"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, July 11, 2016

I went on a ride-along

Friday night.  One thing I asked for as a gift for my birthday, was to go on a ride-along with my son, who is in law enforcement.

This is my son's office.  He picked me up around 7 pm and we headed to 
the department office.

 This shift had their briefing.
There are cookies, candy, treats and a meal remnant on the table
as the community really stepped up.  Every department in the community
was visited and foods, hugs and support.  A youth group
went to each department and prayed with the officers. 

I was even allowed to go to jail.  At the jail, I was given a tour~it was 2 am.

Around 3 am after a third arrest, several traffic stops, a noise disturbance, 
and one member of this shift heading south 70 miles to support 2 officers that 
were attacked and injured, the evening ended for me.  For this shift at least four 
more hours were left.  I am humbled by the men and women that stand and 
protect and serve.  I am amazed at how polite and respectful they are to people
and how many people actually received warnings, directions, or assists.  We traveled
a large portion of the area of the county, and I went to places I did not know existed.

Oh and yes, that tall handsome man on the back right is my Bill.  The one next to
my Bill is our oldest son, and the one on the left was a very nice young man.  

Please keep in perspective that the loudest voice isn't often representative of the total
group.  Yes, bad people are in EVERY walk of life, but the sheer numbers and data reveal
a very different narrative than what is being presented by the media, the elected, and those on the Left.

To my son, my husband and the others that serve in the humble area of the southwest that the Double Nickel is in, THANK YOU!  You are appreciated. 

Friday, July 8, 2016

I Stand With Law Enforcement

What happened in Dallas is an attack upon ourselves as a nation.  Our law enforcement officers are like every other career in the world, meaning that there are good and bad in the ranks.  I'd like to tell you the difference though between one in law enforcement and in any other career.  The difference is this: every single day the law enforcement officer is working he or she is working for you and wears a weapon to do so. 

When you are afraid and hear someone breaking in your home you do not call your accountant-you call the police.
When you have an accident or see one you do not call your OBGYN-you call the police.
When a child goes missing you don't call the grocer-you call the police.
When your car is stolen you don't call the President of the United States-you call the police.
When a domestic situation is happening next door you do not call the power company-you call the police.
When you find your child not breathing you don't call your cousin-you call the police.
When you see a child in a car in the parking lot on a very hot day you don't call the radio station-you call the police.
When you are being attacked you don't call your mail carrier-you call the police.
When you see someone robbing the local convenient store you don't call the manager of the store-you call the police.

I could go on and on, and perhaps for some I already did too much.  I haven't spoken much as of late about the situation in the United States, you know, the divide-between the races.  You see this divide has been nurtured by those in Washington, D.C.  In fact, it has been nurtured by the very one that said he was fundamentally going to change the nation.  He has. 

The farm family is a law enforcement family. 

As a young wife and mother, I watched my husband put on his duty vest and put on his weapon every single day he worked.  I was the one who saw him come home after a shift where several teens were killed in a horrific auto accident and listened to him choke up as he shared his grief.  I watched him come home in the middle of a shift and go to each child's bed and hug them even if they were asleep and then he would whisper his love for them.  I knew these shifts were the worst, because a small child had died.  Although I have never been close to person who has been dead awhile, I know the smell.  I have had to have my Bill strip outside and put the clothes in a garbage bag to take to the dry cleaners.  Death is not a pleasant situation and Bill dealt with this often in his job. 

Bill would call me at least once a month with details about something he wanted me to do, because he saw a family in need on a call, and I would call my circle and we would put together the things needed.  Many times it was food.  Other times it was furniture.  During the holiday seasons, we would be sure to brighten families lives as much as we could.  Oh and for the record law enforcement pay is not great, we never had a ton of stuff ourselves, but we had an intact family.

I learned as the wife of an officer how much my Bill loved me, because when an officer was killed and the radio traffic was insane he worried and called me.  It wasn't immediately because my husband was the one that stayed with his police chief who had been shot and killed during a domestic. 

I was on the other side of the door one night when my Bill nearly died and a fellow officer came to my home to deliver the news. 

I am thankful for those that are so willing to stand in front of me EVERY single day of their working career.  I am so thankful for those that understand that EVERY single day they must encounter citizens that are having the very WORST day that they can have.  I am ashamed that our president has fueled the fire between the races.  I am ashamed that it has become a color divider instead of all of us looking to what is happening in our inner cities and seeing that it is NOT law enforcement but the issues in these inner cities that is the problem.

The narrative is written before the truth is out on many of the situations law enforcement officers must deal with.

I wonder, I just wonder if we will have another Beer Summit as a result of what happened in Dallas.

For those in uniform that work every single day in every single state in our nation, I thank you.  To those in my family that I love ever so much, I thank you for your efforts in a job that is greatly under appreciated, very risky, and doesn't pay very much.

To the families that have lost their loved ones all because they chose to wear the uniform I am deeply sorry and we at the farm wish to offer our sincerest condolences.

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

The Bible

 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.  Ecclesiastes 12:13

This is so simple.
1. Fear God.
2. Keep His commandments.

This is the whole duty of man.

To make things easy, I have used the dictionary to define the words in Ecclesiastes 12:13.

fear-In scripture, fear is used to express a filial or a slavish passion. In good men, the fear of God is a holy awe or reverence of God and his laws, which springs from a just view and real love of the divine character, leading the subjects of it to hate and shun every thing that can offend such a holy being, and inclining them to aim at perfect obedience. This is filial fear.1

God-H430  אֱלֹהִים Elohiym.2 

whole- All; total; containing the total amount or number, or the entire thing; as the whole earth; the whole world; the whole solar system; the whole army; the whole nation.3

duty- That which a person owes to another; that which a person is bound, by any natural, moral or legal obligation, to pay, do or perform.4

man-Mankind; the human race; the whole species of human beings; beings distinguished from all other animals by the powers of reason and speech, as well as by their shape and dignified aspect. 'Os homini sublime dedit.'5

Now here is where ALL the problems in church/religion/or denominations occur:

How do we show our fear?
What commandments are we to keep?

1 Fear.  webstersdictionary1828.com. Webster's 1828 Dictionary. Web. July 6, 2016.
2. God.  blueletterbible.org. Blue Letter Bible. Web. July 6, 2016.
3. wholewebstersdictionary1828.com. Webster's 1828 Dictionary. Web. July 6, 2016
4. duty. webstersdictionary1828.com. Webster's 1828 Dictionary. Web. July 6, 2016
5. man.webstersdictionary1828.com. Webster's 1828 Dictionary. Web. July 6, 2016  

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Today's Post is Brought to You By the Letter C

These are the clouds that were above the Double Nickel.
If you look in the corner you can catch a glance at the top of
our truck. 

We went to our friend Calib's* graduation party.  His house is
far up in the mountains in a canyon.  
I made this card for Second. It is on two sheets of balsa
wood connected and then washed with a bit of blue color.
I edited out his name which was above the word vintage.
Attached to the back of this card was his gift!
Yep, if you look close enough you can see craters on the moon over mi casa.

I am often creeped out by things I find out and about and often
this creepiness I feel is the result of some critter or another.  

These chickidoodles are now outside and another bunch of chickies
are in this brooder.  They are chirping non stop and the cats are thinking
we are catering a meal for them~of chickies!

These are two types of chicken that I prepared for Bill to cook on 
the grill.  Red curry chicken and rosemary ranch chicken.

We have quite a bit of water stations about the farm 
for the critters to stay cool and refreshed.  And yes that is
a children's pool that Thena is cooling herself off in! 

Here is a collection of tacos I made recently.  They have corn, cilantro
beef, tomatoes, chilies, salsa, cheese and sour cream on them.  The sides
are radishes, limes and romaine lettuce.  

Cowboy Hat.
Bill wears hats all the time. He looks great in cowboy hats but that is 
not why I put this photo of Bill up. 
Bill is a cutie and takes my breath away, but that is not why I put the 
photo of Bill up.
Bill completes me. 
 That is why I put the photo of Bill up. My life is complete because Bill is in it.
My life is complete because my Bill walks with God  and covers and protects the
family.  My life is complete because Bill loves me. (oh and I love him tooooo). 

This concludes today's post which has been brought to you by the letter C!

*Yep-this is how Calib spells his name!

Monday, July 4, 2016

Happy Independence Day from the

Double Nickel! 
Independence Day is a day that we as Americans should never forget.
Without the beacon that America has provided since her inception,
this little girl would not have been.  Her grandparents on her dad's side
understood that what America offered was unique and not available
in the country that they came from.  Therefore they made the
decision to leave all that they knew and come to a place that was
known as the land of opportunity.
Those grandparents worked hard and studied English right alongside
their seven children. They understood that learning English would allow
for them and their children to achieve anything they desired.  The color
guard that once stood for Americans now stood for them as well as they
too, became Americans.   Now at parades, when the color guard passes, the 
children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren of that couple
stand ever so proudly and thankfully to live in this great nation.
They now are great-grandparents to many.  Some
are blondies with blue eyes, some are distinctly similar to
them and others are the blend that makes America grand.
The newest generation is all American as were the children of that couple.
The first of their children to be born here was their 5th.  That baby became
my husband and this baby's grandfather.   

As Americans, seeing the veterans float brings tears to our eyes.  We know
standing for this nation.  It also means for me, that my husband, the first born
on American soil in his family, that he would don the uniform and serve proudly 
himself.  Our son, a second generation American would also proudly serve in 
the Army and serve a tour in Afghanistan.

America is a place that some  think is a horrible place.
For those of us that are connected to immigrants we KNOW that she is not
a horrible place but a place that is everything and has provided everything.

I am so thankful that I am an American.  I am thankful that this nation
is here and has been for so long. 

To my in-laws:  I thank you for seeing this land as she truly is and
giving up all you knew to give to your children all that America offers.

All because you saw America for what she is I was allowed to meet and marry your son, and that has made all the difference in my life.

Happy Independence Day to All!

Friday, July 1, 2016

Bill's new

We picked him up a few days ago.  This is the first photo I took that wasn't blurry or white
as he is a mover!

He is a Great Pyrenees Anatolian Shepherd mix.

He is about 2 -3 months old and huge but very laid back.

After his first full day on the farm, a bath and a good deal of play~chasing the other dogs, 
he is tired. 

Oh and the paws-compare them to the wood board that is 6" across.  This little one had a giant for a papa!  I just realized I have not shared this little ones name~it is Zephaniah.