Holidays at the Ranch

We have been very fortunate that we have a lot of family involved in the animals and the day to day operations. Everyday is a new day with new events and new ways of looking at the "same ol' thing". There is a lot of talk about how interesting our daily activities are to others, things that we all may take for granted.
What do you do for the holidays? We have another day! The animals still need to be checked on and cared for. Eggs still need to be gathered and cleaned. This year we all went to my Sister and Brother in Laws for Thanksgiving. Always nice to have someone else host the get together! My Mother had to leave early to feed her horses and we had to leave early to feed and gather the last batch of eggs. Suzi and Rick always host a wonderful event and are always very understanding on sitting us all down and getting us all out the door early. Nothing is more special than a family get together.
Christmas dinner always includes our lamb - a leg that Keith has taken the duties of. He pokes it with garlic and rosemary, marinates in apple juice over night, then slow cooks it on the Weber with some apple or almond branch. For those that don't like lamb - this is the transition to the good stuff! We have sampled our lamb at quite a few events and people simply can't believe how mild our lamb is!

January is right around the corner and all of the animals are due for their annual vaccinations. The cattle get gathered up in to the corrals and we have someone sort the cows through the alley way. One person is in charge of the head catch - a very important part of the activity! There are three levers that need to be pulled - the head catch, the squeeze and the stop gate. One person vaccinates on one side, one cleans and checks the ear tag, one pours wormer down the back and one person has another cow lined up. A hearty breakfast is necessary for all of us to keep going, and lunch is prepared for all those involved.

The sheep are a little more work. We trim the feet when we bring them in as they seem to grow much quicker than the cattle. We also vaccinate and worm the ewes, and we try to operate two tilt tables. A tilt table makes it much less stressful on the ewe and a lot easier on us ol' folks.

January is a month of maintenance with our animals. The health of each and every one of them is checked throughout the year, but this is the real time to get them all together.

Happy Holidays!

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1. Clara wrote:
Both. He was 100% Human and 100% God. He had to be 100% both or else his death had no applicable scaiifnignce. He had to be 100% human or else his death would not have been able to be substitutionary for our humanly sin. Also, he had to be 100% God or else he wouldn't have been able to live a sinless life and his death would have only been the punishment for his own transgressions, and would have no applicable scaiifnignce.The sacrifices in the OT were a setting up of the Law to show that sin had consequences and to state that blood must be shed in order to cover sin. Jesus was compared to a lamb to give reference to people who were familiar to the Law to show that he would be a similar sacrifice. Only, the Law required mulitple sacrifices every year in order for sin to be covered. With Jesus, his sacrifice was once for the believer's sin, past, present and future. The animal sacrifices were inadequate at best, but the sacrifice of the God Man proved more than sufficient. In his death he paid for our sin (putting an end to the Law and it's sacrifices) so that through transforming faith alone would we be forgiven, and in his resurrection he proved he was more powerful than our inadequacies.

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