm with swarms of living creatures, and let birds[g] fly above the earth across the expanse of the heavens.” 21 So God created the great sea creatures and every living creature that moves, with which the waters swarm, according to their kinds, and every winged bird according to its kind. And God saw that it was good. 22 And God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the waters in the seas, and let birds multiply on the earth.” 23 And there was evening and there was morning, the fifth day.

24 And God said, “Let the earth bring forth living creatures according to their kinds—livestock and creeping things and beasts of the earth according to their kinds.” And it was so. 25 And God made the beasts of the earth according to their kinds and the livestock according to their kinds, and everything that creeps on the ground according to its kind. And God saw that it was good.

26 Then God said, “Let us make man[h] in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

27 So God created man in his own image,
    in the image of God he created him;
    male and female he created them.

28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it, and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth.”

He made this in all of it’s mighty glory:

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He made him.  Every cell, every muscle, every hair He formed.  This mighty and majestic creature was formed by the Creator of the Universe.  Wow.

This wily creature who can scale the flat side of our barn:

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God made Him too.  Every claw, tooth, tissue, and purr He knows.

But when God made goats…

I think he laughed.

And no, I don’t think he just let out a little chuckle.  I think it was a big, all consuming, shoulder’s heaving, belly-aching laugh.

How can this crazy dance not make you want to get up and praise our Creator?

How can these sweet girls learning to walk not make you laugh until you cry?

And how can this video of a baby being born not just leave you in awe? (and laughing a little)  (WARNING GRAPHIC)

When it shakes it’s tiny head … I just died. Y’all God is incredible.

I hope these videos helped you remember to praise our Savior today!  I know I am.

A Flannel Christmas and a Hoppin’ New Year!

A Flannel Christmas and a Hoppin’ New Year!

The past two Christmases have had a running theme when it comes to presents.  Any guesses what that may be?  I’ll give you a hint: anything farm related.  Ha!  I must say I love it.  This Christmas across the board was farm themed – whether from the hubs, my parents, my aunt, or my in-laws family – everything was farm related.

For instance, my mother went flannel overboard this year for everyone.  I know that sounds like a negative thing but it was awesome.  Everyone has been decked out in flannel since Christmas around here!

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The hubs got me a great pair of coveralls I can thrown on over my clothes at feeding time and stop having to get everything I own muddy and torn all the time!

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My cousins on my husbands side got me cool chicken themed gifts!  And my cousin Katie got me an awesome tote that says “totes ma goats” with 3 goat silhouettes! Sadly, I have no pictures.

And last but certainly not least….drum roll please…my awesome aunt made an egg gathering apron for me.  She is the bomb.  Justin is really going to look good wearing this… 😉

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I realize people can take things overboard but I love that all my gifts were so thought out!  They were practical (to an extent) and all for or about the thing(s) I love…my farm!

Christmas should never be about the gifts but it’s so nice to know that friends and family pay attention to the things you want and need.

While our Christmas was filled with flannel we will be hoppin’ into the New Year.

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(See what I did there?)

This big boy is Goliath.  We just picked his girlfriend, Sheba, up last night.

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And this is Thumper.  We picked up his girlfriend last night too.  Her name is Flower.

We are going to start raising meat rabbits.  We have been wanting a pig for some time but they just take up so much room and make SUCH a mess.  Rabbits are much smaller, much less mess, and procreate quickly.  I cannot wait to make dumplings.

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I hate to end on bad news but the past week has been a rough one around here.  On Wednesday Julie, one of our Obers, went into labor a week and a half early.  Both kids were stillborn.  (Goats cannot survive that early)  Julie was doing great and then we got off work Thursday and she was down.  After a lot of tireless hours filled with antibiotic shots, syringing water, and finally a trip to the vets….Julie died.  At this time we do not know why.  All of our animals are disease tested before coming to the farm and then tested yearly here.  We are sending off tissue samples of the babies and a blood sample for Julie to rule out any disease we may have missed.  Hopefully it was just from natural causes/infection and is not something that can spread to our other does.

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It’s times like these when I am reminded of the Ram truck commercial about when God made the farmer.  I try to mainly focus on the fun, wacky things that happen to us but farming is also filled with losses.  And this past week we lost a lot.

I hope to have pictures of our new does Sheba and Flower up for y’all to see soon!

Until next time!

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Oberly excited about Oberhasli’s!

Oberly excited about Oberhasli’s!

When we (Justin and I) started this grand adventure we bought several different breeds of dairy goats.  Nubians are the favorites of most of the people we run in to.  Below is Georgette.  She is a purebred Nubian from a line (Six M Galaxy) of star milker’s.  You can see why Nubians are a favorite.  Talk about gorgeous.  Not to mention she kidded with triplets this year and nursed all three!  We didn’t have to bottle feed at all.

But we have decided to narrow down our herd to only one breed and Nubians were the first crossed off the list.  Why?

1.  They are LOUD.  Loud is actually an understatement.  These guys whine like crazy.  When I walk outside I have to sneak around (even if I am just going to my car) because if she sees me… HELLO!  The screaming begins.  You know those funny goat videos of goats screaming?  Not so funny when it’s all day right outside your house.

2. They are attention queens.  Oh my goodness.  They have to be first. They want the most.  They have to be the closest to you, etc.  Georgette is crazy protective of me.  If anyone is around me her hair bristles on her back and starts to stand up.  That’s the only warning you will get before she head butts you.

3.  Did I mention the yelling?  Seriously, the yelling did it for us.  Nubian’s were crossed off of the list.

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We talked about Alpine’s.  I love this breed but we had trouble finding them so we never purchased any.  We never purchased Saanen either.  We did get two La Mancha’s and have several baby La Mancha’s.  I ADORE this breed.  My La Mancha’s are the most wonderful things EVER.  Now, why did they get crossed off of the list you may ask.  No, it’s not because they don’t have ears.  I actually LOVE this about them.  I think this peculiar trait makes them that much more beautiful.  Here is the main reason we are not keeping this breed:

1.  They are HUGE.  Ok, I’ve seen several La Mancha farms online and their La Mancha’s aren’t as large as ours.  Ours are like small horses.  No, but really they weigh around 140-160.  I can’t really do much by myself with them.  I almost always have to have Justin and I do NOT like that.  The other night while I was putting dewormer in Giselle’s mouth she did not want it and I RODE her a few feet.  Yep.  You read that right.  She took off and my legs were around her neck.  I think you can see the problem.

2.  They are also drama queens.  No, they are not loud drama queens which is a positive, but man do they get their feelings hurt.  And if their feelings are hurt they are UNCOOPERATIVE.  Whew.  They are like constantly having teenagers.

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But goodness aren’t they gorgeous!

The breed we narrowed it down to was not a breed we planned on purchasing.  Gretel came to us as part of a “package” last year.  Remember this?  Gretel quickly became the Queen of our herd beating out Giselle aka the Bearded Lady pictured above.  She was quiet and docile, but SO smart and most definitely the herd queen.  Until we had Great Pyrenees she was even the “watch dog”.  She NEVER yelled, occasionally if I was late at supper time she would stomp her feet to let me know she did not approve.  Gretel is what led us to LOVE the Oberhasli breed.

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Goodness do we miss her.

What finalized the Oberhasli breed was when we rescued this little lady!  Meet Julie!

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This rascal was at a home with NO fence on a highway and had been hit by a car.  We think she has some neurological damage and the muscles in one of her back legs has atrophied quite a bit.  But now she is with us and has made lots of progress.  She sealed the deal with our Oberhasli decision.  And let me tell you…this girl LOVES alfalfa squares.  She is so funny and loves to play with the babies.  We met the original owner that bred her.  We visited her farm last fall and she was thrilled to know Julie had found a good home.  It is horrifying to think that something (like what Julie went through) can happen to one of the animals you loved so much.

This week we have sold 6 of our goats and in the next few weeks the rest will go.  While I am SO sad and a wreck.. hoping and praying they go to good homes… I am so excited for this new step.  We are thrilled to be bringing in Ober’s!

Until next time have a little laugh.  Here is Polar Bear Hebe vs. Regular Hebe.
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