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.

Sunday, May 15, 2011


    For our Sunday Creation today, I will be talking about creations to come. I spent my afternoon looking through the pattern book that I think is so great called "Bend the Rules Sewing", by She blogs at I have already made the gnome hat from her book for T to wear last Halloween. I think I will make some bibs and throw pillows next. I also have plans to make some diaper change pads for a very close friend of mine who is expecting her first child in July. At any rate, it is fun to plan out ways to be creative. Sewing allows me to sit still and be mostly relaxed. I say mostly because pulling out the sewing machine with a toddler around can prove challenging at times. I will keep you posted on how these projects come along.

I can't wait to get started!

    I was able to get some flowers potted this week, which really brightened my spirits. I am still not able to do much of anything, so digging for a large garden is out of the question. But putting flowers into pots is relaxing and stimulating at the same time. They now adorn our front porch and the stairs leading up to our front porch. A little burst of color every time we open the door. The basil seed that I planted just over a week ago has come up so quickly that it actually surprised me. It is a blend of basils, however, the purple basil seems to be prevalent. The color purple is my favorite, so it works for me to have so much purple basil. I can't wait until it is big enough to harvest and eat.
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