I can remember when the 3 little bundles of joy came home and we made them a nice little nest in the basement. Every morning I would go downstairs and give each one some tough love, cuddling and kissing them. They used to fit in my hands together...
As the girls grew, I became a little suspicious that the girls were not all girls. Alice, June, and Sue Ellen were their names - until two started growing larger combs and making a noise that resembled the noise a rooster would make in the morning (or all hours in the day).
So Alice - stayed Alice...but...Sue Ellen became Stanley Edward and June became July. Unfortunately, I was unable to have roosters in town - and my heart was attached, so my loving mother offered to adopt my children.
The kids moved from city chicks to country chicks and now live in a fashionable chicken coop.
This coop was a family work of love. Mom did the designing and much of the labor, dad measured a bit, Payton oversaw the construction, Kirsten helped paint the door and I helped put the last set of boards on the coop. I knew we needed the coop ready for the first golden egg. Motherly instinct served me right for my little chicks are no longer chicks - they are chickens...
...and Alice was ready to lay her first egg.
The golden egg arrived on Wednesday, September 21, 2011. I received a text from my mother informing me of this event - and I about flew out my chair at work. I was so proud of my Alice and so excited that the first egg had arrived. Much to our surprise - she layed another one later that day. She is a rockstar.
To my chicks that are all grown up. Here's to the Alice - the egg laying machine, Stanley Edward - a rooster that thinks he's all that, and July - I hope your voice matures soon too (his call is a little weak right now).
Hoping all of you had a fabulous weekend.
Love and Hugs -