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April 3, 2011

A calf is born!

Yes, pregnancy does always end, even when the owner of the cow doesn't think it ever will! ;-)

I unintentionally drove many of my beloved friends and family absolutely nutty with my anxiety and anticipation of this calf. (please accept my sincere apologies!) This calf that to me meant so much more than just a calf or just a cow. For me it was closing one of life's cycles and starting another---house for sale, plan to move, sell beloved cows, things fall apart, house not for sale, buy Vera back (providence!), wait for a calf to come to be able to milk again. We have learned so much as a family that waiting for this calf to come (for me) signified that chapter of experience closing and the milkmaid door finally re-opening. There have certainly been blessings along the way and we are smarter for the experience (Dave would probably say it is like the electric fence--you only touch it once because it makes you smarter!), just thankful that it is now over and April is here.
Friday night we checked on Vera at about midnight and then we went to bed. Dave woke me at 5 am, he had been to check on her and there in the barn was a dry and nursing heifer calf!

Joy of joys!!! Here are some pics form the last 2 days:


  1. I am thrilled for you and know just how you feel!
    A heifer to boot, just wonderful. It is a beautiful calf....just think, in two years you can be milking her too.

    Looks like there will be lots of milk for everyone.

  2. How exciting for your family Liz...April is beautiful, Congrats!

  3. Congrats!! I just LOVE baby calves-we don't have another due until November-so I'll have to wait! Enjoy yours and ALL the milk!

  4. Hi! I have been looking all over this site for an adress, but I can't find it. Maybe I'm just overlooking it? I have been wanting to find a place I could buy locally grown, natural food. I've already signed in to follow this blog on yahoo, but to post this comment, the little icon below is saying I have to chose from some sites I don't have an account with or as anonymous. I don't guess you can get back to me if I'm anonymous, though?

  5. Oh my goodness! My apologies!
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