Monday, September 29, 2008

Life on the Farm

I just thought that I would add a small anecdote of what life has been like here on the farm! For me it has been like stepping back into the past, although it has changed, primarily because my parents no longer live here, and well, I guess I have changed. :) Kevin has really been doing a good job of adapting to his new environment, he has been pitching in with weed whacking, harvesting, feeding the animals, etc. despite the fact that his allergies are really kicking in. :( One of the most common occurrences on the farm is that at some time or another, animals escape their pen. Most recently it was one of our newborn calves. My aunt is raising some cattle to sell, and one of the cows recently gave birth. The new calf is super cute, small, black and furry. There has been some problems in the past keeping the baby calves alive through adulthood, for various reasons so everyone has been really keeping an eye on this little guy. The other night Lawrence (my cousin) came in to inform us that the calf was not in the pen with his mother. My Uncle Dan and Kevin had brought the cows in from a grazing field earlier that day, and sometime between the time they were out in the field, and the time they were put in the field, the calf disappeared. We all set out to look for the calf far and wide. It was evening, so the mosquitos were out with a vengeance. We searched for two hours, scouring out on the highway, on the other side of the creek, and far into our neighbor's land. All the time we were wondering how a small, wobbly legged newborn calf could possibly make it this far. The mother was in her pen mooing away, but we heard no response from the baby. Finally, with the last rays of the sinking sun we were ready to admit defeat, when Kevin looks out into the field where the cows were earlier in the day and says, "Is that the calf?" Sure enough, it was! The calf had been in the field the whole time, a field which we passed by numerous times, each time somehow failing to see him! Earlier in the day when Dan and Kevin brought the cows in they missed the fact that the calf had stayed behind. They were deep in conversation (with Kevin, what a surprise!) and just assumed that the calf would not have strayed far from it's mother. (Wrong assumption!) Anyhow, the evening turned out happily, minus the millions of mosquito bites we all had to show as battle wounds! :)

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Jobs and Community

Leah and I have been in Chico now just about 3 weeks. We are almost coming up to the 2 month mark of being back from Mexico. Missing our Mexican family and friends certainly hasn't waned in these two months and has grown all the more as birthdays have passed by without us fiesta-ing.

But Chico is going well. I have been doing some landscaping to make some money and Leah some odd projects. I pop in my Itunes University and get educated while I work. As work comes through odd jobs, please keep praying for work to be done. If anybody needs help with anything, please let us know.

Community is going well for us also. Community is a slow building thing upon moving, which makes it tough, but we have Leah's family here on the farm, which is nice. We have been participating at a small-group at a local church for young marrieds and also have been attending Foothill Community Church (ironically the same name as our church in Azusa) in Oroville as well and have started to get in touch with their young adult group.

School has been going well for me and I look forward to seeing my classmates in person in just over a week and a half in Portland.

As for Spain, the plans are on the move. Our application is in process and Leah and I have been mapping out some preparation items, including an overhaul on the blog and how we use it. Stay tuned for that...

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