Journal

Finding My Way

Since beginning this blog/website several years ago, I have struggled to determine how best to use it. Initially, I experimented with putting some of my sheep and scripture thoughts in writing. Then I published a children's book. Now I am working on a book for adults to explain the sheep/shepherd analogies in scripture to deepen [...]

Snowy Day April 2018

This is what our sheep are doing today in the blizzard. You can see Laurie Ellen laying down by the play house, and Truffle (the brown one encrusted with snow) behind her. The rest are sheltering from the high wind by standing behind the playhouse. Good thing they are Icelandics! Not shearing until May. You [...]

Must Be “New”!

This 5 month old, little black Icelandic lamb is named "Lavender".  She joined on flock on Restoration Farm, Wyoming just this summer (2017).  I love hearing Lavender's loud, persistent greeting every time I go outside! For the time being, our flock is being dry lotted in our back yard.  This is to protect them from [...]

Resource for Children’s Ministry

"I have a mission I believe in.  I want to preserve meaning of the sheep & shepherd analogies in scripture, to make God's word more relatable to those not now living in agrarian society; to educate people what understanding "I am the Good Shepherd" tells us about Jesus' heart, character and personality.  But being only one person, if this message is truly to spread, it will depend upon teaching as many others as will listen, so they may in turn, teach the people in their own groups.  Essentially, I need to educate "shepherds", that they may be empowered to teach their own "flocks". " 

Like Sheep, Our “Wool” Tells Our Story

Like sheep's wool, our lives (habits, personalities, choices) reflect where we have been.  When I sheared Gracie for the first time, (and many more since) I found "souvenirs" in hung in her wool that gave evidence of how she had been living her life, where she had been, and something about her troubles and circumstances. [...]

Shepherding in Bible Times vs. Shepherding Today

My admittedly limited understanding, is that in the Biblical setting, they practiced "open grazing", which is best for small livestock, because instead of fencing them in and working to try to keep the ground continually producing what they need, you move them around to where what they need is growing, leaving the grazed ground to [...]

A New Season for Restoration Farm

At long last, our hot, wet Louisiana summer is ending.  Our next door neighbors have made hay, which has been our sure signal Fall is on the way for that past  10 years we have lived here.  But this Fall 2016 is bringing some big changes with it for Restoration Farm! We have accepted a [...]