A Far Cry

This is a far cry from the post I had planned for today. I was going to talk about how excited I am for goat kids to arrive, and that kidding is less than two months away.

Instead, I have to report that yesterday our goat barn burned to the ground. I lost 9 does, all pregnant, 5 doe kids, and my registered buck. They'd been put away in the barn for the night.

When our neighbors saw the smoke, they came to help while we waited for the fire trucks, but nothing could be done except use the garden hose to try to keep the fire from spreading.

The other two bucks were in another pen and are ok. The horses were in the pasture. One of the two yard dogs was missing for several hours but she did show up. The barn cats have come back one by one from wherever they were hiding. We also lost our hay, and all the feed that was stored in the barn.

It's painful for me to talk about, so I'm just going to end this post here.



  1. Oh Kathi, I am so so so sorry to hear this.

    I am praying for you. Oh how heartbreaking this must be.

    Please know that I feel with you, and I'm praying for you, for whatever such encouragement is worth... I know words cannot do much.

    "God is our Refuge and Stregth, a very present help in trouble. Therefore will we not fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling therefore. There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High.... The Lord of Hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our Refuge... Be still and know that I am God..."
    Psalm 46

  2. I cannot imagine the devastation you feel. I'm so sorry to hear this and will send prayers for you and your family.

  3. Anonymous7:35 AM

    Hey Kathi!

    This must have been, and must still be, so devastating.

    We are indeed praying for you.

    My sister Carra has been following your blog for sometime and I've enjoyed hearing about your farm.

    Please don't give up - trust the Lord and keep going!

    "The Lord giveth and the Lord taketh away, blessed be the Name of the Lord!"

    Press on, my friend! The Lord knows your needs and will give you the desires of your heart!

    With many prayers;

  4. New here. I am so very sorry for your huge loss. You will be in my thoughts and prayers today. God's peace be yours.

  5. Oh dear, this so, so, so horrible; I know words don't help very much at all, but I'm so very sorry for all you've lost. A few weeks ago, I lost a young doe, my pride and joy (I only had two goats, and she was the daughter of the other one)...and I am still devastated. Sending you thoughts, healing energy, and many many hugs from southern Italy.

  6. We are all so sorry to hear of your loss!

  7. a friend just shared your blog with me. I am so sorry for your loss. Your faith in the Lord will see you through this most trying time.

    I'm sure I speak for the entire farming community that are thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.

  8. Thank you all for your sweet comments and your prayers. You don't know how much you are helping me through this.


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