"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

Monday, December 31, 2012

The Year in Review

2012 was the Year of the Flower! 

 I did a mediocre job keeping a tally page on the sidebar...in the end it became a place to leave notes to myself!  I am pleased that I was able to document as much as I did though. 

I put up the qualifications I have to work the job I have held for the past 24 plus years...

I have shared my family with you- in pretty much every post.

I have shared my sons

I have shared my thumb~ it seems to be green!

I have shared some of the books I have read.

And have given this book to any and all that request it.

I have shared a life that is rewarding and priceless.

I have shared how to have a successful marriage,  by living it...as I am certain no reader can leave the farm without knowing my love I have for Bill. Oh and in case it isn't apparent, the love he has for me...

I have shared my views, my thoughts, my opinions.

I have stood upon my soapbox at the Double Nickel and told the world (well anyone that stopped by) how I feel.  I haven't held back.

I have shared my life...and in return many of you come back to visit, time and time again.  For that I am humbled.  At times I choke up at the email box...I thank you for your notes of encouragement.  For those that see fit to help in other ways, your actions are graciously received.  We have no words...

and then it came to me.  We do have something that will become our focus in 2013.  2013 will be the year of gratitude on the farm.  I pray that I can share more of my gratitude.  We live in times where we see and hear so many bad things, that we overlook mentioning the good.  I pray that I can really focus on that.

I am thankful for every single reader that stopped by and I wish to share how grateful I am to know others seemed interested in the journey we have been on.  Believe it or not, it has been easier to know that others are interested. 

I cannot close 2012 without doing two things...first and foremost- I wish to remind any and all that we give Bibles away.  We received a new shipment and have 48 new Bibles awaiting a reader.  Maybe you know someone that needs hope...maybe you can request a Bible that you can personally give to another.   Please consider sharing this post on your blog...In times of hardship it offers peace. In times of sickness, one finds the eternal Healer, in times of heaviness and crises...this Book contains the way, the truth and the light. If you would like a Bible-ask and we will send it on to you.

And secondly, I must share a photo of my goof troop...they are no longer wee ones, but they will always be my babies and I love them ever so much...in addition from left to right the furry critters are Millie, Samson, Val, and Thena.

Be sure to read the label as I am a label writing kind of blogger. 

May you have a safe Happy New Year
Bill & Jennifer
First, Second, Third, and Fourth

Friday, December 21, 2012


seems to comes every week!  Here are some photos on my camera with a scripture verse for each photo.
And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. Colossians 2:18

 I have been working on this brick path. 
As usual with most projects on the farm, the path, 
formerly known as a shed, will find new life.

Because strait is the gate and narrow is the way, 
which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Matt. 7: 14

 I love the beautiful skies out west.  I feel hope when I see the 
beautiful sky.

 For our heart shall rejoice in him, because we have trusted in his holy name. 
Let thy mercy, O LORD, be upon us, according as we hope in thee.
Psalm 33: 21-22
Long before we had firearms man had ways to defend himself,
wage war, and murder others.

The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; 
and that which is done is that which shall be done: 
and there is no new thing under the sun.  Ecclesiastes 1:9

I took this photo at a trading style post in Arizona. 
The center gourds are the reason I took it as I liked the idea
of a new way to use the gourds I grow.

 And the house, when it was in building, 
was built of stone made ready before it was brought thither: 
so that there was neither hammer nor axe nor any tool of iron 
heard in the house, while it was in building. I Kings 6:7

I sometimes snap photos of things I would like to make.  Here is another
item from the trading post in Arizona.

Be ye not as the horse, or as the mule, 
which have no understanding: whose mouth must be held
 in with bit and bridle, lest they come near unto thee. Psalm 32: 9

In New Mexico we have very few days that aren't 
brightened by sunshine no matter the temperature.

Then spake Jesus again unto them, saying, I am the light of the world:
he that followeth me shall not walk in darkness, but shall have the
light of life. John 8: 12

 On our trip to Mesa, Arizona last month we were downtown
and saw many unique creations.  I was happy that Bill had a
chance to see how I feel when I sit in chairs!

There were giants in the earth in those days;
 and also after that, when the sons of God 
came in unto the daughters of men, and they bare
 children to them, the same became mighty 
men which were of old, men of renown. 
Genesis 6:4   
Our temperature at 7 am-Cloudy 15°

 While the earth remaineth, seedtime and harvest,
 cold and heat, and summer and winter, 
and day and night shall not cease. Genesis 8:22

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, 
and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. 
John 14:16

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Foto Frenzy!

My oldest~he is stationed at Fort Bliss, TX.
He is in the middle.

I made this dreidel from a cracker box. Our little friends that visit
loved to spin it. Yep, it spins pretty good for a cracker box!

Thanksgiving in Maryland.
3 sisters
3 brothers-in-law
a nephew 
three nieces
3 great nephews
3 great nieces
a second cousin
his wife and children
a brother-in-law's brother and wife
(not pictured brother in law's parents, my niece
 and nephew's cousin from their mother's side as 
well as several friends of my sister Anna)
and wowza I wish I could have been there!
The E on the wall stands for !Excellente!
(okay maybe not, but Anna-you are an excellent host)

Hanukkah 2012 

Lovely potato soup~delish!

An incredibly easy  idea that I saw in an antique shop! 
I am so thrilled with how cute it will be!

And of course Tent City on the farm!
We had a little visit and we played house/fort.
 The cats thought this was super fun too.

This concludes the foto frenzy for today.

Have a wonderful day!

Dear America

to include our Congress,  the President, and Joe the Average American.

Please STOP.

Now is NOT the time to push forth legislation on weapons.  Keep in mind that a person that is intent on killing has already crossed the threshold on acting as a law abiding citizen.  I welcome debate on gun control both for and against...in a few weeks.

Oh and to those on Facebook, blogs, chatrooms, forums, sending emails, gabbing around the water cooler, and at the grocery...Now is NOT the time to post images with a handgun that say "I'd rather go to my grave never needing my gun, than go there wishing I had it."

Now is not the time to share about the method Timothy McVeigh used to murder 168 Americans.
Now is not the time to discuss the Pearl River MS shooting that was stopped before it happened.

Oh and I forgot my favorite group of Americans...the Twitter Tweeters:

 Tweets, even if you are a professor,  that wish for violence, need to STOP...*caution on these links as the language is filthy.


A parent's worst nightmare is unfolding in real time.  Can we stop the politicizing of Sandy Hook for just a few weeks?

We can get our panties in a twist after the New Year?  How can we be compassionate if the parents of the victims of Sandy Hook see our Facebook pages, and realize we are reduced to sharing images with bold statements...have WE LOST ALL SENSE OF DECENCY?   The children in that school were screaming, weeping, fleeing for their lives, and sadly dying...and before most are laid to rest~we stand to politicize this.


Oh and Congress-before any member wishes to speak on this subject...I do ask you to refrain aside from offering compassion, support, and love.  As  you know your life is protected ever so dearly by the tax dollars of American citizens.  Don't forget you are one of us...and that the value placed on securing your life is and should be what we, your fellow citizens deserve.

Sunday, December 16, 2012

I needed time

to compose my thoughts before I could write about what happened at Sandy Hook Elementary School.  I needed to be able to cry.  I needed time to be able to process the shock I felt.  I needed to wrap my head around how these parents feel...as I am feeling the same way.

How dare this happen in America.   How dare we label the shooter, even before the information is processed at the crime scene.  How dare we tolerate the media in the faces of these poor families that are going through a grief that must feel as though their soul has been split in two.  How dare we allow the media to enter a church and photograph a community trying to come to grips with the horror that their once idyllic community has gone through.  How dare we expect the coroner to reveal the information about the autopsies of these wee ones.

I say ENOUGH!  To the media I say get your weaselly, grimy fingers out of the way.  Quit searching for the most shocking, titillating story and become the journalists you are supposed to be.  Narrate the events, with details on the who, what, where, when, why, and how...but if you are missing one of these~WAIT, until you have the FACTS.

Oh and the fact of the matter is this~ NO PARENT EVER SHOULD BE shown on camera-whether in an interview, or in a candid shot, while dealing with this horror in real time as it is unfolding. Dignity and decorum should prevail.

Unlike 9-11, where the media censored our seeing truth...the situation in Sandy Hook is far different.  We need not see the parents.  We do need to story. We do need to know about the lock down of schools.  We do need to know about whether the suspect is at large...

BUT the story needs to unfold in real time without the media in the way grasping for the million dollar shot.

Please know America~because someone places a microphone or camera in front of you~DOES NOT mean you have to speak.

I am grieving at the lack of respect our media has for these families.  They just lost a child that most likely has not lost many baby teeth.  They just lost a child that will not receive the presents that are most likely wrapped and tucked away in a closet in the house.  May we have tremendous compassion in this time and NOT be in the faces of these families.  They will speak~someday.  They will share their children~someday.  They will be able to function again~someday, but for now, we as a nation need to pull back and allow them to get through the next few weeks as it will be absolutely terrible for them...and WE need to pray for them.  We need to be there for them and we need to remember that life is precious.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

This is not a scary post

although the first photo may make you think so.   Two weeks ago we had Millie spayed.  We had to keep her indoors for several days to ensure proper healing and such.  It was a bit difficult to keep this giant pup inside as her head is over the table and she is almost to the top of the stove.  We knew she was feeling better the third night as I went to the family room and found Millie sitting innocently enough.
Of course this is around 5 am.  I had to take the photo quickly as she
was trying hard to maintain a proud seating stance.
For me the photo is a bit creepy/scary~

anyhow as I opened the curtains I was able to see a bit more of 
why she was so proud.


 I waited a bit for the day so I could capture how the family room looked.

Silly Millie!

The toy formerly known as Buster Bunny!

I need to be fair to Millie, she had an accomplice~Athena(Third's dog)...
Millie isn't as street smart as Athena...and was certain
she was doing a good thing!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Sixteen Years Later

 I snapped a photo in April that inspired this post today.  Here is April's post titled Six Years Later.  Now it is time for Sixteen Years Later
Boys L-R
Second, First, Third
Men L-R
Third, First, Second

*I almost painted the picnic table to match, as well as considered buying NM tee shirts,  but decided similar is fine-which works great as I had the middle two switch in positions in 2012.

Fantastic Friday!

It is a fantastic Friday because I can post photos again on blogger!! Here are several photos that are as random as my normal thoughts!
My four
These are cousins, new siblings(remarriage of parents), siblings,and Papasan the Akita.
Yours truly is second from the right. In case you couldn't tell~
in any given situation to locate me a standard rule of thumb is
look for the short one!

From a previous post What am I?
Boot Hooks!

My shadow goofs on Thanksgiving

photo credit wikipedia

This critter, the Ringtail has been a volunteer fireman of sorts in the department 
Second works for as it has been living in the building for a few weeks.
Hopefully we can get a photo before it is caught and released in the desert.

We have been enjoying Hanukkah on the farm.

I also have been enjoying bean soup as the temps this past week
have been in the high teens in the evenings! Although we live in the desert we do experience the
winter temperatures...brr is all I can say, oh and I am thankful that we have
a woodstove to keep us warm and cozy.

Here is a photo from the files. Bill was teaching a class on the Bible and
K had to be in Bill's arms.  She loved to go through his pocket(which would contain
a treat).

I am thankful that I can post photos once again and am going to play catchup with the photos I have taken.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Happy Hanukkah

Happy Hanukkah 
from our home to yours!

Today in History

Pearl Harbor was attacked.

This is the powerful speech FDR gave to Congress on December 8, 1941. Please take a moment to read this. I read this aloud to Bill and was a bit emotional as I went through it. You can see how we have come to know this as The Date Which Will Live in Infamy speech,but I challenge this title as it is so much more. After reading this and reflecting upon the times we live in, I am profoundly moved by this line: "As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense."

This is the duty I expect-nay, demand of a Commander-in-Chief. If we do not defend our nation every thing else we think is important is for naught. So we as Americans should use this speech as a job description for a future president as well as the sitting president, and demand that they are willing to uphold the requirements of the Commander-in Chief.

December 8, 1941
Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its Government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to the Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese Government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. Very many American lives have been lost. In addition American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday the Japanese Government also launched an attack against Malaya. Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong. Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam. Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands. Last night the Japanese attacked Wake Island. This morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.
Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again.
Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces - with the unbounded determination of our people - we will gain the inevitable triumph - so help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December seventh, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire."
Copied from The University of Oklahoma College of Law.

I posted this post December 7, 2011.  I challenge readers to take a moment and actually read FDR's words aloud... I pray we understand as a nation that sometimes bad happens and we must stand.  

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

It began last year

when we made an attempt to understand Hanukkah.   It was quite foreign to us and after an entire Christian walk  thinking that the Jew and the Christian were segmented by a gulf that existed between the Old and New Testament we started seeing things differently.

  Jesus himself mentions Hanukkah* in the New Testament in
 John 10:22 And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication*, and it was winter.

You see the Jewish temple was regained in 165 B.C. and then the Jews re-dedicated it to God.    The reason we are seeing Hanukkah differently is because as Christians we believe that our body is the temple,
 1 Corinthians 6:19 Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  

Hanukkah is a feast that celebrates the re-dedication of the temple. As Christians, knowing our body is the temple, we see the celebration of Hanukkah as a re-dedication of our temple.  We see this feast fulfilled by the coming of Christ as He is also known as the Light, and Hanukkah was called the festival of Lights by Flavius Josephus.  We see a need to re-dedicate ourselves because we live in the times we do, where the world is moving forward at a pace that contradicts God and His Holy Word. We see the symbolism of the re-dedication of the temple by the Jews as a foreshadowing of things to come when our temple, our bodies, have been dedicated to our Lord and Saviour.

We are not Jewish. We are Christians. We will not adhere the the traditions totally, but try to keep it simple and taking each night to focus on another area we can re-dedicate our lives to our Saviour. We are not doing this claiming that all things Jewish relate to us, no, we are celebrating Hanukkah, as the bridge between the Jew and the Christian is Christ, and we are connected because of Him.

*the feast of dedication is also known as Hanukkah

Saturday, December 1, 2012

So What's Happening?

Sorry I have been away from the computer for a bit~here's a brief update:

Farm blurbs

~it is mating season for the sheep, so things are a bit woolly out and about.
~The coyotes are almost insane outside the perimeters of the farm.  We hear the yips and howls and the frenzy nearly every night. We are thankful for the working dogs that patrol each night.  Daytime treats have increased thanks to their diligence in protecting the farm.
~ I have been plotting and planning the spring gardens as well as the green house. I sometimes dream of my gardens so I can tell how much thought I have been applying to this!

For December

We are learning more about the feast of dedication and we will also share Biblical prophecy that was fulfilled by the birth of Christ.

On the blog~well I cannot upload any photos here, blogger tells me in the photo upload section that I have reached my limit of photo storage, but when I click to the link, I see that I have not.  Since blogger is a free hosting site, I am not complaining and have a solution I will soon share.

May your December not be stressful...nor filled with purchases because you feel the need to buy someone a present.  If you would like to give a present to someone we on the blog would like to suggest giving a Bible. You can request one here, or you can go to this website and purchase one yourself.