"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

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Busy

Today we *butchered* some hens. We all had assigned tasks and we worked efficiently and well-respectfully. It was not what I expected...but my daughter and I- in the task of plucking feathers, and mine(of removing the inside gunkies...) did surprisingly well. So I think that in this first year of farming, we are no longer novices. We began this journey to be the most responsible with the finances we have been given, and we knew that our knowledge of farm life was based totally on books.

We have learned so much in just ten months!

When I say that we are busy, I mean that we are in the stages of prepping for next year, and the upcoming winter. The weather is colder at night and we are getting the wood cut and stacked for the woodstove.

We also are getting the greenhouse up again. We have worked out the bugs that we discovered that we had last year, and pray that we can predict through experience the problems and prevent them.

And remember the pumpkins that I shared that are growing in impossible places? We discovered another blessing!!! We have a zucchini plant growing too. Yes, a zucchini. I feed the scraps to the chicks, and I can only guess that the flooding in July and August, picked up the seed scraps and so we have one zucchini plant and many pumpkin plants! How about that!

oh and one bit of bad news- the digital camera we have has reached the end of its life. Photos will not be updated for a while... so you missed out on the freezer filling(I am pretty content not to share this anyhow. It took several mental months for me to get to this point...I wouldn't want to shock anyone:~)* I am not sure if the word for killing hens is butchering, I just realized that along with our learning curve we are acquiring an entirely new vernacular!


I close with this,

Praise God from whom all blessings flow,
Praise Him, all creatures here below.
Praise Him above, ye heavenly host.
Praise Father, Son, and Holy Ghost.
Amen

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Different Day Ugh


I can't decide what is worse, knowing this snake was by the front door, or seeing my sons handle it.

I am busy here on the home front, forgive me for not visiting.
Jennifer

Monday, September 22, 2008

Slithering Around

Snake under the clothesline. Farmer's wife needs a break from work to calm the nerves. Sturdy lads not shaken by slithering things, caught it(it was MASSIVE) and fed the gigantic six inch Bull Snake to the chickens. They were in heaven.

Farmer's wife needed a Security team to secure the clothesline perimeter(OH and they did find THE OTHER FAVORITE CREEPY THING~ A SCORPION, so Farmer's wife could finish hanging the wash...and she regrets the commitment to not run any unnecessary appliances during the heat of the day.

Grateful it was not like the snake found a bit ago...as that one was a rattlesnake. Farmer told Farmer's wife "This was good news that it was not a rattlesnake"...

Farmer's wife responded "Good News??????.. I do not think so" ...as the mind is creating a thousand snakes slithering, even under the very chair that she is sitting on.

Farmer's wife wishes she did not have such an imagination. ugh...

Saturday, September 20, 2008

Pumpkins in the Mesquite


This is my third post today between two of my blogs. I realized that although I have visited very few blogs over the past few days, I have come to get a break and blog. We have been quite busy, and although we went to see the Hot Air Balloon Festival...we also went to an apple orchard up in the mountains and bought nearly 70 lbs of apples at a tremendous price! The orchard foreman also gave us about 50lbs of apples that were ground apples to give to the animals. What a blessing!!

He also offered a job to Second and Third to help with the harvest next season...for cherries, apples, peaches, plums, and apricots. What an incredible find, one for the boys to each make 3600.00 in 6 weeks, and two the orchard will provide local food that I then can put up for the pantry.(and we reduce preservatives in the foods)

{Click on the photo to see the pumpkin}
The pumpkin is over five feet high in the Mesquite bush! The Mesquite is a tough desert tree and the varmints cannot get through the thorns and barbs. Guess what we are doing next year? We are going to plant around the Mesquite-pumpkins, watermelons, cantaloupe, zucchini, cucumbers, and perhaps some other items. I would have NEVER believed that in the desert this could happen!



See the pumpkin?



An actual ground pumpkin!



This one was tucked way in the Mesquite and I had to have Second clear a trail.


This is the pumpkin over the goose's shelter.

What else have we accomplished this weekend?
~The kids and I harvested about a bushel of Mesquite beans to dry for feed. This is a tedious time consuming task as the Mesquite are POKEY...and we all have pokes, scratches, cuts, and stickers all over us. The thorns get through denim, and so we have figured out ways to lessen the ouchies!!
~The Dominique's are finally laying eggs!! Yahooooooo
~Bill had the boys take out the furnace and are building a pantry in it's place, as propane delivered here was too pricey, so we invested in a wood stove and use wood heat.
~tremendous amounts of family bible study, it is nice that the kids are old enough to lead
~we cleared another truckload of debris from property(2 water heaters for example)...we bought a place that was in need of cleanup and love
~was given a wonderful large trough for the sheep!!!(fantastic find)
~salvaged a load of wood to cut and put in wood pile(another great find)
~made one quick batch of applesauce!

I am sure that we have done more...but I am getting tired:)

White Sands Balloon Festival


We began the day watching the Hot Air Balloons in Alamogordo NM. Town is 15 miles away and at we could see the balloons, but I wished to get close ups! If you enlarge this photo you can see the majority of the balloons near the ground as they had been up up and away, and now were wrapping up their fun for the day.

I posted more photos on Pen of Jen.



Here is Turkey...he has really grown in the past few days(Yummy)!!! In fact the entire barnyard has been growing. Our Dominique's began laying yesterday! 3 teeny tiny eggs...which I forgot to take a photo of!

Friday, September 19, 2008

Is God's Word Greater Than Man?

GOD'S WORD® is a copyrighted work of God's Word to the Nations. Quotations are used by permission. Copyright 1995 by God's Word to the Nations. All rights reserved.(source)

When the internet took off many computer savvy persons hurried and gathered up tons of domain names, to which they then sold to those who would benefit for large amounts of money...The above reflects an example of what I am suggesting.

GOD'S WORD is copyrighted???!?!?!?! Come on, this is not only wrong, but impossible. Some clever play on words and one has copyright?

Today I went in town because my oldest wanted a larger print bible(he wears contacts and of course takes them out at night...but would like to read while in bed)so I went to the local Christian Bookstore. I usually buy bibles on line and boy am I glad that I do. I do not mind one making a living, but the bibles(just simple covers) were so high priced(59.00 was the cheapest). I was looking for a King James Bible which is not copyrighted, and I wanted no frills except a larger print(not the one sold for the impaired, just a bit larger). No maps~ nothing...

Now if this was the NIV, NKJV, Amplified, or on and on in bible versions...I would understand as they have copyrighted their interpretations of God's Holy word. But again, it was the King James...

One must think long and hard about the Great Commission, as we are commanded to do, when we then perhaps are a stumbling block for another(by copyrighting Holy Word, and vastly overpricing a bible). How can one justify serving Him, denying oneself and then copyrighting His word...not man's~ but His?




The Great Commission

So the eleven disciples went to Galilee to the mountain Jesus had designated. When they saw him, they worshiped him, but some doubted. Then Jesus came up and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20



Just a thought from a housewife...if one can copyright God's word, does that mean that man is elevating himself higher than God? Or at the very least is he leveling the playing field? I mean be honest...if you believe His word is inspired, infallible and incorruptible, then what can you add or fix? If you are providing a more exact version...then is it your word or His? And if His word requires no copyright then why would your map, your thoughts, or your translation? These are just simple questions....


Thursday, September 18, 2008

Letter to Wives



Well anyone can read this, but it is a bit of advice for women. Being a wife is something honorable. No matter what the media portrays, it is wonderful to love your husband and be his biggest cheering section(in everything he does).

Well something so simple yet so easy is to be at the door when your sweetie arrives home. In the above print, the wife and child are awaiting Dad's arrival from the fields. It is so amazing to see the day and work unfold from your husbands face when he sees you and his children happy, smiling and awaiting for his arrival at home.

I try to make sure I have done what I need to look refreshed and crisp when Bill comes home. When the kids were young I made an announcement when he arrived from work or was leaving, so we all could hug and kiss him. I know that the world has changed what a hero is, but quite simply to a child- Dad is the greatest hero. He did amazing magic tricks, taught incredible things, and could flip eggs that would splat the ceiling and land back in the pan. Dad...never loses that image- if we, as mothers, continue to show the kids, our love for him.

Do not forget that love is work. To be in love is all in your hands. Love your sweetie, greet your sweetie at the door-when he comes home, and walk him to the door when he leaves for work. The role of wives has blurred so much that pride confuses wives and they feel that by doing this makes us lesser, submissive and weak. Well how about thinking this way: do you love him? Then show him~Men are basic~This is very basic.

Oh and if you start this, watch for the jump in his step after a week or so, as everyone desires to be important.

Now don't think that I am suggesting that I am molly housewife and that I am a throwback from the 1950's. I just think that television and the world have spun marriage into a competition. It is not, in fact I have learned one incredible thing, it is worth it. Make this the day that you decide to have your eyes sparkle when you see him. Believe me~ he will see the sparkle and give it right back!

I love you Bill