Striving Acres proudly announces Bindi
born September 22, 2015 at 4:56 p.m., @ 45 lbs
After much back and forth discussion, Ted and I finally settled on the name Bindi as a tribute to the late and great Steve Irwin (1962 – 2006). He was an animal lover, a wildlife expert, a conservationist, and he was fully passionate about all forms of life. He named his own daughter Bindi, a word from the southern Australian Aboriginal Pitjandtjara language meaning “awakening”.
We cannot think of a better name for our little Bindi because that is indeed what she is for us: an awakening. Seeing her birth and seeing how Bessie, and now Beef, react to her, care for her, and love her goes beyond anything we ever imagined. Our little Bindi’s birth has renewed our commitment to run an ethical and humane farm for all of the animals here.
We will never be wealthy by society’s standards because of the affirmation to live by this commitment, but in the ways that matter, we are rich beyond belief to simply be part of the circle of life and to perhaps inspire others to realize that you, too, can live this wonderful life-altering dream.
I love this little dog! I got Smidge at the flea market ten and a half years ago. She was just a little, solid black, fuzzy, tiny slip of a pup, and she fit in the palm of my hand. I carried her around in the pocket of my robe for weeks. I used to push Jake’s stroller around with Smidge hiding out in the bottom basket; she’s always loved to people watch! She greets me every single morning even though she sleeps in Jake’s room at the foot of his bed (a habit she started the night Cooper died, taking Cooper’s spot to comfort an inconsolable little boy).
She is one of the best dogs in the world, and she’s well loved here at Striving Acres!
Good mornin’, America; how are ya?
Know your food; know your farmer!
This little guy loves me! I hope he still does after I take him to be neutered Saturday morning.
He was so excited to get his trombone yesterday! He had his first band class, too, and he told me all about it as soon as he got home from school.
Have you ever seen a happier kid?
He practiced for half an hour.
He found it hilarious that Smidge ran away from his playing! LOL
Daddy and Jake playing Beyblades 10/7/2017
One of Ted’s coworkers has cattle, and he designed a new type of hay feeder.
This design keeps the hay dry and off the ground, and it’s supposed to be zero waste.
Ted bought one from him. Robbie delivered it Saturday morning.
The cattle love it!
The hog feeder we bought in Indiana is in with the pigs; Ted put 1200 pounds of feed in it, and it had room for probably 600 pounds more.
The plan is to only fill it two more times before the pigs go to butcher. This will save us a lot of time this winter on feeding chores!