"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, January 31, 2013

Button Bouquet

Here is an easy project that I had been thinking about making for a while and finally decided to make it. 

The hay we buy sometimes comes wrapped in wire, other times in plastic type rope.  I am one that likes to find purpose for pretty much everything. With the wire, I have done several things inside and Bill has used it on the farm here and there.

For this project I just bent the wire into shapes and adorned with buttons has become a button bouquet centerpiece.  As a salvage/thrifty person~I shall share that many of the buttons are from clothing that has gone on to become rags, quilts, potholders, and more. 

The jar vase is an apple shaped jar that apple juice came in.  I liked the shape and held onto the jar-for a someday role.

Let me know if you make a button bouquet for your home!

Now here is a sneak peek at my other project that is of the plastic rope...
I am making rugs to have on the porches to wipe our boots with. 
It is a pretty durable plastic and I have an abundance of it so 
all I need to do is sit down and sew it!  I hope to finish at least four 
of these by the end of the year. 

I Can

do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13  This scripture is a favorite of mine.  I believe my strength, my pollyanna attitude, and my joy in life comes from knowing that I can do ALL things because of and through Jesus Christ.

Today I thought I would share a poster I saved from online.  I do now know who made it but if I find out I will give credit where credit is due. 
I smiled when I saw this poster.   I like this.
My Bibles are in sorry shape.  
I try hard to keep them nice but I cart them everywhere and
open them all the time.  

Sometimes I write in them.  
I have a Tim LaHaye Bible for the prophecy information*,
although I am not behind him in the series he wrote.
The second one from the top is a thrift store Bible.
I picked it up because it is encased in a hard cover 
with a zipper!

I use sticky notes to help me in my current studies.
and I added the tabs for the books so it would be
easier to find in the Prophecy Bible as the pages are
so fine. 
This is from my duct taped Bible.  This photo is when my oldest was
15 meaning...I put it in this Bible 9 years ago.  Before the duct tape
I sometimes felt a tad embarrassed as my Bible would come apart
during Bible study etc.

I make notes with whatever I have on hand at the moment.  I use pens
colored pencils, pencils, and even crayons.  The Bible is to be used
daily and the word Bible is a neat little acronym too...

With instructions on how to live, how to act, how to serve God...
I think it would be very important that more people cracked open
its pages.
At first I was uncomfortable with my markings and wear and tear on the 
Bibles.  I mean it is His Holy Word...and I did not want to be irreverent.

Then I realized that each time I read the Word I discover something new.  
I find the Word is relevant to my day today in 2013 as it was in 1995 or 2001.
I mark the passages or write my thoughts as how it impacted me in that moment.

Over the years I have been amazed at how the verses have been useful
in so many different situations.
I am thankful that I live in a nation that allows me to openly profess my

Another poster I saw online was of this simple question:

If you were charged with being a Christian, would there be enough
evidence to convict you?

I pray that I would be found guilty. 

I do not share my Bibles to be smug and prove I am having a perfect
life because I read them.  I share my Bibles to show that my life is filled with
so many things, that  I need to find Comfort in the day.  I need know 
that I was created with Purpose.  I am an imperfect person that has
a pretty wonderful life in spite of the world and what man does here.

I pray that this makes sense.  
I am most certainly nothing without My Saviour.
And I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

If you would like a Bible so you can have instructions in life before
you leave earth...we would like to give you a Bible.  Please leave a comment here on this page...

*The Prophecy Bible links what percentage of the Bible is prophecy but it is a King James Bible and is not written by Tim LaHaye.  I like it because I can go through each Bible and find the prophetic verses with ease.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Should I be concerned?

Each morning my left arm feels weighed down and numb.   It usually begins around 5 am and until I get out of bed my arm is heavy.  Some mornings in addition to the heaviness, I feel moisture on my wrist, palm, and elbow. 

Bill gets up around 4:30 am so he is never there for my heaviness.  I do call for him to rescue me, to help me work through the feelings of numbness I feel.

He answers each morning the same way...

"Athena, get off the bed, you are on her arm...and stop licking her hand!"
Introducing the heaviness I feel...she climbs up after Bill gets
out of bed and curls up in my arm...little stinker!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


I have been busy for the past few weeks beginning to seriously plan my 25th wedding anniversary.  I am a pretty sentimental goof and didn't realize how much I am looking forward to sharing this milestone with Bill.    As I plan I thought I would share a few things:

* The farm has been home the longest for us.  Thanks to an early military career during the Clinton draw down years we moved a good deal.  

* Bill and I still hold hands anywhere we go...I think it is to make sure the other won't run away~ :)

*At the time of our anniversary, all of our sons will be either the age Bill was or older than he was when we married.

* We didn't have a set honeymoon plan but ended up driving around southern California. 

* No alcohol was served at our reception...we will continue this for our 25th.

* Before my mom met Bill, I bought a pair of Levi's for him...so I could show her how tall he was.  Bill's Levi's from resting with the hem on the floor come just above my shoulder blade. 

* The first time I met Bill's mom, I was changing into my dress in the church.  She was so lovely telling me sweet, kind, special things...I will never forget how wonderful she made me feel.

* There wasn't any dancing at our reception either.  To be honest, the people in the area reminded me of the Kevin Bacon film Footloose...but~there will be dancing for our 25th.  Most certainly...as tall and short dance well together!

* We have lived in 6 states and 2 countries. 

*Every single member of the family was born in a different place. 

* In 1993 our rings were stolen...  At first, we thought about replacing them.  But we decided pretty soon afterwards that the ring is not what binds us together, and haven't seriously considered replacing them since.

* The guest list isn't completed yet, but four amazing people that missed seeing our vows will be on the top of the list...

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Wedding Double Nickel Farm Style

Remember this post, where I shared that K loves Bill and I and calls us Papa and Gramma?  Well on Thursday K's momma told us she would like to get married on Saturday.  She and her husband  were engaged before Thanksgiving and planned to marry in February.  But the groom was hired for a job in Oklahoma that begins on Monday...so they wanted to marry before he left.  Bill and I quickly put together a wedding/reception for this family.  Since we are in the southwest-this wedding was boots, jeans, cowboy hats, and even a saddle.  Bill performed the wedding, Second gave the bride away,  Third took care of the children with his friend, and Fourth took the official photos.  I also took many photos...please join us on the farm on this wonderful day!
Don't look brother~ they're kissin'

Love the laughter

Oh happy Day!!

First dance as a married couple...I confess Bill and I danced off to the side
it took me back.  This farm wife shed a good deal of happy tears today!

Fourth did an amazing job setting up the photos.

Cowboy Kiss

Sharing the wedding cake!

Setting up for the wedding.  I made almost everything.

Second giving the bride away.

The sweet couple

Beginning the ceremony.  They were married in a lovely outdoor
wedding.  It was a bit windy and chilly~but very nice.

Why yes, that is a saddle in the dining room!

You may kiss the bride!

K was so adorable~she ran up and said "thumbs up momma!"

The announcement

The bride's bouquet, K's bouquet, and the groom's boutineer.

The wedding party
l-r Fourth, Third, baby A, Third's friend, K, Second

Saying their vows
could be a touch chilly!!

The dining room looking into the woodstove room, where a second table
was set up.

And I will close with my Fourth, she was amazing.  

Praying for this young family as they are beginning a new life together.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Project 3...1/8 of the way finished!

Here is project 3.
I wanted a set of towels I could use when I make bread  not be used for anything else.  Since I have remnant fabric and some time I began this project.  My goal is to make a total of 8 bread towels.  

Seems like in even everyday things we can surround ourselves with what we are seeking...
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Matthew 6:33
By selecting verses about bread in the Bible I wanted to share from John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

So if you or anyone you know would like your daily bread (Jesus Christ the Messiah), we would love to send you a Bible free of charge.   Leave a message in the comments with your information for mailing or click here.  Your information will not be published.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Hitler? Pol Pot? Stalin? America?

Redirecting the focus is an effective way to mislead the people.

Take abortion-the debate is not about the baby to be born, but instead the debate was redirected.  Now the debate is totally about a woman's right to choose what happens to her body and little, if any attention is given to the baby.  Effective?  Absolutely!  I wonder in the annals of history,  will the stance America has taken on abortion  outshine anything else she ever accomplished?  Let me explain why using a few of the 20th century's most brutal regimes and the total number of dead they left in their quake.

Pol Pot-Cambodia             1.7 to 2.5 million
Hitler-Germany               10 -12 million
Stalin-USSR                6 million
Kim II Sung-North Korea       1.7 million
Mao Ze Dong-China and Tibet  49-78 million

Totals:              68.4 million -100.2  million (diverse countries, over a period of 72 years)(source)

American Abortion since 1973 approximately 54 million.
3,222 babies a day
1,212,530 babies a year and if we carry this out to 72 years America will abort 87,298,160 babies.

Did you note that this number is on the high end of the estimate for those that the world considered brutal regimes?

Yet, we in America consider ourselves to be the beacon in the world.  We proudly stand with the Emma Lazarus's poem that is graven on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty and most know this part

 "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" 

 And yet, our nation cannot see the huddled masses of babes yearning to breathe free?  We ignore the wretched refuse(the aborted fetuses) and instead do not lift the lamp for our weakest, yet those with the most potential?   Kind of ironic that the Statue of Liberty is an emblem of of true rights for a woman yet this woman that stands to proudly on our shore is overshadowed by the rights granted to women in America that extinguish the very right to life of the inhabitant of her womb.

This is very sad considering that the contents of the womb when born on US soil (or Territory, or of American parents abroad) becomes an American citizen at birth.  Too bad  we pretend to suggest that this American only began life at birth and have allowed this to be amended to our Constitution

Friday, January 18, 2013

Friday Five

Well hotdog! It's Friday Five again!
Bill and I went to El Paso for an appointment for him and we met up with
this cutie after.  My Bill is assisting with my editing time, can you see how?

News on First-he was set to deploy to Afghanistan in January and if his unit was going he was
going to stay in the Army.  His group is not going so guess what???
He is getting out of the army!  Updates will follow...by the way
even though he is all grown up I still call him my bubboo. 
Yep, I am and will always be a mom.

We stopped here yesterday.   I have decided that this is the meeting place
for friends of ours.  We have not planned our trips and have gone 
on different days of the week, yet we seem to always meet them at Costco!
Do you realize that they do not live in El Paso, we do not live in 
El Paso, and we do not live near each other!
Amazing isn't it?  Oh and I never publish before we go somewhere~

For those that find angst with Costco and the bulk products
I can't help you.  Costco makes living on a budget possible for
my family.  The prices are amazing, the produce is from down they way,
and the Kirkland toilet paper is not only septic tank friendly, but 

I made some organic facial powder.  Wow.  So far I am totally
impressed.  I will share soon how to make this...as everyone 
that wants this should make it themselves to ensure proper
color.  It really costs pennies to make-including the tin and label. 
With the tin and label I think that I spent 90 cents!

The other day Bill brought this home to me (okay to Fourth too).
 I LOVE Claussen Pickles.  Try them today if you haven't tried them.
In the local groceries they are in the refrigerated section near the cheeses 
or lunch meats. 
My final photo for Friday Five is one that we all should do.  Take a moment and 
see what is about and be grateful.  Even in a simple sunset, if you open your
eyes beauty abounds.   Of course, people may wonder why you are off the road and snapping a 
photo, or even parked and taking in all the majestic views, but...if not now, when?

Nothing is so important, so necessary, so critical all the time that you
cannot allow yourself time to see the handiwork of the Creator.

Have a lovely weekend and don't forget that amongst our Ten Commandments
is:  Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy.  Six days thou shalt labor and do 
all thy work, but the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou
shalt not do any work,  thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant,
nor thy cattle, nor the stranger that is within thy gates.  For in six days the LORD made the heaven and the earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day and hallowed it.  Exodus 20:8-11.

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

More than Daddies

go off to war.  My niece left her sweet daughters and husband a few weeks ago. 
The weight of the world rests upon the shoulders of these young people.
They go far away and stand for our nation.
They wear the uniform proudly.
They hug their precious loved ones...
and with one more quick kiss.

They are off.

Foot Scrub

Here is quite an easy recipe for scrubbing and soothing your feet.  
*In this jar I made 1/2 the below recipe*

Take 1 cup Epsom salt, 1/4 cup olive oil, and 1 tsp. Castille Soap.  
Blend together. Store in airtight container.

Directions for use:  apply to feet, rub a bit, let sit for a bit, 
then wash off. 

I found this simple soothing foot scrub at Wellness Mama.

Making It At Home

is a new button on my sidebar.  It will contain links of posts to nearly everything around the farm that makes our lives easier...at times a recipe will be cross-linked to here as well as the recipe button on the right. 

Oh and perhaps I should mention a few more thingsAs we have progressed on this journey we have discovered that store bought is NOT always best.  Sometimes items have ingredients that are not the best for people.  I am not a doctor or scientist but I am concerned for the well being of the family in what products we use, what we eat, and how much items cost.  This journey has been eye opening as many of the items made at home are not only healthier but also cost pennies on the dollar.  
  1. Laundry Soap 
  2. Foot Scrub 

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Groceries on the farm

Means you need to stretch items as well as supplement if possible with garden items, eggs, and meats from the farm.  Well that is what we do on the farm.  Everyone can grow a few items in a container in their home or apartment. One thing that has proved invaluable in flu season is the mint I grew last year and dried.

Take dried mint boil it in a pot, then take it off the stove and make a tent over it with a towel with your head covered by the towel.  This is an incredible way to clear your sinuses. Here are some other benefits of mint.

Here are photos of the groceries purchased last week.
 We water down all the juice we buy.  For Bill and I it is a 50-50 ratio of juice to water.  Immediately we have doubled our juice purchases.  In this photo are V-8 juices and orange juice.  I am going to make almond milk with the almonds as well as using them to increase nutritional dense foods in the house.  Keep in mind that about 11 -15 almonds is about 200 calories so count out your handful! whf information about almonds.  We use the raisins in salads and as a snack.  Fourth is an olive fiend so olives are her snack...oh and did you notice?  The jar will be perfect for the newest spice I have purchased (in photo)~caraway seeds.(check out how health beneficial caraway seeds are) The pickles and popcorn are purely things enjoyed in the house.  Believe it or not, when we play board games one or both pickles and popcorn are served as a snack.  

This grouping of food is the best way to buy foods. Buy them and then create your food from the fresh items.  In this photo: mango, sweet potato, gala apples, red grapes, Serrano peppers, mesclun, limes, cilantro, ginger and celery.   

 This group of food has both white and brown rice, arrowroot powder, dark rye flour, pinto beans coconut, spelt and kamut berries. From this group I will be able to make not only food, but also shampoo and makeup. Funny how things go the longer you are on a journey the more you learn!

My next photo will be completely of items not needed, especially because when you make them from scratch you will not have any of these items which should be avoided as much as possible:
MSG-monosodium glutamate
High fructose corn syrup
agave nectar
artificial food coloring
BHA's and BHT
Sodium Nitrate and Sodium Nitrite
Potassium Bromate
rBGH recombinant Bovine Growth Hormone
Refined Vegetable Oil

For the record MSG is in both the soups and the dressing
The cookies and the crackers have refined oils as well as high fructose corn syrup...
As I share our journey here on the farm I try to keep things real so you can appreciate
things.  My goal is to can more homemade soups to not need to buy for times like these past weeks where we have been under the weather and need a quick soup.  And ranch dressing is SO easy to make and taste so much better-so I will share the recipe soon.  

These photos may seem like something is lacking.  I have shared for years how to build up a food storage and rotate it.  In these times that food storage and rotation is critical.   We have our pantry and freezer to create the meals we will be eating.  Please take the time to purchase items to have for times of crisis...also take time to build up a food storage, even if you only build up enough for a few weeks,  in case of a storm or natural disaster.   Take time to either can or have on hand items that can be eaten without cooking-such as canned fruits, dried fruits...MRE's etc.  Also have items that are ready to eat.  For example, in times of need it is so much easier popping open a can of pinto beans than cooking them from scratch.  So I can several jars of beans as well as having some dry beans on hand.

Who knows what is ahead of us with the leadership in the US honing in on guns and what not.  I mean if this is what is in the public forum...my goodness can you imagine what is taking place behind closed doors?   We are living in times that are unusual and many are struggling.  In these times Hope exists.  Please leave a message here if you would like to find out how to have Hope in the midst of chaos.   Don't forget, Bibles are free for the asking!

Monday, January 14, 2013

Project 2

Remember these?

I finally was able to crochet the pieces together!

Front side of the lap blanket
Back side of the lap blanket

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Laundry Soap for the Farm

Keep in mind that this is very easy, it will save you a great deal of money, and it lasts a good while...so if you want to make homemade laundry soap for under a dollar here is the simple recipe.

First you need a laundry bar of soap.  Sometimes I use Zote instead of Fels-Naptha, 
as it is in our stores and the bar is about 75 cents.  Fels-Naptha is available in the detergent
aisle at your local super~center.

Grate about 1/3 of the bar. 

Put it in a pot and add 6 cups of water and turn on medium heat.
Stir until melted.  Then add

1/2 cup of Borax and

1/2 cup of washing soda

Stir until they both dissolve.  Remove from heat.

Take a bucket that can hold at least 3 gallons or so of water
~ and then

 add 4 cups hot water to the bucket.  Then add the soap mixture to the bucket.
Now add 1 gallon plus six cups more of water.  Stir!

The laundry soap is frothy or soap bubbly.  Let rest over night and
then it is ready to use.

Use 1/2 cup per laundry load and for softness 
add 1/2 cup white vinegar to load.