Sunday, January 25, 2009

Getting Bigger!

OK...I just had to share a couple of photos of Gwen and her mum, Kelly. She's over a month old now! I have to say that computers, cameras, and all the modern technology that goes with it has been a blessing since family is so far away.
When we had Kelly we were stationed in Germany and had only each other to lean on. Kel's got all of Ross' family for support, of which I am so grateful.
There's nothing like Mom's shoulder

I can see that Gwen is growing out of the "wrinkly" stage and getting her personality in her face now. Yes. We can hardly wait to see her! Well, I know I can hardly wait to see all of them. We are in the midst of planning for a trip now as Ralph's surgeon encouraged him to travel while he was recuperating. Speaking of my Hired-Hand-With-Benefits, he's doing extremely well. I guess it's can't keep a good man down....although I have to admit that I'd like to "bean" him once and a while as he gets extremely grumpy when his pain meds wear off. If this is an indicator of what retired life would be like, I think we may need separate houses. ;-)

I do want to share one of my favorite photos of my DD and new GD. This was taken by my Son-In-Law, Ross, soon after Gwen was born. Mother and daughter. Both tired from Gwen's arrival. Beautiful. (Or at least I think so.)

Mother and Child

Tomorrow we're off to take the three remaining ram lambs from last year's breeding season to Chino Valley for "processing". I hate to do it, but we don't have room for extra rams we can't use for breeding due to genetics. And with the economy the way it is (with hay $20+/bale) we just can't keep them. They, like a couple of their former flockmates, will serve in other ways. Some of the meat will feed us, some will be sold to restaurants and/or friends, and some may go to the community kitchen. I thank God I haven't had to go to bed hungry, but I know there are people right now who don't have that comfort in these hard times.
I was talking to my friend, Tina, yesterday about taking them. We were discussing this part of shepherding. She and The Shepherd have had to send some of their boys to market through the years. This is the first time we've had to try this route. As usual, she not only comforted me but put things back in perspective. I have given them a good life with green pastures, food, and a shepherd's love while they were in my charge.

...Thanks, Tina.


~~Sittin.n.Spinnin said...

That is such a sweet picture. I want grand babies soooo bad! lol but not yet. Kevin is at least 5 years from there and Jari better be 10! lol
You have a beautiful daughter, and so does she.

Mim said...

Oh I love your granddaughter what a cutie!
And with sheep going to market, were would the sheep species be if we did not. Is that not the reason man has come so far with animals to feed us and keep us warm.
Love them, bless them, thank them and say good bye! Then cry your eyes out. ;o)

Sharon said...

Your "girls" are lovely. We were in the Philippines when Josh was born and it was so hard for my mother, being stateside. I appreciaate our opportunities with modern connectivity.

We have one of Mim's sheep in our freezer.

Nancy K. said...

They are both so beautiful! I hope you get to go over and hold that precious girl (BOTH of them, actually!) soon...

Leigh said...

So precious. What a blessing.

Tina T-P said...

What a sweet picture of your "little baboo" - enjoyed our visit yesterday. T.