"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, September 4, 2008


I am a person that is inspired by a zillion things. I love hand crafts, antiques, and simple things...over the years I realized that I needed a place to store my ideas that have been inspired by magazines and what nots, so I compiled this a few years ago, and have title it my Possibility Notebook.

The Possibility Notebook

Here is the page that shows the couch that I am going to have the boys build. In fact I am going to have them make a matching sitting chair also. Then Fourth and I will make the cushion covers. I foresee completing this in the next year or so.

AT some point when we are more established on the farm, I am going to have a tomato trail...neat isn't it?

Over the years I collect ideas, and images and stash them in the back of the book. When I have some free time I then cut out the images, and I suppose scrapbook them into this book. I make additional notes to remind me why the image captivates me.

Looking forward and having projects gives one ambition to go on. Perhaps your possibility notebook could be filled with sewing projects, books that you wish to read, places that you wish to visit and learn about.

I love to take something and refurbish it and give it new life. The possibility notebook is photographed on top of an old trunk that I bought years ago from an antique shop and then decoupaged with old world maps. It is our coffee table in the family room. I store inside it tv trays for when we snack and watch tv. The trunk idea was a possibility idea from nearly 15 years ago that I completed perhaps 6 years ago. Some ideas just sit until everything lines up!

Other ideas that I have stored then used:
~painting the subfloor in my dining room. In the image that I have saved it was painted on planks...so I adjusted the idea!

~I cut chicken wire and put in place of glass in the cabinets over the stove.

~ I guess I could go on and on...because the possibilities are endless!

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Is it that obvious?

So I am having a day of nothingness. I keep thinking of a song I used to sing as a kid...."nothing nothing nothing"...

Have I mentioned that I am not the musical one in the family?

Seems like the day is going on forever. I have painted the sides on three doors...and one front. I know that this would be ever so easy if I took the doors of the hinges, but in this house it is better if things stay where they are...

I have to do another coat for them to be finished...then the back of Fourth's door. I am at the mundane finishing projects. So I put on the paint clothes and paint a bit, then wait. Then paint.

Oh we did not have school today- just restarting to read the Bible.

And we had a discussion on ...slings, safety, and the well being of each and every one of us!

Second is fine...just needing motrin.

Third is trying to retain his status of most imminent trips to the doctor...
~ Third watches the clock...after office hours!
~poked eye with pencil
~stepped on board with nail
~swallowed Lego
~bit by dog
~given a concussion(by Second while they were throwing rocks down the hill-Second threw a slider that slid sideways instead of ahead of him!)
~Reached out when Bill was closing the slider on the van in 1996 and crushed three fingers(this one was awful)

First gently reminds him..
That he himself is interested in the title...
~as he tore tendons in foot while standing to flip a skateboard
~broke his hand
~broke finger 1
~broke finger 2 and 3
~was playing and was crawling around building with Legos and gouged out his knee by a Lego that had a very sharp plug hole...
~was being a sweet little helper when we were stationed in Fort Polk LA...and handing me clothespins while I was hanging the laundry and he stepped in a fire ant nest....he still has the bite scars all over his feet and ankles.(when he screamed I picked him up and rushed him into the kitchen sink and sprayed him off with cold water...it was creepy scary)

Fourth refused to be left out...
~she starts by showing the scar on her ankle...as a preemie...in the hospital she had an IV in...the staff needed to have access...but the site became infected...it is a big big scar...
~she has surgery scars...for her lungs...
~I missed one of the boys moving the footstool in the kitchen...she climbed it and put her fingers on the burner...
~a year ago our new dog was running down the street and she began to run after the dog...and tripped on her skirt...her knees have awful scars from the sidewalk.

Bill then comes in and quietly says...yah I can beat all that- one car rollover...1200 feet, rifle rack to the head, neck and back injuries, and lived ...and we all pause and realize that God is great....

This is not a competition that we are in...Jesus died so that our careless selfish living ends with eternal life in heaven...but we must receive Him. Not sure what this means? Email here if you have questions- mcbenningministries@yahoo.com

Who Makes These Things??

Your IQ Is 140

Your Logical Intelligence is Genius

Your Verbal Intelligence is Genius

Your Mathematical Intelligence is Genius

Your General Knowledge is Genius

This was too easy. I think that I need to create one of these! Give it a try:)

Boaz the Ram

Here is Boaz the Ram...I am giving the side view so that you can see the horns. He loves his horns and if you come into the pen without a "goody" for him he thinks that he should ram you!

Now at 5' tall short, I do not wish for any confusion in the ram world...so I have a new found tip. Perhaps many before have learned this, but as a new farm family, I am still learning. I just grab his right horn. Yep, I grab on while walking around and he and I become joined at the hip while I do what is needed in the pen. I taught my daughter this as she is vertically challenged too!

Bill uses the cane...I would never have believed it had I not seen it. Bill puts his cane in front of Boaz's head and it stops the "ramming". Boaz just ceases the ramming! It is so incredible to learn so many things, almost at once!

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

First Day of School Update

Well school went well and then we went into town to attend a park activity. It began to rain so the kids all began heading to the cars, and Second was on the ground. He dislocated his shoulder, and I spent time at the doctor's office and Bill at the x-ray place.

Second is fine!

What day.

Dinner is leftovers.

And all you can eat pickles, apples or what nots.

Praying the year goes smoother from this point.

School Begins

Alas I am the mother of all high schoolers! We are beginning our school routine today, although it will be a part day, as the kids have an activity in town with other home schoolers. I have, over the many years , had many questions about what we do, how we do it, am I qualified, and are the kids getting enough socialization and is it legal?

I am happy that the results of homeschooling are coming in fast and furious and it is working, and the kids are doing quite well. Why do I homeschool? Well my daughter was born ten weeks premature and has extremely low immunities. She struggles with even the common cold, and when nearly died from simple ailments. So we needed to control exposure to her by those ill. But public schools are often the breeding grounds for the sniffles, coughs, wheezes and what nots, so we embarked on this journey.

I walked the path slowly at first, then more assuredly,when I realized that the children were hitting milestones and achieving the skills that they needed. We pay for all our curriculum. No one pays for our materials...but we do have an accountability.

We have a house of red cross certified swimmers, a league of summer baseball players, and even home schooled players on public school football team that went to and won state two years running. My kids have entered contests and won. Third won a poetry contest hosted by a magazine. They all have entered the fair and won ribbons. The oldest began the kids off by volunteering and then holding jobs every summer since he was 12, so the work ethic is strong. The middle two boy worked for the university as back stage hands on a play. They were asked to work on the next play as a result of their hard work(they were 14 and 15 at the time). These boys young men, volunteered for the summer library program.

As a homeschool family we have met Mike Leavitt who at the time was governor of Utah. He came and spoke to the children directly as we sat and listened to a speech he gave and the kids really were quiet and respectful. They were at the time 4, 6,7 and 9 and he requested that a photo be taken for the newspaper. When he found out we homeschooled he added an interview. When he came again to our town, he remembered the children and had the paper perform another photo shoot.

The children as law enforcement kids, participated in raising money for the shop with a cop program(that makes Christmas for needy children) and county wide youth walks to bring community policing awareness.

Our oldest paid cash for his first car, no help from his dad and I(except advice on the vehicle and running abilities). He also has been on his own since he turned 18, and has made substantial savings towards his education and future.

Let's see, I have rambled on about the socialization aspect, have I answered the qualifications. Studies show that the majority of homeschool parents do not have a degree in education, yet the statistics in math, science and language arts of the students are higher than public schools. So I draw only one conclusion...perhaps it is not only the degree that makes an educator, but the desire for the child to succeed. I also can only blame me, if the concepts are missed.

Legal? Fortunately it is still legal to homeschool in the US. How long is something I wonder about often. In Germany parents and children are being taken into custody and or confined for homeschooling. I pray that does not happen here.

Is it for everyone? NO ....some people are perfectionist...and kids are kids...some people are lazy...and this is bad in many ways. Is it a full day? No it is 7 days a week, anywhere- anytime. We are not limited to, nor constrained by public school hours.

So happy trails to my high school...oh and here is an interesting little tidbit...Bill's senior class only had a few more students than I have at my homeschool!!!

Monday, September 1, 2008

Location~ Location ~Location

That's the rage in real estate...location! The sheep of Double Nickel enjoy a view that provides lovely mountain views, incredible sunsets and sunrises, and breathtaking clouds! Notice the trough to the left of the photo...that is a bucket cut lengthwise and then attached to a 2x4 base...handcrafted by the Double Nickel team. In the back of Miss unnamed sheep...is another bucket cut in thirds, and the bottom is for grain. The top 2/3 is also used, but in the chicken coops as nests!

Location again...inside one of the many cactus on the farm...can you see? Well past the pokes, the stinging, and deep in the center???

In the middle of all this...

Three lovely blue eggs...they are the size of a quarter. How neat! And the nest is made of mesquite, cactus, and anything else to keep predators away. So location is key!!