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Wednesday, September 15, 2010

You're Invited: A Modern-Day Barn Raising

You know how I've been channeling my inner-pioneer lately? (If you don't know, read veggie garden, apple canning or chicken rearing posts) Well I was struck this morning by the brilliance of a pioneer tradition I firmly believe needs resurrecting. The Barn Raising.

You remember that fabulous scene from Seven Brides for Seven Brothers where the whole town turns out to raise a barn? Of course you do. They start out building a barn and before you know it, some impromptu square dancing has broken out and by the end of the scene each Pontipee brother is paired up with his very own gingham-clad pioneer woman. (If you feel the need to go watch that scene again now - click here.)

Here's the situation:

1. We have a baby on the way.

2. She's a she and therefore the nursery needs tweaking.

3. The Squirt told me he doesn't want to share his room with a girl; so he's moving to the guest room.

4. The guest room looks like this:
5. The Leipprandts have a terminal case of can't-finish-a-projectitis. Read here for further explanation.

6. Painting is FUN! Ask Tom Sawyer.

Here's where you come in. Saturday morning, October 2nd. You have nothing important going on. Don't check, just trust me.

I'm not promising square dancing or strapping young red-headed men/gingham-clad women for those of you that help. But I'm not above promising beer, lemonade and chocolate chip cookies. Whatever floats your boat.

We're going to move some furniture, paint a room and heck maybe even sew. : ) It will be a rip-roaring time. Who's with me!? Come on now....who's with me!!?


Are you still reading?

If you're close enough to drive here and I know you read this blog, I'd better get an RSVP.


  1. I am so sorry that I am in Savannah - at least a good 4 hours away...cause if I lived near the ATL I would love to come help. BTW, I did get that biscuit video from my boss...I'll email it to you. I just finished watching it & my problem is I always over-work the'll see. She makes it look so easy!!

  2. The girls have a birthday party to go to from 10:30-12:00. If you are still painting around 12:30ish we could come. Not too sure how handy Kate is with a roller, but she's good for some finger painting. :)

  3. Sorry, I would love to help but I live in Ohio. Good idea though...I might steal it!

  4. You know you'll have to remind us about two days before, but Kyle has been talking alot lately about how much he wants to square dance. We're in.

  5. Crap. I'm in Canada that weekend...


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