"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

Friday, July 19, 2013

Friday Fotos

Well hotdog! It's Friday Fotos once again!  Time for a bit of randomness from the farm family life!
My view as I walk into one of the gardens. 
Can you see the Zinnia from this post?

I snapped a photo of the puddle as it is something a bit rare
out here.  This is my view-although usually it is not so overcast.

I went to Cloudcroft, NM with these cutie pies!
The Old Apple Barn is a really neat place to stop.

We checked out the views-kind of overcast and rainy but still wonderful.

The girls took some photos and it reminded me of a photo I took 
 
This is the view. On the left you can see the white which is the 
White Sands of New Mexico.

I snapped a photo of this soap holder.  Do you do that?  I take
photos of things I would like to buy or make and then I think about
the item.  If it still seems like an item I would like down the road
I save for it.  This item is something I really like and think
it will go great with the cast iron claw foot tub I salvaged a few years ago.
 

 Afternoon garden grab!

I love fossils and I have tons on the farm.  I love to have fossils here, 
there, and everywhere as they remind me of the Flood and Noah.
 Seems like we should have things around us that keep our thoughts
and focus on what is important.  I guess every now and then we 
should assess what we have gathered around to see where our
mind and thoughts are~don't you think?

Thursday, July 18, 2013

Bold

is not a term I would usually use to describe myself.  I am more of the behind the scenes person.  I really am not one that tries to draw attention to myself.  In the blog world I am who I am in real life.  I take no measure to fine tune or create a character for me.

I am this basic.   Perhaps I am boring as my life is not a leading role but one of a supporting role.  I partner with my husband to maintain a successful marriage.   It is not easy and my job is to work on maintaining the homefront so our marriage can run smoothly.  I work to keep our home clean and neat.   I am the greeting committee upon arrival and the sending off committee upon departure.  I listen about the ways of the workplace, share my thoughts and opinions and then truly let those from the home know that here...in our home~they are important in a world filled with billions.  No matter what the work day brings, here at home, life is about simplicity, love, family, and our Lord.

I am the cook.  This title is an overstatement as at times the cook settles on an easy menu that requires little effort.  The food is not the star of the meal...the family is.   Conversation, laughter, and even comfortable silence among those that accept you exactly as you are reign in our home.

I am a person that has not earned any retirement in a financial sense.  I have worked for 25 years behind the scenes and in the terms of the world I am of little value or worth.  Please do not misunderstand my point here.  I am not seeking monetary rewards for being the wife and mom I have been.  I am thankful that I can do this in spite of the times we live in.  I am appreciative of the husband I have that he and I are united on our roles and supportive in every measure.

I am not quiet amongst my family.   I am quiet elsewhere.   I am not one to attend parties and affairs, but love to have family and friends over to the home.  I am most comfortable in my office which is in the heart of my home-the kitchen.   I type this post on my reclaimed kitchen table!

Many would consider me a bit of a reclusive or shy.   Perhaps this would have been a reality before the Internet.  Here I am bold.

In fact, I hope to be most bold in my faith.  I am one that is covered by the Blood of the Lamb.   I am one that can take my homemaker role to a level that surpasses anything before as I have potentially the world to share my faith.  I can freely give Bibles away to anyone that simply asks for it.   Many times the request is made in spite of my postings as the request is from simply clicking on the sidebar offer.

I can be bold as I am.  You see that is what being a Christian is all about.  Although I would never suggest I am even remotely like Moses, I can appreciate that in spite of his concerns about speaking, his voice was heard~through Aaron.   The blog is my Aaron.  Here I can share Him through my ever so humble life and I can offer His Holy Word.  I believe that  each one of us not only has purpose and worth (as we are made in the image of the Creator), but that we have a manual to follow on how to live.   I can be bold when I talk about my role as wife as He does in His word.  I can talk about how it is NOT suppressive or demeaning to fulfill my design as a woman.  I can share how His Word IS NOT racist and how my family that now is considered White Hispanic (thanks NY Times)...is only seen as this in a world that requires division to create chaos.  In times like these the racial divide is broadcast from our White House to our Main Stream Media.   I am bold when I speak about the womb as it should be a place that provides the passageway to a family.  Instead has become the most dangerous place in America for a black person and has made America a contender for a brutal  exterminating  machine claiming over 50 million of her most precious of citizens.

I am bold when I stand for marriage as God defines it.  If our nation would remove themselves 100% from the first institution of God and require all citizens to have civil unions I would be most content.  If one wishes to grant their money or inheritance to another I will not stand in their way.  Give unto Caesar is a good reminder to me.  I do value giving an inheritance to my children.  I give them my stand in Him and His Truth.  With that they can find eternal peace.   Oh and marriage is like the rainbow.   God owns them and no matter who tries to hijack their meaning it will not change the truth.

I am bold in spite of the world.

Me...wife of  25 years.  Homeschool parent teacher of 19 years.  Mom of 24, 21,20 year old sons and nearly 18 year old daughter.  Me-the person who allowed the gray to finally consume the blond. Me the person that needs a step stool for pretty much everything...is bold when standing firm in Him.

And so can you!

Please leave me a comment here if you would like a Bible sent to you.


The Simple Life

began several years ago for Bill and I.   When we moved to the farm we really had no idea how to be New Mexican farmers.  Truth be told it was more of a personal challenge for us~could we raise/grow foods in the desert?  Whether our methods of frugality in farming are seen as shabby or green is of no concern to us as we are successful in the by gone era of small family farming. 

Below are some photos from one of the gardens we have this year.  For new readers, yes the plants are in a raised tire garden.  Here are some photos from previous seasons here, here and here-with aerial shots of the garden.
I love the flowers brightening the garden.
State Fair Zinnia
 
Mint
I use mint in so many things from flavored drinks
to dental care, to baking, and teas.

The squash are are big hit and I love the sheer volume each plant produces
 

Buttercrunch lettuce is a wonderful addition to a tortilla wrap.
I am a bit of a nibbler when watering the garden and buttercrunch
is a nice place to begin munching.

Red Russian Kale
I love love love kale...

Zucchini
The plant that makes even the novice gardener a green thumb!!
 

Jalapenos
Could a garden in NM lack peppers?
Nope!

Another scallop squash plant
So delish

Cucumbers
In our home cucumbers are a snack 
Cucumber Snack -peel cucumbers slice thin
take 1 or two limes squeeze fresh lime juice over cucumber slices
sprinkle with NM chile powder and salt~serve!


In addition to the above our garden has several herbs, more flowers, peas, tomatoes, melons, sunflowers, and WEEDS.  

I have found that the simple life is far more detailed and laborious than presented before we began...but it is a way of life that allows Bill and I to know what we are eating and to appreciate the efforts it takes to put food on the table.  The gift while gardening in the desert is to understand that the ground is cursed for thy sake (Genesis 3:17) Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee (Genesis 3:18) .  Appreciating this makes the mesquite thorn something to be aware of every step we take while transforming the desert into an oasis. 
The thorns we encounter are tough enough for every girlie shoe I own...

The simple life has brought us closer to our Creator. 


As I close I would like to offer two things-
First if you do not have a Bible and would like one please leave a comment here and we will send you one free of charge.
Second if you would like to share the link to the Bible giveaway on your website, please do so. 

Monday, July 15, 2013

It rained so

hard the other night that the present the dogs left the porch~a dead mouse, was reconstituted!

Keep in mind the farm is in southern New Mexico.
Rain is scarce.
Flash floods are common when it does rain.

Here are some photos of the after the storm. 
We had flooding in the canyon.

The frogs have been out since the flooding and the night is
filled with an eerie croaking

 We do not have ditches along side the roads like many may be used to
so the water spills over the roads pretty fast.

I do love that the sky brightened up as I drove about.

 It has been so humid this year.

I grew up in the Midwest and I am familiar with humidity
but folks~this is New Mexico.


Tuesday, July 9, 2013

Independence Day 2013

What can I say?  I love the Fourth of July!  Here are a few photos from the parade in Alamogordo, New Mexico
Some very special people are in this ladder truck

The mayor and the City Fire Department Chief are in the bucket

I love this young woman's boots!!

Entry # 35 made my heart melt
and how sweet that she walked to the cutie pie and handed her some candy!

The trucks and jeeps all 'climbed' up on the vehicle next to them.
It was the highlight of the parade and I confess I have never seen 
anything like it.


I wish we were closer to this display.
This is one of the best photos I captured

Cute cute cute

Watching and waving

I am so thankful for the volunteer fire departments in the county.
Hats off to the fine men and women that so willingly donate their time



It was so nice to see the number of floats in the parade as well
as the variety of other entry's. 



Monday, July 8, 2013

Almost

25 years ago I met my mother-in-law.   I was in the church changing into my dress to marry my Bill.  The first thing she told me was how beautiful I was and she was hugging me as she said it.  I have had precious little time with my mother-in-law as she lived in California when we married and now lives in Nevada.  But whenever we visit, I repeat something that makes me cry.  I tell her all because of her, I have the life I do.  She gave me my Bill.  Through her I have a man that is the most honorable, noble, loving, caring, compassionate man of men. 

Oh how grateful I am for Silvina.  I love her so.  Over the next few weeks I pray to share more and more about my mother-in-law...but for now, I ask my blogity friends~to pray for Silvina.   She was told she has cancer.  Oh that horrible~nasty~terrible disease-

Pretty much all of us have a story about cancer and how it has woven itself into our fiber.   I ask you~my dear readers to take a moment and pray for Silvina.  She is truly a woman that has been an example to me all of my adult life.

And to Silvina~

Te quiero mucho


In spite of my

lack of blogging, I have lots to say!   How strange it is for me to go quiet, as I have used this blog to be my voice in a world of this, that, and the other.   I have used this forum to share how one can persevere.   I have blogged about how very important my family is.  I cannot believe I haven't been able to put to words my thoughts on what is going on~not only with the farm family, but also with the world.

Stay tuned...