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.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012


   Today I am bringing back my Wednesday Wonder. I have seen on a few other blogs that people have a Wordless Wednesday. A picture is posted from that day with no explanation attached. I thought about doing that, but then I realized that I can't have a wordless anything. I have to explain. It's like a disease. I think I got it from my Mom. At any rate, my Wonder for today is my friends. 2011 was a really rough year for me. From moving away from Fort Collins rather suddenly and unexpectedly all the way across the state to a town I had never really heard about, to being on bedrest with Iris for weeks on end, another move into a better home in yet another unknown town, to buying a new car literally the day Iris and I came home from the hospital, all of it contributed to more grey hairs on my head and more tears than I have ever shed in one year. We have certainly had our joys and for those, I am deeply grateful. But I am just as grateful for my dear sweet friends who had to listen to me ramble about home losses and pregnancy frustrations and being lonely. Anyone who is reading this blog is most likely a friend. And for all of you, I thank you for being in my life. There are a few friends, however, ones that I am not married to or related to by blood or marriage, that mean the world to me. E.U., D.M., J.M.M., J.C., and S.A., thank you so very much for being a Wonder in my life. I love you all.

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