Monday, May 11, 2015

My family is growing!!!!

Friday, May 9th
Mike and I headed to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan to bring home a new family member.  We were both sick (still are) me with an upper respiratory bug and Mike with lower GI bug.   Our trip was still very exciting because we got to bring home Abby, our new Australian Shepherd puppy that is proving to be a perfect fit for us and our farm.  She's got this quiet, thoughtful way about her that doesn't affect how sweet her personality is at all.  Her intelligence is apparent after just a few moments, but I was quite shocked to find out that a stern NO when she is thinking she needs to eat the cat food is sufficient to deter her.  We have a lot of lesson yet, but I'm certainly happy with this little girl and our Corgi, Campbell is in love with her as well.  I am lucky enough to have a place that allows me to bring her to work, so for the next 6 months or so she will be with me almost constantly. 
Allow me to introduce Abby...........
Helping dad in the shed

Campbell and Abby chewing on cow hooves during their bonding yesterday

Today at work spilling out of her doggie bed under my desk.
Then on Sunday, MOTHER'S DAY!!! 

I got the best Mother's Day gift son Tyler, announced his engagement to his lovely girlfriend Shelby!  I could not have picked a better young lady for my son and we are thrilled to welcome her to our family.  They are even going to have the wedding at our farm, just like we did when we got married, they will be married on our property.  I am a blessed woman. 

Shelby and Tyler 

So, in conclusion.......that's one new daughter, 28 new lambs and one new puppy!!!  Not bad for April & May 2015. 

Had a great day with my mom, sister, Tyler and Shelby.  (Mike spent the day with his mom) 
Tyler, me, mom, Leslie and Tiffany (my niece) Great nieces and nephew.  I am so happy at how well my mom is doing now, she's rallied and looks great. 

Friday, May 01, 2015

Safe Journey Terry

We lost a wonderful family member and all around great guy this week to Alzheimer's.  Mike's uncle, Terry Babler, was a loving husband, father and grandfather, was a veteran that fought for this country and never got to truly enjoy his retirement as he and Judy, his wife, had planned.   I only hope that his wife, children and grandchildren can find a way to say goodbye to this lovely man and not let the hurt lay too heavily on their hearts for too long.

Life Legacy

Terry Duane Babler, age 65, of New Glarus passed away on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 at the William S. Middleton Memorial VA Hospital in Madison following an eight year struggle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was born on February 13, 1950 to his parents Duane and Virginia (Duerst) Babler in Monroe Wisconsin. Terry graduated from New Glarus High School in 1968. He then served in the U.S. Army from 1969 to 1971 as a combat medic in Vietnam. After serving his country Terry was united in marriage to his soulmate Judy Bartels at St. Victor’s Church in Monroe on October 7, 1972. He then worked for Rayovac in Madison and later the Carnes Company in Verona for several years. Terry enjoyed softball he played and coached with the Swiss Lanes team for many years. He was proud of his military service and was very active as member of many veterans’ organizations including being a founding member of the WI Vietnam Vets Chapter III and the 1st Squadron 1st Calvary National Association. He was also a member of the Howard County, IN Vietnam Veterans, Vietnow, VFW Post #10549, American Legion Post #245, and Kenosha Area Vietnam Vets. Terry was also instrumental in organizing the Annual New Glarus WinterFest Veteran’s Rally R&R. Terry and Judy enjoyed making their annual trip to enjoy the warm Florida sunshine at Daytona every year. He loved his wife, children, grandchildren, dogs, New Glarus, and Country.

Terry is survived by his wife Judy of New Glarus, WI, children Cindy (Eric) Deml of Evansville, WI and Tony (Amanda) Babler of New Glarus, WI, grandchildren Noah and Camden Deml, Anthony, Christopher, and Sada Babler. He is further survived by his siblings Vicki (Ken) Bavery of Madison, WI, Debi (Ken) Schickert of Waukesha, WI, Jeff (Carolyn) Babler of New Glarus, WI, brothers-in-law John (Pam) Bartels, Irv (Connie) Bartels, Bill (Joann Borchart) Bartels, and Bob (Pam) Bartels, and many nieces and nephews.

He was preceded in death by his parents, special grandmother Lydia Duerst, father-in-law and mother-in-law John and Ann Bartels, and a brother-in-law Gary Bartels.
Terry's Obituary

Mike and I

Mike and I
Mike and I at Nick and Emily's wedding

Raised beds & chickens coops

Raised beds & chickens coops
Can't wait for this stuff to actually be food....