New Beginnings for 2020

My three year old mimics our barn cat on the driveway.

This month marks the one-year anniversary of my blog. I’ve been posting once a week for all of 2019, but I’m going to start this year a little differently.

We have some exciting things planned for our small farm over the course of 2020. However, the most exciting event this year for our family will be the birth of a daughter sometime this month. I am due on Jan. 18. 

In preparation for this event, I will be taking a break from blogging for a couple of weeks. I’ve also decided to take a break from milking. At nine months pregnant, it’s become pretty uncomfortable to squat by Sienna and milk. I should know, since I had been doing it all myself up until this week. (Sienna’s adopted calf, Ollie, has been a huge help though.) My oldest son, now 17, has taken over milking duties until I am up to it again. 

I so appreciate all of my readers and hope you won’t mind my short hiatus.

I think it’s good to have goals in mind for the year, even if you don’t meet them all. I’m definitely a planner, so I like to at least have a plan to work toward. When you own a home, farm, ranch, etc., you never seem short on projects. Some are long-term projects that seem difficult to reach; others are much more obtainable. Usually our plans are a combination of both.

The following are few things we have in mind for the coming year. We’ll see how many come to fruition.

We’d like to fix our driveway. If you look back at this post, you can read why our dirt and rock driveway that washes down the street when we get heavy rain is not ideal. 

My son rides Shiloh. I hope to purchase another horse this spring.

I’d like to purchase another horse. Shiloh is all alone, and it would be nice if my husband and I could go riding together. Buying a good horse has always been quite the challenge in the past, so we’ll see how it goes this spring when I’ll start shopping for one.

We need more fencing built. If we can get some more paddocks around our property, we may try to raise a couple of sheep to butcher.

I may have to train another milk cow. This was not originally in my plan. If you look back here, you’ll see that Sienna’s calf, Marabelle, jumped in with the bull against my wishes and may have gotten pregnant. If so, I’ll need to train her to be milked when she calves this summer.

Recently, we’ve obtained some rain catchment containers. My husband plans to put those into use this year. We’ll see how that comes together.

Those are a few of the goals we have on the docket. For now, my focus this month is birthing a healthy baby girl and getting through the newborn stage that is always overwhelming. I’m hopeful that she won’t be quite as big as my last baby. (My son, who is now three years old, weighed 10 lbs. 14 oz. when he was born.)

I wish all of you a blessed year and the best of luck on all of your own goals and plans! 

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