If You Build It, They Will Come…Part II

By the end of April, 2014, the barn progress was moving along nicely!  The chicks and ducklings exploded in size and were enjoying Spring in Michigan. Our lifelong dream was truly becoming a reality!

My daughter truly loved the adventure of climbing to the top of the barn.  I think she enjoyed my panicked face, when I would notice her waving arms from above!  To this day, even as a high schooler, she enjoys hanging out, in the barn, with the animals.
Let the upstairs begin!
I spy, with my little eye…ONE BIG BARN!
Babies, of all kinds, grow up so quickly.  This photo makes me teary, knowing how time sure flies! These two were pals from the beginning…

The chickens and ducks were settling in nicely, so it was time for a few more new friends…goats!  Most assumed we would milk our goats, but this was not the case.  Our goats are all castrated males, saved from becoming “goat sticks”.   Some might see this as a waste and ask what is their purpose on the farm!?  That answer is easy…comic relief!  Spend 5 minutes with a goat and you will be head over heals in love, for all eternity!

Meet Diny…short for Houdini!  It is probably not hard to imagine how he was given his name! Diny is a true escape artist and a pygmy goat!
Meet Oatmeal…one  very cute, yet stubborn pygmy fellow! Oatmeal loved to climb on everything!
Diny and Oatmeal were best friends from the start!  They ate together, played together and even escaped together!
Discovering that the baby goats had escaped, once again, became a weekly event.  It was always easy to find them… on the deck, outside of the kitchen.  They so badly wanted inside with their humans!
Who wouldn’t want to escape to the pool, for a few hours!
The goats also loved to play on the large dirt piles, left by the construction team.
Progress on the barn continued, although it felt like it would never be complete!

During all of the excitement, about 18 weeks from the day the chicks arrived, we were given the gift of our first egg!  It felt like we had done ok as chicken mamas!  Keep in mind, neither of us had any farming experience.  Wifey and I loved to garden and had years of experience growing anything and everything, but other than cats and dogs, farm animals were a new addition to our life!  Thank goodness we both loved to research!


Goats were not the only new addition!  If we were going to have a barn, we would need a few barn cats!  Meet Leo, Bartholomew, Buddy and Pumpkin!  (Can you tell the kiddos helped with the naming of the kittens?!)

As the goats and kittens were exploring their new home, it was time to prepare for our next big addition…horses.  This meant we needed pasture fencing.



I took this photo from the top of one of the large dirt piles!

Our goal was to have the horses delivered by 4th of July weekend.  Although the barn looked almost ready to go, we still had stall mats, bucket hooks and hay feeders to purchase and install.


Everything was falling into place.  In just a few short weeks, two beautiful creatures would enter my life and change it forever…


“I’ve heard it said, that people come into our lives for a reason, bringing something we must learn and we are led, to those, who help us most to GROW if we let them and we help them in return…”

~Wicked the Musical

Love Yourself…Embrace Yourself…Just Be You…


11 thoughts on “If You Build It, They Will Come…Part II

  1. I’m still stunned and awe-inspired that you guys built / made / sourced all this by yourselves. Such magnificent work. I love, love, love your barn kitties! And the idea of ducks and chickens exploding in size brought a curious mental image to mind!

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