"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

Saturday, December 15, 2012

This is not a scary post

although the first photo may make you think so.   Two weeks ago we had Millie spayed.  We had to keep her indoors for several days to ensure proper healing and such.  It was a bit difficult to keep this giant pup inside as her head is over the table and she is almost to the top of the stove.  We knew she was feeling better the third night as I went to the family room and found Millie sitting innocently enough.
Of course this is around 5 am.  I had to take the photo quickly as she
was trying hard to maintain a proud seating stance.
For me the photo is a bit creepy/scary~

anyhow as I opened the curtains I was able to see a bit more of 
why she was so proud.


 I waited a bit for the day so I could capture how the family room looked.

Silly Millie!

The toy formerly known as Buster Bunny!

I need to be fair to Millie, she had an accomplice~Athena(Third's dog)...
Millie isn't as street smart as Athena...and was certain
she was doing a good thing!

Friday, December 14, 2012

Sixteen Years Later

 I snapped a photo in April that inspired this post today.  Here is April's post titled Six Years Later.  Now it is time for Sixteen Years Later
Boys L-R
Second, First, Third
Men L-R
Third, First, Second

*I almost painted the picnic table to match, as well as considered buying NM tee shirts,  but decided similar is fine-which works great as I had the middle two switch in positions in 2012.

Fantastic Friday!

It is a fantastic Friday because I can post photos again on blogger!! Here are several photos that are as random as my normal thoughts!
My four
These are cousins, new siblings(remarriage of parents), siblings,and Papasan the Akita.
Yours truly is second from the right. In case you couldn't tell~
in any given situation to locate me a standard rule of thumb is
look for the short one!

From a previous post What am I?
Boot Hooks!

My shadow goofs on Thanksgiving

photo credit wikipedia

This critter, the Ringtail has been a volunteer fireman of sorts in the department 
Second works for as it has been living in the building for a few weeks.
Hopefully we can get a photo before it is caught and released in the desert.

We have been enjoying Hanukkah on the farm.

I also have been enjoying bean soup as the temps this past week
have been in the high teens in the evenings! Although we live in the desert we do experience the
winter temperatures...brr is all I can say, oh and I am thankful that we have
a woodstove to keep us warm and cozy.

Here is a photo from the files. Bill was teaching a class on the Bible and
K had to be in Bill's arms.  She loved to go through his pocket(which would contain
a treat).

I am thankful that I can post photos once again and am going to play catchup with the photos I have taken.

Friday, December 7, 2012

Happy Hanukkah

Happy Hanukkah 
from our home to yours!

Today in History

Pearl Harbor was attacked.

This is the powerful speech FDR gave to Congress on December 8, 1941. Please take a moment to read this. I read this aloud to Bill and was a bit emotional as I went through it. You can see how we have come to know this as The Date Which Will Live in Infamy speech,but I challenge this title as it is so much more. After reading this and reflecting upon the times we live in, I am profoundly moved by this line: "As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense."

This is the duty I expect-nay, demand of a Commander-in-Chief. If we do not defend our nation every thing else we think is important is for naught. So we as Americans should use this speech as a job description for a future president as well as the sitting president, and demand that they are willing to uphold the requirements of the Commander-in Chief.

December 8, 1941
Yesterday, December 7, 1941 - a date which will live in infamy - the United States of America was suddenly and deliberately attacked by naval and air forces of the Empire of Japan.
The United States was at peace with that nation and, at the solicitation of Japan, was still in conversation with its Government and its Emperor looking toward the maintenance of peace in the Pacific. Indeed, one hour after Japanese air squadrons had commenced bombing in Oahu, the Japanese Ambassador to the United States and his colleague delivered to the Secretary of State a formal reply to a recent American message. While this reply stated that it seemed useless to continue the existing diplomatic negotiations, it contained no threat or hint of war or armed attack.

It will be recorded that the distance of Hawaii from Japan makes it obvious that the attack was deliberately planned many days or even weeks ago. During the intervening time the Japanese Government has deliberately sought to deceive the United States by false statements and expressions of hope for continued peace.

The attack yesterday on the Hawaiian Islands has caused severe damage to American naval and military forces. Very many American lives have been lost. In addition American ships have been reported torpedoed on the high seas between San Francisco and Honolulu.

Yesterday the Japanese Government also launched an attack against Malaya. Last night Japanese forces attacked Hong Kong. Last night Japanese forces attacked Guam. Last night Japanese forces attacked the Philippine Islands. Last night the Japanese attacked Wake Island. This morning the Japanese attacked Midway Island.

Japan has, therefore, undertaken a surprise offensive extending throughout the Pacific area. The facts of yesterday speak for themselves. The people of the United States have already formed their opinions and well understand the implications to the very life and safety of our nation.

As Commander-in-Chief of the Army and Navy, I have directed that all measures be taken for our defense.
Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us. No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again.
Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.

With confidence in our armed forces - with the unbounded determination of our people - we will gain the inevitable triumph - so help us God.

I ask that the Congress declare that since the unprovoked and dastardly attack by Japan on Sunday, December seventh, a state of war has existed between the United States and the Japanese Empire."
Copied from The University of Oklahoma College of Law.

I posted this post December 7, 2011.  I challenge readers to take a moment and actually read FDR's words aloud... I pray we understand as a nation that sometimes bad happens and we must stand.  

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

It began last year

when we made an attempt to understand Hanukkah.   It was quite foreign to us and after an entire Christian walk  thinking that the Jew and the Christian were segmented by a gulf that existed between the Old and New Testament we started seeing things differently.

  Jesus himself mentions Hanukkah* in the New Testament in
 John 10:22 And it was at Jerusalem the feast of the dedication*, and it was winter.

You see the Jewish temple was regained in 165 B.C. and then the Jews re-dedicated it to God.    The reason we are seeing Hanukkah differently is because as Christians we believe that our body is the temple,
 1 Corinthians 6:19 Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  

Hanukkah is a feast that celebrates the re-dedication of the temple. As Christians, knowing our body is the temple, we see the celebration of Hanukkah as a re-dedication of our temple.  We see this feast fulfilled by the coming of Christ as He is also known as the Light, and Hanukkah was called the festival of Lights by Flavius Josephus.  We see a need to re-dedicate ourselves because we live in the times we do, where the world is moving forward at a pace that contradicts God and His Holy Word. We see the symbolism of the re-dedication of the temple by the Jews as a foreshadowing of things to come when our temple, our bodies, have been dedicated to our Lord and Saviour.

We are not Jewish. We are Christians. We will not adhere the the traditions totally, but try to keep it simple and taking each night to focus on another area we can re-dedicate our lives to our Saviour. We are not doing this claiming that all things Jewish relate to us, no, we are celebrating Hanukkah, as the bridge between the Jew and the Christian is Christ, and we are connected because of Him.

*the feast of dedication is also known as Hanukkah

Saturday, December 1, 2012

So What's Happening?

Sorry I have been away from the computer for a bit~here's a brief update:

Farm blurbs

~it is mating season for the sheep, so things are a bit woolly out and about.
~The coyotes are almost insane outside the perimeters of the farm.  We hear the yips and howls and the frenzy nearly every night. We are thankful for the working dogs that patrol each night.  Daytime treats have increased thanks to their diligence in protecting the farm.
~ I have been plotting and planning the spring gardens as well as the green house. I sometimes dream of my gardens so I can tell how much thought I have been applying to this!

For December

We are learning more about the feast of dedication and we will also share Biblical prophecy that was fulfilled by the birth of Christ.

On the blog~well I cannot upload any photos here, blogger tells me in the photo upload section that I have reached my limit of photo storage, but when I click to the link, I see that I have not.  Since blogger is a free hosting site, I am not complaining and have a solution I will soon share.

May your December not be stressful...nor filled with purchases because you feel the need to buy someone a present.  If you would like to give a present to someone we on the blog would like to suggest giving a Bible. You can request one here, or you can go to this website and purchase one yourself.