Welcome to our homestead, my dear sheep.

Three ewes and a ram joined us yesterday, relocating from White Barn Farm Sheep & Wool in Gardiner, NY. I have dreamed of this day for years. But I also fretted about having livestock again — what if the coyotes go after the sheep? What if they run away? What if I resent the extra work? Am I going to curse them (or myself? Or my husband?) while hauling buckets of water in February?

I don’t know any of the answers, but we decided to go for it anyway. I have already visited their pen twice this morning – I went out at 6:30 just to make sure that they hadn’t broken the fences overnight and escaped.

The kids keep climbing in and out of the yard – checking water again and again. I have implemented a new family policy, too: all complaints must be submitted to the sheep. I sent Eli out to tell the sheep that he didn’t like what we served for dinner last night.

Names are still being decided – the list is so long now!