"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

Friday, July 31, 2009

Rubbing Shoulders


Little Parker

Billy~Cathy~Scott~Katie~Brandon~Jean~David~Kristen~David
~Ann~Lily~Parker~Jan~Dave~Jean~Gary~Sandy~John~Mom~

Just a few family members I have seen thus far on the trip...

A few more to go

Peter~Victoria~ Peter~ Parker

Then off to the farm family

Who made this trip possible... missing you lots
Jennifer

Thursday, July 30, 2009

Ohio

On my travels I have had a chance to stop by the childhood home my mother lived in and even the childhood home I grew up in!
This is the home my mother lived in nearly 70 years ago! It is absolutely beautiful!

This is the home I grew up in. I opted not to go up the lane and take closeup photos as so much time has passed~ I would never have guessed that the trees would have grown so much!
These trees were planted after the Blizzard of '78 and when I married were up to my waist. It looks like a forest now, and honestly I would have driven by the place had I not had my sister drive me(thanks Cathy:)


Jennifer

Sunday, July 26, 2009

Fort Drum New York

I am here...I traveled to Fort Drum, New York...a wonderful long drive, to visit my oldest son! I have been here since Thursday spending time with my oldest, seeing his new home and world that he now lives in. It has been amazing on so many levels to visit, as he is a man, and is the age his dad was when I married.

Our soldiers that live in the barracks(at least here) are young- under 25, and are so normal. It was like going into my sons rooms at home. The troops have posters up, and TVs, game systems, and well~ guy mess, but the thing that resonates the most with me is the youthfulness. When I went to my son's room his roommate was playing Connect Four(a board game)...and they all were goofy to the fact that Bill's mom came to see him and brought lots of stuff from home. It was like Christmas for everyone around as they helped carry up stuff and then laughed and looked at what I brought. Fourth made brownies for her big brother- which then was shared by all...they loved the home made goodies!

But I was reflective when I left that first day to go to the base hotel. I realized that these young folks are the heart of our land. I was humbled at how they are from every corner of the nation and that they are still crossing over to adulthood although they are men. I met many that had been to Iraq or Afghanistan more than once and I truly have no words. These troops are not harping and moaning because a cop showed up at a professors home(which by the way was the job that the policeman should do)- no these soldiers are wearing the uniform so that we have the rights of law enforcement...and even the right to act like a fanatical nut---and then suggest that your behavior is because of racism...Our troops since the formation of our land have been the paving stones to all of the rights we enjoy so much. Ponder that as you think about the case I just wrote about. No one has executed the professor or for that matter the police officer- other countries citizens are not as fortunate.

I spent last evening at a young couple's home on base. They too seem so young and innocent- yet the weight of our nation sits upon their shoulders . They carry this weight willingly, and for the most part quite happily. I am so impressed with everyone I have met on this trip and have no words except thanks to all of our troops worldwide- I am a very grateful American.

Fort Drum, New York is on the northern border of the United States and for me, a southwestern gal that lives on the southern border of the United States, I have been speechless often. The green here is so vibrant and bright. Although I grew up in Ohio it has been nearly 2 decades since I really have seen such a climate.

The base, to me, is also one incredible nature reserve, as I have seen wild turkeys everywhere, deer even in the daylight-




And yesterday I stopped the vehicle and pulled over and took pictures of a porcupine that had just leisurely crossed the road. I am amazed at the beauty of everything no matter where I am!
This critter was a bit bigger than our cats- and totally made my day!

Oh and I miss these goofs

~And my heart is with this sweetie~
Jennifer

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

I Am Here(so far)

Passed this sign earlier today.

Now I am here...can't wait until morn to pass the St. Louis Arch!
My favorite blogger is from here...Gateway Pundit!
Still heading east tomorrow.

Sunday, July 19, 2009

Shop Class

Homeschooling elective: Automotive class
Credits: 1
Year:2009-2010
Teacher: Dad
Project:
1965 Ford F100
Cost: three sons each putting money in(less than one hundred dollars per son)
Homeschooling: priceless in the binding of knowledge, brothers, and a relationship with dad!!


* more post coming- On way to east coast...

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Saturday on the Farm

We have had fairly great weather since we were flooded so we had been playing clean-up more than projects, until we put up the poles to the gate the other day. Last night the boys 'set' the poles so they are all straight up and down!

Here are Ruth and Obed in a repaired pen. If you remember Obed has the heart on his side(click here to see it- as he would not allow me to get a recent picture). I must confess that I really love the sheep. During the flooding, while the men were helping get the birds taken care of the sheep were very distressed. So I stood in the middle of the flooding(16" water) and sang to them to calm them. It took about two minutes before all of them were up against my side and they stopped baaing. I was humbled to realize that me being there was very calming to them.

After the monsoon season last year(which was nothing compared to this year) we were amazed to discover that a tossed pumpkin(with seeds) took off and began growing in the mesquite. This year, I decided to see if I tossed many seeds from the squash family among the mesquite~ what would happen? Well lookie here:If you enlarge this picture you can see the muck look of everything except the squash plant(I think that these are watermelon). The mesquite became a natural trellis for the pumpkin plants and I was certain that this would work...but am tickled to death that it is! Every time we have eaten any farmers market squash or melon, I have had the kids take the seeds and toss them. We have many seedlings growing around the property and hurray! No worries to what they are... we will be able to identify what is what when they get bigger!

This is what we are paying for diesel, which impacts our Saturday on the farm, as we haul garbage to the dump and pick up hay on Saturdays. I am grateful it is not near where it was last year, but I know times are coming where fuel will go high very soon. Today in the loop of garbage and hay, we dropped off the billy goat we traded for post holes dug. Our friend needed a few days to prepare a pen for the goat, and since we were headed that way we delivered him.

Back l-r: Oatmeal~Molasses bread, dinner rolls
Front l-r: bagels, sourdough bread

Here is some of what I baked today(the rest was eaten before I was able to capture the complete photo!). Aside from the sourdough bread, everything else was new for me today. I have been slowly learning how to make a variety of breads these past few years, and if we like it, I work to master it, or if not- I do not make it again. Everything was a thumbs up, so I will practice these for the next month or so. I believe I will enter the Oatmeal Molasses bread in the fair...as my entry in the leavened breads. One loaf of the Oatmeal Molasses bread, two bagels and two rolls did not escape the quick hands of the members of Double Nickel family!

Well that is what is happening, except once again I have discovered a rogue picture as I uploaded the pictures on the computer...Once again my goofball kids bring a smile to my face. They really make being a mom an easy thing to be!
Jennifer

Thursday, July 9, 2009

Monsoon Season Skies

We are nearing the close of monsoon season and as bad as it has been this year for the farm, it also has been magnificent .



Impressive puff or plume of clouds behind the mountain.

Storm racing to the farm darkens the skies.

The arrival of the storm...

The beauty in the fury of the upcoming storm.