Consideration of torn ligaments, aching joints and joint replacements have caused Connie and me to not breed and lamb these past couple of years.
The absence of lambs has left a hollowness in our lives each spring. Because, like all shepherds and sheep breeders, we delight in mothers and lambs in the good and gracious green, and the frolicking and the prancing, and the pronking of the little rascals. We feel as though we are joining the Great Creator, who daily delights in Lady Wisdom’s earth-forming handiwork (Proverbs 8:30).
Years ago I asked Judi Elliot, wife of Scotts shepherd, Bill, why the pair of them looked forward to lambing time each spring, when it meant weeks of ’round the clock hard work. Her immediate and heart-felt reply: “It’s life!”
So, Connie and I, and visitors to Heatherhope, are delighted that Gordon and Kerry Watt took us up on our offer to bring back for the summer the seven ewes we sold to them last fall, along with their lambs. It was a very nice 200% crop of healthy lambs; so we have 14 little tykes sharing with us God’s delight.