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.

Saturday, March 12, 2011


Today we took the kids to the library for St. Patrick's Day crafts. This is another obscure holiday that I don't entirely understand. If I was an Irishman in Boston and enjoyed being a drunken roustabout, then it would be a different story. But I like a reason to wear green and make crafts with the kids so, hey, let's all be Irish for a day. I am quite happy that our small town has events for small people at the library. As home educators, we spend a lot of time and energy at the library. Choosing their own books has inspired more reading and asking to be read to than I ever could have imagined. We have always enjoyed our library, no matter where we have lived. Our little library has not failed to impress, despite it's size.

M and S crafting away.

The end result. Pinwheels and mobiles.

T did amazing at crafts. He ate the tissue paper, staining his lips blue,
 tried to use the glue stick as chapstick, wrestled me for the scissors
 and finally gave up and decided he was done, leaving me to finish by myself.
Here he is trying on my sunglasses with his blue lips.

As promised, a picture of Mama and Baby from yesterday.

And here's the little/big heifer all by herself.

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