"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, December 31, 2011

Last post of the year...I think

My year in review is pretty simple.

All of my children have graduated from McBenning High.

Oldest son was in Afghanistan and came home safely. I thank God that I was able to see him once again and have him stationed right next door(almost) to the farm.

Second son continued in his training as fireman, and expanded training to included first responder and working on EMT. He can drive all the bright red firetrucks as well as the ambulance. He was on several wildfire crews and looks forward to next summer. I pray for no fires even if it means no work for him...He also begins as a reserve officer in a few weeks.

Third son worked so hard saving for his first vehicle then switched jobs to work in the ER all the while expanding his education thanks to a program offered at the hospital. He loves his job and moved closer to work as the realities of paying for his gas kicked in. He also made me a grandmother for the first time~~kidding, he got a cute puppy he has named Athena. Photos will follow, but keep in mind all American mutt and you already know what she looks like!

Lovely daughter graduated and began a full-time summer job saving as much as she can. She also took a trip back east and met many of my siblings and cousins for the first time. She is taking online courses and dreams of having her own photo studio. I see this coming to fruition as she is very goal oriented.

Bill had major surgery in October and is recovering quite well. He is still able to take the breath away of one short farmer's wife with his smile. With his partner in crime he plans on making the farm more productive in vegetation implementing some dry farming and water preservation skills learned over the years. Only in the mirror can I see the years pass, as when we are together it is as if we are back in 1988.

For me, let's see. My mother died this year. I am without words to how I feel and can only say that His grace is sufficient for me. I am thankful once again to be the mother of my children. It is a delight to see the kids move on to their own lives and seek out their dreams. I am smiling because my dreams led me directly into the life I am living matched up with a man I had only known 2 days. Yes, it has been worth it. I never realized when Bill told me he would give me the world that he meant it. I cannot believe we have lived in so many places and seen so many things. Only thing I wish we could have filmed that we didn't would have been that traffic circle in France with the three boys in the back seat! That makes me laugh aloud every time I think about it. I am thankful every day for my husband, my children, and my simple life on the farm. I would not have changed one day, one hour, one moment that brought us to this point.

My blogging has taken me around the world and I have met many people that I would most likely never have met. Today I want to make sure I thank everyone that reads the Double Nickel Farm and leaves comments here or in the email. We are very thankful and appreciate the support the kind words and prayer sent our way.

May 2012 be a year we all seek Truth, find Hope, and have Peace...all available through Jesus Christ.

Happy New Year from
The Double Nickel Farm!

This is an outtake from December 31, 2009 being shared for the first time~ as it is hard to orchestrate an annual photo and the patience of the natives is often pushed to overload...As a result this is what happens!! From left to right Third, Fourth, First, and Second.


HossBoss said...

The natives definitely appear restless! Great photo though.

Many blessings to you and your beautiful family for the new year!


Rocky Mountain Homemaker said...

A very blessed new year to you, Jennifer! I will be interested to learn what you know about farming in a very dry area. We lived on my husband's family farm for the first 8 years we were married. It was all irrigated sandy loam soil with about a 90 day growing season. We just moved from a largely dryland area with heavy clay soil.
I tried to send you an e-mail to let you know my step-sister's name, but nothing happened when I clicked on your name. I'm not even certain which subjects she teaches.
Anyway, it is time for bed for us!............Denise

Sassy said...

Very, very nice... just loved reading your post. Happy New Year to you & yours. Many Blessings for you in this New Year!

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year!

Glenn B said...

What a nice way to end the year. Well written post, I loved it.

All the best
and Happy New year,
Glenn B

Susan said...

Happy 2012 to you, Jen!!

kymber said...

Jen - you have the most gorgeous and goofiest kids that i have ever seen!

i don't even know where to begin in trying to comment on this post. i keep re-reading it...and have a million different things that i want to say???

but i keep coming back to one line. i burst out bawling when i read it the first time and it keeps me crying every time i re-read it. because it is so raw...

"I never realized when Bill told me he would give me the world that he meant it"

oh man...that just hits me on so many levels! and all i can think is - i am so very happy for you. to have such a handsome, wonderful man and those beautiful, nutty children!

Jen - if i could - i would wish you everything beautiful in the world in 2012. i would wish you the sun, the moon and the stars. i would wish you the love and forgiveness of our Saviour. but you already have all of these things!

the really beautiful part of all of that is that you know it. so i will wish for you that your kids stay so nutty - because they are always going to be gorgeous!

and with that my Spicey friend, i say all of the best in 2012! i can't wait to see what you get yourself tangled up in, in 2012!

i have always wanted an example to follow...and i finally found one. thank you, my NM dear heart!

with lots of love, your friend,

debbieo said...

I am so glad that you love your life and your family and spend more time being thankful than many of us do. It makes your posts more upbeat and reminds me to be thankful as well.
May this year bring more blessings and friendships to you and yours.

Gayle said...

Being happy with ones life is such a blessing...it make everything so enjoyable. I am glad you found it right from the start. May 2012 be a year of many blessings for you all.

Humble wife said...

HB-the same to you and YOF

Denise-water preservation and use is the key! I let you know the email. It is also on the top right of this page. The click one sometimes works sometimes doesnt!

Sassy-the same to you and yours! Thank you always for your kind words!

Awww Liz the same to you and yours. I love your visits to the farm and am hoping to see you in 2012!

Glenn-may thanks to you and wishing you and yours a Happy new year too!!

My Dear Sweet Susan and Mickey May you have a wonderful New Year!!!

Oh Kymber-you always make me smile. All I wish for in 2012 is that His light is seen through me. Now I am not perfect and I do wish for healthy family focused on Him too...but in truth it is always about Him and then life is grand! There are far better examples to follow. I am but a humble wife in very humble surroundings living life well~ quite humbly. I pray I don't mislead you or anyone else. I am pretty simple but very complex...make sense? LOL 2012 to the north from the south!

Aww Debbie-I think I am this way, because I have had but only my family at times. It strengthens me on what is important. I do so love making friendships and am ever so grateful to have met you and look forward to a someday meeting!!

Gayle-you just summarized my post! Absolutely true and may we all be this way in 2012!