In the beginning, JD adamantly only wanted two children. I thought that four would be perfect. Once we caught God's vision of putting orphans into families, our plan was multiplied by God. We are currently blessed with 12 children; five biological, six adopted and one more waiting in Ethiopia. Our first adoption was from the U.S., the next three were from Liberia, West Africa, and our last two were from Ethiopia. We are supporting our 12th child in Ethiopia after her adoption could not pass court.

Thursday, January 11, 2018

And Four More

 My first goat, Leia, and I had a heart to heart talk that she either needed to have her babies before my trip to FL or wait until after. She took me seriously and delivered FOUR babies last night. The first two were born before we got out there and James delivered number three butt-first. We thought all was done and cleaned the babies until she laid down and partially delivered number four. I ended up gently pulling it out as she just got too tired to push anymore. Thankfully number four was a girl; the first three were boys. 

We cleaned them and tucked them into our coats to warm.   

 Today was so beautiful that I opened the doors for even the newest babies. Bailey is the girl in the front and her brothers are Buster, Bruno and Bruce.

Cute little guys but they all look like Leia. The only baby that is different is the girl of Lady's twins.

Montana got a much needed bath today! Here she is wet and recovering. Have a mentioned that I'm quite sure she was pregnant? Well, I am! So, there is that on top of the rescued cat and delivering goats.

I'm actually pretty excited about it and as long as they are pure bred puppies, I am going to finance her eye surgery with the sales money. Of course, she may not actually be pregnant and it's a false pregnancy.... but I still think so. 



Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Goodbye Super Cold - Don't Come Back!

We are all pretty thrilled the snow is melting. The last two weeks have been the coldest I have ever remembered in Virginia, and we did it all with a broken heat pump. The time outside in the snow got old as well, but the new doggie, Montana, and the baby goats all needed attention. I think I have successfully gotten all animal waters on heat bases or buckets so they won't freeze, as well as safe heat lamps for the chickens and baby goats. I will be even more ready next round as the teenage goats have sweaters ordered, (they may be spoiled, but they shake in the cold!)

Now it is time for me to shift focus to our trip to Florida, we leave this weekend.  
Montana, Fiona and Lincoln enjoying a bit of sun

Saturday, January 6, 2018

First Babies of the Year

 The night that Montana returned home was also the night Lady had her twin babies - a boy and a girl. At first we thought it was two girls, which was super exciting because we have always had a boy/girl or two boy twin sets. Lady had triplets last year and one didn't make it, so I was just thankful that we had two healthy babies that are nursing well in this cold. 

They were born while we ate dinner and Alei and I showed up in time to dry them well and put baby sweat-shirts on them. At this point, they are Betsy (Ross) and Buddy. I told the kids we weren't keeping any babies this year, but look at Betsy's sweet face. I don't think I can part with her!


 Buddy - I will sell Buddy as a wether pair; wethers make wonderful pets, but I can't add anymore to the male combination I have now as they compete with each other when females are present.

 Selah spends hours in snow gear in the barn. Most of us do at this point and it's cold! Never again will I have January babies - It was due to electric fencing issues that Vinny kept getting in with the girls five months ago.

Here is a very expectant Leia - this is her 4th year kidding. Hoping she goes before we go to Florida so we are here to monitor the babies. It's a lot to ask of a sister and pet sitter!

Here's old Lincoln - still plugging on at year 13. He doesn't seem any worse than he was at 10 or 11. He doesn't jump up for everything anymore, but he's still enjoying life. He was dumped at the end of our road at about a year old, covered in ticks and scared of collars and leashes. He has been able to live his entire life unencumbered by such, except to occasional trips to the vet.    

 Fiona heads up the morning patrol but Lincoln joins her about 25% of the time.

 Montana isn't sure what to think of Kylie's constant and irrational yapping.

 I'm hoping Montana learns the art of staying home. Of course, a large electric fence should help. 


Thursday, January 4, 2018

Lost and Found

The last three days have been a bit tough, once I went out to the barn on New Years morning and discovered that Montana had escaped from the fence and was gone. That whole day consisted of searching the woods around the house, like over 100 acres, and putting lost dog flyers and posters around town. We had over 560 shares on Facebook alone, so everyone had their eyes peeled for Montana. 

By the third day, I contacted Great Pyrenees rescues and animal shelters all over the state. That evening she walked out of the woods behind a neighbors house and they called us immediately.  

She seemed happy to see us, but I still don't know if she would have come home on her own or not. 

Thinking that maybe she got through the one gate that doesn't have goat fencing, I put her in the smaller fenced area this morning. She was right back out! She has enjoyed the snow with the kids!

We are in the middle of a bit of snow storm, but JD drove to Lowe's and got boards and wire to extend a part of the 4' fence into an 8' fence to ensure she doesn't get lost again while we go to Florida. After that, we are going to have a very large invisible fence installed around house, garage, barn and chicken coop area that I truly hope keeps her home. 

On the crazy topic of animals, I have a surprise moving to the farm after our Florida trip - you wouldn't guess this one. Also, remember the pregnant cat I brought home on Black Friday? (Honestly, I don't remember if I ever blogged that story or not.) Her name is Friday and I guess she is pregnant, but we still have no kittens. My sister, who typically doesn't enjoy animals, has taken a liking to Friday and is taming her nicely. This is her "keep Friday from hiding under the bed" look - I think it's working.


Sunday, December 31, 2017

Twins and Paint

This is Alei's friend, Amanda, that lives out of state. She came home for Christmas and showed up at the Christmas Eve service wearing a matching dress to Alei's.

Alei and Alyssa came Christmas morning in their matching dino jammies - 

And I bought Selah and Bella (and Elijah and Nathan) matching Mickey and Minnie shirts for our Florida trip.

MMA is moving from our basement to the local home school co-op, so I am reclaiming our game room. Tori helped me tape and I have painted the walls and trim. James is putting fresh paint on the concrete floor. We are hoping to  bring home a new (new to us...) pool table next weekend.


Thursday, December 28, 2017

Christmas Surprise times Two

The kids were not allowed to give Christmas requests this year as they were told all along that they were all getting the same two presents and they would work together for a large gift. Amazingly, in spite of a few slips, the secret was maintained all the way until Christmas morning.

Christmas Eve is the gift exchange where the kids give a gift to the person they drew. Moriah had Elijah and bestowed Steeler items on him.

I got the six youngest new stockings with their names on them - very exciting for me as I have planned on doing that for many years.

On Christmas morning, the kids got a suitcase and a Mickey or Minnie t-shirt, along with some group board games, because we are leaving in two weeks for DISNEY WORLD - 15 of us! Gabriel, Alayna and Nathan are flying from CO to meet us for the week as well.

This box had a paper chain with how many days until we leave and they didn't understand it, but Elijah looked at me and said, "thank you, Mom". He's such a sweet and thankful boy.

You know, in spite of the kids not getting toys and having so few presents to open, the atmosphere was just as fun and the girls spent the whole day playing with their suitcases and the small stuffed Minnies in their stockings. I found the lack of shopping to be rather restful and enjoyable; we are definitely reducing the quantity of presents per person from now on. 

Of course, the food was as delicious as ever and Julia received a whole second huge surprise when her sister, Erica in Canada, face-timed to tell her that she and her mom were coming for an entire week in March. They girls have never met and I am so excited for them both!


Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Merry Christmas

A very Merry Christmas from the Virginia residing part of our family - we missed the "Coloradans" this year but we will see them in January!

James informed me that this is a smile, so in case you might think he looks miserable, he is happy and smiling :)

Christmas Eve service

My three little people - they make life fun!