"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."

Dr. Adrian Rogers , 1931 - 2005

Saturday, November 29, 2014

The best of the photos are often the outtakes!

The time of the annual photos is more about reigning in the normal behavior which is of goofiness and laughter. I used to stress about taking the perfect photo.  Thanks to digital cameras I enjoy the outtakes as much as the perfect photo.
They can laugh at anything.  They can find humor is everything.
Many times I forget what I am doing as I get pulled in to the 
moment of goofiness.

This photo is what I call a before photo.
You can see with Second (second from left)  and that he has almost
lost it.

And here you go...

Now with the girls you get smirks and half smiles.  It's not that 
they did not want to smile, it's that the three men stood behind me.

When I turned around I saw First, Second, and Third doing their 
best to make the girls lose it.  If you look at Fourth you can see her in
the middle of a shrug.  Time has passed and they may be older BUT they 
continue to do the same things!  
When I am older and look back upon the years, I will remember these times
and know when they were happening I knew they were indeed, the best of times.

Friday, November 28, 2014

File this in the unbelievable files

Thanksgiving is the time I take the annual photos of the kids.  I am certain that this is a time of endurance for them, but they suffer through it because of one word~Mom.  Only mom's can get away with certain things.  For that I am happy!

As I was uploading the photos, I noticed something that was pretty unbelievable and knew I had to post an old photo to then share a photo I snapped yesterday.

This is Third from 2010 when he was with friends paintballing. 
Can you see the heart on his mask?

 Well look at this photo from yesterday.
I was playing around with retro colors and when I switched it to sepia
I noticed something on Third!

Can you see the heart shadow?

Now for the rest of the story:
Third has a birthmark.
Yep, a birthmark.
Can you guess what shape it is?

Of course!
It's a heart!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

Announcing Thanksgiving 2015 Guestlist...

Well...for sure there will be one extra seat at the table.  It will be a chair that seats a bit higher.
The guest will wear either something blue,

or something pink!!!


Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing all the farm visitors a Happy Thanksgiving!

May your day be filled with family, friends, and love!

May you eat lots of pumpkin pies 

First in Afghanistan -middle right, celebrating Thanksgiving 2010

May you take a moment and remember those that are far from home
during Thanksgiving when you consider things you that you are thankful for.


Wednesday, November 26, 2014


Thankful post 3

I am thankful to have been a stay home wife and mom.  This is something that I chose to do 26 years ago.   I have loved this role.  I am not writing this to debate those that see this as suppressive, or to suggest that those that must work or chose to work are horrible.  I am thankful that I have been able to be home all these years.  I am thankful that with Bill, we have been able to really embrace thrift, innovation, and creativity to afford for me to be one on the homefront.

I am thankful that 159,000+  and 114,000+ are workable mileage numbers in our vehicles.  When we buy a new car, I am thankful that 92,000 miles was like the shiniest, newest model on a car lot.  I am thankful that new to us is not a bad thing to love.

I am thankful that million dollar views don't always have to come with a million dollar price tag.

This is the view from my front porch.  Pretty awesome isn't it?

 I am thankful that using a pressure canner is not as scary as it originally sounded all those years ago
I love v-8 and this is my own veg juice

 I am thankful that I was able to homeschool my children.  Over the years while being their primary, middle school, and high school teacher I worried I was not doing enough.  Now that they are adults I am able to realize that my worries were for naught. 

I am thankful that pumpkins are very adaptable and thrive in the desert. 
pumpkin in the mesquite
the pumpkin is almost in the center of the image

Can you see the lovely green pumpkin growing in the mesquite bush?  This was about 5' up and by the time we harvested it, the pumpkin weighed about 30lbs.  I am thankful that we had goats at the time, and that I fed the goats slops.  I had a pumpkin in my food storage that had gone bad and tossed it to the goaties.  Well in July we began seeing bright vibrant plants growing in the mesquite and when we went out to see what they were, we discovered pumpkin plants all over the property.  With the heavy rains in June we had seeds spread about and by November we harvested almost 40 pumpkins!  This year we ended up with about ten and I did not plant any pumpkins~instead I toss a pumpkin out in March and allowed nature to work for me!

To anyone new to the blog...I am the biggest fan of pumpkin!! Seriously. I love pumpkin pie and instead of cake have pie for my annual birthday treat (in June).

Please feel free to share things you are thankful for!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014


Thankful post part 2.

I am thankful for my children.  Bill and I wanted  8 children.  We could only have 4.  The four pregnancies and deliveries were of the top hardships in our marriage.  I had First 6 weeks premature, Third 8 weeks premature, and Fourth 10 weeks premature.  My pregnancies included long hospital stays, flight for life, and finally I nearly died during delivery with Fourth.   I was sad I could not have any more children.  I honestly carried that a long time, and then a few years ago as the kids began to date I looked to the children and told Bill, "we will have 8 children, but some will join us because of the 4!" 

Psalm 127: 3 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the womb is his reward.

Second and his wife.
 Thou therefore, my son, be strong in the grace that is in Christ Jesus.  2 Timothy 2:1

So Christ was once offered to bear the sins of many; and unto them that look for him shall he appear the second time without sin unto salvation. Hebrews 9:28

Third and his wife

As newborn babes, desire the sincere milk of the word, that ye may grow thereby.  1 Peter 2:2

And that from a child though hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus.  2 Timothy 3:15

And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest  by the way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. Deuteronomy 6:7

Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old he will not depart from it.  Proverbs 22:6

I am thankful for my children and pray that they walk in His ways always. 

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15

Prove all things; hold fast to that which is good.  2 Thessalonians 5:21

Be sober and diligent; because your adversary, the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour: 1 Peter 5:8

Monday, November 24, 2014


Thankful post part 1.

I am thankful for the Word of God.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, 
and the Word was God.
John 1:1 
For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven.
Psalm 119:89 

I am thankful that my country still believes this. 
Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government for a redress of grievances. 
Bill of Rights
1st Amendment

I am thankful for this young couple.  

They learned how to become one.  It wasn't always easy.
But it has made all the difference that these two decided to become one.

Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall
 cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
Genesis 2:24