"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

Monday, March 28, 2016

About the Past Several Days: Part 3~

The grandchildren and great grandchildren with Bill's mom.
I really love this photo.
Yep. That's all that needs to be said!

About the Past Several Days: Part 2~

Bill's mom, brother and sister-in-law visited Sunday.  Everyone came out to the farm to have a late breakfast and visit. It was WoNdErFuL!!
In the photo from left to right on the couch~First's sweetie pie, Third's Wife, Fourth holding grandson #2, Bill holding grandson #1, Bill's mom, Bill's sister-in-law, Bill's brother.  On the floor, left to right~First, Third, Second, and Second's wife. (Four Generations!)

Three generations
Bill, Fourth, Bill's mom.

 Four generations
Bill, Third, Bill's mom holding grandson#2, Third's wife.
 
 Four Generations
Bill, Second, Bill's mom holding grandson#1, Second's wife.
 
Three Generations
Bill, First, Bill's mom, First's sweetie pie.
 
The day was lovely and we all had a great time which much laughter, passing around the babies and visiting. I enjoyed so much that Bill's mom was able to see the grandsons. It makes me happy that both of Bill's parents have met the grandsons. Seeing Bill's mom hold the babies made my heart burst and I am so thankful that they were able to visit.
 
I could write many posts about this single day.  In so many ways I can smile and look upon the day and have pleasant memories.  Everyone pitched in on the cooking of the meal.  Everyone throughout the visit spent time chatting with each other. 
I loved seeing the two highchairs side by side.
I love how happy the babies are.  They have excellent
momma's and daddy's.
I really loved that when I looked at grand #1 he was getting
sleepy and then I turned to grand #2
and he was getting sleepy as well.
Oh how I love these grands!!
They are both snuggle buggles and make my life
ever so bright.

To my sweet Mother-in-law,
I am so thankful that of all the people in the world, that YOU, are 
the mother of my husband. You can look back upon how you raised him, 
and see today that your efforts helped make Bill the man he is today.
I love you so much and be comforted knowing that you have left 
precious memories that I will carry with me all of my life. Years
and years from now I will share to my great-grandchildren about the woman
you are and how your strength, love, joy, and kindness impacted me to be a 
better person.  You taught me how to cook without measurements and with 
such ease that I thought you were magical.  You were so in touch~knowing
when I was pregnant even before we shared with anyone, or in the case
of Fourth, before we knew ourselves.  Although we have lived far from 
you much of our marriage, my heart thinks of you often and you are in my
prayers.  I hope that I live each day in a way that reflects the way that you 
are because you are and have always been such a great example to me.
I love you,
Jennifer:
the woman that became 
all because of your son.

About the Past Several Days: Part 1~Prayers Needed

Saturday afternoon we received a call from friends of ours about their oldest daughter aged 14.  She had been kicked in the face by one of their horses and was in the hospital. 

We left our home around 8 pm to head to El Paso, TX, to sit with the family as our hands, like theirs were bound and the situation was and is completely in God's hands.  When we arrived, no one, and I mean no one from the hospital staff was anywhere.  The security desk was vacant and we had no idea where we were to go, or where exactly our friends were.

We begin walking around, and a doctor came up to us and asked us if we were there for the little girl.  He then told us exactly where we needed to go.

When we arrived to where our friends were, after the inquiring about their daughter, I asked if they sent the doctor to help us locate them...they did not! Amazing in El Paso, TX, in such a large hospital that this happened~well I believe it did because we were being guided where we needed to go.

Now to the wonderful news~the 14 year old is recovering after surgery and having a titanium piece in to repair the cheek area.  If the horse had hit her face an inch or so in another area she would have died. That is so hard to type.  It makes me swell with tears and struggle to breathe.  I am so thankful that she is still here with her momma, daddy, and sisters.

The other amazing thing is if the horse had been shod(if I remember this correctly) she also would have died as the impact would have encompassed a larger area.

Now the family understands as do Bill and I, that God has a plan and hardships and loss happen.  We are thankful that although the recovery time will not be easy their daughter will recover and most likely(knowing her love of horses) be back working with her horses and riding them as soon as she is permitted.

What I ask of those that are prayer minded people, is could you pray for this family?  It is an emotional roller coaster that they are on, with very little sleep, having mom stay at the hospital and dad home with the other two along with several trips back and forth so all can be together even small snippets of time.  The daughters are extremely close and this is very difficult.  I ask that if you could take a moment and pray for our Father's will to be done, and that the family is comforted throughout.

Thank you so much.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

Throwback Thursday~Fun on the Farm

It has really been a delight to raise the four that I often call the goof troop.  I won't say it has been easy because anyone that is a parent knows that raising children is hard and takes lots of love, time, and love oh and time.

What I have enjoyed and how they have earned the name the goof troop is how much my children love life and make everything enjoyable.  When we moved to the farm the work crew was entirely the family.  We did everything.  While in the midst of work the kids made it fun.
We salvaged tires for the raised tire bed gardens. 
The kids saw this an opportunity to move the tires while having
fun.  It made me queasy watching then...

and it kind of makes me queasy now. 
 
Living in the desert southwest has its own interesting things that we had to adapt to-and our first few years living here the only air conditioning we had was a very old and hardly running swamp cooler.
No worries, the kids filled the coolers with water
 and would sit in them.
When I went outside to see what they were doing
they told me that they were having 
cooler races.  Third won the first race,

and Fourth was in the lead for the second race. 

I am happy that the children~now all adults had the opportunity to see life and its hardships and also how to thrive while enduring.  It hasn't been an easy life but it has been the most amazing one and I love reminiscing about how the kids, when lemons came their way, they made salsa(the highest most bestest achievement ever-in my eyes:).  

To my First, Second, Third, and Fourth~and all the sweetie pies you have brought in to the family~thank you.  We appreciate so much that when we had to roll up our sleeves and adapt, that you four did as well, and that has made life all the better, because you all did it in a way that brought joy to times that were often filled with struggle. 
Dad and I love you so very much and we are thankful for each and every one of you!

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

The White Sands

have been blowing like crazy and it is making things worse for the farmer and his wife.

I haven't posted a bit because I have been sick.  In fact, Bill has been sick as well.  Okay, the daughters-in-law have been sick too, and the grandsons, and Fourth.  It has been a rough several days.

Today I ventured out to the stores to get the needed supplies.  Juices and fresh veggies topped the list.  I feel like I have been in a cloud and I had to take my glasses off and put them on a good deal because my eyes are watering like crazy.

This weekend begins a three part seminar that we are teaching about the feasts of the LORD.  In addition to dragging from the plague the preparation must go on.

This weekend also will bring visitors from Utah and Nevada.  I am praying for safe travels and excited that the grandbabies will meet another great-grandparent!

After nearly seven months of no front porch and using only the back entrance, we also are closing in on the front porch being complete.  Last Sunday a work crew came out and even though Bill and I were slugs under the bug, the project must go on so we prepped food, drinks, and even had the bathroom ready in case any needed it.  I am really excited as the original front porch was not built very well and was in serious need of repair.  Instead of repairing we are replacing the porch and putting a roof on it.  It is going to be a benefit as the porch with roof will shade the front windows and keep much of the heat off of them.  In New Mexico this is important!

I also picked up five more pots to grow more herbs indoors. We are drastically changing things up on the farm and moving gardens, planning a large barn for horses and things of that nature so the gardens are changing.  I am going to grow a small amount of items this year and have my plants started indoors in plans of this mini garden! I am excited because we are adding to the green of the property and are going to have a front grassy area too. 

Hmm, what else?  I dropped and broke my phone and I am using a very old phone. It is okay and I suppose it will work and no need to replace it.

I have slept more in the past two weeks than I have in a long time. 
I am still tired.
My eyeballs hurt.

That is the graphic update of the events on the farm and because I found something that made me smile I will close with
How the world is from a person that struggles to reach the bottom of the pool even in the shallow end.

Thursday, March 17, 2016

Thursday Throwback

This is a photo from several years ago and I remember the moment
as if it were yesterday.  We went to the White Sands National Monument
and the kids were laying on one side of the blanket and Bill and I were
listening to them talk.  It was pretty neat to lay there and just listen
to the conversations between the goof troop.  I am smiling
at this very moment remembering this.  I love to go to the White
Sands and lay and think. It is so peaceful and quite. 

For those with small children or even teens...enjoy every moment
as time passes very quickly!

From the files of  We played games every Sunday!  I 
loved the Sunday afternoon gathering and playing of games.
This is a board game Monopoly style that I made in 2007.  
All the places are places that we have lived and 
where we were born.  It now hangs on the family room wall.

The table is a great place to sit around and learn so many skills:
manners, respect, how to lose, how to win, how to do neither all
with grace and dignity.  We also learned strategy, thinking skills, 
kindness, sweetness, and even darn stinkiness. Learning
how to play games with a crowd takes skill and finesse and I 
am glad that we made this a tradition.

Here is another from the White Sands.
It was an outtake for the annual family photo in 2006,
that I ended up loving and making that THE photo.


Here is the remake in 2012 and I am looking to
have a remake soon to fill in the gaps.  Perhaps in 
2018...every six years. 


The day Bill graduated from the academy (P.O.S.T).
I cannot understand the no smiles~it really was a FANTASTIC
DAY!

Oh and when we went on outings I would dress the boys alike.
In case one would get lost, I could reference the other two and 
say he looks like this just taller, or smaller. Thank God I never
had to implement that silly idea. 

Oh and Bill your 'stache looks wonderful!
This is the view from my back porch. Often times I share from the 
front and perhaps mislead readers from thinking that the back
is lacking. It is not!

And to close Thursday Throwback...a goat, a girl, and
her gear!
Fourth took a sewing class that required a project
and she made this summer dress.  The western 
embellishments made me smile.  The goat...
well she is like me and must always toss a bit of corniness into
any situation.  Oh and in case you wondered our little Billy ended 
up plopping poo moments after she set him down!!
The End!

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

A few things I have been working on

 First my mountains.  I am almost finished with this painting 
although in the photo, it still has a bit to go.


I found an artist named Robert Yackel and I really liked a
painting he called New Mexico Sunshine, so for practice
I painted this but changed some things from his original.
  Here is his website: Robert Yackel.

As I continue to practice and learn painting, I have discovered
that at times it is important to study those artists that inspire. 
One way I do this is to try and match the style or brush strokes.
The top is my painting but, Robert Yackel paints in a way I like.
 I do like a variety of artists and they do
influence how I see things.  Being me and living my life
 also grants my unique interpretation.

This is what I LOVE about creating things.  When I see
something created, I get a window to the artist/person.  I see
what they see as important. Some need new and top of the line
supplies, others need only their own minds and items about
 to transform their thoughts to what they are creating.

I have always been this way.  I love to make things.
I love to take things and re-purpose them.
I love to solve needs by making something instead of
buying it. My next project-well one of them is a biggie 
and I hope to finish in the next week or so to share~
It involves all those that are important to me.