Friday, February 5, 2016

Baby Piggies!

They don't come much cuter!  It was a rather long night, but everyone seems to be doing well!  They were born late in the night, and upon discovery there were two who had already died.  10 is a fairly good sized litter for a Kune Kune though, so 8 living isn't bad considering that this was Jill's first farrowing...and ours too!  (Well actually, I speak for myself, since the other 3 Tevises that live here have experienced quite a few piggy litters in the past!)

Just some other assorted you are not quite "cuted" out yet ;-)

Theona loves watching "The Waltons" with me :-)

This handsome little fella (of whom I was the lucky kid-sitter for a few hours last weekend) belongs to my sister Victoria.  He was a welcome addition for a few hours, especially in light of his contentedness in comparison to my screaming lambs!

Uh...sorry about your boots, Richie!

The first couple months of the year always bring long days and nights caring for mamas and babies. I am continually reminded of God's never-failing love and care for us as I think of the joy He must take in blessing us with all these little lives, and the compassion he shows us as our Good Shepherd.  He shows us so much patience.  Ironically, lambs and sheep tend to test mine continually.  They are smart and stupid at the same time, and oh so demanding!  But I couldn't love any creature on earth more! 

Lately running has been a very uplifting hobby for me, and as I was heading down the road one day, I was reminded of Isaiah 40:31 How thankful I am to have the Lord, and how desperately I need that power only he possesses to renew a weary soul and body.  Amazing how scripture comes alive and hits home in every season of life and circumstance, isn't it?  

 "But those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint."

Wednesday, January 13, 2016

Is it Spring Yet?

Some certain ones of us are jumping the gun a little!  
I can't complain's too long to wait until spring for lamby kisses <3

 Thifi decided to have her babies a day early, which is more than fine with me!
Introducing Thema Lou, Theodore, and Theona, first lambs of 2016.

 I am hoping this cute picture will make someone want to adopt this little bunny hunny so I am not tempted to keep her.  Anyone????

Required winter farm girl wardrobe.  Fluffy pj pants and awesome Christmas boots from dear husband. Now that's what I'm talkin' about!

I am calling this latest experiment my "hippy juice."  It is a fermented probiotic beverage that is actually called Kombucha, and it is a wonderful bubbly replacement for sugary drinks!

 And this, ladies and gentlemen, is a prime example of the crazy things that happen when a farm girl that wants human kids doesn't have any :-)

Goodbye for now!  If you get a chance, I'd love to know about the outfits YOU came up with for your pets...I just KNOW that I am not the only crazy one who does this!

Tuesday, January 5, 2016

Happy New Year!

  It was a great 2015, and we are looking forward to seeing what God has in store for us in 2016!  As we set our goals and plans for this New Year, I am reminded of the wonderful truth that He is not finished with me yet, and that His plans for my life (whatever they may be) are perfect, and beautiful, and good, because I am His!  I am so glad that I can rely on Him, and that He never changes, and that nothing surprises or confounds Him!

Acts 20:24  “But my life is worth nothing to me unless I use it for finishing the work assigned me by the Lord Jesus--the work of telling others the Good News about the wonderful grace of God.” 

For my entire life all I wanted was to be a wife and a mother, and I still struggle with laying this aside and allowing God to take control of my desires and channel them to honor Him.  It seems that the greatest ambitions one can have to serve the Lord and make a difference in the world can so easily become an idol, and one that seems so justified!  Yes, children are incredible life-changing blessings, and we should desire them.  But there is no “Godly ambition” on earth that should take the place of my relationship with Him.  I know that the pain and struggle of infertility affects so many people, and it is hard to understand why.  I constantly have to remind myself that God is much more interested in my heart and my walk with Him than in any goals or dreams realized.

 I guess what I am trying to say, is that for me, it is SO easy to let my desire for children become greater than my desire to simply follow Him.  It’s easy to follow Him if He is going exactly where I always wanted to go.  It’s a lot harder when he turns down some path I didn’t want to go down!   And that is probably the point of His doing so in the first place, if you know what I mean!  That “refining fire” is totally real folks, and it is sometimes pretty toasty in there.  But wow…how strengthening it is to come through it and be able to say “The Lord is my God!” 

Zechariah 13:9 “This third I will put into the fire; I will refine them like silver and test them like gold. They will call on my name and I will answer them; I will say, 'They are my people,' and they will say, 'The LORD is our God.'"

We did the IUI last month and patiently waited, hoping for a miracle!  (And believing that if God wanted us to be pregnant biologically we would be.) But we also had to keep in mind that 0% motility and an extremely low count doesn’t exactly mean good chances!

 It didn’t work.  And we found out yesterday that due to a huge group of embryo adoptions at the end of November, there is now a year-long wait list through our clinic.  So, nothing is going to happen right away and we are a bit disappointed.  But we are resting in the fact that God’s TOTALLY got this, and I am trying to remember day-by-day to enjoy life just as it is…beautiful, blessed, and centered perfectly in His will.  :-)

AND there are baby lambs due in just over a week!  Yippee!!!!

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Christmas Eve

Feeling blessed for such a lovely snowy Christmas Eve morning on the farm! We were up "dark and early" with a cow to milk, barns to clean, and a demanding group of "staaaarviiinnggg!" critters to feed. The snow makes chores a bit more difficult, but it is just so gorgeous! Reflecting on the perfect, unfathomable love that we were shown when Jesus gave up everything to be born in a humble stable and take on our sins and the sins of the whole world. I love barns and animals, but what a crazy place for the King of Kings to be born! Thank you Jesus! <3

The sweet Dexter heifers.

Rosie doing her tongue tricks!

Can you spot the ragmuffin mop?

Crazy wild milk cow Lola!

These are my four little special needs kids.  The cow Clara and alpaca Marv need some extra feed and care so they will hopefully gain some weight.  The cottonballs in the middle (Ginger and Thifi) are heavily pregnant and need extra feed for all those babies!
Have a very Merry Christmas everyone!

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Rather Fitting, It Is!

As the unfortunate people who have been with this blog for many years can see...this almost never updated and neglected site has finally received a bit of a face-lift!
I feel it is only fitting, since re-constructive surgery seems to be a favorite hobby of Jesus's.  He has certainly changed my life over the years, and even more drastically so in the recent few.  My, how patient he has been with me, as I desperately grasp for control and fight to the death for everything I thought I knew!

  How thankful I am that my way against The Father's is no contest.  He always wins.  And not for the purpose of defeat, but that I might rest in his fatherhood, knowing that the "big decisions" in life are not exactly mine to make.  He is a good, good father, who knows what we need, and gives the best gifts.

  “Which of you, if his son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!”  — Matthew 7:9-11 
Right now, as you probably know, we are asking the Lord for children.  We have been asking for three years now, and His answer has been "Not now."  We continue to ask, knowing that our perseverance in prayer is not annoying to Him, rather, he desires our continual petition.  We are incredibly blessed by adoption in more than one way, so we are seeking to add to our family through embryo adoption.  I will be doing a post about the details in time, but for now, I have a specific prayer request!

 Before we are able to proceed with an embryo adoption, we must first "use up" all of our options for biological children.  It is a formality required by our fertility clinic.  Right before cancer treatment, we sperm banked.  Unfortunately, because of how sick Richie was at the time, this sample is really as good as dead.  Although IVF would possibly be more effective, we decided (after a good amount of study and prayer) that if we are meant to have bio children, they will happen through basic AI.  We ask that ya'll would remember to pray for us as we go through this treatment, which from all human perspective can't possibly be effective.  We want to rest in the knowledge that whether or not the procedure produces a baby, we can trust His plan!

   "How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!"  –1 John 3:1