So last week I had an idea of how our days would go and then it all changed…
We agreed to watch a family’s place and take care of their animals for the week while they were out of town for the week. We went over Sunday afternoon to get instructions on how to take care of their animals and as we were walking around the owner told me that one of their goats was unexpectedly pregnant. When we got to the pen with the goats it was apparent that it was actually in labor. It was bitter cold so we hastily helped them create a safe warm place for her to labor. Thankfully the goat had her kids that evening before the owners left. She had 3 kids but only 1 lived. They had to take the kid indoors so it wouldn’t freeze to death.
Monday morning we came to start taking care of their place after picking up our new baby chicks from the post office. I tried to get the baby kid to go to its mother but neither of them took interest in the other and it was too cold to risk leaving them to work it out so we decided to take the baby goat home with us.
I called a couple of friends and got some great advice on caring for these animals. I began milking the goat. (I had been trained by one of my friend’s to milk a goat a couple years ago but I’ve never done it on a regular basis.) Unfortunately, we did not have access to a stanchion and this goat had never been milked before so there was a steep learning curve for both of us. My oldest daughter (15) tied the goat and helped hold her while feeding her apples and carrots in an attempt to distract her so I could milk. I started getting 3 oz the first time but was able to 16 oz per milking by the end of the week.
Once home we fed the baby goat her mother’s milk. My 10 year old daughter even got up at 3 am for the first 3 nights to feed the baby during the night. I was so proud of her! Not surprisingly everyone feel in love with the baby goat! Even the baby!
Why is it that in order to become stronger you must feel weaker? My body and my hands ached and struggled through the physical aspect of the week. My character became stronger as I had to push through and keep trying even when it was harder than I expected. Our family had to pull together and work as a team to stretch to accomplish what was needed.
Was I able to keep up with everything — No! We took the week off of formal school lessons but what we learned was more valuable than any books learning. But some of our normal systems paid off greatly. On the Saturday before this all happened I carved out some time and did some investment cooking. This proved invaluable in getting meals on the table in the midst of the crazy schedule and weariness. Our house did a bit messier but we were able to bring it back in a relatively quick fashion. I had planned posts about our new routines but was not able to get them finished for last week but now I feel even more confident in our methods which I hope to be able to share with you in the next few days. And now heading back into our regular schedule (that I was previously overwhelmed by) I know I can handle this!
The funny thing is I remembered our midwife telling us about a house visit where there was a goat in their house and she drew the line there and said NO goats were allowed where a baby would be born. Thankfully I am not concerned about having a baby at the moment BUT I never imagined I would have a goat in my house!
Always an adventure at our house! I love my life here in Montana! We would never have such stories in our old life!
Thank you Lord for the opportunities for growth and adventure!
One of the big adjustments I had to make moving to Montana was the lack of good produce much less a good price after I was so spoiled in Arizona between Bountiful Baskets & the Sprouts Farmer’s Market. Much to my suprise I found out 2 weeks ago that Bountiful Baskets has come all the way to Laurel! What a wonderful blessing!
I went a bit overboard since I was so excited this week but here’s what I ordered.
- 2 organic baskets
- case of organic Roma tomatoes (which I shared with a friend)
- herb pack (which I also shared with a friend)
- Mexican pack
- Tortilla Pack
- case of blackberries
I got all of this for about $100!
Each organic basket included:
- a head of broccoli
- a pineapple
- 2 giant mangoes
- 4 golden beets
- 6 oranges
- 3 green peppers
- bunch of green onions
- 3 romaine hearts
- small honey dew melon
- pound of baby carrots
- 2 lb bag of Fuji apples
- 4 Roma tomatoes
- bunch of cilantro
- 9 tomatillos
- 10 limes
- 4 jalapenos
- 6 green chilis
- 4 avocados
- 2 onions
- head of garlic
Herb Pack (1 baggie of each)
- head of garlic
I see homemade salsa in our future as well as pickled golden beets and maybe some blackberry jam if I hurry!
I started my 1000 gifts list many years ago inspired by Ann V at Holy Experience. (I’ve been reading her blog for 6 years now! Always encouraging!) Well, an amazing thing has happened! She published a book call a thousand gifts 2 weeks ago and it has made it to the Best Seller List! She opened herself up and shared herself and the work God is doing in her life to show us how God can do the same for us. I’ve been slowly reading through the book trying to absorb what she is saying. It gives me so much hope! She doesn’t pretend to be perfect but she shows with her words and actions how to keep seeking God and finding joy in everyday life. Bloom is having a book club using Ann’s book. I highly recommend you read it!
Take the dare and start your list today!
Here’s my plan for this week:
Dinner: Cabbage Rolls (aka Bierocks)
Breakfast: Banana Bread
Dinner: Black Bean Chowder
Make Pumpkin Dip for Ladies Bible Class
Lunch: Cheesy Noodles
Dinner: Crockpot — Roast Beef with potatoes & carrots, rolls, peach rhubarb cobbler
Breakfast: Dutch Babies
Dinner: Chicken Stir Fry
Breakfast: Smoothies & Toast
Lunch: Cheesy Chips
Dinner: Brazilian Carnival to celebrate our travel to Brazil for our homeschool