"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, October 30, 2010

Upcoming Week Should Be Sweeping...

or so I hope. I have seen much change and am now ready for hope to kick back in.

Jennifer

Barbers, Planes and Kisses

If I could share how much we squeezed into two weeks of time with our oldest, I think many would be shocked!

Time passed quickly though, and before we knew it, First needed to get his hair cut in preps of life back in Afghanistan and as a US soldier...we had someone cut his hair that we never checked any references on~






Oh this one made me laugh so hard! The other side was even more choppy, but the photos were not too clear! First was a sport and let Third have fun with the clippers!!
Have a great weekend, and First we are praying for you and your safe return!
Love Dad Mom, Second, Third and Fourth

Love that oldies show My Three Sons~ Don't You?

Friday, October 29, 2010

June in October

First turned 21 in June.
We mailed him several birthday boxes, but today we gave him a real birthday.
Cake~woohoo!

Making a wish...ps I made a wish too~

Woohoo, it is great to be home~ soon I will be back!!

A day with my son...

Day with my son-short drive in New Mexico...

To Texas...and visited and talked about nothing and of course everything. Went to Fort Bliss, the mall, Costco and I was taken to lunch. I love this cutie~ and am amazed at how incredible it is to have children that are adults.

While he is off far away from home, I want him to know this one thing...

Home~



is always possible even while far away.
Remember we are in New Mexico...the Land of Enchantment...and everything is possible.

Son we love you all so much...
and remember this, I saw the man you are today in the little boy's eyes! You are everything and more than dad and I could have imagined.

Love you,
Mom

Time with my son

Going to spend some time with my son. He is amazing, and has taken the teens here, there and everywhere, going out to eat, the mall, and movies. Bill and I we have enjoyed conversations with him, as he has turned into such a neat adult.

But today, I am off for a mini excursion to El Paso to get some things for him to take back to Afghanistan. I am going to have a fun day and will think March from now until March.

Take care,
Jen

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Lonely Rural Road~ Four Kids and a Camera~oh and a chair

Predictable.
Every year.
I need a photo of my goof troop.
I end up taking hundreds of photos over a two or three day period.
To capture the perfect one.
Here is photo shoot Day # 1.

Photos in reverse...last photo.

I shouted "Quick, jump on the car!" and they did!


Snapping photos of them ...

Third seems to "know" I am taking the candid shot!!

Second seems to say, hey, let me help you carry that!!

Wonder if they will drive their kids as crazy as I do? I hope so!

Yes, this is a chair in the middle of the desert...

I like this one...wish I walked around and took this same pose from the other side.

Fourth on the chair.

Third on chair

Second on chair

First on chair.

the end of this photo shoot.

I am hoping to download over the next few years some of the outtakes of photo shoots. All of these photos are outtakes...but I love them.


Other happenings:
Oldest leaves on Saturday morning.
He heads back to Afghanistan...it took him seven days to arrive in New Mexico.
I hope it takes as long to return.

Bill is recovering and the farm chores are being attacked as I type. We still are in the 80's and warm. Plotting spring garden and adding new trees.

All is well once again on the farm.

Jennifer

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Guess it was only for show

December 1, 1955 a woman refused obey directions and move.
This refusal, was shocking, yet led to a boycott that changed many things in American history.
She was not the first to refuse to move, yet everything has a boiling point.

Being sent to the back of the bus...was racist and a stain on America and her history.

Fast forward...Fifty-five years.

Republicans...here is a fine quote for you. No matter what your race, gender, or economic situation is
"We don't mind the Republicans joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back."


I bet the person who made this quote had no idea that he was treating the Republicans like blacks who were treated wrong for far too long. I am sure that no harm was meant.

The above quote is not offensive.
The above quote does not divide Americans.
The above quote is just a silly slip of the tongue.
No harm, no foul.


John Grisham wrote something that I am reminded of while writing this post. In jury deliberations in A Time To Kill, a juror asked everyone to close their eyes, and then imagine the little girl was white. It was shocking, and the jury realized that they had not focused on the real issue- no little girl should be raped. Sometimes we need to be shocked...

So here goes something shocking:

"We don't mind the Democrats joining us. They can come for the ride, but they gotta sit in back."

If the statement had been stated the way I changed one word, the outcry would have been explosive. Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would be in our faces 24-7, and Congress would have hearings, a public apology would be required as well as the immediate firing of the person who made the statement.

You know, because blacks are Democrats,* and sitting in the back takes America back to Rosa Parks and millions who had to sit in the back of the bus because they were sorted, divided and were discriminated against.

Dear me, what times we live in. No harm, no foul...as the first quote, the real quote, was stated by none other than our president, while giving a speech in Rhode Island and no one believes that he was suggesting anything.


*this is complete and total sarcasm(update)

Monday, October 25, 2010

New Piggly Wiggly in the Neighborhood

Well progress comes slow in rural areas, but believe it or not we have a New Piggly Wiggly here.

I do not know what to do first.
I wonder.

Well I can assure all my readers that after a few months or so, my freezer will be filled.

Oh I love new Piggly Wiggly's!
















By the way this Piggly Wiggly has a more interesting name, as we are in the southwest. We will call him Desi, which is a nickname for desayuno which is Spanish for...well check the comment section if you wish:)

Sunday, October 24, 2010

I Heart Paintball

I found this in Bill's phone- from Fourth's paintball party. This is Third who was shot on his mask...and wow it looks like a heart! I am sure that unusual splatters happen often in paintball, but for this one to be captured is what is neat. Technology affords some things that we used to have tales about. Proof is in the photo.

This photo was taken by friend of the family, and he sent the photo to Bill.

Update on Update

Update on Bill:

Nearly six years ago Bill had a car accident while on duty. Since then he deals with side effects of that accident. Thursday he had a fairly simple operation to get him back on track. Soon he will have another operation to work on neck issues. The wonderful thing is that he has a pretty wonderful doctor that did a great job.

He was in El Paso and the staff at the hospital was very kind, and actually surpassed all I could have expected! My cutie is home and we both rested much more than we did at the hospital, but are tired as well as for Bill climbing back from surgery.

We ask for prayers and more prayers. We pray that recovery is smooth with little complications and that we will be able to arrange all needed for next surgery.

As for the kids(well amazingly great kids)... all is well, house was clean and animals well taken care of. In fact while the oldest has made it home for a few days from Afghanistan he has re-connected with a charming young woman that the family really loves...sigh, what happened to us old folks- are we always this obvious? Do the kids roll their eyes behind us everytime they bring someone home? Who knows?

All I know is this- the best part of my life has been while I have been Bill's wife and best friend. I cannot be all that bad, praying for my kids to have the same as I have had...

Friday, October 22, 2010

Bill's Update

Bill is still at the hospital but doing well. I enjoyed sleeping sitting upright last night in some chairs designed during WWII era in some torture lab deep in Europe. Home for a bit to shower and grab some things and back to El Paso.

Thank you all for your comments, I have read them all, but not had time to address them since so much is going on all at once.

The kids are enjoying time together...I am so thankful that they are older so that I can take care of my cutie and best friend.


Jennifer

Friday, October 15, 2010

Hello Again!

Dear Friends,

I know I have been out of the computer world for several weeks and hope you will understand why.

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8 classes
3 new goats
Three teens at home-working, guitar lessons, activities, life, friends
Redoing back yard
Cleaning the house like no other
Finishing projects
Butchering cow
Finding space to store 420 lbs of beef
Entering a writing contest and winning...$ First Prize
Quitting for the final time in my life caffeine...good riddance Mountain Dew
Daughter...sigh...turned 15, planning party on this Saturday
Father-in-law came for visit
Mother-in-law and her sister came for visit

Oh and of course the main reason for not coming on line??? I cannot keep secrets very well, and thought I may slip and share with my blog friends that something incredible was coming up. I could not share as -I did not know the exact date, and I did not want my kids to read the blog and see some secret revealed! The kids were wondering what on earth...as I was giddy and crazy all the time...

So guess what???

My handsome soldier came home for a visit! He is here for two weeks and trust me the younger three were totally surprised!! We told them we were going to pick up Abuelito from the airport on Wednesday night as First called from Ireland and said he would be in El Paso around 9 pm...we did not get flight information as the call was lost. So wee went to El Paso and checked for flights from Dallas-there were three, and we waited each time, no son. Finally in the giganto El Paso airport(not) we tracked down help and Bill found out First would arrive in the morning. So we headed home after three hours, got up early head to airport, and as we were walking to the gate- I saw him, and broke into tears. Surprise we tell the three(its not grandpa but your brother!!!), and huggle that cutie! Oh he looks so good.

Under the flag El Paso Airport
Second, Fourth, First and Third

First stop the mall and a Starbucks coffee
chug!


Second stop McDonald's
Then home
Steak dinner on the grill
Oh and Salsa...

Mother-in law and sister with kids...Abuelita is in the red shirt.

I liked capturing the photographer in action...so the photo has Bill too!

Friends,
It has not been as easy as I would have thought having my son in Afghanistan. I am so proud of him, and have seen many photos and videos of his life thanks to the computer, but for thinking I am a strong person, I realized I am not. I love my babies and love that they are growing up. I just did not realize how hard it would be to have one in the place he is in. I pray that someone with some moxie in the government will stand for our troops, as I am so concerned with how things are being handled by this administration.

I am not surprised as the elite and many on the Left see the enemy as our soldiers, correction they see the enemy as the American. I cannot stand this ignorance of reality and more importantly, ignorance of history.

I pray you are all well.

Jen