Every time you feel in God's creatures something pleasing and attractive, do not let your attention be arrested by them alone, but, passing them by, transfer your thought to God and say: "O my God, if Thy creations are so full of beauty, delight and joy, how infinitely more full of beauty, delight and joy art Thou Thyself, Creator of all!
- Nicodemus of the Holy Mountain

You can’t get to joy by making everything perfect. You can only get there by seeing in every imperfection all that’s joy.
-Ann Voscamp

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Goats in the Garden

But that's OK! The garden is finished for the season and about ready to be put to bed, so we've been letting the goats into it. They're happy to finish up anything that we've missed or left intentionally. They like green beans and bean stalks, broccoli and Swiss chard, and pretty much all of the weeds. We've been having a lot of fun with these little goats. They're just right for a small homestead with young children.
If you've ever been curious about goats milk, here's some info and my opinion about it. The milk the Nigerians give (the only goat milk I've ever tried) is so very good. It's very sweet and creamy, excellent for drinking and making dairy products of all kinds. These little goats give the richest milk of all goats, averaging 5 to 7 percent butter fat and the fat has more short and medium chain fatty acids than cows milk. Goat milk contains more vitamins and minerals than cows milk too. Now, given the choice between cows milk and goat milk purchased in the store, cows milk wins. Don't even bother making your decision about how you feel about goats milk by trying that stuff. Go to a goat milking friend who has a clean barn and keeps the bucks away from the does, milks into a CLEAN container, and strains and cools the milk quickly without pasteurizing it. Try some of that and then decide.


  1. well,one of these day's I'm gonna try it-have to try most everything at least once-I like your bandannas -I think I have one of every color--lol I'm feeling better today and now that my e-mail works again.I do face book because it lets me see my relatives I had not seen in years. I know a lot of homesteaders don't like it but if I find time I do it. There was just something on there that made me think-A professor showed his class a empty mayo jar filled with golf balls he said God gave us these important things -your parents ,children and so on but he asked if it was full-they agreed it was but than he put pebbles in the jar -he said is it full yet-they said yes-than sand, it was finally getting full-and each item he put in represented something else-the pebbles -job-car and home the sand all the other stuff in our life [ the article is much larger on face book ] but if you put the sand or the pebbles in the jar first [ the jar represents your life] you won't have room for the most important things in your life--children,hubby-parents -SO THIS ARTICLE WAS LIKE A PARABLE

  2. Judy- I think I've seen that article before, but it was great to be reminded of it. It's a great reminder to keep the most important things first in life. Love it! Thanks.
    I'm so glad you're feeling better today.
    Have a beautiful week!

  3. great post, and great photo of you and the goats!

  4. I knew your goats were small but seeing the two in the picture with you . . . well, they look about the size of dogs! I think their diminutive size probably makes them all the more lovable!

  5. When I saw the title of your post, my first thought was, OH NO!!! Being a keeper of goats myself, that was a knee-jerk reaction I suppose. Hope your gals enjoy their treat!

  6. Erin- Thanks. These girls are pretty cute. I love em!
    Mama Pea- I think you're right. Their small size and big personality makes them very loveable indeed. By next spring for sure we'll have to have you out to visit with the girls and thier new kids! I can NOT wait for those babies! :)
    CR- I know, it was an awful trick to play, but I couldn't resist. ;)