Well, we’ve come to the end of this chapter. All of the ewes have had their lambs. Millie and her lambs have returned to the flock. We’ve opened a brand new pasture. We’ve been working for the past 2 weeks fencing in 1/3 of our back yard, and our labors have paid off. Tonight we tagged Millie’s twins, released them all back to the flock, and then turned the flock out into the new pasture for an hour of grazing. They were in heaven! The grass is thick and lush, peppered with plenty of clover and dandelion greens…
The whole family was there to share the moment, and we sat down in the field to watch the lambs frolic and the ewes pig out! What better time or place to say our family rosary
for this day?!
And then it occurred to me…This was the eve of the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima
! For those not familiar with this feast, the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to three young shepherds in Fatima in 1917 for the first time on May 13. These 3 children commonly said the Holy Rosary together while they were pasturing a flock of sheep.
And here we were, in the midst of our flock, saying the rosary on the eve of this great feast!
As the chill of the evening started to set in during our Rosary, the girls grabbed Matilda’s lamb, Daisy, to cuddle…that first lamb born here that we worked so hard with to reunite with it’s mother; and as I wrapped two children close to me within my coat to keep warm, I thought…THIS is why our family is here, working so hard each day on this farm.
The rewards of our labor will, please God, be eternal!