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.

Would you like an ultrasound with that?

We had the vet out this morning to check the blue spots on Joshua’s eyes (turned out to be pink eye and we already had the medicine on hand).  We were discussing with the vet how we were hoping that the girls were bred and we’d have babies about March and the vet said, “We can do an ultrasound and check them.”  I always see dollar signs because having the vet out is never cheap.  Well, I’m glad I spent the money!

It seems our little Joshua is quite the virile young man – breeding before his time!  Honeysuckle is quite along in her pregnancy and entering her 3rd trimester -she’s due on my birthday January 28!!!  Daisy is about halfway through her pregnancy and due around March 1st.  Each of them is carrying a single lamb for their first time – I’m assuming because Josh’s “count” hadn’t reached maturity.

So, we’ll need to increase feed for the girls and figure out where in the world – in the unfinished barn or in the workshop – we’re going to set up our lambing pens.  Poor Joshua may find himself all alone once the babies come.  He got himself into this situation :).  He was very cute during Daisy’s ultrasound he wanted to see his offspring so badly that he tried to eat the ultrasound machine.  I’m so proud of the little guy doing the job he came here to do – with joy!  With abandon!  With eager anticipation!!!

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