Memories, Dreams, and Reflections 2015

2 Jan

It’s time for Ashley’s end-of-the year list for Scavenger Hunt Sunday. Here are the items.

Me:  I don’t usually do selfies, but this is one of Joe and me from last spring.

me and Joe

me and Joe

I Love You:  I do love my Snickers.  He’s such a sweet guy.

Snickers Doodle McWhiner

Snickers Doodle McWhiner

Still Laughing:  When I did my New Year’s Eve photo shoot, my mom came out and joined me.  We didn’t mean to be mean, but we did this with the deer skull that I found in pasture, and I am still laughing. Sorry.

Santa Deer Skull

Winter Wonderland:  This goes back to the start of 2015, and I used this for January in this year’s calendar.

Geese in snow

Birthday:  I don’t really celebrate birthdays, but I will note that Minnie and Meg are looking at celebrating their twelfth birthdays in a month.  I’m amazed and grateful that they are both still with me and doing well.

Saanen doe_8615ew

Minnie Pearl Saanen

Saanen Doe_7608ew

Megora Saanen

Friends:  Millie became so much more to Sam than a friend.  She was his honorary grandnanny.

Millie and Sam

Millie and Sam

I Was Inspired: Pinterest gave me a lot of inspiration for photography this year.  I should have spent more time on it, but there’s always this year!  This is another new image.

Flower bokeh_9615ew

Spring Fever:  Oh, I can hardly wait for kids again.


Travel or Vacation:  I actually went to Iowa City for work this summer.  That was one crazy week on the farm that I missed.  Instead, I was doing my first ever street photography.


Summer Days:  Summer days have to be flowers and bees and sunshine.


A Day in My Life:  Sadly, this year my daily life included planning for construction, tearing down, dirt work, building and all kinds of stress.

Dirt Scraping_4152w

All Smiles:  There were lots of smiles at the pumpkin patch this fall.

Face Painting_6969ew

Autumn Harvest:  Of course, I’m going with the pumpkin patch for this one.


Family or Home: My two big boys got a new home this year.  Thank goodness.

Buck Shelter_9057ew

Celebrate:  My small town’s celebration was held in July.  I had a float in the parade and enjoyed the fireworks.



Let’s Do It Again:  The pumpkin patch was great fun, and I am excited to do it again this coming fall.

Red Hat_6942ew

I Miss You:  This was a rough year.  I lost Joe, Scarlet, Gabby, and Marley, but the ones that I still just can’t get over are Millie, Jules and Stella.


Millie Ann Saanen



Stella Diana Marie Slobbers

Stella Diana Marie Slobbers

Beautiful:  I do think Llenny looks beautiful out there in pasture.



Dress Up:  We hardly had any dress up days this year, but Yolanda managed to do her newborn shoot as a cowgirl.


Macro:  This is another new image.  It comes from my New Year’s Eve photo shoot.  I love the peacock feathers.  Even the ones without eyes have bright, beautiful colors.


Holidays:  Haley’s doe in an Easter basket.


My Favorite:  It’s no secret.  Millis is my favorite goat of all time.

Millie Ann Saanen

Millie Ann Saanen

Don’t Ever Change: Sam is such a cutie.  I know he’ll finish growing up into a stinky buck, but I wish he would never change.

Sam Goodberry

Sam Goodberry

Just Because–So There:  The dramatic storm clouds really truly reflects what the weather was like in 2015.  Even though I’d much prefer some better weather, it does make for beautiful skies.

Sunset Fence_9977w

Hopes and Dreams:  I am really hoping and dreaming the pumpkin patch goes well and grows.


I have to say, I love this end of the year review.  It’s fun to go back and revisit all the good times and look for an even better coming year.

It’s not too late to join in with my new meme, Friday’s Hunt.  It will be open until tomorrow evening.  If you want, the list for next Friday’s linkup is listed at the top of my sidebar.


38 Responses to “Memories, Dreams, and Reflections 2015”

  1. Anonymous January 2, 2016 at 6:25 pm #

    re: I have to say, I love this end of the year review. me, too. it’s the most beautiful thing i’ve read/seen in some time. sad yet reflective and hopeful; simple yet sublime. applause … and thank you. –suz in ohio

    • Teresa January 2, 2016 at 6:48 pm #

      Thank you. It was quite the year, both with highs and lows.

  2. Patty Leonard Woodland January 2, 2016 at 6:41 pm #

    Oh Millie. She was a special girl. I never met her but I loved her. I am very sad that I won’t have any more babies. I had wanted one more round. I will have to live through yours.

    • Teresa January 2, 2016 at 6:49 pm #

      We just mixed goats today for June babies. I already have two due for June first. LOL Fionn doesn’t waste any time.

  3. JoDi January 2, 2016 at 8:36 pm #

    That was a very beautiful post … you just put a smile on my face. Love your pics. 🙂

    • Teresa January 2, 2016 at 9:05 pm #

      Thanks. I always enjoy looking back and preparing the end of the year post. Lots of good memories.

  4. WolfSong January 2, 2016 at 9:19 pm #

    Wonderful pictures.
    I LOVE the deer skull one!
    Here’s to 2016 being everything you hope and dream it to be. 🙂

    • Teresa January 2, 2016 at 9:23 pm #

      The skull picture happened totally by accident, but we laughed so much. It was a good thing. Hope 2016 is good to you!

  5. Karen Seek January 2, 2016 at 10:08 pm #

    Loved these — especially loved Millie’s baby in the basket– did you do April on your calendar with that one??

    • Teresa January 3, 2016 at 7:42 am #

      Haley’s little girl in the basket is adorable, but I’m not sure how I sould format a portrait picture to fit the calendar.

  6. pattisj January 2, 2016 at 10:40 pm #

    Love “Rudolph.” Oh Deer. Enjoyed seeing your year, and YOU, too!

    • Teresa January 3, 2016 at 7:43 am #

      Thanks. I much prefer to be behind the camera, but I will do the occasional selfie with a goat. LOL

  7. Anney January 2, 2016 at 10:51 pm #

    I have to tell you, I sooo look forward to your pics. Beautiful! What is it about goats that is so charming? From innocence, to mischief, to wise. They are so wonderful. I have mike and molly..and they are my world! Thank you for what you do. Have a blessed new year.

    • Teresa January 3, 2016 at 7:44 am #

      Thank you for your kind words. I do love my life here on the farm, even the bad days, and I really enjoy blogging about it. Have a happy 2016.

  8. Jeanne January 3, 2016 at 12:42 am #

    These pictures are great! It was so nice to have the review. And the one of the deer skull…my daughter and I both laughed out loud! That’s really a good one! And the baby doe in the Easter basket is just as sweet now as it was before. I can really sympathize with you in the loss one your animals, especially the favorites. I still mourn the loss of my best mini schnauzer, Tobye. She’s been gone nearly 15 years. She was so special.

    • Teresa January 3, 2016 at 7:44 am #

      Glad you enjoyed the review. Those animals do have a way of stealing our hearts.

  9. Eileen January 3, 2016 at 6:48 am #

    Hello, wonderful series. I just love your goats, kids and Stella.Happy Sunday, enjoy your new week ahead!

    • Teresa January 3, 2016 at 7:45 am #

      Thanks, Eileen. They really do make my world wonderful! Happy 2016!

  10. Mona's Picturesque January 3, 2016 at 9:11 am #

    It was a lovely journey to follow your 2015 through these pictures! Your Autumn harvest must be my favorite. I must come back for Friday’s hunt some day 🙂

    • Teresa January 3, 2016 at 9:48 am #

      Thanks, Mona. It was quite the year. I do hope you’ll join me some Friday.

  11. PC PHOTO January 3, 2016 at 10:14 am #

    Such a lovely retrospective! Happy New Year.

    • Teresa January 3, 2016 at 10:42 am #

      Thanks. 🙂 Happy 2016 to you!

  12. Freda Mans January 3, 2016 at 11:19 am #

    A wonderful look back at 2015!

    • Teresa January 3, 2016 at 11:33 am #

      Thanks. It was a wonderful year despite some sadness.

  13. Lavender Dreams January 3, 2016 at 1:46 pm #

    That’s a wonderful photo of you! And I love seeing lots of pics of your animals. I love the pretty markings on your cat. We had one similar that we called Burlap. Happy New year sweet lady! Hugs, Diane

    • Teresa January 3, 2016 at 2:10 pm #

      Thanks, so much. Burlap is an adorable name! I might have to borrow it for a goat. I’m always in need of new names for the kids.

  14. Laura Hegfield January 3, 2016 at 2:40 pm #

    So many beautiful memories Teresa!

    • Teresa January 3, 2016 at 2:44 pm #

      There were a lot of good things in 2015!

  15. Abrianna January 3, 2016 at 3:23 pm #

    Great shots. Maybe Sam will be a sweet personality stinky buck? The loss of Jules and Stella and Minnie makes me sad too. Specially Jules.

    • Teresa January 3, 2016 at 6:54 pm #

      He’s really sweet and shy. I don’t see that changing, which is good. It was a horrible shock to lose Jules. At least the other two had long wonderful lives.

  16. Little Wandering Wren January 3, 2016 at 4:22 pm #

    Happy New Year here’s hoping your pumpkin patch is the biggest and best around!
    Beautiful photos and memories, I especially loved the one of all the kids on the branch 🙂
    Wren x

    • Teresa January 3, 2016 at 6:55 pm #

      Well, I think I need to grow into the biggest pumpkin patch slowly. I’ll settle for the best for now. 😉

  17. Jeanne January 3, 2016 at 7:06 pm #

    Teresa, I saw your comment about needing names for your goats. I would be honored if you would name one of your little does Tobye. My Tobye is still in my heart, though she has been gone for nearly 15 years. Mind you, it would be nicest if you would save the name for a keeper!

    • Teresa January 3, 2016 at 7:08 pm #

      Well, I’ll have to keep that in mind. I don’t keep many of my kids, but I will certainly save that name.

  18. janicead January 3, 2016 at 10:02 pm #

    Beautiful, busy year!

    • Teresa January 4, 2016 at 8:29 pm #

      It was a crazy busy year.

  19. Jeanne January 8, 2016 at 9:08 pm #

    I enjoy all your pictures, and your wonderful animals … but my favorite here is the photo of YOU!!! Now I can feel like I know you 🙂

    • Teresa January 8, 2016 at 9:09 pm #

      Oh. I don’t post a lot of pictures of me, but it was a special one with Joe in there. Thanks so much for being such a great follower.

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