President Trump on Budget & Spending Cuts along with the Mulvaney Appointment – a real win for the Taxpayer!

Trump says a lot in a few words  “We must do a lot more with less”  Hiring freezes are already in place and he is working on a cabinet that knows how to manage wisely.  All this bodes well for the overworked American taxpayer.

Congratulations to Mick Mulvaney — here’s the backstory and some insight into how good he is as an appointment —

“Part of the job is saying ‘no,'” Mulvaney told The Post and Courier on Friday, less than 24 hours after being sworn in as the new Director of the Office of Management and Budget.

Read more here:  http://www.postandcourier.com/news/mick-mulvaney-says-he-s-about-to-become-the-most/article_4c41fbb0-f560-11e6-a987-7b7ca7088149.html  It is worth noting that had Rand Paul become President, Mulvaney would have been his selection for this job as well.

trump-on-budget-and-spending-cutsh/t Joshua Lock for the links

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – President Trump on Budget & Spending Cuts along with the Mulvaney Appointment – a real win for the Taxpayer!

A Proclamation from George Washington in 1789 and Thanksgiving Words to Proclaim 2016


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This is a wonderous holiday.  It lacks the commercial spin of some of the other holidays.  It is a time for getting together with family and friends and remembering the One who made us; the One we are here to serve with thanksgiving in our hearts.  May we bless Him and be blessed in the process.
Here is how one of our founding fathers set apart the day in 1789:

THANKSGIVING DAY 1789
BY THE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA
– A PROCLAMATION

Whereas it is the duty of all Nations to acknowledge the providence of almighty God, to obey his will, to be grateful for his benefits, and humbly to implore his protection and favor – and Whereas both Houses of Congress have by their joint Committee requested me “to recommend to the People of the United States a day of public thanksgiving and prayer to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God, especially by affording them an opportunity peaceably to establish a form of government for their safety and happiness.”

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Now therefore I do recommend and assign Thursday the 26th day of November next to be devoted by the People of these States to the service of that great and glorious Being, who is the beneficent Author of all the good that was, that is, or that will be – That we may then all unite in rendering unto him our sincere and humble thanks – for his kind care and protection of the People of this country previous to their becoming a Nation – for the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of his providence, which we experienced in the course and conclusion of the late war –for the great degree of tranquillity, union, and plenty, which we have since enjoyed – for the peaceable and rational manner in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness, and particularly the national One now lately instituted, for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed, and the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; and in general for all the great and various favors which he hath been pleased to confer upon us.
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And also that we may then unite in most humbly offering our prayers and supplications to the great Lord and Ruler of Nations and beseech him to pardon our national and other transgressions – to enable us all, whether in public or private stations, to perform our several and relative duties properly and punctually – to render our national government a blessing to all the People, by constantly being a government of wise, just, and constitutional laws, discreetly and faithfully executed and obeyed – to protect and guide all Sovereigns and Nations (especially such as have shewn kindness unto us) and to bless them with good government, peace, and concord – To promote the knowledge and practice of true religion and virtue, and the increase of science among them and Us – and generally to grant unto all mankind such a degree of temporal prosperity as he alone knows to be best.
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Given under my hand at the City of New York the third day of October in the year of our Lord 1789.
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(signed) G. WASHINGTON.
More on George Washington available via The Papers of George Washington
Also published here via OK-SAFE

Email via Jim Hollingsworth (Idaho) Source: The Massachusetts Centinel, Wednesday, October 14, 1789

A copy of the original Centinel printing is also available.

Some interesting history concerning Thanksgiving.

PROCLAMATION
thanksgiving-proclamationThis year a general theme for me has been proclamation.  It is important what we think.  It is important what we say outloud.  It is important how we say it and when we say it and how often we say it.  If we are really serious about a matter, we repeat it.  If we are asking our children to do something, we repeat it until it happens.  If we want something from the king (or Congress), we keep bringing up the matter until it occurs.  Please consider reading some of these verses around your dinner table and proclaim His word to your family and friends!
Some scriptures about Thanksgiving for you to proclaim:

I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart;
I will recount all of your wonderful deeds.

—Psalm 9:1

The one who offers thanksgiving as his sacrifice glorifies me;
to one who orders his way rightly
I will show the salvation of God!”

—Psalm 50:23

It is good to give thanks to the Lord,
to sing praises to your name, O Most High;

—Psalm 92:1

Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous,
and give thanks to his holy name!

—Psalm 97:12

Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!

—Psalm 100:4

Oh give thanks to the Lord; call upon his name;
make known his deeds among the peoples!
Sing to him, sing praises to him;
tell of all his wondrous works!

—Psalm 105:1-2

do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.

—Philippians 4:6
More scriptures and references here:
Derek Prince’s book on Prayer and Proclamation
THANKSGIVING THROUGH THE YEARS:
 Thanksgiving Card version2 2015

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A Thanksgiving Prayer (2009) – My little ‘sermonette’  on the matter of the importance of the holiday.

And so once again I send blessings from my house to yours.

I thank God for your friendship and your labor

for Life and Liberty in our land.

 

Blessings,

Sandie

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A Tribute to my Aunt Betty and an Era Ended for the Boone side of the Family

Betty Lou Boone was the last of four children born to Sunset Boone.  She and Frank were the youngest and their mother was known to us as Mama Boone.  Evelyn was the oldest and next was my mom Jimmie Amelia (their mom’s both died shortly after they were born).  They all grew up in and around Munday Texas.  Here is an article about Sunset Boone from 1952 (the year I was born) when he revisited his hometown and the city he was named after, Sunset Texas, at age 69.

Montague County Times June 20 1952 - The Portal to Texas History

Click on pic to view source document about Sunset Boone visiting Sunset Texas at age 69

The article says he was born February 8, 1883.  It also talks about him being in the dry goods business through the years.  I know a few stories from their childhood that mom told me growing up, but really just enough to know that life was difficult for them.  They lived through the depression era and WW2 and it affected them all differently but dramatically.  They all survived and married and had families.

All the cousins have stayed in touch, but the best memories I have are sharing secrets with Melinda at their home in Lubbock or at the lake house for the 4th of July and fireworks.

When Betty’s husband KK was alive, he was the life of the party always telling stories and entertaining the crowd.  He was a clock-maker & repairer and was very talented.

My first summer job growing up was with Frank and Betty at C F Boone Publications.  They did military directories and in later years event booklets like for the Elvis Memorial, and major hurricanes and tornados.  Betty always loved work!  Frank was a marketing genius and Betty could make it happen and their publications did very well through the years.  She and KK had one son, who we all adored, Kim.  He was talented musically and gymnastically.  He married and had one son, but he had difficulty with substance abuse and died way too early for us!  However, I should mention that he knew the Lord and I am confident in the Lord’s sovereignty on these matters.

Betty was a great cook (as were several members of my family) and a couple of our family favorites are credited to her in Recipe Treasures here (available in larger format to read/download).  We always ate well at family gatherings!
Shoepeg Corn Casserole Sweet Potatoes

 

Betty Mom Dad Evelyn 50th 1993

Betty Kimbro, Jimmie & Ted Crosnoe, Evelyn Moore

Sheri Jan Melinda Betty 50th 1993

Sheri, Jan, Melinda, Betty

In December of 1993, my Mom and Dad celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.  My sister, Paula, and I threw a grand reception and dinner party for them and nearly all the family was there.  I must say a really good time was had by all!  These are the best photos that I have of Betty from that event.  I would note that Betty was like a second mom to my cousins after they lost both of their parents through the years.

Later in life my Mom suffered from a series of increasingly debilitating strokes and ultimately was bedridden. During that time, I was her primary care coordinator and was literally on call 24×7 with very few breaks, but somehow Betty managed to come to Garland where Mom and I lived at the time and give me a much needed break. I don’t even recall now where I went, but I do so much remember her gift of time to help me out and give me a much needed vacation. As I recall she did this for me on a couple of different occasions during that time.

I am so grateful that we became close and shared about the Lord with one another.  She had expressed to me concern that she didn’t know the Lord “like my Mom and Dad did” and she wanted to.  I remember praying with her that she would know Him and be confident in her salvation on several occasions.  Her confidence grew and she was of late very much ready to go home.  I thank my heavenly Father for His provision for Ralph and Melinda to be able to have Betty with them over the last few months and be with her at her passing to her heavenly home.  I would love to see the video of her greeting there as the ‘baby of the family.’

We will miss her dearly and yet we shall see her again in His time!

 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.

Revelation 3:5

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – A Tribute to my Aunt Betty and an Era Ended for the Boone side of the Family

 

Oklahoma Heritage Farm Prepares for Fall Festival — The Maze is Ready!

Oklahoma Heritage Farm is located near Vera between Bartlesville and Tulsa on Highway 75.  It is the homeplace, family farm, store and project of Mike and Margaret Snow.  Recently an article was written about them by Susan Albert in Bartlesville Examiner Enterprise.

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Margaret and Mike Snow own and operate the Oklahoma Heritage Farm Store midway between Bartlesville and Tulsa on U.S. Highway 75. Susan Albert/Examiner-Enterprise

Mike and Margaret Snow are carrying on the lifestyle of their five-generation family. Like their parents and grandparents before them, they work the soil, grow the crops, raise the farm animals and provide for themselves.

We were “self-sustaining” before the term became popular, Margaret Snow said.

With the Oklahoma Heritage Farm Store, situated on acreage south of Ramona off U.S. Highway 75, the Snows have opened up their home and farm as a way to share the wealth of homegrown heirloom produce, homemade goodies and gifts and decor that depict the diverse heritage of Oklahoma.

“We feel like we live the good life and want to share that with people,” said Snow, who acknowledged they work long hours in the garden, she cooks every day, and they don’t have a computer in their home.

“We love to work,” she said. “We’re not non-progressive; we like it that way.”

They grow heirloom varieties — the same seed they sell in the store, and they grow it as organically as possible. They sell what is in season from their own backyard and don’t bring in any produce from other vendors. Right now it’s the early vegetables and greens, she said. Later, they will have summer vegetables plus fruit.

What they don’t sell from the garden they preserve — in a jar, in the freezer or in a dehydrator. The Snows also give away a lot of produce to the church, neighbors or elderly who may need fresh produce.

Read the rest of the story here>>>

Dorindas DabblingsThe store has added a new jewelry line featuring ‘Dorinda’s Dabblings’ shared recently on facebook here >>>

doTERRa card graphicA selection of essential oils from doTERRA are also available there at the store.  If you don’t see what you need, ask about it!

Fresh ProduceFresh produce is available daily and local honey and homemade breads and so much more.

 

 

The latest buzz is all the preparation for the Fall Festival…OHF Maze 2016Talk about excitement!

The maze for the fall festival is now a reality, all 7 acres of it. Preparations for the Fall Festival scheduled for late Sept. thru Oct. are in full swing. There is a whole slate of things to do to get ready so they are in festival mode from now until it opens in September.  Watch for all the details coming soon including the dates & times the festival will be open, rates, group scheduling, & a list of events.

This festival will be full of real old fashioned family fun with lots of activities.  It will be educational too, as we share the story of Oklahoma’s rich history.

Click and watch the a-maze-ing video.

Oklahoma Heritage Farm on Facebook

Oklahoma Heritage Farm   918-371-7887

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – Oklahoma Heritage Farm Prepares for Fall Festival — The Maze is Ready!

What You Should Focus On…

What you should Focus on

I love simple graphics that make a clear point.  If you need more help figuring out what is in the piece where the two circles intersect, make two lists:

  • Things that matter
  • Things you can control (or at least think you can have some ability to impact)

Anything on both lists is something you should consider focusing on!

Of course if you want to add one more filter — seek the Lord on the matter and make sure it lines up with both His word and His leading in your life.  That will help you hone in on the priorities for right now!

h/t Vickie Freeman Babcock on facebook for the find

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – What You Should Focus On…

What Do you See? What is on Your Mind?

Do you see good or evil

When you encounter a situation, what do you see? Do you see the glass half empty or the glass half full? How you perceive a matter may effect the way you respond to it. What is the proper response? I am not going to tell you the answer, because I do not know for you. I only know what I am learning — albeit very slowly.

What we see is not the entirety of a matter. We can only see from our limited perspective. We cannot know another’s heart in the matter; we don’t even know our own most of the time.

The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

Jeremiah 17:9

Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me.

Psalm 51:10

We need to seek Him in all matters that confront us, moment by moment asking Him to see things the way He sees and respond in the way He would have us to respond.  His ways are above our ways; and, they are way better!
Seek ye the Lord while he may be found, call ye upon him while he is near:
Isaiah 55:6
There is a lot of division and unrest in our society.  There are lots of ways to divide people.  I have friends who are pessimists and see calamity at every turn and others who see great opportunity in every tragedy.  Which is right?  You might say that both are because a watchman is called to warn people so that they might see in time to change direction; while we are all called to encourage one another even in the midst of the calamity.  We certainly live in a time where we need to both warn and encourage one another.  It works best when we have a word in season for one another – certainly His ways are above ours and if we are seeking Him and following His word – we may yet live to see His resolution to the matter.
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.
II Timothy 2:15
It is, of course, very important what we dwell on.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
Philippians 4:8
Here is a powerful message on the importance of our thoughts.  We are challenged to think on good things for a reason!  Don’t miss this most excellent video on the amazing power of your mind (about 10 mins in length) with over 3 million views at time of posting.

 

A Conservative — Really?

A Conservative — Really?

by Margaret Snow

 

After many years of following politics and being a active voter and frankly, a citizen activist who actually follows legislation, reads bills, and spends time lobbying my legislators for what I believe in — I am quite amused that here in Oklahoma politicians ALL seem to be running as “Conservative.” I make no apologies for being a Constitutional Conservative, a Fiscal Conservative, and a Social Conservative in my views. The references that I find helpful in forming what I believe are on the nightstand next to my bed. They are the Bible, the United States Constitution and the Bill of Rights, plus an old US History book written before revisionist history was introduced into our schools.

Truth via CrossExamined

Conservative or Progressive

 

If you don’t agree with me, I will still love you but for goodness sake, “Who do you think you are fooling when you call yourself a conservative?” I think the answer to that very question could be a lot of people are confused about the fact that they are likely to be “Progressives” rather than Conservatives.

 

If you are a Progressive, please have the integrity to claim it for those that agree with your positions. Claiming verbally now as a candidate to be conservative will not override your actual views and the positions you will take when elected. Most of your supporters will potentially be one-issue voters who don’t want to look past the agenda they feel will benefit them personally. Many of them are looking for immediate gratification regarding a particular issue that they are passionate about. They will care less or even refuse to consider, the larger picture of how a variety of positions taken today will affect the freedoms and prosperity of generations to come.

 

Being truly conservative requires applying the same liberty standards to every issue and doing it all the time even when we have to consider giving up something in the present that might benefit us personally.

 

Ideas Have Consequences

 

As an observer, I have come to the conclusion that voters are confused about what a real conservative is and even more confused about their own conservative status. It seems many voters are actually confused to a point where they fail to recognize that when a progressive claims to be conservative, they verbalize support for rights and liberties for citizens but take positions that are very much at odds with conservative values. Here are some examples of this type of belief system:

 

  • Government knows better how to spend your money than you do and in order to balance a budget, government just needs a few more tax dollars to be sure its spent right and the right programs are funded.
  • Progressives might agree that we should be afforded our 2nd amendment right but feel government may just know better than the citizenry how far that right goes.
  • Progressives say that we should have private property rights but at a certain point, they feel government knows better than we do how to manage the property we own and love.
  • Progressives think that government knows what is better for our children than we as parents do.

 

Truth in Labeling

 

Some would argue that this explanation is too extreme to describe the views of their particular candidate and that there are exceptions, but in reality a conservative believes that if we give government an inch today (or a 1% tax) they will be taking a mile (or making it 30%) in the future. I would like to see more truth in labeling. If you really are a Progressive then own it. If you really are a Conservative and get elected, please don’t open the door even an inch because we all know where that leads.

 

Not even in my lifetime have I actually been able to experience a period when our government has held to the guidelines that our founding fathers wrote in the most perfect document to ever govern a country. I do believe though, that there are many, like myself, who actually come close to an understanding of that precious concept and have a true desire to preserve liberty for those we will leave behind.

 

Margaret Snow

 

 

Graphic Credit:  Cross Examined via article here on topic.

 

About the Author

Margaret Snow - OHF ThumbnailMargaret Snow is a mother, grandmother, business owner, and native of Oklahoma. She has enjoyed a long successful career in the interior field and started five small businesses over the years both in Oklahoma and in Colorado.

She attributes the foundation for her philosophy on life as being engrained growing up on a dairy farm with hard work ethic and responsibility. Along with her Dad one of the most influential people in her life was her grandmother who lived in the home until she was ten years old. Spending many days literally side by side with her grandmother who was extremely creative, a wonderful story teller, a real historian, and a valuable instructor probably influenced Margaret’s interest in both history and current events throughout the years.

Several years ago Margaret along with her husband Mike returned to Oklahoma to live on a small portion of the old farm where Margaret grew up. Mike recently retired and although Margaret still works on select projects for her clients, today they are enjoying what they consider “the good life” and have opened a real country store on the property.

Oklahoma Heritage Farm

Rooted in faith, Cultivating family and freedom

 

Finding Gems & Sharing Them – A Conservative — Really?

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