Well, it feels like it's been a long time coming, but it's here and tomorrow we pack up to head all the way down to Charlottetown for the National Outstanding Young Farmers event and although I have mixed feelings right now, I know it'll be an amazing time. I say mixed feelings right now because I've got at least three ewes in the barn looking very 'baggy' and heavy and tired, and because we've never been away from the kids (or the farm) as long as we will be this week. I spent a long time snuggling everyone to bed tonight, knowing it would be a while before I could do that again. But we've got them spread amongst some people who really love them while we're gone, so I doubt they'll even notice our absence much.
The ACORN Conference this past weekend was really great as usual and it turned out be really fun to have kids with us in the hotel. A lot more work of course, but fun to have them there enjoying it all. There is a GREAT childcare service and they had a fun time with that which left us time to get to some interesting workshops. Although as I said to Mark I almost feel like the networking and chatting outside of the workshops is nearly as, if not more, valuable. It is always so nice to come away feeling invigorated and positive about what we're doing when there are times we wonder. Thanks ACORN for putting on a great and huge event!
Big thanks to both of our parents and Mark's sister, Martha, this week as they tackle the challenge of the three wee ones. Extra thanks to Wendell for so willingly stepping into being a shepherd and keeping a general eye on things while we're gone. And to awesome neighbours who will milk Rosie for us for most of the week. And to my Dad who will take over milking when he gets here (despite his less than enthusiastic love of Jerseys). And to Mom who will relieve my lambing worries once she arrives. And to Patty Jo who will check in on the 'girls' for me during the week before Mom gets here.
I'm sure that by Sunday all of the above will be questioning the wisdom of our latest announcement: Bernard number 4 will be arriving June 2013.
Here's to successful lambings, with no problems. Or better yet, no lambings until next week!!!!
I hope this finds you looking forward to a December filled with traditions, eggnog, music, relaxation and family. I know I am.