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.

Friday, June 3, 2016

Real Farmers

 We recently experienced the defining point of feeling like real farmers - it was the moment that I was delivering my first goat baby, that wasn't quit entering the world correctly, and JD was unable to come provide moral support because he was butchering chickens! For the record, he couldn't have done a thing to help me since he knows even less than I do, but I was desperate. This also was our first batch of meat birds and I am super thankful that I ordered 25 instead of the 50 that JD initially requested; it took him two days to build the proper equipment and have them looking like birds from the grocery store.

I did not enter the picture until it was bag and seal time. I did the first round with JD and then Julia helped on the second day. By the end, she did the last several on her own.

Back to my goat delivering, Tori and I headed to the barn to feed the animals for the night when we discovered Lady in active labor. It appeared to be a baby head that was out, but it was hard to tell with the sack and fluid still intact. Since the tiny bit I know included that the front feet were supposed to come first, I knew things were not going just as they should. I called our friends and neighbors that have sheep and asked what to do. With them on the phone as tech support, and the gloves that Tori got me from the house, I managed to help reposition things enough that she delivered the baby. I cleaned the baby's nose and watched him take his first breath. We got Lady some molasses water and watched her clean the baby while the other kids came streaming from the house to see the new baby. About that time, Lady laid down and popped out the second baby boy with little effort. As I cleaned his nose and waited for Lady to turn to even look at him, I saw Bella in near hysteria in the corner. Bella has a unique ability of hysterical crying without making sound. When I asked what was wrong, she bawled that it was all making her stomach hurt. I sent her in the house. 

baby #2
 This isn't a good quality picture, but look at that sweet baby face looking at his momma.

Here's a bonus picture of my egg layers tucking themselves in for the night.

The next morning we all went out to see two dry, steady goats walking around with their mom.

This one is currently Bandito -

Bonus picture of Tally, the cat that loves goats, so opts to sleep in the stall with them.

And here is Mini Vinny or Baby Cow or Avalanche; he doesn't quite have a name yet, but he sure has a sweet face!


  1. How did JD de-feather, just curious. We did ours in a turkey fryer of boiling water. Was this his first time? We were shocked our first time, how time consuming it is. So much so, that at this point in our lives we went back to buying from Whole Foods. We will butcher about once a year though, when old birds are replaced with new layers.
    Cute goat, cute girls. You had gloves, no fair, that's like cheating=0

  2. JD borrowed a spinning de-feather and it was very time consuming! We can't do another round until the garage is done. The garage must get done!!!

    I needed the gloves; it helped me psychologically.