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 1, 2011

On the Road

We have this handy dandy gadget that plugs into our laptop that picks up cell reception and lets us use the internet on the go. I am so enthralled by this that it borders on obsession. So I am going to be a major doofus and write while we cruise on down the road. We are heading back to our wonderful ranchland tonight. So much later than we planned due to a major mess up at the bank and a much needed chat with friends. M & S spent the day with aforementioned friends hiking to a settlers cabin and learning all about how the pioneers lived. It sounds like they had a blast AND were able to learn quite a bit. Plus, it wore them out so that they promptly fell asleep in the truck. Sleeping kids can make a long nighttime road trip go so much smoother. We are driving my parents' truck hauling a trailer with Hubbys' truck on it, both of which are loaded with a combination of bikes, troughs, a rabbit hutch, an a/c unit and a screen door. The random things that were left behind when we moved. Sister was kind enough to store them at her house. This load is making a long trip even longer. And poor Hubby has to be heading out to work by six-thirty a.m.. It is eleven o'clock now and we still have a good two and a half hours left on the road. That's when sleeping kids are not so good. They will get their full nights' rest and be ready to run tomorrow, while Hubby and I will be seriously dragging. Oh well.

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