It is really easy to feel discouraged when you are working towards a dream. Even in the moments when, someone on the outside looking in, thinks you are thriving. There will be hard days. There will be plenty of frustrating moments. You may struggle with feelings of failure and defeat. But are we really failing or are we growing?
The past two weeks have been a little exhausting. We spent every free moment outside, watching Madeline and Trexy for signs of heat. Detecting heat on cows can be tricky. The average cows heat cycle is 21 days. We start looking for signs of heat when they near day 21. You know they are ready to be breed when they are in what is called "standing heat". This just means that they stand still when they are mounted. But unfortunately we missed it.
We started to doubt our abilities. We started to feel like we failed... but we didn't fail them. Since we can't just give up on breeding them, we had to figure out what our next steps were. We reached back out to our neighbor and together we came up with a new plan. Next week we will do a CIDR protocol with both girls. This will allow us to sync their cycles and hopefully be able to AI them on the same day.
Farming is never straight forward. Neither is life. Few things ever go exactly as planned. If we are honest, we all battle with the gap between reality & expectation. For some of us, the gap is easy to navigate, but for others it can feel defeating and even frustrating. My encouragement to those who struggle with this gap, is to be gracious with yourself and others. Perfection is a not the goal. No one but Jesus can attain that. Strive to grow.
- Announcement -
For those of you who are not on social media, I shared last week that I will be switching my blog days to Saturday. I truly do appreciate each of you who find your way to our blog every week. I hope that as we grow we will be able to bring more meaningful and educational topics to this space. I would love it if y'all would follow our journey on instagram too.
How can I pray for you this week?
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