Wednesday, January 28, 2015

A Walk Around The Ranch...

 If you look close with a little imagination you can see a heart around Ms Punkins nose.
 Samson and Kid Rock are getting to know each other.
 Kid Rock
 Clover, both goats are doing great and growing fast.
 Hey do you mind if I have some of that green stuff too?
Daisy Mae resting after another jaunt off property.

House update:
Water well is in and pump should be turned on later this week. Power and water lines are going in trenches this weekend and my flooring will be delivered then too. Moving forward and making progress daily.

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

My Year In Review...

Seems like just yesterday I was reminiscing about the previous year and choosing my annual word. Crazy how time flies, I guess the old saying is true... January is almost gone and it was a total blur with house stuff and caring for all the animals. I did want to sit down,  though late and reminiscence a bit as I do every new year.

2014 has been a good year for us. It was filled with more good than bad and has put us many steps closer to goals set years ago.  My word for 2014 was Peace. Life is a challenge and I try to control way to many things so this was such a great word for me. I have spent this last year letting go and lifting up everything. And I mean everything, both good and bad and what a huge relief it was. I don't have to know everything or handle everything it's all okay.

Here's a summary of our year in review via pictures shared already.
January Ms Punkin Pie came to live with us.
February brought us an awesome visit with family.
March, I was able visit and shoot the National Cross Country Event as it came to our town. Amazing these animals and their riders are!
April I witnessed the most spectacular sunrises, every single morning I was in Cabo San Lucas. Simply amazing, what a gift that trip was!
May the temps began to rise and lucky for us watermelon season was just getting started.
June I got to shoot the Justin Moore and Frankie Ballard concert and it was awesome!
July we laid Jackson Brown Dog to rest... I still miss him every single day.
August we saved sweet Samson.
September I drove Ms Daisy Mayhem home. I took her off death row from our local shelter.
October we moved to our lot and began our adventure of building our dream ranch.
November we kept working non stop, it's kind of a blur.
December was crazy... We rescued Harley Man. We rescued two sick baby goats (who are doing really well now). We received record snow fall for our area and our house was delivered. Phew...!!!

Until now my annual words seem to be placed on me with ease. This year though, I'm struggling to find my word. I'm sure it's there I just haven't found it yet. Maybe once things settle down a bit I will.

In the meantime I am grateful for this last year and looking forward to this new year with excitement and new sense of peace.  My heart is full of incredible love and Joy. I'm honored and blessed to be surrounded by all our animals, knowing we made a difference is a gift. Surrounded by amazing people God gave me who love me for me day in and day out is incredible.

Here's to 2015 and finding my word when it comes my way.

Blessings
Jen

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Catching Up...

Goat kisses!
Little Clover is doing much much better. We've successfully cleared both her respiratory and coccidiosis infections, yay! Her appetite is awesome and she is a really happy girl. The last issue we are hoping to clear up is her front leg. It appears the infection didn't cause her to limp but rather some radial nerve damage she acquired. We are at a total loss as to how this happened since she was sound the first three days. Although,  she was so sick she wasn't moving around much...

We've started her on steroids for three days to see if it will help clear some internal inflammation. Best case scenario she will recover over the next few weeks. Worse case scenario, she won't but she'll be able to get around, live a full life and still be a happy girl. So win win I say... We are so thankful she is alive and that beat the odds that were hugely stacked against her.
Sweet Snuggle Time
Heading up to the back fence line to watch the Music Man work and gnaw on some grass.
My morning view. Those EARS... I love them!
Kid Rock is a total rock star goat and we are so proud of him. He is active, curious and a blast to watch. He even snuggles when he slows down.

With our recent days filled with healing goat babies I'm a little behind in the happening around the ranch over the last couple of weeks. I'll try and catch you guys up now...

On NYE we had a snow day here at the ranch. The passing storm was the talk of our town since snow storms are not normal for our area. The locals say we do get snow every ten years or so but it melts quickly. We received six inches and it lasted a few days.
I captured this image as the new day was beginning to break, it features our side fence line that we were working on (its done now) I love the texture of the snow covered fence and if you look closely you can see the falling snow. What a gorgeous and surreal day it was!
Our house is now on it's foundation and passed all inspections thus far without a hitch. There's a flurry of activity around it and things are moving along quickly. Our well pump will be placed later this week. We are trenching for the water and power lines and drywall and paint is expected to be finished by the weekend.
We've had a couple drizzly days earlier this week and our cute little wolf in disguise is drying out and relaxing after jumping puddles.
Our lil Punkin Princess is enjoying her shelter and staying dry underneath it.
Harley Man hanging with the girls (note Daisy watching over all of them) love all these amazing beings who we get to be with everyday at the ranch.
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Here is another video, this one features Clover trying to wake up Harley man.  The music and the music man playing with Kid in the background is so funny.

Thank you God for this life.  We are so abundantly and incredibly blessed!

Linking up with T over at Good Fences

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Baby Update

Thanks everyone for your kind responses it was an emotional whirlwind last week trying to process what had happened and how people can just throw away life.  I do believe the story of "throwaways" needs to be told. Knowledge equals power and if more people are aware of the ugly side of factory farming perhaps things one day will change.  
I wanted to take a couple minutes and update you guys on the babies. Clover is still quite sick but she is improving and is a little fighter. She has a bit of a road to hoe. Her respiratory infection has improved but she became lame on her left front leg for no reason a couple days after we brought her home. We believe her limp is due to an infection settling in her ankle area. She's also developed Coccidiosis which is a bacteria that attacks intestines and her belly.  This can be very serious if not treated immediately.  Thankfully, I believe we caught it within 48 hours and are hopeful the added med's will knock it out quickly.
She is such a snuggle bug and so sweet. She has regained her appetite and is enjoying spurts of play.
When we got him he was face down, lethargic and unable to get up. Fast forward a week and
Kid Rock IS a rock star! I mean gosh look at this face! Can't you see all the girls going goo goo for him.  Such a cutie pie. His respiratory infection is all but gone and he is thriving. Jumping, bouncing and checking everything out.  I think his favorite thing to do besides eating is testing out everything with his mouth. They say goats are garbage disposals, smart and curious. Yep, that sounds like our Kid.
Our sweet Harley man has taken to the babies and watches over them. Always by their side.
He likes their bed and keeps it warm when they're out playing.

Looks at this guy, incredible isn't it?!  A month ago feral, scared and unsure. Now he's a great little guardian and will be staying with the goats in the shed once the kids are old enough and healthy enough to go outside.

God Amazes me daily. While out doing chores the other day I was thinking about the last few weeks and how things have developed over here. How we are smaller than a spec of dust in the universe but our purpose is so big. That we can make a difference without even making a plan first.

They needed help.  After weeks of trying to get close enough I was finally able to briefly touch one of the two abandoned dogs over at the goat farmers property. The next morning  I was greeted by Harley at our campers steps, somehow he found trust in me. Not planned, just happened...

Last week, two critically sick and dying new born goats. Not planned, just happened... Now we have an unlikely and perfect pairing. Bigger picture for sure and for me there's no doubt these precious souls were divinely placed here from us to serve.  Amazing!
Kid Rock and Harley Man resting at the end of a day.
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Check out this short video of Clover I know it will leave you smiling.

Blessings
Jen

Saturday, January 3, 2015

Because No One, Especially Babies Are Trash...

I quickly mentioned in our last post that the music man and I saved a couple newborn goats. We were planning on rescuing a couple goats once we were in the house and their pen was built but then this happen...

On the next to last day in 2014 a friend of mine, Lisa who is with Toby's Legacy Equine Rescue, Inc. went to a horrific auction and saved a dozen newborn orphaned goats who were hypothermic and slowly dying in a freezing wet trailer. Umbilical cords still attached and blood from their birth still on their fur. These newborn babies were mixed in with others who were no longer living. Sadly all were byproducts of the dairy industry known as "throwaways".

I heard about half of the babies saved that day have sadly passed on as well. Too tiny, too cold and without their mama's milk and warmth the odds were stacked hugely against them. Sometimes helping knowing all you can offer is warmth and love to the sickest ones as they pass is heartbreaking. Hopeful the others will make it and finding homes so urgently is difficult. I'm grateful my friend has the strength to fight for those who need it most.
We took two of the babies in, though fragile they are gaining strength. Both have colds and have been started on antibiotics. They are eating well and starting to show some personality, huge personalities and I can't wait to see them grow. 

Round the clock feedings and diaper changes have us tired. But both babies are gaining strength daily and giving them a chance at life is SO worth the interrupted sleep.  Thank you Deborah for your time and knowledge, I am grateful, my goatie guru.


So in keeping with the adventure tradition here at the ranch we now have a full trailer and even more full days but it's all good. If you're keeping track we have 4 dogs, 2 goats and 2 humans in our camper at nighttime. 
The Music man has named the boy Kid Rock. He said he's a kid and will climb rocks so it makes sense, yep.  And if you know the music man you know it's all about the rock and the roll. Today Kid Rock is feeling really good. He is bouncing around, adventurous and super curious.
We named our sweet little girl Clover. She is really congested but comfortable and continues to get stronger. She is super sweet, snuggly and our little lucky clover. 
Both goats are adorable little miracles who are beating the odds of the "throwaways". I am so grateful we are able to serve these sweeties and all of God's beautiful creations. 
Though not out of the woods I do believe we're heading in the right direction. Please keep Kid Rock and Clover in your thoughts.