"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

Thursday, February 9, 2017

Throwback Thursday

Over the years, many people have told me that Fourth looks like me.   I have smiled and thanked them, but the truth is that the only reason people said this was Fourth did not have black hair. Bill and the boys all had dark hair by the time Fourth arrived.   For the record my mother-in-law always told me that Fourth looked exactly like Bill's oldest sister C.  The older Fourth got the more I saw this resemblance as I only knew C as an adult.  Fourth has many of the same mannerisms as C.

Perhaps I have shared this before but I am still amazed at how much Fourth looked like C.  Here is C when she was a baby.  I shamelessly lifted this off of Facebook from one of the family members.

Yep.  With this photo I really saw what my mother-in-law was saying.

By the way, Fourth was born one day after my sister-in-law 35 years later.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

The Chamberlain Key



Soon after I began reading The Chamberlain Key by Timothy P. Smith I thought of a verse in the Bible: And it shall come to pass in the last days, saith God, I will pour out of my Spirit upon all flesh: and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions, and your old men shall dream dreams: Acts 2:1
  
Timothy P. Smith reveals he was drawn to the Bible (in Hebrew) by a similarity that he and his father shared (combined) with Jacob, as they had a total of 12 sons and two daughters.  Well, they are kind of similar to Jacob. Jacob had 12 sons and one daughter with two wives and two handmaidens of his wives.  This common ground made Mr. Smith look to the specific passages in Genesis 30 and saw his name (in Hebrew) and saw patterns using equidistance.    

I need to define equidistance: Literally evenly spaced. Distant by equal amounts from two or more points. 1

Actually as the book moves forward, Mr. Smith’s wife’s name including her maiden name are in the same equidistance and specialists have ruled that this could not be possible unless it was meant to be there. The author kept his wife’s name private so it isn’t easy to see the connection, but I do respect his option to keep her name private.  The book reveals other things as well, to include the Messiah long before the New Testament.  I agree with The Chamberlain  Key on this point as John 1:1 this is affirmed: In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God

I think that we live in times revealed in the Bible and that Acts 2:17 is so foretelling of what is going on.  I also believe: For many are called, but few are chosen. Matthew 22:14, and that Mr. Smith has an opportunity to take this calling and really press forward with the Truth.  

I was fortunate enough to be able to interview Timothy P. Smith via Facebook.  Here is one of the questions I asked Mr. Smith, 
How has your faith changed/or did it, since you began this journey with the dreams, and discovering the code?  With this question,  besides the book, have you taken to witnessing in your day to day life? I most certainly do not mean like we see on TV with the in your face preaching. 
Timothy P. Smith replied, 
Regarding my faith....I am so much more open to believing out of the box, I am more in tune with the beauty of God's infinite creativity, His love is manifested in such a personal way.  Ask...Seek...Knock...Never underestimate His desire to communicate with all of us at whatever way that draws us closer to Him. The truth is that I am overwhelmed by His love.  I am a very inquisitive person...I want to understand truth..and realize that in my short time on earth I am not going to figure it all out alone.  I need guidance. Sometimes this comes from other people. A self taught man has a fool for a teacher. I hope all things..I believe all things. Given my experiences I will never underestimate God's desire to guide us through the darkness that we all find ourselves in at times. Never give in to fear.... Fear of ridicule or embarrassment...Fear of failure...Fear of being judged. The things that I relate in my book happened as I related them...Do I completely understand them? No.  But I am putting them on the table for a witness. Perhaps it will mean something to someone today....maybe many years from now.  BTW..what is being discovered recently about the ancient Hebrew alphabet is astonishing. 
I was thankful for his perspective and honesty on how he believes he changed as a result of the events of the book.  I also believe very much that the Creator wishes to draw each and every one of us closer to him. When Timothy responded not to give in to fear, no matter the reason, I was quite moved.  This solid response to my question has lead me to ponder things more deeply about the book.  I am a Bible believing person. I have shared my faith often on this blog.  I do believe that in the end times God has promised to unlock things and an awakening of His people will occur. 

I think that The Chamberlain Key was a good read.  In fact, I read it in a few hours as I could not put it down.  Do I think I understand what Timothy P. Smith uncovered?  No, and since I am not even remotely comfortable reading or speaking Hebrew, I am one that must sit and ponder the book as it is written.  I will close with this, I believe that the Bible is the Word of God.  I believe that each of us should take the time to unlock it by simply opening the pages and reading it, daily, often and with a sincere heart.

To Timothy P. Smith, I wish to thank you for the time you gave me in my questioning, and for the opportunity to read your book.
Here is The Chamberlain Key website.

Disclaimer:  I got a copy of this book for free through the Blogging for Books program.  The review and opinions here are my own and were not influenced by that fact.

1 Smith, Timothy P.  The Chamberlain Key. New York City. Waterbrook.  Crown Publishing Group. 2017
2. Smith, Timothy P.  The Chamberlain Key. New York City. Waterbrook.  Crown Publishing Group. 2017 

February in New Mexico

I have been thinking a good deal about the difference in how February was when I was a young girl in the Midwest verses February in New Mexico.  I really had no idea that people enjoyed sunshine in February.  We lived off Lake Erie so winters were always impacted by lake affect snow and were dreary. As a girl I ice skated on the roads, built snow forts, snowmen, and had snow fights.  I wore bread bags over my socks in my boots and enjoyed the snow a great deal. But the gloomy feel always bothered me.

I did not realize how much the lack of sunshine bothered me until I moved out west.  If it is overcast or gloomy here(rare) I notice.  It is so unusual that it sticks out.  Fortunately February in New Mexico is lovely.  Spring is making its presence and although we may still have another cold spell warm days are already here.  We have been in the high 60s to mid 70s for a few weeks and it is wonderful.

The quail are back and I know that they are prepping their nests for the newest ones and it is so cute to see the wee quail racing across the farm.  I am looking out my window as I type and I have been watching the pyrrhuloxia borrow the grassy bottoms to my planters. Nests are being shored up by all of the feathered friends. 

I have been seeing bees at the water troughs for a few weeks now and am thankful once again that we have bees to help with our gardens and trees. 

February in New Mexico is the hurry up and get things prepped as hot weather is just around the corner.  February reminds me that potholder season is coming:
as well as rattlesnake season:
bobcat season(well we are in that right now):
and soon the migration of the tarantula season:
will be upon us.  I love New Mexico, and if you are new to the blog this may be new information~but I share this all the time.  I love February in New Mexico as it reminds me of the other 11 months and how much I love them as well!

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Tuesday Three

It's been a long week~my phone died.  It has been weird not to have daily contact with my Bill.  I mean I see him each day but we usually text or chat several times throughout the day.  Anyhow...sigh, on to the post of Tuesday Three:

I thought I would share three photos from the past few weeks to share a window to what is going on in my life.
Here are a few things I have been working on.  .
 
I went to a meeting where I listened to this man as a guest speaker.
He was trying to inspire we the audience to assist in making the world 
aware of how amazing Otero county New Mexico is.  I didn't need 
for anyone to inspire me to share.  I love New Mexico! His speech 
was filled with amazing stats about our schools and so it was worth 
listening!

And finally:
I shop in Texas and New Mexico.  I think that is
why there is a discrepancy in the name and the packaging
of these treats.
I hope that is the reason ~on one box they are cookies and the other they are
bars.  By the way, the Nutty Buddy's are our new snack of choice.
Thank you Little Debbie!

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Farm hands are stinkin'

adorable!
Grand #1 came out to the farm yesterday (in case the previous post
didn't give you that idea).  I asked him if he wanted to help me
feed the critters...and he said, ya. I loaded him up in the wagon as
we had to stop for hay and feed.  He was quite happy to ride to work!

He got out at the chickidoodle coop.
He is so good at scattering the feed.  Both Grands have
helped enough with the chickies that they know what to do.
This time though, Grand #1 wanted a close interaction with the 
henny penny's!
 
And he put a bunch of grain on the stump.
Several hens jumped up while he was there, but I didn't get a photo as 
I was giggling  with Grand #1 as he was so excited!
 
We then went to the sheep.  He has helped with the water
before, so he started right in with his job!
By the time we finished with the sheep, I asked Grand #1 if
he was getting warm and he said, ya. 
I took his coat off and we headed to the geese. 
Grand #1 said something that was in an excited tone
and he never did help with the geese...
as he saw the swing set and marched off to swing!
Oh and he loves to slide!

It was a fun day on the farm yesterday. 
Well everyday on the farm is fun, but when a grand comes it is super fun!!

We finally had an accountant

come out to the farm and help with our 2016 taxes. 
He was very professional.
 
As time went by though, and he tried to understand some
of the paperwork,

he lost it!

Then he thought perhaps if he looked at the paperwork
from another angle. 

Nope, that didn't work...
Then he threw out his abacus and began using the tried and true
method of counting numbers on his fingers.
 
Once again he lost it and
threw up his hands with a big giggle and said,
I am not an accountant and taxes, what are they*?

Credits:
Grandson #1-the accountant
Grandson #1-not the accountant
* Language translator-Gigi (aka-me)
Location-the farm
Mood-Heart melting for Gigi!