Unexpected Gifts Fill The Heart

I have a friend who is a distant cousin who I have only met once in my life when I was 17. Many years passed and through the years we have corresponded every once in awhile with occasional Christmas cards. I have many fond memories of her and two other cousins I met on that trip long ago and have kept the memories tucked away inside of the special time spent and a connection cemented in my mind.

I had not heard from her in several years and looked every day in the December mail to see if I would hear from her. On her end she was fine and just busy as we all get. One day in December I received an email from her with a precious picture she had drawn of my goat, Mr. Brown. She is an accomplished illustrator and Mr. Brown was such a pleasant surprise! Last week I received a memorial drawing of Fisher who passed away right before Christmas leaving us all a little sad right before the holidays. Happy tears happened upon seeing our sweet Fisher.

Reconnecting has been such a blessing and has filled my heart and made it full. The paintings/drawings of Mr. Brown and Fisher have been the greatest gifts of love from a sweet friend who has only met me once, but “knows” me and that our animals are gifts that we are blessed to take care of on this earth and we love them with all our hearts.

Thank you special cousin and friend. You really DO know me! My life is forever enriched by our life connection.

Are these not the most precious drawings ever? They are my “pride and joys.”

Indian Blanket With A Twist

We have a huge crop of Indian Blankets at the farm this year and ya"ll know they are my favorites. Yesterday I spent hours taking photos and simply soaking up the beauty. I was walking in a pasture and found this little beauty growing around some rocks. She was just a little different than most of our Indian Blankets. Our Indian Blankets have less yellow and more orange. She was the gem of the … [Read More...]

Little Newborn

Love this one. Simple and Sweet. … [Read More...]

Glorious April Sunset

No words needed... … [Read More...]

Wildflowers 2016

Well, April is nearly over and my rush to take hundreds of wildflower photos simply never happened this year. In fact, I never made it to the country roads to even look around to see where they were blooming the best. We have had so much rain this April which is good, but it seems between the rain and my calendar I could just never get it together. I did manage a few photos of whatever was around … [Read More...]

Newly Born

This sweet little bull calf was born on Saturday. He had to have some help being delivered so his mom came to barn to deliver. Watched her clean him up, get him on his feet and watched her learn the ropes as a first time mom. It took her a little bit to get the nursing thing down, but once she got the hang of it we had one happy mom and baby. Love happy endings! Mama even allowed me to love on her … [Read More...]

Spring Calves

We have lots of new beautiful babies at the farm. This one is especially special. Her mama is sick and unable to feed her. She is now with a new mama who lost her calf. We are crossing fingers for a match made in heaven! Newborn cow babies are so very precious. I get goosebumps when simply looking at each "fresh-born" baby. … [Read More...]

Wordless Wednesday

Purple Love! … [Read More...]

Many Faces of Orphan Andy

Our Orphan Andy is just the best little donkey. He has a personality as big as the world. I just wish he could speak in human words because he would have so much to impart to us. Our feelings are strong as he lost his lovely mom at 20 days old and we have loved him devotedly. He was bottle fed and raised by a family member who raises goats for the stock show. Then he came home to us and the other … [Read More...]

Cow Babies Are Back

The "baby" pasture has been very busy this week! I think when I counted yesterday there were around nine or ten new babies. What a happy time here at the farm. The babies give us much joy and I spend lots of time just standing and watching the fun. Nothing cuter than little cow babies to put a smile on ones face and to make the world right. This beautiful baby was born about 4 hours before I … [Read More...]

Possumhaw

The farm is a world of winter brown. Our Possumhaw is the only bit of color every winter. It brings joy and the impending hope of spring and we enjoy it immensely. It is the simple things that we really remember and that impact our lives... … [Read More...]

Texas Touch

We have a new "visitor" at the farm. His name is "Texas Touch" and actually he has been visiting the girls for about a month. All the girls have been AI (artificially inseminated) so now Texas Touch is visiting just in case the AI did not take with any of the cows. I have been watching him for the last couple of weeks when I have been trimming around the oak trees in the pastures. The cows all … [Read More...]

Wordless Wednesday

Winter Sunsets at farm can compete with summer ones any day!   … [Read More...]

Looking Cute

Goose is looking really adorable in his hunting attire! He belongs to Son #1. He is a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon. He is a very sweet and gentle family dog and loves to visit the farm. Those eyes are always talking to you- he is so darn cute! … [Read More...]

Sing To My Babies

It was a lovely weekend at the farm. It has been cold and rainy for much of the last couple of months. That makes it so much NOT fun to enjoy hiking, working and enjoying the animals. Last week I cleaned the farmhouse so I would be ready for the two nice days predicted by the weatherman. Sure enough- we got our warm weather. I cleaned the roads of trash, cleaned up yard of branches and twigs that … [Read More...]