"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

Monday, May 31, 2010

I Will Never Forget

Memorial Day will always be very personal for me. I hate that I know what it means to pay the ultimate price, it never is easy no matter how much time passes. Yet, I understand and I love this nation so much.
Captain David P. Gibson...thank you.
I have loved you all my life and missed you just as long,
Love your daughter,

Saturday, May 29, 2010

A Daughter's First Dance

Our homeschool group is having an end of year semi formal dance tonight. For my daughter it is her first dance. My daughter is a sweetie pie for sure. You see the other morning, Bill came in from his truck(he was heading to work), and he had tears in his eyes...I was concerned but he said "look what I found," holding up an envelope.

"What is is?" I asked. He said it is a note from our daughter and this is what it said:

Dear Mr. William(last name),

I request your companionship for the dance to be held on the evening of the twenty-ninth of May from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm.

Yours Truly,


Now to be honest I choked up too. This moment the teen girl could be the teen and go with a young man or a gaggle of girls, but she chose to share this special dance with her dad. I am sure she will have many more dances but this one is special and she decided to really make it a memory for all of us. Daddy has been Dad for several years now, but she realizes that she will always be Daddy's little girl.

Bill and Fourth

Monday, May 10, 2010

Awesome New Mexico Deer

Anyone who has read my blog for a while knows how much I love wildlife, conservation, rockhounding, etc. I go overboard often, when I see an animal in its natural environment...

This weekend my family took me to Three Rivers Petroglyph site for Mother's Day. It is a few miles down the road from my house and it is an incredible place to go. Before we went we made a stop at the local supermarket for ice and a few supplies. That is where I saw a New Mexico deer. It is unlike any deer I have ever seen before, and after careful research have come to the conclusion that it must be a mix of some southern United States species.

I made Bill circle around so we could take a photo in its native New Mexico habitat.

View #1...lower your voices kids, we don't want to frighten it off.

View #2 Woohoo, it looks like an eight pointer!!
View #3
Yes the backdrop of the Sacramento's with our very own NM Deer was well worth the slow crawl drive and the constant shushing of the kids, to capture this fabulous shot. In case you are wondering, our neck of the woods is booming, and although the economy is struggling...in southern NM things aren't so bad. Perhaps it is a bit of attitude mixed in~dontcha think?!

*I will have an upcoming post of the Three Rivers Petroglyph site, as it was incredible~ have a wonderful week!

Sunday, May 9, 2010

Mother's Day

This is a repost of my Mother's Day message...I wrote this a few years ago on one of my other blogs! I pray everyone had a lovely Mother's Day~

Happy Mother's Day

While driving on our vacation, I was thinking about Sunday, Mother's Day. I have written about my mom and my mother-in-law, but for this post I am writing about me.

No, I am not vain. I am just going to tell you why I am writing about me. When I was a little girl, I was a tom- boy and a girly- girl. I had baby dolls, that I played 'school' with, but I also played and participated in every kind of sport. I love to play(especially baseball). But in the seventies and eighties, girls were being taught a whole new message. We were taught that for some reason home life is petty, and a stay home wife and mother was a sad career choice. So I began to suppress my thoughts of becoming a mom. I always have wanted to be a stay home mom(and wife). But by about the 4th grade I understood that I now should want 'more".

I never wanted more, and pretended well, working, going to college and being the New American Woman. Talk about being untrue to myself.

Then I got this crazy idea that I could be even more in California. I cashed out my bank accounts and loaded up my car and headed west. Along the way I stopped in Nevada, fell in love and married. More became the actual dream...I became a wife, then a year later I was given the role that has changed my life. In June of 1989, I became a mother for the first time. That was the role I was designed for! I am so thankful that I never let go of my inside dream!
I became a who I am thanks to my sweet, charming, husband. Mother's Day for me is a day that I cook for my sweet family. A day I get to personally thank them for being my children and thank my husband for having believed in me enough to trust me to have children. They are a lifetime commitment, and truly have their own little minds!

But I am so grateful that I embraced being a woman. Being a wife and mother is truly a gift from God. There is nothing shameful in staying home and taking care of the family. In fact it is a comfort to be able to have this opportunity. So when you reflect on tomorrow, and the significance of Mother's Day, thank God for the opportunity. Thank your spouse and love your babies no matter how old they are. Most importantly be a gracious mom. Expect the gift of a smile, not a diamond. Expect the gift of a hug when they rest of the day is falling around you.
So to all my readers thank you all for visiting, and for Mother's Day share the warmth, hugs, and love. Thank your mom for being who she is, and thank your spouse for either helping you in your role of being a mother, or giving you an opportunity to be one.

Jennifer Mom

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Please Remember

It's Pot Holder Season!

Here in New Mexico we have different seasons than the rest of the country. When I was a girl in Ohio, we had spring, summer, winter and fall~ in New Mexico we have Tarantula Migration Season, Monsoon Season, Woodstove at Night Season and Pot Holder season.

Pot Holder Season is wonderful and requires seasonal gear much like those familiar with winter requiring scarves, hats and boots.
Let's see if I can explain the season to foreigners(not of the scorching southwest): temperatures in Pot Holder Season stay above 95 or so and often over 100 for days, weeks and months on end...and enclosed spaces-such as vehicles, become mini ovens. To handle the steering wheel and to shift gears one needs Pot Holders as gloves are too hot. Even running the air conditioner does not cool the wheel fast enough!

When you see pot holders in a car, now you understand...