Rathjen Family

Rathjen Family
Rathjen, Party of EIGHT

Monday, September 7, 2009


So I have a couple of new-to-me goats. They are Nubians, a little girl, Abby and a Buck, Ryan. Ryan was named after our hard-headed friend. I really wanted Nigerian Dwarfs, but did not think there were any around here, but there are! Now I want them as well. I keep dreaming up all the possibilities...breeding...soap making....cheese making....and they are just simply cute. I think I am going to do it. I will take the plunge and enter this unknown to me territory. I have always wanted to have that one thing I can say I know a little something about. You know, for instance when the teacher sends home a paper asking if you have any special talents or areas of expertise, or even something to share with the class? Well now I will. I can tell them about all the opportunities a goat brings and maybe show them how to make soap!

Monday, August 31, 2009


I would love to adopt. I have always had that dream. I just long to have the feeling of taking a child from a situation that is helpless and wrong and shining a new light on their life. I had a great talk with a new friend of ours the other night. He and his wife adopted a child from Russia. What a sweet, polite little boy he is. Some of things he told us about what he saw in this Russian Orphanage are just unimaginable to an American. Third world countries do not value human beings like the average American. By the time these little orphans were two years old, they could walk in a single file line, feed themselves, comb their own hair, brush their teeth, dress, and identify and use a locker. The only possible way to train such a young child to do this is by fear and intimidation. It's so sad. If only 1/3 of the people that think about adopting did, there would be no more children available. We need to quit thinking and start following our hearts....

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Blessing for Joy

Today I wanted to make sure and ad a link to "Blessings for Joy." They are a local a non-profit organization educating and feeding orphans/needy children in Uganda, Africa. It is only $25 a month and that provides your child with food, shelter and clothing. You will recieve updates on your child and are able to communicate with them. The first letter I recieved from my Eseza, brought tears to my eyes. They are so greatful for the little they have. Let them be your reminder for how fortunate you are...It truly is rewarding. You can click on Eseza's picture to read more about Blessings for Joy.