Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Kids & Kids

Had a few grandchildren visiting over the weekend. Not only was Roxie, the English Shepherd, in doggy heaven as she had someone to throw her toys for her hour after hour, but I got lots of help from the human kids to bottle feed the goat kids. (Note: Yes, I know my barn is messy but they're in the workshop section where all the tools, farm implements, buckets, etc., etc., etc., are stored. So just focus on the cuteness factor of all the kids and don't look at my junk!)

Saturday, February 21, 2009

WE Surround Them

Now this should be interesting. Anyone else going to send in a picture and/or watch this?

From Glenn Beck. "Have you ever felt like you're the only one in your community who see's what's happening to America? Well, you're not and on Friday March 13th at 5pm ET on the Fox News Channel, Glenn Beck...and you...will prove it. Many Americans, both Republican and Democrat, understand that Washington is broken. Many times it seems that the political solution is the problem. No more. Our founders knew the solution is We The People. This will be a must-see show and we highly recommend that you watch it with friends, family, and neighbors who share your concerns."

February 20, 2009 - 3:00 ET

We Surround Them-The Unveiling
March 13th on FOX News 5pm ET

Do you watch the direction that America is being taken in and feel powerless to stop it?

Do you believe that your voice isn’t loud enough to be heard above the noise anymore?

Do you read the headlines everyday and feel an empty pit in your stomach…as if you’re completely alone?

If so, then you’ve fallen for the Wizard of Oz lie. While the voices you hear in the distance may sound intimidating, as if they surround us from all sides—the reality is very different. Once you pull the curtain away you realize that there are only a few people pressing the buttons, and their voices are weak. The truth is that they don’t surround us at all.

We surround them.

So, how do we show America what’s really behind the curtain? Below are nine simple principles. If you believe in at least seven of them, then we have something in common. I urge you to read the instructions at the end for how to help make your voice heard.

The Nine Principles
1. America is good.
2. I believe in God and He is the Center of my Life.
3. I must always try to be a more honest person than I was yesterday.
4. The family is sacred. My spouse and I are the ultimate authority, not the government.
5. If you break the law you pay the penalty. Justice is blind and no one is above it.
6. I have a right to life, liberty and pursuit of happiness, but there is no guarantee of equal results.
7. I work hard for what I have and I will share it with who I want to. Government cannot force me to be charitable.
8. It is not un-American for me to disagree with authority or to share my personal opinion.
9. The government works for me. I do not answer to them, they answer to me.

You Are Not Alone

If you agree with at least seven of those principles, then you are not alone. Please send a digital version of your picture to: wesurroundthem@foxnews.com and then stay tuned to the radio and television shows over the coming weeks to see how we intend to pull back the curtain.

Friday, February 20, 2009


This was posted on Bethany's blog and I definitely think it's worth passing on. Awesome message! I am always impressed when a young person has the courage to stand up for what's right.

12-year-old steals day with pro-life speech
Teachers threaten disqualification, but girl chooses to speak against abortion
Posted: February 16, 2009
8:36 pm Eastern

By Chelsea Schilling
© 2009 WorldNetDaily

Despite facing threats of disqualification, a 12-year-old girl took first place in a speech contest when she eloquently argued for the rights of unborn children – after an offended judge quit.

"What if I told you that right now, someone was choosing if you were going to live or die?" the seventh-grader begins in a video recording of her speech on YouTube. "What if I told you that this choice wasn't based on what you could or couldn't do, what you'd done in the past or what you would do in the future? And what if I told you, you could do nothing about it?"

The girl, a student at a Toronto school identified only as "Lia," continued:

"Fellow students and teachers, thousands of children are right now in that very situation. Someone is choosing without even knowing them whether they are going to live or die.

"That someone is their mother. And that choice is abortion."

But what made the 12-year-old choose to speak about abortion?

"It was really a family thing," her mother explained on the blog Moral Outcry. "I saw Lou [Engle] speak at a conference several years ago. I came back to my family with the Life Bands, and we all wore them, made our covenant, and prayed the prayer for abortion to end. … We were invited to participate in a 'Life Tape Siege.' Once my kids heard of this invitation, they all agreed: 'We have to do that!' Since then, Lia's passion for seeing abortion end has continued."

Despite Lia's enthusiasm for her topic, her teacher "strongly encouraged" her to select a different one for her class presentation or she would be considered ineligible for an upcoming speech contest.

"[S]everal teachers discouraged her from picking the topic of abortion; she was told it was 'too big,' 'too mature' and 'too controversial,'" her mother wrote. "She was also told that if she went ahead with that topic, she would not be allowed to continue on in the speech competition."

Lia's mother continued, "Initially, I tried helping her find other topics to speak on, but, in the end, she was adamant. She just felt she wanted to continue with the topic of abortion. So she forfeited her chance to compete in order to speak on something she was passionate about."

Lia's teacher was so impressed by the speech that she allowed her student to advance as the winner. Lia presented her speech to judges in front of her entire school on Feb. 10.

The school principal and teachers called Lia's presentation the "obvious winner" – but the judges suddenly disqualified her the following day "because of the topic and her position on abortion," her mother said.

Lia's father later revealed that the judges had a "big disagreement." One was offended by the speech and voluntarily stepped down while the others reversed their earlier decision – declaring her the winner.

Now Lia plans to take her message of life to a regional speech competition, and more than 130,000 visitors have viewed her presentation online.

"Why do we think that just because a fetus can't talk or do what we do, it isn't a human being yet?" She asks in the video. "Some babies are born after only five months. Is this baby not human?

"We would never say that. Yet abortions are performed on 5-month-old fetuses all the time. Or do we only call them humans if they're wanted?"

She continues, "No, fetuses are definitely humans – knit together in their mother's womb by their wonderful Creator who knows them all by name."

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

I've Got An Award!

My new blog friend divahick presented me with this award which, I'm told, is for "excellence in blogcasting". Divahick will go down in my memoirs as the 1st person to award me anything! Thanks.

I'm also told that there are a few rules: 1) Post the award on my blog; 2) Pass it on to some friends, up to 15; and 3) I have to let them know they've received the award. So, here's some of the people I enjoy associating with and this award is now theirs to pass on.

1) This Thing Called Life & All Things Frugal 4-U I know, I know, that's 2 blogs. But they're the same person. Plus she's family so I can do that. She's the most coupon-y (is that a word? well, it is now) person I know. I have got to have her teach me how she gets the stores to pay her to shop there.
2) Silk Creek Alpacas Not only does Bil have great alpacas, which I think are the most adorable animals, but he's got a chicken blog as well.
3) Meadow Turf Andrea has some great pictures and stories of New England life.
4) Building A Log Cabin Shelley also has great pictures and cool pajamas. She has another blog with more great pictures at Northern Michigan Experience
5) Hot Belly Mama is the only person I know that has designer diapers.
6) Cheesychick is a fellow believer is keeping kids busy.
7) Hidden Haven Homestead who's goats have the cutest outfits!
8) A New England Life Just love the photography!
9) Asher Acres What can I say - Bethany is just the neatest, coolest kid (young person, not goat)!
10) City Mouse, Country House
Well, the Mouse is just a cool dude!
11) Farmhouse Blessings Lea has a great website and coolest stuff. Plus she even gets snow to fall on her background! Her website states that it's an award-free blog. But, hey, I'll give her an award anyway cuz I think she's cool, no strings attached.
12) Asylum Farm I enjoy following her stories. Right now she's got lots of adorable English Shepherd puppies - I love puppies!
13) All Natural Simple Life Tonia has lots of goat babies, good stories, and I'm in complete agreement with anyone who has this statement on her blog "I've seen the village, and I don't want it raising my child".
14) A Homesteading Neophyte I had to look up in the dictionary what the word neophyte meant. I'm not going to tell you, you'll have to look it up for yourself. Phelan has great stories, lots of things to learn, like butchering hogs, cuts of meat, some great recipes, a little of this and a little of that. Plus the header picture cracks me up!
15) Post Menopausal Ponderings The name says it all! Plus, she's written a novel "First They Came for the Cows: An Activist's Story". I'm getting a signed copy! That's another 1st for me.

Well, that's 15. There are so many more I could have listed, so many neat people out there in blogland. Hopefully, all the links work correctly. I'm not exactly a computer genius but I'm starting to get the hang of this blogging thing. Now for the final part - I've got to let everyone know they have an award.

Great Video!

Met a new blog friend today and there's a great video on her blog you have to check out. I can really relate to it in my life - I think we've all been there in one way or another, or at least pretty close. Click here for the Lifehouse skit taken to Carnival in LA. Enjoy!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009


This is a test for DH to see if he can fix his problems at work loading the blog.

P.S. - When he read the blog he wanted to know what DH means. I told him it's darling husband. He asked "Are you sure it's not dumb husband"? That's one of the things I love about him - he makes me laugh!

Monday, February 16, 2009

Our American Form of Goverment

This is one of the most informative videos I've ever seen about our American system of government. A definite must see. You homeschoolers are going to love this as well.

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Good Night!

Looks like I'm going to have a couple of bottle babies after all. Genevieve wanted OUT, NOW!!! She thought the first day was kind of neat but after that she realized they'd be hungry have of the time and want to play or snuggle the rest. So.... Genevieve is glad to be back with her adult buddies and doesn't miss the wee ones a bit. And I've got 2 house guests for a little while (for my convenience until I get better accommodations for them in the barn) taking up residence in Roxy's dog crate, and all snuggled down for the night. Roxy thinks they're pretty cool but wishes they'd play chase and can't understand why she can't go in the crate with them.

Friday, February 13, 2009

Sky Angel Cowboy

Meet Logan Henderson and hear the phone call that touched hearts all around the world. What an incredible young man! Just wanted to share this touching story with you.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Anyone Want to Become An Illegal Alien?

OK, so here's my plan. I'm going to move to Mexico and establish citizenship there, learn Spanish, then cross the border illegally and say "No habla ingles".

You have got to watch this! The house minority leader called this proposed legislation "a piece of ----". What I want to know is why aren't ALL the legislators calling it that and voting appropriately? Who proposed this? And who's voting for it? Let's find out who they are and vote against them next election!

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Maybe I'll Finally Get Some Sleep Tonight

Genevieve, a Nubian doe, has been in a family way for the appropriate amount of time. And knowing it was getting close, not only because of the calendar date, but because of her telltale signs, I've spent the past 2 days checking on her every 2 hours, even throughout the night. I'm utterly exhausted! But after being in labor all night these were the product of her efforts. Twin boys, 8 lbs. and just a little under 7 lbs. Mom and kids doing just fine, getting to know each other. Even though she's a dairy goat, we've decided to let her raise her own kids and we'll just take some of her milk for us (rather than the other way around which would be to take the kids away, milk her and bottle feed them). After all, I've raised enough kids myself (my own human ones) that I don't need to be taking of anyone else's. Seems too much like babysitting to me.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Ready for Summer!

Well, Groundhog Day has come and gone. I don't know about other areas of the country but here in the Great North Woods it was bright and sunny. Figures! But whatever Punxsutawney Phil predicts about 6 more weeks of winter, I have my own opinion. I'm just ready for summer, or spring anyway.

And can you believe Phil, that famous (or infamous) marmot, has his own fan club? http://www.groundhog.org/ He's not only more famous than most of us, but he gets better press coverage as well. According to the experts, he's only right 50% of the time - about the same as any other weatherman. So here's hoping he's wrong and spring starts NOW!