We welcomed yet another life to the Klann menagerie this weekend. "Pearl" is a bummer lamb that was gifted to us by a wonderful woman of many talents-GD. Pearl's story captured us from the instant we met her in GD's elementary music classroom.
Pearl's life began on a cold winter day when her mother unexpectedly delivered two twin lambs. GD's husband found them nearly lifeless and partially frozen to the ground a few hours later. The babies were quickly put in a warm bath to stimulate them and revive them. Fortunately for Pearl and her sister, both lambs survived. When GD put the babies back out with the mother, she only accepted one however. Pearl then became what is called a "bummer lamb." Simply put, she will be raised completely away from her mother.
If you haven't had the pleasure of knowing/working with or having GD as a teacher, it is an experience us fortunate ones will always cherish. Pearl has spent her first days on Earth in GD's classroom. Hundreds of elementary students have had the opportunity to watch her eat, sleep, and frolic from the comfort of the classroom risers. GD has made experiences like this a norm for children for countless years.
Last night the Klann kids delivered GD a homemade lamb shaped cake and heard all the instructions for taking care of the sweet baby girl. She will continue to spend her days at school during this high needs window of her life, and will travel to and from our farm. Once she is big enough, she will become acquainted with our beloved goats Fern and Mack and become their new roommate.
We thank the amazing GD for entrusting us with this true miracle. Ironically, it seems that Pearl was destined to head this way. Yesterday I glanced at the gorgeous quilt block gifted to us by CS this summer, and I noticed Pearl in the image. Appearing next to the cows and the horse, she seems to already have a place here on our farm.
We have much to learn about the shearing, hoof trimming, and halter breaking ahead of us. Fortunately, we have amazing people around us to help guide the way. As I say often and TRULY mean, "It's a great day to be a Klann."