This was not the topic I planned to write about this weekend. It certainly doesn't fit my cheerful Christmas theme I've got going on for the next few weeks. But life has a way of taking turns that we don't plan on or control, doesn't it? Today we lost one of our best nanny goats. She was one of our original herd caprines that we purchased back in December 2010. Her name was Cadbury, and she has been the best mother to her robust healthy babies and a fantastic milker. Even though she spent her days out in the pasture and her nights in the barn, she felt like a member of our family. Our goats have always been more like family pets than livestock, and we haven't lost an adult goat or sheep in a number of years, so it was especially hard and shocking to lose one this weekend.
So instead of writing a post on Christmas decor, food, or traditions, I am tearfully composing a picture post in memory of this beloved member of our farm family. She will be missed very much.
We are grateful to Cadbury for all the adorable babies she brought into the world, and the milk she gave us, and the blue ribbons she won for our children at the fair, and for the laughs. No matter how many years we have this little hobby farm, the losses are always so incredibly sad. We're grieving today, but I promise my next post will be a cheerful one.
Blessings to you all.