"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, June 30, 2014

Five Guesses

as to where we went today.
1st Clue

2nd Clue

3rd Clue

4th Clue
 

5th Clue

Not much to offer as a hint aside from our Silver anniversary holds a scant clue.
 

Friday, June 27, 2014

Older and

not much else.

To the world most of us hold many labels: wife, husband, father, son, daughter, etc.   We also are many other things to those who we meet in our lives.  We may be the dork, the cutie, the meanie, the hoarder, the low talker, the good tipper, the sweetie, the messy house person, the awful neighbor, or perhaps just the one that functions but in a way that allows for the past to stay there and the present to be a quiet simple place.

There is nothing much we can do to those around us to improve or change the perceptions others may have.  Seems like we humans love to analyze others and embrace that ever so thin concept that we are fine, because we are not like so and so. 

Truth is we are all messed up.   In God's terms, we are all sinners~ For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.  Romans 3:23

Some of us function well and enjoy our lives but have our quirks and so on.  Others flee home as the idea and needs of care of the home are nearly impossible and it shows in every measure from the children to the lack of cleanliness.  Others embrace the security that home affords sometimes for the first time in their lives and dive in head first to make it the way home should have been all of their lives.  Then some gently float on the notion that they are incredible simply because of material items.

But you see, none of this matters.   What matters is our walk with God.  

As I celebrated yet another birthday, I have been thinking deeply about this and smile knowing that I am comforted, I am strengthened, I am bold, and I am wonderfully made all because of my Creator.
This is how my mountain looked on my birthday.  Pretty amazing mural that is priceless and free at the same time!

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Some things I see

in my day.
The bed.
It calls me each day around 2 pm and I do not give in (much).
I like the black and white photo because we are still working on our
room.  The framing in of the windows and painting has been our latest
adventures.

I pass this shelf as I wander throughout the home.
I read and re-read the cookbooks upon these shelves.

This is one of the projects I am working on.  My sidebar Tally Page is misleading
as I have not updated it in so long that I should take down the button.

Sigh...

Where I am sitting as I type this post.  I use the wooden 
chair because I cannot reach the floor on the chairs we repurposed.
The plants are waiting to be placed back on the recently dusted windowsill.


The Road Not Taken and Philippians 4:13
Both on the side of my fridge.

Gift from Second and his sweetie after they went to one of the local 
orchards.  Yum.

My breakfast.  
Homemade tomato with rice soup and topped with lovely onions.

My bed in color with the afternoon sun shining in.
The walls are southwestern sky blue and I love them!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

June and Another Birthday!

My handsome Second is 22 today!  I should not be surprised at how fast time goes by, but I am!  Today is my Second child and my second son's birthday.  We were told after First it was unlikely that I would be able to have any other children, so this day, or any day celebrating the births of all of my children are amazing days. 

Second has been only called Second on the blog.  I have revealed First and Third's given names so today I will reveal my Second's name.  For much of my pregnancy with Second, I planned on naming him John Parker.  The moment I saw Second, I knew he was not a John Parker.   He favored my Bill and I knew his name was to be a name from Bill's family.  We named Second, Jose...after Bill's dad.

Conveniently Second is a fireman.  I say conveniently, because one nickname Second is called is Hose B.  Get it? Hose A(Jose)??  To confuse the blogworld, we do not call Second Jose.  At home he is known by his middle name.  I am that way you know!

 My Second has been such a delight in the home.   When we moved to New Mexico we saw the direction that Second was taking for life.   When he was 17 he volunteered for the local fire department and trained as much as possible.   Almost 2 years ago he was hired by the city fire department.   My Second is very determined.
Second is on the left.

photo credit alamogordo daily news.
 Second is on far right.


Second has such a great sense of humor and he cracks his dad and I up all the time.
Second and his brothers.
They are all very close even to this day.
 

Second has been very busy in his short life and participated in many things.
This photo was from a pass, punt, and kick competition.
 

Brothers.  
Second, First, and Third.
This was from December 1, 2013.
Third's wedding.

 
These two are just a bit over nine months apart and definitely are buds.
 

  
4 faces of Eve...Second.


Second with his little sister.
He is a very good big brother.
 

Yep, Second is a wiener sometimes!

And now my handsome Second is in a new phase of his life.
 
Second proposed a few weeks ago in a pretty amazing proposal.

And so this birthday is now not only a time to spend with my Second, 

but also with his new bride.  Yep.  His new bride.

The two had a very small ceremony a few weeks ago and will
have the official wedding in August.  

Second has made Bill's and my life all the better all because he joined our family on June 18.

Second
Have a happy happy birthday
and yes, I am making your lasagne!!

Love you very much
Dad and Mom

Friday, June 13, 2014

Summer Fun

This has been my first year as the parent of all adults and life has changed a bit!  With summer officially several days away, I have been plotting and planning some activities for life as it is now.  As life sometimes takes over, Bill and I may or may not accomplish this summer filled list, but it is worth setting the bar to reach for.
  1. Creating a backyard oasis.  We planted grass last year and have been slowly extending the edges of the yard.  With the yard cooling off the west side of the house, I think it is time to up the anti and put in a swimming pool.  Of course with the farm budget the way it is, the pool will be something that had another purpose before becoming our pool.  Oh and pool is an overstatement!  I think I am going to create a place for me to sit and submerge but not too much else, thanks to a few unused water troughs(tanks).  Yep~I lack shame I suppose, as this is my #1 for summer plans!
  2. Go see Gila Cliff Dwellings with an incredibly handsome man.  
  3. Head to mountains for an archaeological excursion.  Bill you know what this means: Picnic in the mountains, nap on the hillside and Jen collects fossils.  
  4.  Celebrate Independence Day with annual family tradition. First go to the parade, then have a picnic, come home, nap, then head to town to watch fireworks.  The finale is to come home and watch the movie Independence Day.  It has been a tradition since 1997 for the family. 
  5. Go to Caliche's for yummy summer treats.
  6. Take a late afternoon drive to McGinn's and gobble up the varieties of pistachio flavors offered.
  7. Sled in the summertime at the White Sands National Monument.
  8. Visit White Sands Missile Range.
  9. Go to the Hatch Chili Festival.
  10. Go to High Rolls Cherry Festival.
  11. Go to the Otero County Fair.
  12. Celebrate wedding reception of sweet, adorable, young couple. :)
  13. Celebrate 26th anniversary with ever so amazing husband.
  14. Watch the White Sands Balloon Festival-last day of summer!
Summertime fun is not just for the kiddos anymore!!

Friday, June 6, 2014

A Quarter of a Century!

Holy Toledo!
Today is First's 25th Birthday!

WOW.

Twenty-five years ago today, I gave birth to my first baby, my firstborn son, my first baby to be born in the West, and my first premature baby.  Sigh.  First was born 6 weeks early after a very rough pregnancy.  I was not the best of carriers for babies.  I did my best, but my cuties seemed to wish to arrive earlier and earlier.

Today will be a trivia and photo filled post about my First.


*First is the 9th grandchild on both Bill's and my sides of the family.
*First shares his Dad's name.
*First shares his great-grandfather's name on my side.
*First shares his great-grandfather's name on Bill's side of the family.
*When Bill called to share the news, he told three versions for my family, his family, and our friends.  ~Bill announced to my family that our newborn son was named this..., to his family...the other, and to our friends...a name from a Louis Lamour book.  The baby gifts we received for First were addressed in these three different names!
* I had First on 6-6-89.  One day more and I could have had a 6-7-89 baby!
*First was born on D-Day.  He had a very good friend that was born on December 7.  As a history buff as well as his friend, they found this a neat thing.

* First is our only child with an English name.  The rest have Spanish names.
*When First was born, he had three living grandparents, and two living great-grandparents.  Today he only has his grandmother and grandfather on Bill's side left.
*First has had a birthday dinner favorite for practically all of his life.  It is not a pretty sight~but it has been a tradition in the family to make the meal the birthday person wishes.


*We moved to Germany when First was about 2 years old.  One time while on a base in Germany, we went to an ATM.  While waiting on the side with First, Bill went up to withdraw some money.  First saw his dad and ran to who he thought was his dad, and grabbed the legs.  It was another soldier waiting in line for the ATM.  First looked up and saw it was not his dad and he started shaking.  Poor cutie...all soldiers look alike to a 2 year old~at least from the BDU leg part!

 *Bill and I have always kept the birthdays for our children pretty much just family.  The birthday to me, has always been a great reminder of another special person that joined our family. 

 *First was kind of a lighter haired toddler.  I expected jet black hair because of Bill, but was pleasantly surprised to see the light brown hair.  Now his hair is dark, dark brown.
 *When we had First, my OBGYN told me it was unlikely I would have any more children.  This was devastating news for Bill and I, as we wanted 8 children.  Interestingly enough, by the end of this week we will have 7!  How amazing to have our children grant us spouses that Bill and I can claim and love! 
*First has been with Bill and I practically all of our marriage.  He was due in July so he would have been with us 11 months after we married, but by coming early he was with us 10 months after we wed.  Many worry and wait to have children thinking that children will inhibit or cramp the life you lead.  Bill and I discovered that our children made our lives amazing.  We traveled with them, moved with them, vacationed with them, and well did everything with them.  Date nights may have been after babies were in bed at the diner de Bill and Jen, but they were still date nights.  First allowed Bill and I to realize how incredible it was to be~when we became parents.
*Here is First on his 13th birthday.  You can't see the other side of the cake but it had #10 candles on the cake as he and Second shared this party, as Second's birthday is only 12 days later.  Fourth is in the background.
*First on his 3rd birthday.  He was an only child for three years and 12 days.  

*First on his 9th birthday.  He wanted a kind of cowboy birthday so you can see on the right two hats for Third and Fourth.  Second protested hats...and only wanted cake!
* First at age 6.  He was a cutie pit wasn't he?
*Bill and I were excited when we moved to Germany because First had never seen any snow.  This photo covers the most snow we saw in almost 4 years!  One year we actually drove for hours to the mountains in hopes of snow.  No worries though, First loved the snow and enjoyed playing in it!


*My First when he was stationed at Fort Bliss.  He met up with some childhood friends and was sure to snap a photo for his mom!!  

*First and his siblings on the annual June birthday.  As the kids have gotten older, we have opted to join the June birthdays for scheduling of work etc.  This year will be no different and as the family grows so do the number of birthdays in June!  This year the June gathering will include in-laws of the children and of course the sweeties of the goof troop.

*I love this photo of the kids...and of course many of the photos of the kids are with others!

*First enlisted in the army when he was 18.  He served honorably and had one tour in Afghanistan.  This was by far, one of the hardest years I have ever had in my life.  Oh I am thankful he is home and now a civilian.  

* Now my First is more than my bubboo.  He is more than his father's son.  He is a man, and he has made his dad and I very happy over the years.  

Happy Birthday Son! 
We love you.
May you have many years filled with the same love, joy, and happiness that Dad and I have had.

Yes...I have a gift for you.
Yep. You know it.  Salsa.  
*A bit of fun here...a quote from the man in the photo with First,   "In the next 30mins you will witness some of the world's worst drivers and world's wildest police video chases."

Thursday, June 5, 2014

Simple Cleaners and Repurposed Socks!

I have shared before some household cleaners I use in the post titled Time to Clean the House. With a very small investment of essential oils you one can make all the cleaners you will need for your home.  Since Bill and I bought a new to us dryer, I needed to make something that would reduce static and soften the clothes.  I use vinegar for each load of laundry, but I wanted something that was like fabric sheets.   With some research and study using a few books I have at home, I found an incredible fabric softener and all I needed was two old socks and tea tree essential oil.  Now I have kept the boys old socks for cleaning and I am glad I did. 

You need two old socks.  If you are raising or have raised
teenage boys, you should have plenty of these.  Ignoring 
how dingy they look...

put about 15 tea tree drops on the foot of one sock.
Roll it up.

Then take the second sock and put the first sock in the toe,
and roll up the second sock like above.
My kids rolled their socks like this to play indoor basketball...
or warball oops I mean warsocks.

Then toss this sock in the dryer with every load.
When the smell of the tea tree is gone from the socks,
repeat the steps.

Your clothes dry wrinkle free and they do not have any smell.


On to the sink.
I have a porcelain sink

it is not easy to keep the sink white and clean and I have
resorted to using bleach to keep it bright and white.

Not anymore!

A simple cleaner that works so easy~
Dry the sink.
Pour baking soda in the sink
then sprinkle the baking soda with some
dish soap.  Let sit for a bit.
Then scrub with cloth!
Easy!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

For Bill

I know sometimes I am a pain in the back end to my Bill.  You see, sometimes I ask Bill "why do you love me?"  Bill will sigh, then he will tell me several things.  I know he loves me, but I do enjoy hearing the reasons why he loves me.   Since I am wanting to be reminded every now and then why Bill loves me, I think I better remind him why I love him!

Bill I love you because you are my best friend.
I love you because you didn't think I was crazy because I loved 
George the Goose.

I love you because you are a family man.  You enjoy
your children and are ever so willing to be a goof right alongside them.
 

I love you because you took nearly 17 years before you
would wear a pair of shorts (aside from PT shorts in Army).
 

I love you because you are a real man.
Marrying your son to his bride brought a tear 
to your eye...and real men do shed a tear every now and then.
 

I love you because you were a fantastic young father.
And you pulled off the BC glasses pretty darn good,
if I do say so myself.
 

I love you because you will do anything for me, 
even if I am a pain...you are the best.

I love you because you have the sweetest Daddy's little girl,
and you are the best dad on the planet for our children.

I love you because you love your Mom(red shirt),
and that you are the kind man you are because of your Mom.
 

I love you because you because you love your Dad and that
you are the hard worker you are because of him.

I love you because you set such an example for your sons.
They are the men they are because of you.

I loved you the moment I met you...even though you 
were not even earning a paycheck at the time.
I loved you because I knew the man you were to become...
all because.
Oh and I love you because you look incredible in a tux.


I love you because you and your sons are so close.
I love you because you are never too busy to do something 
for your family.


I love you because of your eyes.  You see I see how you look at me
and I am taken away.  I definitely do not see me the way you do.  I love you
because you make me laugh.  I love you because you have allowed me to see the moon
even on the darkest of nights.  I love you because you really love the way I cook.  I love
you because you tell me I am beautiful.  I love you because no matter where we go, you tell
anyone...how much you love me.  I love you
because you have given me the world.  I love you because
you have taken me around the world.
I love you because you are the hardest working man I have ever known.
I love you because of your shark bitten finger, or was it the grizzly that took
off your finger?  I love you because mornings are better waking up next to you.
I love you because evenings are better going to bed next to you.
I love you because of your reasons of why we live out away from the city.
I love you because you are so tender and kind.

Oh and in case I haven't told you today...I love you...because you are you.