"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

Sunday, March 19, 2017

It's that time of year

again.  The local grocery store holds an annual game of Monopoly and I enjoy playing as well as taking advantage of the sales.  There are many prizes but I play for the coupons and instant winners. 
I do like to fill out the game board, but I soundly understand that winning isn't likely.  By the way, I already shop at this store, I do not buy items I don't use and, I use other coupons with the coupons from the game!

I have won foil, sour cream, salt, and several free coupons.  Seems a bit hum drum as I type it, but this is my life:)!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Once again it is the

Sabbath.




In an upcoming post I am going to share about the Sabbath and why Bill and I rest on the Sabbath.  I will also share using the Bible what the Sabbath is.

Until then, may you have a restful Sabbath. 

February 20, 1967

My dad turned 28 and he graduated from Fort Benning US Army Infantry School. 
Less than 50 days later he was killed in Vietnam.

Here are some things my Dad had on him

when he died.  Now my mother shared long ago that he had in one of his pockets a written note of The Irish Blessing:

May the road rise up to meet you,
May the wind be always at your back,
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
And rain fall soft upon your fields, and until we meet again,
May God have you in the palm of His hand.

After he was killed mom had dad's military photo printed with the Irish Blessing on the back.
http://4.bp.blogspot.com/-v9En-s-WpOk/UWLXqEnQQZI/AAAAAAAAMSg/MIEMaloLIR4/s400/david+p+gibson.JPG 

In the box my sister recently sent me, I discovered that my mother wrote several letters to track down my dad's personal effects.  Several people worked hard and maintained contact with mom until things finally were located and sent to her.  Based on these letters I know of several of the items that he had on him.

Here is another item that was in my dad's pockets.  
It is a quote credited to Robert E. Lee -1865 that says, 
I would sooner die a thousand deaths than betray a friend or be false to duty. 

Now we have internet so I googled this quote and discovered that it was not said by Robert E. Lee, but a young man named Sam Davis, who fought for the Confederacy.   His life was short but he was a man with honor.  

As I looked at this small slip of paper with this quote on it, I wondered who wrote it.  I have almost nothing of my dad's.  Then as I keep digging through the box, I found a letter my dad wrote and I am fairly certain my dad penned this quote after he heard it.  Here is why I think my dad wrote this quote:
if you look at the d in the word deaths, and the d on the lower right of the paper on the right, you see that they are similar.  The paper on the right has my dad's signature on it.  I could be wrong but it looks the same.  The y's on both papers are written in many ways but I will today rest believing he had this in his pocket as well and that he wrote it.  

These two items are things that make me feel a bit of happiness for a man in the middle of a war zone.  I feel as though dad was defining who he was~as a man of honor and if he died,  he wished nothing but goodness for those that remained. 

I am going to continue writing and sharing about my dad as I never knew anything about him until I was married and had children.  Mom never spoke much about him until near her death, and aside from the photo of him in this post, I never saw another one of him until I actually went to Oklahoma and visited my dad's hometown.  Those that are visiting the blog and are learning things about my dad, I will say we are learning these things together as I am sharing as I go through the items.  One thing that my mom said a bit before she died was that dad was such an honorable man.  As I am going through his things, I believe that she right.  

Captain David P. Gibson
KIA April 8, 1967
Vietnam

Thursday, March 16, 2017

Throwback Thursday

Photo credit Uintah Basin Standard
The goof troop with at the time (summer 2000)Governor Mike Leavitt of Utah.  
 
This is a two fold Throwback Thursday~ it is of the kitchen before the makeover and of making tin foil dinners on the grill.  Have you ever made tin foil dinners?  We season the meat on foil, add any and all veggies that we personally like and then cook it on the grill. This is Third in his teen years.

This is an image of the front hall after we removed the awful carpets.  Since it took time to put the new floors in, I painted the subfloors. We had painted subfloors for about five years.  
I shared recently this image
and you can see how this floor looks today.
 
And finally:

I shared this image for a Throwback Thursday but it was an edited version and I really like this one better so I am including it in the Throwback Thursday post. 

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Today's Post Will Not be Given an Official Title

Have you ever sat and reflected upon the events unfolding around you, whether in the news or in your life and said, Holy Smokes?

I've been saying Holy Smokes a good deal lately.

At times I have even questioned if I have heard something correctly.  Things seem so insanely surreal that it is hard to process.  I have for the past week or two allowed events to consume me.  I am not proud of this, but it is life.

Today, I shall stop.  I cannot change the nonsense of the news.
I cannot stop the events of the world.
I cannot even stop those that I love behaving one way or another.

I can give things over to the Creator, pray, fast, and study His word.  I can be the person that I am and continuing living the simple life on a little corner of the world called the Double Nickel.

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Clipping of first announcement of

my dad's death. This would have been in April 1967.
This is one of the clippings in the box I received the other day.  My mom must have clipped this, and unlike EVERY other news clipping she has ever saved and/or sent to me, this one is undated and without the name of the newspaper. 

I am going to assume this was clipped with heavy tears.  It was the first announcement of the tally of those killed in Vietnam with my dad listed. It would have been a local paper and they were stationed at Fort Benning, Georgia.

By the way~there is a mistake in this very brief article, you do not need to know my parents or anything about the Vietnam War to find it.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Friday, March 10, 2017

Once again it is the

Sabbath.  After this past week, we really are looking forward to the Sabbath.

News and Letters from 1967

I received a box from my sister yesterday and since opening it I have been experiencing so many emotions.  The box and contents are from/about my parents and dates mostly from February 1967 until August 1967.  For those new to the blog, my dad was killed in Vietnam in April of 1967.

Here is the box and some of the contents including a newspaper article that accompanied the photo I have shared here on the blog, my dad's obituary and letters that dad had on him or in his personal effects when he died.  

I thought I would share a letter from my siblings to dad first.  You can see it on the bottom of the photo written in red marker.

Here is the letter.  My mom put together notes and things that the children had made.  
Cathy was 5, Liz and David 4, John 3, and Pete 2.

Aside from annotating things that it seems the kids told her, mom added nothing else.

This is from David.

From Cathy.

From Liz.

From John, and it seems Pete did not make anything for this letter.  It is dated March 21, 1967 and was 18 days before he was killed.  I think perhaps he may have received it about the time he died. Kind of a precious sweet thing to do for a daddy of five(soon six), to have little notes and letters from his wee ones.  As the farm blog is a journal of my life, I am going to be sharing more from the box as the days go by. A letter my mother wrote was read in Congress and I have the Congressional record with the letter in this box. 

This box is filled with items I have never seen including some photos of Dad. I am so amazed by what I am learning about my mother as she lived through the days before, during, and after dad's death.  I think a better word is humbled.  I hope in the following days as I share the contents of the box, I can reveal to the blogity world this woman.  She was truly a strong woman and of course I will share my dad and this time it will be from the words of those around him, including his commander, peers, and such. 

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Throwback Thursday

 Second and Third~November 1993 Germany. 

Is the Bible Good for Women?

photo credit:blogging for books

First off, I must say compared to a recent read, this book was a breath of fresh air.  I found many parts of the book interesting.  I made several notes throughout the book and I will share first the parts that made me say wow, and then I will share a few things that I questioned. 

On page 11, in the introduction, the author, Wendy Alsup, establishes how she will use Bible. “The Bible is the best commentary on itself. (Alsup, 2017, p. 11)  I found this refreshing as we are some several thousand years down the road, and our interpretations are influenced by the times we are in.  The Bible is relevant for itself from the beginning to the end. 

Alsup references Genesis 1:26-27 So God created man in his own image, in the image of God he created him; male and female he created them. She then states, “Both genders were made to image God fully in the world (Alsup, 2017, p. 33)”.  I find this to be profound. 

The author takes us through many of the women in the Bible and how what they do and what importance they have including the women that were the first to be made aware of the news of the Resurrection of Christ. (Alsup, 2017, p. 41) For those that have never read the Bible, this book will allow you to see that women are not only respected in the Bible, but have great purpose.  

My problem with the book is that assumptions are written as declarative statements.  On the section titled Jesus and the Law, the story from John 8:3-11 is told.  For those unfamiliar with this story it is about the Pharisees bringing a woman to Jesus Christ that was caught in the very act of adultery.  They did this as a test.  They wanted to see what Jesus would do. He does not respond to them at first but writes something on the ground.  Then he stood and said (from the KJV) He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.  The Pharisees left, beginning with the oldest then they all went away.  Wendy Alsup states “whatever protection Deuteronomy 22 was supposed to provide women, it had failed.  If her partner was married, it failed the wife of the man with whom she was caught as well as the adulterous woman herself, neither keeping her from the sin that harmed another family, nor `equitably punishing her male partner in the sin.” (Alsup, 2017, p. 111) Alsup then goes on with presumptions about the male as to his status was likely valued above hers.   

I must make this very clear, we cannot and should not try and plug our 21st century mindset into the mindset of God.  Deuteronomy 22 did not fail this woman as we are granted the freedom to choose to sin.  This woman chose to have an adulterous relationship as it is described as such and not rape.  Then if we simply read the scripture again we read that the woman was brought without the man as a test or to tempt Jesus into incorrectly interpreting scripture.  We do not know what was written on the ground but it is clear that what he wrote allowed the Pharisees starting with the eldest to know Christ was not gullible.  You see in Leviticus 20:10 it states, and the man that committeth adultery with another man’s wife even he that committeth adultery with his neighbor’s wife, the adultery and the adulteress shall surely be put to death.   

If Christ did what he did when He was tempted by Satan in Matthew 4, then we know Christ used scripture to defeat those tempting Him.   If He wrote Leviticus 20:10 on the ground using the previous example from Matthew, then the Pharisees would have known that they themselves were caught trying to trick or test Christ.   You see, they did not bring the man although the adulterous couple were caught in the very act.  If the Pharisees try and condemn her without the man, they are breaking the law.  Therefore, Christ writes down something   to dispute the action, the Pharisees left, and Christ then tells the woman go, and sin no more. John 8:11. 

The title of the book will draw women to read it, and they will believe that the Old Testament and the law were detrimental for women and Christ fixed this.  I believe that this is completely wrong as Jesus Christ said in Matthew 5:17-18 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil. For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled.  The law is still in place.  We have it as a measure. The New Covenant is detailed clearly in Jeremiah 31:31-34 and the law is now in our inward parts.  We cannot say the law is and failed women at the same time we say that Christ was for women, as He was for the law in fact, we are to walk as he walked and keep the commandments 1 John 2:3-6. 

Although I stated that compared to a previous book I had read, this book was a breath of fresh air.  I wish the author had used the Bible completely as her guide instead of preconceived notions about how the Bible treats women.  This could have illuminated to those seeking or those that have never read the Bible, that it is a powerful guide for our lives.  

I will say that I read Is the Bible Good for Women with my Bible at my side as well as the Blue Letter Bible website open as to figure out Bible versions etc., that were used.  I think that this is a good way to read any book that presents itself as a study help or guide to the Bible.   If you do not have a Bible or access to one I would not read this book until you do.  Feel free to click here for a free Bible.

Bibliography

Alsup, W. (2017). Is the Bible Good For Women. New York: Multnomah.


Disclaimer: with my thoughts about what Christ wrote.  I am in no means suggesting my thoughts are to be taken as what it means.  I just wanted to use the scripture: test/tempt and find another place Christ was tempted and show how he dealt with that temptation.  I take 2 Timothy 2:15 to heart. 

 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.

Being spied on

not by the CIA but a critter is in the farm news today.  I began removing ceiling vents to either replace or paint.  The first vent I took down had footprints in it.  Let me be clear, there is no access from the inside of the house to the vents.
One of the kids suggested that I ask friends what critter made these tracks.
The same suggested that perhaps it was the mysterious chupacabra~lol.
I put the clothespin there for scale, but my first view
was this, as I was on the ladder very close to the vent. Ugh,
I did have a bit of a panic as to what could be up there and 
watching me.

The response was ringtail cat~overwhelmingly. 
photo credit wikipedia
  
photo credit Trileigh Tucker
After I found the above footprint image made by a ringtail cat
I agree.  I am hoping the little critter is gone now and that
my removing the vent scared it, but I am doubtful.

For the record the vent in question is just above the computer
desk.  Spying in the perfect location.  Sigh.

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Wednesday Window

Two new chairs for the table I bought in hopes of grands (wink wink) when Third got married.  Bill said  that we should wait on buying the chairs until a little arrived.  I bought the chairs last Friday.  As time passes we will add a few more chairs, but for now two chairs for two grands.  They checked out the chairs this weekend and they are a hit!

Yum. 
I love Hatch enchilada sauce. 
I prefer the red sauce.  Bill likes both.
 

This is the only piece of furniture Bill and I have had in every single home we have lived in.  Bill made this in high school shop class.  It was first a TV stand when we had a 13 inch television. Now it is the shoe shelf and it has been a shoe shelf for about 20 years. I love that my Bill made this and cherish it to this day.

My bland but delicious shelf of goodies. 
Oatmeal, lentils, kamut berries, sunflower seeds, and peanuts. 

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Tuesday Ten

1. No matter how much you think you are in control, you are not.
2.  Happiness is a choice. 
3.  Marriage is worth it. 
4.  Children are worth it.
5.  Whatever you are looking at on your phone is not worth it.  Take the phone blinder off and live life to the fullest. 
6.  Edit tools on phones are going to be rough for those that use them all the time.  The mirror does not have edit and I think women may begin to loathe what is real.  STOP editing. Be who you are.
7.  Be kind. The more you do something the quicker it becomes a habit.  Kindness is not a weakness. 
8.  Read. If you have something you are interested find a book about it and read it. Forget your phone.  Pick up a book, turn the pages, use a book marker, and immerse yourself in the workings of your mind seeing the words and processing what is happening.
9.  Go outside.  Walk.  Toss some seed to birds.  Really look and see what season we are in and smile.  It is comforting to know we have a repetitive cycle to set our bodies to, allowing us hope for warmth in the winter and coolness from the summer.  
10.  Take time to read the Bible, pray, and live the life God designed you to live.

Bonus:  Love.  Take the time to allow yourself to be loved and to love others. 
I made this last year with a salvaged window frame and a good deal of beer and soda caps. 

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Funny How Names Happen

We have had this kitty for about 4 1/2 years.  Bill and I have never found a name that fit her.
I pretty much called her kitty until recently.   

 We tell the grands to be gentle when touching kitty.  The last two times G1 has been here he will see this kitty and say Hi Gentle! Kitty is now named Gentle~how cute is that?
G1 and Gentle!

Saturday, March 4, 2017

Got Mail?

I forgot about our oldish mailbox until someone posted this meme on Face*book. 
Now I think I need to paint our mailbox toolbox:
I store the tool to scrape the water troughs, a knife to cut
open the hay bales, and I use the handle on the door to hold
the egg bucket.  I put the egg bucket on the handle otherwise
Zephaniah would think that I was giving him a snack.

Added now to the 342,017 projects is painting the mailbox.

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Throwback Thursday

So cute...I remember the shirt that our oldest is
wearing in the photo. It is an Military Police shirt so 
he could be just like his dad.

About the Border

My thoughts today are about building the fence at the border.  I will share my farm story as I know it applies to the current events circling the border fence.

When Bill and I bought our little corner of the world we had grand ideas.  We bought a property that was not fenced and we thought that's okay as we can build pens for the critters and all will be fine.  We built goat pens, sheep pens, chicken coops, and a duck pond. We built a place for the annual cow to live out her last days and we even fenced an area for the garden. 

We were naive.  You see, just because we live in the middle of nowhere it does not mean that those unwelcome won't stop by.  We had trouble immediately with the two legged varmints.  Seemed like the back of our farm was a place that people liked to hike through.  I am being very kind.  These people weren't hiking, they seemed very unkempt and worried me as I was here during the day with the kids alone. 
Thanks to Craigs*list, free-cycle, online yard sales and people we knew we were able to get together enough for our fence.  Fortunately, the railroad sold off many railroad ties and those became solid corners.  Now we closed off our little farm.  The fence may not look beautiful and the gate is a salvaged gate but it is perfect for the job it needs to perform.  The two legged critters stop at the fence line and walk around.  Now a simple fence may not have successfully done this, 

but we added a few dogs to the mix.  The Anatolian Shepherd/Great Pyrenees mix and the Great Pyrenees are excellent livestock dogs and their sheer size worries those that come to the gate.  Snake dog is part Doberman and who knows what else, and she also ensures that the fences are not breached.  

The four legged critters that do not care about the fences have come across a few times.  Zephaniah made sure that this was a poor choice and we have not have a big cat on the property in a year. 

We tried to live on a farm without fences.  We tried to make it work to keep this rural land still in its raw state.  The problem with this was major as moving to this farm house and living here was not enough of a message that this is someone's home stay off. A concern for Bill was even more grave.  He did not wish for his family to be out in the middle of nowhere and have people think that this would be the perfect cover for mayhem~

With the fence and the chained gate folks stop at the fence line.  Yep.  Seems so simple but its true.  For those that think it is fine to climb a fence and proceed onto the property, they have the dogs to worry about.  

If they make it past the dogs, they have the locks on the farmhouse.  I lock the doors even knowing I have the two other security measures.  We have more than these things to ensure that our little corner of the world remains a safe place for the farm family to live, for us to raise critters, for us to have friends over all the while still part of the rural landscape of this county, of New Mexico, of the United States.  

I am not against Americans.  I am not against predators. 

I am for living my life with the rights granted me under the US Constitution as this is the country I live in.  The fence is our way of ensuring that we keep everything on the up and up.

This is what the border fence will do.  We will still have immigration.  We will still have visitors.  The border fence will just keep things on the up and up.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Tuesday Thoughts

It has been 12 years since Bill and I have had a land line.  This has proved to be an excellent thing as no more sales calls etc.

It is incredibly windy here today.  I can't see my mountain with all the White Sands blowing and the desert sands.

The tire garden is no more.
  Well it has been moved and not set up yet.  I am planning something a bit more quirky to match me...as if the tire garden wasn't quirky enough.

 I have had tires set up like these tires and I liked it
so I will do this again.

I also really like this.

And this!!

Oh and this too.  I am not the girliest of  girls but this makes me
smile!

I like this and would use it also for strawberries!

I have shared this one before, but boy oh boy it's cute.
My fear factor? Snakes hiding underneath.  Yep.
Snakes ~ ughhhhhh! 

I am still working on Bill's office. Here is something I am almost finished with:
I salvaged some wood from a project Third did for his garage.

I have the flag kind of finished but not mounted in the photo below.
I am still organizing and setting up.
Things go up then I move them to another place.
I am certain I am almost done though! 

This shelf still has some of the medals and such that I haven't organized yet.
The four frames were something I put together Sunday.
They were old canvases. I am a harsh critic so paintings often
are re-purposed. I just brushed a light coat of paint on the wooden canvas frame
after I cut the canvas off. 


Here is another grouping.  above the bookshelf.

And this one is fun in this edit color only for the Farmer and 
His wife art pieces in the backdrop(the other room).  I love
 the crazy (crazier eye) that the light reflected on my Bill. 

This was the first thing I made for Bill and it began the set up I am working on.
I still cannot believe we have never put any of Bill's stuff up before.  

As to some other thoughts: 
I made pie the other day. 
I know, I know, it is not my birthday.
Oh and to be honest, I did not make pie, Sara Lee did.  I just baked what was
prepared for me.  And boy it was yummy.  I did share as we had a full house
on Sunday.  Pregnant peeps and farm hand were granted a piece of the most
valuable of pie!

This is a photo from my craft room.
I think opening the thread drawer is always a bright
moment.  It is like a drawer of happiness.
Happiness is a choice by the way, and I choose
Happiness!
As you can see my thoughts are interwoven with visual aids.  I think in images I guess~or at least today I am thinking this way.
To those visiting the farm today, I wish you  a drawer of Happiness!
Jen