In the journey towards that total submission, God stripped our lives down to the minimum. We lost our house, we lost our car, we moved to KY, we moved to MT, we moved back to KY. The Man lost his hot rod, I lost my horse, my goats, my "homestead" lifestyle. But it had to be. God has to strip you down, to get you to understand TOTAL submission. When He says He wants total submission, He means it. Not that God doesn't take our will into account, He loves us, but just like we as parents most often know what is best for our children, God ALWAYS knows what is best for us. We usually don't have a clue....
That said, however, I believe that when you submit to God's will and you start figuring out that your life is NOT about you, but it's all about serving Him, there are certain things He will give back to you, IN HIS TIME and according to His will.
So when God allowed us to buy this place, I of course wanted goats again. Did I consult God on this matter? Well.... I thought I did, but looking back there were a lot of clues that I shouldn't be going about it at that time.
I looked and looked, and obsessed and looked for goats on Craigslist. I found an ad for some Saanens in milk and a Lamancha from a guy a couple towns over. We went to look at them in the pouring rain (clue # 1) with no shelter built (clue # 2). When we got there it was obvious that he'd bought a HUGE lot of goats at the sale barn, and had only had them a couple days. (clue # 3). Of course because I was in what I want obsessed mode, I picked out two pretty Saanen does, milked each of them quickly to sample the milk, and then took them home.
The Man threw together a hoop shelter for them out of panels and a tarp (in the rain) and we got them settled in.
We named them Norma Jean and Ruby Sue.
So then, because I was in obsessed I want it now mode, I kept looking on CL. I had it in my head that I wanted a Lamancha. I found one about an hour and a half away. Went and looked at her and liked her, although she was a Mini Mancha not a full size. She had a doeling on her and although she had small teats, she milked out easy and quickly. So I bought her. And her daughter...which was a really silly move since I had NO way to lock her away and therefore couldn't really milk.......
We named those two Michael and Illsa.
No pictures of Michael and Illsa due to computer crash...
In the meantime, even after getting Norma Jean's feet all trimmed and fixed up, her mobility wasn't improving, and then......Ruby Sue developed a lump, a CL lump. So those girls quickly left. There was no way I wanted that lump to burst at my place and risk Michael and Illsa.
Then once again because I was in the mode of "me wants what me wants when me wants it", I still wasn't done! I KEPT looking and found a lady down in TN with a registered Lamancha doeling. I still had all my tack from Champ and was feeling like it was time to part with it. I had it for sale on CL and wasn't getting any offers. I saw on the website that the gal with the Lamancha doeling had horses, so I thought I'll just email and see if she'd consider a trade. All my tack for that doeling. She said yes, so off to TN we went. We traded for the Lamancha and also came home with a bred Mini Mancha......
These girls we named Jodie and Lexi
Again with the computer crash on these two.....
Lexi kidded with a lovely little blue eyed doeling that we named Deliliah.
|Me and my old girl Tulip|
|Pretty girl Star|
For whosoever will save his life shall lose it; but whosoever shall lose his life for my sake and the gospel's, the same shall save it. Mark 8:35