Mother’s Day Weather Forecast: Partly Cloudy with a Chance of Cattle

May 10, 2009 | 10 comments

We were two mothers, eating breakfast on a cool May morning.

I ate Rice Krispies; she feasted on my landscaping.

There, outside the kitchen window, a 1,200 pound mama cow grazed at a buffet of my spring flowers.

The neighbor’s cow had escaped through a hole in the fence, and wandered in search of greener pastures, which she found in our yard. Thankfully, the cow was quickly corraled and returned home after I put up a courageous fight frantic cry for help.

On this Mother’s Day, may you find the greenest pastures right out your own front door. Enjoy your day (but don’t eat the daylilies).


Today, I am grateful for the many mothers in my life — including women who never had physical children but spiritually nurtured the children of others.

A special thank you to my mom and mother-in-law. They watched Scott and I sneak through the fence toward faraway pastures, then welcomed us back when we realized the pastures closest to home were among the very best.

by | May 10, 2009 | 10 comments


  1. Freedom in the Dance

    What an awesome view you have!!!
    I honestly believe there is no greater calling than to be a mother, whether it’s to children one gives birth to or to our spiritual babies!
    …and oh, thank God for our love who gave us the opportunity to be a mom! Don’tcha just love ’em ;o)

  2. Alleluiabelle

    What a mama cow that was, WOW!

    Happy Mother’s Day Jennifer. You are a beautiful mom inside and out.

    Love you,

  3. Steph

    Happy Mother’s Day! – Great post – loved the greener pastures part!

  4. LisaShaw

    Thank you for sharing with us and have a Happy Mother’s Day dear sister.

  5. marilyn moser

    Love this post Jennifer! I too have seen cows wandering around my front lawn and just have to laugh! You are such a gifted writer and I hope you continue to share your inspirational messages as I enjoy them so much!

  6. elaine @ peace for the journey

    I thought of you and your pigs this week. My son (home from college) secured immediate employment at a famous/local “pit-barbeque” eatery. He’s been throwing pig in the pit all week and has the soiled clothes to prove it. Kind of gross when thinking about it, but the pay is decent; he hates it, but I think this will give him a greater appreciation for his college investment!

    Happy Mother’s Day and week ahead.


  7. Jennifer

    Happy Mother’s Day (belated) to each of you as well.

    Thankfully, I had a cattle-free Sunday. No cows roaming the lawn …

    Marilyn — Yes, I’m sure you’ve had a few lumbering beasts in your yard, too. You know how shocking that can be. 🙂

    Elaine — I believe we share a love for the “other white meat”, pork. 🙂 … I love it. I hope business is going well at the BBQ. And enjoy the summer with your son.

  8. Monica

    Hope you had a beautiful Mother’s day!!! Your post is so true~ Trying to see the green in my grass!

  9. Michele Williams

    wow! I had to chuckle… Back in 1983 I wanted a little shitzu dog. Upon seeing the price for one, my hubby said, we could get 2 bull calves and I will not have to pay someone to mow our 2 1/2 acrers anymore… and so… MY mother’s day present was 2 bull calves!!! We had them for 2 years and it was an awesome experience! God taught us some valuable lessons those 2 years too! He is so faithful… he continues to teach us every day!

    Nice to meet you… I will write something soon about why I blog.

    Great blog!


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