Oliver and Sarah are growing fast. I am amazed how busy they are and how high they can jump. Needing to be fed every two hours has proven to be a challenge, especially on work days. Quinn has learned the fine art of nursing and he is doing a darn good job. Uncle Brian pitches in on Wednesdays when Quinn and I both have to work in town. The little goats have quickly discovered that we are all “food sources” and follow us around like puppies. If they loose you, they let out a frantic bleat hoping you’ll return.
Each morning I mix up their liter of milk. You take 2 cups goat replacer (we are using Land Lakes), a half cup of cream, two cups warm water, two Tums (yes I said Tums), and mix away. There are small red bottle nipples, called a Pritchard teat, that you can screw on the top of a clean soda bottle. Since the little ones can sometimes have a difficult time adjusting to formula, it is important to clean their bottles and use clean water. The name of the game is anything to avoid the scours! I have even said a prayer of protection for each of them as an added bonus.
We have a play pen set up in the laundry room for now. Oliver is trying to jump over the side and I imagine hen will achieve his goal by months end.
I think the most remarkable gift is Arianna’s and Brayden’s desire to love and care for the babies. Both children have had an outstanding school week, looking forward to caring for the goats. They have shown patience and kindness to the babies. The power of love is amazing. 1 Corinthians 13:4-8 says, Love is patient and kind; love does not envy or boast; it is not arrogant or rude. It does not insist on its own way; it is not irritable or resentful; it does not rejoice at wrong doing, but rejoices with the truth. Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love never ends. As for prophecies, they will pass away; as for tongues, they will cease; as for knowledge, it will pass away. The unique and genuine bond growing between the children and the kids is a beautiful and healing experience. One I am blessed to witness.