"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, March 1, 2012

Marching through the year

In my 1st Cookbook Giveaway, I asked that everyone that entered share something about themselves with each comment. I loved reading all the comments and getting to know more about those that stop by the farm. In fairness, since I requested you share something about yourselves, I thought I would share some things about me. I tried to think of new things that I have not shared. The winner of the 1st Cookbook Giveaway will be announced tomorrow as well as March's cookbook giveaway! I am going to add a button on the sidebar, as I will be having 10 more Cookbook giveaways.

So here goes- a bit more about me:

~I love the challenge that the farm has offered me. I have always enjoyed making things, and on the farm, I am able to create without worry. If it is not perfect, I accept what I have done, or begin again.

~I love learning about other places. Many times I will be reading on line about a place that I have a book about. I love to read how families/people live around the globe, learn about the foods they eat, what they wear, and what they believe.

~I am a better driver than passenger~especially in the mountains. Don't ask my family as they most likely will tell stories about my phantom slamming on the brake, or grabbing the handle in the truck and more that will make my face turn beet red!

~I rarely wear socks~although tonight I actually have on a pair of one of the boys. I think I own two pair of socks.

~I rarely wear any shoes at home. And after I married Bill, I realized high heels of any sort would do nothing for me, so I do not own ANY high heels.

~I saw the movie Silence of the Lambs. We were living in Germany and I was pregnant with my second son when AFN(Armed Forces Network) played it. I had to watch the entire movie once it began as I have this terrible thing in me that creates far worse mental images than a movie can create. I had no idea that AFN showed scary movies and also would show movies without editing~remember back then, TV still censored language etc. That movie was horrible. I do not understand why people write that stuff or film it. Poor Bill had to go even to the bathroom with me for weeks.

~I went to high school in the middle of nowhere. I have not gone to any reunions and hope maybe to make it to my 30th in 2015.

~I am more than an optimist. I am a verb to make things happen. No this does not mean that things are perfect for me. Instead this means that I am willing to roll up my sleeves and do what needs to be done. Tomorrow is coming no matter how much I complain, sulk, cry, or close my eyes. I decided long ago to accept this and be part of what I could do.

~I love old movies. If I could, I would own all of the Abbott and Costello, Jerry Lewis, Lucille Ball(movies and TV), Doris Day, Cary Grant, Rock Hudson, James Garner(TV and movies), a few of Henry Fonda's (Spencer's Mountain, Fail Safe, 12 Angry Men) as well as a few of Jimmy Stewart's and many of the older musicals...Oh and in case I disappointed anyone with my scary movie reveal in #6, I love some Alfred Hitchcock movies-Dial M for Murder/Rear Window/North by Northwest/Strangers on a Train...and a few more.

~I love to read. When I was a little girl I read The Bobbsey Twins, The Three Investigators and Trixie Belden. I read everywhere and anywhere. I read the cereal boxes, carted home books from the school library, and ordered books from the school book orders.

~When given the choice between home economics or shop class in school, I chose shop class. I was deathly afraid of the power tools(still am), and still smile at how I was able to complete a mini shelf. It was not level and I sanded it like crazy, for months, to 'look' busy. I am sure my grade was out of pity instead of skill, although I did receive an A in the class(for those outside USA-this was top grade).

~I love playing games and miss that my kids are getting older and this part of our life has slowed down some.

~I nearly drowned as a young girl. It is the main reason I had all of my children take Red Cross swimming courses. This is also the reason I love to go to the beach, but not swim, and sit on the edge of the pool with my feet swirling around.

~I do not like sweets that much. If I had to choose a favorite chocolate bar I guess it would be a Reece's Peanut Butter Cup-or the original Whatchamacallit.

~I can write in reverse and it is legible if you hold it up to a mirror.

~I still have my stuffed bear from when I was a little girl. I had the chicken pox when I was in 2nd grade and mom bought me a bear to make me feel better. My bear has been on all of my kids beds at one point or another and soon will have a place back in my bedroom. I eventually called the bear Pookey although it was nameless for several years.

~I do not like coffee. I suppose over my life, I have had about 10 cups of coffee. To me the taste is so misleading~as the smell is so heavenly. Bill drinks coffee with no sweetener~he loves coffee.

~I constantly am studying. I love to learn and have at any given time several topics or areas I am researching. I am a person with lots of interest and cannot imagine a time where I won't have several books about with notepads, highlighters and index cards.

~With the family, every single rock larger than my hand has been brought to the farm. For my siblings~how about that? Do you remember the rock shirts? I have had my kids use the rock shirt concept to haul their toys away etc. and now all these years later, I had to haul rocks to my place! How funny is that? But here is the twist, every rock I collect~has a fossil on it. When you look at photos of the farm and see the rocks larger than a hand~keep this in mind~every single one, was hauled here.

~Every day except for Saturday, I iron Bill's clothes. I suppose I could iron all at once and be done with it, but when I iron I chat with Bill. So this is how I like it.

I thank all those that entered the contest and shared so much about you. I tried to think of new things about me~but don't forget this: I am a believer in Jesus Christ and am thankful for His work on the Cross. I am happily married to my best friend Bill. We have been married for almost 24 years. I have four amazing children. Well three are adults and one is a teen, but to me, they will always be my babies. And as no post should be without a photo~here are my babies...1996.


Anonymous said...

Jen - yes I remember the rock shirts. I remember millions of tons of rocks moved OFF of our or OUT of our fields (Okay maybe not millions of tons but it was a LOT). I cracks me up that you're moving rocks ONTO your farm. I can see the horrified look on all of our faces as we consider this... travesty.... LOL.

I knew you didn't wear socks and shoes, you didn't much like them growing up either.

Not sure where we all got our love of books but throughout my life I have loved books like you. I read 24/7 no matter what. Whenever we move, before I change my license, before I scout out whatever I ALWAYS get my new library card. I support my library and I love to share reading with my kids and grandkids. Trust me, not a holiday goes by that they don't get books from grams and gramps. All of my kids read a lot and my grandkids are following closely.

We love old movies too - and had the most fun sharing that with you last year.

I loathe ironing - unless it is for sewing. I'll iron all day when I make things. I do iron for my hubby when needed but... in truth I'd rather chat over coffee. Yes I am a coffee addict. I LOVE the way it tastes and smells. I start most days with a cup in hand. My hubby is worse than I when it comes to coffee.

As for the rest - each is a unique trait that you have. It is what makes you the Jen we know and love. I will admit they are cute - and funny too!

So rocks... hmmm.... you have so many childhood memories percolating now...


Humble wife said...

VA sis-yes I am sure it is a horror to the siblings~I will carry this torch with a bit of shame-oh those shirts with all the holes and stretched out~haha.

Do you think the book thing was because we had so many books in the home? It was part of who we all were.

Love the movies from you and V <3 :)

And tell V-I cracked up with the coffee post he does. The puppy/baby switch made me nearly cry it was so funny!

Unique or in 20th century speak-crazy! Either way, I am who I am!! (((xoxo)))

Quill of Bill said...

Don't forget the most important thing (at least in my mind)....
I LOVE YOU!!!!!!

Gayle said...

I was wondering where a photo of you is? Since I haven't been around too long, I'm not sure if I've seen one. I imagine you with glasses and curly hair. (I have no idea why). :)

When you see rocks at my house you can know that they were all hauled here, too. All the ones for the garden beds and pool...some were hauled from creek beds almost 300 miles away. My husband loads them up alone, dumps them off and then I haul them into place. (We are about rocked out).

It was fun reading your post and getting to know you a bit more.

Humble wife said...

Quill of Bill-oh how I love you too. You marched in today, now didn't you?

lub hugh,

Humble wife said...

Gayle-hmm...someday I may share my photo issues. I am not a photo person. I have slipped a few in-but not really. Everyone has something,and this seems to be my something(by the way, it is not a small something. If anyone understands panic attacks-this is what I have about photos...and this has been for nearly 35 plus years).

For the record-my hair is wavy(almost completely gray)and I do indeed wear glasses to drive and watch movies. On the farm I choose not to wear them as the mountains are crystal clear for me.

Isn't it funny even though we live in completely opposite environments, we both must haul in rocks??

Crazy, but one more thing we have in common!!!

Sue said...

Thanks for sharing so many things about youself.

I have to laugh at your description about how you read and study. As I look around me here I see a gardening book lying open on the coffee table, a health book on my desk with scibbler (a pen and my scribblings in it) beside it, and my sticky notes for marking pages are sticking out of pages. lol

We must be twins seperated at birth :-)

Thanks again for you post.

Humble wife said...

Sue-Yyayayaya! I have a twin!! I always wanted one! You are wonderful and make me smile. It is nice to know another is as busy crazy as I am!