You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Monday, January 30, 2012
The film is about getting back to sustainable farming and raising animals on a smaller scale than our commercial farming industry.
It will live streaming free for a week. I highly encourage everyone to view this~because we do need to get back to our roots and know where our food comes from. We need to get away from the processed foods and ingredients that the average person cannot pronounce.
To view the movie this week, click here.
For the record, I am not receiving anything for my review and linking of the movie.
Sunday, January 29, 2012
We really had no plans for our honeymoon and just loaded up in the truck and headed southwest. When we arrived in San Diego, I told Bill that my Uncle Steve lived here and immediately Bill said we should call him.
I ended up calling Uncle Steve and we went over and spent two days with my uncle and his family. I must side note a bit and share that my dad was killed in Vietnam 2 months before I was born and knew almost nothing of my dad's family. I believe my mom grieved and somewhat died that day in 1967. Anyway, my Uncle Steve looked so much like my dad that I was overjoyed to see him.
My Uncle Steve was equally happy but he also was on fire for the Lord. I was not raised with any religious background. I knew a tiny bit about the Bible and God-only from television! Uncle Steve used his time to be a witness for Christ. He was very loving, but also used the time well. He had us watch a video that he produced-as he was in the 'biz' as they say. But the film was about a subject I knew nothing of, and honestly only watched it because he was this connection to my dad.
Bill was just as kind as I was-but neither of us were interested.
Uncle Steve planted the seed.
Eleven months later Uncle Steve died of a heart attack. I had given birth to my oldest a week before but decided we should go to the funeral. We drove to California(from southern NV) because-well I was not sure then.
Uncle Steve died-never knowing how his seed grew. I am certain he felt like the parable of the sower, and considered that the seed he planted with us fell to the wayside.
It did not. I see the parable of the sower far differently because of Uncle Steve. It is not up to us to decide what the person's life is about-as to whether the seed will take root. We are not to judge whether it will grow. We are to cast the seeds...just as Uncle Steve did.
Here is the Parable of the Sower:
Mark 4: 1-9
And he began again to teach by the sea side: and there was gathered unto him a great multitude, so that he entered into a ship, and sat in the sea; and the whole multitude was by the sea on the land.
2And he taught them many things by parables, and said unto them in his doctrine,
3Hearken; Behold, there went out a sower to sow:
4And it came to pass, as he sowed, some fell by the way side, and the fowls of the air came and devoured it up.
5And some fell on stony ground, where it had not much earth; and immediately it sprang up, because it had no depth of earth:
6But when the sun was up, it was scorched; and because it had no root, it withered away.
7And some fell among thorns, and the thorns grew up, and choked it, and it yielded no fruit.
8And other fell on good ground, and did yield fruit that sprang up and increased; and brought forth, some thirty, and some sixty, and some an hundred.9And he said unto them, He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.
he- is Jesus Christ
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Saturday, January 28, 2012
wait for it...
It will make you smile...
and has much truth in it...
and farm kids all over will smile...
the reason so many farm kids go in the Army...is because they want to sleep in!!!
Friday, January 27, 2012
How incredible in an election year to have a study prove that it is a mental defect to be conservative~
Low-intelligence adults tend to gravitate toward socially conservative ideologies, the study found. Those ideologies, in turn, stress hierarchy and resistance to change, attitudes that can contribute to prejudice,
The strategy of the liberal is clever isn't it?
For those that wish not to be seen as racist, intolerant, and dumb this is a brilliant strategy.
I hope that when folks read my blog, they understand this. I refuse to accept the standards set by the world. Our homes are to be lived in, comfortable and safe. Our bodies are to be as we were designed, and not chiseled into some unisex creature without an ounce of softness or beauty. Oh and our bodies should not become the newest billboard~we are wonderful in our uniqueness already. I also see our families as gifts. We should enjoy the time we have with them, as not everyone is fortunate to have a mother, father, or children. I grew up without a father and I truly understand. Who says is my rule. Who says that a couple married 23 plus years can no longer hold hands? Because here~in my world, I hold my Bill's hand when we go somewhere. I hug him often much to the embarrassment of the children. We enjoy each others company and time and the hatred the media presents towards family and men does not impact us at all. I value my spouse. I do not see him as the village idiot, for goodness sakes, and I love knowing my role at home has been appreciated. Sigh~I could go on you know. I love how men and women can absolutely complement each other.
Next photo, when traveling for days on end and the vehicle looks like a mini dumpster-it is best to be incognito!
I found this photo from my trip last year to Indiana, then NY with two of the kids. This person is the mystery traveler!! Mystery or not, we enjoyed this traveler and I am so happy I found this photo to share!!
As this Friday Five continues~my Second has continued the pattern that we set. He bought his first vehicle Thursday after much searching. He knew what he wanted and patiently(well kind of) waited.
Like his other brothers, he saved until he had enough cash. We have worked very hard to teach the kids to pay cash for as much as you can, as the credit option is not a winning option for anyone but the banks. I know we have sold this big time to America~but on the farm we prefer to live by paying cash for everything we own. Keeps us current in case, heaven forbid something bad would happen~such as what happened to Bill. Remember the quilt above~homes do not need to be mausoleums for love, happiness and joy to exist. In fact, the burden of debt and the pressure of keeping up with the Jones' seems to help our nation slip into this current economic state.
Love technology photo~While waiting for our oldest the other day, Bill was texting the others to make sure everything was going smoothly at home. He then texted the oldest too.
It sure is funny how easy we have crossed over to an entirely new way to communicate. I do love technology for this instant connection! I know my kids and Bill are laughing now as my texting abilities are well...not so fast. And I sometimes send when I mean to put a space, so they will receive a half text~and not question me, as it is me!!!
Now~about the advertising that I mention many times on this blog. The media is not a truth machine...sorry.
I found this photo on Weasel Zippers. Do you see the lie? Let's see if I can help you. The Roe V. Wade decision took place in 1973. We have had Nixon(1 yr.), Ford(3 yrs.), Reagan(8 yrs.), Bush(4 yrs), G.W Bush( 8 yrs), all Republicans-for a total of 24 years of Republican presidents. Now lets add up the years for Democrats-Carter(4 yrs), Clinton( 8yrs), and Obama so far 3 years-for a total of 15 years. Sorry folks this is a LIE. Seems like Roe V. Wade is supported by both parties. The media divides to get us riled up....oh my the Republicans are waging war on women! And we have forgotten ever so nicely, the aborted baby-and the war waged on babies in the womb. Please remember this: like our tax code-which is over twenty thousand pages, the abortion issue is what it is~because our government leaders want it to be this way. Sorry. This is the truth. Same with taxes. If taxes were less complicated-they couldn't shift our hard earned money into program after program.
By the way-we do have a war going on since 1973, and it is horrific-I wonder if we will ever have a campaign or tee-shirts for that?
I wish to close today reminding everyone that the Double Nickel Farm gives bibles away. We have plenty of them and order more all the time. Please feel free to link to the giveaway page here or, if you would like leave a message requesting a Bible today.
Thursday, January 26, 2012
It was all because our time with First last night. We went to dinner with him and stopped off at Costco. It was a date(corny to say) with our son. I loved this idea so much I am going to plan a date per week each month with each of the children(young adults). It is so nice to sit across the table and talk. I was smiling last night during our dinner with First, as I was so amazed to hear his thoughts, dreams, and more importantly of his day. I never thought when a new momma, that someday, I would have moments like these, and while I can, I will make every opportunity possible to continue to be amazed by these goofs that Bill and I have been so blessed to raise. They have made life so incredible that my eyes well up as I type. I cannot believe I have been so fortunate to see them reach each stage in their lives and look forward to the years ahead.
So my handsome Firstborn-thank you for our dinner date last night. You make me so proud~ Dad and I love you so much~ and as always the newest trends begin with you. Thanks for the inspiring idea!!
Wednesday, January 25, 2012
This photo was from our annual 2009 kids photo~and was titled The End~in front of the bookshelves in the front room. Before the internet~one could still travel the world and learn about anything and everything, by opening a book. A book takes the reader through time, places them in another's shoes, and allows the reader to take the words and create the set.
Many discussions around the table begin after we watch a movie based upon a book. Almost all of the conversation is because the readers were disappointed with the movie because the movie did not match up to the way they saw the book.
I have made reading a part of the children's lives from birth. I have read to them while they were babies, read poetry to them during lunchtime, and Bill would read the Bible to them in the evenings. Bill also read most of the condensed classics to the children at bedtime. He would come home during bedtime(he was a police officer) and read to them and head back to work. He read Moby Dick, The Three Musketeers, David Copperfield, and War of the Worlds to name a few. I would sit in the family room and listen to him change his voice for different characters and hear the children giggle and I would smile.
The kitchen table always had a pile of books in the center and for breakfast-usually self serve, the children would read while eating. Each child has their own likes and dislikes and we promoted the direction each child headed all the while allowing opportunities to read anywhere and everywhere in the home. Yes, even in the second library, if you know what I mean. One time, when one of the boys was small he called out to me and asked me to bring him the book on dinosaurs~while he was on the throne! I took him the book smiling all the way. When we took road trips each kid would take a few books to read.
I share this because the books are for everyone. We all should make time to read. It is restful and takes our minds off of things and is very relaxing.
I have a mini list of books to share that I have loved reading:
- The Bible-there are 66 books inside
- The poetry of Robert Frost
- Anything written by Mark Twain- his short stories are wonderful.
- The Little House series. I have read and reread these books many times. Life can be as simple and as loving as the way Laura Ingalls Wilder shared in her collection.
- The Great Brain series. This series has a boy as the lead character and it takes place in Utah around the turn of the 19th to 20th century. Like the Little House series, the books are wholesome, fun, and great reads for children as well as adults.
- Sherlock Holmes stories by Arthur Conan Doyle
- Cookbooks-especially those written before the 1960's
- Peterson Field Guides-you can read about anything in your region
- Historical books I try and gather the older books as less revisionist history occurred.
- For quick read the Louis Lamour books. Lamour wrote of the old west, cowboys, Indians, and pioneer stock.
That is a short list including books for the young and old alike. I would hope everyone would have a chance today to pick up a book and escape for a while!
UPDATE: I loved all the comments that had so many suggestions of other great books that I am going to compile a post of readers favorites and suggestions, so feel free to leave more if you wish~
Sunday, January 22, 2012
Friday, January 20, 2012
I also wished for the floor to be the kind of floor that matched the southwest. I hope you like my new laundry room!
Here is where I began the addition.
Getting the walls perfect was somewhat tricky.
Oh and the ceiling?! Sky blue paint is not as easy to find as one would assume. And I am all for staging the room to make it feel the way I desired when I built it.
So same photo sharing all the perks of my laundry room remix. First if I feel like I need a mini workout, I have built in pull-up bars. I can also attach a toddler swing when little ones visit. My laundry table was hard to find, but once I found it, the rest of the room fell into place. The Bible verse is inspirational-and I read it every time I go to the laundry room. Note the purse. My former lovely clothespin bag was to die for on the farm...and Delilah had to have it. I left it out one night and she teethed on it. So now the clothespins are housed neatly in a purse that I kind of liked but had not used...hey what new laundry room can't use a timeless classic such as a brown handbag?
The clear divisions of my laundry room still keep up to date with the open house feel we have seen in floor~plans of the 21st century. I worked very hard to make sure that if, Mr. Farmer and I were ever to sell, the additions would be modern yet simple. Another important factor when considering the efficiency of an addition to the laundry room was how much energy was available and how much would be used? Our climate is very similar to this site, and it boast 350 days of sunshine. Energy use-pretty much nothing, except Farmer's wife, which is great because natural vitamin -excellent, and physical labor-magnificent!
So recapping the building project. I had an unfinished laundry room for a good while and decided it was time to complete the project. My laundry room makeover did not cost a single penny!
In case you are wondering what scripture is on the gate: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Matthew 7:14
Thursday, January 19, 2012
Nothing special about popcorn~usually~but this popcorn is from my food storage and is 4 years old. So how did it taste? Absolutely delicious and fresh! I did not buy any special prepacked popcorn. I bought 50 lbs of popcorn~stored it in the freezer for 48 hours, and then packed the corn in a food grade bucket. I picked up my bucket from a local restaurant(free), washed it and sealed the corn in it. The lids still have the O rings which allow for the lid to be closed tightly.
Dinner tonight was chicken wraps, Spanish rice, and beans. What is special about this meal is that we eat this style meal often~beans, rice and tortillas. The wraps were filled with cooked chicken, spinach, tomatoes, avocados, and cheese~
The other thing happening on the farm is that I built a larger laundry room! Me~all by myself! I will take photos to share so please stay tuned!
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Spinach and Greens salad,
Toasted French bread with a garlic herb butter
Dessert: Cheatin' Peach Cobbler
Then I made my totally easy spaghetti sauce. The base is 3 or 4 cans of tomato sauce and a few tablespoons of seasoning mix.
minced onion~ 1 TBSP
garlic powder~ 1/4 tsp
oregano 1/4 tsp
I multiply this by six when I make up the master mix. Then I add a few tablespoons to the sauce, judging by how the seasoning looks. Slow cook over medium-low for a while, then add the browned meat.
For the salad, I have to confess that we are a picky group. Each person loves to have it their way~so I wash the spinach and greens and prep the sides and allow the family to have a mini salad bar! For dressings we use red wine vinegar and Balsamic Vinegar.
The Cheatin' Peach Cobbler is easy~
I have a master mix for homemade Bisquick too:
9 cups flour
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups shortening
3 TBSP baking powder
1 TBSP salt
I keep this in the freezer and use the recipe which is the Strawberry Shortcake from the box(Bisquick). I call it cheatin' because I cheat and use this recipe and instead of strawberries I use peaches.
(2~ 15 oz. cans peaches)
2/3 cup sugar
2 1/3 cup Bisquick(or the mix)
3 TBSP sugar
3 TBSP margarine or butter -- melted
1/2 cup milk
After the ingredients I change everything. So here is what I do:
Mix everything but the peaches together. It makes a stiff dough. Kind of roll/flatten into several dumpling style thingies! Put the peaches in a pan, plop the dumpling things on, sprinkle with cinnamon and sugar and bake.
Preheat oven to 425 F until the dough is cooked.
To continue with being frugal here on the farm, I remove the labels from the canned goods. I use these for projects around the house, like the photo of our second freezer. It was a tad old and beat up, and now I have a Warhol~ one of a kind freezer.
Excuse the photo...it was off the cell phone. This post shares a bit more about my frugal ways. In years past folks would not call me frugal but thrifty, as I use each item in the house to the max, thereby stretching the ever shrinking dollar.
*this will be a recurring title!
2. supporting or advocating legalized abortion.
Think about it. Hitler was advocating his right to control his own country.
Sexy? 6 million Jews were exterminated because they were in the way of his extermination plan.
Now let's go back, especially since some may be reading this and shaking their heads saying this is not the same as being pro-choice. I disagree. 50 million babies have been aborted since Roe V Wade-
Pro-choice is also racist:
Minority women constitute only about 13% of the female population (age 15-44) in the United States, but they underwent approximately 36% of the abortions.
According to the Alan Guttmacher Institute, black women are more than 5 times as likely as white women to have an abortion
This incidence of abortion has resulted in a tremendous loss of life. It has been estimated that since 1973 Black women have had about 16 million abortions. Michael Novak had calculated "Since the number of current living Blacks (in the U.S.) is 36 million, the missing 16 million represents an enormous loss, for without abortion, America's Black community would now number 52 million persons. It would be 36 percent larger than it is. Abortion has swept through the Black community like a scythe, cutting down every fourth member."(Bold added by me)(link)
Pro-choice is anything but sexy.all the states in black.
2.causing feelings of sexual excitement,
3.feeling excited or attractive in a sexual way,
4.INFORMAL-fashionable, or exciting.(source)
I wonder what times we live in, when we are finding something sexy such as being pro-choice. Let's not mince words. Pro-choice is not about planning children at specific times in ones life-no, it is about ceasing the life of the unborn in the womb.
Can you imagine if we had a fashion show and had women wear their aborted fetuses?
Now she is wearing 40lbs of flank steak, but you get the idea. Sexy? I think not. Women have bought into aborting their babies because it is sexy, a blob of cells, not life, not viable(nor is an infant without care). We have convinced women to abort babies because it is too costly to raise the child, it is not right on the career path, or because the baby has a genetic defect.
THIS IS NOT SEXY
Our nation has given women the ULTIMATE authority on life. We are above men, because when we kill, it is sexy. When a man does he is a murderer-think that this is not true? Ask Scott Peterson. He is on death row because of the multiple murders(2-the wife Lacy and the unborn child).
We have changed the meanings of words...and confused those that are feeling vulnerable: the poor, the young, and even those with changes in their hormones. Abortion is not sexy. Pro-choice is not sexy.
I will close with this: if you or someone you know has had an abortion, I am not condemning with this post. I believe in the saving Grace of Jesus Christ. If you have had an abortion and have been carrying the burden in your heart, it is time to unload your burdens and turn to the Lord. If you have any questions and wish to email me, please do at mcbenningministries(at)yahoo(dot) com.
Monday, January 16, 2012
North of the farm is a junkyard. I snapped some photos awhile ago and thought about my Mad Max post and realized I need to share the photos.
Sunday, January 15, 2012
With the link above I have a few thoughts~
A disproportionate number of men died due to the women and children first protocol that was enforced by the ship's crew.Of a total of 2,201 people aboard Titanic only 711, less than a third, survived and 1,514 perished.Overall, only 20 percent of the men survived, compared to nearly 75 percent of the women. (source)
Survivors have told how people were screaming and women and children were not given priority.Fathers desperate to be with their families ignored the order that women and children should go first. There was even fighting between some passengers who tried to get on lifeboats.(source)
Now it seems we have come a long way, haven't we baby? I think those on the cruise should be very thankful that the ship was not too far out to sea as the Titanic was, or things may have turned out very differently.
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
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Saturday, January 14, 2012
We had to pass through Oro Grande, New Mexico. Yes, it is a huge community! The traffic was a bit heavy and I was glad I was not driving!
We had to stop at the local Super-Center. Not to shop...
but to wait for this car...
He could have actually been my grandfather as he was an older fellow, but he was pretty fit.
After the mall, we headed to Fort Bliss
Although it was a wonderful day for us, we are a bit tired. Oh and while we were in El Paso...in New Mexico,
Second(on left) had his final training and is now a Firefighter One for the state! He is 19. But wait there is more~ before he went to training, he had his testing to become a reserve law enforcement officer this morning. He passed and was called during his training, and was hired! He begins reserve training Thursday.
Third could not attend as he was at work. He works in the ER~he is 18. I cannot believe how fast these babies of mine grew up. Seems like yesterday they were playing army, police, fire, and medical people...and today they are living these roles. I am so thankful that I have been able to be a part of their lives and watch them from birth until now(and beyond), as I could not be more happy that these children have all decided to serve in their life choices. I am happy that money has not been their driving force as they selected unique roles. I am pleased that they are able to be in positions to assist others and serve others.
Have a wonderful Sunday~
Have a wonderful Saturday.