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.

Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Today taught me a few things.
First: Don't make plans when you live on a ranch. They will inevitably change before your very eyes.
Second: Watch where you are going.
Third: While pictures are amazing, they cannot capture everything.
As a final note, for anyone wondering, the Momma cow and her calf from Saturdays' post were moved from the hospital to the field the very next day. I just kept forgetting to mention that.

Meme with the new calf out of this bunch.

Papa moving the next group through for ear tagging,
pregnancy testing (more interesting and not as gross as you would think), and vaccinating

To expound upon these revelations I will only add that waking up thinking you are going to town leads to working with cows which leads to falling through a hole in the catwalk around the holding pen which leads to completely sidetracking you from taking more pictures which leads to a completely exhausted family at the end of the day. As a bonus, it was one of the best home educating days that we have had in a long time. 

It hurts much worse than it looks.

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