"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

Monday, August 18, 2008

Simple Rewards at the Fair

Second's first place entry in the cookie category(center). He created a new recipe that he called Desert Dust!

The wilderness and the solitary place shall be glad for them; and the desert shall rejoice, and blossom as the rose. Isaiah 35:1

My entry in leavened breads category. On my first attempt at making Pinto Bean bread, first place!

But he answered and said, 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

My entry in the unleavened bread category...Applesauce bread.

And he pressed upon them greatly; and they turned in unto him, and entered into his house; and he made them a feast, and did bake unleavened bread, and they did eat.

Here are Bill's entries! He entered the dried beans from last years final harvest in November. He won first place for the Anasazi beans, and second for the pinto beans, and second for the green beans.

Take thou also unto thee wheat, and barley, and beans, and lentiles, and millet, and fitches, and put them in one vessel, and make thee bread thereof, according to the number of the days that thou shalt lie upon thy side, three hundred and ninety days shalt thou eat thereof. Ezekiel 4:9

I made this for 2007 Christmas. I listed all the places we have lived, and where each family member was born. I entered this in the Handcraft division.

And Ruth said, Intreat me not to leave thee, or to return from following after thee: for whither thou goest, I will go; and where thou lodgest, I will lodge: thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God. Ruth 1:16

I love the book of Ruth. When I married Bill, I became of him and we became a family. No children ~yet we were a family. So when I read Ruth, I loved this passage. Our family began and off we went together where ever needed. One child, two child, three child, four

. This game that I made shows our triumphs together all over this wonderful world that the Lord created. As we circle the board time and time again I reflect on each step that we have taken. I reflect on the state that I lived in when I was born again...I reflect on the town we lived in when I thought that I lost my beloved in an auto accident...each time I was comforted...as the Lord has been with us all along...and thy God has become my God.

Fair Things

{the three yellow roses with the blue ribbons are from the Double Nickel}

For the love of Christ constraineth us; because we thus judge, that if one died for all, then we were all dead. And that he died for all, that they which live should not henceforth live unto themselves, but unto him which died for them, and rose again. 2 Corinthians 5:14-15

{a lovely neck scarf crocheted by Fourth}
But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea. Matthew 18:6

{Third made tortillas for his first place entry in the Unleavened bread category}

Seven days ye shall eat unleavened bread: even the first day ye shall put away leaven out of your houses : for whosoever eateth leavened bread from the first day until the seventh day, that soul shall be cut off from Israel. Exodus 12:17

I hope that you have enjoyed seeing a few things that we entered in the County Fair. Yesterday I thought that I would share some of the items that we entered in the fair, and a scripture with it. It rained every evening of the Fair, and in fact we helped take down a booth that Bill's office had set up at the fair, during heavy rains. We had to use the heaters in the truck, as we were cold...in August...in the desert!

Thursday, August 14, 2008

Why the Cryptic post?

My previous post was cryptic...I will confess. I have been quite busy in several things, but most importantly in preps for the County Fair!

In the journey of simplicity many things change. On our humble farm we have used many methods to create products to support animals outside, or to make the inside lovely. Our hands have become practiced in woodwork, sewing, handcrafts, baking, and gardening. I have made curtains for nearly the entire home, placemats, cloth napkins, dish scrubbies, soaps, a rag rug, aprons, pillows, paintings, drawings and much more to make our home have a charm. This charm is not store bought, nor could I explain it, except to say that our home is decorated and filled with our works. We see daily the crafts we made because we had a need and no longer rush to the local Supercenter or mall to buy it.

Last year we were not deep on this path, but had a hearty garden and for the first time ever had one entry in the County Fair. Fourth entered a crookneck squash that looked like a swan. She won Reserve Grand Champion!

{photo from August 15, 2007}

Since this we all realized that we have a venue to show our handiworks. And this year we entered 31 things that a member of the farm grew or made. Only 3 of the 31 items did not receive a ribbon! I will post photos...the ones we took have names and I guard this, but photos will be coming...

And to get in on the Olympic fervor, here's a breakdown of the ribbons:
First place-blue ribbon=11
Second place-red ribbon=10
Third place-white ribbon=7

I will have photos soon. Due to the flooding we missed the deadline to enter the animals. Our county has about a 4 hour entry per division. So next year we will enter the animals!

Friday, August 8, 2008

I was going to write something insightful about how I have been continuing my journey of simplicity but...

then I was going to write about my family and what we are doing, but...

I was then thinking of the animals and what we are doing to track egg production...but,

in my typing I planned to jot down some points on low cost family activities...but

and then I was going to write of homemaking...but

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Saturday, August 2, 2008

Baa Baa Black Sheep

Sheep day! Here are 3 black Navajo sheep. The plans changed a bit. One of the lambs is male and one female. But the male is a great one! He has four horns, and this is not too common, so we are pleased to have this guy named Quatro(of course). The female has been gracefully named Maryanne! The ewe is awaiting a name.{Maisy the goat on the side}

Click on the picture to enlarge.

Oops not all are black sheep!

This is Boaz the ram. He is by far my favorite and the most docile. The white sheep is Ruth(can I say of course again?!) I named these two after two of my favorite people in the Bible. I love the book of Ruth...:p

I am adding these 2 lower photos- here is Fourth with *her* lamb Maryanne!

Here is a better picture of Quatro!

Internet Explorer Woes.

I received a few emails telling me that my blog would not open...and at first I ignored it, as I could go to everyone's blogs and my own. I am sorry, I do not use IE , I use Mozilla, and had no problems.

I have removed the site meter from a few of my blogs. I hope that this helps my friends and readers.