"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

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Tuesday Ten

Time for Tuesday Ten~once again.

The skies in New Mexico are ever changing and always filled with Hope.
 
The county road to the Double Nickel Farm
unpaved~unmaintained
exactly how we like it.

This is from our trip to Mesa AZ a few years ago.
I wish to do something like this in my laundry room.

Blanket forts...important to every childhood
for both parent and child.

This is something that I wish to make for the farm house.
I think this is the year that I will make it.

And this little horse...oh I am going to make a few of these this 
year as well.  I love getting ideas from here there and everywhere.

It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, 
but by every word that proceedeth out of the mouth of God.
Matthew 4:4

Games~such a simple way to teach respect, understanding
of winning and losing and interaction with others.
I am thankful that the farm family is a game family.

The Bible...no matter the language the Truth stands.

I shall close with an image that shares somewhat
my thought process.  I see items and think of how it can
be used in other ways. I see color and vibrancy in even the
dullest of environments and am as unique and quirky
as this...and I am wonderfully made.

Monday, May 25, 2015

Not Forgotten

Our nation has Memorial Day set aside to remember those who died while serving in the armed forces.


The price is sometimes heavy.


And although time marches on, the families never forget.   Time freezes the soldier in the age that they were killed. 

Yet the family continues on.




The weeks following the loss of a loved one must seem like 
years.
But time marches on.
Children grow up.

I love America.
I am thankful to be living in this nation.
I hate knowing exactly what is sometimes expected
from those that are in our military.

No matter how old I get, no matter how much time passes
by, I am, and always will be the baby that was born too late.
The reality of Memorial Day is that in perhaps the next year or so
I will become a grandmother...but in my heart, I am always the little girl
that wishes ever so much that she was a daddy's little girl.



As for the photo of the children and mom...
 The update is this.

Pictured front row left to right
Peter age-2~48 years later married 26 years, 2 sons. John age 3-48 years later single and busy in Texas.  David age 4 in the photo-48 years later 4 children, 1 son-in-law, 1 daughter-in-law, 7 grandchildren. Liz age 4 in photo-48 years later, 3 children, 1 son-in-law, 1 granddaughter. Cathy age 5 in photo-48 years later married almost 30 years, 2 children.  
Back row-Mom-age 29 in the photo.  Remarried had one more daughter and a stepdaughter.  From these two daughters, 2 sons-in-law, 5 grandchildren.  And the baby...me, Jenny to my family~married almost 27 years, 4 children.  2  daughters-in-law and 2 grandbabies on the way.

Dad...remains forever 28.  
In memory of Captain David P. Gibson
KIA April 8, 1967



* I forgot to add that Mom passed away in 2011.  She outlived Dad by 44 years.
* reposted from last year and edited to reflect this

Saturday, May 23, 2015

Happy Shavuot!

Shavuot also known as Pentecost is not a Jewish feast but a feast for all those that love God and are called according to His purpose.  I will share more  about the Feasts of the LORD in an upcoming post.


Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Things Aren't Often What They Seem

I am going to share some photos from a post I wrote in 2012.  I am editing some of what I wrote but for the most part it is the same.  The reason I am reposting this is because the reality presented by the media and the reality presented by our elected officials isn't often the truth.  If we keep this in mind, things are easier to process.  Tuning out the media is critical.  Appreciating that the politician's political leaning pretty much means nothing whether Republican or Democrat, both parties have long learned that if they keep the masses sidetracked~then the money continues to stay where they want it...

Here goes...seriously things may not be as they seem, and we need to be strong in discerning truth:

Our politicians are pretty much the same. We are always told what they are doing and are shown photo shoots of them in action. 
 
They appear as if they are reaching to the outer limits to achieve something for us~the common man.
They stand boldly and profess their brave stance on issues that are important.
 Pushing for more, confessing that the risk is worth it, as they are elected by the people and should be working for the people. 
Yet, in truth...thanks to an ever willing media, and I suppose an American Public that is busy running to and fro
That the politician is never really what he or she seems.
Never forget this...
 
I am going to answer the questions from my previous post very soon as I believe that the way one can discern truth is through the Word.


Friday, May 15, 2015

Friday Questions

I have a few questions that have been swirling around in my mind and thought I would share them here and see if anyone wishes to answer them.  I will have a follow up post answering these questions.   You will need your Bible or you can use Blue Letter Bible in responding.

  1. In John 14:15~If ye love me, keep my commandments.  What commandments are we to keep?  This verse was spoken by Jesus.
  2. Who are the lost sheep of the house of Israel that Jesus Christ says he has come for in Matthew 15:24, But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.
  3. What is meant by 1 John 2:6 He that saith he abideth in him ought himself also so to walk, even as he walked. 
  4. What is the New Covenant?
  5. What is the Gospel?
  6. Does God Change?

 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

I did not

mention anything on Mother's Day and I think I will share some thoughts today about Mother's Day.  I am not and never have been one that desires to be in the limelight.  Mother's Day is one day of every single day during the year that I ponder, pray, and think about the person that made me a mother and of course the wee ones that changed my name forever to Mom.

Receiving gifts or flowers is strange to me as it is like giving me an award because I am breathing.  I will never be famous, never renown beyond the walls of my home, but I am most certainly who I am because Bill and I met and then decided that we would have children.   There is no way to separate my identity from the children even though they are adults.  I do not have to see them every day, I do not feed them much anymore, and I don't wipe away tears from an injury, but I am mom.

As a result of me becoming a mom, I became a person that was less selfish and more selfless.  I was able to see beyond my own nose and really hear and respond to the needs of another human being.  I did not do this for fame, money, or even so the little people would love me.  I did this because I knew that without me caring for them, they would not survive.  On a small side note, when people say that the baby would not survive outside the womb and use this to justify abortion, remind yourself that children can not survive without care for several years.  These wee ones need us, inside the womb and out.

I ask for pretty much the same thing every year since the kids have begun moving out and living their own lives.  I ask Bill to take me to each home so I can see each one of my babies.  I now have two more as I claim the daughters-in-law as mine as well.  Pretty much every year most if not all of the kids come home.  It makes me smile because they know my only wish.  This Mother's Day all but one of the cuties made it home and we went to town to see him because he was working.  Oh and this Mother's Day we ended up hanging out at the Maternity Ward at the hospital for a grandbaby that kind of wished to sneak out a tad bit early.  After one night in the hospital and bedrest for the momma, we are still waiting for grandson #1, but we want him to stay where he is and keep growing, at least for five more weeks. 

I am a Mom.  This title is one that many people share with me.  I am not anything special aside from the fact that I do not try and separate my identity from this.  The person I would be is far different than the person I am because I had my children. 

To my Bill, thank you for changing me forever when you helped me become a Mom. 

Monday, May 11, 2015

Monday Muse

What if every single law enforcement officer in the United States did not come to work tomorrow?

Monday, May 4, 2015

While not blogging

I have been doing other things.  I have been retired for 19 months now it has been an exciting journey.  I have been taking some art classes at the local branch.
I made this relief.  It looks a bit different since
fired and painted.

I also took a painting class and this is my station.
All four paintings are mine.

I also signed up for another drawing class. 
Eye confess it has been fun!

This is my final painting. It is 30 x 40 and I am almost finished.
The above photo was my first day placing the color behind the color...yep
I am learning a good deal of important art skills!

While not blogging I have been busy but I have missed sharing
about the farm and family.
Have a great day!
Jennifer

Friday, May 1, 2015

Wait

Last post wasn't exactly correct.

I have been blue.

More so than I expected. 

Funny I used the word expected,  as blue and expecting are important words in the Double Nickel Farm family.

Yep.
Yes.  Blue as Third and his wife are going to add a wee one to the family as well and it is a BOY!
I am smiling from ear to ear as I type this.  I confess that I also have a tear forming as well!

Arrival Date?
 
October!

Blue

I have been blue lately.

Wait.  I haven't been blue lately.  I have been seeing blue lately. 
Yes.  Grandbaby from Second and his wife is a BOY!  I would say that I am thrilled, overjoyed, goofy, smiling until my face hurts and overall content, but that leaves out Bill, First, Second and his wife, Third and his wife, and Fourth~who are as thrilled as I am!!! 

I think I will share that our family is super excited that a new little one will be joining the ranks.

Arrival date?
June!

The Silence Has Been Deafening

Well at least that's how I have felt about not blogging.  My world started becoming busy and the blog ended up falling behind the scenes.  I am back and working on some changes here and there.  Thank you for the emails and comments while I have been in the real world, they have been much appreciated.
Jennifer