Stormcloud coming!

Our lambing season came to an end yesterday when Daisy gave birth to a baby girl – a mocha colored black back with Mommy’s white splotch that bleeds down her face.  Oh, she’s adorable!!!  I do have to warn you 3 of the pictures are of the birthing process and are a little graphic.

Stormcloud's coming!

Stormcloud’s coming

Stormcloud getting closer

Stormcloud’s getting closer

Stormie's here!!

Stormie’s here!!!!

We didn’t get to see Joy being born because Honey had her early in the morning, so this was a real thrill for us.  I had no idea that animals grunted and groaned just like humans do!  Kristen kept saying, “Really, Mom, you’ve been through it!”  We felt so bad for Daisy because those pushing contractions HURT, but we kept talking to her and praying until we’d prayed her here.

Stormie getting her first bath

Here she is getting her first bath

Stormie standing up already!

Stormcloud Mocha standing all by herself!

Stormie  less than 24 hours old

This one was taken this afternoon.  Still less than a day old.  She was trying to hop around this morning.

Stormie says Hello there

Hello world!  (I think she and Present would be good friends)

While I was out taking pictures I decided to grab a few of the other sheep and then Libby want in on the action.  Enjoy!!

HoneySuckle & Joy in the new sheep penThis is HoneySuckle and Joy in the new sheep pen!

Joshua looking very forlorn in the Stud Stall

This is Joshua looking forlorn in the “Stud Stall”.  He’s probably now wishing he’d made himself a son to keep him company!

LibertyBelle - where's MY stall!

And LibertyBelle is asking where HER new stall is!  “I want one too! MOOOOOO!!”

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

Joy! . . .Unspeakable Joy!

I dreamed last night that Honey finally had her baby and I was there to watch!  Out came a little boy with brown circles around his eyes.  NOT!

When we checked her last night at 10pm her udder was bigger than it had been in the morning – and I could see it across the room yesterday morning!  I woke up at 4am and thought I should go check on Honey and then promptly went back to sleep.  I got up at 6am and went out to the workshop.  I walked in and kept the flashlight on the floor so that I didn’t break my neck and I heard the tiniest little bleet followed by a Mommy low that said, “All is well.”

Oh, gloriotski!!!  And then I caught my breath because this was the prettiest little baby lamb I have ever seen (and we though Daisy was a pretty darn cute little baby!).  All I could do was stare and wonder and shed a tear or two because this tiny, precious life was finally here and perfect.

I waited about 10 minutes or so trying to make sure the baby had nursed.  Honey kept moving in a circle whenever the baby got close to the teat, but I finally heard a little “slurp, slurp” and so I went in to get Kristen.  I woke her up by saying, “I know what you’re going to be doing today!”.  Her eyes flew open in confusion.  “She had the baby!”  That brought Kristen out of bed in a tizzy.  Somehow from the pile of clothes on her floor she found a top piece and a bottom piece and down we came.  Out we went with cameras in hand.

We were still ooohing and aaaahing over the baby when Joel came out.  He (who is FINALLY home for good) was on his way to work early.  He admired the baby with us and started the bigger propane heater to get the temperature up above freezing.  Kristen and I had seen the baby pee so we knew we had a little girl.  And I am so glad because her coat is two beautiful to even THINK about butchering down the road.   She definitely looks like her Daddy!

I asked Kristen what she’s going to name the baby and she said, “Well, I told Joy (her friend at church)  if the baby was born today that I would name a girl Joy because it’s her birthday this week.”

So, say hello to Joy Valentine Joshua.

Joy at rest

Meet Joy!

Joy standing up with Mommy

Joy looks like her Daddy

Joy posing

Joy standing up with Mommy

We couldn’t be happier or prouder of our Honeysuckle and Joshua.  The did good work!

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