"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

Friday, December 26, 2008

Handcrafted Farm Gifts

Bill and I were brought to tears by the amazing gifts that the kids made for us for Christmas. Around 3:45 am yesterday we heard the front door open and close and the telltale signs of the two middle sons "being quiet"(going outside to bring in the gifts they made). Time to wake up for Christmas, but we tried to eek out another five minutes. By 3:55 am the carolers arrived in our room to sing We wish you a Merry Christmas!

These gifts in the photo were made by the children for Bill and I. The month has been one of crafting and busy-ness here and there and whenever time could be found. As I closed the day I once again thought of how wonderful the year has been and how much living on the farm has been a blessing to us all.


Penless Thoughts said...

You have such sweet, wonderful kids. You and Bill have set the example and taught them so well. 3:45 a.m.??? Even for me that's early and I'm the early riser you know!!!!

When Mickey got up yesterday morning and came into the computer room where I was working away he sang "Happy Birthday to you" and then he went into "Jingle Bell, Jingle Bells". What sweetness and joy here, too !!!!

Cathryn said...

Aw Jennifer ~ how precious. And how wonderful that you all are having this "farming" experience. You all kind of remind me of the Waltons - and that is a good thing. Blessings ~ Cathryn

Pat said...

What wonderful kids!!

And, what a blessing to have them make things with their hands to be treasured for a lifetime!!

I know you are thanking the Lord for them and their tender hearts and compassion!!

What a way to start such a special day.....

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