"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

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Serious Post

I haven't really had a serious post in a while. You know the kind~where I dive right in to what is going on in the world and such.  The reason I haven't lately is because~we all know what is going on.  Seriously.  Anyone that is unaware of how things are going in America and elsewhere~well isn't paying attention.

Times are unlike no other.  The debt that our nation is in is incredible.  Actually it is incomprehensible.   The status of family in America/ the world is so diminished.  The news is littered with violence with bored 'teens' playing the knockout game, to those that practice beheading filming a less painful method~where they shoot the head off with some sort of high powered military grade weapon.  Who needs more of this?

On my blog, I have been very direct with how important I feel it is for any and all to prepare.  I believe that times are increasingly bad, but one should also prepare for a crisis that may only impact you~like what happened to Bill and I.

I have shared how I believe that we all need to study and learn skills and reduce this notion that quick and easy is best for us.  Especially when it comes to foods.  I have crossed from a mom who bought all kinds of crap for my family, thinking I was doing good, to a major transformation since we began the farm.  We were awakened to what has been in front of us...processed foods are bad.  Hormone filled critters are bad...organic is good.

I want to reassure any one that visits this blog, that IN SPITE of the times, Bill and I are comforted.   We have peace in the times as our faith gives us hope.  We send Bibles out often.  We give Bibles away locally.  We feel that if one would like to know how to live in a world that we live in...that answers and hope can be found~and if you would like a Bible you can click here, and we will send you one.

With all of that, I share snippets or windows to my world.  It is a place that is peace filled.  It is a place where a husband and wife of 25 years are still in love.  It is a place where the adult children come with their loved ones and we all share meals, have good times, and express our love.  The window to my life is not one of bragging about something~no I would not wish to do that.  Instead, I wish to share in the blog~that the world does not change us.  We are who we are IN SPITE of the world.   I hope this makes sense, now off to a few photos from here and there.
On my table this morning.  My mother-in-law will be having 
visitors in a few days and with them, I am sending some photos.

Sometimes the obvious slips your mind.  
We decided this year that the woodpile would 
be exactly window height.  Now we do not have a 
large amount of wood inside, and only have to
open the window for wood.

The leaves have finally fallen down and the Mulberry Tree
Apartments are exposed to the world.  I love hearing all the 
bird chatter in the summer and hope the birdies fair well this

Thought I would share my rolling pin that I use to make tortillas.
I do have a 'real' rolling pin, but I have used this doll rod for 
nearly 18 years now, and can't imagine using anything else.
Yes, there are dings and dents in it.  Along with being a 
part-time rolling pin, it also is a part-time hammer!

I love trains.  Not sure when this began, but I do.  My favorite
part about the trains is seeing the graffiti.  I am often impressed
by what I see.  Can you see my mountain?

On impulse I thought I would snap a photo of a trip to the library.
Lots to take in.  
First~yes the seat is in close.  No I cannot perfectly reach the gas
pedal unless I tuck my other foot under it. I have done this pretty
much all my life in vehicles made for taller than me people.

Second~no fancy dancy Kleenex boxes for the farm truck.  Yep, that
is a roll of genuine Costco tp!  I believe tp should be in every vehicle
that travels to and fro in the west.  Bathrooms aren't as common as 
tumble weeds~just sayin'

Third~the soda.  Yep.  Sometimes a soda hits the spot.  Nope it is
not healthy.  This one sat in the truck for a bit and then one of the 
daughters-in-law was over and wanted one, and I popped outside
to the truck!

That is pretty much it for today.
Now tomorrow, well hotdog, it is a BIG DAY.

I will share later but woohoo it is going to be GREAT!

Wednesday, December 4, 2013


is something we Americans are pretty good at.  I have shared about the Mystic Mud family a few times here on the blog and need to post again to my readers.

The family is split between the NICU and the home as Finn, their latest child was born many many weeks premature...and mom goes back and forth.

They are not wealthy.

Many of us aren't.

They have already had a good share of hardships.

Many of us have.

But they need a bit of help.

Many of us do.

Perhaps you could help, either by sending cash, a gas card, a gift card, or a card filled with your love and hope for the family.

This is their address.
Dempsey Family
PO Box 35
Crawford TN 38554-0035
As the mom of a baby born 10 weeks premature, I have a bit of an emotional connection.  I have Michele in my prayers often, as well as Finn and the gang.  Please take a moment and swing by and visit her and leave a comment!  Thanks so much.


Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Tuesday Ten

all images courtesy of Facebook.  Thanks Bill for access to your account!
Okay, how many of you laughed?  

Are you hearing the Jaws theme in your head?

Wondering where the closest Uhaul store is? 

Cracking up!?  Level: Alabama~hahahaha

Thinking how cool it would be to do this to the payphone.
Then wondering  if there is still a payphone around!?

Glad technology exists!

Remember this?  I'm still laughing!

Kind of sad...especially from my home state of NM.

You laughed, didn't you?

And of course, last of all...seems legit! 

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Well how about that?

Third is married!!  My photos are some candid shots...to share a sneak into the day!   To answer your question, yes I cried, and teared up, and cried some more!!
Mr. and Mrs. Trey ........

  This is my son Trey and his lovely wife Pat.
I have guarded the names of my children on line for a long time.
Today Trey begins a new journey.   
So my blog friends, for many firsts this year...
sharing a name is one of them.

Trey and Pat dancing for the first time as husband and wife.

The centerpieces for the tables were made by
Pat, Fourth, Pat's mom, First's fiance, and myself.

It was so wonderful to work together as a family
and make or prepare everything for the wedding.
The limousine~

Well how about that?   Bill and I are now the parents of a married son!

I honestly can't stop smiling.

I will share more another time.

By the Way

we're going to the chapel today!!

Updates later!!