"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

Friday, January 31, 2014

On the Table

 are index cards from a recent Bible study.
 Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman
that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
1 Timothy 2:15

Sadly, this command is overlooked a good deal.

When Paul wrote this letter,  the word of truth was not what we
understand as the New Testament.  This would not be compiled until 
later.  Paul was telling new believers, followers of the Messiah, and
as well as to those his epistles were directed, that one needs to be active.
One needs to test what is being presented using the word, which
was at that time the Old Testament(and it will not conflict or contradict).

The Bereans understood this concept.   In the Book of Acts we learn:  the brethren
immediately sent away Paul and Silas by night unto Berea: who coming
thither went into the synagogue of the Jews.  These were more noble than
those in Thessalonica in that they received the word with all readiness 
of mind, and searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.  
Acts 17: 10-11

The Bereans were noble and they heard what the apostles taught, and then
they searched the scriptures to make sure that the teachings lined up with
what God already said.  They studied the Old Testament which was the 
scriptures.  You see, God is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.  

John tells us to search the scriptures as well, in John 5: 39,
Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye have eternal life:
and they are they which testify of me.

The New Testament cannot contradict the Old Testament.
Does this make sense?

Many today  make a huge division between the Jew and the 
Christian and in my studies I am wondering why?  Many believe that 
the Christian is removed from the Jew, not
connected, and what was originally for Jew, is now for the Christian.


Jeremiah 31:31 says, Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that
I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the 
house of Judah.  (so this will be with both Judah~the Jew~and
also with the house of Israel...the question is this~who is Israel?)

In Jeremiah 31:32 we learn that the new covenant is building off the old
covenant which was given at Sinai~which was the ten commandments. 

In Jeremiah 31:33 we see how this will be the same covenant but with
the bar raised.  Now the law(the commandments) will be written in our inward
parts and in our hearts.  

To recap-this will be for the houses of both Judah(the southern kingdom), and 
of Israel (which is the ten tribes of the northern kingdom).

With study one must ponder, who then is Israel?
This is a big one, as Christ himself tells us who he came for in
Matthew 15:24~I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel. 
Christ came to unite both houses under the same new covenant.

Like with twelve tribes that were followed by Pharaoh into the wilderness,
the stranger was among them.  The stranger was to do all that was expected of by God, just
like the twelve tribes. (this is found in Exodus, as well as in Leviticus and many other places)
This is how we learn about who Israel is. You see, one can be grafted in.  The Book 
of Romans shares this.  The ones that call upon the name of the Lord, will be grafted in
and will be like the strangers of the exile.  They will become part of the body. 
Studying to show thyself approved is pretty important.  
Accepting man's understanding for God's truth is never
what is what one is told to do in the Word.
Therefore, the new covenant, is the old but inside us.
And with that, I will share that the sabbath which we are told
to remember and to keep holy, is still true.  Yes, Christ is our
rest, but the new covenant does not say that we negate one
of the commands when it is written on our inward parts.  
The sabbath was the only day that was given a name.
We are to rest upon the sabbath.  
We also have rest in our Saviour.  Both are true.
When we study, we realize that man may change things,
but God is the same.
He added a reminder to this commandment, almost as if
He knew, that some day the importance of the Sabbath would be changed.
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 cattle, 
nor thy stranger that is within thy gates.  For in six days
the LORD made heaven and 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

By the way,  I must be very clear here:   I am saying that God never changed which day is the Sabbath.  In addition, we are told that Jesus is Lord of the sabbath, which not only informs us that the day is still noteworthy, but quite specifically that Christ is Lord over this day.  (Matthew 12:8,  Mark 2:28,  and Luke 6:5)

57 F at 6:30 am

I guess I really don't need a post after that title!  I am still praying we have a good cold spell so that we won't have the bugs this growing season.  We did have that really cold February in 2011~so maybe!


Sun peaking over my mountain this morning

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Well how about that?

The other day,   Fourth took Bill, Second, and I to lunch!  We went to Blake's Lotaburger in Alamogordo, New Mexico.  Blake's is a restaurant that began in New Mexico in 1952.

 I love the Blake's sign!  Looking beyond the sign
you can see Alameda Park.

The weather wasn't perfect, but we were able to
eat outside and enjoy a bit of family time with a few
of the kiddos.

  Blake's is a cozy place to eat.  The charm of the umbrella covered 
tables outside are so inviting.

I am thankful for my goof troop.  I am humbled by
the amount of times they take Bill and I out on dates
I look forward to many more with each and every one of them!

Monday, January 27, 2014

I'd Look Down on Me Too

Amy Glass wrote an article titled I Look Down on Young Women with Husbands and Kids and I'm Not Sorry.   After reading her article, then reading a few more of her articles I have decided that if I were her, I would look down on me too.

In the world I have accomplished nothing.   I have not written any great works of literature.  I have never played a professional sport.  I have not sat in on any business meetings.   I doubt anyone even really knows me beyond my teeny tiny corner of the world.  I do not own any designer labels, have not traveled alone pretty much anywhere, and have not earned more than $40,000.00 in my entire life (and to be honest I believe that this number is a bit high).

I have no retirement.

My maiden name doesn't even sound like my name anymore.

I have accepted average in my life.  I married young, have no prenuptial agreement, and dutifully had four children, to which one is named after my husband and another after my father-in-law.  I cook practically every meal eaten in the home, and wash the same dishes day in and day out.

I guess for a moment I tried to see my life through her eyes.  I don't think I ever can.

You see, if for a moment, I did accomplish something that gave me world renown, that would be wonderful, for say, you know, my fifteen minutes of fame.  Realistically that must make sense.  The majority of us are average.  Aside from reality television most average folks won't make it beyond their small ponds.  And in death, the fame dissolves.

For me, I have more than world fame.   Although Ms. Glass does a  nice job of stereotyping homemakers, she misses the mark.   I have spent 25 years discovering me.  I liked me when I met my Bill, and from there I launched out and came to become more as the years passed.  I may not have backpacked in Asia, but I have lived in Germany, traveled in Europe, Mexico, as well as a good portion of the United States.  I may never have received a promotion, but I have met with governors, state legislatures, congressmen,  and even a cabinet secretary for George W. Bush.   As to landing a dream job, I cannot imagine having a job that grows with you, aside from the job I had.  While in my role as mother, I was able to become quite proficient in so many differing occupations that I doubt outside the home, I would have been able to pick just one for 'fulfillment.'

In my job, I am able to do what I want, when I want.  Because my job description was up to me to write, I wrote it in a way that benefited me.  My office is my home.  I have the corner office on the top floor of any business as my views from my workplace are stellar.  My rise to the top did come with long hours, and some nitty gritty times, as pretty much all jobs do, and if one wants to be the best at what they do, this is what is expected.  After the initial few 80 plus hour weeks for the first few years, the work schedule became easier and less was required of me in a sense.  More was required at the same time, as providing an environment where living, breathing, human beings develop is easy, but providing one that stimulates, educates, and illuminates is challenging.

I have never missed a holiday~ever.   Work never took me away from family.  My job never expected less of me, and in truth, the best was expected pretty much every day.

No one had to call me to pick up a sick child.  No one had to come to my home to clean, cook, or care for anyone in the family, so I was never burdened with ensuring employees were legal to work.

My job was and still is filled with moments that rattle my brain!  Seriously.  Watching a person develop to the point where they can speak is profound.

I do have serious expectations in my job.  I expect respect and I give it.

My job will not be one where many know me.  But my job does not end with my retirement either.  In my job, I see the impact beyond my capacity, and although I may never be in value to say a surgeon, four people will carry on where I left off.

For Amy Glass, I am sorry, even though she is not.   I am sorry that her worth as a woman is only defined by not having a family to crush her.  I am sorry because she has no idea that the children and husband actually can allow her to achieve her potential.  You see, the children grow up.  Really.  Funny how that is missed.  If you have your children when you are young, then in your mid 40s you are now allowed to watch, advise, and participate from a lesser role, and see your efforts of parenting come to fruition.  The proof is in the children.  I may not have awards, recognition, or even a massive network, but what I have is the legacy of being, all because I stayed home when it mattered the most.

My life will continue on beyond the time of a career, because I chose something that is so average that it is almost too hard to do.

I wish women could realize that a womb is not a curse.  I wish that women could see that nurturing another human being does not make one less worthy, or less valuable.  Back packing across Asia has nothing on granting the next generation the foundation to continue on.  My accomplishments are achieving accomplishments of their own and frankly, without me, none would be possible.

As to my title, I must conclude, that I am thankful that I am not Amy Glass, as I do not look down on young mothers that stay home with their children. 

Thursday, January 23, 2014

What Didn't Make it to the Blog

Here are a few photos that did not make it to the blog. I have been a bit busy, a bit under the weather, and a bit in planning for the garden, so here's a photo post to pass the time.
We are a game family here.  New Kitty likes 
homemade Monopoly just as much as we do.
Oh the garden near the end of last season.  I love 
growing things and can't wait to plant again!
Athena the granddog photobombed the picture!
Photobomb dog and her buddies~Samson and Millie
are to blame for tires looking so Pisa like.  We have
had a vole that has decided to live in the garden.  The dogs
disagree with its residency choice~and therefore 
tires were launch pads to chasing dogs.
This year...no vole.  Tires will be straightened once again.
Of course, they may topple if I have to scramble out of 
there!  Why, you ask?  Well rattlesnakes~ugh...
the dreaded rattler. 

My mountain view...

A promise in them there clouds!

My mountains again!  

One of the final harvest of 2013.

A photo of something I eat every day.  Oh 
onions how you make the day brighter...and of
course ensure the sale of breath mints!

I iron about 24 days of the month.  This little guy
needs to be functional.  When I was putting it away
one day, I dropped it and it broke.  Bill always
ask me if I need anything from town before he heads 
home, so I texted Bill this photo.

I iron my cutie pies shirts and pants for work and church.
He is pretty simple (as am I), and he wears a button-up
every day.  As his wife and the person who is in charge
of making sure the home runs efficiently I iron.  I like
for Bill to be dressed clean and neat.  We may not be
wearers of designer clothing, but I can ensure what we
wear is taken care of.  You could actually say that I feel
pressed to make sure we care for what we have!

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Well the freezer will be filling up

as Bill shot an elk yesterday.  
Tomorrow Second and Bill are going out as Second has 
an elk tag too. 

Second and Third arrived to help skin
the elk.
This photo reminds me of another skinning
photo~ here.

Lots of meat for the family as well as bones for
the dogs!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

This week

is one of emptying a freezer to prepare for filling it again.  Two members of the family have elk tags so we are praying we will have meat for the freezer.  While waiting, I am emptying out one of the freezers.  I have been canning, seeing what is in the freezer and planning what I can make with it.

First up~Jen's Veggie Juice
From the garden: zucchini, crookneck squash, pattypan squash, 
sweet peppers, parsley, Red Russian Kale...

This is what ended up in the Veg Juice.
I also added 1/4 tsp each of salt and lemon juice to each jar.

The remaining pulp?  I ended up with 1 cup left of veg juice and added
it to the pulp, pureed it and canned it as well.  I kind of use this as
tomato sauce and it is delicious! I added 1/4 tsp salt and lemon juice to each jar.

My workstation~it kind of reminds me of my thoughts
here, there, and everywhere!

While I am emptying the freezer, a friend gave me 24 fairly poor apples.  
I decided to make chunky applesauce as well.  I used a sprinkling of cinnamon
sugar and about 1/3 cup of water. 

Here are some of the items I canned. 

Yesterday, I used up most of this chicken up from
a baked chicken we had Friday.  I made a Chicken/Beef Kielbasa 
soup with chicken, sliced up kielbasa,  2 cups of squash medley, 3 carrots,
1 stalk of celery, leftover turkey broth, leftover tomatoes, frozen corn
and an onion.  I made 5 quarts of this.

I am going to can chicken soup, beef soup, and about 8 more quarts of Veg Juice.
By then I should almost have emptied a good portion of the freezer and pray we 
can fill it!

Monday, January 13, 2014

All because of a blogity friend in Oklahoma...

my Sunday had a unique plan. 
The day began with me packing these items in a bag
making two sandwiches and several other picnic items,
loading them in the vehicle...and
driving through the mountains

and the prairies/desert

to a small town 100 plus miles away.  We sat in this room,
listened to a man share about the Bible and how it is all relevant and 
important...not just the new but the old too.

Took a photo of  some Bill's
Bill Cloud on the left (the guest speaker), and my Bill

we stopped here as the Yucca was so lovely and decided 
that this would be where we enjoy our picnic.

We really were in the middle of nowhere...

with wide open skies and the perfect company.

We had our simple lunch of sandwiches, oranges, and chips,

and I noticed something...that made me smile.

You see, on this day, a lovely getaway date for Bill and I, that a sweet
blogger suggested~

had us picnic at the corner of Joy Rd. and Hope Hwy!

 The perfect place~and we had no idea aside from the fact, that
we decided it was a good place to pull over!

*I will share more about the Bible study soon.

Friday, January 10, 2014

And the 2014 theme of the year

is in spite of.  Kind of a short theme but let me explain.  In spite of everything going on in the world, I will continue to live the way I do.   I will stand firm in my faith, my marriage,  my role as a wife, my role as a mother and continue on.

The world is an imperfect place.  It has many amazing things in it.  There are many amazing people, but with the world at my fingertips, it is also horrible, filled with things that sicken me.  In the past several months I have pulled away from writing about things that are bad or wrong.  I have instead focused more on the life I live. 

The window I share to our lives is direct.  I mean if we enjoy the good in our lives when bad arrives are we to whine and moan?   Of course not.   This is right out the book of Job in the Bible.  He is enduring incredible hardships and his wife tells him
 Dost thou retain thy integrity? curse God and die.   But he said unto her, Thou speakest as one of the foolish women speaketh.  What?  shall we receive good at the hand of God, and not receive evil? In all this did not Job sin with his lips.   Job 2:9
Bill and I we have really enjoyed the good times we have had.  Knowing this, we get through when times are hard, as we know, that both are needed to have a full life.  This blog has shown both sides of things and will continue to do so. 

Now with the theme declared~ I will press on in 2014!

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Poppity Pop Pop

A window to one of my favorite snacks...begins with hot air.
Air popper allows for me to have popcorn 
my way~no butter...and a great midday snack.
I buy my popcorn from Azure Standard. 
If you are fortunate enough to live in an area that
has Azure Standard delivery I smile alongside
with you.  Azure brings to my hometown
organic foods from all over at very reasonable prices.

I rarely endorse anything, yet I will stand and say that Azure
Standard makes possible organic for everyone. 

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Just when you think

it's too cold for creeping critters...
my little friend made an appearance in the garden.
I guess tarantulas aren't as bad as rattlesnakes~

Although we were 19 F yesterday morn, and 12 F now...the days have been sunny.
I actually had time to work outside in the tire garden and mix soil and plot for spring.

My garden is a haven for the rattlesnakes, snakes, rats, voles, and of course tarantulas.  
I let the dogs go in before me every time I go in...as the snakes give me real chills, not
like the temps we are having.  I should rethink that though, after Samson's recent encounter
with the rattlesnake.   On second thought, I am going to continue to let the dogs go in first!

 As my thoughts are on the 2014 garden I decided to share a view from the far east side.
This photo was taken on December 22, 2013

The snow is gone but the view remains!

Guess I have the garden on my mind...what's on your mind?

Sunday, January 5, 2014

How to tell if you are related

 when you are allowed to have the one goof photo...

you know someone is going to be picked up.
 No matter if you are under 15...

or over 18.


For the record, the top photo is of Bill's youngest sister's children.
The bottom photo is of our goof troop.  

On the Stovetop

Star Anise
Dried Orange peel

Save your orange peels and dry them for potpourri.  Oh and save the marigold flowers too!!

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Who says

Who says Goats like to be inside barns?

Who says Chickens, Dogs, and Cats can't get along?

Who says that God can't show us love on even a sweet little lamb?

Who says that your best friend has to be exactly like you?

Or that you can't have BFF's that are not Besties to eachother, but they both love you?

Who says that hens can't enjoy a fashionable purse?

Or for that matter who says hens don't mind a quick drive?

Who says that mountains are required to make a goat content?

Or that Pepe isn't king of the minivan?

Who says that you need playground equipment to be happy?

Who says a jungle gym needs a jungle!? 

Who says that animals don't love a good slide?

Who says that an outtake photo should never be seen??  So someone's eyes are closed~big deal I say Neigh

Who says that a traveling salesman shouldn't come to the front door?  Even if her supervisor was monitoring the sale, she did a good job!

Who says wool isn't the best of materials in the summer?

Who says?  Not me, that's for sure!