Thursday, April 19, 2012


It never ceases to amaze me at each new life we help bring in to the world here.  I can't imagine how rewarding it is to be a labor and delivery nurse with all the excitement and fulfillment you get when ushering a new babe into the world.  There's just a sense of awe and wonder, and absolute amazement.  I am feeling that way today and have been feeling that way since our animals started delivering this year. 

I had to assist Bo in delivering a very large calf the other day.  Now I know I don't look like the type to be a farmer's wife...which is what everyone tells me.  I'm not sure what a farmer's wife is supposed to look like???  Do I look like a city girl???  Well anyway, I had been watching this heifer all day long.  She would lay down and stand up and was fidgety.  I walked out to her and saw the water sac coming out.  It is what proceeds the front hooves.  Once it bursts, you can almost bet that shortly you will have a calf.  Well, I let her be and came out to check her a while later.  Still nothing.  I could tell she was getting very uncomfortable.  And usually by this time several things could be the problem.  Bo thankfully pulled in the drive from work and walked her into the corrals.  He checked and figured out the baby wasn't breech, so that was good.  But, it wasn't budging either.  I helped him get the chains wrapped around the hooves that were sticking out and then when she would contract, we would pull.  After about 10-15 minutes of pulling, we finally had the largest calf I've ever seen. 

Typically, a calf weighs about 70 lbs.  Well this little bull calf weighed a whopping 120 lbs.  There was no way this first time mama was gonna push that monster out.  Praise the Lord Bo came when he did, because otherwise he would have suffocated in there.  There was no way I was gonna pull him myself.  Well as soon as he hit the ground, I was cheering and screaming and crying all at the same time.  Brody was watching in a bit of fear.  But started cheering with me when he saw she was okay.  What a great feeling.  LIFE! 

I was thinking what a celebration it is for each one of us that are re-born.  We get born into the kingdom of God and He is probably crying with joy over one more who gets to spend eternity with Him.  How amazing!  This life is so precious.  It makes me want to roam the streets proclaiming that our time is so short.  The Word says it's like a and then gone.  It makes me ache with longing for my loved ones to know the One my heart yearns for.  To have that relationship that makes all the difference in the world.  Our time is short, let's share life with the world, eternal life.

You do not know what tomorrow will bring. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes.  James 4:14

Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent.   John 17:3

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