"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
Showing posts with label farm life. Show all posts
Showing posts with label farm life. Show all posts

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Truth in TV?

In New Mexico we have many roadrunners. I used to watch the Roadrunner on Saturday mornings and always thought that the roadrunner was made to be too clever and too tricky. But yesterday I realized that everything in the cartoon was depicted as close to reality as possible.

Roadrunners rock!

Sunday, December 28, 2008

Guess What?

I wrote about farm life and my first and worst experiences on my other blog. Click here to read about my first year on the farm.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Last of the Pumpkins

Remember my post on how the pumpkins grew in the Mesquite?(click here) These are the last of the pumpkins. I am so happy to share this photo, and I am thankful for some very special people as they afforded me this opportunity. If you recall we did not plant pumpkins this year. In a series of events of feeding the goats and chickens slops and Hurricane Dolly causing flooding here in the desert, we learned that pumpkins can grow without any assistance(do not forget we live in an area that averages less than 9"of rain a year).

Pumpkins grew here and there and everywhere. We had nearly 40 pumpkins in the final count!! We did nothing for these to grow yet were abundantly blessed thanks to God. Such is my ability to share photos again. I did nothing, deserve nothing, yet the Lord provided us with once again a camera.

As the year closes on the farm, I am humbled to realize that the Lord has been steadfast with us. He has been with us in hardship and loss (the greenhouse and the mice episode), the time I was emotional as to the amount of effort required, and even in our simple desire to have camera. I am forever grateful to serve Him. I am forever thankful for how I see others as servants of Him too, and love them as I love my own children and spouse.

This opportunity to share this journey has been a roller-coaster of emotions, as I am often battling pride. I see some things as pretty humble and blush with embarrassment, yet I continue taking you the reader along for the ride. I have shared how a middle aged woman and three teens CAN become farmers with no experience all because Bill is advising us so well. I have watched the boys men learn to use all the power tools, and have built a chicken coop, a greenhouse, a shed, two goat shelters, a sheep shelter, a goose house, a duck house, a cat house, and a deck. I watched Bill teach them how to build the frame to put under the woodstove. It is amazing to see the boys listen to Bill's directives and do so well.

When we went to the hills for wood, quite nervously (I will admit) I watched my sons use the chainsaw and so far supply us with 3 cords of wood...and they have split it and stacked it.

My daughter and I have used the sewing machine for more than fun craft projects...we have sewn curtains, potholders, aprons, and skirts(have I mentioned that she just turned 13!)

We have learned so much on this journey and no longer consider ourselves to be greenhorns so to speak. I thank you all for leaving comments and being a part of this. As funny as this sounds, often it has been easier to do something, because I knew that I was going to share what we have accomplished. For this I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
Bill and Jennifer

Sunday, November 30, 2008

Farm? Only a Vision(at first)

Growing up in Ohio tainted my interpretation of what a farm was. I envisioned red barns, white fences and well green grass, trees, and a ditch or two. That is not the case here in New Mexico. Nearly every operation out here is referred to as a ranch. I was determined to be unique and therefore decided that we would live on a farm. But truth of the matter was that this humble piece of property that we have was never a farm, and most certainly only scrub desert. We saw beyond the thorns, cactus, sand, rocks and envisioned a FARM!

We are only one year into the operation, and it has left permanent scars on our arms, as the mesquite is not forgiving as you try to remove it, trim it, or work around it. Yet we continue. Our time line is at year 4 to look like the farm we envisioned. When our agent showed us the property we could not walk through and see much as it was overgrown. It took three weeks to realize that the back had a fenced in area for the yard!

So here are the lemons we have(you know-when life gives you lemons- make lemonade)

Clearing mesquite...click on the photo to see the thorns...I saw the beans growing on the trees(bush) and began to harvest them, and we dried them for the animals. Boy they love dried mesquite beans.

When the monsoon season flooded parts of the property and the native grasses grew...we harvested the grasses with homemade sickles...and had Jen sized bales for the animals!

We still have much of the property that is nearly impassible. Oh and shoes do not stop the thorns...one thing we have purchased excess of was tweezers and peroxide!!

Here is a photo near the front of the property with one of my sons wandering. We have clearings here and there that more dry, desolate things will grow in...
So although one may believe that we found a great deal on a fixer upper (former) farm, that is not the case. We just knew that often to make what you desire takes much more mental ability then actually things that are real.

Don't ever believe that you can't achieve something, as we here on the Double Nickel Farm know that with God-all things are possible.