"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, September 2, 2016

Police Officer killed in Alamogordo New Mexico

It is with a heavy heart that I must update my previous post with this news.  A city police officer was killed this morning in our little community.  We on the farm know this young officer, and his loss is devastating to each and every one of us.  Since early this morning we have been coming to terms with this and the people of Alamogordo have been amazing in their love and support.

With deepest sympathy the farm announces the loss of

Officer Clint Corvinus. 
EOW 9/2/16
Officer Corvinus leaves behind a 16 year old daughter. 
May you rest in peace Officer Corvinus.

Praying for Alamogordo, New Mexico

Updates to follow.  Our hearts are heavy on the farm.

Please Don't Stand

As most know by now, there is a football player that is not standing when the national anthem is played.  He states he is protesting and to be honest his reasons are his own whether he claims it is because of slavery or something else it is his right to do what he wishes.1

I believe that this football player can do what he so chooses.  That is what America is all about, right?  We have the freedom to believe anything we so desire and we can live any way we wish as long as it isn't violating any laws.  When one has the public eye, one has a powerful forum to illuminate whatever they so wish.  The important part of the equation that we are neglecting is, as the public, we too have a powerful forum to act in any manner we so wish.

We could, for example, call the football player's team manager every single day that this player is still playing and tell him that as long as this player plays football in the United States, either he stands or I do not watch the game.  

We could also contact the football player's team manager every single day and demand that there is no reason to play the national anthem at a football game and we support the actions of this lone player and his courage to go against the grain.

We could also take a moment and think about the last parade we attended.  For me, it was for the Independence Day parade for my community.

I only snapped one photo but the people across from Bill and I and those in the bottom left corner NEVER stood.  I hope you understand my title now of Please Don't Stand.  When I was a child, we were taught to stand for the pledge of allegiance as well as placing our hand over our hearts and standing as the Color Guard passed.  Bill and I have taught our children the same and will continue to do so with the grandchildren.  At the same time, this is no longer important in a world where our current President went on a world apology tour.2  We as a people are believing the lies that the Left spins about how evil we are, yet our borders are flooded with illegals as well as legals desiring to enter this nation. We are not a perfect nation in any measure.  We have our faults, which we all can voice. Let us not forget something though, we have every single nation represented among our people.  We have every single faith, religion, or non believer on our soil.  We are truly a diverse people that will continue to be so for as long as the nation is, because that is what has made us who we are. 

Back to the anthem:  I am saddened that the national anthem is what this football player is standing against, but for me, it is not a deal breaker.  I am thankful that we live in a land where one can make choices and stand with them or fall with no fear of death by the government.  In real world time, in North Korea, the vice premier was executed for slouching (or falling asleep) and showing disrespect to the dear leader Kim Jong Un.I don't want to live in a nation like North Korea.  I want to live in a land where we are all allowed free choice.  If our choices mean loss in revenue for a football team and we lose our jobs that is fine.  If our choice means others stand and recognition is brought to something, that is fine.  I just want to be clear, I love America and that means that I understand that others may not and I am okay with that. 

1. Peter, Josh. Colin Kaepernick:I'm not anti-American, will donate $1 million. USA Today online. 9/2/16. Web. Accessed 9/2/16 
2. Rove, Karl. The President's Apology Tour. Wall Street Journal online. 4/23/09. Web. Accessed 9/2/16.
3. Gale, Alastair. North Korean Vice Premier Executed, South Says. Wall Street Journal online. 8/31/16. Web. Accessed 9/2/16

Thursday, September 1, 2016

The fog has cleared a bit

and I am feeling a bit better.  I was under the weather and I am not sure if it was exacerbated by the skunk smell searing my throat or not.  Anyhow this week has been one of me sleeping on and off every day.  Today I am cleaning up and feeling like a person once again. 

I am going to be sharing for a while about my sister and her visit as it was so fun and I laughed so much.  First off, many people said that Cathy and I looked like twins.  That cracked me up a good deal as she is five inches taller than me, has brown eyes, and blond hair(ok fake from a bottle but she was formerly brown).  Maybe it is because of our voice or mannerisms~I am not sure, but I thought it was very funny to hear!

Cathy lives just a few miles from where she was born.  Of the siblings (8 total) she is the only one that lives near her birthplace as we were a military family and we were born in several states from the east coast to the west.  She recently moved back to Texas after spending the majority of her life elsewhere and she loves it.  The west (or southwest) is far different than back east.  The life is slower paced, the people more open, and the skies, oh boy the skies are breathtaking.  My sister and her husband had a good visit, in spite of not seeing any rattlers, scorpions, or tarantulas!  It was neat to share the kids now that they are all adults and some married with babies.  We had two times where the family all gathered and spent time visiting and sharing.  I loved it and was able to tell Cathy that my favorite part of these gatherings is sitting back and listening to the kids interact.  I love the stories, the laughter and the memories that come to the surface when we are all together.  I must confess we are a lot like the movie My Big Fat Greek Wedding~in noise.  We only have one level and that is loud.  It makes me laugh as that is how it has been even when it was just Bill the kids and I.  The newbies (daughters-in-law) get broken in from the get go, for better or worse.  The grands were passed around and even spent a good amount of time wandering around the house.  Grand #2 was a bit leery of Great Uncle Scott, but Grand #1 was giving high-fives and smiling and laughing with all.  I am so thankful that we are within 8 hours of each other and look forward to many more visits. 

I am going to close with an old photo to show Cathy and I in our former glory, so you can decide for yourselves whether we truly look alike or...

Cathy is the arrow on the left looking at the photo.  I am the giggling blonde on the right. 
I know, not fair seeing a photo from today but I will share that in all of my life I have NEVER been likened to Cathy.  Above me is my brother Dave (red shirt), and he is the one I have been told I favor.  The rest of the siblings all favor my mom's side of the family.  Perhaps that is another reason this made me crack up.   For the record this is a photo of six of my siblings and five of my cousins from Toledo, Ohio.  As the youngest in this photo I can share that every one besides me, in this photo is over 50, aside from my bestie cousin Vickie(far left standing) who died in 2002. Time marches on.