"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

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

House of Belonging

A house of belonging should be open and warm.

A house of belonging allows for uniqueness even in gardening.



A house of belonging is not afraid of the turkeys, and does not let them get anyone "down!"

A house of belonging sees treasures even in cast off wood.

A house of belonging is a conservator in nature and coops can be built from recycled campaign signs.

A house of belonging appreciates the beauty that nature provides.

A house of belonging takes every opportunity to study other cultures.

A house of belonging sees potential in everything. The mighty spoon becomes a door handle to a green house.


A house of belonging introduces the study of science and nature in hands on methods.

A house of belonging surprises each member with breads made from even rootbeer.

A house of belonging appreciates the region it is in and utilizes the uniqueness it offers...in interesting ways.

A house of belonging understands where the hub truly is...

A house of belonging need not have the Sistine Chapel...and paints the floors instead.

A house of belonging loves playing games...Duck, Duck Duck...

A house of belonging can create its own pizza, with homemade sauce, homemade cheese and home grown spinach...yes this house of belonging resides on Double Nickel Farm(NM)

A house of belonging waste nothing, as pinto bean bread uses the residual juice from making pinto beans(as well as some of the beans).

A house of belonging need not travel to Africa to take a safari. Just take a drive to Las Cruces to see an Oryx.

A house of belonging never overlooks that God gives simple joy to us if we just open our eyes...note the heart on dear Obed's side.

A house of belonging can even make soap delightful.
A house of belonging recognizes things such as "Ireland I am coming home," every time the members look to their mountains, the Sacramento's.

A house of belonging welcomes the abundance provided when pumpkin seeds are tossed to the goats, and the flooding permitted 41 pumpkins to grow for the family!

A house of belonging welcomes the change of season and harvest the less ripe items to can, thanks to grandma's cookbook!

A house of belonging understands the climate and can create a garden uses methods proven yet not mainstream aesthetically.

A house of belonging accepts that the expected is never the reality. Look up and sometimes you get a more clear picture!

A house of belonging takes brown bananas and makes banana butter...you know when life gives you lemons...



A house of belonging creates income by making its own dish scrubbies.

A house of belonging has ample space to create any needed items.


A house of belonging runs smoothly if part of the grocer's list is generated everyday;)

A house of belonging understands that nutritionally a homemade loaf of bread is made of six ingredients while store bought contains over 40 ingredients.

A house of belonging saves even the scraps of fabric to piece together.

A house of belonging takes the pieced scraps and creates a bath rug.

A house of belonging makes breakfast breads.

A house of belonging makes bagels, oatbread, dinner rolls, and sourdough as homemade is best, and the most amazing room freshner ever!

A house of belonging is one that has its dents and dings, yet everyone still hangs out together.

A house of belonging is unique( keep an eye on this later on)

A house of belonging cherishes time with family in simple measures.

A house of belonging takes the time to refresh...with elegantly easy freezie drinks.

A house of belonging raises the bar for its members and does everything it can to support each member.

A house of belonging utilizes everything to include space to enhance everyone.

A house of belonging allows for surprises such as pumpkins growing in the mesquite!

A house of belonging introduces American folk art even in the mudroom(Norman Rockwell print)

A house of belonging should make everyone in that house feel as though they belong. In this photo is my kitchen table with the state(country) that every person was born in, also has two scriptures running down the center~Matthew 4:4, Galatians 5:22-23

A house of belonging should be one where even simple macaroni and hotdogs makes a lovely meal.

A house of belonging should be one where friends can visit and play!
A house of belonging is one where an old tv center can transform into a linen closet with decoupage skills! A house of belonging uses trash to create treasure, such as old suitcases that now house out of season clothing, neatly and creatively stored.

A house of belonging transforms even the simple cupboards into creative arenas with cookbooks lining the doors.

A house of belonging has real thorns as to remind one that with the good comes bad.

A house of belonging has simple life neatly arranged.
A house of belonging has the proper attire at its fingertips: shirtjacks for winter on the farm.

A house of belonging has lovely items that at a moment's notice can be filled for an afternoon picnic.

A house of belonging has meals ready when needed.

A house of belonging is not afraid of the old ways, in fact many times prefers them.

A house of belonging is unashamed of those that came before them.

A house of belonging is unafraid of using elbow grease for its members.

A house of belonging is unique to the times, to the location and to the budget.

A house of belonging enjoys handiwork!

A house of belonging brings the past with it as with this mirror that belonged to a father.

A house of belonging understands that fossils represent catastrophe and a promise.

A house of belonging knows its theme!

A house of belonging allows for sharing at the local Fair and even receiving ribbons for craftiness.

A house of belonging is ready for the next harvest that will feed the family.

A house of belonging is never finished, never complete, but a place that constantly adapts to those who live therein.

While preparing to move to the farm(and locating the ideal home) we lived in a rental-which is why you see a different kitchens! I was putting together some posts and this photo post just came to me, I hope that you enjoyed the House of Belonging!
Jennifer

Monday, May 3, 2010

Well I'll Be

It has been so exciting on the farm these past few days!

Thursday the hen that had hatched six Canardly's hatched a Black Spanish turkey for us! She has a few more eggs that she is setting on, so I do not know what else may arrive- as the kids put a few duck eggs, turkey eggs, and a goose egg under her.

We also have six other broody hens. 2 Turkeys are setting on several eggs(of chick, goose, duck, and turkey) and four hens are broody too. We gathered eggs from everywhere and put them under these broody mama's as we wish for our farm to be as self sustainable as possible. On Saturday we discovered a goose cracking through in one of the nest, and brought him(or her) inside to finish hatching.

Here is what an American Buff~ African goose create!


Oh and unlike chicks and turkeys, this little one seems to *need* another. We have all taken time to *talk* to him, and thanks to Mrs. Rabbit, he has a surrogate mama!

At this point we have about a dozen or so more goose eggs under broody hens so I am not sure what will hatch or not, but little surprises like this make all the difference in attitude and excitement on the farm.