During springtime, one of my favorite chores on the farm is feeding the baby calves. This year, we had six cows give birth and, now it’s up to me to keep them fed, fat, and happy.
Bottle-feeding calves is always fun. Who doesn’t like to have a baby cow hug? One of the little ones, a tiny cream-colored one, has attached herself to me and, when it’s feeding time, calls out as if beckoning me to hurry.
Carrying all those bottles to the pens where they stay requires the use of our old wagon. Bruder Jacob likes to tease me that I’m regressing to my childhood, pulling that rusty wagon behind me. I just ignore him as I know he is just poking fun at me.
Usually, I sit on a little stool that I bring with me and prop the bottle against my shoulder. Otherwise, the calves would knock me down when they butt the bottle. When their faces get covered with frothy milk, I can smell the bold and almost barny odor from the raw milk.
Afterwards, the calves will often lick me, their tongues feeling strange against my skin. I suspect they are lapping up the splatters of milk that splayed from the bottle in their eagerness to suck it all down.
It’s a shame that, eventually, the males will go to slaughter for veal. But at least I know that they lived a good life while in my care. And, thankfully, the little cream colored one that favors me so? She’s a cow and will join our herd when she’s older.
I think I’ll name her Sadie.
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In the sleepy Amish community of Blue Mill, there aren’t many eligible bachelors for the three Bender daughters. So, when spring arrives bringing news that an unmarried young Amish man is relocating from Clearwater and renting the farm next door, Susan Bender begins planning the “imminent” wedding for one of her two eligible daughters.
But Christopher Burkholder doesn’t arrive alone. His older friend and mentor, Phineas Denner, and Christopher’s sister, Cynthia, accompany him.
After an unpleasant encounter with Phineas at a church singing, Lizzie takes an instant dislike to him for she finds him too judgmental of others, including herself. But when disaster strikes Blue Mill, she is forced to work alongside him and she begins to learns that first impressions are not often correct.
Unfortunately, Phineas must return to his farm in Clearwater at the end of the month. With his attention piqued and her attitude changed, is it enough time for romance to bloom?
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