It was challenging to try to juggle all of my work during canning seasons, especially with two little children and lots of animals.
On my busiest days I could count on having my little brother Mahlon to come and help out. Sailor and Rosy both adored him so his job of keeping them entertained while I worked wasn't very hard.
He seemed to enjoy those days as well and while the children were down for a nap he had multiple little projects around the farm that he was free to pursue to his hearts content. One of his dreams was to own an ant farm and when he discovered a big ant hill in the barnyard he spent a lot of time trying to find the queen to start his own little colony. He wasn't successful, but it didn't curb his enthusiasm. I enjoyed having him there. Little brothers with all their fun ideas and experiments kept life interesting and I couldn't help but wonder what all would be in store once Sailor got to be a little older.