"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

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Last of the Pumpkins


Remember my post on how the pumpkins grew in the Mesquite?(click here) These are the last of the pumpkins. I am so happy to share this photo, and I am thankful for some very special people as they afforded me this opportunity. If you recall we did not plant pumpkins this year. In a series of events of feeding the goats and chickens slops and Hurricane Dolly causing flooding here in the desert, we learned that pumpkins can grow without any assistance(do not forget we live in an area that averages less than 9"of rain a year).

Pumpkins grew here and there and everywhere. We had nearly 40 pumpkins in the final count!! We did nothing for these to grow yet were abundantly blessed thanks to God. Such is my ability to share photos again. I did nothing, deserve nothing, yet the Lord provided us with once again a camera.

As the year closes on the farm, I am humbled to realize that the Lord has been steadfast with us. He has been with us in hardship and loss (the greenhouse and the mice episode), the time I was emotional as to the amount of effort required, and even in our simple desire to have camera. I am forever grateful to serve Him. I am forever thankful for how I see others as servants of Him too, and love them as I love my own children and spouse.

This opportunity to share this journey has been a roller-coaster of emotions, as I am often battling pride. I see some things as pretty humble and blush with embarrassment, yet I continue taking you the reader along for the ride. I have shared how a middle aged woman and three teens CAN become farmers with no experience all because Bill is advising us so well. I have watched the boys men learn to use all the power tools, and have built a chicken coop, a greenhouse, a shed, two goat shelters, a sheep shelter, a goose house, a duck house, a cat house, and a deck. I watched Bill teach them how to build the frame to put under the woodstove. It is amazing to see the boys listen to Bill's directives and do so well.

When we went to the hills for wood, quite nervously (I will admit) I watched my sons use the chainsaw and so far supply us with 3 cords of wood...and they have split it and stacked it.

My daughter and I have used the sewing machine for more than fun craft projects...we have sewn curtains, potholders, aprons, and skirts(have I mentioned that she just turned 13!)

We have learned so much on this journey and no longer consider ourselves to be greenhorns so to speak. I thank you all for leaving comments and being a part of this. As funny as this sounds, often it has been easier to do something, because I knew that I was going to share what we have accomplished. For this I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Bill and Jennifer

8 comments:

~~Deby said...

Oh Jennifer....GOD IS GOOD...HE is...HE is....
love you my friend.
Deby

UncleHenry said...

I don't even know you, yet I'm very proud of your accomplishments and especially of your willingness to give God the glory for it. You & your troop are an inspiration!

Pat said...

Jen:

We love the journey...and are blessed to be blogland friends of yours...

We thank you for the laughs and the tears and insight and for the blessing of being able to pray for you and yoru family along this journey!!

Blessings to you and your family this Holy season!!

Pat said...

One last thing---I LOVE the pumpkin story---against all odds, God provided!!

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

Dear Bill and Jen, your lives and those of your children have served as a real light in these some times dark days. They have been a real blessing and encouragement to us all. They have brought back many wonderful memories of my childhood, times of getting through the trial and see the victories that God has given, Yes, you children are much more now, and they were great before but now they have real flesh on their character that will not so easily be touched with earthly things.

The pumpkins reminded me of how God provided for the Children of Israel in the wilderness with Manna. At least you know it is pumpkins He provided for you all.lol He has always provided for my family and I and even through any hard times I have learned so much.

Jim and I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a wonderful New Year. May you see just as clearly next year. jim and connie

smartdogs said...

Pumpkins are not only wonderful, weedy plants - they're also delicious. One of our favorite recipes is pumpkin pancakes. We cheat and make them with Krusteaz mix.

2 cups Krusteaz buttermile pancake mix
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon pumkin pie spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1-2 cup water
1 cup canned pumpkin

Blend together dry ingredients. Add pumpkin and water (you may need to add more water to get the right consistency), mix well and make as usual. They are delicious! So sweet, you don't need much syrup.

smartdogs said...

Pumpkins are not only wonderful, weedy plants - they're also delicious. One of our favorite recipes is pumpkin pancakes. We cheat and make them with Krusteaz mix.

2 cups Krusteaz buttermile pancake mix
2 tablespoons brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon pumkin pie spice
1 teaspoon cinnamon
1-2 cup water
1 cup canned pumpkin

Blend together dry ingredients. Add pumpkin and water (you may need to add more water to get the right consistency), mix well and make as usual. They are delicious! So sweet, you don't need much syrup.

Mobunny said...

Neat thing about the pumpkin plants. I had a cantaloupe do that to me........I actually jumped when I saw it, it was so big and hidden! Too bad I can't grow them on purpose.