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April 18, 2011

The Rest Of The Story

My Midget cried herself to sleep Sat. night, Raye bawled all night - both made my heart ache!  But eventually we all went to sleep and then the sun came up - it is amazing what the sun coming up can do for your outlook.

I started the morning with a picture text from my favorite SIL:

It was Andi (5yrs old), my youngest niece, with her corn plant that I had helped her plant a week ago, she had cared for it, watered it and it had grown - she was so proud and I was so proud of her!

Then we all got ready for church, my youngest nephew was baptised!  What a great way to experience the larger picture and realize God's Blessing even when it seems tough!

While the morning did wonders for my heart and spirit, the afternoon just brought more hope.

Dr. Grandpa Mike (Dr. because he is a vet, Grandpa because is one of our kids best friends Grandpa, Mike because, well, his name is Mike) just happened to be visiting his beautiful daughter (Hi Emily) who just happens to be one of my best friends, came over and made sure Raye had passed her afterbirth, gave her some anti-biotic to prevent infection and ultimately gave her a clean bill of health.

Side note:  This is not the first time Dr. Gpa Mike has graciously offered his services to our rather small cattle herd, this is so much appreciated as large animal vets are few and far between in this area.  And truly who else's vet buys your drinks the night before to help drown your sorrows because you tag along with him and his daughter to The Willard!  Drinks and free vet services - WE LOVE YOU DR. GRANDPA MIKE!

Then came the call we had been anxiously awaiting - Kelsay Farms had a bull calf born first thing Sunday morning!  It took us all of 5 minutes to rush home from church and jump in the truck (in our Sunday best) and head over there to bring the little guy home!

I don't think I can adequately put into words how much I appreciate Amy, Liz and everyone at Kelsay Farms for their help, none of them hesitated for a moment in helping us.  When we got to the farm Liz and Russ were even there, they didn't have to be, it was Sunday at noon!  And while it is a family run farm and they are both active in the operation they could of just as easily let there herdsman help us. - I can only say that this says so much for what I have always believed - that Agriculture is a community that is always willing to lend a hand to each other.

"Com'on little guy get in that big trailer"
FYI this is Leah's BIL - He is the herdsman, what a great guy, helped us out on his day off and called us first thing Sunday morning when he found a calf that would be perfect for our use.

Liz spent some time with My Midget  - they talked, maybe a few tears, I heard some laughter and it ended with a big hug!
Later in the day My Midget came up to me and out of the blue said:
"You know Mom I feel a lot better after talking to Liz, she is really nice and pretty too!"

She and I rode in the trailer with "Luke" on the way home!

We started sitting on the straw bale - we haul a lot of hogs in this trailer and didn't have time to clean it out -so let's just say the floor was dirty!
But we weren't out of Kelsay's drive before she was on the floor in her Sunday best and snuggled up to her new calf.

Let's just say it was not the warm fuzzy love at first sight I was hoping for but

we did make contact!

And while Raye is not the most affectionate mother cow we have - she has stopped kicking him and does let him nurse - so for now we still have our fingers crossed!  And the love he isn't getting from his new 'momma' he is defiantly getting from the kids!

Life, death and God's Blessings all in one weekend!


  1. so what happens with his natural mother? does she mourn her 'lost' calf?

  2. Awe! I have a tear. @texwisgirl (I will at least attempt to start the answer process) Dairy cows are separated from their calves and put back on the milking line. We would collect the milk from new mothers that first day or so and bottle feed it to the calves because it is the colostrum (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Colostrum), and had important nutrients newborns need.

  3. Okay, the pic of your Midget snuggling with her new calf brought tears to my eyes! *sniff* Thanks for that feel good story!!


  4. Kids and calves....we just love it also:) Glad it's all working out!

  5. Glad it is working out. Always so hard when you lose a calf. I have definitely cried over a few show heifers, and even some of the "normal" cows too, lol. Glad you were able to get a replacement. She is a really nice momma cow.

  6. Great Story Love a happy ending

  7. I hope she settles down and accepts her new baby! He's certainly a nice looking bull.

  8. I'm glad things are looking up. These are hard lessons, but isn't it better that our farm kids learn them when we can help them negotiate the hard stuff? I enjoyed all the photos, especially your little girl cuddled up with the calf in her Sunday best. I'm kind of guessing you're going to have to "Shout" out a few stains!

  9. It takes a village to make everything work. What a great village that help you guys through this tough situation!!