Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Everyday Miracles

Each day is a different one. Each day brings a miracle of its own. It's just a matter of paying attention to the miracle.
Paulo Coelho

At this time of year, miracles are all around us here on the County Line. When circumstances are difficult, maybe it's a little tougher to see the miracles. And, admittedly, Randy worked hard for those miracles during two winter storms, battling snow and sub-zero temperatures to help mama cows care for their new babies.

We lost a few babies during those frigidly cold and snowy days, just like many ranchers across the Midwest.

The weatherman this morning says the next few days will include sun, rain, sleet and snow. I don't think hail is on the agenda, but who knows in Kansas?

There's nothing like adversity to make you appreciate the times of "sunshine," both literally and figuratively. All but six of the heifers have calved. We are more than halfway through the calving season for the older cows. We have 61 new baby calves on the ground. It seems that almost every time Randy comes back into the house, he adds to that total.

It's a pleasure to watch the baby calves play in the pasture and enjoy the sun ...

... and take time for a little snack.

Seeing the miracle of new life never gets old.

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