Psalm 27:4 "One thing have I desired; that will I seek after. That I may dwell in the house of the Lord all the days of my life."

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Not the Update I Wanted

We have been so busy lately.  This past weekend was the first one I’ve spent at home all month – the first weekend without a horse show.  It was fun, but I was ready for being home.  I have pictures and they are awesome and stories and they are amazing!  And I wanted to post them today!

But today didn’t turn out to be a happy blogging kind of day.

We finished lambing season with 7 babies: twins, two singles and triplets.  The twins have been on bottles and of course we got attached to them.  Yesterday Tipsy wasn’t taking his bottles and was getting bloated.  We took him to the vet for an ultrasound that showed some gas, but not intestinal blockage.  He took some half bottles, but still didn’t poop.  Another ultrasound and the gas and build up were very obvious.  Something was blocking his ability to poop.  The choices were surgery or sleep.  We had to put him down.  It was so hard.  It’s been two years since we lost a lamb and we thought we had cleared the hurdles this year.  It’s been tough.  Kristen has shed so many tears today.  Her friends have been the greatest and so encouraging and supportive.  Little Tina is a bit lost without her brother.  I’m hoping that she’ll get into the pen with the other sheep and cuddle up with Daisy’s baby, Misty.

I’ll try to get the horse show pictures together (most of them are on my phone) this week.  Next week is spring break, but I’m booked for half of it with Kurt’s birthday and the Midwest Homeschool Convention.

As I encouraged Kristen this afternoon, she had plenty of ‘whys’ running around inside of her.  It’s so easy to ask why.   Why him?  Why us again?  What did he do, he’s just a baby?  Why would God let this happen?  I honestly had such peace today.  I haven’t cried a single tear.  I had to encourage Kristen to just keep trusting God.  We don’t understand how this could possible work together for good.  We don’t see His big picture.  If it hurt us so much to see an innocent animal suffer and die, how must it break God’s heart when an innocent child is ripped from its mother’s womb – the place He created to knit that child together?

We are fearfully and wonderfully made.  ALL of God’s creation is fearfully and wonderfully made.  We have been given such a privilege to love His creatures, to nurture and care and steward His creation.  I am so blessed to love these animals.  I am so blessed to love my children.

Thanks for listening to our happenings and my reflections.

My Baby Grew Up

We left Karra at University for a week long Architecture Camp.  A dorm room, room mate, and a cafeteria swipe card.  And two hours from home – all on her own.  It’s not like this is her first time away from us.  She’s gone to summer camp with the church youth group – 8 hours and a state away – but somehow this feels much, much different.

Like every other mother before me, I wonder where my cherub cheeked little child went.  How did this happen so fast?  She’s only really mine for another year – so much to do and so much to say.

Of course, taking her to camp didn’t come without its adventures – it wouldn’t be us if we didn’t mess something up, right?  So, I decided that rather than head east, then south, then west to take the highway to our destination, we would take the smaller state road close to us and go due south until we hit the big highway.  Except an hour lateron the scenic route we still hadn’t hit that big highway.  We stopped at a gas station near a different university to ask how we get to that big highway.  Well, we had to backtrack to the east about 15 miles to get to the right place to hit the big highway and take off on our way.  Joel had been bragging about his 80 mph tires and then he got to prove how good they were.  We got to our destination about an hour later than planned, but we had allowed plenty of time, so it was no big deal – and Karra beat her roommate in so she got her pick of beds. 🙂

And there was the drama of “where in the world do we turn into the university?  are we on the right street?  tell me where I’m going!!!”  Um, Honey, your lane ends.  Um, honey, there’s a parked car in front of you!  Why didn’t we drive the new van with the Navi system?

We got checked in (to discover everything had her named spelled Karrat , well it sort of suits a vegetarian don’t you think?), settled in the dorm and then navigated the map to get across campus to the art building.  It was really hot and humid and I started to come unglued a bit – not in a bad way, in a melting way.  I also got really thirsty because sweet tea just doesn’t cut it like water does (and by the way when your husband wants Quarter Pounders buy one get one for 1 cent – let him and then order the bacon chicken wrap that you wanted in the first place.  Otherwise you order two quarter pounders – reg., two quarter pounders with no cheese, no pickles, no onions, just ketchup & mustard, and two quarter pounders with no pickles, cheese, onions, only ketchup.  Yep.  And then when you’re praying over your food while you open your burger box it goes like this, “Thank you, God, for this food and all of your blessings and the cheese on my Quarter Pounder.”  Uh, huh, just order the bacon chicken wrap! and a water).

After the welcome and orientation, we went on the tour of the art building – with a tour guide that didn’t wait for the whole group to catch up to the destination before beginning his speal.  So, Joel gives his own tour – he is so full of it!

We left her, finally, and promptly got lost trying to get back to the highway.

And That’s What’s Happening on the Hobby Farm 🙂

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