Our BIG Introduction

It's been a week and a half now that our new additions have arrived.  I suppose I should share the news. We're over the moon excited to welcome our new duo. 
Meet Ophelia, the Jersey Cross

And her calf (born on Father's Day), Oliver.

I guess I have been putting off writing because I didn't know what to say.  I use this space to document for my kids, but there's a whole lot of you reading this, more than I ever imagined when I started out. There's a lot of story to how we found her, how she got here, the journey in putting up a fence and learning how to hand milk. And the learning curve. The big learning curve.  I guess I wasn't sure how much the world wants to hear about our adventures of owning a family cow.

While I continue deciding how much to write on this adventure, I can at least show some pictures.

The heart on Oliver's head is something special.
They are settling into their new space quite nicely (thankful this barn was made for cows!).  I've been up bright and early to milk. I've been trying to figure out how to use all this milk. I've been thankful, overwhelmed, happy and stressed. All the emotions, surely. But mostly? The decision to add these to our farm feels right.

 She's quite happy.
 As is he.
 Although he's mostly all business.  There's a lot to do owning a milking cow and calf. Thankful for my right hand man to help me everystep of the way.


  1. So excited for your family. I would love to hear all about what you have learned as you go. I'm surprised you've kept this a secret so long. Your children will enjoy looking back at the documentation of there first milk cow some day too.

  2. Whoo-hoo! Another step toward self-sufficiency! We want to hear it all, girl! Your wee helper will be so happy you decided to make the addition to the homestead. I can see him growing up milking. Enjoy this new venture!

  3. Congratulations on the new additions! Looking forward to hearing the story!

  4. Sure we want to hear about where they came from and how this came to be. He must be over the moon - he got his cows. :)

  5. Makes me want another family cow. Have fun making good stuff from all that milk! And yes, we want to hear all about it.

  6. Congrats! They look very happy and relaxed... Oo, I'd be making and selling some cheese!



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