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.

Thursday, March 17, 2011


I am going to introduce you to our pets one by one. New additions have already been introduced, but our ladies that have been with us for quite a few years deserve their 5 minutes as well. Hubby and I were married in May of 2000, at the ripe old ages of 19 and 20. One month after we were married we adopted Jessie from the Humane Society and it has been love ever since. She is a Border Collie mix that was originally picked up as a stray. We chose her for her eyes, her love of water and her playful spirit.  Her playful spirit  translated into a very energetic dog for the last decade. When we first brought her home, we couldn't run without her chasing us and nipping at our heels. Now, at almost twelve years old, she has calmed enough to be trusted off the leash. She still loves the water and actively seeks out even the shallowest of rain puddles. Her other favorite things include the Hubby, our other dog, Mollie, peanut butter, car rides, carrots, and long naps. She amuses us with her groaning and grumbling and her never ending quest to catch those darn rabbits in her sleep. We are grateful for her nearly eleven years with us and though we know it is not possible, we would love the chance to share at least another eleven years with her.
Back when S was tiny.

M and Jessie on a camping trip in Wyoming

Opening her Christmas gift
Mollie and Jessie


  1. Good ol' Jessie. I hope her jaw isn't bothering her so much and that she is loving being able to run free.