Rockgate Farm

  (Conway, Missouri)
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Tonight is The Night!

  It's Christmas Eve again.  One of the most blessed, miraculous times.  Since I was a child, I've believed that the animals speak, by the Grace of God, on Christmas Eve.  They celebrate the birth of our Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ..... If I can only stay up long enough to hear them.....I'm still trying, after 50 years. 

  On the farm, I am surrounded by God's gifts.  Sometimes I forget how truly wondrous they all are.....but I am reminded on cold wintry nights, when all is still and quiet.  You can see your breath in the air, and a light dusting of snow lays on the ground.  There are sweet, low sounds of the animals as they nestle down to rest.  The occasional coyote sounds, to remind me that not all beings are at peace....But tonight will be different......It's Christmas Eve.

  Soon, I will bundle up in my winter gear, and make my way down to the barns.  I'll feed and water everything, and make sure that there is a warm spot for all.  I'll leave the lights on tonight, and sneak out a few times to check, in hopes that I catch a snitch of "joyful sound".  I know that tonight is the night of miracles, and  I pray that those who need them, receive them.  Maybe I'll be one of them, and finally get to hear the animals speak :)

  Tommorow, I will be blessed to be surrounded by my family.  My sister and her boys are on their way up from Houston, TX now.  My mother and I are mixing up the traditional cherry cobbler...don't know how that tradition got started....but it works for us.  We'll all meet a Mom and Dad's house this evening for a little cheer and lots of gifts.  I thank God for allowing us one more year together.

  I hope that everyone shares in God's Grace and Love this holiday Season.  Share your joy over the birth of his Son!

Merry Christmas Everyone!


Oh no! Please not that!!!

Heaven Help Me!  I just can't seem to catch a break.

All I want for Christmas, is a good night's sleep.  Sounds like a song, doesn't it?  Well, not funny!  

So, here I am, minding my own business....running around trying to get water on the flock....throwing a bit of feed to boost their metabolisms and keep them warm....and I hear this sound.  NAH, it couldn't be....yet, like some sort of bad dream, I hear the faint cheeping of a chick.  Come on, it's nearly Christmas, and I've long since broken up any potential nests.  No one wants chicks in the dead of winter, can't keep em warm....But, there it is again....

So I start poking around, and startle a couple of hens in a dog house (of all places).  Sure enough, amidst quite a few eggs, is a single, solitary, tiny little chick.  Chirping quite loudly.

Well, I know the odds of that chick surviving in below freezing temps, so I snatch him up and make my way to the house.  I grab a box, a little bit of paper for bedding, a couple of jar lids to put food and water in, and a clamp lite with a 40 watt bulb.  I drop my foundling into his new, warm abode and stand back to admire my handiwork.  Quite pleased with myself, I head on back outside to finish my chores.

 About 9:00, I've had my shower, said goodnight to all the critters (dog, cats and guinea pigs), checked on my new little charge to make sure that he was warm, and headed off to bed.  You know, early to bed, early to rise...... Anyways, about 1:30 or so, a shrill noise penetrates my peaceful slumber.  I drag out of bed, wander down the hall to find my new "BABY" chirping his head off.  I guess he had a bad dream or something....So I talk to him a bit...he quiets down....I stagger back to bed.  I repeated  that performance several times that night.

 That was three nights ago. 

  I now understand what they mean by "sleep deprivation".  I also find myself fighting the urge to choke the chicken.

Merry Christmas Everyone!!

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