Bill and I live a simple life for the most part these days. The most fun we’ve had this summer has been the two weeks that our youngest daughter and two youngest granddaughters came to visit. They came for one week in June and they came again last week.
Our youngest granddaughter, Kaya, is three years old, red-haired and high maintenance. Her sister, Bella, is nine years old and high maintenance. I love them to the moon and back. I’m always happiest when they are around. They live 3 1/2 hours away and I miss them terribly.
When they were here in June, we went non-stop morning and evening; that’s the way they live at home, but “Mema and Papa” can’t keep up the pace. So this time I asked my daughter if we could just chill out around the farm. And we did.
It was so fun! Bella and Kaya gathered the eggs for me every day, announcing excitedly that they had gotten eight, our max. They fed “Animal Crackers” to the goats, and to the big dogs, and to Rosemary, our pet sheep. The girls loved getting that up close and personal to the animals and the animals loved getting cookies for treats. (I know. Don’t judge:):):)
My daughter is something of an animal “whisperer” and Bella takes after her. They had Magic, our alpaca cria, eating out of their hands before they left. One night we hauled our lawn chairs out to the pasture where the sheep are and sat awhile. Our new ewes are white and they all look alike. They wanted to notice their different personalities so they could name them. It was unsuccessful for the most part but we did enjoy sitting out there at twilight watching the sun go down behind the west pasture.
Like I said, it was the most fun Bill and I have had all summer. I hope the girls learned the farm is an inexpensive and fun place to spend time, and gained an appreciation for being in the outdoors. And I hope that they learned that all animals are a special part of God’s creation, and should be cared for gently. I think they did. Can’t wait until next time.