"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

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Spanish Flu Pandemic

Nearly 100 years ago the the Spanish Flu Pandemic killed from 50-100 million people.  Roughly 3-5% of the world's population at that time.

Just thought I'd let that sink in as we see Ebola not only breaching our soil, but seriously being mishandled by our Government.

Concerned?

I am.

A few quick questions for any that may stop by and visit.
1.  The mortality rate is not reassuring about Ebola and it may mutate and become more/less aggressive.  While we await proper protection and prevention by the government, are you prepared?  Well how can I be prepared, I hear you ask yourself?  Well are you prepared, just in case, you get Ebola?

2.  Are you doing anything currently to ensure less exposure to large groups of people?

3. Do you have preparations at home that could maintain you and your family for several weeks, including pet care, medications, and such?

I ask these questions because none of us know when we will die.  None of us are as prepared as we think for any crises, yet we are embarking on something that could be world changing...as the 1918-1920 Spanish Flu Pandemic was. 

By the way, 3-5% of 7 billion is 210 to 350 MILLION people.  The United States population is about 317 million people. 

I am concerned.  I worry about my loved ones as well, but I find comfort in God.

Bill and I will send you a Bible today if you would like to read more about God. If you wish for a free Bible, click here.

Thursday, October 9, 2014

Happy Birthday Fourth

Once a mom, always a mom...as I am sharing my precious baby, that is no longer a baby. She is 19 today. I cannot believe this sometimes as we weren't given the most optimistic outlook for her survival. 

I tear up thinking upon that.

In no particular order I will share my Fourth.
She is an animal lover

Her smile has stolen my heart.

She is a goof with friends here, there, and everywhere...requiring
skype to keep up with some. 

She loves her brothers and visits or connects with them
practically every day.

She was a blondie for many years, with Shirley Temple curls.

She is very creative.  

She has been in two weddings in the past several weeks,
one for a new sister (in law), and the other a bestie friend.

She loves music and went to a bridal shower at a country concert.
She was born 73 days early. I will type that again. 73 days early
10 WEEKS EARLY.

Fourth has three wonderful brothers.

And oh she looks so cute in red!

And in braids...

And in snow!
She dressed up when her big brother came home while in the Army.
 
No matter what she does, she soars in her efforts~
Oh she makes me smile~her brothers do too!

Each day has been a gift with her.

The farm has been a place to see her interact with animals.
She as a way with the furry, wooly, feathery friends!

I  will always see my daughter as amazing.
She can do anything that she sets her mind upon.
 

Oh and is she a smarty.  I love talking to her and hearing
her thoughts as I am at times astounded at her thoughts.

My baby is a lovely young woman now.

Who always makes me smile.

Oh dear Fourth Happy Happy Birthday~

WE LOVE YOU!

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Holy Days of the Bible

We are in the middle of the three fall Feasts: 
Stay tuned for a post about the Feasts in the Bible...

If you are wondering about the Feasts, feel free to read Leviticus 23, 
1 Corinthians 5:8, and Colossians 2:16-17. 

The Feasts are to be kept for ever.
They are not the Feasts of the Jew
but are Feasts of the LORD. 

Friday, September 19, 2014

It has rained a good deal lately

and it is evident all about the farm.
Our wagon shows how much rain we have had in the past
2 days.

Oh the noxious weeds are rampant. 

With all the heavy rains in the past few weeks, we have a large
amount of surprise plants, here, there, and everywhere.
I thank the chickens!

Now this was a pumpkin I had tossed to the chicks.
Green!!

The edge of our yard has a surprise gourd plant~I think it is a gourd plant.

Marigolds and such...outside the rock garden.

 and another.
 
Like a few years ago, the mesquite have become
trellises for the plants about the property!
 

I just walked through that puddle myself a few minutes ago.
It was like the bottom of a pond or lake.  Squishy~ as I was 
barefoot!

This is the tire garden and it is usually tires with plants and the 
ground it plain old New Mexico dirt.

Our pomegranate trees are overflowing.


As is everything else, even if a few need to be tossed.
 

Another pomegranate, looking nice.

The tire garden. 

Another view. Those yellow flowers are weeds.  I really wish
they weren't as they are so lovely.  Instead they are so horrible 
and with the rains, they are everywhere.

I think that the rains are over for a bit, and with
Athena photo-bombing this picture, I think I can close 
my post with 
THE END!

For the Kitchen

I'm making some artwork for the kitchen.  Since Bill made the rustic log frame for the menorah I made, I have been thinking of making something for the kitchen.   My idea is a collection of tea pots that are about 8 x 11.  If I want to change the collection, I'll draw something else!
I am taking my first drawing class and I am loving it!
 
When we lived in Germany, I had a small tea pot collection,
but it took up too much space and I did not have room for it.
 


With drawings, I can take them down and replace them and it does
not take up space!

Thank you Bill for committing to making rustic log frames...
even though you don't know you are going to make them yet!

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Did I mention

Second was married last weekend?
 
Yep.  His dad officiated. 
His best man was Third~
One of his groomsmen was First~
And Fourth was a bridesmaid~

I was the designated person to cry.
I succeeded!


The third groomsman is a direct relative of George Coe...
you know: Lincoln County War, Billy the Kid,Lincoln County Regulators,
and he allowed Second to have his wedding on the Coe family ranch.
It is known by another name as well.