Champion!

I’m excited to announce that I won the whole poultry division at the Skagit County Fair. I will be doing the round robin on Saturday. I will have to show a dog, cat, rabbit/cavy, and chicken.

I’ll keep ya’ll updated!!!

Farewell, Lily

I am sad to say that Lily, my favorite chicken, passed away on July 31st.

I remember getting Lily. I impatiently waited weeks to pick up my three Porcelain d’Uccle and two Mottled Houdan chicks. One of each breed ended up being a rooster. I was left with three chickens then, who became some of my favorite chickens: Lily, Dannielle, and Victoria. All of them ended up being super sweet.

When Lily was several months old, she started showing affection for me. I would go out to the coop with a lawn chair, sit out there, and she would climb on the chair to sit in my lap. Lily would stay there for twenty to thirty minutes sometimes. She was always happy when I came out to the coop–and that made me happy.

Time went by, and both Lily and I grew very attached to each other. I even remember taking a picture frame with a picture of her in it when I went on vacation for a week, because I knew I would miss her so much. Whenever I was having a bad day, I would take her to a quiet place in the yard, and talk to her. She happily listened and even though I knew she could not comprehend what I was saying (to my knowledge), it was comforting knowing that she was there.

Lily did so many funny things. She would always be noisy whenever they were out of food and water, because she wanted to let me know what I had to do. When it snowed, I would put Lily in it and she would freak out! Once, I was doing a photography session with my chickens in the snow, and I took one of my chickens to one side of the run to take pictures. All of my other chickens were deathly afraid of the snow, and never dared to go outside. However, Lily loved me so much that she bravely went out in the snow to be with me. Isn’t that sweet?

Soon, I began to be busier with school and just life in general and we began to move apart. I did not always spend time with her, but still, when I would come to see her in the coop, she would fly on me.

On Saturday, July 30th, I noticed Lily was acting a bit lethargic. But I know from many years of raising chickens, that that happens, so I did not think anything of it. However, the next day, when I let them out, Lily could barely walk. I had noticed before that Lily had lost weight, but once again, I did not think anything of it. On the July 31st, I took her and put her in the house. She drank tons of water and stood around all day, with her feathers ruffled up, her head tucked in, and eyes closed. Last year, at nearly the same time, I had another chicken get sick the same way, but after a couple weeks, she recovered. I hoped it would be the same for Lily. It was not so.

On Sunday night on the 31st, as she was standing in the feed, she began to fall over. I walked over to the cage and noticed that she was dying. I sat beside her, watching her last breaths. After minutes, mucous began coming out of her beak–I knew it was the end. I picked her up, wrapped her in a towel, and was at least happy that she passed away cuddled in my arms.

I buried Lily a few minutes later. Lily was like a Lily. She was like the beauty and joy, taking away from the depressing swamp–she was sweet and loyal, amidst hard times. Lily will be missed and will always have a place in my heart.

Lily, March 11th, 2013-July 31st, 2015

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The Fairs Are Coming Soon!

I’m very nervous, and also excited that I will be doing two fairs in a couple weeks. I am doing the Skagit Fair (August 12th-15th) and the Northwest Washington Fair (August 17th-22nd). I will be entering chickens in the Skagit Fair and photography, posters, chickens, rabbits, and horticulture in the Northwest Washington Fair.

I have been studying frequently for the Poultry Fitting & Showing the past few weeks. I feel like I know a lot, but there are so many other fabulous exhibitors that are much more knowledgable and have more experience than I do. However, I am not saying that I do not have the potential to win, but I am not going to count on winning. To my knowledge, however, the Skagit Fair is not as competitive as the Northwest Washington Fair, so I should have a better chance at winning.

Unfortunately, all but one of my chickens are in horrible conditions for the fair, as they have been fighting a lot. Thus, at this point, I will be mostly showing Gabriela, who is in nearly perfect condition. I am hoping they will grow back their feathers fast enough, but I am also wondering if they are beginning to molt. I will just have to wait and see.

I’ll do my best to keep ya’ll updated with how I do!

Gold!

So, I just got back from vacation a couple days go and it has been so nice. I get to be with my chickens and rabbits, as well as complete my gardening for the fair. I need to start studying and working for the fair, but I just have not been in the mood to do that lately. I got a new rabbit named Violet about a month ago. She is a Lilac Holland Lop, which is great, because I can breed her with my Chocolate Holland Lop, Cato. In my garden, I have not had too much luck this year! The only plants that grew that I planted were lettuce, squash, and a cucumber. I am hoping more of my plants will come up! Also, this summer, I got a job, so I have been busy working. It is not fun, but it is worth it!

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Gold crystals (picture provided by: Wikipedia)

Job 23:10-11

But he knows the way that I take;
    when he has tested me, I will come forth as gold.
     My feet have closely followed his steps;
    I have kept to his way without turning aside.

[Emphasis added]

I love those verses. It makes me want to say, “Amen!” If you are going through the “fire,” just remember that God knows, cares, and the best of all, he will bring you forth as gold in the end! So follow closely to him, go were he is leading you, and do not lose heart.

“[You may be] going through the fire, [but you will be] coming out gold!” ~Rebecca Shocklee

EEG Results

We met with the neurology this morning, and I finally know what is going on. I have abnormal brain waves (generalized seizures). They are like extremely short (acute) absence seizures, but I cannot tell they are there. However, I do not have epilepsy, because you have to have two separate seizures in order to officially have it. There is a fifty percent chance I will have another seizure (probably in the next year), and if I have one, I will have epilepsy. Now, I am just in “the waiting,” hoping that I will not have another seizure.

I read this verse last night, and I found it really encouraging:

Psalms 18:1-2

I love you, Lord, my strength.

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;

my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
    my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

Update

This has been really encouraging to me lately…

“[I am] Standing on a road I didn’t plan
Wondering how I got to where I am
I’m trying to hear that still small voice
I’m trying to hear above the noise

Oh I walk through the shadows
And I am so afraid
Please stay, right beside me
With every single step I take

How many times have you heard me cry out
“God, please take this”?
How many times have you given me strength to
Just keep breathing?
Oh, I need you
God, I need you now.” -Need You Now (How Many Times) by Plumb (Tiffany Lee)

I have an EEG today. I am a little nervous, and I am hoping the results will be good. Prayers will be appreciated! 🙂

Been a crazy day…I’ve been having major health issues

When I was at school yesterday, an unfortunate event occurred. I was taking my Spanish II final, and the next thing I knew, I was on an ambulance. Apparently, I had a grand mal seizure (the paramedic said I may have had two, actually). I spent four hours in the ER, getting tests and such. Thankfully, I was in great health. I didn’t have any brain tumors, nor was I dehydrated.

I am going to have an electroencephalogram (EEG) on Friday and I will know the results a few days later. I am hoping and praying for the best, but it is all in God’s Hands–and I know, even if it does not seem like it, He is working for the best. I will do my best to keep ya’ll updated on what is going on!

God bless & comments appreciated! 🙂