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.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011


Someday, hopefully soon, I will be back on top of things. Someday. But today, this pregnancy is kicking my fanny. I am exhausted. I think I feel allright until I stand up and then I think I might get ill. Add to that all the lovely animals we have, three home educated children and a household to run and, my goodness, I am barely making it through my days. My doctor has put me on heavy restrictions due to a previous loss in pregnancy and the fact that this one has been a bit sketchy. Don't fear, all is progressing well. But I have to lie flat for the majority of the day. I have been doing this for eight days now. Which has thrown my system all out of whack. I sleep at the wrong times and then stare into the dark while the rest of the family is sweet dreaming. I can't seem to form a coherent thought. I don't know what I would do without my amazing Hubby and my sweet parents. Thankfully it has been raining here for days, so I feel a bit less guilty about staying inside in the Spring. Here is a photo post of the things that have been going on around here. There aren't any pics of S for two reasons. One, he was behind the camera lens for a few of the shots and two, the rain has not slowed him down. He is still gung ho about helping with the cows, even when freezing drizzle is creeping down his neck. I think I am raising a future rancher.

Geography lesson with the talking globe a friend gave us.

Our kitchen window. A bright spot inside while the rain pours down outside.

Cookies that the children made with Meme.

Roast in the crockpot and Meme's homemade bread.

Yellow headed blackbirds in the front yard.

In flight

T thought that since his sis was playing dress up, he should too.
Here he is in her winter coat.

M trying on my Grandma's jewelry. This occupied
her for the majority of Monday.
Do you like her lace toga?

The felt bracelet I made today for M's friend.

I think I will be making lots of these.

M decorating the gift box for her friend.

All done. I love it.

M with two different earrings on.


  1. The bracelet and box are very cool. Many of both should definitely be made. :) And should I bring my half of the earrings so Miss M can pick out some matching sets?

  2. I also like the bracelet and box, very cool

  3. Ooooh! love the crafts! I'd like some bread too please.

    Sorry you'er so sick. Hey, Can you send me your address. I've got some things to send you and the kidos.

    Feel better soon.

  4. Love the fancy ear rings on Meme. She's a little lady.

    The kittens are adorable. Good thing you guys are on a ranch.
    What a wild bunch you are!
    xoxo J