The Beauty of Cooperation--The Comedy of Competition

Last weekend the dogs, Betty and Nell, and I, took part in a sheepdog competition. Though the kind of sheepdog trial that we partake in does indeed test almost all of the skills of dogs and handlers that are called upon in practical flock work, I find myself almost always having to check myself when […]

Merlin and Bald Eagles Add Drama

You can’t beat beautiful raptors for excitement.

About a year ago I was running the dogs and a huge bird flew up from the field. Could it have been a bald eagle?

About six months ago, sure enough, one cruising along parallel to my car as I drove down Airport Road.

Then Connie and I found the nest, and saw one […]

Fences With Gates

The center of our philosophy and our theology here at Heatherhope is our belief that God gathers and Satan scatters. If you have an allergy to God- and Satan-talk, then at least consider this basic notion that we all share a need to belong, and there are forces at large that discourage and encourage the […]

There Are Two Kinds of People

“There are two kinds of people in this world: Those who divide everyone into two kinds of people, and those who don’t.”

I put this in quotes because I’m sure I heard it somewhere before. I Googled it and found lots of funny and not so funny ways of playing around with this common, very human […]

Winter Pounces

Advent is perfectly placed in the liturgical and meteorological calendar. It provides a natural faith lesson. Jesus says, “Stay awake! Be ready!”

This was a winter arrival to test readiness. The sheep were grazing on lush grass right up to December 3. Then winter pounced like a deep darkness burglar on December 4. The weatherman predicted […]

The Animals Teach Us Advent Expectation

‘Tis the season for expectation. Pregnant waiting. Yearning flavored with confidence. Confidence born of experience.

Advent has always been a favorite time for me. Of course, as a child, it all led up to that moment when we drove home from Christmas Eve pageant, past the colored lights on the homes and along the runways of […]

This Place

We had a Rocky Mountain family gathering. Our son, Jeremiah, and his fiancé, Caroline; along with our daughter, Rebekah, and her husband, Mike, joined us for a week on the mountainside in Steamboat Springs, Colorado.

Connie and I drove our new car back down out of the mountains toward home. With each thousand feet of elevation […]

Weeding God's Garden

Whose Dominion?

We just turned over from spring to summer. Everything is growing. It is a time to test my resolve to respect God’s dominion and consider my own.

I go out, armed with my tank full of 2,4-D strapped to my ATV, my sprayer wand in hand. It’s not hard to fancy myself seated high in […]

Farm Stroll-Meet and Greet Lambs

Last year we were a part of the first ever Farm Stroll coordinated by the University of Illinois Extension in DeKalb County. Families and individuals could visit a number of small, specialized farms in the county, and many of them enjoyed their visit to Heatherhope Farm where we told the story of sheep farming and showed […]

Connie's Poem "Little Lamb" On WNIJ Radio

Life on Heatherhope Farm provides inspiration.

Connie entered a poetry contest sponsored by our local NPR station, WNIJ. Of over 100 entries, she was selected as one of 6 to be read on air.

You can see her and both hear and see her poem “Little Lamb” at the station’s web site: just click here

 

Here is the text […]