Titus 2:3 The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the younger women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the Word of God be not blasphemed.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Real Moments- Newborn Kids, Baby Chicks, Honey Bees!

Living on the farm has allowed my children many opportunities. However, the experiences on the farm are not always joyous. I often tell the children that in order to participate in the joys of the farm we must also know the sorrows of the farm. The hard work, the loss.. all of it make the joyous moments even richer! Yet, the sorrows are not any easier to bear. This last week we celebrated as three of our Kinder Does kidded to healthy beautiful kids! We were delighted when we got the call to come pick up our chicks from the post office. We squealed with excitement when we learned our Milk cow is expecting! Oh, the joys of the farm!! However, we experienced sorrow and work as well. Milking with four inches of snow on the ground, hauling lumber for the barn addition, cleaning out barn stalls, and the most heartbreaking discovery…. our bees died. Timothy has been diligent to care for them, it was my error. I misunderstood his bee handbook and gave him the wrong instruction. As a mommy my heart broke- Timothy loves his bees! Yet, even in sorrow the Lord is teaching and creating in us His perfect workmanship. Timothy had accepted that God knew this was going to happen and he would not grumble or complain against the Lord. What a reminder to me as I watched him. A few days later, someone heard about Timothy and his bee situation and sent money to buy Timothy more bees.  Timothy was in tears! To consider that God would care so deeply for him and his bees was humbling to the entire family. We know that the Lord uses all things in our lives to teach us and to create in us His perfect work. Sometimes that process is more fun that other times but no matter what, it IS a good work!
This week I share photos of our newborn kids and some old photos of Timmy with his bees… enjoy!

Three of the seven kids born.
Surprise goat
Timmy’s bees hard at work last Spring
Timothy installing the queen
Timothy examining his bees
The Lord gives… the Lord takes away but I will say blessed be the Name of the Lord!


  1. OH what a heart break :-( I'm sorry for poor Timmy's loss :-(

    And to think that yesterday we had a bees nest attached to my children's slide and I proudly sprayed the nest with spray till none could move and then we all rejoiced! What a different perspective when you are working hard to care for them!

    Thanks for sharing your ups AND DOWNS!

  2. Thank you Cortney. You know neighbors that drove by last year called us when they had bees they wanted to get rid of. One man had bees in his barn being a bother to his horses. If that ever happens again, call a beekeeper in your area and they will probably be delighted to help you. :-)