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!!

New additions

Well we’ve had Joshua since May when he was a month old and now he’s three months old and we’ve started weaning him.  Here is our precious herd ram!  He’s a very cappaccino colored Katahdin.

Joshua 2 months old 6-13

And then this morning SugarBelle blessed us with her precious first calf – a little black heifer like herself that we’ve named LibertyBelle in honor of the month of July.  Here’s little Libby at less than an hour old!

Sugar and LibertyBelle 3

Mama and baby are doing great – except for those dratted flies!!  Sugar did wonderful all by herself and out in the pasture (maybe because she had shoved her stall door closed and doesn’t know how to open it??).  We are very proud of her and so grateful that God answered our prayers for a vet free delivery.  (Don’t get me wrong; I really like our vet and she has been a life saver on more than one occasion.)   And now that I know how much easier it is to pull pictures onto here than onto photobucket, I should be blogging more lol!

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