2017 First Goat Kids

I raise Miniature Nubian Dairy Goats. This evening we had our first kids of this year. Extra nice: they were girls!! Twin little doelings. Both are beauties!

They’re still wet in these photos. Enjoy a dose of cuteness! It’s helping me get through this extra hard winter. Thinking spring!

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The Women of Easter: Review

Do you observe Lent? If so, how do you?

Lent is the 40 weekdays from Ash Wednesday to Easter. In the spring the days begin to lengthen and that’s what the word Lent refers to; a lengthening of days. For those of the Christian faith, it’s a time of honoring what Jesus did on the cross by His death. Salvation is free for us, but it cost Him everything. Many religious observers fast during this time. Many scrub their homes clean and pray all the while for a cleaning of their souls, and many abstain from something as their way of honoring the Lord; and often specifically the 40 days He spent in the wilderness fasting and being tested and proven.

However or even if you don’t observe the season of Lent, I’m sure you will enjoy The Women of Easter, by the beloved author, Liz Curtis Higgs. Mrs. Higgs knows how to mix story and study, and boy does she do stories well. There’s a good reason for her popularity. A ” Lizzy” (as she calls herself) book is a great read.

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If you would like to focus on the Easter story, and especially some of the women in that glorious story, this is your book. With an eye for detail, and putting the flesh on bones of a story, even if you feel like you know the scriptures front and back on this one, you’ll still find reading The Women of Easter intriguing.

I highly recommend you read along as Liz retells the stories of Mary of Bethany, Mary of Nazareth, and Mary Magdalene encountering their Savior and ours.

*I received this uncorrected copy from the publisher for free in order to read it and write an unbiased review.

You can see it and choose a link to purchase it here

artisan cheesemaking · country living · flocks and herds

Sheep. Yes, Sheep.

Everyone who knows me, knows I love my goats. Specifically my dairy goats. I have a new love. Dairy sheep! I am intoxicated by the smell of their fleece. I know, weird, but other sheep people will understand.

Sheep milk: divine. I mean, for real- the milk is sweet, super rich and creamy and a dream for making cheese and soap and especially an extra large mocha cappuccino.

When they are friendly, and love scratches, and they wag their tail like a puppy, it increases the love I have for them. 🙂

Sheep are fabulous, and I’ve decided than an animal so practical really does deserve more press. The Icelandic and East Friesian dairy sheep that I am concentrating on are really a try-purpose animal. They provide fleece, meat, and milk. Not to mention they really are a lot of fun and make affectionate pets when they’re tame.

Sheep are very similar to goats in their needs. I haven’t had to learn too many new things as far as their overall care is concerned. They require less copper than the goats, and actually can get copper poisoning if they get into my goat’s minerals. The other thing is that my dairy goats when pregnant and lactating get fed alfalfa hay, but that’s too much protein for the sheep breeds I have, so just good old orchard grass keeps them healthy and blooming. Other breeds may require a more protein-rich hay. One of the reasons I appreciate the breeds I have chosen is because of their easy-keeping ways.

And did I mention the milk is delicious?