Tuesday, December 30, 2008
American Life League's (ALL) Stop Planned Parenthood, or Stopp International, says it took a long time, but their campaign against Planned Parenthood finally got some results. "For 12 years in the Texas panhandle, there has been a fight against Planned Parenthood," he notes. "Planned Parenthood, in 1997, operated 19 clinics in the Texas panhandle."
Then the state reduced funding for the organization, and pro-life workers also continued in their efforts to shut Planned Parenthood's doors. "And as of December 31, there will no longer be any Planned Parenthood offices in the Texas panhandle," Sedlak explains. "They will all be gone."
The two remaining clinics in Amarillo have disaffiliated with the national organization. Sedlak says other cities can accomplish the same goal if they are determined, and information on that is available on the Stopp website.
Monday, December 29, 2008
Friday, December 26, 2008
“[T]he King demands that the lady be sent home forthwith.... His Majesty cannot conceive it possible that she hath so far forgotten her birth, rank, and duty as to have maintained in Virginia this mad masquerade.... The ship is to bring home also — and in irons — the man who married her. If he swears to be ignorant of her quality ... then shall he be sent honorably back to Virginia with enough in his hand to get him another wife....” I interrupted fiercely. “My wife and I were married lawfully, in the sight of God and of man. What God has joined together, let not man tear asunder! She is my wife!” (Excerpt from pg. 91)
It illustrates the nobility of pure womanhood and the importance of a wife identifying with and supporting her husband’s vision:
“We drank of the same cup then, your Honor, and we will drink of it still. We twain were wedded, and the world strove to part us. We stand suffering for that which is right and true, true by the laws of England, and most of all, true before the God who ordained that a woman should follow her husband, yea an though a sovereign should command otherwise!” (Excerpt from pg. 260)
It clearly shows the role of a godly man, both as a valiant, fearless warrior, along with his duty to cherish and serve his wife:
Monday, December 22, 2008
Saturday, December 20, 2008
This morning I read your recent article on the LAF website and wanted to comment on it.
Your article is so true! I'm sure you have heard many examples of the success of what you are recommending, since God does prosper those who follow His ways. But I still wanted to say that yes, you are right! Entrepreneurship and economical stability can succeed even when the head of the family dies.
"So what happens when your husband dies or loses his job? You then have no job skills, no recent work history, and a mortgage to pay and kids to feed. Life insurance and unemployment are never enough to last more than a year. So how, exactly, do you plan to get by when your source of financial support goes away? Husbands don't live forever. Jobs don't last forever. Unless you have a backup plan, you're stuck trying to make ends meet on welfare or church assistance--neither of which goes very far. ALL women should keep up their education and job skills in order to serve their families in times of crisis. Taking off a little time here and there to be with infants is understandable. But don't fall into the trap of letting job skills go to seed."
Here’s what happened:
My faithful father did pass away at a relatively young age, four years ago, leaving a wife and two nearly-grown children and a legacy of hard work and good planning. And we didn’t have a mortgage, didn’t run out of life insurance, didn’t use welfare or church assistance, and the women didn’t have to start working—unlike the doubtful fears expressed in the question above. Of course, there was much work to do in managing his late estate; and we always love to stay industrious—but not out of worry of where the next meal would come from, thankfully.
Here’s how we were prepared:
My parents had built several houses and sold them, enabling them to build our then-current house without a mortgage, and eventually an out-of-town ranch as well. We did a lot of work ourselves, not on the actual framing and finishing of the houses, but on the landscaping and extra improvements which added value to the properties.
My dad had established a consulting firm thirteen years before, and through working at home had been able to have low overhead and greater savings. He had invested in life insurance ever since the start of his professional career, and the resulting payment was much greater than what would “last a year.” This aided in purchasing income-producing commercial properties and in allowing my mother to never have to work.
A few lessons that were realized:
Being out of debt was key, for it freed up all of the new resources (life insurance, etc.) for their best possible use. Out of debt, you can use resources without a feeling of guilt or worry. With no debt, it’s amazing how far money can go toward real needs—with some left over to invest in property or otherwise. If a family saves money and gets out of debt, it is incredibly fulfilling to be able to pursue entrepreneurial activities together, invest in greater income-producing potential, and enjoy the blessings of life. I realize there are many variables about type of vocation and state of the economy, but being debt-free will always, always, be a step in the right direction.
Being self-employed was, I think, a major factor in having the freedom to increase profit, save money, and not have even a mortgage. Being self-employed, we (but especially my father) had the freedom to be creative with our time and efforts, and also received all of the reward from our own labor. Our family worked together on everything and supported each other’s income-making endeavors. My brother and I worked hard at everything (in the house, farm, and business) from a young age, and though we never got an allowance nor got paid by the hour at first, we were well-compensated by being given wonderful opportunities and eventually being given a stake (directly or indirectly) in the profit of those endeavors.
With no debt, income and profit can span over generations,--such as enabling my brother to be grafted into my father's business, established at an early age, and capable of now supporting a family. You can be frugal and save money from the beginning of starting a household in order to reap exponential, generation-spanning rewards later on. I am so very thankful this was the pattern in our household. A little sacrifice in the beginning really does pay off in the long-term.
God’s providence has been paramount through this whole journey—from leading my parents to be self-employed and out of debt, to enabling us to be in a good financial position when my father passed away. Being in that advantageous position, however, made all the difference between being made destitute from a hard trial, and being able to weather it more than sufficiently. Having parents who invested so much into our lives has given us a great head-start for wherever we go in life. May we always use our abilities and financial freedom to serve God and others in a powerful way!
I’d encourage you to take the step for self-employment and debt-free living! It's a matter of living for the ease and luxury of the moment versus having a vision for future success and blessing. You’ll honor God and you’ll be more prepared either to sustain a hard circumstance or to prepare your children and grandchildren to start out strongly and prosper in life. Or both, in our family’s case. Praise the Lord!
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
Monday, December 15, 2008
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Saturday, December 13, 2008
Do you eBay? I do...now and then that is. When I get the bug. I like the fact that it's easy to use with lots of handy tools when selling and buying. I particularly like being able to make invoices and print postage right here at home and then ring in the post man with the click of a button so I don't even have to go out to mail packages. It's easy to study the market to see if your Aunt Margie's
So, I added a link to our side bar. It's all the ahthelife auctions. We arrived at a point where our 1000 sq ft loss in the last move has put the squeeze on us a little to much. Feel free to peruse. Some listings start at a penny. I'll be diving out into the garage periodically for a while...and who knows what I will find...one man's trash is well....you know...the perfect gage gift this year...I hear Santa does his shopping on eBay for all the naughty children since coal is such a no-no these days....
Friday, December 12, 2008
In many ways, my husband is a self-made man. He has never followed a “typical” path but has eked out his own, meeting fascinating people and taking incredible detours along the way. Two years of junior college left him chomping at the bit for real life and greater opportunities, so he dove head-first into the world of law and politics as a teenager. Working as an intern for a law firm near Washington, DC, Matt lobbied for good causes and became increasingly disturbed by the lack of integrity and (yes) true manliness in the halls of government. He made another leap, starting his own business at age 22, doing research and writing while keeping chickens and hunting with black-powder rifle in the wilds of the Shenandoah Valley (he has long admired the great agrarian apologists like Richard Weaver and sought to emulate their ideals—manly men never just sit and watch the world go by).
Matt’s work branched out to include things as diverse as leading a two-week tour through Asia with 25 distinguished businessmen in 2001 and serving on the board of an organization devoted to helping refugees in Sudan. His service on that board grew with his love for Africa and the people there, and at least twice a year he can be found trekking into the wilds of Sudan and up the White Nile to bring relief to Darfurian refugees. In short, Matt is a far cry from today’s “metro-sexual” or video game addict. He is a true man’s man.
Matt reads widely, adding new volumes to our family library and constantly introducing his family to authors and ideas. Once a year, Matt hosts “The Gathering,” a much-anticipated event that honors one man for his contributions to American thought, culture, and theology. Guests of honor have included a noted historian, a principled statesman, and a great southern orator and pastor. For three days, the honoree is surrounded by men who pepper him with questions, learn from his answers, and honor him for his life. My husband’s desire to pay homage to real manhood shines through in each of these events. One year’s Gathering took place in England and Scotland, as Matt lead a tour through some of the greatest sites in Western history (and stopped in pubs that have been gathering places to greats like Cromwell and Gladstone).
He’d never sing his own praises, but, as his wife, I never tire of doing so. My husband can read G.A. Henty’s historical fiction aloud to our children at the dinner table and fix the brakes on a 1964 Ford pickup. He can deliver food and medical aid to a refugee camp on the border of Darfur and stand up in church the next week to tell about it. He can write a terse letter to the editor and compose beautiful poems to his wife. He plays piano masterfully by ear and sings with a wonderful baritone. His many facets shine in every situation, and he has never met a stranger. Because of his genuine manliness, our sons have a role model they can look up to on a daily basis, and our daughters have a hero for every bedtime story. Most of all, I have a husband I greatly admire, respect, and love passionately. He will always be my Man of the Year.
PS – The photo was taken in the upper Nile. My husband, cool as a cucumber in the 120-degree heat, demonstrates that it is possible to be well-dressed even in the far reaches of Africa. His companions are Sudanese freedom fighters.
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
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Wednesday, December 03, 2008
"Crystal, it doesn't matter what others think of you. It doesn't matter what others are doing. So long as you are seeking to please the Lord and honor me--that's what matters."
Which is why playing "The Comparison Game" is neither healthy or wise. It only leads to guilt, frustration, and much time wasted. And yet, I think it's something a lot of us women struggle with. We look at other women who seem more accomplished, or more organized, or thinner, or prettier, or better at this or that, or even more Godly, and we start feeling like we don't stack up.
Now granted, there's nothing wrong with being inspired or motivated by others and I'm not advocating that we all seek after mediocrity, but there is great danger in measuring ourselves and our abilities against another. Especially if this causes us to feel discouraged or inadequate.
Our worth is not in how pretty we are, how self-disciplined we are, how well-trained or advanced our children are, how long we've been married, how many children we have, how well we can decorate, how little we spend at the grocery store, or whatever it is that we feel like we might not measure up to another.
All that truly matters is who I am in Christ.
Read Finding Freedom From Guilt in it's entirety here.
Tuesday, December 02, 2008
…for the safe arrival of Parker Xavier Stubbs.
8 lbs 20 1/2" long
-1 coffee mug (microwave-safe)
-4 T. cake flour (plain, not self-rising)
-4 T. sugar
-2 T. cocoa
-3 T. milk
-3 T. oil
-Splash of vanilla
-3 T. chocolate chips, optional (optional?)
Add dry ingredients to the mug; mix well with a fork. Add egg and mix thoroughly. Pour in milk, oil, and vanilla, and mix well. Add chips, if using.
Put mug in the microwave, and cook for three minutes at 1,000 watts. (note: my little low-wattage microwave cooked it perfectly at 3 minutes. You might want to try less time with yours.) Cake will rise over the top of the mug — do not be alarmed. When finished, carefully remove mug from microwave and allow to cool a little. Tip onto a small plate prior to serving, if desired. Yields one generous serving or two “more virtuous” servings.
Wednesday, November 26, 2008
“Turkey for a Crowd”
Cook’s Illustrated, with adaptations by Rebecca Serven.
Serves 20 to 24
You can use any roasting pan to roast the turkey, even a disposable one, but make sure to use a V-rack to keep the bird elevated. Be careful to dry the skin thoroughly before brushing the bird with butter; otherwise it will have spotty brown skin. Rotating the bird helps produce moist, evenly cooked meat, but for the sake of ease, you may not opt to rotate it. In that case, skip the step of lining the V rack with foil and roast the bird breast side up for the entire cooking time. Because we do not brine the bird, we had the best results with a frozen Butterball (injected with salt and water) and a kosher bird (soaked in salt water during processing).
1. Place turkey in container large enough so water can cover it by 1 or 2 inches (if at all possible): Large stock pot, 5 gallon white bucket, etc.
2. Make room in the fridge for container.
3. Make sure turkey is completely thawed. Rinse well.
4. Make water and salt solution. Ratio is 1 cup salt to 1 gallon water. Make sure salt is dissolved!! Add seasonings (I use ¼ cup dried thyme as it compliments the Turkey for a Crowd Recipe).
5. Pour solution over bird until it covers it by 1 or 2 inches. You may need to make additional solution (remember to dissolve salt).
6. Brine for 10 to 12 hours, rotating if needed (so that all parts of the turkey are evenly brined).
7. Remove from brine, rinse in sink with cold water until all traces of salt are removed.
8. Safely discard brine and cook turkey as normal (omitting salt in recipe).
Variation: Combine 1 gallon of cold water with 1 cup kosher salt in a large stockpot. Heat until salt is dissolved. Add 4 ounces of cracked black peppercorns, 6 bay leaves, 4 sprigs of rosemary, and 1 cup brown sugar. Stir until combined; cool to room temperature. Place the defrosted or fresh turkey in a large plastic bag, fill with brine to submerge turkey, and refrigerate for 12-15 hours. Rub, roast and baste as usual.
Turkey Roasting Methodology
2 medium onions, chopped coarse
2 medium carrots, chopped coarse
2 celery ribs, chopped coarse
1 lemon, quartered
2 sprigs (3 to 4 inches each) fresh thyme
1 frozen Butterball or Kosher or Fresh Brined Turkey (18 to 22 pounds gross weight) turkey rinsed and thoroughly dried with paper towels
4 tablespoons butter, melted
2 tablespoons kosher salt or 1 teaspoon table salt (omit if you just brined the turkey)
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1. Adjust oven rack to lowest position; remove remaining racks. Heat oven to 425 degrees. Line large V rack with heavy duty foil and poke holes in foil; set V rack in 15 by 12 inch roasting pan.
2. Toss onions, carrots, celery, lemon, and thyme in medium bowl; set aside. Brush turkey breast with 2 tablespoons butter, then sprinkle with half or salt (or omit) and half of black pepper. Set turkey breast side down on V rack. Brush with remaining 2 tablespoons butter and sprinkle with remaining salt (or omit) and black pepper. Fill cavity with half of onion mixture; scatter rest in roasting pan and pour 1 cup water into pan.
3. Roast turkey 1 hour; remove roasting pan with turkey from oven. Lower oven temperature to 325 degrees. Using clean dishtowel or 2 potholders, turn/flip turkey breast side up (long ways works best—grab drumsticks); return to roasting pan with turkey to oven and continue to roast until legs move freely and instant read thermometer inserted into thickest part of thigh registers 170 to 180 degrees, about 2 hours longer (usually a little longer than they say). Transfer turkey to carving board and let rest, uncovered 35 to 40 minutes. Carve and serve.
4. Make gravy from drippings and flour.
Monday, November 24, 2008
By Jessica Bennett NEWSWEEK
Published Nov 17, 2008
For Brooklyn real-estate agent Maria Mackin, the obsession started five years ago, on a trip to Pennsylvania Amish country. She, her husband and three children—now 17, 13 and 11—sat down for brunch at a local bed-and-breakfast, and suddenly the chef realized she'd run out of eggs. "She said, 'Oh goodness! I'll have to go out to the garden and get some more'," Mackin recalls. "She cooked them up and they were delicious." Mackin and her husband, Declan Walsh, looked at each other, and it didn't take long for the idea to register: Could we have chickens too? They finished their brunch and convinced the bed-and-breakfast owner, a Mennonite celery farmer, to sell them four chickens. They packed them in a little nest in the back of their Plymouth Voyager minivan and headed back to Brooklyn.
The family has been raising chickens ever since, in the backyard of their brick townhouse in an urban waterfront neighborhood called Red Hook. Every Easter, Mackin orders a new round of chicks, now from a catalog that ships the newborns in a ventilated box while they are still feeding from their yolks. When they are grown, she offers up their eggs—and occasionally extra chickens, when she decides she's got too many—to friends and neighbors, and sells a portion to a local bistro, which touts the neighborhood poultry on its Web site. She gives the chicken manure—a high-quality fertilizer—to a local community garden in exchange for hay, which she uses to pad the chickens' wire-fenced coop. Occasionally, she kills and cooks up a chicken for dinner—though, she says, her chickens are egg layers and aren't particularly tasty. "We joke and call ourselves the Red Hook Poultry Association," says the former social worker, who at one time housed 27 chicks inside her kitchen—for six weeks. "Sometimes people are like, 'This is really kind of weird'."Meanwhile, at MadCityChickens.com, the Web site created by the Madison Chicken Underground, chat-line operator Dennis Harrison-Noonan has turned his chicken love into a mini-business: he's sold 2,000 design kits for his custom-made playhouse chicken coop, which retails for $35. "It's really not that crazy to think that people are doing this," says Owen Taylor, the urban livestock coordinator at Just Food, which operates the New York Chicken Project. "Most of the world keeps chickens, and they've been doing so for thousands of years."
Historically, he's right. During the first and second world wars, the government even encouraged urban farming by way of backyard "Victory Gardens" in an effort to lessen the pressure on the public food supply. (Until 1859, there were 50,000 hogs living in Manhattan, according to Blecha.) "It's really only been over the last 50 years or so that we've gotten the idea that modernity and success and urban spaces don't involve these productive animals," Blecha says.
Read the NewsWeek article in it's entirety here.
Saturday, November 22, 2008
Next I drilled pilot holes, and then I drilled countersink holes. After that it was pretty easy to screw it together. Oh yes, and make sure you have a Dad with a drill, drill bits, and such.
Next comes the wire floor. I used 1x1 in the event that there is ever baby rabbits in this cage. It bends pretty easy around the wood. I laid the frame on top of the wire and folded it upward. Wire snips made sizing it easy. Then I hammered it down with staples. It's the fastest way when the staple gun is missing. Dad with staple gun not necessary...
Friday, November 21, 2008
Thoughts from Auntie Esther:
He's doing pretty good! They're all pleased with how healthy he's been. =) Yesterday and today were a little harder and he had to have the CPAP and all that stuff cover his face again. But, he sure is adorable! Everyone says he looks like the Fitzhenry side...(YAY!)...with his dark, wavy hair and Lauren's chin and cheeks...and then Lauren says he has Tait's nose...he's just precious!! Oh, and since he was able to start eating Lauren's milk he's already up to 3 lbs 4 oz! Lauren says he's been gaining about 2 ounces a day! =) Pretty soon we're gonna' have to add "pudgo" to his already excessively long list of nicknames. Anyhow...he is doing well...he is loved, he is being held by his mommy and daddy and he is getting bigger and cuter (if that's even possible) every day!
Thursday, November 20, 2008
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Baby Z's name is Tait Edward Zimmerman Jr.
He has some clever nicknames as well that were once his father's. Taitor Tot, Totmeister and Super Tot to name a few.
Here is a recent update on Tait Jr. from his ecstatic Auntie Esther:
Well, all babies have holes in their hearts but, usually through the natural birthing process it closes. Since Little Z is both a preemie and a C-section his hole didn't close. So, they're giving him 3 rounds of medicine (3 doses in each round) to close it and today he gets his last round. From what the doctors say it looks like it is closing and they're hoping after today's medicine it will keep on closing...they will do an EKG to check on it. We are all anxious for him to be through with the medicine so that he can get back on mom's milk and start gaining weight and the faster he gains weight the sooner he can come home!
And, also please pray for Tait and Lauren as right now they live an hour and 20 minutes away from the hospital and they have to be there (and want to be there) as often and as long as possible. Gas prices couldn't have gone down at a better time. =P
That's all for now...I've got pictures to post from Lauren's first time holding him and she has pictures she wants me to post of him with his little mask and stuff off so we can see his precious little face. I'm told he has dark, curly hair and Tait's nose. =D
Please keep Tait Jr., Lauren and big Tait in your prayers!"
Today's update from Baby Z's mama Lauren:
"We are requesting prayer for Little Tait. They're trying to close the PDA valve in his heart with medicine; this is their last try today. Else comes surgery.... They're doing another echocardiogram tomorrow, so we'll know then whether or not the valve is closed. There's a small chance that they won't have to do surgery even if it's not closed yet. Thanks for your prayers!"
Welcome to "country" living Sugar!
Wednesday, November 12, 2008
By William Arthur Ward
Believe while others are doubting.
Plan while others are playing.
Study while others are sleeping.
Decide while others are delaying.
Prepare while others are daydreaming.
Begin while others are procrastinating.
Work while others are wishing.
Save while others are wasting.
Listen while others are talking.
Smile while others are frowning.
Commend while others are criticizing.
Persist while others are quitting
Thursday, November 06, 2008
Update: This just in from Auntie Esther Zimmerman, Tait's sister.
"Baby Z doesn't have a name yet...that seems to be only thing Tait and Lauren can't agree on! =D We were commissioned to bring them their "baby name books" today so, hopefully they'll decide soon! =) We can't wait for him to have a name!
Lauren is doing fine...she was up for awhile (SUPER WOMAN!) and was visiting baby when we got here about an hour or so ago. Right now she is resting. Baby Z is AMAZING! Everyone is very thrilled with how well he is doing...his lungs were the main concern like most preemies....but, they're really pleased with how healthy his are. He is actually kind of able to breath by himself...I'm not sure exactly what's going on right now but, sounds like he's breathing some and they're helping him out once in awhile. He's so tiny!
Oh, and since baby is going to have to be in here until at least January and because Tait and Lauren will have to be here pretty much all the time...they are going to have to figure out how to get closer to the hospital (we're about an hour and 20 minutes away right now).
Wednesday, November 05, 2008
"Gloom and Doom is everywhere! In the papers, on the news, all over the internet, even in daily conversations. Many members of the general public and the investment community are getting depressed and caught up in this propaganda at a rapid pace. The attitude is even beginning to spill into personal and professional lives as people begin to buy into it. So what’s the answer? STOP immediately!
When you focus on the negative, you always multiply your problems. Instead, see your business being so busy you have to expand…the human mind has an incredible ability to accomplish whatever you focus on.
1. It’s simply not true.
It is possible to have the life you want. You work hard, and the media right now is making you sheepish. It’s herding you into a corner. It’s driving a stake right into the heart of the economy. You cannot create prosperity when you are fearful. In the 70’s we were told the world’s oil was running out; clearly that didn’t happen. The media predicted a mini ice age within the last 40 years; that didn’t happen either. Global warming? Chicago has had the heaviest snowfall since 1979. The media is powerful – do your own research.
2. This is a great year for commercial real estate.
If you are planning on investing in commercial real estate this year, you are in luck. There will be a fabulous inventory of product from which to choose. Interest rates are at an all-time low. Cap rates are becoming more reasonable again. Lots of OPPORTUNITY is in store for you this year.
3. Businesses that are closing should close.
You read the same newspapers I do, and you’ve seen articles about Starbucks and other retail chains closing units. It makes you wonder, doesn’t it? You need to realize these units were underperforming all along and would have been closed anyway. What the paper doesn’t tell you is that there are many units being opened as well.
4. There is more money available to exchange hands than ever before.
There is more affluence in the U.S. economy than ever before. Businesses catering to the affluent are selling goods and services at record numbers. After all, people still want to spend money.
5. Plenty of businesses and people are experiencing financial growth at the moment.
The mall parking lots are full; people are walking around with shopping bags containing multiple purchases. Restaurants are still busy; you still need a reservation. Many Fortune 500’s are having banner years.
6. More money was paid into the IRS in 2007 than ever before.
This is self-explanatory. The only way this was possible is if Americans earned record amounts of income!
7. Abundance is a mindset. There are no limits to what you can create, and there are endless opportunities.
If you focus on recession, that energy follows your thought. The more you focus on abundance and prosperity, the more you get.
Remember, history has recorded that more millionaires were created during the Great Depression than in any other time because of the infamous “poor economy”. These people prospered because they believed in themselves and were willing to take calculated risks. They made tremendous amounts of money because they did not let the media control their destiny – they took charge! Take charge and get going…"
Saturday, November 01, 2008
Today we spent some more time working on the new coop. It is just about done. I snapped a few pictures of a butterfly since there were too many "hands" for a time. Carrots comes inside in the evening to run and play and stretch his legs. This evening we found him on the couch. Seems he's getting a little more bold.
Monday, October 27, 2008
One of the RIRs has a flopped over comb. The other RIR has a nice stout comb that stands straight up. This is the only thing that we have been able to use as a distinguishing mark between the two.
The black hen looks like a crow and I was almost convinced she was except that she is very talkative and has convinced me she's a chicken.
So to get on with the winners.
Livvy for submitting Ruby....will be the name of one of the RIRs
Julia for submitting the idea to name it after a characteristic....Flippy Flopper will be the name of the other RIR. And...
Tori for submitting Mrs. Cluckers....The black hen has certainly earned the name.
If the winner's will submit their e-mail addresses to our blog email email@example.com they will each receive an ebook copy of "How To Be Beautiful and other stories," a story of a young lady that struggles to find the secret hidden in the gospel of Christ. The book dates back to 1827 (or so) I found H2BB in an antique book store in Enterprise Oregon 3 years ago.
Thanks all for the entries...They are on our animal name list in the event that in future more animals come to live on the farm....