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, April 2, 2011


My children are reading Shel Silverstein to chicks right now. S is holding one chick and the book, while M is holding two chicks and doing her best to make sure they see all the pictures.

 I, on the other hand, have a chickie asleep on my chest while I type. Our Dominique breed of chicks numbered seven upon arrival of their new home. They now number five. And they are definetely not growing as fast as the others. One of them is so tiny we have taken to calling her Thumbelina.
After Thumbelina had a bath, I was trying to warm her up.

 Thumbelina had a massively caked bottom end. Caked with poo that is. She got to come inside and take a "bath". Then we thought she might be too cold to go back out. So we set her up in an extra rabbit cage and brought three of the other small chicks in to keep her company and add to her warmth. It turns out that chicks in the house equals endless lovin' from children. And endless wide eyed attention from the cats.
Thumbelina is all the way to the left.


  1. I can't wait to get chicks...:) but until then I will get to see them on the farm!

  2. Awww. Seriously cute lil' birdies.