Author Archives: Elizabeth

Lamb guess answer!

As it turns out, no one guessed right! Blackberry just lambed this morning with one black ewe lamb. And is she ever cute!

After observing for 1/2 an hour with nothing more progressing than seeing two little hooves, we stepped in to help. But all the help Blackberry needed was having the lamb’s legs straightened out and she managed the rest just fine. Mother and daughter seem to have bonded well.Now what should we call her?

Gingerbread House Decorating!

The 1st of January saw some of Michael’s siblings joining us in Quebec! It was great to spend time with them!

Our annual gingerbread house decorating party usually takes place in December, but various things postponed it this year. And since “the more the merrier,” we decided to do the gingerbread house decorating while Michael and his siblings were here. It was a wonderful evening. The young and not-so-young alike enjoy the fun! Even Josiah pitched in… well not really. I’ll let the pictures tell the story.

And there were games, cuddles, fellowship, and stories as well.

What a wonderful time!

The Christmas Season

The Christmas season is usually a busy one in the Frazer home. Though we had less concerts lined up than often, this year was no different on the busyness scale.

The first concert as well as a chalk art presentation was at the Wales Home on the 1st of December.

And, as always, we had our Christmas Eve concert at the Grace Village.

Christmas preparations crowded the kitchen. The oven worked overtime!

And in the middle of all the preparations, Josiah made his appearance. Of course everyone wanted to get acquainted!

As can be seen from the photos, Michael joined us for the Christmas season, much to my delight! He was able to meet my grandparents as well as join in the Christmas festivities.

Christmas Day is always a special family time of exchanging gifts, playing games, and reading books. At at the end of the day, we finish with our candlelight Christmas dinner during which we recite together the account of Christ’s birth as recorded in Luke 2.

All this time, of course, “normal life” continued… milking the cow, separating the cream, making butter and cheese, preparing meals, along with a few additional farm-related activities like rabbit butchering and stall cleaning.

milking the cow

separating

butter making

cleaning up after cheese making

making pancakes

the butchering team

packaging meat

packaging meat

Trying out the new pitchfork!

I hope all you blog readers had a wonderful Christmas, remembering why Christ came to earth!

Announcing Josiah Robert Alan Frazer!

Complications at the end of pregnancy caused Josiah Robert Alan Frazer not to wait for his due date to arrive. He was born the evening of December 12th and is doing really well. Erica also is recovering well, for which we praise the Lord!

Josiah Robert Alan Frazer – 6 lbs 10 oz

Congratulations David and Erica! May God give you His wisdom, grace, and strength as you bring up your son and daughters in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Christmas bunnies!

Anyone looking for a cute, friendly Christmas gift for someone?

Rabbits make wonderful little pets: they are soft, cute, friendly, quiet, inexpensive, and don’t require a lot of care!

Evelyn and I did some product/pet photography this afternoon. Often photographing rabbits can be a real challenge, especially for Evelyn doing the posing.

But this time we actually got an amazing number of great photos.

Part of the reason for this was that Evelyn had an assistant to get the rabbits to sit up and put their ears forward. Somehow the cat always manages to get in there!

And now the rabbits are hoping to hop to new homes! Any buyers?

VA FEW conference

This past month, our family attended the 4th FEW conference of the year (if the QEW conference counts as one). On our way down to the conference, we stopped in West Virginia to pick up Michael. And for those of you who have been asking, yes, there is a real ring now.

The FEW conference was an encouraging time of listening to challenging messages and of fellowshipping with other like-minded believers.

“Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity.” Psalm 133:1

An early winter

Winter seems to have arrived early this year! Our first light dusting this year was October 18th.

Then November 13th saw the arrival of a good 6 inches of snow.

Three days later, another 12 inches or so fell…

The cat seems to enjoy it… (How does she so frequently get her picture on the blog?! 🙂 )

I don’t know when we last had such a snowy November! I’m sure some will disagree with me, but I think the more snow, the better! I’m looking forward to the snowstorm predicted for tomorrow! 🙂

“Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow…” (Isaiah 1:18)

Growing Livestock

Since, when we began raising livestock, we were not allowed to have pigs on our property, I never thought we would have any. But the zoning laws changed last year, allowing a maximum of two. Still, I was surprised when we received a call from a good friend asking if we would like a free, lame pig and even more surprised when Daddy and Mommy said, “Sure, if someone wants to take care of it.” So, Bacon took up residence in the old sugar shack. And his leg has vastly improved to the point that he now comes running if he thinks you have food for him!

Two other new barn tenants arrived even more recently, but they were neither free, nor unexpected: Honeycomb and Apple – two purebred Finn ewe lambs. Though quite skittish and nervous at first, it didn’t take them long to get friendly and sociable. Appealing to the stomach goes a long way with animals!

Honeycomb

Apple

And Bounty is growing by leaps and bounds – quite literally. She has already succeeded in jumping her stall wall which is higher than her back! And the photography session last week was an active one!

It was hard to get her not moving!

Bounty!

So far, Hershey has always calved early. Since her calf was due today, this year it looked as though she might not. But late yesterday evening she had a surprise for us!

Unlike last year, the calving went very quickly – so quickly that we missed the whole thing! When I checked Hershey at 6:30, she looked normal: eating happily. When, at 8:30, I heard her bell ringing continuously, I went out to check and found Bounty already trying to get to her feet.

Yes, Bounty is a little heifer! With a birth weight of 61 lbs, she’s one our our largest calves. And she has energy to match! A straw bale “fence” is easy to jump even at only 12 hours old!

Aren’t I cute?

We chose the name Bounty (the name of a chocolate bar) to combine her parents’ names: Hershey and Profit Driven. And after losing two calves last year, we feel bountifully blessed to have such a lively, healthy calf this year. Praise the Lord!