"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, January 31, 2013

Button Bouquet

Here is an easy project that I had been thinking about making for a while and finally decided to make it. 

The hay we buy sometimes comes wrapped in wire, other times in plastic type rope.  I am one that likes to find purpose for pretty much everything. With the wire, I have done several things inside and Bill has used it on the farm here and there.

For this project I just bent the wire into shapes and adorned with buttons has become a button bouquet centerpiece.  As a salvage/thrifty person~I shall share that many of the buttons are from clothing that has gone on to become rags, quilts, potholders, and more. 

The jar vase is an apple shaped jar that apple juice came in.  I liked the shape and held onto the jar-for a someday role.

Let me know if you make a button bouquet for your home!

Now here is a sneak peek at my other project that is of the plastic rope...
I am making rugs to have on the porches to wipe our boots with. 
It is a pretty durable plastic and I have an abundance of it so 
all I need to do is sit down and sew it!  I hope to finish at least four 
of these by the end of the year. 

I Can

do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Philippians 4:13  This scripture is a favorite of mine.  I believe my strength, my pollyanna attitude, and my joy in life comes from knowing that I can do ALL things because of and through Jesus Christ.

Today I thought I would share a poster I saved from online.  I do now know who made it but if I find out I will give credit where credit is due. 
I smiled when I saw this poster.   I like this.
My Bibles are in sorry shape.  
I try hard to keep them nice but I cart them everywhere and
open them all the time.  

Sometimes I write in them.  
I have a Tim LaHaye Bible for the prophecy information*,
although I am not behind him in the series he wrote.
The second one from the top is a thrift store Bible.
I picked it up because it is encased in a hard cover 
with a zipper!

I use sticky notes to help me in my current studies.
and I added the tabs for the books so it would be
easier to find in the Prophecy Bible as the pages are
so fine. 
This is from my duct taped Bible.  This photo is when my oldest was
15 meaning...I put it in this Bible 9 years ago.  Before the duct tape
I sometimes felt a tad embarrassed as my Bible would come apart
during Bible study etc.

I make notes with whatever I have on hand at the moment.  I use pens
colored pencils, pencils, and even crayons.  The Bible is to be used
daily and the word Bible is a neat little acronym too...

With instructions on how to live, how to act, how to serve God...
I think it would be very important that more people cracked open
its pages.
At first I was uncomfortable with my markings and wear and tear on the 
Bibles.  I mean it is His Holy Word...and I did not want to be irreverent.

Then I realized that each time I read the Word I discover something new.  
I find the Word is relevant to my day today in 2013 as it was in 1995 or 2001.
I mark the passages or write my thoughts as how it impacted me in that moment.

Over the years I have been amazed at how the verses have been useful
in so many different situations.
I am thankful that I live in a nation that allows me to openly profess my

Another poster I saw online was of this simple question:

If you were charged with being a Christian, would there be enough
evidence to convict you?

I pray that I would be found guilty. 

I do not share my Bibles to be smug and prove I am having a perfect
life because I read them.  I share my Bibles to show that my life is filled with
so many things, that  I need to find Comfort in the day.  I need know 
that I was created with Purpose.  I am an imperfect person that has
a pretty wonderful life in spite of the world and what man does here.

I pray that this makes sense.  
I am most certainly nothing without My Saviour.
And I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

If you would like a Bible so you can have instructions in life before
you leave earth...we would like to give you a Bible.  Please leave a comment here on this page...

*The Prophecy Bible links what percentage of the Bible is prophecy but it is a King James Bible and is not written by Tim LaHaye.  I like it because I can go through each Bible and find the prophetic verses with ease.

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Should I be concerned?

Each morning my left arm feels weighed down and numb.   It usually begins around 5 am and until I get out of bed my arm is heavy.  Some mornings in addition to the heaviness, I feel moisture on my wrist, palm, and elbow. 

Bill gets up around 4:30 am so he is never there for my heaviness.  I do call for him to rescue me, to help me work through the feelings of numbness I feel.

He answers each morning the same way...

"Athena, get off the bed, you are on her arm...and stop licking her hand!"
Introducing the heaviness I feel...she climbs up after Bill gets
out of bed and curls up in my arm...little stinker!

Tuesday, January 29, 2013


I have been busy for the past few weeks beginning to seriously plan my 25th wedding anniversary.  I am a pretty sentimental goof and didn't realize how much I am looking forward to sharing this milestone with Bill.    As I plan I thought I would share a few things:

* The farm has been home the longest for us.  Thanks to an early military career during the Clinton draw down years we moved a good deal.  

* Bill and I still hold hands anywhere we go...I think it is to make sure the other won't run away~ :)

*At the time of our anniversary, all of our sons will be either the age Bill was or older than he was when we married.

* We didn't have a set honeymoon plan but ended up driving around southern California. 

* No alcohol was served at our reception...we will continue this for our 25th.

* Before my mom met Bill, I bought a pair of Levi's for him...so I could show her how tall he was.  Bill's Levi's from resting with the hem on the floor come just above my shoulder blade. 

* The first time I met Bill's mom, I was changing into my dress in the church.  She was so lovely telling me sweet, kind, special things...I will never forget how wonderful she made me feel.

* There wasn't any dancing at our reception either.  To be honest, the people in the area reminded me of the Kevin Bacon film Footloose...but~there will be dancing for our 25th.  Most certainly...as tall and short dance well together!

* We have lived in 6 states and 2 countries. 

*Every single member of the family was born in a different place. 

* In 1993 our rings were stolen...  At first, we thought about replacing them.  But we decided pretty soon afterwards that the ring is not what binds us together, and haven't seriously considered replacing them since.

* The guest list isn't completed yet, but four amazing people that missed seeing our vows will be on the top of the list...

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Wedding Double Nickel Farm Style

Remember this post, where I shared that K loves Bill and I and calls us Papa and Gramma?  Well on Thursday K's momma told us she would like to get married on Saturday.  She and her husband  were engaged before Thanksgiving and planned to marry in February.  But the groom was hired for a job in Oklahoma that begins on Monday...so they wanted to marry before he left.  Bill and I quickly put together a wedding/reception for this family.  Since we are in the southwest-this wedding was boots, jeans, cowboy hats, and even a saddle.  Bill performed the wedding, Second gave the bride away,  Third took care of the children with his friend, and Fourth took the official photos.  I also took many photos...please join us on the farm on this wonderful day!
Don't look brother~ they're kissin'

Love the laughter

Oh happy Day!!

First dance as a married couple...I confess Bill and I danced off to the side
it took me back.  This farm wife shed a good deal of happy tears today!

Fourth did an amazing job setting up the photos.

Cowboy Kiss

Sharing the wedding cake!

Setting up for the wedding.  I made almost everything.

Second giving the bride away.

The sweet couple

Beginning the ceremony.  They were married in a lovely outdoor
wedding.  It was a bit windy and chilly~but very nice.

Why yes, that is a saddle in the dining room!

You may kiss the bride!

K was so adorable~she ran up and said "thumbs up momma!"

The announcement

The bride's bouquet, K's bouquet, and the groom's boutineer.

The wedding party
l-r Fourth, Third, baby A, Third's friend, K, Second

Saying their vows
could be a touch chilly!!

The dining room looking into the woodstove room, where a second table
was set up.

And I will close with my Fourth, she was amazing.  

Praying for this young family as they are beginning a new life together.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Project 3...1/8 of the way finished!

Here is project 3.
I wanted a set of towels I could use when I make bread  not be used for anything else.  Since I have remnant fabric and some time I began this project.  My goal is to make a total of 8 bread towels.  

Seems like in even everyday things we can surround ourselves with what we are seeking...
But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.  Matthew 6:33
By selecting verses about bread in the Bible I wanted to share from John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.

So if you or anyone you know would like your daily bread (Jesus Christ the Messiah), we would love to send you a Bible free of charge.   Leave a message in the comments with your information for mailing or click here.  Your information will not be published.

Monday, January 21, 2013

Hitler? Pol Pot? Stalin? America?

Redirecting the focus is an effective way to mislead the people.

Take abortion-the debate is not about the baby to be born, but instead the debate was redirected.  Now the debate is totally about a woman's right to choose what happens to her body and little, if any attention is given to the baby.  Effective?  Absolutely!  I wonder in the annals of history,  will the stance America has taken on abortion  outshine anything else she ever accomplished?  Let me explain why using a few of the 20th century's most brutal regimes and the total number of dead they left in their quake.

Pol Pot-Cambodia             1.7 to 2.5 million
Hitler-Germany               10 -12 million
Stalin-USSR                6 million
Kim II Sung-North Korea       1.7 million
Mao Ze Dong-China and Tibet  49-78 million

Totals:              68.4 million -100.2  million (diverse countries, over a period of 72 years)(source)

American Abortion since 1973 approximately 54 million.
3,222 babies a day
1,212,530 babies a year and if we carry this out to 72 years America will abort 87,298,160 babies.

Did you note that this number is on the high end of the estimate for those that the world considered brutal regimes?

Yet, we in America consider ourselves to be the beacon in the world.  We proudly stand with the Emma Lazarus's poem that is graven on the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty and most know this part

 "Give me your tired, your poor,
Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,
The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.
Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,
I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" 

 And yet, our nation cannot see the huddled masses of babes yearning to breathe free?  We ignore the wretched refuse(the aborted fetuses) and instead do not lift the lamp for our weakest, yet those with the most potential?   Kind of ironic that the Statue of Liberty is an emblem of of true rights for a woman yet this woman that stands to proudly on our shore is overshadowed by the rights granted to women in America that extinguish the very right to life of the inhabitant of her womb.

This is very sad considering that the contents of the womb when born on US soil (or Territory, or of American parents abroad) becomes an American citizen at birth.  Too bad  we pretend to suggest that this American only began life at birth and have allowed this to be amended to our Constitution