"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

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Who and Where??

Third and Bill went on a trip and found a mystery person!
Who is this hooded stranger?

Well First of course! First leaves in the next few days to Afghanistan and Bill and Third braved the snowstorm and made the trip east(no flight delays or anything!!) This is Third's first real experience with flying, although he has crossed the Atlantic when he was two, and flew around the US. All is going well on the visit~we are just busy on the farm with all that it entails. I confess that my thoughts have been elsewhere(or should I say on my oldest) and so I have been slow to post. I will update as I receive more photos.

Hey Bill~ send me more photos and ps I love you!

Looking Back

I was going through some CD's and I found a CD that I thought I had lost forever! So here are a few photos from 2005...when we lived in Nevada.
Taking the annual Christmas photo...having some fun.

Getting a good photo for the wall!


And finally poetic justice for the boys!!


Fourth loving life!!(ps- I love love love this photo!)

Our family before we learned that "legally free children" and" going to court" to ensure no snags occur when adopting children is never as easy or true as the courts say. I have not written about these sweet precious boys before and most likely will not again. I will say that biologically they looked so much like a blend of Bill and I and the other children. One looked like Bill, one like me, and one was a perfect mix! I am grateful that we had the opportunity to have taken them in, loved them, but to let them go tore my heart in ways that will never repair.

As they came with no names and were given nicknames by caseworkers, we only added a middle name to each boy. First, Second, Third, and Fourth gave the oldest Michael for a middle name, Moss for the middle boy, and JP for the baby, as he was only called the "baby".

I learned that the system is corrupt, impossible to repair, and should be overhauled. When children become postcards to fund program after program there is a problem.

Forgive me for my pedestal moment. I have had many postings about abortion, and often have been told that it would be better if the mother aborted the infant then bring it in the world. THAT IS WRONG. These precious babies had been given a chance and would have turned out fine, in spite of the mother's problems, if only the state would remove its tentacles of creating bureaucratic agencies about money instead of about real living breathing people.

I miss these boys and will always and forever.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

~*Kids*~

Tower of teens...Second on far right, Third is second from left.

Not related to post, I just like the photo.

Hello World! I arrived on the 15th of February around 1 am.

I think the new kid on the block looks a bit like Bambi, but this is a girl, so perhaps...Flower?
Oldies but still goodies...No name male, and Petra! I guess while before we sell the male he could be named. Any ideas? He has the most beautiful blue eyes ever!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Remember this Building?

I wrote a post about this building in my home town. I had no idea what it was~ only that I thought it looked beautiful with the mountains as a backdrop. Today I discovered something marvelous about this building! In the back part of the building and in the courtyard is an incredibly talented person who sells handmade furniture.
He makes bench rockers stained in some amazing colors~ this is the southwest after all!
And benches...
This side of the photo the bench rockers, the back side they are just benches. Don't you love them? My Bill~Jen smiles while typing~bought me the blue bench on the back side. I love, love, love it!!

I will try and post some photos of it in my home...soon. Just for now~ I am amazed at someone who can make something so neat in a few hours.



Oh and p.s.~ Many times we overlook our hometowns and think that they are boring or drab. I challenge everyone to look at your town the way a vacationer would- with fresh eyes, embracing the beauty that makes the community unique. If you do you may find contentment and even a *diamond* just awaiting you to pick it up.
Jen

Saturday, February 6, 2010

A Day in the Life

Chicken Little ...come this way please
Amos was born on Mother's Day 2009

Pause for a moment to enjoy my view to the North...

Should I go this way?Or that way?

Hey Jen, what are you doing?


Which way should we go?
Mountain goats? Or Al(Pine) goats!!


Saturday on the farm was wonderful! We mucked out the coops, pens- and- I am somewhat sunburned~ oh what productive, playful day.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Thursday Ten

I was going through an old blog as I was preparing a post for another blog and found some neat photos I thought I would share here. For some reason I have three themes today...Bill, Fourth, and food.
This is Bill standing next to a saguaro cactus on a trip we took to Arizona a bit ago. He is 6'4...
This is Fourth with her friend when we had an evening of making Valentine's boxes for a homeschool activity. Fourth is on the right! ps the two calendars - one for homeschool assignments, other for family.
I love cooking and here is a simple lemon herb dinner I made using my garden fresh tomatoes, potatoes, green beans and zucchini. Now, if I made this meal I would be able to provide all except the lemons and peaches, but I could trade work for the peaches!!
First potatoes of the season being made into a lovely breakfast!
This was a quick dinner of pasta noodles and spaghetti sauce. If you note my dishes are different. My dishes are a collection of antique store~ yard sale because I love a different setting at each seat. I do not recall why I do not have the glasses on the table?!
This is the patrol car Bill was driving on that awful night on January 1, 2005. I am ever so grateful that he survived and this is an amazing reminder at how close he was to not surviving. He rolled the car and the accident scene was over 1000 feet.
This was our Basset Hound Pepsi. It is one of my favorite pet photos. Sadly she was dognapped(neighbor kids saw her being picked up by a woman in a van)...and we have not had her for nearly 1 1/2 years. I hope she is loved by her new owner as much as we love her.
It is hard to see my Fourth as she is as beautiful as the flowers she stands in front of...I love my cutie pie!
Wow Fourth has grown up so much! She was 11 in this photo!
A few years ago Fourth and I participated in an on line apron swap...she chose to make an apron out of chili peppers as NM is famous for its chili's. Her swap partner was in Australia... Fourth stores her apron from her swap partner in her hope chest.

Thanks for taking a stroll down memory lane with me. Have a wonderful day and don't forget things today that are stressful and hard to endure will be what makes you stronger tomorrow- as I can testify so.

Jen

Tuesday, February 2, 2010

A Window to My Life

As I say often my life is a simple one. I love each and every day and enjoy the beauty that is granted to me. I am sharing a window into a few things from the past year that make my life grand.

There is something about this windmill that we pass as we drive to the local orchard(remember the place that the kids and I packed a half million apples?)...how amazing is this sunset behind the windmill?
My garden makes me smile too as simple squash provides an indoor floral arrangement until I prepare a meal with it.

These next two photos are from the same day on my mountain. The whiteness of the clouds was indescribable.
Do you remember when I shared that my mountain makes me think of Ireland? This is why...as I open my front door I am greeted with this view.

Even the creatures, great and small(I love James Herriot, don't you) make the day pass with joy. This kitty, Lainy is a rescue kitty, as her previous owner allowed her collar to grow into her neck. It took many months before she would allow Bill or I to pet her and she basically was a night owl kitty...and now she talks to me and sits with me when I do anything. She is a wonderful creature that I have been allowed to have in my life.

I love that because of something so common as an accident, my life changed so incredibly. It is refreshing that living a simple life has never meant living an unfulfilled life. It really can be as simple as looking at things with a new outlook.

To my readers, please take a moment to look around you and see if you can find something of beauty in your lives today.
Jen