Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Pink Eye and Milk Fever (or Pregnancy Toxemia)

My purposeful pursuit in the blogging atmosphere isn't going to well...sorry about that. 
My sister is doing online college classes this semester so I haven't been able to steal her computer. 
One that note; I never mentioned that my sister is going back to school to become a nurse, she's been doing all of her prerequisites and applied for the first time to the nursing program for a fall semester and (drum roll please!) SHE WAS ACCEPTED! I'm so proud of her and excited to see where the Lord leads her. She has such an amazing and caring heart! 
My dad recently got a new laptop so I've stolen his old one, which means (fingers crossed) I'll be more on top of blogging. 

After ten years of owning livestock we've had our first run in with the dreaded pink eye in our sheep herd. 
It happened practically over night. 
We go out one day and Perseus' right eye was swollen and white. It was bad! At first we thought it was an eye injury...upon research we discovered pink eye. 
We stared treatment with NFZ Puffer ...over the next week we treated him and continually checked all the other sheep. Cinder and Samson's eyes started to get cloudy so we started treating them as well. It only took about a week for Cinder and Samson's eyes to clear up...Perseus' eye, took longer and honestly we think he no longer has vision in that eye...but pink eye is all cleared up (we recommend NFZ Puffer for Pink Eye, it worked great for us)! 
On to another medical issue. 
Cinder developed either milk fever or pregnancy toxemia. We're not sure which, so as a precaution we've been treating her for both. She's almost 100%. 

Evangeline should be lambing anytime soon, she's starting to bag up....Coraline is due end of April, she's the only doe we bred this year. 
We were surprised with three chicks in March. Samantha and I were getting ready to leave when we noticed a hen walking around the yard with three chicks following. We had no idea she was even missing...they are now safe in a tractor (we were scrambling to catch them before the cats did!)

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Women of Easter, by Liz Curtis Higgs, Book Review

About the book:
"This season of Grace, Deepen your faith in God who so loved the World that He gave us His Son.
You're about to meet three women named Mary, each of whom has a life-changing encounter with Jesus. Mary of Bethany prepares the way for the Lords burial when she anoints His feet and fills the air with her perfume. His mother, Mary of Nazareth, remains by His side from His first breath to His last, her loyalty unwavering. Mary Magdalene, delivered of seven demons, bravely supports her Teacher through His darkest hours, then proclaims the glorious news of His resurrection. 
What a Savior!
Your mind and emotions will be engaged and your faith strengthened as each scene unfolds, preparing your heart for richer, deeper Easter experience. Liz Curtis Higgs, a seasoned Bible teacher and award-winning novelist, combines her storytelling skills with a thorough verse-by-verse study of Scripture as together you explore the remarkable lives of The Women of Easter."

Liz Curtis Higgs, brings us yet another amazing book to help us deepen our experience and understanding of Scripture. Beautifully detailed, this book is a great way to explore the Easter season. As usual, Higg brings to life stories you've heard before. I loved how she explains the customs of the times (to often I skin of the details), but now I better understand the details. Although I've read these scriptures many times, I now see it through the eyes of women who were there.
With hymns, multiple different bible verse translations, prayer and a study guide, this book is a great Easter devotional! 5 out of 5!

I received this book from Blogging for books in exchange for an honest review. All opinions expressed are my own.

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God's Easter Miracles, By Lee Ann Mancini , Book Review

Back Cover: 
"Paul, Jimmy, Brian and the whole town witness God's Easter miracles in this unique story.
In God's Easter Miracles, the sea kids learn that Easter isn't just about the Easter bunny or candy. It's about Jesus Christ giving up His life for all of us, and how we are to sacrifice ourselves for others. Paul who is autistic, struggles with relationships. Jimmy doesn't want to share and Lenny clings to life due to a terrible boat accident."
I love the Adventure of the Sea Kids series. The illustrations are always so beautiful and vibrate; then sea kids are adorable. I love how the author uses a variety of sea creatures in the books. The story line is engaging and of course contain good lessons; encouraging praying (answered prayers), trusting God (faith in Jesus), sharing, and giving.
I liked how the author didn't make commercial Easter traditions a bad thing (the book contains an Easter egg hunt). I read it that the teacher was politely telling Jimmy to give Paul one of his eggs. I feel like the author should have tried explaining that though it would be nice to share (and it's a christian thing to do) , Jimmy didn't have to (life's not fair), and then go into the story about how Jesus died for our sins...
I enjoy these books and look forward to reading them to me children someday. 4 out of 5.
I received this book through Bookcrash in exchange for an honest review.

*this review has been edited after the author brought a fact to my attention that I somehow had wrong (my bad) . My goal when reviewing a book is to offer an honest review of said book and if a fact is wrong I will correct it.
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Sunday, February 5, 2017

The Worlds Beast, Gods Beauty

I'm super excited for Disney's release of Beauty and the Beast (seriously, I fan girl scream when I see the preview!). 
I'm a Disney fanatic (Disney! Disney! Disney!), so I don't really have a "favorite" movie (how can you ask a mom to choose her favorite child).
With that said, Beauty and the Beast was one of my top watches. Belle is a brunette, I'm a brunette. She was obsessed with books, I'm obsessed with books. She wanted adventure, I want adventure.

I got to thinking how easily I can trap myself in the "Beast" category (the Beast kind of looks cat like, I have A LOT of cats; just kidding (not really)....
"Who could ever learn to love a beast,"
Have you ever caught yourself  thinking that? I'm a freak.
"Who could ever love me," -hopefully you don't refer you yourself as a beast.
 Who am I? I'm a nobody.
"As the years passed, he fell into despair and lost all hope."
It's so easy to loose hope. When people you considered friends toss you aside. When people call you names because your dream is to be a stay at home mom. When people think you're crazy for caring about animals like I do. When you're an oddity because you don't cuss. When you're old fashioned because you won't have sex or move in with a man until you're married.

Taking a step back and looking at the bigger picture, we live in a fallen world,
"Don't be naive. There are difficult times ahead. As the end approaches, people are going to be self-absorbed, money-hungry, self-promoting, stuck-up, profane, contemptuous of parents, crude, coarse, dog-eat-dog, unbending, slanderers, impulsively wild, savage, cynical, treacherous, ruthless, bloated windbags, addicted to lust, and allergic to God. They'll make a show of religion, but behind the scenes they're animals." 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (MSG)
Being a christian doesn't mean every encounter is going to be all sun shine and daisies.
"Yes, an all who desire to live godly in Christ Jesus will suffer persecution." 2 Timothy 3:12 (NKJV)
With every broken friendship is an opportunity. Who are you relying on? Who are you putting your trust in? Whose relationship is most important?
"Cursed is the strong one who depends on mere humans, Who thinking he can make it on muscle alone and sets God aside as a dead weight. He's like a tumbleweed on the prairie, out of touch with the good earth. He lives rootless and aimless in a land there nothing grows. But blessed is the man who trusts me, God, the women who sticks with God. They're like trees replanted in Eden, putting down roots near the rivers-never a worry through the hottest of summers, never dropping a leaf, Serene and calm through droughts, bearing fresh fruit every season. The heart is hopelessly dark and deceitful, a puzzle that no one can figure out. But I, God, search the heart and examine the mind. I get to the heart of the human I get to the root of things. I treat them as they really are, not as they pretend to be." Jeremiah 17:5-10 (MSG)
 And most importantly, God loves me. God cares about me.
"Humble yourselves, therefore, under God's mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he care for you." 1 Peter 5:6-7 (NIV)
"Are not two sparrows sold for a copper coin? And not one of them falls to the ground apart from your Father's will. But the very hairs of your head are all numbered. Do not fear therefore; you are of more value than many sparrows." Matthew 10:29-31 (NKJV)
"For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have everlasting life." John 3:16 (NKJV)
God loves me for me. He made me. Yes, He wants me to become the godly women He knows I can be. But he loves my soft heart for animals. He understands my anxiety (and through Him I can overcome it). He applause my desire to follow Him and avoid temptation and sin.
In this earthly world people may see all my flaws, a nobody, a weirdo, the beast. But God sees the real me. Despite my short comings. Despite my flaws. Despite past sins. God loves me. He loves me! To Him, I'm the beauty.
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