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 8, 2011

Here's the Beef

I really should learn to wait a few days to post things when it comes to animals. Every time I praise an animal or think an animal is going to live, they do their best to prove me wrong. Case in point, Mama Cow from the other night. Yea, she only pretended to be nice. Last night she rammed the adopted bull calf so hard she pushed him through the fence. Poor thing was knocked silly. Meme is now bottled feeding him and another calf. Oh and the bull calfs' mom was so crazy she broke her own leg in a fit of rage. We now call her hamburger. Literally, not figuratively. Most cows are somewhat docile and pretty good Mamas. Unfortunately, when a cow/calf pair end up in the hospital, we see the bad examples.
Our other sad news that proved me wrong was our sweet Thumbelina. I thought bringing her in and babying her would save her for sure. A little warmth and TLC and she would catch up to the other chicks in no time. That was not to be. Tiny little thing died on Tuesday.
So maybe the next time I post about an animal, you will be able to read the whole story, not just the beginning and then the dismal end.


  1. oh sorry to hear about little thumbelina :(

  2. Grrr...I just made a comment about the nice mama cow! So least the kids get to enjoy bottle feeding, right?
    And I'm still so sad about Thumbelina...she was my fav...