Sunday, March 15, 2015

Wake Me Up

It's lambing season, and one of our neighbors has a flock of sheep.  Not long ago, we asked him if we could come see his lambs and their mothers.  Some were tiny--only a day old--and others were already growing into sturdy little lambs.  He has to bottle feed any that are rejected by their mothers or whose mothers do not have sufficient milk.  
You may notice in some of the photos the rubber bands around the lambs' tails.  The bands are placed there when the lambs are a week old.  A week later the tails either fall off or are dead and snipped off by the farmer, minimizing the pain.  This has to be done because otherwise the tails would become a real problem, covered with manure during the summer.  Many thanks to Rick and his family for the tour!

Wake Me Up
By Bethany Carson
Wake me up when spring gets here, A cold, lonely heart to cheer.
Say goodbye to winter's gale; Take a peaceful, quiet trail.
Wake me up when lambs are born, And fields are sown from first to last,
When cows and calves enjoy the corn, And munch on sweet, tender grass.

Wake me up when flowers bloom, To hear a bird's soft, sweet tune.
The day is coming, 'twill be soon; No longer shall I rest in the tomb.
Wake me up when the sun shines bright, When my Father is the Light.
Let me live in His grace, And in the glory of His face.

"As for me, I will behold thy face in righteousness: 
I shall be satisfied, when I awake, with thy likeness."  --Psalm 17:5


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      The Enchanting Rose

83 comments:

  1. love your poem Bethany. What a wonderful day that will be.

    the lambs are so precious.

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    1. Amen, it will be wonderful to see our Savior!

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  2. i did not know that about tails! i knew they did that with male parts, but...

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    1. I thought it was interesting that they did it by cutting off the circulation with rubber bands...never would have guessed.

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  3. Dear Beth, I love your spiritual posts and poems! After reading your this post, I feel like I am back home when I was a kid. I am very lucky that was growing up in a countryside when I was a kid. We didn't have lambs, but I all the time enjoyed seeing the neighbours' lambs :)

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    1. There is something very special about growing up in the country! I'm grateful my parents decided to move out here! Sounds like you have very good childhood memories.

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  4. Wow, it is and interesting post. It is different from my city base life, In Poland lambs live in the mountains

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    1. I'm sure it would be neat to visit the mountainous areas where they live.

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  5. Such a wonderful post! I love your pictures and your poem. The lambs are so cute. :) I didn't know about the tails.
    PS - that's a really nice picture of you!

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  6. Like Texwisgirl, I didn't know that about the tails! Lambs are such sweet creatures!

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  7. I love your poem, Bethany, and the verse you've chosen is perfect! Such darling little lambs.

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  8. Real nice post and poem to go with! Lambs are so cute and curious...

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  9. The lambs are so cute! The poem is sweet-- it reminded me of Laura Ingalls Wilder's writing. It has that mood/tone to it. ^.^

    xoxo Morning

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  10. Such a cute photo you and the lamb ...
    really enjoyed your poem, too!

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  11. Oh! Dear Bethany! What a beautiful poem - I loved it! And thank you for sharing these photographs of the adorable lambs! Aww! Aren't they the sweetest little things?! When spring comes along we can hear the little bleats of the lambs next door and watch them frolic in the field... Such a glorious sight to behold!
    Have a wonderful week ahead and much love!
    Kelly-Anne

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    1. It must be neat to see and hear them for your home. Have a beautiful week as well!

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  12. Wonderful photos! The little lambs are so cute. Have a great week.

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  13. I sympathize so much with that poem! I'd rather sleep through Winter and be woken up just in time for Spring!

    The lambs are adorable!

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    1. The bears may have a good idea going with hibernation. ;)

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  14. Ohhh, those little guys are so cute! I feel sorry for the ones that cannot get milk from their mothers. I wonder whether they grow up liking the farmer better than other sheep.

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    1. Could be. I know when we had chicks the ones that grew up eating from our hands liked us better.

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  15. ooooo beth, they are too cute for words, and to hold one....YaH!!!!! you write beautifully, it's an art you know!! that's a great picture of you!!!!!!

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    1. Thank you, Debbie. :) Those lambs are cuties.

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  16. Hi Bethany, This post brings home to those of us who live in the city what we are missing. I would love to see all the little lambs in person ... your photos are the next best thing. Love the poem too. Have a great week ahead. John

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    1. You as well, John! City life is definitely different, and has its pros and cons as well; but I'd choose country life any day. ;)

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  17. Beautiful poem, Bethany. The lambs are very cute. At my husband's work they often bring sheep to the site (it's a huge area) to "mow" the ground. It's usually around lambing time, the lambs are born right there, sometimes you can even witness it. It is amazing to see the newborn lambs scramble up to their legs for the first time. I really like the picture of you holding the little lamb.

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    1. How neat! That's definitely a natural way to get the grass mowed. I'd always heard that sheep ruin grass though by pulling it up while cattle were more efficient at just mowing it and leaving the roots there, but from googling that, I see it must not be true.

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  18. I always enjoy your poems, Bethany, and I appreciate the heart and depth you put into the words.

    The little lambs are just precious! Thanks for making my Monday extra bright and beautiful. Hugs!

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  19. Over here, we let our sheep/lambs outside, docking their tails, well?

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    1. I'm sure they enjoy the great outdoors. There are some sheep in our area that are let outside as well.

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  20. Interesting about the tails! Usually I don't agree with lopping off parts of animals, but this one is apparently for a very good reason. Such sweet little things and wonderful pictures!

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  21. Oh such a cute look on that little lambs face.

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    1. It seems the lamb would have to *try* not to be cute.

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  22. Olá amiga, post fantástico... como todos os outros, maravilhosos!
    Amo passear aqui, e encontrar poemas lindos, é surpreendente!!!
    Aqui se respira DEUS, e você é linda.
    Um doce abraço, Marie.

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    1. Thank you for visiting and for your kind words, Marie. :)

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  23. Aren't they just adorable....so cute.

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  24. The lambs are lovely. I didn't know they had to lose their tails but farmers know best.

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  25. Thank you, Bethany, for sharing these beautiful pictures of the lambs with us. I especially enjoyed the picture of you holding the lamb.

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  26. No black sheep here. Tom The Backroads Traveller

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    1. True. It's rather remarkable, since its hard to find even a human family without one!

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  27. A sweet post. I love that last photo of you with the lamb.

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  28. Good evening, Bethany! Thank you so much for sharing with Roses of Inspiration. I am truly thankful to have you link up. Hugs to you!

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  29. Beautiful post Bethany! Those sweet, little lambs are precious!

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  30. Bethany, what a lovely post, beautiful poem and photos.

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  31. Adorable lamb photos Bethany! I have always thought lambs were quite cute:)
    Blessings, Aimee

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  32. Such precious photos! I had no idea about the tails but makes a lot of sense.

    Lindy

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    1. I would never have guessed how they do it.

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  33. I loves your posts! Thanks for sharing your visit. And for the lovely poem.

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  34. Oh my goodness, those little lambs are so adorable!! Love the poem you posted, what wonderful thoughts!

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    1. Thanks Jill! They are very photogenic. ;)

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  35. Oh, Bethany! What a darling, and perfect-for-spring post! Love the sweet lambs...they all seemed so interested in you taking their picture, too! Loved the poem and the scripture.

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    1. I did have a bit of trouble with some of them moving around too much when I was trying to photograph them...they know how to look at the camera but still need to learn how to stand still!

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  36. Hello Bethany, oh my they are just adorable! I would be visiting every chance I could! Sweet photos! Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post! So sorry , I am late commenting!

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    1. Thanks for hosting Saturday's Critters!

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  37. Your photos of the precious sheep and lambs make me glad the Lord claims us as His sheep and He to be our Shepherd!

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    1. Amen! Psalm 23 is one of the most comforting chapters in the Bible, and the New Testament verses that tell about how He is the good Shepherd are wonderful as well.

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  38. Good morning, dear Bethany! I wanted to let you know this post has been featured at Roses of Inspiration. Thank you so much for linking up :)

    Hugs and blessings!

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  39. Beautiful poem and very nice pictures, thank you for sharing.

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