I suspect some folks think we raise goats in addition to what we do as a family, but very quickly the farm has become who we are and what we do. During kidding season and in subsequent months, yes, my life revolves around kids - the goat kind - birthing, feeding, watching, raising, doctoring ... but my real life revolves around my children and this will be an empty place once they are grown and gone. At this point of life, we all dream of a big family farm and running it as a multigenerational business - and what a bliss that would be - yet, we don't know what the Lord has in store for our children and what their path will be .... but I do dream :)
Goats have just been a tool how to enjoy my family even more thoroughly than I had before - the common goal, the tasks that provide for companionship and daily fellowship, the mind set, the opportunities and experiences that would have otherwise never presented - it's hard to describe what doors have been opened to us as a family through goats. There were other doors swung wide open to meeting people and exploring lifestyle we never really considered though I must have secretly desired it, as I feel so much at home here, but that is for another post entirely.
Today I thank God for allowing me to be part of His grand tapestry and that my place to grow is one of continuous bliss. Our workload has doubled with milkers back in production and kids making requirements on our time, efforts and energy - but what a blessed life and what a priviledge. A friend brought a smile to my face saying that in my photos my children outshine my goats - this is so very true ! I am not much of a photographer and most of the quality of the shots I get blessed with is due to the quality of my camera - but somehow I can point the lens at objects that I love and it all happens. My camera has been my companion for years now. I owe much to digital technology as I can't even set exposure on a manual piece of equipment, my husband has always been the photographer in our family and he is extremely talented. Yet, I take much joy in documenting the bliss we get to live, pause and give thanks for the moment that has just been encrypted to the memory of the card and transformed into pixels, to have and to hold to revisit again moments from years past .... it is much like freezing a moment in life.
I caught the perfect picture session this afternoon, with the sun set low on the pines and reflecting in amber tones off my son's orange and brown sweater - all this so perfectly orchestrated by God's touch. I never do see it when I shoot, I give such things very little thought, only to be pleasantly surprised when I download my photos and I find exactly what I was looking to capture .... not sure if photography can be counted as time spent in quiet solitude and meditation, but it is to me. More so later, when I get to see, review and meditate on my many gifts as they are portrayed before me on the screen ... I am blessed beyond measure.
You might have noticed Sebastien missing from most of the shots I have shared so far of the new babies ... today was my time to spend with him and it was so worth it :)