"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, March 31, 2016

Ten Again

I have a ton of photos and I have been going through them recently. In each file folder on my storage thingie, I picked the tenth photo to add to this post. Therefore ten again, following the post from yesterday~a post with ten photos(although yesterday's post spotlighted the letter T!).
Long ago. The house has changed a good deal since this photo.
We added an entrance way and closed off this room, which was
the family room, and now is the library/computer room.
This is from a Thanksgiving dinner from several years
ago. I just noticed the painted floor~something I did
to the subfloor while we saved for the tile that we now
I think I have used this image or one like it recently.
It is to the west from my back porch. Often when 
Bill is driving home, he will call me and ask if I have
seen the sunset.  I will answer yes, because I try each 
day to take in this view.
I have used this image on the blog.  I wonder
sometimes why I pick such average or mundane 
things to share. I mean a sink of bubbles for washing 
dishes? Sigh.
My mountains to the east.  I love them.
Of course we call them a different name.
We call them the(insert my last name) mountains.
Fourth.  This was for a project that she completed.
We took a series of photos in differing styles. ps~those
were my glasses!

When we first moved to New Mexico, we lived in a rental
while we looked for a place to live.  Even in town, 
I had a garden and worked on conservation, frugal living,
and simplicity.  

In 2008 we experienced a major flood in the canyon we live
in.  This photo was from one of our animal pens.

From another folder, I had more images from the flood.
I had laundry on the line before the rain.  Looking behind
the clothes you can see the muck from the flood.
It was catastrophic.
I remember how afraid I was for the animals, the home,
the vehicles, and for us. The road to the east of us was
washed out. The road exiting the canyon was flooded 
I am thankful that when the flooding began we drove the 
vehicles up the road from our home, to the next road
(higher elevation).
I am certain that this action preserved the vehicles.
In addition, ALL of the sheep, goats, and chickens
were placed in the horse trailer, back of the truck or
on our back porch. 
We ended up only losing a few chicks that were only
a few weeks old. 
The damage and repair the the barns and property
took a long time.
This is a sign from a rest stop, I think in Texas,
and it applies to southern New Mexico as well. 
If you visit the farm, I mentally scream this every
single time I step outside.  I usually only say to myself,
"no snakes," even though I think of this ALL the time.
Yay. it is almost migration time for tarantulas. 
(did you sense my sarcasm shivers?)

Well that's ten for today.
I can't believe I ended with something that gives me the

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Today's Post is Brought to you by the Letter T

I haven't done a Today's Post is Brought to you by the Letter in a while, so here goes:

T for thorns.  They are everywhere on the farm and I 
have decided that to accept the beauty that we have

T for toilet paper holder~Farm style.
We needed a tp holder for the bathroom,
so I walked outside and gathered the essential
items: a stick, baling wire and well that is 

T for tallest as in the tallest pistachio in the world!
T-for thanks to the lovely Fourth for being the human in
the photo;)!

T for (El) Taco Tote-our favorite fast food restaurant. 

T for Third. We are a few days from his birthday once again.

T for Time.  You have but a moment to spend time
with your children. Use it~in every way possible, 
games, reading, drives, dinners, laughter, work,
play and on and on.  This investment while the
family is growing pays off when they establish their
 own  families.

T for telephones like this.  We found this one a few
years ago at a gas station.  The following year it was gone.
Oh the memories of placing a collect call and saying
everything in the ten seconds the operator allowed you to
say your name..."Collect call from"- and I would say:
"Mom, the Game is over." And she would not accept,
because she knew it was time to come pick me up.
Oh those were the days!
T for tremendous views. 
The mountain and sky from my front porch. 

T for tasty.  Oh cucumbers, salt, New Mexico Chile
powder and fresh squeezed lime juice...you are a 
treat for the family!

T for tunnel.  When we head up the mountain
to Cloudcroft, we must pass through this
That concludes the T post for the day and 
if you were counting~there were ten T things today!

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

About the Past Several Days: Part 4~

After a decade of study, and about seven months of intense immersion on the specific topic, I was fortunate enough to be given an opportunity to present a lesson on the feasts of the Bible.  I have shared individual lessons about one or the other, and even Purim based on the book of Esther, but this lesson was solely on the feasts of the Bible listed in Leviticus 23.  I thought I would share my introduction from the other night here and perhaps a bit more.

March 26, 2016
The Feasts of the Bible

I think before I dive into the lesson, I need to take a moment and give a bit of background into why I am doing this lesson series, and why on earth would I stand before a crowd when I am a person that prefers the sidelines?  Well, It all began about ten or so years ago when my sister made an offhand remark about Jesus.  I was sharing with her how I wanted to keep Christ in Christmas and she said why? He wasn’t born on Christmas day.  I was shocked. I am a deep fiend for information and I love history, and I could not believe I had never heard this. Could she be wrong? Would it matter if she was? And that is why I started on a journey that has brought me here today. 

With that, I would like to ask a few questions.

1.  How many of you have read the Bible through at least one time?  Five times? Ten times?
    Only four people aside from Bill and I had raised their hands to have read the Bible one time. For five times two hands remained up and for ten no hands remained raised. 

2.  Do you believe that the Bible is the word of God?
    Every single person that attended raised their hands and agreed that they believe that the Bible is the word of God. 

3.  If you believe that the Bible is the word of God, do you believe that you should try and live by what God tells us we should do?
    Once again, every single person that attended raised their hands and agreed that they should try and live by what God tells us we should do. 

4.  Excellent.  Since I know most of you have not read the Bible through, and if you have it is only once or twice, do you think that perhaps, just perhaps that you may believe in some things and be absolutely certain that they are biblical- and they aren’t?
   This question was a puzzler at first.  I thought I asked the question wrong as many seemed confused by this.  I repeated myself and then read it once more again. Finally some of the attendees agreed that yes, perhaps they believe something to be most certainly from the Bible and in reality it is not. 

**For now here is where I will stop for this lesson on the blog.  I needed to establish that many people, in fact less than 1 in 4 devout and 1 in 10 regular people claiming to be Christians have read the Bible through.  Most of us accept what is said whether it is because of traditions of man, or because it sounds right and we are very busy.  My lesson was to take Christians through the Bible using numerous New Testament scriptures to support why the feasts of the Bible are for today and that man (the Council of Nicaea AD 325) changed much of the way Christians worship and since it has been so long, most accept that it is Biblical. 

    In an upcoming post I will share with links the exact changes and how the traditions we do today are not the holydays(holidays) that God established and they are not the way he wants us to worship. As I close, I do wish to suggest that anyone that would like to study a bit for themselves feel free to begin with the Bible in Leviticus 23.  You can learn for yourself who the feasts are for, how long they are to be celebrated, and who should celebrate them.  Then to decide if you fit in that category, read the Book of Exodus to see who was grafted in to the children of Israel, as well as the Book of Ruth, the Book of Isaiah, and then Romans 11-to see if the grafting in applies to the first century Christian which is then~well those that follow meaning any that accept Jesus Christ. 

  I appreciate that many people look at my post and dismiss me, and suggest I am a fanatic, or converting to Judaism.  I am not converting to Judaism, and I am only doing what my God tells me to do in  
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15

  And also  
All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: 2 Timothy 3:16

  Again, I will be updating or writing another post about this subject soon.