It seems like just about every winter we have a multitude of brand new baby goats join the farm. Goats are the most fun (and my personal favorites) because they usually have sets of twins or triplets – which basically means double and triple the fun.
Goats are so playful, they jump, climb and are more social than all of our other farm animals combined. Our original herd started with only six, and has grown to over 40 the past few years.
It’s so exciting for my kids when new babies are born on the farm. That’s really one of the main reasons we decided to move out to the country in the first place- so that they could learn what a farm is all about and all of the teamwork that goes into it.
A few weeks ago, one of our momma goats had a set of triplets. The babies were all healthy, but the mom had a few complications during birth and sadly ended up dying. My kids were so worried- wondering what the newborns were going to do without their mom. Teaching them how to bottle feed the little ones was rewarding and Chip and I loved watching them step up. They were so ready to take responsibility for these little orphaned goats, and I couldn’t have been more proud. My oldest son would get up every morning first thing to rush out to the barn to fill up their bottles and feed them.
This was such an important lesson for them. Even in the sadness there’s hope and new life each day- Isn’t it funny how life works? These little baby goats have become like pets to our family, and they’ve taught my little ones the importance of taking responsibility in the process. What a sweet and unexpected gift from our little farm.
I’m finding that whether you live on a farm or in the center of the suburbs, there are little lessons to be learned in the most unexpected of places. Don’t let them pass you by today!