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, June 2, 2011

Dwarf Calf and Music

    Here on the ranch the cattle are still being shipped to greener pastures. Some of the cows had calves within the last month and therefore had to wait until the calves were bigger and stronger before shipping. Calving season seems to last a long time. It started in February and there is still a group of cows being watched who we know are pregnant, but haven't calved yet. Today, my folks helped brand and castrate (if necessary) a group of forty-some-odd calves. This in itself is no big news other than one very unique calf. About a month ago, a dwarf calf was born on the ranch. I have no idea what the statistics are of dwarfism in cattle, but I believe it is quite rare. This little guy is so sweet that I am thinking about buying him and keeping him as a pet. Otherwise he will be sent to market with the other yearlings next year. It just doesn't seem right to be so special and then be eaten. Anyone want to help me adopt a dwarf steer?

My lovely, hardworking, amazing parents.

Isn't he adorable?! Those other calves are the same age as he is.

Don't you think he should live with me?
    In other news, the summer music season has started. Remember how I talked about Pioneer Town the other Day? Well part of that property consists of a little white chapel. Every Thursday night at seven, there will be a different band playing there. We are music nuts and seek out music as much as we can. Well, Hubby and I do. The kids are content with whatever as long as they can run around. Thankfully, they opened the windows to the church so we could listen from outside while the munchkins did their thing. An interesting fact about tonight is that Hubby and I, being thirty-two and thirty, were at least two decades younger than anyone else there. The music was great. It wasn't old-folky or religious despite being held in a church. Why is my community not showing up for this? It's a free event to do with your family!

Just chillin. How is my belly this huge already?!

M looking at the most awesome tree, a Goldenchain tree.

Me and my small peeps

S's "organic collage" in it's pear shape

M's "organic collage"

T trying to figure out why brother and sister are so obsessed with the grass.

I have no idea what they were doing. But aren't they sweet doing it?


  1. This post made me so happy for some reason. :) I love all the pics of the kids, your belly is beautiful, and yes, that calf should totally live with you. Oh, and why aren't more people taking advantage of that music?! It looks lovely to be able to sit in the grass, listen to some music, and enjoy the evening!

  2. I'd help you adopt the calf, but then I'd have to take him on the weekends:)