Ann and Joe Shaughnessy, center, surrounded by their children and grandchildren this summer at the entry to their hometown of Axtell. From left are the families of their adult children, James, Katie, Ryan and Erin.

Ann and Joe Shaughnessy’s adult children don’t hesitate to share stories about what rural living means to them.

They will gather during this year’s holidays and, like so many families, say prayers of thanks for all that they’ve been given. One of those gifts is the chance to live in the Axtell community.