Farm Life from the Farmer’s Wife: Lambing Season

We only have a handful of sheep, but lambing season is crazy anyway. I can’t imagine having thousands of them to assist. If you don’t know, sheep breed in the fall and lamb in the early part of the year. When it is freezing cold. We’ve decided around here they hold their babies until the coldest night and then lamb. The colder it is, you can bet they will have their lambs. Every year we set up a lambing pen in the front yard so all we have to do is peek out the window to check on the mommas. Complete with heat lamp, warm straw, and a thick tarp covering the area, the moms settle in a couple days or a week before they are due. And it never fails, the lambs are born in the middle of the night. It is an exhausting time of year!

I have no idea how large sheep farms manage to keep their lambs alive. Because every single one of ours that is born needs assistance once on the ground. They are wet, slimy, tiny, absolutely helpless things that freeze to death if we don’t intervene. We get them under the heat lamp, dried, and help them nurse the first time for that wonderful, nourishing colostrum. If we can keep them alive for the first couple days, they usually make it. But that isn’t always the case.

Isaiah 40:11 reminds us that, “He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.” Our lambs would not survive without our help. Neither could I survive with Jesus’s help. He saved me when I was 19, and ever since then he has been carrying me along through life, protecting me, feeding me, and leading me. I wouldn’t be able to make it without some help on most days. I am so thankful that God sees fit to look down on this one little mom, struggling along through life’s battles, and to wrap me in His strong, warm arms. His bosom is where I find safety and peace.

The picture above is of a lamb born this past March that my daughter named, Cake, because it was her birthday. In comparison to the mom, this little girl weighed around 7 pounds, while the mom weighs around 150.

There is a LOT going on with Callum’s Compass right now! The book launch event is on Saturday in Oak Ridge, TN. If you live locally, please come. I would love for you to attend! If you can’t make it, I will be hosting a Facebook party at the same time. More information on both events can be found here.

Callum’s Compass officially releases on Tuesday! I am SO excited! If you haven’t snagged an eBook copy yet and planned to, now is the time. The price goes up on release day (but will still be reasonable, I promise).  And, I have been busy, busy, busy guest blogging on some amazing ladies’ blogs lately! You can check out the full list here!

There is still time to enter some awesome giveaways too! The preorder giveaway for a $10 Amazon gift card ends tomorrow morning at 10 AM EST, so if you have ordered a copy you have to let me know before then so I can enter your name. The rules and details are here.  I’m also giving away a copy of Callum’s Compass through two different blogs (one copy each): Leslie McKee, Edits and Reviews by Leslie: Callum’s Compass by Sara L. Foust and a giveaway through tomorrow, November 3rd, and Amber Schamel, Stitches Thru Time: Weekly Windup, Comment to Win Callum’s Compass by Sara L. Foust through November 11th. I hope you will check out these opportunities, and if you do, good luck!

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