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.

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


The second addition to our family is our amazingly sweet, overweight-no-matter-what-she-eats, floppy eared Mollie. I wanted a Beagle as soon as I saw one as a puppy and thankfully a dear friends' Beagle had just had pups. Her moms' name was Henny Penny Jenny, called Jenny, so we named ours Hollie Pollie Mollie. Her dad was called Gump, as in Forrest Gump. Mollie came into our lives about four months after we were married and about three months after Jessie came along. Mollie has had a strong personality from the beginning. I thought we would never get her house trained. She still enjoys messing in the house when she perceives that she might be getting a little neglected. As in, we went on vacation. Or, we moved across the state. Or, Mom got sick. You know, that kind of neglected. She is the smallest purebred Beagle we have ever seen, but what she lacks in size she makes up for in attitude. She is definitely the leader of the pack. Which has made it hard for her since Ranger came along. He is a big, dumb pup that is still learning to listen to Hubby and I. He really doesn't know what to make of this small snarly thing that he often runs over in his excitement to be alive. And she doesn't know what to make of this ugly beast with a tail like a whip. I know she is plotting away and will someday soon rule her small kingdom again.

 She endlessly makes us laugh with her "smile" that she makes when she is getting scolded, or her snorty sounds that she makes while eating, sniffing and sleeping. She has many nicknames such as: Wolverine, Fatty Kazoo, Mollie Mollie Two by Four, Emoll (which is what S called her when he was learning to talk), etc. We love her so much and like her big sister Jessie, wish that she could always be with us. This year she will have her eleventh birthday. Here's to many more years of loving and being loved by this special dog, Mollie. 

1 comment:

  1. You forgot "Ottoman". Although, I think "Mollie Mollie Two by Four" is my fav. I miss that fat dog...not us much as the kiddos (or their Mama) but still...