"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, January 8, 2016

This~that and living in New Mexico

 This image took me back  20 plus years
to a time when the goof troop were small.


That was what our mountains looked like
the other day.  No snow on the farm though.
 

Living in New Mexico has a host of 
explaining to do when speaking to someone from
one of the other 49.
 

I have had a conversation exactly like this one, 
all because I live in New Mexico.
 

Love my husband in his role of Papa. 
(This photo is added for my enjoyment!)

I made this pattern on the cooling rack
with the bread.  I used a pie pan to 
bake them and really liked how they
looked a bit like kidney beans!
 
Someone posted this on their face*book wall.
I am going to borrow a few ideas from this image.
That is the plan!

This was also shared on face*book.  I am going to 
have my handy dandy carpenter make a counter
like this for the bathrooms.
 

 
Living in New Mexico :)

Living in New Mexico is 
the most amazing of place in spite of some 
confusion.  

Wednesday, January 6, 2016

While waiting

a few weeks ago in the middle of road construction,  I snapped a photo of the sign guy.  He was busy not making any eye contact, which seriously, out in the middle of nowhere becomes very obvious.   He was on his phone the entire ten minutes and I was wondering how much longer it would be then far off I saw the lead truck, that was bringing the southbound traffic our way.  It was very strange as the lead truck was going VERY fast.

As it got closer I mentioned it to Bill, who said it probably wasn't anything but boredom, as the lead truck only had three vehicles behind him, and there was only one vehicle behind us(after ten minutes).

Then the lead truck pulled over very quickly right behind the sign guy and out jumped the driver, and without much modesty (aside from his slightly turning away) he went to the bathroom.

Yep.  He really had to go.  Oh and there were NO reststops, towns, or even porta-potties out here for these road crew workers~so I did what one should do in a situation like this, I turned my eyes and chuckled. 

Monday, January 4, 2016

Eleven Years Ago

Bill had his accident.
Instead of writing about the accident, I thought I would write about how life has been since January 1, 2005.

We moved.  It was a very hard thing to do, but we needed to move for opportunity as we lived in a very remote small community where there were few and far between jobs.  We knew at some point Bill would begin a new career path and we wanted to be in a place where that was possible.

We went through tremendous financial struggles.  We bought a very run down place in the middle of a gazillion mesquite thorny bushes and began to scratch out a future.  I would buy the waste food box from the grocery.  At first I would say it was for the animals, but at times, I would salvage foods that were still okay for stews etc, and use them for us.  We worked on a small ranch to earn animals at the end of our job mucking out pens.  It was crappy...just having a bit of fun now~sorry it is helpful to laugh when life is hard.  I thrifted for everything, whether it was clothes, furniture, or everything else.  I learned about the desert and what was edible and what was not.  I learned water preservation, food preservation, and to be honest~preservation of us. 

We sought out meaning.  We found Truth.  We found the Creator and what life was truly to be about.  We earnestly began studying His word as if life depended up it. 

We raised pre-teens and teens to adulthood.  Anyone that has teens or has raised teens, understands that this too is a tremendous experience that one must definitely find humor in.   Through everything, we homeschooled.  One served in the military and was sent to Afghanistan, and then became a law enforcement officer.  One chose the other side of law enforcement and is working in court system. One was a volunteer fireman from the age of 17 then became a fireman.  One began working in the ER and has discovered  a career.  All live within 15 miles of Bill and I.  Two are married and these two sons have their own sons now.  One has a special love and the baby, well she is figuring out exactly who she is. 

We raised a zoo of animals.  We learned everything we could about doing this low-cost, no-cost.  We have had over 100 critters at one time on the farm.  Now the critter population is down to 9.  We are changing gears a bit and thinking of getting a few horses.  Life does change over time.  I am requesting miniature ponies out of fairness for me they will be ponies and average for my height!  Bill has always wanted a horse and so this is the year.

We are empty nesters.  What a funny term.  I will tell you what this really should be called~date night every nighters.  Yep. It is dating, romance, sweetness, and silly goofiness all over again.  What was seen as a negative from many we knew early on, has actually turned out to be pretty neat now.  We had our first baby just before our first anniversary so life has always been about family and not just the two of us.  Now I understand.  It is about us now.  I love each step of the journey we have been on, and especially this new phase we are in.

We have come to realize that we can make and do anything.  If we did not have money for something we pondered, researched, and learned how to make it, or make do.  This has brought out my creative edge and I am and have been busy more for relaxation creating than the beginning which was for necessity.  The woodworking skills that transformed our windows is nothing less than impressive...all because we could not run down to buy or have another put in prefab frames.  Pioneer life isn't over if one stops and reflects upon how it can be made instead of looking for a ready made solution. It allows for uniqueness in a time where being different is not a good thing.  For us...being different is awesome!

My mom died.

It's strange because I was going through thinking about how far we have come because we chose not to be defeated when times got tough. We chose to not give in when the world turned upside down, then I paused, and wrote those three words...my mom died.  That was a hard year.  My son was in Afghanistan and my mom was dying.  I was torn and traveled across the country in the blizzard of 2011 and spent the last several weeks with my mother before she died.  My son arrived home from Afghanistan two days later and I drove from Indiana to NY to see him.  It was ever so emotional.  I went from grief to joy and didn't really allow myself to grieve for a long while later.  It was and has been a strange period of time in my life.  I have always known that loved ones die as my dad died before I was born.  I never thought that life was easy or that hardships don't happen because of my father being killed in Vietnam, but I was not ready for mom to die.  I confess I wish she was here to see my grandbabies. I wish she was here to met the daughters-in-law, and I really wish she was able to get to know my children as adults, as I know she would love seeing who they have become.

With that I will close my mini review of the past 11 years.  It is not all inclusive and certainly leaves out even incredibly important things.  It is only a  post looking back to allow for a continued forward pressing motion.

Happy 2016!

Thursday, December 31, 2015

2015ish in Review



It's that time of year again. A time to look back over the year and reminiscence about events that happened.  I have captured a few photos from over the years-that came from the month listed to share the year.


January
Bill and Fourth looking well hat-tacular! 

February
Love notes-quite typical for the farmer and his wife.

March

Yep.  March...
April



 
And April...

May
 June
Best b-day cake ever!

July
Exact location of the Double Nickel. 

August 


Marriage

27 years and counting
September


Character is from the inside.

October
 
I have no words...but the snake count this year was 
ughhhhhhh!
November 
 
 8 of the 9 in the ever expanding goof troop!


December
Fashion is still very important to me.





Now I must confess that 2015 was an incredible year.  It was like 1988, 1989, 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, and 2014... all because these years passed by with my best friend, my handsome goof, the father of my children, and my love Bill~
but 2015 did drastically change how I see life~


All because of two grandsons.






Life is different and I am not sure if I can put it in words what I mean.
In a corny way, I feel as though my parents live on through the grandsons.  I feel
as though my dad lives on even though he never even saw me as a baby.  For me, I
am overwhelmed with an emotion I cannot describe.  I will close with this, I am thankful for
2015 because Bill and I are sharing a new stage of our lives.  I am a happy Gigi(my grandma name-combing maiden name and married name initials- GG) and love the life I have thus far
lived.

May 2016 be a year where we walk in the ways our Creator wants us to and love like our
life may end in a moment.  May 2016 be a year where we grant forgiveness as much as when we accept compliments.   May 2016 be a year of awakening and of awareness of the Hope that Our Saviour has granted.

Happy 2016 to all!


Saturday, December 26, 2015

December 26, 2015

Writing on this blog has been sparse.  I confess I will write a post then save it to drafts~not sure why I don't publish.  This post is for someone that visited me the other day and we made salsa.  This person made note of my lack of blogging and made me aware of how important it is to jot things down here.

Okey doke-I will do an update post~

*Grandbaby #1 is now sitting up on his own and saying many words momma and dadda are clear and he seems to know that they are for momma and dadda.  Second, his wife and grand #1 went to Texas for a week. 

* Grandbaby#2 is now smiling and gibber-jabbering too. He is so very happy and has blue eyes!  His momma and daddy came to the house yesterday for time with Bill as it was his birthday!

*Fourth is doing fantastic and was promoted in her job.  She went to El Paso with Bill and I Wednesday and we had a great time!  She came to the house yesterday as well.  We also went to movies the other day and she and I had a gamenight. It is crazy how much fun I have with her!

*First is also doing wonderful. He and his sweetie came out on the 24th to drop off a gift for Bill's birthday. It was lovely to see how thoughtful they both are.  First made Chicken mole' and rice, and his sweetie put together two music CD's.  First also came over yesterday and we played UNO. 

Bill is working at the same place but in an additional capacity and that is interesting for him.  We are still slowly working on the house and finally he is my age once again (Yesterday) and for six months I am free of hearing that I am the old one! Then for six months I hear I robbed the cradle and the likes.  He does like to milk that I am six months older a good deal!

I am still me.  I love my kids and their families so much.  I am amazed at how thankful that I am that they are all here in the area and that I see them often.  I love that my kids seem to enjoy each others company as well, even if we are all lawyers when we get together.  I love that they all hug me and love me.  I love that they love Bill too.

I am typing this praying that the snowstorm expected isn't as bad as anticipated as loved ones are traveling today and I pray for their safe travels.  To my blogity friends, forgive my delay in blogging this year, next year I am returning full force to this blog! 
Hugs xxoxoo
Jennifer

Monday, November 30, 2015

Generations

Bill and First went to Las Vegas to bring back his dad for two weeks. One week his dad spent in El Paso with his Tia, and this week Bill's dad is spending  with us.  I grabbed the camera and took some photos of the generations as it is something pretty neat!
First and Abuelito
 

Abuelito, Fourth, Papa (Bill), and the newest grandbaby for Bill and
I and the newest great grandbaby for Abuelito. 
 
Four generations. 
 (Bill's dad, Third, Third's son, Bill)
Four generations.
(Bill's dad, Bill, Second's son, Second)