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.

Friday, April 29, 2011


Living above a barn is dirty. Shocking, right? Living with three children has a certain amount of dirt attached to it anyway. But combine that with living on a ranch and voila! you have the makings of dirty floors, dirtier laundry, and strangest of all, lots of rocks randomly showing up on your kitchen counter. I sweep anywhere from two to five times a day. And I am certainly not an amazing housekeeper. My philosophy is to clean when I notice that it's dirty. And man, these floors are something else. Hubby mopped the other day (I have him well trained ) and by afternoon you would never have known. Then we have days like yesterday when everyone, minus T and myself, spent the day branding. Holy mudfest! I think everyone changed at least twice, M might have changed four times. You know it's bad when you make your family strip down on the front porch before you let them inside. A full load of laundry from one day is either crazy or a really fun day. I will, however, put up with the dirt and maybe even enjoy it eventually if it means I get to raise my family here.

1 comment:

  1. Sweeping and Dishes are the bane of my household/wife existence! Finish, turn around more is there! How? How, I ask, does this happen?