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, April 14, 2011

My Husband

I am going to brag. I have no shame when it comes to my husband. He is amazing. He has been amazing since we first started dating thirteen years ago. He has been beside me through the good, the bad and the darn right ugly. He is solid as a rock. I would choose no other man to walk with through this journey we call life. Some specific things he has done lately to solidify my admiration are as follows. He moved across the state with me on a whim. He doesn't even look back, but just plows straight ahead. He let me follow my dream of owning dairy goats. And he has embraced that dream wholeheartedly. When we found out we were expecting again, I was taken by surprise. And even though we weren't sure that we would ever have another baby, when that test came back positive, he was as excited as he was the first time around. I feel down and out lately. He has stepped up to the plate and been such a support. He builds the most beautiful things. A play kitchen for our children. Nightstands for both of us. A rabbit hutch. A milking stanchion. A media center for the tv and dvd's. There seems to be nothing the man can't do. And if he hasn't done something before, he does the research and learns what needs to be done. And then he does it better. He excels at his job and routinely places at the top of his company in customer satisfaction and job completion. Customers appreciate him so much that they invite him back to their homes just to hang out. I don't think he has ever met anyone that doesn't like him. He is sweet, funny, a good cook, loving, generous, handsome, and every other thing a man should be. I love him with all my heart.
My man with the completed milking stanchion he built.

The rabbit hutch he built

The delicious dinner he made for us tonight

Welding the stanchion


  1. You forgot that he also has mad beard-growing skills. :)

  2. Trust me, I could never forget that!

  3. What a beautiful post, and what beautiful work he does. Congratulations to you all!

  4. He has monkey hands too! Yeah Husband!!