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.

Sunday, March 20, 2011


Thank you for allowing Hubby the opportunity to have his voice heard last night. And for allowing me to rest my weary brain. Sometimes just thinking ahead to all the things that need to be done is exhausting. Cleaning stalls has to be done this week in preparation for our new lovies. The house needs to be cleaned, as usual. My sister and her mister are coming at the end of the week and I want to be done before then so we can play.
Todays' Sunday Creation is food, yet again. But, really, is there anything better? I want to be crafty, I want to sew and knit and create beautiful objects for my children to play with and to wear, but everytime I get out a project, something comes up. Or generally, someone gets into it. Ahem, T... So food it is. The thing that I can at least once a day pour my heart into and create for my family. It nourishes body and hopefully soul as well. This might be why "Like Water for Chocolate" is one of my very favorite books. Tonight I made a four bean chilli and cornbread. I love cornbread. The recipe I use calls for honey and buttermilk. So delicious. I have to say, I can make a pretty awesome pot of chilli. I don't have a recipe for it, so everytime I make it it comes out just a little bit different. 

Today, other than eating, Hubby and I watched through our front window as a calf was born. Considering how many times that has happened recently, you might think it wouldn't be so exciting anymore. This is, in fact, not true. Always fascinating. Always will be. Please don't ever let me get jaded to the birthing process, no matter what creatures it involves.

See the baby lying in the grass?

S woke up not long after the grand event.
We took a moment to soak in the splendor of the day.
You can take a moment to soak in the splendor of our bed hair.
 Later, we went to Montrose, that bigger "city" to the South of us. We needed to get some new hoses and gloves for the kids. We got home just in time to discover a leak in the barn. Thankfully it wasn't bad and all was soon fixed and put back to normal. Follow that with the scrumptious dinner and reminiscing with my parents, and over all, I call it a good day.


  1. We had the same dinner this week too!! How funny.
    Hope this calf is healthy.

  2. Don't worry about housecleaning for the Sister and her Mister - I am so terribly excited to be there I wouldn't notice if it was a total disaster zone. :)
    I miss your chili, btw - you make the best chili of anyone I know.
    And I did take a moment to enjoy the splendor of your bed hair and have a much needed laugh. :)

  3. I love making Chili with no recipe. It's so good. And if I remember you make a good cornbread...ain't nothing' wrong with that!