Monday, July 1, 2013

Can you beleive it?

I am not good at keeping track of birthdays.  And things like anniversaries - forget it.  Literally.  I have been known to forget my own birthday and I recently went a whole year telling people I was a year older then I actually am until I stopped to think and did the math over.  Embarrassing, but not so bad, I got to turn 41 twice after all.  There is one birthday though that I am not likely to forget.

Can you believe it?  It has been one year today since this little brown pipsqueak finally made a long overdue appearance for my painfully underage Emma.




It was almost exactly 4 months later that I took Ramsey to Cornell and I was trying to find it in me to say goodbye forever.  I am so immensely grateful that I didn't have to.

I am grateful to the good vets who saved Ramsey's life....

to my beautiful, sweet Emma, the very best mother, who will herself be celebrating her third birthday 4 weeks from now....

to all of the good people who read this blog, who care and who have contributed so much in so many ways.

And I am very, very grateful for the bewildering, daunting and often overwhelming odyssey that having donkeys in my life has been.  I would not have missed a day of this incredible journey, not even the bad days (and Lord, but we have we had a few of those).  I have learned so much, gained so much and the sharing of it has brought even more.  More than I could ever have imagined.

Happy Birthday my beautiful donkey-boy.  Here's hoping for many, many more.

And hey, don't go yet, we have to have a present right?  Leave a birthday wish sometime today, July 1st, and Ramsey will pick a lucky winner who will get to try some of my very special Wild-Blueberry/Rhubarb jam.  Even people who don't like blueberries or rhubarb like this stuff!


39 comments:

  1. Happy Birthday to the cutest, rascally donkey ever!

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  2. Happy Birthday!
    We would love to meet you!
    The Wheelock family

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    1. Hey Melissa, you guys should stop by some time. Ambassador Ramsey loves meeting new people.

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  3. Happy Birthday Sir Ramsey!

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  4. An extra Happy Birthday to yeehaw yeehawwww :-D.

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  5. Happy birthday to the littlest survivor.
    Answering your question about what happened to the grass in Southern New Mexico: The whole area moved from a wet cycle to a dry cycle, starting maybe in the 1930's. I know that by the early l940's I saw the corrals sitting in the open country that used to protect the stacked hay from cows, etc.

    The Mimbres river used to be a running river, but I only saw water in it once, right after a heavy rain.

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  6. Happy Birthday Ramsey! It doesn't seem like a whole year since you entered out lives & I have felt priveleged to share your journey so far.

    Here's to many more :)

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  7. Happy Birthday Ramsey! Hope your day is full of kisses, hugs and some watermelon.
    Steph

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  8. I'm brimming over with so much affection for that beautiful yearling, I don't know what to say first. So, I'll start with Happy Birthday to Ramsey and Happy Birth Day to Emma.

    Those last few shots of him are breathtaking ...he looks very grown up and calm compared to that little troublemaker who ran like the wind and pestered his Mom last summer.

    And Happy Birthday to you, Kris...whenever it is.

    AND when the heck did you have time to make jam?

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  9. To the cutest little donkey out there. Happy Birthday Ramsey!

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  10. Happy Birthday, Ramsey! We love both you and your sweet mom, Emma. (Wonderful photos!)

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  11. Happy Birthday to the handsomest donkey-boy ever! I love your story, your antics, and your photos. I hope you get whatever you wish for today!

    Nancy in Iowa

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  12. Happy Birthday, Ramsey! You've come a long way this year!

    Hugs and Ear Rubs from your adoring fans!!

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  13. To the luckiest little donkey with the best 2 moms ever...Happy Birthday sweet boy and many, many, many more!!!

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  14. To the luckiest birthday boy with the bestest 2 moms ever, Happy Birthday sweet boy!!!

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  15. Happy Birthday, Ramsey! You and you Mama are sweethearts!

    Thank you for sharing his first year with us, as well as the rest of your farm family. Your blog always brightens the day. I stumbled upon it just weeks before Ramsey finally made his appearance, and it is still one of my favorites!

    Cheers!

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  16. Happy Birthday little brown fuzzy faced boy!!!!!

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  17. D'aww Baby long ears are so cute. Happy Birthday!

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  18. Happy Birthday Ramsey, you are growing up too fast!

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  19. Happy happy birthday Ramsey!!!! And I can not tell you how much I enjoy your blog and how much I have learned from it that I use daily with my own little donks! Thank you for sharing your experience and life with us!! What a blessing animals are!!!

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  20. Kris, you certainly know how to bring a tear to ones eye! HAPPY BIRTHDAY SIR RAMSEY from your cousins in Calif-Badger, Pistol & Pedro, and Di of course. Give your momS a donkey kiss from all of us.

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  21. Happy, Happy Birthday Ramsey... and congratulations to your lovely little mother Emma, too... it took a village to save your sweet little boy!

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  22. Wishing you a very happy birthday Ramsey! You really have brought such joy and laughs to so many, keep being sweet little you :-)

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  23. ps. Not sure if you do the Liebster Award, but if so I nominated you on my page. :)

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  24. Sniff... Happy birthday, little Ramsay, what a fighter you are (and your human mum is something of a fighter too!)

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  25. Happy Birthday Ramsey!! You really are very special, you know, what with your lovely nose and handsome eyebrows, and I think maybe you have a really big fan club over at Cornell. Tell your Ma Happy Birthday too!

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  26. Ramsey it is so hard to believe it has already been a year. You have been thru so much, and so many people have followed your journey! So celebrate! CELEBRATE! This very special day of days, because you have enriched my life just knowing you!

    Look forward to many more Birthdays....

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  27. Oh Man! I should always copy an pasted my comments. So many times they just disappear when I go to publish them! Grrrrrrr!

    Anyway Ramsey, I want to wish you the best of Birthdays because you deserve to celebrate today! So many times you had me sitting on the edge of my seat.

    Hope to see many more birthday celebrations....

    (PS: If my OTHER post finally comes thru, USE THAT ONE!) LOL

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  28. Happy Birthday, dear Ramsey!

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  29. Thank you for sharing sweet Ramsey's birthday with us. What a story. I'm so glad that you had lots of support so he could be here to celebrate. Such a doll. You are a great Mom, by the way.

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  30. Happy Birthday, Ramsey. What a ride you have given both of your Mom's! Heck of a job getting him through his first year, Kris.

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  31. Happy First Birthday, little Ramsey! You've had quite a roller coaster year, how 'bout taking it a little easier for your second year? You're definitely a cutie-patootie, and you've given lots of us so much joy and excitement. Happy day!

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  32. Happy Birthday dear Ramsey... and an early birthday wish to Emma! I thoroughly enjoy reading your blog. Keep it up!

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  33. Delrene in CaliforniaJuly 2, 2013 at 12:45 AM

    Dear Little Ramsey - Been trying to wish you a Happy Birthday but have had trouble posting - at least in California it is still July 1st!!! You have brought so much joy to my home and yours too. You have a beautiful donkey Mama and a loving and caring human Mom too. You worried her lots, but sounds to me you are running around with 4 good feet now. Wishing you many more

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  34. Happy Birthday, Ramsey, it is so very good to see you healthy, happy and strong! Here's to manymanymany more! Stay out of trouble and try to not give your ma and mom any (more) worries!

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  35. Beautiful donkeys. I will have to find the older post about Emma and Ramsey. I know that donkey people are pretty special.
    I don't mean to offend anyone.
    But they just are so different. If you know what I mean.

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  36. I just love these pictures, beautiful.

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