"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, November 8, 2010

Volunteers

This is Second, who is currently a volunteer for a local fire department. He has been on the department since he turned 17, and now is 18 and taking EMT courses to make him as well rounded as possible. He loves the department and is planning on making a career out of service whether it will be in law enforcement or as a fire fighter or both as our local city has the police department cross trained.

This son carries his radio at all times and no matter what hour of the day responds promptly to join the other volunteers that will head to the call. In the past year he has become so reliable, that when he did not respond to a call, several on the department texted him to make sure he was OK. We were in El Paso picking up his brother on one day, and I smiled to realize that Second has crossed from being a boy to a man awhile ago, and for that I am very proud.

One of his co-workers gave Second a poem which I think is pretty special and although many may have read it I think I will share it here anyhow:

Volunteers are unpaid
not because they are worthless
but because
they are priceless.
~author unknown

Son, thank you for your service, this is what makes America the wonderful place that it is. We need not force people to serve as many willingly do so each and every day all across this great land!

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Planning A Vacation?

Photo Courtesy of Yahoo

Then I recommend traveling to a lovely community in Missouri- Weston. If America of old and quaint, simple times are on your travel plans then you will not go wrong.

Weston has museums where you can learn about Lewis and Clark and how life on a farm was in the 1870's. Is shopping your thing? Well once again, look no further than Weston. Dining? Delicious... Have I mentioned locally produced wine and a pub in an underground brewery? Rest at ease with the accommodations that you and your family will enjoy as Weston has everything!

Are you wondering if I have had the pleasure of visiting this charming community? The truth is that I have not, and am not receiving anything for my review of Weston. I am quite simply an American who is grateful for these folks and how they stood up to the Westboro Baptist Church and their vile protest at military funerals.

Hundreds of residents in Weston, Mo. -- as well as people as far away as California and Australia -- rallied in support of Sgt. First Class C.J. Sadell, who died from injuries suffered during a surprise attack in Afghanistan. (source)

Imagine that- hundreds of residents...and that is from a population of 1,631! I love this community and those that rallied for Sgt. First Class Sadell's family during this emotional time. These people are folks I would be proud to be neighbors of, and most certainly would enjoy a visit in their neck of the woods. C.J Sadell leaves behind a wife and two sons and will be missed dearly, I am certain.

Sometimes a tragedy brings to light awareness of a strength and fortitude that one never really knew existed. With the actions of Weston, MO., each and everyone of us can take back our country, and bring back the values that have been rapidly eroding. America is a nation that has required a price, whether one understands this or not, and we must never, never, never dishonor those who have given all for Her colors to boldly wave.

I for one am absolutely hopeful that soon I can travel to this community and personally thank them, we all can show our gratitude by visiting and generating our vacation dollars locally, as they will not be wasted.

Jennifer
Mom to Bill-stationed in Afghanistan

Saturday Night in the Big City

We went in to the big city last night to watch a play...


The Marquis was lit up and the neon brightly flashing

We were excited as country folk to take part in such excitement!

I clicked a photo of the cast as they came out to bow to the audience

I know that this revealed my country ignorance, but the cast was so wonderful!


We stayed after the play to visit with the famous actors and actresses

Of course I had to take a photo of the empty seats while waiting to go backstage

Can you believe I was allowed to go back stage?

Wow, look at that handsome young actor on the left! Isn't that, wait, it is...

It is Third, with the lead character and director of the play Angel or Ghost Dreams

Third played several parts in this play, to include a gypsy, a student, and a newlywed!



Our night in the big city was wonderful and we had a great time supporting the Arts, especially when that means we are granted an opportunity to see another of our children fulfill his interest and dreams!!

Friday, November 5, 2010

Foto Find


When these two told me about the timer on the camera I never thought about it, until now! I think something that makes technology so fun with my kids is the surprise photos I find. I guess that thanks to the kids I am sharing a portion of the family room.

Possible caption:
Proudly ignoring the teens in the background, Lainy is enjoying the views of the mountains.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

Plan of action...(Photo Update)

of vast importance in my world.

3 yards passion pink fabric
1.5 yards cotton candy pink
2 yards pink netting
1 poodle applique
1 cotton shirt

100% ambition to make Fourth a cutie pie 50's girl for an activity tonight!

Fotos of Fourth

Yes you can frill up the girl, but saddleshoes? They are so~ well not high tops!

Yes... high tops! See the pink? They match!
I have to admit I am most certainly attached to this cutie!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Really?

This wasn't obvious from the program...so thank you Ahhhnold for clearing this up.


November 2, 2010

Writer's Block...
Will the voice of the people ring soundly and be heard?
Will the corruption of years of voting fraud be too deep?


Writer's Block...
My oldest is back in Afghanistan.


Writer's Block...
So enjoy these photos:

Corner of main two streets in Alamogordo. I love this building~ the courtyard feel etc. It has housed many businesses in its long life, the last time I went inside it was a very humble flower shop. The bars on the windows imply that our town is violent or crime ridden, which is far from the truth, as this town has small town feel in a mid size community.

Everyone loves Thanksgiving, right?

Fourth and her bestest friend Mary...Fourth is on the left!