Spring Babies

I love spring.

Really, I do! 

I love the sweet smell of earth coming back to life after a long winter’s rest. I love the scent of hyacinths in the air, while daffodils brighten days with their cheerful blooms. 
One of the things I love the most about spring are the babies – baby chicks, rabbits, (and my favorite) spring calves.

During my childhood years spent on the farm, I spent many a happy moment watching calves chase each other around the pasture in spring. Tails high, they would race and play and make me so glad we raised cattle. 

Last week, I was visiting family and my niece invited me out to her place to take photos of their spring calves. I went with Amanda and her husband as they did the evening feeding.

This little guy was playing peek-a-boo.

While Amanda and Marc fed, I decided to get out of the pickup and snap photos. 

I found a spot and hunkered down where I could take photos of the calves. They weren’t quite sure what to make of the stranger who’d infiltrated the pasture.

I could almost see a cartoon bubble above these two… “What is that thing? Do you think it’ll play with us?”


This little guy was by far the most adventurous of the bunch. If he’d come just another step or two closer, I could have pet him. Or given him a few fingers to suck on. There is nothing in the world like the sweet milky breath of a baby calf. 


It’s the sweet fragrance of a brand new human baby.



Which Amanda and Marc will be welcoming soon. I can hardly wait! 

You can read about some animal babies (chicks and bunnies!) as well as a crazy assortment of rescue animals in my book Easter Bride that will release March 21! 

Will meddling matchmakers make a perfect match?

 Piper Peterson loves the small community of Holiday, Oregon. She resides there at a beautiful, old farm where she’s surrounded by animals she’s rescued. And she manages the feed store that’s been in her family for more than a hundred years. Despite her contentment with life, her grandfather’s plans to sell the store and farm leave her future up in the air. When a sly matchmaker works to set Grandpa up with the perfect woman, Piper jumps at the chance to lend a hand. But the last thing she expects is to fall in love while helping her grandpa find happiness.

Stuck at a crossroads in his life, Colton Ford can’t decide which direction to head. Then an invitation to stay at his brother’s ranch in Holiday provides an opportunity Colt can’t pass up. He hopes time spent at the Flying B Ranch will help him clear his head and sort out his life. Before long, he finds himself entangled in a matchmaking plot involving his widowed aunt and a charismatic old gent. When he agrees to give the budding romance a nudge, he has no idea the man’s delightful granddaughter will capture his heart.

A heartwarming story filled with country charm, laughter, and hope, Easter Bride is sure to bring readers the joys of budding spring and sweet romance.



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After spending her formative years on a farm in Eastern Oregon, hopeless romantic Shanna Hatfield turns her rural experiences into sweet historical and contemporary romances filled with sarcasm, humor, and hunky western heroes.
When this USA Today bestselling author isn’t writing or covertly hiding decadent chocolate from the other occupants of her home, Shanna hangs out with her beloved husband, Captain Cavedweller.

36 thoughts on “Spring Babies”

  1. I watch a YouTube channel posted by a Texan who just showed us some new calves as well as some Longhorns and oh did I enjoy it.

    Did you know antlers come off but horns stay on?

  2. Good morning Shanna- I love spring too, everything is so new and green, I love all the spring babies. Little kids running around their Mama’s, when my dad had gosts I used to love going out and playing with the baby kids.
    My favorite was the newborn foals, I’m a stickler for horses so I truly enjoy watching them try to figure out this new world they were delivered into. I’m so excited about your new Easter book. Love you dearly, enjoy your spring.

    • I bet it was great fun to play with the goats, Tonya! And I loved watching newborn foals, too, we just always had way more calves! 🙂
      Love you, too, sweet friend! Happy almost spring!

  3. Your post made me want to drive over to some farms and looks for calves. I love watching them too. Congratulations on your next book coming out soon and also to Amanda and Marc with their new baby on the way.

  4. I really loved looking at the pictures Shanna. The babies are adorable & so inquisitive..Thanks for sharing.

  5. I loved the pictures. Unfortunately I just found out I am allergic to cows. Can you imagine it?

  6. I love spring too and all it has to offer! I just wish Spring was a true season here in Texas! We go from winter to a blink of Spring on to blazing hot usually. I love baby anything and wish everything stayed babies longer!! I could handle having a baby stay a baby forever!! I can’t wait to read your new book! I’m sure it will be wonderful like all the others I’ve read of yours! It’s windy and rainy in Stephenville, Texas today, it’s our last full day here and we head back home so my daughters can spend some time together before my youngest’ spring break is over. In the blink of an eye, the school year will be over and it will be summer! Time sure does fly!

    • Time truly does fly by so quickly, Stephanie. Hope your kids have fun and you do, too!
      I hope your spring season lingers a while before it gets too hot!
      And I know what you mean about babies. So sweet and wonderful and adorable!
      Have a wonderful day!

  7. There is nothing like those spring babies. Its about that time of the year and I love spring so much its like a new world is opening up.

  8. Oh what a wonderful post. I too remember growing up on the farm anticipating new chicks, cows, horses, bunnies and piglets. I loved it so much, I wanted out children to experience it also. But alas, the wonderful man I fell for was a city man and an engineer. Oh well, we can visit a farm and we did. We also had a menagerie at our own home.

    • At least when you visit, you don’t have to do all the work of raising them. 🙂
      Those memories of childhood days on the farm are so special. Enjoy them!
      And have a fantastic spring!

    • Oh, thank you, Linda! It was so fun to be there and get out with the cows to snap the photos (I wasn’t quite as excited to get out with the bulls!). Have an amazing day, sweet lady!

  9. Shanna! What cute pictures! I love the little baby peeking at you under it’s mom’s belly!
    You know I’m baby-calf-obsessed (BCO not OCD)

    Thanks for these pictures. And a new baby coming into your life!!!? Congratulations.

    And the book sounds so fun.

  10. It sounds like you had a wonderful childhood. I had to give up our horses when my dad died, although I’m still holding on to hope that maybe I can live on a farm or ranch again some day. We had two babies born while they were here. I wouldn’t mind having cows too.

  11. I love spring and can’t wait for the flowers to bloom. Thank you for the pictures the babies are so cute.

  12. Seeing all the Spring babies is always a delight. It gives one hope for the future. Best wishes to your niece and her husband. They must be so excited.
    EASTER BRIDE sounds like a delightful read and a good way to usher in Spring.

    • Thank you, Patricia! We are all so excited for my niece’s baby! It’s their first… and the first new baby in our family in 14 years! 🙂 Happy almost spring to you!

  13. What great pictures, Shanna. I love seeing all of the new babies. And how exciting that Amanda and Marc will be welcoming a little one of their own. What a blessing!!

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