I've been posting this week and just now noticed y'all have a board just for intro's. Oops! I am a full time mom to a busy family. We have 6 kids, ages 15, 12, 9, 6, 3, and 1. 3 boys and 3 girls. Our own Brady Bunch! We homeschool them all. Its been a dream of ours since the first was only 2 to have a little bit of land, a big garden, and some animals to call our own. I've been reading books like Carla Emery's for a loooonnnnnnng time. We moved to our 2.5 acres 4 years ago, but weren't really ready to take on animals yet, since this also meant a 2500 mile move across the country. It was hard enough just to figure out where the grocery store was, what it was called, and how to get back home! Dh is the lover of dirt and is mostly in charge of the gardening, and I get care of animals. The kids get both! The layers we are ordering for an early April delivery, and if you read my chicken post, I think I am getting carried away with breeds. We only have plans for 2 does, though. We will sell the babies, as I don't have a haying field and will have to buy it all. Plus, my neighbors seem to think their 2.5 acres are just oversized back yards. No one has fencing up or anything but dogs. So I don't see 10 goats in our future. My 9 and 6 yr olds are also wanting Holland Lops, so I imagine we'll be making room for those in the pole barn as well. We've done broilers in the past and are planning on doing them again this fall. My 12, 9 and 6 yr olds are all in 4h. We won't be showing animals this year...just learning how to take care of them. But in another year from now, I am really hoping we'll be showing as well. I love to cook, particularly baking. I am so looking forward to looking out the window at my beautiful layers and and goats, while offering my children fresh bread, eggs, and homemade yogurt! Can you see the idyllic stars in my eyes? I have a feeling I am in for a rude awakening here at some point, but in the meantime, I am soooo excited! Its nice to meet y'all! I am really looking forward to joining the community.