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.

Saturday, January 21, 2012

Oh Deer

One of our family's favorite things to do up here in the middle of nowhere is to watch the wildlife. Namely, deer. We have a steady herd of about 6 that wander through the yard. Then there is our lone four-point buck that I have so cleverly dubbed "Bucky". This evening however, we had fourteen all at once. Mostly does and the fawns from last year, who are now fuzzy with their winter coats and totally adorable. There were also two young bucks in tonight's herd. We fed them all some leftover goat grain and some apples that were a little squishy. Spencer took the opportunity to get as close as he could. He did this by sitting motionless on the edge of the deck while one particular doe ate grain just feet away. It was a great experience for him and one I hope he will never forget. I believe this doe is the same one that visited us all summer and fall with her twin fawns that were then in spots. We thought Thane's energetic movements would scare them away, but in the end it was the cats bickering with each other that made the deer leave.


  1. These are some amazing pictures!! Oh, how I envy your backyard!!

  2. That's amazing how close they are! What an awesome thing to experience!