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Archives for February, 2011

Scenes from the Farm in Winter

These were taken before the 18 inches of snow that fell the other day, so you can actually see the ground, but the scene is still basically the same – white, with scattered critters. We’re all definitely starting to dream of spring! The creek in winter Asher at the Creek Isaiah, finding material to repair…

Global Population Speak Out

There’s a great scene in the book _Cheaper By the Dozen_ (which had almost nothing to do with the recent movie Steve Martin was in, although there’s a fairly good old one) in which Lillian Moller Gilbraith, mother of 12 (11 surviving) is offered by a joking friend as the ideal host for a Planned…

Is It a Farm Yet?

I once wrote an essay about my son Isaiah’s wish for a farm. He has a farm, of course, but he also dreams of a different one, the one in his imagination. What was funny was that all the adults that saw his wish understood it so very well. Many people tell me how much…

Chore Time

Note: I wrote this piece in 2009, when my boys were younger. By now they chop food for dinner, Isaiah can indeed use the hatchet and Simon and Isaiah have their own flocks of birds, and the sale of any eggs they raise. The general principles are still the same. We still don’t give allowances…