In earlier American rural life, communities raised barns because many hands were required. These events occured in a social framework with a good deal of interdependence. Members of rural communities often shared family bonds going back generations. They traded with each other, worshipped with each other and celebrated with each other. Barn raisings were an integral part of life and socializing.

In our modern American life, communities don't mean nearly as much as they did back then. It is our family's goal to bring a sense of community back to our lives and those lives that touch ours.

Monday, March 21, 2011


We went to our first 4-H meeting in ranchland tonight. This is the second year the children have been in 4-H. M is still a cloverbud and therefore cannot do too much, but S is full-fledged this year. He has chosen to be in the model rocketry club, the sport shooting club and the leathercraft club. What this means is that I am going to be even busier! Apparently, so is Hubby since he decided spur of the moment to be the sport shooting leader.  I love 4-H and was heavily involved in various clubs growing up. The lessons a child can take away from their experiences in 4-H will stay with them a lifetime. Our new club is small and new and still figuring everything out, but I think it will be a great club to be involved with.
Todays' weather was some kind of crazy. The wind blew with such force all day and around one p.m. dirt and smoke started blowing through. I have no clue where the smoke came from, but I was told the dirt came in from Utah. Is that because Utah blows? It didn't clear up until nightfall and now the wind is blowing again. It just isn't Spring in Colorado without the wind.
The children had so much pent up energy from being inside today that I thought we would all lose our minds. They must have just a little, because tonight they decided to sleep on the shelves in M's closet. This might have worked if the shelves were longer than two and a half feet. It worked about as long as I thought it would. Maybe five minutes. Sometimes you just have to let a child see for themselves.

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