"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.
We went to El Paso, Texas yesterday and I thought I would share a bit of the city. The photos are a random compiling and of course by me...El Paso is the safest large city for the third year now. We go to El Paso every month for Bill's appointments as well as seeing First, as he is stationed at Fort Bliss. El Paso is just a hop, skip and jump from the farm.
Although on Elm Street it was not a nightmare.
Bad boys, bad boys, whatcha gonna do when they come for you?
The winner of the Father of the Year Award for the Double Nickel Farm is Derek K.
Derek K. is the father of
Canyon 11, Trenten 7, Asher & Leland 3, and Zachery 18 months.
Derek's wife Jennifer submitted the essay below. She shared Derek's traits and how they lined up with God's Holy Word. Please take the time to read this as God does set a template for men to follow to be the best father's they can be.
A Good Father
submitted by Jennifer K.
A good father knows the Lord, fears the Lord and serves the Lord. The
Lord and his word are the center of his home and the basis upon which he
raises his family
Proverbs 14:26 In the fear of the LORD is strong confidence: and his children shall have a place of refuge.
24:15 And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this
day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that
were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in
whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.
Ephesians 6:4 And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the
nurture and admonition of the Lord.
2 Timothy 3:16-17 All
scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for
doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
That the man of God may be perfect, throughly furnished unto all good
A good father knows that he is teaching his children
in all that he does. He takes his steps cautiously because ultimately
he knows his children will follow his lead.
And these words, which I command thee this day, shall be in thine heart:
And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children, and shalt talk
of them when thou sittest in thine house, and when thou walkest by the
way, and when thou liest down, and when thou risest up. And thou shalt
bind them for a sign upon thine hand, and they shall be as frontlets
between thine eyes. And thou shalt write them upon the posts of thy
house, and on thy gates.
Proverbs 20:7 The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him
Proverbs 22:6 Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
A good father recognizes that his children are a blessing not a curse. He rejoices in their lives.
127:3-5 Lo, children are an heritage of the LORD: and the fruit of the
womb is his reward. As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man; so are
children of the youth. Happy is the man that hath his quiver full of
them: they shall not be ashamed, but they shall speak with the enemies
in the gate.
A good father will value his marriage. He
knows that marriage is not a piece of paper or contract, but a covenant
with the Lord and his wife.
Genesis 2:24 Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one
Matthew 19:6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder
endures to the frigid end. Well that is the story I imagined this morning as I fed the critters. The temperature was 25F so I had to break a thin layer of ice off the water troughs and oh what a chore this morning! In the ram's trough I found a country mouse in the icy water. I am a sorry lot as I did feel for the poor guy for a moment.
If only he was a city mouse. Perhaps he would have thrived in some restaurant basement sampling delightful morsels of the daily fare. Poor country bumpkin! He had to live off of grain, hay, and the droppings of the critters. He had desert cactus to snack upon, as well as any slops that were not discovered by the chickidoodles.
Oh the life and times of a country mouse...may his family move to the city in grief.
I am amazed at how much time has passed since I last posted. I did not plan on taking a blog break but a blog break is what I took. In truth, I have been off the computer a good deal and it has been pretty wonderful.
I am embarrassed to have missed my own date to announce the father of the year contest and will do so in the next post so stay tuned!!
Here are several photos to share what has been going on here on the farm/southern New Mexico.
The great news is that we had to process what this was. We have had so little rain I almost didn't recognize it. Last night I paused and had to process what noise I was hearing. Rain...on the roof!
We had a serious issue on the farm and required some investigative measures to resolve. We would unload the hay and then the next morning would discover a haymess. Fortunately, being married to a former police officer has allowed me to hone in on some deductive skills...and within a few hours I had closed the case of the Haymess on the Double Nickel.
No charges have been filed but a mental note to all those that feed on the farm must secure the gate to the hay. Athena the granddog discovered that one of the hens had been nesting here and was digging through the hay~just in case~another egg was here. I am not sure how much I love this no good, pain in the fanny, hairless, speedy Gonzalez, barking, licking, jumping on the bed-couch, chewing everything in sight pup...but I continue on. She does work hard outside chasing grasshopers, flies, Millie, Samson and the cats! As to the case being closed...hmph desert cases are a tad bit easier than city crimes~and have far less paperwork, so I suppose I will allow myself to work any other cases that come up.
I found this photo and realized I must have accidentally snapped a photo when I was turning off the camera. It works for me as it shares my styling NM slip on shoes and a childhood saying. Cracks and breaking backs...sigh. Since my mom is gone, I suppose if I had stepped on the crack, my back would be in question.
I met up
with these three men at the local supercenter and they had fun reminding
me how I shopped with them when they were small. I made them line up
youngest behind me to the oldest as we shopped. I would assign each
one with a task of grabbing an item needed, but then they would return
to the line. I may have been a drill sergeant of sorts with the
kids~okay I was...but it seems to have afforded conversation for them as
they grow older!
Here is another blast from the past photos with the kids meeting former Utah Governor Mike Leavitt (for the second time).
I thought I would share my stained glass window as the sun began to rise. I decided (temporarily) to make a curtain of a quilt top I picked up at an antique store. I really do enjoy the colors in the morning. That item on the bottom is my exercise machine folded clothes shelf. This is the post where I shared about the quilt tops: A Peek into My Day.
This shelf is in a bathroom to a gas station in the middle of nowhere. For remote out of the way bathrooms, it was one of the cleanest public bathrooms I have seen. I snapped the photo, as I have decided that this is what I am going to make for my bathroom sink/counter. I ponder a good long time on projects but when I find out what I want...I know. Since we will pick up our wood from a local lumberyard and use the discards-the cost of our new counter will be low low cost as a truckload of lumber is $10.00.
A new fast food restaurant opened in our local community. A Carl's Jr. I am not a fan of eating out, but I did dine with my handsome sons the other day. I took a photo of the paper tray liner as WOW, that is a mouth full! My critique of the newly opened Carl's Jr. is thumbs up! There is plenty of parking, the restaurant is very clean, and the staff was very friendly and nice. Twice while we were dining, one of the crew of Carl's Jr. came over to make sure everything was okay. I do appreciate that. ps...I only had a soda so no food review from me. One son had a taco~he said it was delicious and the other two ate something like in the photo and raved about it~so from the guys it was good!
For a even more local dining experience the girls say baa~yum. For me, I say the END.