I don't really enjoy being in hospitals, but, God gave me strength to get through this whole matter. It was amazing watching how many times God was present through this whole hospital stay. When he says he takes care of us and watches over us, never doubt that! He went in Thursday evening to the ER and we got out of the hospital the following Wednesday. We made it back to Ohio late Thursday night. I am thinking we need a vacation from our vacation!!
We were so happy to make it back in time for our daughter's last home basketball game, which was also senior night and the 3 of us got to walk in together.
On Sunday morning we stayed home from church so Gary could rest and I should have known better than that! We looked out our living room window and what do we see our big black bull walking on our road. It looked like he was headed to town! The kids weren't home from church so this meant Gary and I had to go take care of him! Luckily, our neighbor saw him on the road and parked himself there until we could get there. So off we went on the kubota to get this beast (his head and neck are massive) to a field. He thought the field with all the girls was his choice and headed out to be with them! So that is were we put him. Luckily, he followed me down the road, if that wasn't a site! I was just praying that he wouldn't decide to come after me!! Of course there is snow all the way down the lane out to the field and we got the kubota stuck and have to walk back! That was our first Sunday back home!
Then if that wasn't enough. The next morning we get a call from our neighbor that our bull and the rest of the girls decided they want to go on vacation! I think they were headed for California! So once again, it's time to round up cattle! They almost made it onto Rt. 12! I watched from our van to see how Gary and Ethan were going to get all of the cattle back to the field they are suppose to be at! After being in Florida for almost 2 weeks, it sure felt extra cold outside that morning.
Things didn't look like it was going to be an easy job and then all of a sudden the bull noticed that on the back of the kubota was a bale of hay! Yum!! So next thing you know all the cattle, with the bull leading the way are following Gary (who is driving the kubota) back to the field! Back they went and back on went the fence charger! It really is true, the grass must be greener on the other side, or there must be less snow on the other side!!
What a nice start back on the farm again!
Gary goes out in the mornings to milk and do some chores, by noon he is pretty tired. He doesn't have all his strength back yet. His medication also has it's share of side effects that he gets to deal with. Hopefully, in the next few weeks we will find out more about his kidneys and why they are spilling out all this protein. I pray that we make the right decisions as we figure out why and how to take care of it.
Our sons Ethan and Jacob, have been very helpful through all this and we are grateful they can take over some of the manual work for Gary.We had our first taste of our Berkshire pork. Boy, was it good! No wonder chef's are asking for this kind of pork!
Chickens are laying good, our sheep will start lambing in April, the cattle are staying where they are suppose to stay, the turkey's are going to be butchered soon, the pigs are growing, the cows are milking good. So things are going good on the farm. Hopefully, the pastures start greening up soon and the animals have more to eat!!
We also are busy going to our daughter's basketball tournament games, and hopefully they can make it to state this year!
We are truly blessed in so many ways and know that God is in control of all things and he will hold our hands through it all.
Blessings to all of you who have been praying for us and helping us through this journey. You are all so special to us!
Come back to hear my next adventures out my kitchen window. Or sometimes out my living room window!!!