I have no idea how long it’s been since I last posted… I know a lot has happened. Some good things, some bad. I’d love to catch up on chronicling the adventures – the joys and the hardships. I’m not even sure where to start. It’s more than can fit in one post, I know that for sure… But I’ll try to get started somewhere. The highlights version is:

  • After a hard winter of illness that resulted in pneumonia with a 105° fever for me and many fevers and coughs etc for the kiddos, we packed up and went down south to Florida for a month to recover and regain our strength. We had an amazing time! We made friends with the folks who own the air bnb we stayed at. They are wonderful people and we dearly hope we will see them again. The ocean and the warmth just filled us with so much strength and vigor. It was hard to even come home but it was good to be back with our families.
  • While on the vacation of a lifetime, we found out that despite months of preventing pregnancy, I was indeed expecting. Unfortunately, upon returning home, and before we had the opportunity to announce the baby, we had a devastating loss. It’s been 3 months ago now and the grief is still present in waves. We haven’t shared this with more than a couple people though, so if you haven’t heard, it’s only because I haven’t been able to bear talking about it yet. 😢💔 I’m sure that day will come but its still raw. In the 3 weeks I knew about the baby, I loved it with everything I had. I’ll cherish that time forever.
  • We came home just in time for kidding season to kick off with the goats. Lucy had triplets. All was well until about 6 weeks when the babies came down with a terrible illness that claimed the life of the runt kid. For 2 weeks, the little buckling hung in the balance also and every morning I was surprised to see him still alive. Praise God, he pulled through and is now happy and thriving at his new home. ❤️
  • Our cats, who were supposed to be spayed during the time I had pneumonia and had to postpone their surgeries, all ended up pregnant and had 15 kittens altogether. 😱 3 kittens didn’t thrive, despite our best efforts, but the rest are growing fast! Thankfully we have secured good homes for all but 1 of them. I’m sure we will find him a good home too. Spays are finally happening next week, Lord willing.
  • We took a quick 4 day, 3 night vacation a couple weeks ago and had a fabulous time. West Virginia, Maryland, Kentucky…
  • We were home just 3 days when Destin became ill. Rather than type that whole story out, I’ll just share the screenshots of the story as it was unfolding. After 3 days and 3 nights in the hospital, he is home and doing well.

  • We got home from that horrible little adventure with just 1 day to spare before Susie kidded twins. It was the hardest birth we’ve had with our goats and I’ve decided to retire her after this. She is doing well and so are the babies, amazingly. I prayed the whole time. I was afraid I’d pull the first baby’s head off in the process but glory to God, he is healthy as can be. 😊❤️❤️
  • Quayd is supposed to have a speech evaluation done next week. We’ve been waiting MONTHS for this. He will be 3 next month and he still can’t talk. He wants to. He tries really hard. But he just can’t properly form words. He does comprehend everything we tell him perfectly and even laughs at stuff we say. We just need to help him find a way to convey what he wants to say! Bless his sweet little heart. ❤️🙏🙏🙏

In summary, it’s been a wild and crazy year, full of joys but also full of stress and sadness. I hope we are on the upstroke now and can enjoy the rest of the year and finish the last few details on the addition etc and move forward finally with speech therapy for Quayd. Thanking God for helping us through it all. 🙏❤️