We have prayed. We have dreamed. Exciting times are coming to our family!
Life hasn’t always been pretty. There are things that I really wish wouldn’t have happened in life.
I truly never thought this day would come. We have always wanted a homestead or a farm. We have dreamed and prayed and pleaded with God for this day.
This past week we have finalized the barn for the start of our Alpine Goat herd. Parker and I spent a lot of time doing some research about what type of milk goats we would like to get. We scoured books and the internet, to figure out fat content, what breed produces the most, and over all temperament each breed will have. We finally settled on Alpines. Once we decided on the fact that we wanted Alpines, we set search. We found out that here in Georgia we just could not find Alpines. If we did find Alpines, they were from farms that didn’t quite agree with the way we would like to raise our goats.
In all our research we found that it isn’t necessarily about what breed it is best, but to get whatever breed you choose from a breeder that most aligns with your values, purpose, and way of life.
We found a farm in Indiana that totally fits the bill. They are a Christian family, who raise their goats naturally, and loving all their goats like family. All their goats have names and they come when they are called just like a dog. They care so much for their herd. They are not just a buisness or a profit maker. They are truly part of the family and that is exactly how we want to raise our Alpine herd.
We get to drive to pick up our kids (baby goats) on Thursday morning. We are beyond excited to start this new journey. The kids have been learning goat anatomy, they have asked lots of questions, and done lots of research. We have sought out books, the internet, and professionals. Parker, who is probably the most excited, has even made his own goat notebook so that he can keep records of shots, feedings, milkings, wormer, and everything else they need. Ondrea wrote down on a calendar all the dates that they need different things done. We have all watched videos about how to trim hooves and milk.
This is truly a family adventure. This is a family experience. It has brought lots of learning to our school time. It has been the topic of conversation for many years.
The reason we are getting goats and homesteading is to live a more natural life. It is to instill a work ethic in our children. To bond closer as a family. The reasons are truly endless. I can not wait to see where this leads us!
I hope you have a blessed day.