Louisiana, Family and Country Life

My extended family bought 50 acres together in Louisiana, and we've discovered the many joys of country life.

| April/May 2004

  • Organic Garden
    A: Robins garden in full bloom. B: from left Rebekah, Steve, Donna and Joel Phillips Janette and Albert Greene; Robin, Danielle and Ricky Wright. C:Robin in her organic garden. D:Danielle feeds the horses, Missy and Copper E: Ricky fishes for Bass
    Photo courtesy Ricky Wright
  • Louisiana
    Choosing a building site with mature trees helped give the Wrights' beautiful new home the appearance of a stately, older farm home that had been updated.
    Photo courtesy Ricky Wright
  • Country Living
    Living our country life has been a dream come true. The peace and quiet is only interrupted by the geese honking or the horses neighing across the pasture to each other.
    Photo courtesy Fotolia/Olly

  • Organic Garden
  • Louisiana
  • Country Living

My extended family bought 50 acres together in Louisiana, and we've discovered the many joys of country life.

That rooster was dead. I was still shaking, I was so mad! Instinctively protecting his hens, 'Ole Roost' had spurred them once too often, and I decided it was time to call in the hatchet man. A few minutes later, Dad came driving up on his four-wheeler, hatchet and fishing net in hand. It wasn't pleasant, but the job was over quickly. When my clad handed me the headless villain, the look of shock on my face made him smile as he said, "Remember, you're the one that wants to live off the land."

Yes, it was true. For years I had talked with my parents and my sister about all of us buying land in the country, building houses, growing gardens, hunting and fishing, and being able to help each other. Now, as I stood watching my father drive away, bloody bird in hand, I realized I was living my dream — the good, the bad and the ugly.

7/7/2016 11:49:11 PM

Hello,this is Tomomi Sugai(Miyazaki) from Japan. Do you remenber me? I used to live with your family. I found your letter 1 week ago, so i try to contact you. If you don't mind,please send me e-mai. Best regards Tomomi SUGAI

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