Today, I am so happy to say I finally have a lamb... well actually, a pregnant lamb. And the story is quite an incredible one.
|Kyle after walking a mile with the lost lamb|
After talking with me, Kyle called Mark with the good news... but there was one problem... my husband. How, after promising him I would quit with the Lucy antics and crazy animal rescues, would I ever convince him to let me have a pregnant sheep? So I asked my friend Beth to join me for coffee so we could hatch a plot. Plotting and scheming is a specialty of mine, and oh so much fun... So we grabbed our coffee and sat outside to talk. Here are just a couple of our ideas:
1. "Hi honey... good news and bad news. Bad news is that we're rescuing a sheep!! Good news is that she's PREGNANT!!" (lol)
2. "Oh my, look what just showed up at our farm!! Lucky day!"
3. "I really want to have another baby, but if you let me get this pregnant sheep I think the lamb will suffice!"
Or, I could wait until Michael left to go out of town the next day and just sneak the lamb in and ask for forgiveness later (I've done that before). OR I could just carry the lamb over my shoulder to the barn and hope that he'd see me out the window and laugh and lovingly say, "Oh Lucy...." (haha that was more like a dream than a plot). :)
Finally, we decided that I should just take my chances and be honest. So I called him from the coffee house. He sounded really busy, and I chickened out. Beth said, "You should have just sneaked it in really fast right before you hung up... like "ohbythewayhoneyIgotapregnantsheep...bye!" Haha, I just love Beth- she's definitely my new Ethel. ♥
|William the Farrier/Sheep Farmer|
|Mark Sutton of the band Brother Trouble with ourlamb|
I could tell I also needed a farrier, so I called mine who wasn't available till the end of the week either. I knew this sweet lamb couldn't wait that long... Her feet needed tending to, and she needed a vet- or at least someone who knew about sheep. After all, I didn't even know what to feed her, if she was for sure pregnant, if she was healthy or how old she was! And that's when it hit me... William!! I'll call William... he's a farrier and also used to be a sheep farmer! He was happy to hear from me and said he'd be at my farm tomorrow at noon. Wow, there are no accidents... this was meant to be. Truly divine. I thought of Willow...
Later that day, we brought the kids to see the new addition to our farm. I had been calling her Lulubelle, since that's what I'd always imagined I'd name my lamb. Somehow though, it just didn't suit her... I'd need a new name. We decided not to go into her stall and freak her out, so we watched over the dutch barn door... and one by one, the horses came to greet our new sheep. Dreamer (one of our latest rescues I haven't even written about yet) seemed to really be interested in saying hello. I can't believe what I just witnessed... it was one of the most beautiful moments I've ever seen. I can't wait to process these photos. ♥ Let's just say, God is everywhere... and I not only felt, but I saw the Holy Spirit in our barn today. I feel so blessed...