"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, April 6, 2017

It has almost been ten years Part 2

since we moved to the farm.

Be sure to read Part 1 of this series

In the past ten years we have learned so much about raising animals, growing our own foods, and living a more organic life.  Not because we are looking down upon others but the farm life has afforded us the opportunity to have a better quality of food that we put in our bodies.  Below are some posts and photos to share the past ten years of this part of our lives.

Critters:  We began our farm journey by a trade of work for sheep.  We mucked out barns for a bit and in return received a started flock of sheep.  Two ewes, one ram and one lamb. The sheep were Navajo Churro sheep.
Boaz and Ruth 
Cuatro and Obed
Esther
 Some of the lambikin births here and here and here.
We then picked up some goats.  Goats reproduce quickly!

 Many kids were born on the farm...here and here and here for a reminder.
We have had chickens, turkens, turkeys, geese and ducks as well. 

We have raised beef to fill the freezer...here is the pre freeze post breathe post.  It was a learning curve for the family on how to butcher respectfully and with gratitude.  

 We learned that the critters loved playing as much as the goof troop did.
goatie goat playground...

lambslide!

Our freezer is filled with farm fresh beef and elk.  In the past ten years I cannot believe how we have completely transformed from store bought meats (which we did not buy much of as it was so pricey) to raising or buying in on  locally raised beef.  First off, it is much cheaper in the totality, and secondly, we know all of the beef is from one animal and not from possibly, Canada, Brazil and the US in the same package.  We also have elk in our freezer thanks to my Bill.  He applies for a tag every year and the elk has provided for our family. Here is one elk he shot.

In the past decade we have implemented a variety of gardening techniques which have proved highly successful.  Here is a post that shares what we did.  We are in the middle of major changes and relocating the garden for the past two years so in a bit things will be new and improved but still implementing sound water conservation.

This series has really become an eye opener as I am reflecting upon all we have learned, all we need to learn, and how much we have accomplished by simply rolling up our sleeves. I'll close this post with a few photos of the critter barns, coops, and shelters.  Every single shelter has been made by using salvaged materials.
The newest coop is this one, and the main house is made from salvaged wood from our old porch.  We call that screened in area the Sun room! The tin was from a construction site and the tee poles from Craigs*list.
 
The double sided barn here is made of campaign signs.  Seriously!  We ended up with a ton of free campaign signs and we used them in pretty much all the early projects.

Even on gates. 
This coop was our first built mostly by the youngest three. We painted the signs but the building is made from campaign signs. The window is from an old fridge shelf.

This coop is in the main sheep pen and it is made of salvaged tin and pallets.
 
We made the stalls out of pallets...

as well as the fencing. 

Stay tuned for Parts 3 and the finale Part 4 of this series!

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Go Army!

We went to Fort Bliss today to witness our third son taking the 
oath of enlistment into the US Army.  

Thank you son, as we know that serving has been a passion of yours
and we are so thankful that we were able to be there today with you 
and your family.

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

It has almost been ten years Part 1

since we moved to the farm.  I was thinking about this last night and I thought I would share some of the things that have happened in the past decade.

First  the reason we named the farm the Double Nickel: It seems like a lifetime  ago
Be sure to read both of these as it explains why we began the journey that placed us on the Double Nickel:
     Before President Obama Part 1
     Before President Obama Part 2

Bill's and my story from an anniversary post: Happy Belated Anniversary.

Bill and I on our wedding day:

Bill and I on the first day of 2017

About the goof troop...they are all grown.
I homeschooled them all.

Here is one of the earliest group photos after Fourth was out of NICU. 
 Here is a photo from 2 weeks ago.
l-r Second, Fourth holding G2, Second's wife, Second, First's wife holding G1, and First.
 
The kids all live and work in the area we moved and now call home.  To keep things as real as possible I must say that my kids take after Bill and are either first responders or connected to that field~either in the legal sector/ or the detention sector. 

Grandbubbies: The family keeps expanding.  We became grandparents in 2015...twice! 
G1 born in June

G2 born in October
Crazy thing about having the two grandsons 4 months apart is that their daddy's are 9 months 10 days apart!

We will be adding to grandbaby files by late August early September 2017.  The votes are 50/50 for whether it is boy or girl.  I am making an official declaration on the blog that it is a boy.  Updates to prove me right or wrong when news is available!

Bill has had two surgeries and the events that brought us to the farm are a dim memory as sometimes things happen and then surgery and one can return to the career one loves...stay tuned for news on this as well.

Oh and so far two members of the Double Nickel have served in the armed forces. 

 Here they both are.
One was a wee bit young and the other my Bill as an MP.
The wee one all grown up.
On Wednesday the number will change and I will give an update after the officialness is all done.  
By the end of the month 50% of the Double Nickel of the family(before spouses and grands) will have served or be serving.   

This ends Part 1 of the It has almost been ten years series.
I am working on the rest of the series and of course the upcoming week lots of events or milestones are happening and I am going to post about.
Until then, 
Jen

Monday, April 3, 2017

Dear brushes, palettes lids, and

paints, I have missed you.  I am going to put you to work soon!

Sometimes the most

precious views are right below your nose. 

Today one of the grands began sitting on a stool instead of the highchair. 
Look what I was able to see!
I love snugly bugly toes!

Time marches on~that is for sure.

When a toddler helps feed the

kitties.
He poured the dish on the left into the right and said Done!

Always to Remember

This is a book I have that is about the Vietnam Veterans War Memorial:

It is titled Always to Remember The Story of the Vietnam Veterans Memorial by Brent Ashabranner.

What makes this book pretty amazing is that on page 10 in a very random photo,
is the section of the wall where my dad's name is located.
  Left side, next to the flowers: David P Gibson.


When the traveling Vietnam War Memorial came to an area that we lived near, we visited with the children.
Here are the boys Third, First and Second with First pointing to dad's name.