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 31, 2011

More of the Big City

We lived in Fort Collins five and a half wonderful years. We have lived in ranchland two months. Already ranchland feels like home. I still hold an insanely sweet spot in my heart for this city and especially all of my friends here. But I feel like I am just visiting Fort Collins. Which I am. With no homesick feeling about leaving here. Today we wandered around downtown. Well, Hubby and I wandered while the children leapt about. While we wandered we came up with a list of things we love/miss about Fort Collins and a list of things we don't love/miss about Fort Collins. Here they are for your reading pleasure.

In no particular order the things we love/miss:
Amazing restaurants
Tree lined streets
Good, healthy grocery stores
Bike lanes
Running into familiar people in random places
Trains rolling through downtown
Parks galore
Our homeschool group

Downtown Fort Collins
In no particular order the things we don't love/miss:
Inconsiderate bicyclists
College students
Dirty, dirty hippies
Light pollution

I guess the things we don't love/miss are fairly typical of most cities. To be fair, without all of those annoyances, it would be too easy to take Fort Collins for granted. Thank you little big city for giving us all that you gave us and setting us free when we needed to go.


  1. Bummed I missed you guys while you were here!! Loving seeing all of your adventures!!

  2. Since my life is so comparable (I aspire to be like you btw)

    Miss about Milwaukee:

    Don't miss:
    College Students
    Dirty Hippies ( good one Amanda)
    inner city folk

    I can't wait to come visit your ranch!