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“Be faithful in small things......

............... because it is in them that your strength lies” ~Mother Teresa

This is what I have been reminding my daughter of these past couple of weeks.

You see.....my little animal lover has been devastated, as we all have, about the horrific oil spill. She felt completely helpless as she clicked through the countless brutal images of all the animals affected by this tragedy......

......until we came across this website Matter of Trust. This awesome organization has a program where you can donate hair clippings as well as animal hair, fiber and fur and they turn them into valuable hair mats and "booms" (tubes) to assist in the clean up of oil spills.

They explain it this way on their site; "You shampoo, because hair collects oil. Hair is very efficient at gathering oil, skin oils off your face, oil pollution out of the air, and water, even petroleum oil spills. Hair is adsorbent (as in "clings to" unlike absorbent which is to "soak up.")
So she has been clipping all our goats and packing up the hair getting it ready to send out. We also just sheared our alpacas and are donating the majority of that fiber as well. Although we know that the few pounds of hair/fiber we are sending will probably only make a percentage of one boom.....we feel we are doing something to help out. And if we if add it to the many other people who are sending a few pounds over......we can all make a difference together.

Figured I share a few pics.....surely one will make you smile!

Here is how we "roll" when transporting our boys.(we're working on saving for a trailer, HA!) So, you gotta do what you gotta do....they actually didn't mind at all. This was when we were bringing them to get sheared.

Yeah....we do get some strange looks when people pass us on the road. Even funnier comments when we go through the drive-thru.

So yes....they didn't seem to mind the drive.....but I think they might have a problem with what they looked like after! (thankfully we don't have any mirrors in their corral) Isn't that hilarious? We decided to keep the fashionable "Ugg" thigh-high boot look along with the afro.

And here we have Ez and Nev clipping down our goats....

oh, and while we are in farm-mode....I wanted to share that I am really getting my "midwife" skills on. A couple of nights ago.......at midnight!.....our first time mama, Margaret went into labor. Now normally, I am sleeping WAY before then.....but God has a funny way of keeping everything in line and had me out at a friend's house alot later than normal. So I happen to check on her just in time.

Well...after a half hour or so, I started to think that things were not happening the way they should with this birth process....and I started to panic. Then I started to pray.......more panic.....more praying. After calling my vet in the middle of night and knowing I was alone, I knew I had to put aside my fears and intervene. I also happened to get intouch with my neighbor and he came over. So with his help, I just had to go in and help get this little baby into her birth canal so the mama could get her out. The frightened mama still couldn't push her so we had to pull her out. So I just said to God....."OK, this is it. I need your strength to pull this off, don't leave me now!"

So after 3 hours.....we delivered a very breech.....but very beautiful little doeling.

I'd like to introduce you to little Ava. (We chose this name because you can always spell it backwards......just the way she came into this world)

Peace, love and stay barefoot~


photogr said...

Cute Alpaca and goat shots. Good idea on the mirrors.

It was encouraging to see your daughter take such an interest on the oil crisis in the gulf. You should be proud of her. So many youngsters today have no concern about our environment and that is sad.

Sadly that area will be impacted for decades to come I am afraid.

Congradulations on your first delivery.

Jamie said...

Love your alpacas! We sometimes daydream about having an alpaca farm one day. :)

Congrats on delivering little Ava!

Kristina P. said...

How awesome! Your kids have had some amazing experiences.

JC Dude said...

He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much. Luke 16:10

Thanks for being a blessing to us today!


Shark Bait said...


And I thought those things looked freaky with their hair.

Bill (cycleguy) said...

I would offer my hair on my head but then again you would walk away empty-handed. :) Love what you are teaching your kids Michelle.

sherri said...

Love those gorgeous creatures!
Great lessons passed down to your children.

Sassy Granny ... said...

Holy Moly, and I thought our pet gerbils were cute!

Alicia said...

Oh bless your daughters heart!!!!!! Wow!!

And that alpaca!! LOL, I have one on Farmville!!!

cindyhan111 said...

thank you for all you do...

Faith Imagined said...

Your family always amazes me! What wonderful lessons and memories you are making for your children. Also, your delivery story brought tears streaming down my eyes. Congratulations!!!

Sara @ Domestically Challenged said...

What a cool idea about the hair. I love your daughter's thoughts on it- what an awesome girl!

Jennifer @ Getting Down With Jesus said...

What a beautiful picture of faith in action.

One + one + one ... That's how God's work is done. Your "small thing" becomes a big thing when combined with others in our world.

You go, girl! Awesome!!!

Kelly Langner Sauer said...

So sweet!

Michelle, I hadn't met you before, but I saw your comment on my interview at HCB this morning, and I had to come over to see you!

I love the tender in your daughter's heart. Thank you for sharing her with us. And your Alpacas, too!

Muthering Heights said...

Your animals are adorable!

Your daughter sounds so contentions...bless her sweet heart!


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