"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, November 28, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving!

Happy Thanksgiving!

What are you thankful for this year?

I am thankful for Jesus Christ.

I am thankful for Bill.

I am thankful for First, Second, Third, and Fourth.

I am thankful for the two to be daughters-in-laws.

I am thankful for my brothers, sisters, their spouses and their children.
I am thankful for Bill's brothers, sisters, their spouses and their children.

I am thankful for my Bill's parents.

I am thankful for the families of my daughters-in-law to be. They raised wonderful women.

I am thankful for my Country.

I am thankful for the farm and how each year it provides us so much.

I am thankful for the animals we have.  

I am thankful that I can read and appreciate that nothing is beyond my scope 
if I wish to learn.  Open a book and begin learning.

I am thankful for the peacefulness of living in a rural setting.

I am thankful for sisters.  I know I said that before but wish to say it again~

I am thankful that I can speak with anyone in the world with the typing of a key instantaneously.

I am thankful for my mountain.

I am thankful for my garden.

I am thankful that my life is far from conventional. 

I am thankful for sunrises.

I am thankful I do not know poverty.

I am thankful for sunsets.

I am thankful for the daily murals the Creator gives me.

Proclamation of Thanksgiving

I originally posted this on November 21, 2007.
Just a bit of background of the celebration of Thanksgiving.

Washington, D.C.
October 3, 1863
This is the proclamation which set the precedent for America's national day of Thanksgiving. During his administration, President Lincoln issued many orders like this. For example, on November 28, 1861, he ordered government departments closed for a local day of thanksgiving.

Sarah Josepha Hale, a prominent magazine editor, wrote a letter to Lincoln on 28, 1863, urging him to have the "day of our annual Thanksgiving made a National and fixed Union Festival." She wrote, "You may have observed that, for some years past, there has been an increasing interest felt in our land to have the Thanksgiving held on the same day, in all the States; it now needs National recognition and authoritative fixation, only, to become permanently, an American custom and institution." The document below sets apart the last Thursday of November "as a day of Thanksgiving and Praise."

According to an April 1, 1864, letter from John Nicolay, one of President Lincoln's secretaries, this document was written by Secretary of State William Seward, and the original was in his handwriting. On October 3, 1863, fellow Cabinet member Gideon Welles recorded in his diary that he complimented Seward on his work. A year later the manuscript was sold to benefit Union troops.

By the President of the United States of America.
A Proclamation.

The year that is drawing towards its close, has been filled with the blessings of fruitful fields and healthful skies. To these bounties, which are so constantly enjoyed that we are prone to forget the source from which they come, others have been added, which are of so extraordinary a nature, that they cannot fail to penetrate and soften even the heart which is habitually insensible to the ever watchful providence of Almighty God. In the midst of a civil war of unequaled magnitude and severity, which has sometimes seemed to foreign States to invite and to provoke their aggression, peace has been preserved with all nations, order has been maintained, the laws have been respected and obeyed, and harmony has prevailed everywhere except in the theatre of military conflict; while that theatre has been greatly contracted by the advancing armies and navies of the Union.

Needful diversions of wealth and of strength from the fields of peaceful industry to the national defence, have not arrested the plough, the shuttle or the ship; the axe has enlarged the borders of our settlements, and the mines, as well of iron and coal as of the precious metals, have yielded even more abundantly than heretofore. Population has steadily increased, notwithstanding the waste that has been made in the camp, the siege and the battle-field; and the country, rejoicing in the consciousness of augmented strength and vigor, is permitted to expect continuance of years with large increase of freedom.

No human counsel hath devised nor hath any mortal hand worked out these great things. They are the gracious gifts of the Most High God, who, while dealing with us in anger for our sins, hath nevertheless remembered mercy. It has seemed to me fit and proper that they should be solemnly, reverently and gratefully acknowledged as with one heart and one voice by the whole American People. I do therefore invite my fellow citizens in every part of the United States, and also those who are at sea and those who are sojourning in foreign lands, to set apart and observe the last Thursday of November next, as a day of Thanksgiving and

Praise to our beneficent Father who dwelleth in the Heavens. And I recommend to them that while offering up the ascriptions justly due to Him for such singular deliverance's and blessings, they do also, with humble penitence for our national perverseness and disobedience, commend to His tender care all those who have become widows, orphans, mourners or sufferers in the lamentable civil strife in which we are unavoidably engaged, and fervently implore the interposition of the Almighty Hand to heal the wounds of the nation and to restore it as soon as may be consistent with the Divine purposes to the full enjoyment of peace, harmony, tranquillity and Union.
In testimony whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the Seal of the United States to be affixed.

Done at the City of Washington, this Third day of October, in the year of our Lord one thousand eight hundred and sixty-three, and of the Independence of the Unites States the Eighty-eighth.

By the President: Abraham Lincoln

William H. Seward,
Secretary of State

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

The Week in a Nutshell

Since we celebrated Thanksgiving early we are freeish Thursday.  Now I am waking up very early and making 20 lbs of mashed potatoes, and 60 deviled eggs for a community shelter/church that is hosting Thanksgiving for those in need.  I have never done something like this before and I am happy that our plans made this possible.

Monday~ I put final touches on centerpieces for the reception.  I hemmed clothing for the other daughter-in-law to be, as well as Fourth.

Tuesday~ I painted the signs for the chairs for the special couple.
I also took down Thanksgiving decor and put up Hanukkah decorations.
This is from last year...I will take a few for this year!
I went to town with Fourth as she worked.  I visited with her boss, then ran around town finalizing a few more things for wedding. I did something I have not done in many years.   I bought myself something nicety nice for the wedding.  Oh...and shoes and a purse~new.  I honestly don't know when I have done that last.  I ran to another store to pick up a shirt and tie for Second as he has been working so much.   I met with the lovely to be bride and confirmed things I had reserved for Friday pickup.  I went to the grocery and did something else I haven't done in a while.  I bought frozen rolls, as I have so much going on, I do not think I have time to make 60 rolls for the reception.  Oh and while at the grocery, I ran into an old friend.  It was so nice as we talked Bible in the produce section for so long.   My hurry and worries faded as my final stop in town was closed with calming talk!

Wednesday~I am cleaning the house.  It looks like I am preparing for a wedding!!  Bill is picking up the tux for Third, bringing boxes for me to transport table decor, making sure Second's dress pants are ready to go(or he will bring them home for me),  and spending his final day of work before the holiday.   Lighting the first candle of Hanukkah.

Thursday~waking before farmer's hours.  Peeling a ton of potatoes.  Peeling a bunch of eggs.  Delivering and helping with food.  Meeting with Second and Fourth for something fun.  Relaxing at home.  Lighting the second candle of Hanukkah.

Friday~ Picking up a few items for reception already reserved.  Not in the bustle of Black Friday shopping as it is a business far from the chaotic stores.   Coming home.  Relaxing with Bill and Fourth.  First and his sweetie are stopping by. Lighting the third candle of Hanukkah.

Saturday~a day of rest.  Enjoying family.  Sabbath meeting in evening.  Lighting fourth candle of Hanukkah. 

Sunday~ waking early starting food for reception.  Running to town to set up reception.   Coming home picking up food, dressing, and going to WEDDING!  Having a lovely day.  Lighting fifth candle of Hanukkah.

Well that's the week in a nutshell.  Wait until the following week!!  If this week begins a new season in our lives,  you will be amazed at what the next week brings.  It's so powerful to realize that yes, indeed
 "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
 Ecclesiastes 3:1

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Snowball Fight!

We woke to almost 4 inches of snow!  Bill started our outside journey by throwing a snowball at me and let me say this...I returned fire!  So you can properly visualize two old goofs outside in the snow, I was wearing Bill's socks, slip on shoes, capri pants (Bill's socks are over my knees), and must look silly to any genuine person that is from a snowy region.  We did not have more than a trace last year, and our real last snow was in 2011 so this was a delight to this former Midwest girl!
Of course I took photos!
This is my lavender.

 my rosemary
Snow graffiti
I have shared that I do kind of like graffiti!

One of the farm trailers...I confess it has never
looked better as it is one of those modge-podge
truck bed conversions.

 Bill opening up one of the dog shelters.  Samson and Millie
love the snow!

Millie's first real snow!

Path to the other low barn

 Only brave chickidoodles!

Another view of the path and the chickies! Ironically Snowflake
the hen, opted to remain in her coop!

To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven.  Ecc. 3:1

Friday, November 22, 2013

Friday Randomness

It finally feels like fall here.   It is more than the chill in the air.   The leaves are almost all down from the trees, and the air is different.  I am thankful that we have the woodstove and we have ample wood for the winter.

On to some other random things.   In 9 days the farm family will be celebrating a wedding!  Wow...lots of prep has been ongoing, with crafting, creating, and giggling.   I was asked recently if I thought I would be married 25 years when I married.  I said, no, not really.  When I was a bride, I honestly did not think forward.  
John and Ann Betar
But now, Bill and I have a challenge in front of us.  The people in the above photo have been married 81 years and currently hold the title of the Longest Married Couple in the US.  I wonder...will Bill and I live to 101?   It would be pretty neat, because we could see how the children and their families turn out,  as well as the grandchildren(to be).

Off on another thought~I must share that one romantic thing that Bill has done was the other day.   He made a mix CD that had songs he could sing along to, for me.   There is nothing like driving with your sweetie and he is serenading you~oh and in Spanish!

Randomness about the goofs. 
Oldest son has a few weeks left in the academy. 
Second completed another training level with the fire department.   I remember when he was about six, we bought two fireman suits with helmets for the boys to play with.   He used to wear it all the time...
Second on left

It looked pretty much like this, except the helmet was red.

Third~well since I mentioned red, I shall say Third bought himself a new truck this week.   Well new to him and it is red.   He now has a F-150 to call his own, well kind of, as in a few days he will be a married man!   

Fourth continues to work and has been on the side tutoring a young girl.   She amazes me, as she comes home after her teaching, and reviews what she has done.   I am so proud of her.  I read her status from Facebook this morning and laughed so hard that I am sharing it here,  "I cleaned my car today in case anyone needs 37 half empty water bottles."

Now on to other things.   Hanukkah is just around the corner.   I have shared that we on the farm have been celebrating Hanukkah for a few years now.   
I made this Hanukkiyah a few years ago.  I have a few new items I have made for Hanukkah this year that I will share in an upcoming post.  For those that wonder if the Feast of Dedication (Hanukkah) is in the Bible, read John 10:22...and it is amazing because the entire celebration is about the miracle of the light and the temple.  In 1 Corinthians 6:19 What?  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?

With that verse celebrating Hanukkah takes on a whole new meaning and one can of rededicate their temples to God and allow the Light to shine through, during this celebration.

My closing random thought is this.   In the garden of Eden, Adam and Eve were deceived.   Satan did not take something random and deceive them.  No, he took the words of God, and spun them.  When we as those that are believers consider things that we do, we should audit our beliefs through God's Holy Word.   Satan knows it quite well (read Matthew 4), and with Satan's knowledge of the word, do you suppose for just a moment, he has spun the truth just a bit...and has you off the mark?  I am going to write about this more as time goes on, but consider this~instead of wondering what would Jesus do, why not consider what did Jesus do?  That would be a great template for 21st century Christians...as we do not need to wonder what he would do.  We have the perfect example in His Word, and with John 1:1-3, we know that Jesus was with God in the Beginning...and is the Word.

Well enough randomness for the morning!  Have a lovely day!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Once a Buckeye...

always a Buckeye cookie fan!   The first time I had Buckeye cookies I was about 9.   Oh I was in love from that moment.  I made Buckeyes the other day and I thought I would share the recipe.

What's a Buckeye~some may ask? 

Well if you ask an Ohioan...you will most likely be told that a Buckeye(or the Buckeyes) are the greatest football team in the nation.   If you ask a Michiganite (Michigan) resident, you may hear a tad bit of disagreement.

For me...I was both, so the truth of the matter is this, I love peanut butter when it is covered in chocolate.  

A minor bit of information can help this process~
this is a Buckeye nut from the Buckeye tree

And here is the recipe for making Buckeyes

11/2 cups peanut butter
1 cup butter softened
1/2 tsp vanilla
6 cups confectioners sugar
4 cups semi sweet chocolate(I used dark choc.)

Mix peanut butter, butter, vanilla, and confectioners
sugar together.  It will be somewhat dry.  Roll into
1 inch balls and put on wax paper lined cookie sheet.
Put a toothpick into each one and freeze for 
about 30 minutes-or until your chocolate melts.

Melt the chocolate in a double boiler over barely
simmering water.  Stir constantly.
Once chocolate is smooth, dip the frozen peanut
butter balls into it, leaving a peanut butter top.
Refrigerate until serving.

I press the peanut butter back together so you can't see
the toothpick hole. 

Oh and one more thing~Go Bucks!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Happy Thanksgiving?! Better Early than

never.  As anyone with adult children understands, coordinating schedules are quite a task.   Looking back when we did not have our oldest here for Thanksgiving because he was in Afghanistan, we realized a day is made when the family gathers!  With that mindset, we planned and then celebrated Thanksgiving last Saturday.

This year Thanksgiving was rather unique and we had many firsts to make note of.
For the first time ever, we had all adult children attend the celebration.

For the first time ever, we had two tables for the holiday.

For the first time ever, we had soon to be daughters-in-law
with us.

For the first time ever~we had one of our son's soon to be in-laws
share this special day.

For the first time ever, we celebrated Thanksgiving with the A/C
on during the day.  
For the first time ever, after our Thanksgiving celebration,
we all gathered around the firepit and enjoyed each others

Oh and for the first time ever the parents of the groom to be(us), 
and the parents of the bride to be (the new in-laws) were the last 
ones at the celebration!

This year, in spite of the times, we on the farm have so much to be
thankful for.

We are thankful for God and His Son.
We are thankful that our children are growing into the people they are.
We are thankful for the new family we all are gaining. 
We are thankful that we were all able to gather.
We are thankful that as the time passes, we have space
to add another table.
We are thankful that we were able to feed the family.
We are thankful for the love of our family.
We are thankful to those of you that visit the blog!


Monday, November 11, 2013

As always~many out takes exist

as my idea of the photo and what happens are usually far apart!  The subjects were goofy as ever and I ended up taking about 50 photos.   I am going to share a post soon about before digital and how many rolls of film it took to get the annual photo.  Now I smile, but then I wanted the best photo to send to all the family all over the country. 

I can't believe this photo happened.   The couples are in focus.
In a million years...I doubt I could do this again!
l-r  First, First's Sweetie, Second, Third, Third's Sweetie, and Fourth.
This is more like it.  Having my family remain serious for 
any amount of time is almost impossible!
Girly Whirlies!
The guys!
This was a cute one too as Second is feigning awe looking to
First and his Sweetie almost in a kiss!

Some trivia.  Almost six years between the six of them. 
The middle four were all born within 13 months of each other.
Five are a blend of Mexican, Native American, and good old
American mutt.  One is first generation American. Four are second
generation American.  Five are the children of a veteran.  One is a
veteran.  Not one of the six was born in the same state, no matter
the country~as two were born overseas.   One is the child of parents
married 27 years, four~parents married 25 years, and one is of parents
that married when she was small...for 15ish years.  That means for the
six~they have parents married that have been married for a grand total
of 67 years!  Now for the shocker...in the times we live in~
ALL six are employed.
Some while attending college.

As I close...I wish to say Happy Veteran's Day.   

Sunday, November 10, 2013

Introducing the Newest Family Members

Time for the annual photo of the cuties.   I love taking an old photo and kind of recreating the photo...today's theme was inspired by the photo below, with a few twists!

First, Third, Fourth and Second
 First, Third, Fourth and Second today!

And guess what?  It's time to share a bit more.  You see 
the family is growing and the four are now six...

First,  Third, Fourth, and Second...oops.  I mean First's sweetie,
Third's sweetie, Fourth and Second.

The first official photo of the expanding Goof Troop.
Oh and yes, I am smiling...with a few happy tears.

 The journey is beginning for our goofs.  As they were walking
I thought of how Bill and I led the way for them for all these years,
and now they are forging their own ways.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Wednesday Window

into my world.

A photo from our drive to Santa Fe last week...
and on my table today~  name-cards for Thanksgiving.
This year we are having our First Thanksgiving with the
newest additions to the Double Nickel Farm family.  We are 
celebrating Thanksgiving this Saturday to space some time 
between the December wedding(s) along with so many other things!