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Thursday, December 11, 2008

Miracle on a Dirt Road

Before I get into today's story, I have brought back the goat masthead by popular demand. Before I get a bunch of comments about how horrible I am, you should read the story that goes with it. No goats were hurt in the making of this picture.

Wednesday was an interesting day to say the least. I was and still am, in love with the world. Yesterday I was standing at the end of the drive, waiting for the Pre-K bus to arrive. As it pulled up, our calf Urth's Umbra came running and kicking in an attempt to get the dogs to play. Of course they wanted none of that. The bus driver opened the doors with the biggest grin I had ever seen on her. "what kind of cattle do you raise?" she asked, giggling at the sight of our playful calf. I told her Dexters, and her smile only got bigger. "We raise them too!" oh my, my heart leaped into my throat. I have been looking for someone close that had Dexters as well. "I thought they looked like my cows." I asked if she raised the long legged Kerry's like I do or the short. She told me short, and said that they were actually her son's and his wife's and that they just had a bull calf. She told me that we should all get together and talk. I agreed, I was thrilled.

That evening the Pre-K class had a Christmas program (and yes, this is a public school) We got all gussied up and went to watch our son in action. It was too cute. They did 'Twas the night before Christmas. My 4 year old was dressed in a business suit, and was the part of the play that says "And with a Dash" . He walked across the stage with a green brief case, that said Dash across it. Too freaking cute! Then they signed "silent night", then we sang as they signed it. The last part was them singing "We wish you a merry Christmas". After the program there was snacks. The bus driver and her son was there and we talked. They allowed their ADCA membership lapse and that was why I couldn't find them in the area. We talked for awhile, and it looks like they want to do a straight out bull swap. This is wonderful news! This was something we had thought about bringing up with other Dexter owners in Kansas. And it was him, not us that brought it up. The bull is short legged and horned. Pure Bliss.

My husband and I discussed selling our girls. It was I that brought it up. I was heart sick with the thought, and my husband was angry that I could even mention it. When I was 5 I was diagnosed with chronic depression, they call it clinical now. Than when I was 18, my first son died at 1 month old. Things have been rough, and I am sad most of the time, that was until I got my girls. Something about them snapped me out of it. They accomplished what years of meds and therapists couldn't. And here I am so desperate to save our home that I was willing to give up my happiness. My husband said it would be a last resort. Thanks to all of you, we won't have to do that. And we can build our herd and start making more money from them in the spring. We make a small amount with them right now, enough to cover feed every week.

But this bull, he will help bring even more of our dreams to reality. Ti's the Season, and many Miracles are happening on my little dirt road.


Bethany said...

I'm so glad to hear that things are going so much better at the end of the week than at the beginning!

BTW, I (not so) secretly covet your Dexters and I tell my older brother all about them. He's one of the only people in my life who doesn't think I should be committed for wanting cows.

Anonymous said...


Just a little evidence that lets you know when you let your "pride" fall away, and you allow others to help you, that new, unexpected doors and windows of opportunity open for you and your family...

I'm so incredibly happy for you!

With love...
Robin in Michigan

fullfreezer said...

Hurray for Dexter bulls! And everything else. My 8 year old keeps asking if we can get cows when we find our acreage. My husband thinks it's crazy. I'll keep working on him.
Enjoy your miracles!

Gina said...

How lucky to find other nearby Dexter owners! We'll have our first calves in two years this April.

I have a long story about Ryan the bull to blog about when I get over myself one of these days (you know I suffer from the same affliction).

I feel your happiness :)

Annette said...

Yea!! Happy dance for the dexter bull. =) Glad to hear that the sun is shining on your little spot of heaven.

Matriarchy said...

OK, I'm happy about the Dexter miracle, but I have to selfishly say I missed the goat header. This was the first time I got to read the story that goes with it.

(Even if I am animal-stupid enough to have thought it was a sheep at sheep at first.)

Cheryl said...

I'm really glad to hear that things are looking a little brighter for you guys. I've been out of the loop for a while, so I had no idea what was going on until Monica contacted me the other day. I think it's amazing that you have such a big circle of caring blog friends!

Wishing your family a wonderful holiday filled with more miracles and good things for the future!


MeadowLark said...

Funny how things work out, isn't it.

Glad your life is looking up. :)

Anita said...

I am so glad to see such a happy post!

I have friends up by Salina who raise Dexters, too.

Just trying to be green said...

I am a firm believer in the fact that owning large quadrupedal animals does a body good. There is just something about them. I'm so glad that you got to keep yours, and congratulations on your bull trading!

Michelle said...

*rejoices with you for miracles*

May you continue to be blessed!

The Thinker said...

^_^ *bliss*

Gail said...

What a turn around! When we open our hearts, Help seems to come.
Dexter trading, what a wonderful idea!

FancyHorse said...

This sounds so encouraging! I'm glad you can keep your ladies, and that they will soon have a new gentleman! There is hope for the future!

white_lilly said...

That is amazing,not really that's just God shining down on you with blessings :)

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