The puppies are now 2 1/2 weeks old, and starting to get really cute! Their eyes have been open for several days, and they are starting to walk! They are growing very quickly now, and we look forward to playing with them as they become more active and playful!
The first snows have shown themselves at the ranch! A gorgeous glowing six inches of fluffy white goodness!
Already the young boys have made their mark on the sledding hill and there is a cold white carrot-nosed man in the yard.
We’ve cut out paper snowflakes and taped them on windows…
And I am reminded…
“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.” ~Psalm 51:7
How white …
Our new herding dog!
One of my favorite parts of summer!
Bessie is our new milk cow! She’s a four year old pure bred jersey… raised as a family milk cow, she loves all of us, particularly the kids! Bessie is very gentle and sweet, and thinks that she’s a watch cow. We are so blessed to have found such a great cow!
Brooke is Bessie’s primary caretaker… once Bessie has calved she plans to make cheese, butter, yogurt and all those lovely things. Yummm!
What fun when the boys came hollering in with a gigantic brown egg! I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a big double yolk egg!
Here it is with a regular sized eggs:
Grandpa used to tell us that only “dumb” chickens laid double yolk eggs, and that when our chickens finally got smart they would stop doing that… but we have always loved seeing the huge eggs!
It always fascinates me to look at the generations that have come before me… I have been blessed with an inheritance of so much spiritual richness from my parents, grandparents, and great-grandparents.
I cherish all reminders of this, and that is why I particularly enjoy our flowering plum. It is a baby from one of my Great-Grandpa Lee’s favorite trees. The start was a bit of a straggler for years, a wimpy 10 inch little thing; but it held on, and three years ago it took off. It has been a year since Grandpa Lee passed away, so you can imagine how beautiful it is that this spring it is blooming!
Another reminder is in the form of a row of lilac bushes all down our driveway. These lilacs are starts from my Great-Grandma Eleanor’s bushes, some dark purple, and some white. They are just now blooming, and I have brought in 5 bouquets of them!
I hope that some day our lilacs will be as big and magnificent as Grandma’s!