Thursday, February 20, 2014

Complete Randomness

I have had so many thoughts going through my head these last weeks I can't seem to focus on one and write a blog about it.  I may have ADD and not know it......


Just kidding!!
This is an inside joke in my family.  If you are not on the inside, you can figure out. We are easy. Just watch the Disney movie "Up"!!  =) can watch some clips here>>>
We use many movie references in our daily conversations.  Random. I know.

There is so much going on that I really feel like I am not keeping up!!!
I'll start and go backwards from there!!!

On Tuesday (18 Feb 14) I got to escort my mom and dad to a Celtic Woman concert at the Montgomery (Alabama) Fine Arts Theater.
What to wear to a concert?!?!?!!?
Tuesday morning (the day of the concert!!)(believe me, it was not for lack of trying!!) I finally found some dress pants that I could live with. It is difficult for this "fluffy" "farm" girl to find dressy clothes that are not ridiculous!!  I would have much preferred to wear blue jeans, but, you know, fine arts and all that!!
The 3 tickets were a Christmas gift from my brother to my parents and he was supposed to go with them, but realized he didn't really want to go. He called me before Christmas and asked me if I would go with them instead. (Are you kidding me?!?!?  YES!!!!)
My daddy cannot walk very far without a great deal of pain. He is also a very large man. So basically, I was going to push the wheelchair for my dad because my mom would not have been able to do that!!!
I am sure glad I was able to go!!! The concert was AMAZING!!! And bonus! I got to spend a delightful evening with my parents!!!!  =)
The bagpipes were my very favorite! Such an incredible instrument!!!

You can listen to them here>>>

Friday through Monday  (Feb 14th -17th)....I spent the entire weekend with my husband!!!
Let me clarify.
We spent the entire weekend WORKING!!!!
Not relaxing...  =/
My husband bought a '91 Jeep Wrangler last year. Yes. It is a "Jeep Project". He bought it from a NASCAR fan...I may have mentioned this before. Anyway, the Jeep was painted red AND black and covered with lots of decals. =(     We have been working off and on since he bought it to remove the decals and goo that is holding on for dear life!!!!

We finally resorted to some kind of spray on adhesive remover (that worked ok) and a stainless steel scrubby!!!!! It was back breaking work.

We got it all off and my Army Man rattle canned the Jeep all black!!!

It looks so much better. All the effort it took to get it ready was worth it to see the satisfaction and joy on his face!!!  The whole family helped and we all took a ride with the top off!!!  The kids loved it!!!

So this is what we started with.....

And this is what we have now!!!!
Awesomeness!!!! =)

Monday afternoon, after the Jeep was completely painted and all the parts put back on it (except for the top. It is still off today!!) we began the process of enlarging our chicken yard.  After the recent death/killing of one our best hens we decided to enlarge their yard for safety. Especially since we do not really know how or when it happened. Our girls (and boy) love to free range so this will be a change for them. My Army man had me on my knees hammering U-nails into the fence posts.  He had to pull the fence while I nailed. That's right this girl was doing farm work!!! I wish I had pictures to prove that I am trying at least to be "farm-y"....  I only hit my thumb twice!!! =)  I still have to go out there are put chicken wire along the bottom of the fence, but it is functional and the chickens don't seem to mind too much!!!

We are about to embark on a new adventure.....
No. We are not having more children!
No. We are not moving away...
No. We are not starting a business.
We are going to fence a pasture and purchase cows to raise for meat!!!
WE are going to F.E.N.C.E. a pasture on our property and purchase cows!!
We are going to purchase C.O.W.S. to put on our property!!!!!!!!!


We are about to fence our property for cows!!!!
This is such a huge step for us!!! We have no idea how to raise beef cows. We just know we prefer to eat beef that has been grass raised and we prefer to know where our cows have been and what they have been eating.
I (self-proclaimed "not" farm-girl) (see this blog>>> )  will be helping with the fencing and keeping of COWS!!!  WOW!!!  (Ecclesiastes 4:9)
Army Man has been looking in to Holstein (sp??) bulls. They are very cheap. They don't produce milk for the dairy farms, but we can raise them to be meat cows. It wont be the same as an Angus or Longhorn, but beef is beef !! =)
So, wish us luck as we start this new adventure!!! One day (I am sure) I will be an official farm-girl. Until then I'll just fake it!!!! =)


Thursday, February 6, 2014

Creation vs. Evolution

Controversial Content were warned.

Creation vs. Evolution

I watched the "big" debate on this the other night. My kids were bored out of their mind, but I found it to be very interesting....
But what has been even more interesting is the response of the "Christian" people to the ever-present question....
Is the Creation account in the Bible a viable model of origins???
Is the Evolution Theory a viable model of origins???

Either the Bible is true in all points or none of it is true.
Why would we only believe certain parts and dismiss other parts??

Of course, my view is Creation happened in 6 literal (day and night) days. And God rested on the 7th day.
I don't need to defend this with vigor.
Either the Bible is telling the truth or it is not.
There really is no middle ground. No gray area. No reason to believe otherwise.

For those of you that say the Bible is just an ancient book with no real impact in today's society, I challenge you to read it. Read it all the way through, then come back and tell me it is not relevant.
I will listen.
But don't assume that just because it is ancient text that it is invalid, or worse, unscientific!!
I think you will be surprised at the information and connectivity of the Word of God.
Also, I challenge you to show me another ancient book that has stood the test of time, that is written so the common man can understand it, that is available throughout the world, that is non-fiction, that covers the origin of mankind, and that people are not trying to destroy. I'm not talking about a page or two of scrolls. I would like to see a beginning to end kind of book.

This is my response on a Facebook was a homeschooling page and a concerned mom asked if she should teach her children "both" views of the Creation. One being God created the heavens and earth in 6 literal days or God used evolution to create the earth over thousands, millions, or billions of years (a form of evolution).  There were so many negative comments and so much hateful language in this stream.
I was amazed at the variety of thoughts from all view points.
You would think as adults we could have an intelligent conversation about a controversial subject without such meanness.  Even those who claimed to be "Christian" got a little huffy defending their viewpoint.

"Wow!!! This is a hot topic!!!! There are so many opinions on this subject. I just have a few questions...

~Have any of you ever seen something living (that was not alive before) come out of an explosion??

~Have any of you ever seen a  pile of logs, nails, and shingles become a home on it's own???


That is because chaos comes from explosions (Big Bangs) and a builder is required to form something from those materials. I don't care how long you leave it alone. The earth will cover and consume those materials before it could possibly make something on it's own!!

A Divine Creator is required to make something form nothing...

It takes faith to believe that God created our earth from nothing in 6 literal days and that there was a flood that covered the entire earth.

It takes just as much faith to believe the earth formed out of a big bang and that my ancestors evolved from primordial slime (millions of years ago).....

~~~~~A side note~~~~~~the Bible has many types/genres of writing (Poetry, history, epistles (letters), prophecy) that does not mean it is inaccurate in any form....If we believe any part of the Bible (and things have been proven outside the realm of Christianity) then we have to believe all of the Bible. Who are we to choose what things are true and accurate and what things are not?? God has preserved His Word through thousands of years. Our time on this earth is but a vapor compared to the grand scheme of things."

It really boils down to faith either way. No one alive today was there when time started. Nothing is going to change that. People can rant and rave at how crazy we are to believe in such a "magical" (wonderful) story told in the Genesis account of Creation.

But what if we're right??

After all we did get here somehow. I prefer to believe Someone (God) was in charge of that!!