"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

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Part 3 Year in Review

Read Part 1 Here
Read Part 2 Here.

This is the first time since I began blogging in 2006 that I have done such a review of the year that is ending.  I confess it has been very special to my heart to review the year and reflect upon milestones in my life and the Double Nickel Farm family.  Part 2 ended in June, so Part 3 will begin in July of 2016.

July 2016: 25 posts
Bill, Fourth and I went to the mountains to get wood.  
We also had a lovely picnic and siesta!

I repurposed an old window frame with my cutie pies.

This was the year of the hummingbird, as the farm
had sooooo many hummingbirds visit.

Our oldest got engaged!

I went on a ride-a-long with my oldest. It was an incredible 

The wind blew in a ton of schoolwork
of a little boy.  It really made my heart emotional
to think all of his papers were here and there, so I
granted this coloring Farm museum status on my fridge.
We still have not located the family, and have 
no clue how far or near this little guy that colored this may be.

August 2016: 24 posts
Must mention-In August Bill and I celebrated our 28th anniversary with my sister and her husband-who celebrated their 32nd anniversary, we all went out to dinner!

I shared the cold hard boiling hot facts about how the fence feels in August
with my remedy for the problem.

I entered items in the county fair once again.
The menorah, and the top right item are mine.

I made a chess set out of Pringles cans which I entered as well.

I entered many canned goods too and other items not in 
these photos.  I shared once again how much I love the county fair.
 September 2016: 19 posts
I shared the loss of a fellow officer: Officer Clint Corvinus
who was killed in the line of duty.  The farm family was

To be able to be in the motorcade that brought Officer 
Corvinus home was a very emotional thing.
What I learned was how very much our little community is so
amazing and how it seemed like the entire county came out
to every single side road, street, business and such to wave 
flags and salute Clint. 

All of the law enforcement agencies in the county 
brought Clint home.
There were patrol cars ahead and behind us and it seemed
like the procession was a few miles long.
I am incredible emotional right now thinking about
this, as the family of those in law enforcement understand 
how high the price may be.  If I haven't stated this in
my year end review yet, I need to now: We on the farm
are pro Law Enforcement.  We have been a law enforcement
family most of our marriage and now our children are filing
in the ranks.  I think it is probably one of the most unappreciated
jobs and the family carries much as well. 

I was able to snap a photo of the day breaking one day.

I also was able to take a photo of this henny.  I really
enjoy having all the critters we have on the farm.
October 2016: 17 posts
October is tarantula migrating season on the farm.

These cuties came to the law enforcement appreciation 
day and tug-a-war.
Second holding Grand #2 on the left and his son Grand #1
on the right.

The sheriff's department won the tug-a-war contest
against the city pd and fire department.

Went to a wedding and all these peeps that I love ever
so dear all were born with the same last name...oh how
much they steal my heart.

I made homemade oatmeal milk. 
It is delicious, seriously!

I shared that we all should lighten
up and be able to walk through a few puddles in life!
Grand #1 was a willing candidate in this example!

Oh and that engagement from July? Well here they are 
in October!!
November 2016: 8 posts
I shared how Bill made a dog bed for $19.00

Here it is put up during the day.

And I shared that it was time to break out the winter clothes.
December 2016: 12 posts
I shared in December how as I am recovering from some health
issues that I doodled to pass the time and make me not think 
of any pain.

I shared one of my tasks on the farm-to chop kindling.
It is very calming and I do enjoy doing this.  And to
date, I still have all my fingers.

I shared my almost finished towel rack I made.

I shared a photo from the photo vault of the 
boys pointing to my dad's name on the 
traveling Vietnam War Memorial.

And that is the longest conclusion or year end review I have ever done.  If you stayed to the end, thank you.  This is a window to a very humble life we live on the farm and those that we love ever so much. 
With that I will say, Please have a very safe and Happy New Year.
Bonus Photo:  I love the family table, as this is where we gather and visit with all those that come to the farm, and I wanted to close with this: for all of you that visit the blog and have for a good long time, I thank you so much and hope you feel as though you have been visiting with me here at the table


Deanna Rabe said...

I just read through all 3 posts. I loved it and may do a review myself!

Thank you Jen and Bill for your years of service to our nation in law enforcement and now some of your kids, too. So grateful.

I hope you have a blessed New Year.

ps - this has been a hard year in the world your review is a good reminder of those whom we have lost.

Anonymous said...

Happy New Year! :)

Humble wife said...

Deanna, I discovered that I loved doing this review even if it took three posts to complete it. I think that Bill and I will jump to these three posts every now and then!
I pray you and yours have a blessed year as well and in the times we live in this is only through placing Him first.

Liz-----Same to you my friend!!!!