Hi everyone! I'm super excited to find this site. I can't wait to get reading & meeting everyone! My husband & I have 2 children & live on a good sized farm in the very southern tip if Illinois. I work as a teacher's aide & teach reading at our local elementary school. My husband drives a semi - hauling materials for cement. My children are 9 & soon to be 13. On our farm we have chickens, horses, dogs & cats - hoping to add goats, ducks, geese & rabbits in the next year or so, maybe some cows, too! While I work outside of the home, I am also a dog breeder & breed AKC miniature Dachshunds. We have dogs all over the US & even a few outside of the US (Brazil, Puerto Rico, & Canada). We breed mostly for showing, but often have wonderful pets available, as well. We have also just gotten started in showing a few of our chickens at our local district fair. We had a blast & came home with first, second & third place ribbons! We have 85 chickens at the moment. We have many different breeds & sizes. We really enjoy everyone of them! Thanks for allowing me to join!!!!!