About Amanda Goodwin

I am a mother of 2 beautiful girls and one handsome son. I am blessed enough to have found my soul mate. We live in a small farm in Delight, Arkansas. We raise a variety of critters along with gardening and hunting for our food. I consider myself a jill of all trades as I can do a little of everything.

2017 a NEW YEAR

Hard to believe it is already the second month in the new year!!!

We are so excited about 2017 as we have a lot going on and planned for. We will start lambing around March and can’t wait for those little lambs to hit the ground running.

Our girls are getting geared up for the new show season and just waiting on lambs to get here so they can officially start planning shows.

We have also added a new partner to our Rabbitry so that we can offer a bigger variety of rabbits. We specialize in rare breed show bunnies. Currently we have Holland Lops, Thriantas, Tans, Czech Frosty, Dwarf Hotots and English Lops.

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Hope to see some of yall at the shows!!

Winter

We are starting to get cooler weather now so getting everyone ready for winter. We are waiting for a chow to have a litter of pups and hopefully have several rabbits due. The sheep and goats are bred to start having kids and lambs after the first of the year. We have also taken a trip to Virginia and picked up six more babydoll ewes.

In the meantime, we are brainstorming for ideas to help with the farm and helping out the youth with learning about agriculture and showing.

Farm Update

Sorry that I dropped the ball on you! We are once again getting ready for fair. We have had a lot happen this year and still not done!

The kids showed this spring and summer and done a great job! img_1257 img_1206

We will have our county fair week after next and plan to show sheep, goats, chickens, ducks, and geese. Then we will be headed to District fair and have a small break then off to State. Wish them luck!

We plan on adding several babydoll ewes to the herd. The market ewes are off at the breeders now. Hoping to have quite a few baby lambs around the first of the year.

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It’s Fair time again

We are getting busy busy busy with the fair being this week. The kids will be showing rabbits, chickens, sheep, goats and several of their crafts. Their big day is Thursday when they show all their animals. Lots of good luck to them. It takes a lot of hard work, time and money to get the animals ready. Whatever they place I want the kids to know that they did their best and showed that animal to the best of their ability. In the end its one person’s opinion that decides placing, it doesn’t mean that the next person won’t like it better or worse. It’s important to understand sportsmanship when showing.

We are also working out plans and arrangements to have a Babydoll ram join the farm. So hopefully we can add more ewes later on. Then at the end of October we will have a hampshire boar joining our hampshire girls. We can’t wait to see what the offspring will look like.

 

All about you

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Not happy with your life? Then change it! If you are living to please everyone else then you will never be satisfied with life or be happy with yourself. You must decide what you want out of life and go for it. I know from experience that it is easier said then done. I used to feel guilty about putting myself first then I learned for my sanity that there are times that I must put myself first. No one else was stepping into play to put me first and the reason is because that was my job. I’m not saying make everything about you but what I am saying is make sure you are not left out.

You are the one that controls your happiness! Don’t be a doormat!

Reflection

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Tired of negative grouchy people? Are you reflecting negative attitude yourself? Life is all about choices, we must stop and take a long hard look in the mirror. Are you reflecting what you want to see in others? Attract what you expect from others, Reflect what you desire and then become what you respect. It starts with you! You need to MIRROR WHAT YOU ADMIRE!
When you are around anyone for a lengthy amount of time then their attitudes and temperament has a tendency to rub off on you. So surround yourself with like minded people.
When you have a positive attitude and look for the good in everything then you will start seeing positive things happen in your life.

Proverbs 17:22

Let it Go

If you have a little girl like I do then you have more than likely seen Frozen a million times and have those songs from the movie stuck in your head. One song in particular comes to mind “Let it Go”!!.
Every time I hear the song I can’t help but think of all the things that I need to let go. Why do we always worry and stress? It never does any good and never gets us anywhere. We grow older and cause more problems when we stress. Like the picture above says Worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but it doesn’t get you anywhere. 
I have found from experience that it does not do any good to stress and in the end God is always there to take care of us. He always provides exactly what we need exactly when we need it. So the next time you start to stress remember“LET IT GO”!
 
God will sustain us, He will never let us fall, and He cares for us. Taken one at a time, we see first that God declares both His ability and His willingness to be our strength and support—mentally, emotionally and spiritually. He is able (and best of all, willing!) to take everything that threatens to overwhelm us and use it for our benefit. He has promised to “work all things together for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” Even at times when we doubt Him, He is still working for our good and His glory. And He has also promised that He will allow no trial to be so great we cannot bear it and that He will provide a means of escape 1 Corinthians 10:13. By this, He means that He will not let us fall, as He promised in Psalm 55:22
So the next time you hear that famous song from Frozen – just like it says – LET IT GO!!
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Why some doors all of a sudden slam closed

I have recently had to deal with an unexpected change in my life. Did I get upset? Yes? How was all this new news going to affect my life? As soon as I received the news I called my husband whom promptly told me not to worry about it, their loss and now I would have time for other things.

The next day it was still tender news and still a shock. Then all of a sudden I started remembering bills that were upcoming. How was we going to cover them? I started stressing and getting upset. That is when I set down and prayed about it all again. I felt a sudden peace go over me and I knew God had it handled. He always does but sometimes we jump the gun and try to take care of things on our own.

Now a few days later everything is falling into place and I can see how some things are already working. I know we will be fine and I also know God has something in mind for me. Sometimes he has to slam a door closed to get our attention because we were not listening before. Several months ago I felt a strong urge to leave the job but couldn’t bring myself to do it, I kept talking myself out of it. So now God didn’t give me an option, he did it for me.

So if something sudden happens in your life – Remember – God is just getting your attention! He has something far better in mind.

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Key to Great Relationship

I started out trying to say that one must have honesty in order to have a great relationship but in truth there is more than just honesty.  There are several things that make up a great relationship. 

Everyone wants that soul-mate, one of a kind, best love ever, fairy tale relationship but unfortunately not everyone wants to put in the effort. It takes both people putting in time and energy. Every relationship needs to start out as friends. Friends will do anything for each other and love each other regardless. When you have a true friendship then honesty, trust, understanding, and communication follow. When couples are friends and communicate then they have the freedom that comes with it because they trust each other to be honest.

The key to honesty is that you are HONEST about everything regardless of what it is. It is better to get the truth out in the open and deal with it as it comes. The most common problem couples face is that they worry about hurting the other person’s feelings, being embarrassed or the most common – what they don’t know won’t hurt them oi- unfortunately it does. This is where communication comes into play. Couples must learn how to sit down and talk to each other about everything regardless of what the issues are.


Good Luck and Best Wishes to a Great Relationship!
If you have questions you are welcome to email me @ arllcountrygirl@gmail.com

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