Did we get the wrong rabbits?


One night we were talking to Kay’s mom about our plans for our rabbits. We currently have five New Zealand whites, two New Zealand reds, and two champagnes.

We explained to her that we planned on using them mainly for meat but also for show and helping others build their own rabbitry. We want to use the entire rabbit including the hides. We would like to get into tanning and using the hides to make blankets, gloves and hats. While talking to Kay’s Mom, Darrick was doing research and came across angora rabbits. Kay early on wanted to get angoras for their fiber but we never really did much research on selling the fiber. Darrick was surprised when he found that angoras are a dual-purpose rabbit! They are used for their fiber and meat.

Further research concentrated on the English/French angoras which are medium sized fiber rabbits. An English or French angora produces roughly 12-16 oz of fiber per year. This raw fiber (straight off the rabbit, not carded) can be sold for around $6-8 an ounce. If the fiber is carded it can be sold for $10-12 per ounce. High quality, hand plucked, carded fiber can go for up to $20 per ounce! We started adding up the numbers, looked at each other, and said in unison “We got the wrong rabbits!”

Angoras do take extra time and work to keep their coats clean and brushed. This process takes about 15-30 minutes a week per rabbit. Some breeders recommend daily brushing or at least a few times a week. It doesn’t seem like a lot but I’m sure it adds up quick when you start breeding them.

At this point, we are committed to our New Zealands and champagne d’argents as they will provide good quality meat for our family. However, I’m sure if we see a deal on a nice pair of angoras, we will make some room in our rabbit barn. Stay tuned as we will be looking at designing and building our barn this summer.

Thank you for following us on our journey. For anyone who has angoras or experience with them we would love to hear your pros and cons and any advice you may have.

God bless,

Darrick and Kay

Where there is no guidance, a people falls, but in an abundance of counselors there is safety.

~Proverbs 11:14

Rabbit labels

Hey everyone,

When you first start your rabbitry you only have a few and so it’s easy to tell who is who. Than you try to move them around to get the best setting and who sits best next to who (because not all rabbits get along). Than you get to the point where rabbits breed like rabbits, you buy more rabbits, and you soon find yourself asking the dangerous question: which rabbit is this?!

Don’t get to that point. It’s not fun.

The easiest way to identify your rabbits is to use rabbit labels. These can be as simple as index cards or card stock and writing the gender and name on them. You could include more info such as the tattoo number, birthdate, or anything else you may want at a glance but most of the information should be kept on your rabbit records so it isn’t easily lost.

For our label system all the rabbits have if they are bucks or does. We keep the bucks labels pretty simple: tattoo number, name, birthday. Breeding does have everything listed above and a simple breeding record; all other details on breeding does are on the rabbit record on our computer. When the kits are old enough to be separated from the mother they are sexed, put in their own cages, and their card is a basic gender and birthday and a star if we intent on showing the rabbit.

The label system really helps you see at a glance who it is, what it is, and how old it is. The labels can be as simple as an index card that slides in and out of the J- feeder and can be moved to a transport cage so you never lose track of your rabbits.

We have also used clear name tag sleeves with metal clip tags and those work even better for keeping them dry in the elements and also easily moved.

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God Bless,

Darrick and Kay

The best wild rice recipe

Hello everyone,

Every September Darrick and a friend went out and harvested the wild rice on our lake with a canoe and a long stick. It was hard work and a long day but we ended up with 20lbs of wild rice from our own land!

With all this wild rice we tried several recipes but this is our favorite.

1 cup Wild rice (rinsed well)

2 cups water

2 tsp chicken or beef broth

1 carrot (cut up)

1 celery (cut up)

1/2 onion (chopped)

Add all ingredients to a sauce pan (big enough for some expansion as the rice soaks up water) and bring to a boil. Cover and turn off heat. Let sit for 15-20 minutes (see note) until all the water is absorbed.

Note- Our rice doesn’t have the black hull, so it cooks much faster than store bought wild rice. This recipe makes about 4 servings.

Thank you for visiting us and we hope you enjoy this recipe as much as we do. If you like what you see, please follow us. If you have questions, or you tried the recipe please let us know what you thought.

God bless,

Darrick and Kay
He who gathers in summer is a prudent son, but he who sleeps in harvest is a son who brings shame.

-Proverbs 10: 5

Will all good people go to Heaven?

First we must determine what “good” means. It is a common assumption that people make usually when someone passes away, regardless of their standing or religious belief. If they believe that person was a “good” person, surely they will be rewarded in heaven. According to the Bible, this is inaccurate on the principles of: who determines what is “good”, how do they define what is “good”, and how do you know if the good was desirable for a reward to Heaven?

And Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good except God alone.” Luke 18:19


Jesus Himself, son of God, said that even He was not “good”, only God alone is good and God alone can than decide what is good and what is not. that is a very humbling statement. The son of God did not consider himself good, than who am I to think I am worthy of anything?

Man can not determine what is deemed good and what is not because we are not the judge, nor the creator. Our arbitrary visions of good are determined by our different viewpoints, emotional state of mind, and the variations of views from others around us. We change our minds all the time, God is constant and consistent. A school of toddlers would be a very hard world to live in in comparison to a single older, wiser person who has seen and experienced much more and is able to give wise, well thought out determinate of what is right and wrong. The toddlers may not always agree, but as they grow they will find the rules put in place were for the best for everyone.


So than how do we know we are following God and doing good in His eye? 

How to walk with Jesus

“Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods.”Galatians‬ ‭4:8‬ ‭ESV


Before knowing God, we are trapped by worldly behaviors such as vanity, gossip, alcohol/drugs, lust, contempt, selfishness, hatefulness, etc. One who is trapped in these behaviors needs a friend or loved one who knows God to correct them. One who continues this type of lifestyle intentionally sins and The Father, the creator and judge of this world, will not be pleased by them.

“But if anyone loves God, he is known by God.” 1 Corinthians‬ ‭8:3‬ ‭ESV
So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.” 1 John‬ ‭4:16‬ ‭ESV‭‭‬‬


Our most important commandment given by Jesus is to love God with all our heart, mind, and soul. If we love God, have faith in Him, trust Him, and consult Him in our prayers He will abide in us. Our love for God should reflect in our everyday lives and actions. In how we treat others, how we work, and the words that come out of our mouth.

God created EVERY person on this earth. He loves every person, even those that don’t love or know Him. It is than our job to recognize that everyone who is on this earth is loved by God, how would God view us if we mistreated any of His children? Gossiped, said mean things to them, or behind their back, hurt them, slandered, lied to them. God doesn’t approve of that behavior, the second most important commandment is to love your neighbor as yourself.

And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”” Matthew‬ ‭22:37-40‬ ‭ESV

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,”Colossians‬ ‭3:23‬ ‭ESV

‭‭“You see that faith was active along with his works, and faith was completed by his works;” James‬ ‭2:22‬ ‭ESV


Our work is very important. He gives us gifts and talents, just as in the parable of talents, if we use our talents in a way that is pleasing to God, we will be rewarded as faithful servants. If we bury our gifts and don’t use them to Gods glory we will pay dearly for our lack of faith and refusal. this verse is the last verse of the Parable of talents about the servant who buried his talent in the dirt.

And cast the worthless servant into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’”Matthew‬ ‭25:30‬ ‭ESV‭‭‬‬


Our choice of words matter greatly. There are Many, many verses warning about the use of the tongue and mouth for good or evil. By watching our own tongues, and the tongues of others we can see the followers of the world in their unbridled, hurtful words, evil lips, lying tongue, and prideful spirit.

“A worthless man plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire.” Proverbs‬ ‭16:27‬ ‭ESV

‭‭“”You give your mouth free rein for evil, and your tongue frames deceit.” Psalms‬ ‭50:19‬ ‭ESV

‭‭‬“They set their mouths against the heavens, and their tongue struts through the earth.” Psalms‬ ‭73:9‬ ‭ESV

‭‭‬‬Also with the tongue we can see a true follower of Jesus; one who talks highly of Jesus, brings up others, helps, and corrects others lovingly. This person is also careful in their words to not be hurtful, deceitful, and keep control over his tongue so to not fall into sin.

“Whoever keeps his mouth and his tongue keeps himself out of trouble.” Proverbs‬ ‭21:23‬ ‭ESV

“For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.” 2 Corinthians‬ ‭7:10‬ ‭ESV‬‬

and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.” Philippians‬ ‭2:11‬ ‭ESV

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭ESV

Our God, our creator and judge, our Father who has reserved a place for His people, will judge us individually and fairly. We need to be True followers, following in His ways alone and not the ways of the world. He is a loving God, but a jealous God. You cannot serve two masters, you will need to pick and your choice will have a consequence (your soul will either go to heaven or hell, there is no other option). If you say you are a follower of Christ, but are hurtful in your words, deceitful, selfish, lazy, etc. than with your mouth you are confessing you are a follower, but your heart follows the world. the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of heaven (1 Corinthians 6:9). It would be wise for you to examine your heart and decide what you are truly following. Just as in the parable of the ten virgins, all professed they were followers, all were invited to the wedding feast, but only five actually readied themselves and prepared themselves for the Lords return while the other five slept and did not prepare. When the Lord came five were ready to go, and the other five were not ready and had to go ready themselves, by which time the wedding feast doors were closed and the Lord told them “I do not know you”. We don’t know when He will come as we could die tomorrow, or the Lord may return to call up His followers at any time. We each must prepare ourselves, change our hearts to follow Him, and turn away from sin.

For the Lord your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.”
‭‭Deuteronomy‬ ‭4:24‬ ‭ESV‬‬
Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open to us.’ But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’” Matthew‬ ‭25:11-12‬ ‭ESV

“For the Scripture says, “Everyone who believes in him will not be put to shame.” For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek; for the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing his riches on all who call on him. For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”” Romans‬ ‭10:11-13‬ ‭ESV‭‭‬‬

“No one can come to me unless the Father who sent me draws him. And I will raise him up on the last day. It is written in the Prophets, ‘And they will all be taught by God.’ Everyone who has heard and learned from the Father comes to me— not that anyone has seen the Father except he who is from God; he has seen the Father. Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes has eternal life.” John‬ ‭6:44-47‬ ‭ESV

God is our final judge, and only He can determine the truth in our hearts and where our souls end up eternally. He is the gatekeeper. A person may be good, but if they were good for man and the earthy attention, but had no love for God in their heart, than how could God award them heavenly rewards? We may never know if our loved ones made it to heaven or not, as we will never see their true heart. We can get a good guess based on how they talked about God, how they treated others (not just their friends and people they like), and how they lived and worked. 

“Beware of practicing your righteousness before other people in order to be seen by them, for then you will have no reward from your Father who is in heaven.” Matthew 6:1

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.” Colossians‬ ‭3:17‬ ‭ESV

God Bless,

Darrick and Kay

Jesus’s last message for us

When a loved one is going on a long trip, sometimes they leave a message to their family to comfort them while they were away. In this day and age a text or an email is more popular than a letter. Did you know Jesus did this for us?

John 20:7 says: “and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself.”

This is a very intricate phrase that’s often skipped over but it really shows how deep Jesus’s love is for all of us.

In Jesus’s time while a master is eating the servant would wait in the shadows. When the master was done he would use the napkin to wipe his face, crumple it up, and leave it on his plate. The servant than knew the master was done and he could than clean up.

If the master needed to leave the table, but intended to come back, he folded his napkin and placed it to the side and the servant would wait until his master returned to finish his meal.

When Jesus rose from His tomb he left one last message to His followers that is often overlooked as a small detail. He folded the napkin (face cloth) and left it as a note for us that He IS coming back! Just like a loved one leaves a letter to comfort us in their absence and let us know they are coming back, Jesus did this for us. Hallelujah!

This cloth is called the shroud of Turin.


God bless,

Darrick and Kay

What is Love?

Most think about love during the month of February because of Valentine’s Day. Valentine’s Day is a day of taking your spouse or significant other out for dinner, showering them with chocolates, flowers, and words… and than the day is done and we go back to our lives.

This isn’t the love God talked about in 1 John 4:9:

“”For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.”

The whole basis of the Bible is love. In that book God gave us where we started, our family history, wise words of advice, and even what’s to come. It’s a living will written for His children, including our inheritance. He gave us one main rule: love.

“And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the great and first commandment. And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.””

‭‭Matthew‬ ‭22:37-40‬

The Ten Commandments are based on love. The first half are how to love God, and the second half how to love His children; our brothers and sisters in Christ.

If you step back and think as if you were a child again in your parents house, aren’t these the same basic rules? Respect your parents, and be nice to your brothers and sisters.

If a father asked their child to do something, for love, fear, and respect of the father the child would do it. If the child chose to rebel, there would likely be a consequence. This is the same way we should look at God the Father and His rules He gave us. The rebellion is called sin, and the consequence is death.

What child hasn’t by accident broken something, lost something, or just made a big mistake and had no way to cover the cost to fix it? When we all die someday we will stand in front of Our Father, creator of everything, and will need to confess every single sin down to the smallest misdemeanor. Luckily, we have an “older brother”- Jesus- who seen our mistake, took the consequence, and paid the fine. He traded His innocent, sinless life to cover our sins. Think of it this way, you and your brother are out playing ball. Your brother warns you not to aim towards the building windows in case you get a home run hit, but you do it anyways. The glass breaks and there’s no way your pennies and nickels in that little piggy bank at home will cover that mistake. What will dad think?! Your mind is going crazy, but your big brother, who just started his first job, used his first paycheck to pay for the broken window. He didn’t have to, but because he loved you, he gave everything he had- that is love.

If your brother or sister are in trouble and need your help, isn’t it your responsibility to help them if you can? There are times when you can’t, so you can tell the Father in prayer and ask His help. But remember, if you CAN help them and choose to just pray for them instead that is not the love God intended for us. Father warns us to treat others as we would want to be treated. If we can be there for them, listen, be a friend, make them a meal, visit, make a gift. Praying is important, and we should do that too, but God created us for action and doing. After all, it would have been a totally different story if big brother had ran to tell dad about the broken window because he wanted to save his money for something for himself instead of helping his brother?

If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.”

1 John 4:20

So what does that mean for us? How do we show love to the Father and the Son? How do we grow closer to Him? Again, let’s go back to relating to a child. A young child who looks up to his father may try to dress up like him, or try to read books his dad likes, or pretend to do work like dad with toys. That is not unlike us. Dressing up is like us trying to put on the character of God and His ways. We read the Bible to try to learn what Father teaches us: to do what Jesus did- lead people to God. Just as we watch a young child stumble over the big clothes, try to read a book beyond our comprehension, and play with tools we struggle to understand He smiles with love knowing that we are trying. God does not expect perfection from His children. He knows we will stumble and struggle, but He appreciates our perseverance and admiration towards Him in our trying to be like Him.

Many people think love is surface level- words, simple actions/gifts for those closest to us. But it’s not. Love is so much deeper. An example is Jesus didnt go around saying “I love you! I love you! Love you too!” and kept to helping His own family. He showed love with actions all over- he healed people, encouraged them, corrected them, he banished demons, and taught important lessons. He encouraged children to come learn from him, made the blind see, the lame walk, fed the hungry, and raised the dead. Ultimately He loved us so much He died for us. Even after death He loved us (a lot of Christians don’t even know this) but he left us a secret message in a simple gesture that says he is coming back for us. THAT is love.

See the full story here.

“and the face cloth, which had been on Jesus’ head, not lying with the linen cloths but folded up in a place by itself.” John 20:7

When Jesus rose from the dead he folded his face cloth (napkin) before he left The tomb to let us know He IS coming back to get us!

To believe the way our Father wants isn’t just any old simple belief: it’s a childlike belief. A whole hearted, convinced, innocent, strong conviction that you KNOW your Father is watching over you, loves you, and is holding His promise to come for you again.

Many want to think if they say the words “I believe in Jesus” that they are good and saved forever. But Jesus says in the parable of the ten virgins to the five last virgins who came late “But he answered, ‘Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.’” (Matthew 25:12 )

Jesus wants relationship, God wants your love, the Holy Spirit wants your trust. Three in one, all are needed. If one is missing than the whole thing breaks down.

If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot love God whom he has not seen.

1 John 4:20

no trust=no relationship or love.

no love=no relationship or trust.

No relationship= no love or trust.

Its simple. Love your God with all your heart, mind, and soul, and love your neighbor as you would want yourself to be loved.

God Bless,

Darrick and Kay