"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

Thursday, August 4, 2011

County Fair andThoughts

The county fair has been a delight for this farm wife. Each year on the farm has been a learning curve with many tests and a good deal of failures. But a failure is not considered something negative here. No, it is a guide to what not to do next time. Over the year I create items or projects for the home that I either have never made before, or I have tweaked and made work for the home. The county fair allows for me to share my efforts and actually is for me likened to a pat on the back.

I am a 21st century American learning the ways of those of a few generations ago. I often am told by others that they do not have time to craft, or can foods, or sew. I didn't either a few years ago. I have been a full-time housewife all of my marriage, but until a few years ago, filled my time with the going to and fro and not really focusing on my home. I am grateful that I have this opportunity to really appreciate the life I have and the skills I can learn, if only I am willing.

This year for the county fair I am entering items with a theme in mind. My theme is economical. In an economy such as this one my projects afford a life with savings by reducing cost or re-purposing items.

In addition we will be entering a few items we have grown in the garden, as well as some items native to New Mexico and the southwest.

What I like about the county fair is that anyone that goes to the craft areas is exposed to possibility by the items on display. In the economic times we live in, where our government is spending more than we bring in, I believe that learning skills of old are not only sound ideas, but most likely things many will have to do soon, in order to get by.

As I think about the county fair, I think about how many times I have said on this blog that I suggest that people should have a food storage as well as learn skills to help one get through a crises. I urge all readers to truly consider this advice. I urge readers to have food and water set aside as well as preparatory items for not only a national disaster, but potentially and economic crisis that our nation has never seen before.

Jennifer

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

I wonder

I wonder what my blog says about me? I wonder if those that read this blog know what guides me in my life? I am afraid sometimes at what the answer may be.

I pray that my blog directs my readers to Him. I know that often I share of my family and of the farm but through my day to day writings I pray that I point my entirety on Jesus Christ as He is the reason I have hope in my day to day activities.

I worry sometimes as I feel inadequate as a writer of anything, let alone this blog. I worry sometimes that I am inadequate in my faith as I am not the perfect wife, and far from even close to being the perfect mother.

Life is a struggle. It is not always easy nor pleasant. I try to share the reality of my life and I try not to censor the bad as the bad allows me to see the good and the days that are not so bad.

As I wonder these simple thoughts, I want to close with this scripture to any that read this post: I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13~

These words comfort me. In a world that promotes me, myself and I, I am glad that I was courageous enough to realize I did not know God, let alone His Son and moved towards Him to appreciate that I am nothing without Him.

It's That Time of Year Again

The Otero County Fair is this month and I love the Fair!

Baked goods, handcrafted items, repurposed items, canned foods, dried foods, and some garden produce will all it make it to the fair from the farm~

Monday, August 1, 2011

Monday Five

Here are five photos that give a glimpse into my life.
Living so close to the southern border we have two US Border Patrol checkpoints near our home as well as Border Patrol station. If I go into town I pass this station.

We seem to be in Fossil Central. Nearly everywhere we go I find hundreds of fossils. I am a rock hound so this is a good place for me to live.

This cottonwood is in a canyon near my home.



Yes one of our local gas stations is named Howdy's (as seen from the teen vantage point of the backseat of the truck).


And finally we have the mountains within minutes of our home. We drive to the mountains for wood, which is why you see the flatbed trailer alongside our truck as well as for excursions away from the lowlands here at about 4,300 ft elevation. Sometimes we feel the need to climb a bit so off to the mountains we go. Oh and yes in the desert we take plenty of water as water is key in the desert southwest.

That is a simple glimpse into the things I see~

White Sands and Wildfire

We went to White Sands last night for a simple picnic. There were storms coming in and we eventually saw a fire that was caused by a lightning strike, on the mountains east of Alamogordo, New Mexico.

I have written about White Sands before and love going there because the local children have an opportunity to sled which is really not possible in the winter as we have little to no snow. At the White Sands sledding is year round and very fun!

Of course sledding clothing is usually shorts and tee shirts, but otherwise it is almost like sledding in the snow! Well aside from the fact that you aren't cold, and you need to drink lots of fluids so you won't suffer from heat stroke!


I love the sands because I love to doodle...

We brought our small grill although the park has many covered picnic tables with grills.

On the menu:
beef slices marinated with jalapenos, limes and garlic
to make beef wraps in tortillas with tomatoes, lettuce and salsa
fresh veggies
shish kabobs with yellow and scallop squash



The White Sands are so wonderful! Miles of sand dunes to enjoy.


Up on the dune looking down to the truck and Bill

My Fourth up on the dune the above photo is taken from


As evening approached we noted a fire on the mountain. Lightning had been striking to the east of us, and we saw a fairly large wildfire.




This is a photo from the park seeing the fire. The camera is not the best in dark but you can see the glow of the fire in the center.

As we drove to town to pick up one of the teens from an activity we took a few more photos.


To the left of the golden arches sign you can see the fire on the mountain.


Photo credit J Holmes

Dinner and company at The White Sands was lovely. The fire on the mountain is a reminder that in an instant things can change and we must be prepared.