These days when I feel like nothing is going as planned in my life, I am so reminded that out of kaos comes order...and hope!
I have had the luck to "meet" (if only via emails) and great group of people who are involved in raising these wonderful Shetland Sheep Creatures. These people encourage each other and are there when others need them.
A case in point is the dramatic loss Becky Utecht had. Upon returning from a fiber show, Becky was informed that their newly constructed pole barn with all the winter hay they just put up for their flock of Shetland sheep had, literally, gone up in smoke. A tremendous fire took all the hay and most of the barn - a total loss. Becky was facing having to sell off her flock with no hay to keep them fed this winter.
Then, by the Grace of God, a group who believe in putting their money and hearts where their mouths are stepped up and stepped in to help! With people like Kim Nikolai and Nancy Krohn and others I don't know setting things up - sheep were donated and auctioned off, photographic prints were put up for auction and various items were donated for auction to help raise money for Becky to keep her sheep. I have not seen this kind of support since Ralph and I were in the Military, except for our extended family in New Zealand. (Yes, I did indeed wear Army boots!) Most of these people are in the Minnesota Shetland Sheep Breeders Organization, but others as well made donations and supported efforts to raise money to help feed Becky's sheep. Kim N., Kim Kerley, Julie Chapman, Gail Former, and Beechtree Farms all donated lambs to help raise the money needed. And those who didn't have lambs or other items to donate, gave money if they could.
Becky, I hope you realize you've got some great friends where you are and across the miles. Just remember...it really isn't money...every dollar represents a hug from someone who believes in you.
Were we all so lucky...