A birthday should be filled with lots of surprises, yes?  Especially a three year old's birthday. I think so.

Yes, we had food surprises, that landed mama 'thumbs up'. (We're still working on which is the thumb.)
 Although he talked that he wanted strawberry cake, he changed his mind to kini cake (zucchini cake). I made that and he changed his mind again.  Too late-Zucchini cake it was, which was plenty exciting.

And a little cheering from a three year old-birthday surprises are good.

 But, the very best surprise, by far was the arrival of a certain pair.  He didn't know they arrived.  I can't tell you as well as I could show you, so here the picture story...Oh, and the shirt is mama made.  Link and pattern here.

 It was so magical watching him discover the goats he had worked so hard for.  All summer long he sold bread (recipe here), saved his money and talked about getting his goats.  And to see the five men in his life that he loves the most just light up to his reaction? Well, this picture makes my heart smile.

Goodness was he excited!
Such a sweet pair.
 He was having some reservations earlier in the week.
"Mama, I don't want goats anymore".
"What, why?!"
"Mama, I know I'm a good chicken farmer, but I just don't know if I can be a good goat farmer too."

 He had nothing to worry about.  He's a natural goat farmer.

Baby girl?  She loves them too.  She's also a natural with them.

 Their names will be "McCormick Farmall" and "John Deere".  After tractors, naturally.  I had a bazillion other suggestions, but he said his goats are the best.  The best goats need the best names, naturally.

 A perfect fit. 
 (And a thank you shout out to who we got them from:
 He's most assuredly smitten with them. And them with him.  It's like they belong with us and have so all along.
And me? Yes, I'm quite smitten with these little goats too.  But, not nearly as smitten as I am with this three year old.  Life sure is good here on the farm.


  1. Awww, how sweet. What a precious boy.You just made my day.

  2. Loved this! Cedar and I looked at the pictures and he kept signing more! haha Goats are hopefully in our future someday too!

  3. Oh perfect I loved this post made me smile. B

  4. Awww, this was an excellent surprise and post! I'm feelin' it. :-)

    1. p.s. I went to the blog link you posted. They have a goat milker! I guess the link I sent yesterday was old news to you, then. ;-)

  5. I can't even express in words how much I adore this post! The photos are beyond adorable. I have to admit, I am so envious of Farmer Adrian. Those goats are too cute! I can't wait to see more photos and see how the goats grow. So excited for you guys!!!

  6. It's pretty cool my seven year old Preston shares the same birthday. I was happy to see that the weather was cooperating. Looking forward to your NewEngland fall photos my favorite time of the year. Wisconsin is very beautiful too, sometimes it feels like your family is here with the animals and such. May God continue to bless you and your wicked awesome family!!

  7. Oh, I LOVE this post!! Every single little thing about it, including that beautiful Birthday boy and his brand new goats. Just amazing.



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