A Bit of Happy News


Dr. Pepper, left, and Fanta’s little brown one.

Fanta’s little brown one really needs a name as we are planning to keep her. (We were actually planning to sell the little black one, mostly because she was such an identical twin to Fanta. I’m only keeping a select number of does, so I want to mix up the colorings of the ones we keep. Feel free to suggest names for the little brown one!) But–this post is about one of my other “kids”–the human kind. I just found out that Weston is now a National Merit Finalist!

I still don’t know whether or not he will receive the scholarship. Some of the finalists get the scholarship and some don’t. It may be several more months before we know. (The National Merit program is a pretty long, drawn-out process.)


  1. Brenda says:

    Congratulations to Weston – great job! I think a good name would be “Squirt”.

  2. judydee says:

    Congratulations, Weston!! And Suzanne!! I will be keeping my fingers crossed (and toes too if it will help). Let us know as soon as the scholarship is announced (thinking positive) so I can uncross my toes.

  3. Abiga/Karen says:

    :woof: Way to go!!!!! Congrats!

  4. Linda Goble says:

    Congratulations to Weston. Whoo hoo!!!!!!!!!!!! As for a name of little brown one, well you have one name Nutmeg, maybe Ginger or Cinnamon, or how about Lavender or Sage.

  5. Deanna says:

    How about RC? Dr, Pepper looks like he is thinking “Me and my RC”…

    Congrats to Weston, and to you! Sending positive thoughts your way.

  6. Melissa Marsh says:

    How about Gumption? Did you ever see the movie, The Holiday, with Kate Blanchett and Jude Law? The retired screenwriter talks about gumption. Love that word.

    CONGRATS to your son and to you! That is such wonderful news!

  7. Jeanne says:

    How about Cocoa or Mocha. Do you have a cocoa? I don’t remember. haha Good luck Weston! :purpleflower:

  8. Naomi says:

    congrats weston !!! and for a baby name how about ‘MERIT’

  9. Mary says:

    The brown goat is a “Macchiato” if ever I saw one. πŸ™‚ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Caff%C3%A8_macchiato

  10. twoturkey says:

    :woof: Congratulations to Weston on becoming a National merit Finalist. Such an honor.
    I would pick Moxie also for a name. A favorite soda pop here in Maine.

    Mrs. Turkey

  11. texwisgirl says:

    Fanta’s little brown one reminds me of a root beer float – so how about “Sassafras” (the main ingredient of root beer flavor) – “Sass” for short.

  12. Anita says:

    Shasta is another soda name I don’t think I’ve seen here.

  13. bonita del rey says:

    Fresh out of name ideas, But heartfelt congratulation to Weston. Even if National Merit people don’t come across with $$, there are others who use the National Merit Finalist as a criterion for their own dispersal of monies.

  14. Pete says:

    Congrats all around! :snoopy:

    The sun is shining – it’s a MUCH better day… :sun:

  15. Carmen at Old House Kitchen says:

    Oh I like Sassafras! But I was also thinking “Tab” https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tab_%28soft_drink%29 I drank it a lot as a kid! LOL! Get it? Kid? Anywho…

    Congrats to Weston and to his proud mamma!!

  16. Lavon says:

    Love the little brown one…How about Yoo Hoo? (One of my favorite Harlen Coben characters, Myron Bolivar, drinks Yoo Hoo in copious amounts.)

  17. jfdavidson says:

    congrats on the human kid!!!!!! how about root beer!

  18. Elaine Harrison says:

    Congrats to Weston! I know you are so proud of him. About the kid, how about Cinnamon? That’s her coloring.

  19. prayingpup says:

    Congratulations on Weston’s achievement!
    I like Sassafras!

  20. BuckeyeGirl says:

    Wah-Hoo! Congrats indeed to Weston! hehe, and you, cause you helped in ways both tangible and intangible, though it IS his accomplishment.

    So many good names! I have to admit I like Sassafras, and Ginger(ale), and I’d forgotten all about Shasta, we used to have that in Ohio too. Frosty was a favorite brand of Root Beer when I was a kid too! Lots of other good ones like Tab, Moxie, Macchiato is great too, but should it be Macchiata since it’s a girl? I don’t know about those rules in Italian words. Maybe it would lead to a new line of coffee related names!

    Nilla, for Nilla (vanilla) wafers? Hey, it’s a cookie thing! Sugar is cute, but she’s brown and you don’t want to go with Brown Sugar, cause that would get abbreviated to BS and that’s not so good. πŸ˜†

  21. Momto2 says:

    What about Yoo Hoo,, That chocolate drink in a can!

  22. Ramona says:

    That’s fantastic to hear. Good luck Weston!

  23. wvhomecanner says:

    Way to go Weston!! Fingers crossed for winning a slot!

    She looks like rootbeer to me too but I have to admit I really like Sassafrass, Sassy for short.


  24. Su says:

    I loved the suggestion of Moxie! What a perfect name for a little kid!

  25. Kelly A says:

    well the walmart brand of Dr Pepper is Dr Thunder lol. seeing that they look so alike!

    you could name her sierra like sierra mist.

  26. Miss Becky says:

    congrats to Weston! that’s splendid news!
    I think she looks like a Coco. :yes: :yes: :yes:

  27. Sandra in Oklahoma says:

    At first “Moxie” made no sense to me, as we in the Mid-west don’t have that product. After I went to the link, it made more sense. I think Moxie is a clever name.

  28. 4jsMOM says:

    Weston, congratulations! I’m so proud of you. Thanks, Mom, for sharing this important news with all of us. Hoping he will be one of the “final” finalists.

  29. Wendy B. says:

    Congrats on having such a hard-working and intelligent son!! As for the cutie pah-tooty goat, I like “Frostie” which is an old pop brand. Seeing that she was born when it was quite cold and frosty outside…just saying.

  30. Lisa Anderson says:

    Congrats Weston !! :shimmy: I like the Moxie idea, here in Michigan we have Faygo pop..yum !

  31. gen says:

    COngrats to both you and Weston! What an honor and demonstration of his hard work. We’ll keep our fingers crossed.
    Keeping with the bottle capt theme for the goat baby, I’d suggest Fresca or Root Beer (A&D? Mug?)

  32. Donna Mc says:

    First- Wahoo! And Congrats! Good for y’all!

    Second – lil brown goat names….Yoo-hoo, Rootbeer, A&W, and Sassafrass…Sassy!

  33. gen says:

    That was suspposed to be A&W….!

  34. Becky says:

    I’m voting for Sassafras (Sassy)

  35. Snapper says:

    Congratulations to Weston….fingers crossed for him. πŸ™‚

  36. Connie says:

    Go Weston! Hope he wins πŸ™‚ As for a name….I like Sassy!

  37. SarahGrace says:

    Congratulations, Weston!!

    I always have a hard time choosing names. So many good ones!!

  38. Bethany James says:

    Vess! (It’s a regional soda around here. And a pretty girl goat name.)
    Congrats to Weston!

  39. Foofee says:

    Congrats to Weston! I vote for Frostie for a name, it was my favorite rootbeer growing up!

  40. Daria says:

    How about Sarsaparilla?

  41. Turtle Mom says:

    Congrats to Weston! I suggest Little Bear, Ginger, Cappuccino, Lila, or Meggie. I also really like the name Moxie as someone else suggested. Moxie is a New England tradition, even if I don’t like the taste of it.

  42. Jane says:

    Excellent news.. congratulations Weston! I’ll be keeping my fingers crossed for the win :snoopy:
    Name suggestion would be Moxie – it’s also a soda;)

  43. Jane says:

    Sorry, I didn’t see that the name had already been suggested!

  44. shirley says:

    Name the little brown one YOO-HOO!

  45. QuietStorm says:

    Go WESTON!!!!! High Five! fingers crossed here too

    Sassafras / Sassy…

  46. Alyce Shane says:

    Go WESTON!!!!! Great job! :shimmy:

  47. shirley says:

    Sorry. Got in too big a hurry and posted before looking.How about Cara Mell?

  48. Andrea McCardle says:

    I like Ginger and Cinnamon…probably because the goats get lots of gingerbread men cookies πŸ˜‰ (I died with laughter watching the video of the chicken with one….too funny!)a

  49. Lisa says:

    Vernors! I’m from Detroit originally and it’s my favorite ginger-ale. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vernors

    Congrats Weston!

  50. Julia says:

    Congratulations Weston!

    I vote for Sassafras. But Moxie and Ginger and Cinnamon are all good too.

  51. Deb Klenke says:

    Congratulations to Weston! Just being nominated is an honor. Of course, the money really is great!!

  52. stacy says:

    I like the root beer idea-“rootie” for short!!

  53. blessings says:

    Way to go WESTON! Suzanne for being a GREAT MOM !!
    I like Sassafras and Sassy for short…to cute.

  54. Rys says:

    Congrats to Weston!!

  55. windspiritwhimsies says:

    Fantastic! WTG Weston!Congratulations! :shimmy:

  56. flutterby says:

    Just when I thought I would be original with Caramel, #55 beat me to it with Cara Mel. Of course, I’ll vote for that one.

  57. marianne says:

    I was going to suggest Yoo Hoo also, but I REALLY like Sassafras!! :snoopy: Very fitting for a frisky little kid! And big congrats to Weston too!

  58. Ladychef says:

    Yeah for Weston!!! What a testament to all of the hard work you’ve BOTH put in over the years!
    And I kind of like Shasta for a name. Popular soda here.

  59. Tx Aggiemom says:

    :happyflower: I like Frosty, as in Frosty Root Beer and my second choice would be Sassy (for Sassafras), but only if she is a “sassy” girl.

    Congrats to Wes. It’s an honor to make it this far and I’ll look forward to hearing that he is a full fledged National Merit Scholar. Then I’ll do the happy dance. :snoopy:

  60. elaine says:

    WOOOHOOO Weston!!!!
    How about Chocolate Chip? CC for short.

  61. Cheryl says:

    Congrats to you and weston both on being a national merit finalist! Well done! As for names..im not good at that but i love the soda pop names lol. Dr. Pepper is fast becoming a favorite at our house..esp that video of him using his mama as another plank to walk on lol.

  62. Patricialynn says:


    And I support the Root Beer based name – the first time I saw a pic of that baby, I said “Root Beer!”

  63. Vicki in So. CA says:

    Go Weston! :shimmy: Go Weston! :shimmy: Go Weston! :shimmy: Go Weston! :shimmy:

    I was already thinking Shasta. Someone beat me to it. But I think Vess (as suggested above) is a pretty name for such a pretty little girl. YooHoo would be a crack up! I can just hear you calling YooooooHooooo! Tab is cute too.

  64. mrkittysmom says:

    I think Moxie is also a grand name for the little brown ‘un…..

  65. Nancy in Iowa says:

    Congratulations, Weston! Just being named a finalist is phenomenal – and will be with you all your life!!!!

  66. Sheila says:

    How about teaberry πŸ™‚

  67. Urbanite says:

    Sierra Miss
    Mountain Doe

    Congratulations, Weston!

  68. Michelle says:

    Congrats, Weston!!!

    As for your baby (goat) girl, how about Sweet Tea? πŸ™‚

  69. Deborah Hitayezu says:

    shasta is a cute name for a kid….and congratulations to Weston on his success!

  70. Mim says:

    how about cherry coke…Congrats to Weston. :pawprint:

  71. farmershae says:

    She really looks like a Ne-hi to me (even though I’ve never had one) I like the Sassafras idea too.


    Weston – how awesome are you? Congrats!!!!!

  72. Amy says:

    I love the name Sweet Tea from the comment above but there is no better drink than a Cherry Lemon Sundrop. So it ought to be Sundrop! Congrats to Weston!! :wave:

  73. Sandra in SC says:

    Congrats to Weston! That is fabulous!!

    Are you sticking with soda names? If so, I like Shasta too…..might also suggest Sundrop….that’s an old soda, but one I remember liking as a child.

  74. B. Ruth says:

    Three cheers for Weston!

    I like Moxie and Sassy!

  75. Linda Zoldoske says:

    Well done, Weston! Congratulations!

  76. Darlene says:

    That is good news, congratulations!

  77. Mz E says:

    Congrats to Weston!

    How about….Cheerwine (I think that’s strictly a southern soda fom NC) or Sierra Mist or Schwepps. Are you sticking w/the soda theme for naming??

  78. Cheryl says:

    Congrats to Weston and good luck!!! How about Nehi (aren’t they just about knee high?) or cappuccino.

  79. leanna says:

    Way to go Weston (and mama!)

    As for your little doe, how about RC (cola) or start going on the coffee names — latte, caramel, mocha.

  80. Susan says:

    National Merit Finalist? How cool is that? See Weston, hard work does pay off!!
    For the kid with 4 legs, stay with the bottle cap/drink theme, it fits them all…bubbly personalities…

  81. LDF says:

    Machiatta … needs to end in an “a” as she’s a she (vs “o” for a he)! Love the coffee names! Okay … love the coffee drinks too …

  82. roosterrun says:

    You deserve some good news. Congratulations. Even if no money comes from this Weston is still a winner. The title and honor will go far. As for the baby goat, how about RC for real cutie!

  83. Julie says:

    Moxie is so cute and is my favorite of the names suggested. Congrats to Weston ~ quite an accomplishment!!!

  84. Darlene in North Ga says:

    Congrats, Weston!

    And I like Frostie a lot.

  85. Stephanie in Seattle says:

    How about Nehi (because she will be), Cola or Tango?

  86. wvhomecanner says:

    awww I like the tea idea

    Sweet Tea
    Sweet T
    Sweetie lol!

  87. Melinda says:

    I like the name sassafras too! Cute and …wait for it…sassy! lol

    Congrats to Weston for this accomplishment…..whether he wins or not it is such an honor to come this far! I know you must be very proud!

  88. Susan says:

    There used to be a soft drink called Wink. The ad went “Wink the sassy one, from Canada Dry”.
    Well done, Weston.

  89. Michelle says:

    I think she need a root beer name, being brown and carbonated and all. A&W?

  90. Christa H. says:

    RC cola
    brown sugar

    congrats to Weston!

  91. Martha in KS says:

    Like mother – like son! Congrats to Weston on being a brainiac!
    Now about that precious little brown baby – I think she looks like a root beer float – dark on the bottom & lighter brown and frothy on the top. I thought about “Black Cow” since that’s A&W’s float, but calling a goat “cow” might give her a complex. So how about A&W? Or Cappuccino – and call her Cappy.

  92. jane hill says:

    Congratulations to Weston!! I know you’re proud of him.

    The little one should be called Brownie! He’s so cute!

    Hugs, Jane

  93. Mary in Indiana says:

    Rootie Toot – an old time root beer name!

  94. brookdale says:

    Way to go, Weston! Congratulations to you (and Mom too)!
    I also like the name Moxie, even if I don’t like the drink itself.

  95. Yankee Gal says:

    Congratulations – such good news and we’ll all keep our fingers crossed. Now as far as that sweet little doe goes, I love the name YooHoo – so cute! But being from up North I adore Moxie!

  96. Rose H says:

    Best wishes Weston from ‘over the pond’! Great news, I sure a very worthy finalist πŸ™‚
    I like Cinnamon for the little one.

  97. Lisa says:

    Vernors or ginger ale, ginger for short πŸ™‚

  98. Jeanne says:

    Fresca? She’s a bubbly little thing.

  99. Erica in VA says:

    I don’t think I saw it yet – how about Coca? Like Coca Cola? Congrats to your son on being in the running for that scholarship!

  100. Melissa (N4M) says:

    Congrats and good luck to Weston!!! I think she looks like a Root Beer or Capacino

  101. kd says:

    Call her/him IBC…for root beer making company.

  102. jojo h says:

    I like the name Sienna 8)

  103. Ann/alba says:

    Huge congrats to Weston You must be Very Proud….
    As to wee Brownie I’ll just go with what I suggested the other day Jules( today is Jules Verne 183 birthday)
    Caramel, Fawn or Faun, Fenella, Flora Frappaccino Mocha ( Alba lol) Effy piobar its Gaelic for Pepper. butterscotch I liked this too nutmeg is known by its Latin name as (myristica) Bathsheba k that might be pushing it…
    Have fun choosing.

  104. ticka1 says:

    Frosty is a perfect name! Congrats to Weston! Tell him good job!

  105. Nancy Stickler says:

    Congrats to you and Weston!! I was thinking along the lines of Root Beer too! Moxie is cut!

  106. Linda Distlehorst says:

    Congratulations Weston! And, congratulations, Suzanne; you are a great Mom to your children and your animals!
    I would suggest Heath Bar for Fanta’s little brown one.

  107. Whaledancer says:

    Congratulations, Weston, and good luck! Plus, even for those who don’t win a scholarship, “National Merit Scholarship Finalist” looks good on your resume.

  108. Yvonne says:

    I first thought of Shasta, but then Sassy is cute too! I think I like Shasta the best, though if she turns out to have some attitude, call her Sassy!

  109. Rhonda says:

    CONGRATS!!! Oh.. and you may not know.. There are many colleges who offer automatic scholarships to National Merit finalists and some to semi-finalists. Do a search online to find them if you are interested. Most require that you list them as first choice… but you can change that choice at any time. πŸ™‚

  110. Angie May says:

    Congrats to Weston!!!

  111. GrammieEarth says:

    Congrats Weston!!!!! Looks good on ya =)
    I look forward to hearing your newest news.! Whatever happens… revel in the fact that you are a contender

  112. Jan says:

    Congratulations Weston, I will be keeping my fingers crossed for you. How about Honey for Fanta’s baby because she is so sweet.

  113. Deb says:

    Congrats Weston.
    I vote for Sassafras (Sass)

  114. Patty Norton says:

    Way to go Weston!
    I vote for Cafe au lait

  115. kathy says:

    How about cream soda or ginger ale :duck:

  116. Nic, SD says:

    Awesome never-the-less!

  117. Tina says:

    I like Coco or Shasta for the baby’s name.

  118. Teresa says:

    I like Sassafras and Sassy for short.

    Congrats to Weston! I just put one through college and am there myself. Every grant, scholarship, etc helps.

  119. Melissa Duncan says:

    I like Coco Puff. She reminds me of the cereal, and the color of the milk after it has been in the bowl!

  120. Daria Walton says:

    As a Mainer, I second (or more) Moxie!!

  121. Beth Brown says:

    Awesome news about Weston! Keeping my fingers crossed –


  122. wkf says:

    Congrats Weston!

    Moxie needs to be the terrible mother’s(Sprite?) baby’s name. Yoo-Hoo is a riot.

  123. Marla says:

    They are soooo cute! How about Honey or Honeycomb or HoneyBear? Lots of great choices here! Congrats to Weston too!

  124. melody says:

    Dont know if you picked one yet or not but hows about Chi Chi or Harmony.

  125. Robin Crittenden says:

    I think you should name the little girl “Brown Sugar”

  126. Melissa says:

    Rootbeer or A&w for baby goat names.

  127. sophanne says:

    The Simpsons drink “Buzz” cola!

  128. elizabethelfoss says:

    I like sassafras, or ginger ale.

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