Saturday, May 9, 2009

A Mother's Day Story

In the past year my step sister and her family moved to a farm. They immediately jumped into the farm life, purchasing cows, chickens, horses, goats, and probably more I don't know about. This story is about their most recent additions. A cow on a neighbor's farm had twins and was only feeding one. Milly was a tiny calf and mom didn't feel she had enough for two; you know how that story goes in the wild. Lucky for Milly she wasn't born in the wild but next door to my step sister.

They took her in and for the last few weeks have been bottle feeding her. This week one of Lynne's cows named Sarah gave birth to a big boy they named Little John. Immediately Sarah took Milly in and began nursing her as well.

Little John is Sarah's first calf and even though she is a Jersey dairy cow with plenty of milk it is still beautiful how she has taken Milly in equally to her own calf. I love when a mom's love and instinct are so great she just cares for all who need her. Instead of having no mom, Milly ended up with several, a few human and one bovine. Not only is Milly now able to nurse from a momma cow, giving Lynne and the boys a break, Little John and Milly have bonded as well. Can I get an Ahhh for this one?

Happy Mother's Day to all of you who nurture and care for others, whomever or whatever they may be.

All the pictures are taken by Lynne. The top picture is Little John and the next is my nephew Sammy feeding Milly. Even though Milly is a few weeks older, she is the smaller one in the last two photo's.


  1. Awwwww very cool....

  2. First of all, I didn't even think about the possibility of cows giving birth to twins...I love learning "new" things!!

    Secondly, this is a very heart warming reminder that love is love and some mothers just have so much to give .. even animals can have a "purpose" in life larger than what we imagine or expect.

    That last photograph is definitely an "ahhhh" (and I love the little guy feeding the calf with a bottle of milk!!).

    Happy Mother's Day!

  3. Now that's a face I could fall in love with! I love a happy ending. :o))

  4. a big AHHHHH! the last picture is amazing. thanks so much for sharing, it warmed me through and through.

  5. Blessings to all of you who celebrate and support life, regardless of who owns it!

  6. Oh my gosh, isn't she just adorable?? Beautiful coloring...and those doe-like eyes!! However could somebody not want to take her in and mother her?? Beautiful!!