"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, December 31, 2009

Final Four- Taking the Family Picture






If you couldn't tell I learned a long time ago to have goof 'takes' to ensure a keeper. This year I discovered that I loved every picture and will cherish this time together so much. The above photo is in my top choices to go in a frame, although I have 78 pictures to review and perhaps will have a readers choice contest to help me pick the best one!
I have enjoyed my little corner in blog-land sharing a window to my life, and I appreciate all of you visiting the farm. May you all have a Happy New Year from my family to yours.
The End!

Last Thoughts

Time to reflect upon 2009 and look to 2010

  1. We never totally appreciate everything that we have.
  2. Debate used to be something that we engaged in to permit all voices to be heard. Now debate cannot exist.
  3. Hollywood can show all kinds of vile behavior and we will pay for a ticket and then later buy the DVD.
  4. Sex has taken over our public schools(and not by the teens anymore) we have an incredibly movement that is pushing an agenda to our youngest...and we sit back afraid to be called a homophobe. This one always shocks me the most, because if this campaign of heterosexual awareness was pushed in the public setting and to our children all the way down to kindergartners, there would be an outcry like no other. Yet the word fisting, which I will not explain here, has been part of what is taught to children in public schools-Standing for age appropriate behavior means nothing anymore-else one may be thought to be a hate criminal. Oh and for the record we do not have a campaign about bestiality- should we? I mean there are most certainly children out there that are attracted to their pets. Perhaps we could promote literature and curricula that graphically explains just how things work for this to work. You know what else? Some people are sexually attracted to dead people- why are we not teaching the youngsters this either?Why can't we teach the children how to wife swap, gang rape, or understand that in prison sex with someone of the same sex does not make you gay. You know why? Because these are still(ever so slightly) considered abhorrent behaviors, so we mustn't share them with the wee ones.
  5. We needed to have a beer summit at the White House because a police officer had to deal with a belligerent old man(who happened to be black) and the President(who desires we never jump to conclusions) immediately cried race?
  6. When will Fort Hood be given a beer summit?
  7. When will the folks who were on the Christmas day flight be given a beer summit?
  8. The answers to 6 and 7 will never be given and I will be treated like a moron, because can't you see that the President is black? Oops I am now a racist. Sorry Americans- I saw a man who boldly held his hands down every time the national anthem was played. I saw and heard a husband and wife speak ill of a country that gave them elite educations, high paying jobs, and the freedom that allowed them to campaign for the position of president of the United States. Yes, I saw a fairly good looking man that was black, first, but that did not influence my attitude for his beliefs. He told us all along the trail that the America that millions risk all to move to, is not really a great place. He told us that he would fundamentally change the United States. That is who I saw and I was troubled.
  9. Helping the banks did not help us, as they took the money and then increased all of our rates...
  10. Helping the housing crisis also did not work. This next quarter is going to be pretty darn bad ...
  11. Bailing out those TOO BIG to fail only means when these too big to fail businesses really collapse- we will be underneath them...can you say OUCH?
  12. War on Terror does not exist anymore, and to prove this, the panty bomber- has been mirandized and will be afforded the very same rights as any American. Come on...this war thing is so hostile...especially when our genius government officials have discovered the truth- The REAL THREAT TO AMERICA simple, God fearing folks, who have worn the uniform, own weapons, and salute the American flag(hint- that is you and me).
  13. When we failed to drill in ANWR we placed the final nail in the coffin of inexpensive fuel. Remember $4 and $5 gas? It never came back down to the before prices and guess what? We took it---therefore OPEC needn't ever lower the price again. They own us, because we will not use what we have.
  14. Oh and for all you earth friendly climate what nots- this will be very blunt: I appreciate that you have a great urgency to be proactive in a cause...but you focus was flawed. Your wallet wasn't and boy the Al Gore's of the world appreciate your riding a bicycle everywhere while they own private jets- and enjoy the tofu(Al still can't seem to give up meat) but your cause is noble, oops I meant for the new nobility, as you and your cause have created a billion dollar boom for them. Would you like to hear about a real cause that would save so much more? How about saving your marriage- devote as much time to your marriage as you have been devoting to sorting your trash, locating organic materials etc. I bet that you would be amazed at the relationship you could really have. Or focus on your children(or parents). I bet raising them instead of placing them on a pedestal would drastically change much of our problems with the youth and their complete narcissistic attitudes that they have.---By the way it was NOT the leaked emails that left me with this opinion. Let's focus on something plain and simple. How old has science said the earth is? 4 something billion years old- yet man in one century(mostly on one continent-America) is destroying the planet? Here is a novel idea- research how much data one needs to compile a cycle. Then imagine a teeeeeeeny tiny blip, as that is what the past 6000 years are on the scientific age of the earth. This cannot be science based on what they have determined the science to be.
  15. 2010 should be a powerful year for Americans. We should begin something that would cause fear in the political class. We should- no matter what- vote out every member of Congress. They are not doing what the people wish and haven't for many, many years. So let's make the term they are in now the last term. Then push for an overhaul such as we have now with the term limits of the president. But Senators have six years...ONE TERM. Representatives can have two terms...NO MORE. You see then the lobby whores would not have the same ability as they have now to sway votes and trillions of dollars. Enough is enough.
  16. 2010 should be a powerful year for you. It is the time to stop the mollycoddling. It is time to stop the whining and instead step up and be part of the solution. If we don't like what is going on in government fix it.
  17. 2010 should be the year that we stop spending money we don't have. If we can't pay our debt, we should eliminate our toys until we can pay our debt. This should be the year of rice and beans. Until we are debt free if we just reduced our food expenses to the most basic we would see a change in our body and in our debt. Approximately 40% of all the food you have in your fridge will go in the garbage...so cut this waste out now.
  18. 2010 should be the year we stop making Hollywood wealthy. I say turn in the cable boxes or satellite dishes and pick up a book- I say start with two books- the Bible and the Constitution. Both are incredible reads. Both offer freedom: one from hell, and the other because here on earth because of what is outlined in the Constitution. Both offer hope- but neither have been read in so long that here today in conversation many would not be able to join.
  19. 2010 should be the year we begin to take responsibility once again.
  20. 2010 should be the year that we say NO MORE.

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

I have not moved~





It seems like it though with the amount of snow we have seen this winter.
p.s Don't forget I live in southern New Mexico!

Monday, December 28, 2009

Around the Farm

Bill helping George get back to his pen! I have written about George before-here.

Birds at the feeding trough

This is Turk- we pardoned her a year ago Thanksgiving- and I am glad that we did, as she is such an incredible broody turkey(she hatched many chicks and several turkeys this past spring)


I went to picnik.com to edit these photos!

Today in History

Twenty-nine years ago today I became an aunt for the first time.
Happy Birthday David III, husband of a wonderful wife, father of an adorable son and soon one more to be added to your home. Thanks for being such an honorable man.
Love Aunt Jenny

Life...

Christmas is also Bill's birthday! He(like his goofy wife) prefers something other than a cake for his birthday, in fact he loves Cheesecake made by Fourth. He is waiting to blow out his candle while the family sang to him!
Isn't the cheesecake that Fourth made yummy looking?

Christmas busyness on the table...we always have Mexican food for our dinner. The menu this year was chicken and beef enchiladas, Spanish rice, refried beans, salsa, shredded cabbage, veggie tray, lemon cucumbers, and taco meat for the son that is not a fan of enchiladas!

An above the table view- oh I made onion and cheese rolls too(from cresent rolls-which is a to die for deliciously simple recipe).

Since I posted Fourth decorating the sugar cookies, I realized that I better post the boys decorating too. They have decorated sugar cookies on Christmas eve since they each were babies until now. It is a simple time to laugh and enjoy being creative or not, as sugar cookies are so much more than the perfectly designed cookie. No they are so much more than that. Oh even at the advanced age that I am at...I still enjoy dunking a sugar cookie freshly frosted, into a glass of milk!
First is thinking something along these lines: uhm mom, do you have to take a picture of everything that we do? And I was thinking, yes I do, as I am well, mom!

Third was thinking: If I use all the colors will the cookie taste like a rainbow? (lol)


Sunday, December 27, 2009

While in the car

First bought himself a camera from the BX while here so he could snap up some pictures of the family.
What is First taking pictures of?

Not what- as he was taking pictures of his dad- in return Bill was taking pictures of his son...the front seats were filled by Second and Third, as this was an all guy outing.


This was a picture I snapped on last Monday- can you believe how gloomy it looks? Southern New Mexico almost never looks this way.

In the driveway, looking to my mountain-sigh, it is so amazing that even in the gloom of snow and fog- it is lovely!

Thursday, December 24, 2009

Goofy Christmas Eve Fotos

The fantastic four...
Annual Christmas eve cookie decorating

Game day...chess(with pirate pieces) Stratego- all about strategery(thanks President Bush!)

Salsa- annual Christmas day menu is Mexican cuisine...oh and this is the second gallon of salsa made since First has been home!

What the men have been up to- look at the hands- Halo~
And for goofiness from the region-
Bill and I saw this man driving a cart- I thought he would stop

He didn't, even when a man from the store offered to help him put it away! He drove around the lot, carting the cart!
Merry Christmas to Everyone from the Double Nickel Farm

p.s.
First is HOME!

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

Annual Christmas Ornament

Not! This is actually on the White House Christmas Tree. It actually gets worse...
Hmm, click here to see more
There is in fact no such thing as art for art's sake, art that stands above classes, art that is detached from or independent of politics. Proletarian literature and art are part of the whole proletarian revolutionary cause.(Mao Zedong)


And what is Proletarian Literature? Well, "in the fullest sense (it) calls upon all working people and discontented intellectuals to associate directly-to organize against capitalism itself, to attack the problem of social class at its roots.(emphasis mine-definition thanks to Wikipedia and its unbiased site.)

So once again Obama and his staff are telling us what they desire and what the goal is- even in the simple decor of the annual Christmas tree.

Monday, December 21, 2009

A Caroling We Will Go~ Yesterday

We made up gift packs of fruit- we gave 6 pounds of fruit to each home we went caroling.
Songbooks quickly-yet beautifully fashioned in a few hours for 20 people.

We set up in advance the homes we would visit- and one home we visited, they made hot chocolate, cookies and invited us inside!


Having fun

We went to the Nursing home which I believe impacted almost every member of our group. We sang ten songs and by the first verse of the first song I could barely sing, and would have to focus. The people we were singing to have left impacting impressions- almost all sang along, but a few were openly weeping. When we finished we all made our way around and thanked them for allowing us to come and sing to them. I was so pleased that the teens made sure they shook every one's hand too. In fact, they walked around and chatted like the adults in our group. What we planned on giving in song and fruit ended up being one of the greatest gifts ever(for us), as we saw for a few minutes people having real hope, instead of hope that we hear about ever so often in the political sense.

We set up to go to one place, but the group home we were to sing at, ended up volunteering at a youth Christmas party- so we "crashed" this party and sang to/with the largest group of the night- certainly well over 100 people! Here the girls are preparing- not knowing teen boys will always be teen boys!

Here we are caroling at a wonderful couple's home. The woman in the front made our songbooks(so lovely- and so quickly) and she was the leader of our caroling.(thank you D!)

Caroling once again- you can see Bill way in the back! You can see a few of the other adults that went caroling too!

Caroling in the community we come from is not too common of a custom- in fact, one man told us he last had a group come caroling 34 years ago- but I am certain that this will be an annual event for our little church, as we really enjoyed this so much.

Sunday, December 20, 2009

We Went To Texas

Pretty exciting(but really just down the road)
When the sun was setting


Really pretty!

With excited travelers!!




Home!

Waiting for brother's flight to arrive...can you guess where he is stationed?

My Three Sons

So after being up at O-dawn thirty texting with oldest on snow and delays...we are all home. He was in a snowstorm back east, but we drove to El Paso to pick him up with the air conditioner on! This sure is an amazing time for the climate crisis-lol!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

I will post more soon!


Friday, December 18, 2009

Really?

Not to cause contention, but Jesus Christ is not the reason for the season. When Christians wear badges and proclaim that Jesus is the reason for the season they get caught up in an argument that is somewhat a bait and switch. This is man placing Christ in a box, or season I should say.

Christ is the very reason we all are alive, and can be the reason that one will not suffer eternal damnation. He is far larger than a commercialized holiday where presents are exchanged. Christmas in the United States is pretty much about money. Money is the reason for the season. Money spent from Thanksgiving to the end of the year, make or break businesses in the United States. Jesus Christ is not in this whatsoever. When mom's and dad's argue over the holidays it is pretty much about money- or the lack of money. When the big day is over, then Americans begin to reflect on what damage they did to their wallets. Money again.

Now I am not against a celebration where we think upon our Lord and Saviour. I am not against being thankful that Jesus Christ came down and was born of a virgin. Christmas should be daily...we should praise Him and think upon Him in all our lives. Not when we receive the flatscreen TV we have been begging for.

I also wonder about those who refuse to celebrate Christmas as it was not a Biblical Hol(y)day, but a pagan day then switched by Rome into a Holiday. Yes, most likely Christmas has pagan roots. The earth is filled with pagans, and Satan has dominion over the earth, so what should Christians do? Well we should avoid the very appearance of evil. How is evil defined? By using His Word as the measure.

Now with how we define evil, let us think for a moment. Daniel was taken into captivity. He and others were given Babylonian names(pagan names). As Daniel was a captive he chose his battles(for lack of a better way to define this). He took the name, because it did not define him nor his God(not the pagan gods). God is greater than pagans in every sense of understanding and comprehension. Next thought, as we think about how society is filled with pagans. The days of the week that we use are for pagan gods and the moon. Do Christians refer to the weekdays as something else because of this vile naming? No, we understand that the place we live in is not our eternal home, and so we recognize that not all things will be perfect until then.

New thought, when I was in high school, a senior gave birth to a little girl that she named Chastity. Now the meaning of the word being coupled with this child born out of wedlock by a teen mother is truly ironic.

Irony seems to rule the world doesn't it? Battle lines are drawn over unimportant things, all the while the big picture is missed. The Lord is not against gift giving. The Lord is not against celebrations(all things in moderation)- no He is not against these things. He is against sin.

When we give gifts and even try to suggest that we are giving them in His name- then we have crossed the line. He is the gift- He is the only gift we need. Do not give a gift in His name. It can not be done. Do not get caught up in a battle with those who try to remove Christ from everything. He is far more vast than a courthouse, or a holiday, or even the United States. He will not disappear-He is the Alpha and the Omega- the beginning and the end. He will not cease because liberals try and remove Him. Do not join in the battle for public schools to proclaim Christmas as Christ's birthday- they won't and why would they? The agenda of the school is not the agenda of the Lord, point blank.

This season, please stand for Jesus as the reason- year~long to proclaim that He is King...

Thursday, December 17, 2009

Checklist (Definitely Checked Twice)

  1. Vacuum out truck(seats six)
  2. Make 3 dozen brownies
  3. Have Risk game ready and waiting
  4. Replace batteries in XBox system controllers
  5. Have menu planned for "real" Mexican food
  6. Make 2 3 ice cream buckets of spicy salsa
  7. Have hotdogs, mac and cheese, and white rice on hand
  8. Have plans for not much sleep and many activities
  9. Plan for outings of bowling, movies, and pick-up games of football
  10. Plan family photo and have batteries replaced in camera

Yes, that is the checklist to have completed by Saturday evening as we will pick up our oldest son from the airport and Hurray(types smiling mom at keyboard counting down the minutes left!)


By the way here is the Annual Photo ten years ago!

And here is the Annual Photo from 2006-which is one of my favorites!

I can't wait to share this year's Annual Photo~