Archive for December, 2009


Adoption Update…

Although our Nepal adoption didn’t work out that doesn’t mean we stopped trying.  We had started the process to foster-adopt through the US.  Something we weren’t altogether sure about, but wanted to get the required classes under our belt and see where it led.  So far it hasn’t been very fruitful, but we intend to try to get all the classes taken so we will be ready on down the road to possibly adopt through the US foster care system.

In the meantime, we contacted Holt to discuss the possibility of reopening our file and updating all our paper work for an adoption from Ethiopia.  This was our initial desire, but too many things got in the way of our decision-making.  Too many things clouded our thoughts, our plans, and our lives for us to see this is where we needed to be all along.  When I ran the idea by Randy I wasn’t sure what his reaction would be….he simply said “okay.”  I asked if he was sure.  There was no hesitation.  This was the right decision for us.  We made the agreement to not look at the financial part of it, not get frustrated when things get tough, and no matter what we will get through it this time.  We have been saving, we have been on a tight budget, and we will save more during the waiting process.  Travel costs are less to and within Ethiopia and the travel time is less (10 days as opposed to 3-4 weeks).  We will speak to our vet about kenneling our dogs and have a backup vet if the first falls through.  We will discuss a detox program with our kinesiologist for when we return to help with all the vaccinations required for us and our baby.  All of the things we had reservations about before…we will adjust, we will plan for, we will deal with.  It’s part of the process, not something to deter us from doing what we are led to do.

I will call Holt this afternoon to let them know we are sure and want to proceed.  We have to update quite a bit of our paper work, redo our KBI fingerprinting and background check, have new medical exams, and a few other things.  However, this is old hat to us!

I’m buying paint Friday so we can continue finishing the baby’s room.  It had been put on hold along with everything else until we knew what was going to happen.  It is a long way from complete, but so is our adoption.  We have no furniture except a beautiful rocking chair passed down from Randy’s grandma.  The rest of the furniture taking up space in there will just have to find a new home here or elsewhere.  We are excited!  We are ready!  Say a little prayer this time is meant to be.

**We aren’t telling mom and dad yet.  We want a referral photo in hand before we break the news to them we will be leaving for 10 days, and they are in charge of our farm!


Lamb Update…

We got the little lamb back around 5:30 last night. He had gone off his food again, and once I had looked him over realized his mouth had gone cold, a sign hypothermia had set in once again. Randy and I took his temperature, 97.4 degrees. His temperature should have been 100-103 degrees. I quickly got a warm water bottle on his belly; a shot of dextrose warmed and administered, and used the blow dryer to warm him up. We got his temperature up, used a feeding tube to get 4 ounces of milk replacer down him, and tucked him into a bed of towels and hot water bottles. We were up at 11:00 pm to tube him and change out his water bottles. His breathing was very labored, and we could hear the rattle in his chest from fluid building up. We gave him excenel for the pneumonia setting in and went back to bed praying for the best. At 4:00 am we got up, tubed him, changed out his bedding and water bottles and left for work.

Randy planned to call Dan, the owner, to have him head over to our house around 11:00 am to change out his water bottles and possibly have Dad go tube feed him if needed. Dan never answered Randy’s many phone calls this morning, so I called up my brother at the last minute to have him run down and change them out before they turned cold and froze the little guy to death.

It was too late. The little lamb we were caring for had died. My brother was so good to take care of him for us. We tried so hard, but he was just too malnourished and had been too cold for too long.  It’s always so heartbreaking though.


Family Christmas…

Saturday night we all got together at my cousin’s house for dinner, the reading of the Christmas story, singing, and lots of good conversation and laughs.  There were over 90 people in this one home.  Thank you Cris & Sarah!  We also did a full family photo which I hope to post as soon as I receive one.

What Christmas is all about…the kids.  For our family it would be a multitude of girls!

And the star of the show….

This little guy was tuckered by the time we headed out.  We found him curled up on a rug in an out-of-the-way spot.  He had been passed around like a baby that evening and was wiped out.  Sarah kept trying to toss him outside, but somehow he always ended up back in and cradled in someone’s lap.  He is a mastif puppy and probably already twice that size only a few hours later.

The next day was our Christmas lunch at Grandma’s.  After we all scurried around to get ready for church we ate lunch and opened gifts.

The weather was beautiful Sunday. 

You have to come at our family from behind.  If they see you with a camera they bolt.  In the process of bolting they say mean things to you.  This is as good as it gets for a family photo in our gene pool!

Mom entertained the little city girls by letting them feed treats to Mom and Dad’s llama, Sylvester.

Then there were trees to climb.

The girls had fun playing with all their cousins over the weekend, doing farm things, and eating lots of good food.  Katie (oldest) even helped Randy with chores Sunday morning before church.  Too fun!

Dad even dropped in for a bite to eat before heading back to the field to cut milo.

It was a fun day with lots of good food,  good conversation, lots of laughs, and lots of memories.

Later in the afternoon we got a phone call from a friend who was having trouble with a little 3-day-old-lamb.  We said good-bye to everyone and loaded up the car, stop by home for a few supplies, and headed over to help.

I ended up tubing the lamb who refused a bottle on his own.  Dan was headed to work night shift later that evening, so we offered to take the lamb home for the night and care for him.

He wasn’t looking good when first got him home.  His body temperature had dropped just from the short car ride.  I put some hot water bottles wrapped in towels in the crate with him and headed out to do our chores.

At his 7:00 feeding, just 3 hours later, he was able to stand with a little assistance getting up.  At 11:30 he was still the same, could not get up on his own, didn’t cry, and barely took a bottle.  We gave him a shot of B Complex and some fresh hot water bottles and went back to bed.  At 3:30 I got up to feed him.  He was able to stand up on his own, thought he needed out of the kennel to mill around, and drank a decent amount of milk.  He isn’t out of the woods yet, but will hopefully make a full recovery.

Dan came by this morning while we were at work to pick him up.  He will be in charge of bottles throughout the day.  We have a massive snow storm moving in, so by no means would he be able to stay outside in the shape he is in.  Randy has stressed the importance of him needing to stay in the house, 4 hour feedings, and how upset I will be if anything happens to this little guy.  I think he made him nervous.  Dan mentioned he had a family dinner tonight and may bring the lamb back if that was okay.  He is also toying with the idea of us taking careof him for a few more days until he is strong enough to stay outside and the bad weather has passed.

I can’t refuse the little guy.  I will do just about anything for these little guys.  Besides, who doesn’t need a little lamb in their house around Christmas time?  It is becoming a tradition at our house.  Last year was when this little guy and gal came to live with us.

Hope everyone has a blessed and  Merry Christmas. 


Around the homestead….

I was cleaning and getting ready for a weekend of company.  Ash had been on and off the sofa three times that morning.  I would scold her and boot her off.  The next time I would walk through the living room she would be back on the sofa again.  The third time through I noticed Koal was MIA.  I looked all over for him and finally saw this:

While I was scolding Ash, he was playing Where’s Waldo on the loveseat.  Little darling.  I got his bed out of the bedroom and layed it in the living room so he could curl up on it.

The minute it hit the floor he was on it.

I finally got everyone situated…on the floor heaven forbid…so I could finish cleaning house.






Lacey’s Baby Shower…

Sunday I had a baby shower for a friend of mine.  There were tons of people and presents. It was so fun seeing and visiting with everyone.  I don’t get out much and rarely get to see friends unless it is a special occasion (i.e. baby shower).  So it was a nice afternoon for me. Away…..Doing girlie things……Dressing up….I didn’t realize I had missed all of that a little bit. 

Here is the mama-to-be with her sisters and mom.

My aunt and uncle had stopped by the day before in the midst of our faucet project.  I was in carhart overalls, a carhart coat, muck boots, the works.  She commented on how nicely I clean up which was a nice reminder of what it’s like to be girlie.


Freeze-Free Faucet…

Not so freeze-free.

Saturday we had the pleasure of digging up the outside hydrant in our back sheep lot (again).  It’s a freeze/frost free faucet meaning it’s not supposed to freeze in the winter….guess what. 


So Randy and I dug the whole thing out.  The hole ended up being 3-4’ deep and the first 3 inches or so was frozen.  It was cold that day, but it had to be done. 


There is always someone who wants to drop in and help.

She really checked out the shovel, but never pitched in.

We discovered the problem.  The 5-gallon bucket that was supposed to prevent dirt from getting in the pipe had broken and filled with dirt. 

We needed rock to put around the new bucket to prevent dirt from getting into the pipe again and causing the faucet to not drain back and freeze up again.  So we drove to town where a friend of ours gave us 2 five-gallon buckets full of rock to use.  Home we went to finish up the project.

At this point I went inside to do some cooking and housekeeping.  In the meantime Randy went to finish up.  Shortly after we parted he came inside to tell me he had broken the new faucet and we needed to buy a new one before dark when it would freeze our now exposed piping in the hole.  He called around and found a new faucet a 30 minute drive away.  So we loaded up and drove to get our new-new $120 faucet.  Sigh!

Long story short…..the faucet is fixed, the sheep and chickens have water, and it is a lot easier on Randy doing chores to not have to carry a five-gallon bucket of hot water out to thaw the faucet or drag a hose from the shop and run it from another faucet out to the tanks to water the sheep and chickens.  Life is good!


Christmas Cruelty and Cuteness…

Thai as Santa

Koal as a Reindeer

Ash as an Angel

Get my good side

Ash as a Reindeer

Which she apparently wasn’t a fan of….

at all

these puppies are coming off

We hitched the little guy up to our sleigh for a shot.  He’s pumped, can you tell?

Thai never really got over being terrified of the antlers.

The scared-to-death look never really went away during our dress-up photo shoot.  Poor little guy.  He’s also afraid of squeeky dog toys, the vacuum, if you drop something and it makes a loud noise or a not loud noise, and his shadow.

We are hard pressed to find good entertainment out in the sticks….so we make due.

Enjoy the Christmas festivities!

Adopting one child won't change the world; but for that child, the world will change.

I am the wife to my wonderful husband and joint care giver to the many animals we have acquired on our small farm here on the prairie. This is a bit about our life on our farm. We are striving for simplicity and self-sufficiency, determined to become debt-free, trying to live in tune with the natural cycles of this earth, and challenging ourselves to transition to a diet based on traditional foods. It isn't always easy, and we don't always succeed, but it is a fun learning process. Join us as we stumble through learning how to provide for ourselves, get off the treadmill, and work toward a simpler way of life.

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