In the waning days of the year, we became grandparents for the first time. Our grandson had a difficult entry to the world, but is a calm and peaceful baby. We are filled with love and gratitude for the tiniest member of our family.
Difficult entries to the world aren’t limited to humans – we’ve been very fortunate with our flock, but sometimes a little help is necessary to bring a new lamb into the world. Then, like new grandparents, we anxiously watch and wait. Will the ewe nurture her lambs? Will the lambs nurse well and grow? We carefully monitor their weight and how they are progressing. We fuss over the ewe – extra rations and treats. Everything to ensure a successful birth and aftercare.
I don’t generally do much with the sheep – that’s more Robert’s department. However, I get very engaged during lambing. Maybe it’s a female instinct. Maybe it appeals to my nurturing side. Maybe it is an opportunity to, once again, witness the miracle of birth.
Living on the farm has brought us closer to the natural world. Having a grandchild has brought us closer to the wonder of life and continuity.
We wish you a peaceful Christmas and a bright new year filled with hope and possibility.