"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

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

This week

will end with my sister and her husband visiting!  I am very excited as this is our anniversary weekend and my sister and her husband celebrated their 32nd anniversary on the 3rd of August, so it is an anniversary month for us all!  Between us, on Saturday we will have 60 years of marriage.  I am humbled by typing that and thankful as well.

Along with my sister visiting, the goof troop are all coming to brunch on Friday.  Then the fair.  Oh the county fair is this week.  If you are new here you may not know it, but I love the county fair.  I love the simple life and the gathering of the community each year for a rodeo as well as the showing of livestock, 4H projects, garden products, the flower show, as well as the home ec exhibits.  I've entered items like I always do and I am ever so nervous.  Crazy, as I love to create things and share them~well among the family.  The fair is something that has taken an enormous amount of effort on my part and a great support by my Bill.  I love creating things and learning new skills and I am grateful to have a forum to share my skills but it is nerve wracking as well.

This year, I stopped by one of the men's recovery homes and gathered some items that the men have been growing as they have a garden and have many lovely flowers and veggies.  I know that this is a therapeutic venture allowing the men to have a garden, and I thought it would be neat to see if they receive any recognition for their flowers.  If I were to guess, I would think that their sunflowers would receive high praise and I sure hope they do.  I often think about how one goes about transforming who they are and I am thankful that Bill and I have been able to, and think perhaps those that made poor choices could also transform.  Years ago we gave a goat to the recovery home as the men may have had bad memories of dogs and such but not many people raise goats.  The goat, which was named Amos, was quite the listener and many a man would sit and talk to Amos about life and what they were thinking.  This is what the flowers and gardening seems to be doing as well.  I am not naive for those that may think I am a softie, but I do believe that one can change.  Many may not but if even one changes his path how worth it would be for him and those around him.  Well enough about that aside from I am sure hoping that they receive a ribbon or two.

Now I am off as I am cleaning and getting ready for my weekend!


Deanna Rabe said...

Have a great time at the fair! I hope you do well, and I really hope the men's recovery home flowers do great!

Enjoy your sister's visit and brunch with your kids!

Humble wife said...

Thanks Deanna~the men's flowers did and I am super thrilled about that~and my sister came a day early which means a fantastic start to our weekend.