"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, January 30, 2008

Does It Ever Rain?

Sarah jokingly asked if it ever rains here, and I thought about this and decided to write a post about the water situation here where I live(Southern New Mexico). Hmm, where to begin on the rain issue? Well I have heard all the sides to the rain issue, and will give all that I have heard for you the readers. Being so close to an Air Force Base, and White Sands Missile Range, some reasons I have been told that we have so little rain is because of all the communication satellites set up, and all the electronic stuff(super secret and messing with the storms) for the Range. Another told me that until the base and such was here that the rains came every spring and every July 4, you could count on it. But the mountains and the electronics pull the storms away from the city and mountains that are near me.

Now the first person was implying that the Government had some secret agenda, but in my not so scientifically trained mind, the second seems plausible. I often have watched storms come in and then at the last moment skirt the basin.

Whatever the reason, say that it is the Southwest and a desert, it does not rain here very much. According to this link we have around 9 inches of rainfall per year. With this small amount of rain, I have taken the responsibility upon myself to conserve all rain that we do receive. Now that we have moved, we have been drawing up plans to make a cistern, like ones in the Middle East.

But I decided to write about the lack of water so that you, the reader could see how one can create an oasis in the desert. I was inspired by what Israel has done since they have resettled. The only requirement is to be diligent with every drop of water that we have. I have spent many hours researching what gray water is and how to use it. I also have buckets to collect all rain that we get.

Now with this post in mind, any that have read my blogs that showed my garden, yes it is possible. If you are new, you will soon see the garden I will grow this year. I know that being a good steward is also about water.

So Sarah, thanks for helping me explain something through your fun comment. Since Bill's accident we have been altering our lives. We do not think like we did 4 years ago, as it is impossible to go back. But it is so important to work with what you have. And we have the desert, vast Internet and library resources and our minds(with the Lord's help) to live a wonderful life with ever so less. And I truly mean a wonderful life! At times I am so surprised with how I will come up with a way to do or make something that a few years ago, I would have rushed out and just purchased. I am in awe of how Bill thinks of things and then explains to the boys what he wants built or accomplished and they are able to do it. It has really been a blessing. In fact, as of late I find myself thinking of how far removed we as a society has come from the actual foods we eat. Is that good or bad? Probably neither, it is just something for the family and I to learn as we embark wholeheartedly in this life.

Monday, January 28, 2008

Comparing and Contrasting in School

Well long before I knew that we were moving to the Double Nickel, I prepared the curriculum for the school. Funny now, how everything I have done has been a leading up to where we are today. We read the Swiss Family Robinson for the month of January, each week having a separate assignment about the book. I love this book, but was astounded at how fast each one of the kids completed the book.

Then during projects around the farm, I would hear comments about how we were acting similarly as the Robinson family. Conserving and salvaging every item we have found here on the property or brought, was reinforced to the children that what we are doing is fine and actually exciting.

For the Grand Finale of this project, the final report on the Swiss Family Robinson, we watched the movie of the same title made in 1960. Then the kids had to write a compare and contrast paper. I was impressed with the formats that each one chose and was impressed that they all concluded that the book was much better than the movie! As a funny thought, the movie portrayed the family as creating a 'cooler' and running water similar to our modern counterparts! But for all of you that have seen this movie in years past it was well worth re-watching!


Today was the State of the Union address, the last for President Bush. I have made the children watch the address every year, even when they were babies, as I feel that this is an important part of our politically scene. What makes our country the country it is, is the very fact that no matter how one feels about a leader, that the leader can only hold office for 4 years. Now I am a fan of most of President Bush's policies, not all, of course, especially how he is handling the 'peace in the Middle East' and the border situation(oh and the lack of spending control). No matter, as we soon will be having a changing of the guard. I pray beyond measure that the next President takes serious the fact that terrorism is real and will continue. I also look forward to a new legacy, not of a same old same old. I sure pray that a strong Republican will step forward.
Have a blessed day!

Saturday, January 26, 2008

Going Green!

Well going greenhouse building that is! Today is the first day where we are able to do more than make things function here at Double Nickel. Second and I worked in the front weeding, raking and lining the driveway with rocks...and it looks so much better, while Bill and Third worked on building the greenhouse. Fourth, my trooper, stayed inside, cleaned up breakfast dishes and prepared lunch and cleaned the kitchen.

I am so excited about the greenhouse. All the wood was salvage from Bill's friend, and wow, is all I can say. The framing in is almost done. It will be nearly 10x10. I do not have the heavy plastic roll yet, which will be the siding and the roof, but we will by end of nest week. I will take photos and for now I added the above photo for my own anticipation!

Last year we made a greenhouse table, on the picnic table that worked wonderfully. But this year we wish to grow 5 to six times the amount as we grew last year.

I must soon post similar to the program If These Walls Could Talk, due to all the neat little finds we have found all over the property and house. I currently have the front porch and area as the designated place for all *found treasures*!

Friday, January 25, 2008

Homesteading in the 21st Century

I am not sure if you are interested, but here is what we are ordering to be delivered by end of February. I have shared much about how the family has made dramatic adjustments in our lives to adapt to life post accident. We are excited to share that it is NOT a bad thing to become more self reliant! I am tickled to death to be involved in this adventure. With each of these packages, we will get the opportunity to participate in Americana . How amazing is it that we are able and willing to learn how to raise poultry! I look forward to every step of the way, and so do the children. In case you are wondering we have a few names picked out for the Turkey's already. Choices include: Yummy, Delicious, Oh I am full!! What do you think?

This is the Special Assorted Bargain

We have over 60 different purebred standard varieties of baby chicks each hatch. It is never possible to estimate exactly how many of each there will be or to book specific breed orders for all of them in advance. Therefore, we offer this SPECIAL ASSORTED BARGAIN in order to use up all of the extras and odd lots. These are not culls or seconds, but all first grade chicks with the same safe arrival and livability guarantees as on all of our chicks. This may include the most different kinds of any assortment we offer: some rare or even rarest of rare breeds, some popular well known breeds, some heavy breeds, some light breeds. It will include straight run chicks. Here’s a great chance to get a lot of different kinds and at a bargain price.

This is the Homesteader's Delight

If you are a small land holder and would like a small number of birds but a great variety, this is the assortment you've been waiting for. We will send you 10 Brown Egg Laying Chickens (female), 2 Ducklings (straight run), 2 Goslings (straight run), and 2 Turkeys (straight run). Our choice of variety of all the above.

Now you understand a bit more about the blog name. We are genuinely working to be the best stewards we can be, whether we have lots of money or not so much. We have always had all that we need. And living in the country will afford us to cut out the middle man in several of our needs! Soon we will be adding a few goats(to make soaps from the milk and to sell for cash) and a calf to raise for beef...oh and the calf has some special names too! lol

I need to mention that I copied and pasted the advertisement from McMurray Hatchery

Thursday, January 24, 2008

Reading is Awesome

Susan at Penless Writer tagged me for this book meme. Like Susan I love books. We have eight fairly large bookcases and they are sometimes double stacked. I have tried all of my adult life to read one book per day. Sometimes I read for enjoyment, such as I have read all of Louis Lamour's westerns a few times, and other times I read for learning. But the average day consist of both. I do not read for others to be impressed with me, but I read for the shear love of reading. I am going to change this a bit, but the meme actually unless asked, only wished for one book per answer. I have several listings and the reasons why.

1)One book that changed your life: Of course, like Susan I have only one...the Bible. Every day the act that Christ did for me speaks through His Word.

2) One book that you have read more than once: As a reader I have read many works more that one. I have read The Complete short stories of Mark Twain many times, as I said above I have read all of the Louis Lamour's books more than once, and also Laura Ingalls Wilder books more than once. In my Christian library I have read many of D.L. Moody's books more than once, but my favorite of his is Your Victory in Jesus.

3) One book you would want on a desert island: The Bible

4) Two books that made me laugh: Volume 1 A History of Christianity by Kenneth Scott Latourette. Why? Because I bought this book at a Christian bookstore and it has the selling point of Christianity.
Here are the first few sentences: Christianity is relatively young. Compared with the course of mankind on earth, it began only a few moments ago. No one knows how old man is. That is because we cannot tell precisely when a creature which can safely be described as human first appeared. One estimate places the earliest presence of what may be called man 1,200,000 years in the past.(emphasis mine)

Do you see why I laughed? The author is not a Christian and does not believe in the Bible. Man was created as is. No question about it, no evolving from a lesser form...nothing. Also 1,200,000 years in the past? Definitely an author influenced by the evolutionary theory. A store calling itself a Christian bookstore should be a defender of the faith, and not one that sells things leaving the reader unsure. Should the owners monitor everything? Yes, but realistically they cannot. We, therefore must be diligent and watch for this. Make no mistake about this if I bought this book at a Barnes and Noble, no problem. But as a Christian must know what God did, how he did it and be prepared for sharing the truth. Every child attending public school only hears the evolutionary theory which slips in ever so casually doubt on the Creator and His plan. And statistics do not lie, 75% off our children that enter a secular university will lose their faith, because for 12 years attending public school, under our roof they heard this evolutionary theory, then they head out on their own and their professors teach it as fact. So we must ground our children in the truth. A divine Creator, or millions of years and evolving from a rock. By the way the same style of deceptive writing also makes me cry.

Another book that made me laugh is Secrets of the Ica Stones and Nazca Lines. Why? Because like the first selection I wrote of, the presumption in the world is that we are evolving and are getting better and better. The Nazca lines defy our imaginations because these lines were made thousands of years ago, and are massive and are anatomically correct on an insect that we only knew had a unique limb after we had microscopes. That is funny, to presume we are the greatest. God made man perfect, then he fell, and we are all flawed versions. We are declining in all areas. I know many will dispute this, but remember this, we never ponder that our grandparents had any physical relationship...yet we are here. I apologize for this example, but we often think we are the advanced free thinker, when as in the Bible nothing is new under the sun.

5) One book that made you cry: First off, I am not here to upset my friends that visit. I am going to just write some thoughts so you will understand. The NIV Bible has made me cry(along with several other Bible versions written). I will give one example for you to compare. Matthew 18:11 in KJV says For the son of man is come to save that which was lost. Now compare this to the text in NIV...I know you cannot because NIV goes from Matthew 18:10 skips verse 11 and then to 12. This is one example of many too numerous to count differences. Please link to this site and compare Bible versions yourself. It is so easy to slip in or remove a verse. But when you remove content of our Lord and Saviour, then what is your goal? The entire Bible leads up to one moment of Salvation. So why is it being left out?. By the way this is not the only site, and if you need, go and get several different versions from your library. Compare them yourself. Trace what was used to translate your Bible and be absolutely sure. Jesus warns us in Matthew 24: 4-5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Take head that no man deceive you. For many shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive many.

6) One book you wish you'd written: Hmm...I can't think of a book out there that I wish to have penned. But I am going to write of my parents lives and of mine. As I wrote in my previous post, we all inflate our worth, but these two books will take a moment in our history and how a family endured through loss, and then in mine, the travels and the roads we have taken. I love the poem by Robert Frost...the Road Not Taken, and have lived often taking the less traveled path.

I also am almost finished with my seven year home school series.

7) One book you wish had never been written: The Book Of Mormon. I lived several years in Mormon communities and can honestly tell you of the sadness I feel for those so deceived. This book is the creation of a perverted sorcerer(seer stone) that was intelligent and used it for his good. Same as Hitler and David Koresh. People converting to Mormonism are shielded from the past and its polygamy, and they are told they are Christians just as the Christians. Make no mistake about it...Joseph Smith taught that ALL religions on the earth were false. Mormons also teach that Jesus Christ is the Spirit Brother to Satan...and that ALL who follow the faith shall become gods. Yet they teach the ten commandments. When generational Mormons recite Thou shalt have no other gods before me, they are disobedient, because now that all their prophets and even ancestors have died who do they worship??? Joseph Smith?If so then God has a god placed before him.

8) [Two books] you're reading:
Church History in Plain Language
by Bruce L. Shelley
Storey's Guide to Raising Poultry, by Leonard Mercia
A Christian Woman's Guide to Reasons for Faith, by Judy Salisbury
Starting Right With Turkeys, by G.T.Klein
Science and the Bible by Henry M. Morris
The Remarkable Record of Job
also by Henry M. Morris
Biblical Creationism also Henry Morris
Raising a Calf for Beef by Phyllis Hobson
Raising Poultry the Modern Way by Leonard Mercia
Living With Chickens, Jay Rossiter
Ducks and Geese A Guide to Management by Tom Bartlett
Raising Milk Goats the Modern Way by Jerry Belanger

Yes I am reading them all at once. I take notes, and make flash cards. I am reading the farming books to make us less dependent on any besides ourselves. I also read the newspaper and many blogs daily.

9) One book you're going to read: Elijah by F.B Meyer (I only picked this...in reality many more are on my list)

I am to tag several people. I am going to tag Deby, Michelle, Rita, Sarah, Connie, Pam, and Theresa. If anyone else wishes to do this let me know and I will swing over to see what you have posted.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

An Unplanned Break

My writing took an unplanned break, and afforded me an opportunity to stop and appraise the surroundings I am now living. What an opportunity to really sit back, as we had no television, no computer and much family time.

Truly time is a blessing, many seem not to have. Now I do not consider my life bogged down by the world, but sometimes our household whirls away. I came to the conclusion over these past weeks that I often, like others, inflate my importance. In my reflecting, I realized that my message when guiding or focusing on the Creator has worth, the rest are fun, and exciting, but not critical. I pray that my time on line has left the reader with the comfort that I find in the Creator, and that He died for me, and my sins, and rose three days later and now is in heaven continuing His work. I pray that another does not question whether I am a Christian or not. I pray that I will appreciate this renewed opportunity, and that I keep focused on the Saviour in my writings, as He is in every area in my life.

I am now rambling so I will stop for now, I missed you all.

Wednesday, January 2, 2008

Love Being a Mom!

As I have written we are still slowly in the middle of the move. It has been days of repairing the well, replacing the water heater, cleaning, cleaning, weeding, and taking 2 loads of stuff in the van, each day.

Today was too cold, so we are cleaning the rental. I asked my second son to clean out the fridge. Now I am at a moment where I love...love...love being a mom. Maybe some readers can relate, my son found an onion deep in the back reaches of the neverworld of the land we call the Fridge. This onion was in a bag growing.

Here is what it looked like:
Last year was the year we read only biographies and autobiographies for school. So learning does pay off...because Second laughed and said that this is Einstein!

A few minutes ago Bill and I went in the kitchen and we broke into tons of laughter! Scroll down to see why we laughed

Things like this happen daily at our home. It really is such joy to be a mom to these kids!!! Next time you have onions think of Albert Onion Einstein!

Tuesday, January 1, 2008

Wonder and Weeds

This a bit of a photo post to let you in on my days. Here is the wonder, as I believe in always beginning with wonder. The sign is still up in the photo, but it is now finally ours. The view is to the East and I will enjoy this view every day!

Now to the weeds...I am 5'0" short and the weeds are my height! This is fine for some, as they are tumbleweeds. If you are not familiar with tumbleweeds if you kick it at it's base they come uprooted..so it is kind of fun!

But along with the tumbleweeds are thorn filled trees. It is like a sage brush with thorns long, around 1 inch. And unlike a rose thorn these are thick like a darning needle. These wondrous weeds probably have a purpose, but for the Double Nickel family we will be removing them. So far to get to the base, you have to trim the branches and of course get poked at least once carry it out of the way, and cut some more. But the exciting thing about this weeding project is that we will be busy. The time in the sunshine and the outdoors is healthy for us. We also will see the fruit of our labor.(if you click on this last photo you can see the thorns!)

So as I write of our activities on the farm I will gladly be sharing moments of wonder and weeds again, and I know that I will have the same perspective. You see, it is a joy to work.