"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

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.

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

Monday, February 27, 2017

Monday Meme

All memes are made using photos that I have taken and are edited through the website: lunapic.

What?

I guess there was some mix up at the Academy Awards.  I was going to read the article and I realized I really don't even feel it is worth my time to learn what happened.  You see, I have had enough of Hollywood for a long time.  I have at times actually typed Hollowood as it is a place of nothingness filled with people that are paid to lie to us.  The better they lie, the more money they make.  We call it art and a skill and bow at their feet.  When one acts they are pretending. It is all fake and the narrative that is set for the viewer is by someone that has tons of money and a free platform.  The preaching has been coming from the Hollywood pulpit for a long time.

I am sitting here looking at my incredible mountain trying to put words how shocked I am at how much respect we give to those paid to lie~you know when the actor is at marches or campaigning or even making an informative we stand behind this cause or that cause.

Liars lie.  The line between reality for an actor and acting is a fine line.  To make a film believable the actor must immerse themselves in the character that they are portraying otherwise we, the viewer would not believe it.  Actors have pretend families to earn money to take care of their real families.  The have a movie/television spouse that they must love and be in love with, and a home spouse.  It must be incredibly hard to keep your head in reality when you are immersed in a fictional character's life for several seasons.

I don't want their influences in my life.  I remember a friend of Bill's telling us a story about how (as a deputy sheriff) he had pulled over an actor.  As he was asking for the actor's license the actor asked the deputy don't you know who I am?  I have always added a response that was different than the deputy's response (in my head), no, because every year you are someone new! 

My attitude towards actors and actresses is this:  I know who they are therefore what comes out of their mouths, what actions they make to sway me one way or another are all a con.  They remind me of gambling.  People love gambling while gambling, fantasizing about what they will buy with the riches they win but when the money runs out, regret sets in.  That is the movie situation, as we are hyped while buying the movie or sitting down in the theater and while the movie plays regret sets in.  Now regret is so quick because of the social awareness buttons I must be taught, about homosexuals, Muslims, how racists we all are, how horrible men are, and of course, the ever so horrible Christian.  I am DONE and I have been for a long time.  Thank you You*tube as I chose the things I wish to watch~families sharing recipes, gardeners sharing tips, people sharing the news without the big giant MSM to guide them, and you know the price.  Choice is a great thing in our country.  We need to allow our actions with our money to be our protest.  I have for a while and that is my protest.

 p.s. I didn't even need a safe space to do this!

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Friday, February 24, 2017

Little Farmer Boy

G2 was here last Sunday and I shared a few photos with G1 and G2 playing and now I am going to share what the grands really love doing when they visit the farm. 
The boys love love love to feed the critters.
I love watching the boys when they feed. 
Can you see the absolute excitement on G2's face?
It is always good to see things through fresh eyes as they 
remind us of the sheer amazement of the world.

Love this little guy and his cousin as well...and I can't wait for more 
wee ones to join the family. 

* Here is post sharing when G1 was feeding the chickies.

On the desktop

are once again a ton of things I have gathered like a child with pockets filled with this and that.  I am thankful Bill never complains, in fact, he never seems to say one thing about the bazillions of things floating on the desktop!  Anyhow, here are a few images I have on the desktop right now:

I think this one is so applicable in today's world.

Kitty checking out javelina up close.

Things that remind me of whenever I chat with high school classmates.
I think no matter what I say, they hear Mexico.

From several years ago.  
Good looking goofs for sure.

Ironing boards are anything but dainty yet, the hooks
make it look much more approachable!  I do want
to do this~someday.

A visit to the White Sands always allows for doodles in the sand. 

Another shot from the White Sands.  Stay tuned this is going
to become a meme in the near future!

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Contact Headquarters ASAP

Card games may include random messages...
The Double Nickel family has played a good deal of games and at times
some of the players may have left messages about.

Must watch

U.S. Ambassador Nikki Haley from February 16, 2017.


It is a breath of fresh air to have someone speak with clarity~about so much.  I was so surprised that I have watched this several times! WOW...simply wonderful!

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Wednesday Window to the Past

I was going through some old files and found some photos of the kids:
Here they are L-R Fourth, Third, Second and First~2008
 
Traveling birthday party.  Third was working and it was his birthday, so
we all loaded up and took birthday with pizza and soda to him for his birthday 
party!

I think this was about 2003.  We had a kitty that the kids named
Oliver (Yep Oliver) and she had this litter of five kittens.
L-R Third, Fourth, First and Second

In the Uintah Mountains about 1999.
L-R First, Second, Third, and Fourth

I have loved being my kids mom.  It has been a delight to watch them grow up and although times have not always been easy, the kids have always had Bill and I there for them.
 

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Prayers please

for my mother-in-law Silvina.  She had a fall last night and we are waiting for news about possible surgery.  She has been battling cancer and is in need of prayers.  If you are a praying person could you please say a prayer for Silvina.

Information is never

wanting.  Often it is up to us how we use our time.  I would like to thank Jimmy Johns of Las Cruces for giving me something to do while occupied.
When I finished learning about Uranus, I had to go back out to the truck and get my camera to snap a photo.  For the record there were some interesting facts about Uranus.  

A Book About the World While Immersed in the World



What is the measure for Truth? 

Jesus Christ said I am the way, the truth and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.     John 14:6  

John 1:1 says In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 

The measure of Truth is Jesus Christ through the Word which is the Bible. 

photo credit Moody Press Newsroom
When I began reading the Disappearing Church by Mark Sayers, I was intrigued as the times we live in are so relevant to the Bible, prophecy and the relationship of the church.  Spoiler alert: I was deeply disappointed.  I thought that I would read a book that identified the truths behind the disappearing church and then would offer a solution to the problem. 

Instead, I have discovered that this book, the Disappearing Church is a perfect example of why the church is disappearing.  Mr. Sayers addressed the reasons behind the missing church in the worlds language.   Before I explain I must remind the reader of my opening, and what the measure is for Truth.  I will also refer to Proverbs 1:7 The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. Mr. Sayers used the world and its academic know it all’s to explain why the church is disappearing.  

In a book of 167 pages, 157 plus people are quoted and these people are of a diverse background set of academics, with journalists, authors, sociologists, psychologists, historians and a few church fathers to fill in the pages.  Did you read that?  157 people were quoted to document the reasons why the church is disappearing. 

I had to wait until I arrived at page 48 to find actual Biblical verses cited to help the author get his point across.  Only 22 more times throughout the Disappearing Church did I find any other scriptural verses.  Many times I sifted through page after page where Mark Sayers could have cited scripture.  He instead wrote as if these were his words.  It is fine of course, to use scripture.  We have many sayings and phrases that come directly out of scripture.  But in a book about the church, we should be clear that the true director of things is God and His authority about the times we live in are in many, many Bible verses.  On page 98 a paragraph heading is Being Transformed by the Renewing of our Minds.  This is a direct quote from Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world, but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.  To be honest, I felt Mark Sayers left many opportunities out to cite the Creator and instead left the reader waiting.  Of the 10 chapters and the conclusion Mr. Sayers opened only two chapters with quotes.  Both quotes seem wrong like they were googled and do not line up with the chapter they are on (Ch. 1 Header quote is by Dave Eggers, Ch. 4 Header quote is by Haruki Murakami).  I believe each chapter would have been served more efficiently with a Bible verse having the solution of the problems outlined.  

Mark Sayer did not only point out issues of the world, but he clearly pointed them out fully immersed in the world.  He discusses the movie SAFE with Julianne Moore in it and he states that the movie is basically a religious work (55).  It is a movie and from the sounds of it, a movie about a woman that has some mental health issues if he is depicting the movie accurately.  Now I have no problem with using this as an example of the failings of the modern church, but seriously, it is a movie.  He could more easily taken real life stories from the news sharing group mental issues such as those of churches that break off into fringe.  He could even have shared about Andrea Yates, the mother that drowned all of her children.  Yet, he uses a movie and this is not the only time.   On page 71 Mr. Sayers shares that he watched a documentary (recently) yet does not mention the documentary name.  He goes on for a few pages about this documentary and how it revealed situations and then compares this to the modern church with its first, second and third culture (43).  This would have been the perfect place to use the parable of the Sower which is in Matthew 13:1-23; Mark 4:1-20; and Luke 8:1-15. 

In a book that is about the Disappearing Church with the smaller addition to the title: From Cultural Relevance to Gospel Resilience, I expected the gospel to be used.  What I found instead were many references used that are from a person that is not fully living a life of “walking in Jesus’ footsteps” (48) which by the way is a Bible verse: He that saith he abideth in him, ought himself to walk also so to walk, even as he walked. 1 John 2:6.  

We are as believers commanded to walk as he walked as the verse above states.  Mr. Sayers missed the mark when he tried to dissect the problem with the church because he did not do so.  He uses even a Harry Potter reference-not to cite problems with the world but as a chapter header blended with Christianity Embracing the Cloak of Invisibility, by directing the spotlight elsewhere so that the church can get on with the business of being the church (141).”

My review of the book will conclude with Mr. Sayers own words, “We want God, but we still want our own authority (122).”  Mr. Sayers wrote a book more directed toward appeasing the world all the while trying to be supportive and helpful in figuring out the why’s the church is disappearing.  This book was choppy as in so few pages quoting so many people on so many things made reading difficult.  Mark Sayers could have done a far better service to why the church was disappearing by quoting scripture, shining the light on why the church is far from Truth, and then quoting scripture as to how to bring the church back.  The relevance of the church instead remains lost to me, one that loves the Bible and all talk about the Bible. I thought I would read tips on how the Bible can encourage others in a way to be rebuilders, as we do not have all the gifts of the Bible and I thought Mr. Sayers might have had the gift of perhaps word, to shine Truth back to believers.  

Instead I will close with my opening sentence, What is the measure for Truth?  The Bible. 

Mark Sayers book Disappearing Church is not a book that can help point us to that Truth as it leads one through a maze of confusion. If we are going to write a book about God’s church, then I think we should talk about His church using God’s model because then we have a solution to why the church is disappearing.

 Disclaimer:  I got a copy of this book for free from Moody Press Newsroom program.  The review and opinions here are my own and were not influenced by that fact.

Inspiration is

always around me. The other day I went with Bill to Las Cruces, New Mexico and saw this on the office wall:
Pretty neat isn't it?  
I am thinking of making something using the concept of the four parts but putting my touch on it. 


* This art is in the shape of the state of New Mexico for those of you that may not be from the US.*  

Monday, February 20, 2017

Monday Meme

All memes are made using photos that I have taken and are edited through the website: lunapic.

I wrote about contentment in this post and I should have remembered this verse in Hebrews.  I read Hebrews 13 again today and I knew this was going to be the Monday meme verse. 

Double Trouble Delight!

Sunday on the farm means that the grands come over.  Yesterday we had the grands visit, Second, Third and his wife, our young farm helper, First and his coworker.  It was a bit chilly so I made beef stew with zucchini, crookneck squash, peas, celery, carrots and potatoes. 
Here are the double delights!
I am officially naming them for blogland. 
G1 is in the front (for grand #1)
and G2 in the back. 
G2 was standing on this swing and loved the feeling. 
G1 I think felt a bit like he was being crowded!
Either way, I love G2's happy mug and G1's peeking at me!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

Six years ago today

my mother died.  This is the post I wrote that day and I thought I would share it once again.  Mom is at peace.
She died today around 1:20pm.
We were able to give her what we kids kind of described as an Irish Wake last night. We all gathered in the family room so mom could hear us and talked, ate and reminisced long into the night. I'd like to believe that she was waiting for the gathering and then was able to let go...thank you so much Mom for all you have done for us all.

Frances DeSales
April 14, 1938 - February 19, 2011
Mom and Dad's wedding day August 27, 1960


* I thought I would add something.  That first photo is from my drive east as I was heading to mom's bedside.  It was during the blizzard of 2011 that I made my trek and as I was praying I would be able to see mom before she died, the sky cleared and I saw that cross.  I snapped the photo and continued on and was able to spend a few weeks with her before she died. 

Did you

pass me on the road the other day?  If you did you saw me wave as if to say howdy!  I am that way and for the most part here in southern New Mexico that is how things are.  I once thought I am going to drive to town and count how many people don't return my wave.  I never was able to begin counting as everyone returned my wave.

So next time you are in the sticks of southern New Mexico and you see a waving hand with a barely visible driver(in a big old white truck) wave back, it was me~ and I was saying Howdy!

Simple yet delicious salsa

recipe!
Ingredients:  Tomatoes, cilantro, onions, garlic, jalapenos and lime.
 

I used my blender and mixed well then I seasoned with salt and pepper to taste.
Simply delicious!

Friday, February 17, 2017

May you have

a restful sabbath!

Grocery Haul with Blooper

This time Bill and I went to Las Cruces, New Mexico for an appointment and then we drove over Transmountain to El Paso, Texas to pick up some groceries. 
Here are the fresh items.  The squash on the right ended up being $1 for each whether zucchini or crookneck.  I love sugar snap peas so Bill tossed them in the basket for me.   Blueberries and blackberries were on sale for 97 cents each limit 2 so I bought the limit of each.  Bill and I have been on an oatmeal kick so I thought I would try them in the oatmeal. Limes were very pricey at 4 for $1 so I only bought 4...Brussels Sprouts are and should always be in the grocery basket whenever I shop!

Here are the dry goods and juice.  I wanted to have corn on the shelf as I make a soup Bill grew up eating using corn, ground beef, tomatoes and potatoes.  The raisins are for the oatmeal binge Bill and I have been on as well as for the grands as I like to have little snacks for them. Let's see, Ken's is my favorite for salad dressing and I have some marinara sauce as I am making a bunch of lasagne to freeze. 
The sugars (powdered and granulated) are for cinnamon rolls.  I kind of make okay cinnamon rolls.  Bill happened to take two large pans to work a month or so ago and since then the other shifts have been wondering why they did not get them.  I will make two large pans on Sunday for Bill to deliver. 
Circus and fig cookies are for Bill.  Animal Crackers are for the grands.  Chips for Sunday get togethers-we usually have salsa and chips with whatever the meal is.  The oatmeal...sigh, yep.  I am not sure why in the past few years I have gone on these crazes of eating things.  I mean Brussels Sprouts and now oatmeal?!  Oh well.
and finally... a blooper photo
Here is my blurry hand and leg.  Not sure when I snapped this image but
a blooper is included today...because it captures an image ever so rare.
I am wearing socks!  Like the Loch Ness Monster, images of me in socks are 
so rare that one wonders if they are real.  Well Bill knows, but the world...only 
gets fuzzy, blurry images to authenticate this mystery.

* By the way, I didn't list all the items in the photos and I did not share images of the toilet paper, tissues, or Sara Lee pumpkin pie that I bought.  The pies were $1.99 each~it was like it was my birthday yesterday.  A Sara Lee pumpkin pie...I only bought two though. It's not a regret or anything not to have bought more.  Okay so it is a teeny tiny regret.  It seems to be growing as I type.  I think I am going to be making a pre birthday pumpkin pie sampler for February to remind me of my birthday cake pie in June.  I'm back~ lol, I had to turn the oven on to warm up to bake the pie.  

May you all have a super pumpkin pie day wherever you are.  As I enjoy my pie sampler I will think about my friends in blogity land!

Best Quote of the Day

I won't say that the papers misquote me, but I sometimes wonder where Christianity would be today if some of those reporters had been Matthew, Mark, Luke and John.   Barry Goldwater

H/T Ace of Spades

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Stories From the Kitchen Table

I thought I would share some thoughts about the kitchen table.  In my family it has been the center of the home.  We have had a few tables over the years but for the past 25 plus years it has been the pine table and benches and then one I picked up a few years ago at a second hand shop. We have both still and I thought I would share some of the memories that we have gathered while sitting at the table.
We homeschooled, so I would make theme dinners and this is China night.
 
This is an early photo of when we moved to the farm and shows
we had extra chairs and stools for the ever often guest that would join us.
 
I crafted on the tables and here is one of the rugs I braided.
 
We had formal dinners on the table.
 
Bill and I made it a weekly event to play games with the kids.
Here is the game Life in play!
 
I have shared tips on canning on the table.
 
We have celebrated birthdays oh so many birthdays on the table.
I have shared cleaning recipes I make on the table.
 
I have shared after views of the kitchen from the table.
 
And before views. 
 
I have shared gatherings of the table and how we have added
extra tables to the kitchen table to expand the space.
 
The table is a cover for kitties that sleep on the chairs.
 
The table welcomes those entering the home.
 
The table becomes a place for the grands to taste new foods
and share the new foods everywhere!
 
The table holds many projects as I craft away.
 
The table converts quickly to a competitive ping pong table!
 
The table contently waits for the farm to save money to do the floors
and while waiting rests upon the subfloor painted.
 
The table becomes a point to decorate for the holidays.
 
And a place to assess how many more quilt squares need to be crocheted.
 
The table hosted its first wedding reception!
 
And it is a place where the Bible is read and studied.
 
The table held many meetings of the goof troop.  This one
was on the very day we were introduced to our first daughter-in-law.
She patiently watched as the four filmed a mockumentary.  I hope
that the video still exists...it was super funny!
 
The table became a place for me to salvage the kids old t-shirts.
 
The table was the place I shared my first batch of lip balm.
 
The table shared my secret love of Pyrex.  Oh Pyrex
I love your eclectic colors and styles...you match my mixed
up thoughts and styles ever so much.
 
The table celebrated with us when we had our first Feast
of Trumpets holiday.
 
The table in the early expansion stages of holidays.
 
The table hosted many game nights.  Imaginiff is a great game!
 
The table has been there for many hours of study, whether my 
Bible study or the children's homeschool work it was there.
 
The table held many fun parties.
 
Even before I painted the table it was there for birthdays.
First had a cowboy theme birthday.
 
Oh and Rummy.  We have played many card games
but Rummy seems to be a favorite on the table.
 
Here is the tabletop after I painted it and many years of use.
Each person in the family was born in a different city/ or state.
I thought this was fun.  Soon I will reveal the tabletop with all the
new additions...:)
 
Oh my how the table has hosted many canning days.
 
And I could not share the table without Risk.
Risk became the family game for a few years and 
things got intense.  Some cried that secret alliances were
made and others made secret alliances then pointed the finger.
No matter, we all learned a good deal about the world, strategy
and competition.  Oh I looooooove Risk and cannot wait to 
teach the grands!
 
The table held special moments.  This was a birthday in
October for First who was born in June. You see
he was in Afghanistan for his birthday-his 21st birthday,
so we had the birthday when he came home. 
 
That is where I will end with the photos.  I am so thankful that we have had the kitchen table to be the place we gathered.  It made moments like when First was in Afghanistan easier as we sat around the table and prayed for him and thought of him.  The table has been amazing and I think of all the moments we have had as a family and the table has been part of those moments.  Corny I know, but true.  I have heard twice that a grandbaby was coming at my kitchen table.  The third time was when we were all out to eat and gathered together at a table!  I have finagled finances at the table when we barely had any money-pretty much always.  I have looked from my seat to the end at my love and had a secret smile of love while sitting with the children.  I have sat at the table with my children's in-laws and shared goals to be supportive of our children and the new family that they each were creating.  I have sat at my table and talked to my mother on the phone. Those days are no longer possible but it is a precious memory. 

Last night, Bill and I had dinner at the table with Grand #1. 
The memories made at the kitchen table will never end but will continue writing their stories for the table to share.