Triplets Born As First Lambs of 2018

As I write this there is still a dusting of snow on the ground, but spring and new life are heralding the Easter season. The purple finch is singing it’s boisterous song just outside the window. And we are in the full swing of lambing season.

We had no births the last two lambing seasons […]

Taking Life and Death Personally

Number 248 comes to me. She noses my leg.

I’m fussing with yet another ram lamb who stumbles and falls and is far too wet in her bottom fleece. I’m putting mineral in the feeders and watching if this ram lamb will partake. He does, and I’m glad for a moment.

And then 248, a bottle lamb […]

“Meet and Greet the Lambs” Set for June 7


It’s great fun to pet a lamb. Photo by M. Gezing

Heatherhope Farm invites everyone to “Meet and Greet the Lambs 2014” set for Saturday, June 7, from 11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

It’s been a good year! We have 34 lambs out on the pasture now and there are two ewes that may lamb as […]

Easter Sunrise Service

            I was compelled. As assistant minister at the 10:30 Easter Eucharist at Salem Lutheran in Sycamore I felt mightily compelled to go against proper protocol and make a personal witness before reading the first and second lessons.

Perhaps some of you may have attended Easter Sunrise Worship earlier this morning. I must […]

Sheep, Eat, Sleep


            Since April 8 it has been lambing time here. And we were watching for them for a week before then.

            Twenty-one ewes have lambed and we have 34 lambs on the ground. Early on it was all twins, but we have had quite a few giant singles lately. One, I think, was about […]

First Lambs of '14

Yesterday, up at 5:30 a.m.

Other days I would toss and turn myself back to sleep and get up at  7:30, but this day we were a week past what the calendar said was the start of lambing, so there was the extra electricity of being needed in the barn.

I skipped my stretching, roll-ups and […]

Meet and Greet the Lambs, May 25

Come to Heatherhope Farm on Saturday, May 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and meet and greet our 2013 crop of 21 new lambs.

Watch them follow their mothers and enjoy their lamb frolics during which they gather like a happy little gang of teens, start prancing and pronking around and from time to time […]

Meet and Greet the Lambs June 9

Nothing can beat a leisurely day at the farm, watching loving mothers and lively little lambs!

You are invited to drop by for a visit on Saturday, June 9, 2012. We will be ready for you from 11 a.m. till 2 p.m.

Just let us know via an e-mail ( or phone call (815-895-9736) to let us […]

What a March! What a start to lambing!

This has been a remarkable March at Heatherhope Farm!

First and foremost, of course, was the wedding of Rebekah and Michael Holcomb who spoke their vows on March 10. Jeremiah, our son, and Connie and I traveled down to Gainesville, Florida for the wedding and cherished the lovely opportunity to get to know Michael and many […]