Oh what fun the farm can be! We had the llamas sheared and clipped today! Our Shearer, Felicia, drives over an hour just to spend time with 5 very un-happy large animals that hate the sight and sound of clippers! She is only 25 and braver than chad & I put together! She ran with us to catch Stormy (who we found out is gilded, so no babies) and she gave all of them a shot to make them happy & woozy! We had 4 very stoned llamas’ & an Alpaca! Once the drugs kicked in, they looked at us with peace signs floating in their eyes. I think they thought they were at Woodstock enjoying the rock and roll music of Jimi Hendrix playing in their ears, gazing at the pretty streaks that followed the trees and humans swirling around in rainbow colors as they moved! They let me pet them for the first time around their ears and face and I swear they grinned at me! After the shearing, they all laid down on command and let Felicia clip each toe nail as they snapped at imaginary objects floating by. They were so stoned! After each animal was finished, they carfefully got up on wobbly legs and staggered away like a drunken sailor! Stormy went around in circles chasing who knows what in his drugged up mind! Sweetie and Violet laid on the ground for a few minutes enjoying the fog and the other two boys walked into a corner and got stuck there not being able to back up or turn around because the drug told them they couldn’t function or think or problem solve or anything else that required movement!! Stormy did take advantage of poor Violet who was still laying on the ground that wouldn’t stop moving underneath her, to have some ‘couple time’ and tried to make a baby which he couldn’t seem to figure out how to do. The two other boys wobbled to the fence which made Stormy forget about his date and he got up a little too fast to chase the boys and fell…twice. he finally got on his feet and stumbled to the fence to spit at the boys who were feeling braver ‘under the influence’ and tried to pick a fight! So….I had 3 very high llamas trying to be tough guys as they swayed back and forth trying to nip at each other through the fence which they all thought was made of rubber cause they would run into the fence and bounce off it, again and again! Yes, I do have most of this fun time on film!!
When Chad and I started our little farm almost 5 years ago, we were as green as green gets! Chad did have a few years growing up on a farm when he was a boy. My dad was born and raised on 48 acres raising dairy cows in Kansas. Every summer my folks would pack up us kids and we would spend 14 fun filled hours in a car driving to KS to visit relatives and get some farm experience! Well, even thou my father hated farm life, it must have rubbed off on me because as long as I can remember, I’ve dreamed of having horses and other critters! Unfortunately, life does a detour forcing your dreams to take a back seat until the time is right. My time came when the Lord opened a door for us to live on a llama farm that was already well established in Laporte. Our first 2 Llamas were given to us by dear friends, I had our horses, Laci & Sparky on ‘lay-away’ until I could pay them off (yes you really can put a horse on lay-away!). Chad and I started this adventure together even thou some family members objected. We both felt like it was God’s will for us to start our own little farm, making it a blessing for young family’s with little ones. Our herd has grown from 2 llamas and 2 horses up to 4 llamas, 1 alpaca, a donkey, 2 goats, our original horses, various chickens, 3 quackers and too many barn kitties, not to mention the escaped bunnies who are now helping the wild rabbit population go from basic brown to funny spots and droopy ears! We talk quite a bit about how different things could have been for us when the kids were growing up if we had the farm 14 years ago with all of Gods creatures, big and small a few feet away. I am so blessed to be here and I try not to take what God has given us for granted. I’m looking forward to sharing all this with many grandchildren. We hope to be the fun grandparent’s that are considered cool and have the ‘must-go-to’ place in the eyes of a child! A home where the next generation will always be safe, happy and drama free! We both desire that the days with Baba and G-pa, imprint sweet memories in the hearts of all our grandkids for years to come!