Babies Are the Sweetest Interruption of All

I thought I knew what I was going to do last week.

I had planned a typical week of chores, homeschooling, some writing, and a day of fire relief work, plus a few special meals with my dear aunt who was visiting the area from Boston.


... you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow...
James 4:14

I did not know I would be a goat mama.

My husband came in from chores, a week ago Monday, with a cardboard box, and in that box were two shivering, weak baby goats.

Thus began my ongoing stint as a goat mama, a nanny I suppose you could say.

I filled my tub with pine shavings.

I turned up the heat.





I treated wounds.




I cut umbilical cords.




I researched.




I mixed bottles.




I fed (and snapped pictures while children fed.)





I buried.




I watched a real goat mama, bereaved of her own babies, take interest in the surviving kid as I brought him to bottle feed in the fields.




I watched her come to consider Nibbles - named for his propensity for nibbling the tub faucet - her very own.




And the day little Nibbles got a real mama, Tiny became my new ward.




Eleven days into being a nanny and my plans have become... feed the goat, homeschool, feed the goat, do chores, feed the goat, make dinner, feed the goat. The children like to take a feeding or two, so it really isn't hard at all. We look forward to it. A sweet interruption.

We are hoping that one of the expectant mamas will adopt Tiny when her babies come, but for now, he drinks from a bottle.

And Nibbles is healthy and happy and growing like a goat kid should.




14 comments:

  1. this is so wonderful to read.

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    1. :-) Isn't it lovely that she really did adopt him?

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    2. oh yes..it really really is....I LOVE that little guy.

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  2. Those baby goats are so adorable! I'd love to cuddle them. It sounds like their feeding schedule is similar to a newborn. What did you have to bury?

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    1. They ARE snuggly Erin! Sadly, we had to bury one of the two babies who came in that first day (the all brown one).

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  3. What a lovely read. Sorry about the burying part. But, I HAVE to know: what kind of CAMERA do you have? Those picts are GEORGEOUS!!! They look professional, love the focus and depth of field! Beautiful shots--you should publish a book.

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    1. Thanks Stefanie! The camera is a Canon Rebel T2i with a 50mm f/1.8 Lens. Love the camera, and the new lens is really making a difference.

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  4. Thank you for sharing.

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  5. Oh those little baby goats are adorable! The little chocolate colored one looks like he was smiling in that bundle of towels. You made his short life happy.

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  6. PLEASE keep us all up to date with Tiny's progress....and more picture of him please.

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  7. Thank you for sharing this! I had no idea how adorable baby goats are! Made my heart smile before bed tonight! I also loved the post you wrote on do not depart, "I once was lost." It was great & encouraging. I hope you don't mind, but I saved the photo of the kid laying down with the mama standing by...that was so sweet! I will look at it when I need a smile! God bless you, Myra

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  8. This is fascinating! Love the pictures. What an experience!

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