"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, April 9, 2010

Briar Hen?

Outside the barnyard fence wander a few hens and one rooster(Tim). They sleep on the front porch...the hen in the photo has not come to roost on the porch for a few weeks. The kids found her under the mesquite broody. So they added a few other eggs from the nests in the coops. Do you see the cracked eggshell?

Hershey Hen hatched some chicks this morning.

If you click to enlarge this photo, you can see our morning surprise.

Can you say awww...

Here she is poofing up to warn me to leave. I did leave as she has a turkey egg, a duck egg and six more chicken eggs. So far she hatched six wee ones. They are now safely tucked in the house under a heat lamp. Oh what a beautiful morning, oh what a beautiful day!

More photos to follow

Thursday, April 8, 2010

43 Years Ago Today

My dad was killed in Vietnam. I wrote about it a few years ago on one of my other blogs, here.

**update on the above post: two more great grandchildren have been born, Samuel Max, and Kayden Joshua.

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Flashback to Germany

Seventeen years ago today, I met, for the first time, an incredible person.
This person changed my life in ways I could never have imagined.
This person has made me smile when I am sad, made me laugh when I am angry, and made my heart expand to new heights.

Seventeen years ago today, I became a mother, for the third time.
The sweet babe was born early, so the doctors quickly transported him to a Kinderclinic nearby. He spent 57 days in the hospital, but once out never looked back!

When the doctor came to tell me that my son was being transported she brought him to me, so I could see him one quick moment. From that moment I fell in love with the cutie and was amazed at how wonderful he looked in red, as they had him dressed in a red little jumper.

After our first child we were told that we most likely would not have any more children, and by the third, who I call Third in blogland, we were told that I could not have any more...so we named him a name that would remind us what a blessing he was to us. We truly were blessed that day all those years ago.

Today Third is an incredible young man who has loves life. He is a delight to be around and has such comedic timing. I cannot imagine where he will be or what he will be doing in 17 years as there is no limit to what he can do. Every door and every option is available to him as he loves life.

My dear sweet Third...Happy Birthday! We love you!

ps. I still love seeing you in red!!

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Dear Mom, Letters from Afghanistan

These messages are from Facebook and through Facebook chat. I am so thankful that we live in times where we can chat with our son who is so far away.

Dear Mom,

With all the prep and hustle to get packed, I seemed to miss the part about pay being once a month! I will be in need of a shave for sure by the time pay is in, as I cannot find my razor. Good thing is that pay will be in soon! I also am looking forward to going to a Bazaar here and buying a blanket and some pillows!

The weather still has me a bit off as it is blazing hot one moment and then it rains the coldest rain I have ever experienced. Oh and sand is a season here. Combine a windy day with sand and you understand why people cover from head to foot.

[on his wall on facebook he wrote]

So here I am...on a beautiful vacation in the wonderful 5 star resorts of Afghanistan...gonna hit up the beaches tomorrow, stop by this lovely little restaurant, and finish the day of with some yoga...

Love you all...
And Happy Birthday Third...(April 7)

Dear Bill,

I am awaiting news to see when your box arrives. I am so glad that I tucked in cough drops as with the sand this may have been a good thing. I will be sending the emails to all those who will be writing letters to you this evening, and I am very pleased to say that many people wish to keep up with you and write you with news from home!

Tomorrow Third turns 17! Can you believe that? I remember when we brought him home, and you looked up at me and said " I get to have two babies?" This was so cute, because you had already claimed Second as your very own! We are celebrating his birthday on the 13th with a BBQ and paintball activity, where we always go to paintball. He has invited the *crowd* of goofs...

Second had his first callout that was rough. He has been to several fires, and a few rollover accidents, but nothing life and death, until yesterday. I cannot shelter life from you as one need not got too far to witness the realities of speeding, not wearing a seatbelt, and others who may not drive so cautiously. I am glad that he has Dad to talk to(and who understands) so that he can continue on in his work.

Fourth is playing with ringtones as I write this. She has plotted to wake up at 11:59 pm and begin the early birthday celebration for Third. As I know Third will not read this, no secrets are revealed(!!!!lol!!!!).

We all are so pleased to see how you are upbeat on your Facebook wall, as keeping a positive attitude is very important! Like I said on the wall, I wish you truly were at a beach resort enjoying the simple life.

We love you
Dad, Mom, Second, Third and Fourth

ps Your friends on Facebook most likely have been very surprised as I have been tending to your teeny farm on farmville. In fact I have sent gifts to them(which I dont think you have ever done...as they respond in shock!!)I may just may be sending a few gifts to my farmville as I do so for you. I know that you wished for me to bank your money in World of War-which I have...and when I was doing so noted that you have a farm, sigh I may be a junkie!!!

pps...I stole this from your Facebook photos as it cracked me up. Seems like the Mexican candy in the stocking may not have been so tasty!! lol
Here's the comment for this photo:
"Its mexican candy, I swear its good!..."

Thank you for always making me smile
Love Mom

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Want to Cry Happy Tears?

This little cutie...Kayden Joshua is my great-nephew born on Saturday afternoon.

He is a strong little man, and like all boys~ flexes for the camera to show his awesome muscles...
Here is Ashley already madly in love with Kayden, snuggle-bugglin' him. Daddy will snuggle-buggle him soon, you see, it is time for the happy tears...

Daddy- Josh was in the delivery room, thanks to SKYPE as he is in Bagdad right now. I cannot hold back tears now as I type. I am so thankful that the technology exists so that young wives and husbands can stay connected instantly.

To sweet Josh and Ashley- thank you for bringing a new baby into the world! You both did wonderful and hip hip hurray from New Mexico!!

Glorious News

He is not here, for He is risen, as He said...
Matthew 28:6

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Happy April 1st

Warm, wonderful, weather is here and we have been enjoying outdoor projects! So while we work outside, here are some photos I took recently of the area and the farm!

Amazing cloud pattern over my mountain!

Sometimes 70 West is closed due to testing at the White Sands Missile Range.

Align CenterNot a driveway~ this is the actual road that leads to my house...

Ignore Martha and look at her shadow~ Wool on a stick, anyone?

Problem: Silly goat keeps getting stuck in fence.

Solution: pvc pipe and now becoming the "hip" kids on the block!