Don't know how many of you are feeling but I am ready for Spring!!! This has been one of my hardest winters yet on the farm, I am surely ready for the sunshine and warmth and so sick of the snow.
This winter on our hill the high winds were brutal as was the tremendous amount of snow we received. It was hard keeping the barn shut tight and all the animals warm enough. The goats gave birth earlier than we anticipated and we wound up having to bring the babies into our house for a couple of weeks to keep them warm. What a sight, goat kids in our dogs kennel in the living room., but the reaction of our visitors when seeing them there and playing with the cats and dogs was priceless. LOL
Our skid steer broke down for a few days in the middle of one of the snowstorms so we were forced to not only shovel our long driveway by hand, but also had to roll huge 700lb bales of hay into the winter pen too,....lots of hands actually. The whole family had to help. I probably should have taken pictures, because looking back it is kind of funny how much we fought at first, each of us having their own idea of how it should be done.
But each time we finally got one in through, the gate, the cattle would start jumping and dancing happily around and so would we. But nothing beat the day the skid steer finally got fixed., I think all Victory heard us cheer!
My husband is disabled and hasn't been his best lately, so he could only instruct, which is something he doesn't enjoy doing. He's more of a hands on kind of guy. My nephew Ryan usually helps with most our repairs but since he was recently injured, he too couldn't do anything more than instruct, So that left me or my beautiful daughter Cassie, Luckily for me and that skid steer she stepped up, put on her pink overalls and despite the freezing cold, wrenched on it until it was fixed, with Dad and Ryan coaching!! I am so proud of her and all of us, that through all the obstacles and hardships we faced, we learned that by just working together, we not only accomplished what we needed to but the rest of the trials did't seem so insurmountable after all, not even listening to goats baaaa all night. LOL
Trudging out to milk my family milk cow and goat twice a day in negative degrees was not fun either, but God is Good, and the homemade cheeses and butter He allowed me how to learn to make this winter did make it a little easier to go out each time. But next winter I will make sure to finally have an electric milker working so that is for sure. So I can spend less time freezing my tuckers off getting the milk and more time learning how to make more types of cheeses..
So back to the spring which seems to be taking its sweet time to get here. I am trusting that God will send the warmth and sun back soon,
Please God hear and answer this prayer, because I have already started my pepper and tomato plants trusting that You Will.