This is David & Susan Sifford's journal of what we pray is our sojourn of life (Hebrews 11:8-10) along the narrow way (Matt 7:14), even the old paths (Jeremiah 6:16), submitting to the Bible as a light unto both (Psalms 119:105). It is our prayer that these documented moments in our earthly time benefit whom God might choose to edify, but ultimately that God glorifies Himself through them.

Month: December 2019

Goat Breeding Time 2019!

Middle Fall rolled around this 2019, and it was time to put our billy goats with their respective nannies for breeding time! We do it around beginning to mid-November to try to get kid delivery happening after March, because we’ve had snow here into early April before.

Sadly though, our oldest goat this year, Pammy, died early Fall. It was kind of suddenly…just one night in the barn, even all bundled up with sweaters and blankets, so we’re not sure exactly what happened. She had a sweet disposition, was one of the originals here on the land, and will be missed. We thank the Lord for the many kids and much milk He granted from her!

Here she is with her first kid for us, 10 years ago:

Pammy with Her 2009 Kids

And her last ones last year:

Pammy with Her 2018 Kids

What a good mommy! 🙂 Again, we are thankful to God.

But time continues, and it was time to put the goats together. We are down to 5 females now, and we really want to keep any next female from Hannah, the most LaMancha female we have, and so with Pammy gone, we moved Lucy to be with the “older” group (Hannah & Annie) with Shakespeare, and kept the 2 sisters, Adeline and Nellie, to be with Elvis:

Here’s Shakespeare:

Goat Buck Shakespeare

And Elvis, sans his horns. If you read last year’s breeding time blog post, we talk about how Elvis was going after Marie and using his horns as weapons. Well, in the off season, we took him to the vet, and polled him, and now he can’t do that. 🙂 We’re thankful this worked, as we were not going to be able to keep him if it didn’t:

Goat Buck Elvis

Here’s me getting a shed in place after dragging it behind the truck on our shack caddy from one yard to the other:

Getting Goat Shed in Place

And the dogs are ready! (to watch, at least) 🙂

Dogs Watching Ready for Goat Move

And here is our video of putting the groups together for this year:

As always, we are thankful to the Lord for the provisions of the goats. We pray He might grant kids in Spring, and safe deliveries, and help through the Winter. And again, we are thankful to Him for allowing us to have Pammy and for the provisions He granted from her!

— David

Providence’s Perpetuation Provisions: Goat Kids of 2019 – Update I

When I was about to prepare to put together our 2019 goat breeding blog post, I realized I had sadly forgotten that I had not put out a blog post about our final little goat provision of the year the Lord had graciously granted! He was born much later than all of the others, so we had to wait to be able to sell him.

And here he is!

Last 2019 Goat Kid

And here he is with mama, Hannah. Sue called him “HB” for “Hannah Boy”, and I think I added by calling him “Hannah Boy-berra” 😉

Another of the Last 2019 Goat Kid

Sadly, he didn’t have much time around the other youngin’ goats, but he mixed it up with the best of them as he got older:

And another of the Last 2019 Goat Kid

And here is his video on sell day. You can tell in it that he had a sweet disposition:

We are always thankful to God for Him granting these provisions out here, and we pray they are a blessing to the new owners, and always used as the Lord would have us use them!

— David

Community Singing – December 2019

We were thankful to be able to gather together again this past Lord’s Day to sing the praises of God in Psalms from the psalter from Crown & Covenant we use, and to record them to help us all learn them better, and in the hopes that having them available might help someone else. And so we did the next set, Psalms 77A to 78H!

Here are the latest:

(If the above player doesn’t work, you can click the Listen link below; or if you would like to save any of the files locally to your computer, you can right click on Download and click Save As in the popup menu.)

Psalms 77A-78H

May praise to the name of the Lord always be in our hearts and in our mouths, making a joyful noise to His glory!

— David

Previous Psalms singings:

Psalms 1A-12B (minus 4B)

Psalms 4B & 13-18L

Psalms 19A-22E

Psalms 22F-24C

Psalms 25A-27F

Psalms 28A-31G

Psalms 32A-34D

Psalms 35A-37F

Psalms 38B-40F

Psalms 41A-44F

Psalms 45A-49C

Psalms 50A-53

Psalms 54A-59B

Psalms 60A-65B

Psalms 66A-68E

Psalms 69A-71D

Psalms 72A-76B

Providence’s Perpetuation Provisions: 7th, 8th, & 9th Chicks of 2019

Catching up on the 2019 chicks the Lord has graciously granted, here are the last hatchings of this 2019 — 7th, 8th, and 9th!

Here’s group 7, 5 hatched, 5 still alive!

7th 2019 Chick Hatching

More 7th 2019 Chick Hatching

And group 8, 6 hatched, and all 6 doing well!

8th 2019 Chick Hatching

More 8th 2019 Chick Hatching

And group 9, 3 hatched and 3 still going today! This group started in one of the barn horizontal purlins, and moved her and her eggs into this room in the brooder building:

9th 2019 Chick Hatching

More 9th 2019 Chick Hatching

And here’s the video of all 3 groups:

As always, we are very thankful to God for granting these provisions. May we remember these are gifts from Him for our use, not ownership, and that He is always Lord over all!

— David