Friday, October 31

hillbilly economics class

Things are always easier to understand when explained in
terms of beer!

Suppose that every day, ten men go out for beer and the bill for all
ten comes to $100. If they paid their bill the way we pay our taxes, it
would go something like this:

The first four men (the poorest) would pay nothing.
The fifth would pay $1.
The sixth would pay $3.
The seventh would pay $7.
The eighth would pay $12.
The ninth would pay $18.
The tenth man (the richest) would pay $59.

So, that’s what they decided to do. The ten men drank in the bar
every day and seemed quite happy with the arrangement, until one
day, the owner threw them a curve. ‘Since you are all such good
customers, he said, ‘I’m going to reduce the cost of your daily beer
by $20. Drinks for the ten now cost just $80.

The group still wanted to pay their bill the way we pay our taxes so
the first four men were unaffected. They would still drink for free.
But what about the other six men - the paying customers? How could
they divide the $20 windfall so that everyone would get his ‘fair
share?’ They realized that $20 divided by six is $3.33. But if they
subtracted that from everybody’s share, then the fifth man and the
sixth man would each end up being paid to drink his beer. So, the
bar owner suggested that it would be fair to reduce each man’s bill
by roughly the same amount, and he proceeded to work out the
amounts each should pay.

And so:
The fifth man, like the first four, now paid nothing (100% savings).
The sixth now paid $2 instead of $3 (33%savings).
The seventh now paid $5 instead of $7 (28%savings).
The eighth now paid $9 instead of $12 (25% savings).
The ninth now paid $14 instead of $18 (22% savings).
The tenth now paid $49 instead of $59 (16% savings).

Each of the six was better off than before. And the first four
continued to drink for free. But once outside the restaurant, the men
began to compa re their savings.

‘I only got a dollar out of the $20′, declared the sixth man. He
pointed to the tenth man,’ but he got $10!’

‘Yeah, that’s right’, exclaimed the fifth man. ‘I only saved a dollar,
too. It’s unfair that he got ten times more than I!’

‘That’s true!!’ shouted the seventh man. ‘Why should he get $10 back
when I got only two? The wealthy get all the breaks!’

‘Wait a minute,’ yelled the first four men in unison. ‘We didn’t get
anything at all. The system exploits the poor!’

The nine men surrounded the tenth and beat him up!

The next night the tenth man didn’t show up for drinks, so the nine
sat down and had beers without him. But when it came time to pay
the bill, they discovered something important. They didn’t have
enough money between all of them for even half of the bill!

And that, boys and girls, journalists and college professors, is how
our tax system works. The people who pay the highest taxes get the
most benefit from a tax reduction. Tax them too much, attack them
for being wealthy, and they just may not show up anymore. In fact,
they might start drinking overseas where the atmosphere is
somewhat friendlier.

David R. Kamerschen, Ph.D.
Professor of Economics, University of Georgia
For those who understand, no explanation is needed.
For those who do not understand, no explanation is possible

Wednesday, October 29

Jessica's verse

Here is the layout--straight out of my wee little noggin'...This is the final layout. I drew it all out once before but the paper wasn't as good so I had to re-draw it on this paper.

With the words written.

Finished! (4 hours later)

Up close the "I"
SO pretty. Not quite as I had hoped, but I'm OK with it!

In the same frame and matte I test all my pictures in...

Jessica asked me to write her this verse (my first paying customer LOL) before I injured my hand last year. I made it back then. The original is here. But I messed it up and wasn't happy with it. While, since then, I haven't been able to write, I have read and studied books to get better. This is actually my first real attempt at the painting. I've never really painted before so it was challenging. And yes, I of course find some issues with it. None that I am going to share!

I hope you like it, Jessica! And Ronnie, too, seeing as he'll have to look at it as well! lol

Tuesday, October 28

I made this the other day. I asked my daughter what she thought and she emphatically stated that she swore I had bought. She walked over to it with awe saying, "I saw it. I thought you bought it at the store!" How sweet.

I want to do this one over. I pictured it much differently in my head. For this one, I just grabbed some paper and drew it out. When I look at it, I can see how little of time was spent on it.

Monday, October 27


This is for a different friend. She always has Thanksgiving at her house for the whole church. I decided to make these for her--if she approves!

Sharon asked if I make money at this or have tried to. i haven't. I'm not really good yet. I've got a long way to go. Besides that, I have no idea how to go about it and with the kids and homeschool I wonder when I would ever have time. I really want to. I love it. I think that God can use it--somehow. I just don't know how yet. I thought of do verses and framing them and selling them at consignment or something like that, but again, I'm not that good...and then there's the time issue...I should always be doing something else, really...

Saturday, October 25

For a dear friend...

If you click on the pictures, you can see it much bigger and more clearly.

I made this for a friend. She picked it as our weekly memory verse at Bible study, so I just wrote it up. I love it when people say "How long did it take you?"
How long does it take you to find a pen and write a sentence? Cuz that's how long...
Except I do have to open an ink bottle and dip the pen a few maybe a couple seconds extra?

Thanks for the prayers about my hand. It feels much better as each day passes. I have a little numbness still in the palm of my hand, but other than that, I feel like God is doin' his healing thing through the blessings of capable physicians!

Friday, October 24


I went to the second opinion doctor for my hand. he said I had a minor torn ligament and injected it with cortisone. They could've warned me as to how badly it owuld hurt the next day...Needless to say, typing is SO not happening right now!

Tuesday, October 21

Five reasons I love my hubby...
from Sit with me a While

  1. He is like a knight in shining armor to me. before I was a christian, he swept me off my feet. He took care of me when I was sick. He prayed for when I went to the doctor (which at the time felt creepy...) He takes care of me still. And he's still my knight in shining armor. yes, he falls off his horse sometimes, I still love him!
  2. He led me to the Lord. I would not be saved today if he had not been faithful to me. Even with all the garbage we went through as new couple. It's amazing to see how much we have changed and grown together.
  3. Craig loves others. It shows in how he is at work, in doing job for people, in hiring people who need help- or at least say they do. He goes out of his way for people the best he can. Unfortunately, a person can't please everyone and that is what he tries to do...It ends up stressing him out in the end.
  4. He calls me cute nicknames. (Oma bagoma from Tacoma is one of them) So I know he loves me. He tells me so. He shows me so.
  5. He is growing as a dad, a christian, and a husband. He makes me want to grow along side him. Just as tall. He doesn't see himself as tall, in a spiritual sense either. I see him a s a mighty oak with faith that can move mountains. I wanna be like him. :)

Psalm 98:1
O sing to the Lord a new song,
For he has done wonderful things.
His right hand and His holy arm have gained the victory for Him.

I often find myself singing hymns while I do, well, while I do most anything. Look around and see all that the Lord has given us. He has done wonderful things for me. I think I should always have a song in my heart for Him. When I came on here, I started my post complaining. I obviously deleted it. And then I thought, shame on me. How dare I wake up on this glorious day the Lord has made with a stinky attitude like that! Shame on me. I am so blessed and yet so unthankful. I mean, I say how thankful I am and yes, I am thankful, but deep deep down, when I look at the parts of me that only God can see, am I really all that thankful? Would I really be willing to give all I have up for Christ? Sure, I say I would, but if it really came down to it, would I? I think of all the areas I fail Him. What a wretch I am. I know, Becca, look at all the good you do...I don't want my eyes to focused on me...I want my eyes to be focused on the nails and on the foot of the cross. I want to wash His feet with my tears...*sigh*...wretch that I am...I so want to be holy as He is holy. SOmetimes I think I want to talk all smart like other people when I read what they write. And I want to pray so smart like other people and talk all spiritual like they do...I think sometimes that God wants to hear all that hoity toity big talk... and then I remember He came to sinners. He came to those that needed Him. Without Him, I am nothing. Nothing but a dumb highschool dropout who now can't teach history for the life of her...

Lord, help me to be better. To be a better teacher, a better mom, a better wife. I know it's a simple request, but it seems so huge to me...

Friday, October 17

Mind wanderings

So, where is my mind at this morning? I want to do well. I want to do better.

I am really excited that I can write again! It's been so long since I hurt my hand, that it's a breath of fresh air to be able to spend time writing. I like to write His word...brings peace to my heart when I am struggling with myself.

I met a man this week at McDonald's who professed to be a Christian and then said he was a Calvinist. But he wasn't. Not by what Mr. Calvin taught. He didn't believe the same. Isn't that the way it is though, people claim to be a follower of somebody in the past, but don't really believe what they believed. They just think that thye believe the same things, same ideas, but in reality they have their own perception of the way things are and what the Bible teaches. he was a very interesting fellow. I don't want to share what he said as I'm not sure I get what all he said...Anyway, it's not like there will be Lutherans, Catholic, Calvinists, Paul-ians, ect, in heaven. The only people there will be Christians. The bible does say you must be "Born-again" though. Which some people who claim to be Christians don't even know what that means...Can a person be saved and not be born-again? Can a person be born-again and not be saved? Nope...not according to the Bible I read...

I need to get ot work! c-ya

Tuesday, October 14

How will we compare?

This is from my church's website and it inspired me today to be a little bit more faithful...

In America we are possessors of religious freedom, unparalleled in all of church history. Yet the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ is rarely ever heard publicly, in the market place, where Jesus has commanded us to go. It has been confined behind the closed doors of buildings we call our places of worship. Here we dress in our fine clothes, sing the old hymns, pray, and hear the scriptures taught. But is our God pleased with our worship, or does our aroma before Him reek of hypocrisy? While Christians have sailed through bloody seas, beginning with the Apostles and the early Saints under the Roman Emperors, down through history into the inquisitions, and up until this present time under Islamic and Communist tyranny, shall we be carried away to heaven on flowery beds of ease? Those who have gone before us should bring our hearts to shame and repentance, causing us to confess our cowardly, selfish, and prideful ways. Their faithfulness at the cost of their fortunes, imprisonment, and extreme torture, should move our hearts with great zeal to witness His word to the lost. How will we compare when we stand next to these faithful saints in glory? Jesus has warned us, from everyone who has been given much , much will be required, Luke 12:48.

Wednesday, October 8

The debate.

OK, so I never saw myself as some sort of political type person. No, I didn't know who my representatives and congress people or mayor or even who my police chief was until I had to make a list of them for our homeschooling. But as I watched part of the debate last night, I was really turned off.
I mean, seeing as I am not really aware of all the ins and outs of the economy, I am watching these men as their personalities unfold on the stage. I don't really care too much about politics, because none of it changes for me where my hope lies and where my trust is. I saw the one or should I say, that one, as a pompous idiot who spoke as if he knew everything, but was really just umm...the only word coming to my mind is jerk. Sorry.
The guy paid no attention to the time limits and when to the fact he wasn't supposed to respond anymore. It was supposed to be MC OB MC or OB MC OB, not MC OB MC OB!! Brokaw says end discussion, so then he talked over Brokaw as if he was the chief of the tribe. I just thought it was rude and obnoxious. If he's that haughty now, how will he be if he actually becomes the head guy in the White House?
And McCain...
I just saw him as, I don't know...fake. Sorry, but he didn't feel real to me. Like when Palin was talking in her debate, she still seemed real. She was almost too relaxed with the winking and stuff. Kind of unprofessional... Maybe he was just uptight or nervous...I thought he was much better at keeping his composure than Obama. Obama seemed irritated with McCain a couple times and McCain was right about saying that Obama running out shouting, "I'll get you to Pakistan, was it?, was dumb. Just plain dumb.
I am voting for McCain. But I am voting for him because of moral reasons, nothing to do with the economy or anything that has been discussed in the last two debates.
I really saw this debate as whining sniveling children argueing over peanut better and jelly.

Tuesday, October 7


Have you ever sat down to your computer and said to yourself "I haven't posted in awhile and people are looking for me to say something, but I don't know what to say..." So, that's where I am at right now. I figure if I just start typing something will have to come to my head.

My friend is having a baby girl. They had chosen a name but I didn't know. It was Abigail something...I don't remember what the middle name was. SO I didn't know they had already decided on a name. I asked if I could suggest a name and Lillie said sure. I really like the name Hadassah and seeing as I am fixed like a dog, when my friends have babies I get probably as excited as they do, maybe more excited seeing I don't have to go through the labor! lol You know, the name Hadessah is mentioned only once in the Bible. Without looking in your Bible, do you know who's name it is?

This is my friend Lillie. I photoshopped her picture. When we see each other, we usually say how radiant, illuminating, or some other big word the other one looks...Like,
"My, don't you look radiant today!"
And doesn't she? :)

Sunday, October 5

Our Nation

Just think...

Our nation is an abomination before God in many different ways, but imagine how much worse it will become as an Obama-nation!

I know, I shouldn't joke about such serious matters, but I heard someone say this and couldn't help myself...

Saturday, October 4


Ok, so I found this at Amy's Place and decided to take the open invite. I don't care to tag people either, but if you want to go for it, more power to you!

Oh, it's a quiz you have to answer with one word answers.

where is your cell phone? counter

where is your significant other? basement

your hair color? blonde

your mother? couch

your father? basement (his)

your favorite thing? God

your dream/goal? perfection (lol)

The room you're in? den

your hobby? copperplate

your fear? God

where do you want to be in 6 years? eternity

where were you last night? bible-study (ha! a hyphen makes it one word, right?)

what you're not? skinny!! (lol)

one of your wish list items? patience

the last thing you did? grill

what are you wearing? cozies

your tv? junk

your pet? Moses (kitty)

your computer? fast

your mood? content

missing someone? always

your car? PT

something you're not wearing but love to wear? fur

favorite store? Sam's club

your summer?insane

love someone? absolutley

your favorite color? pink

when is the last time you laughed? today

last time you cried? Wednesday?


The Maker of all human beings is recalling all units manufactured, regardless of make or year, due to a serious defect in the primary and central component of the heart. This is due to a malfunction in the original prototype units code named Adam and Eve, resulting in the reproduction of the same defect in all subsequent units. This defect has been technically termed "Subsequential Internal Non-Morality," or more commonly known as S.I.N., as it is primarily expressed.

Some other symptoms include:
1. Loss of direction

2. Foul vocal emissions

3. Amnesia of origin

4. Lack of peace and joy

5. Selfish or violent behavior

6. Depression or confusion in the mental Component

7. Fearfulness

8. Idolatry

9. Rebellion

The Manufacturer, who is neither liable nor at fault for this defect, is providing factory-authorized repair and service free of charge to correct this SIN defect. The Repair Technician, Jesus, has most generously offered to bear the entire burden of the staggering cost of these repairs. There is no additional fee required.

The number to call for repair in all areas is:

Once connected, please upload your burden of SIN through the REPENTANCE procedure. Next, download ATONEMENT from the Repair Technician, Jesus, into the heart component.

No matter how big or small the SIN defect is, Jesus will replace it with:
1. Love
2. Joy
3. Peace
4. Patience
5. Kindness
6. Goodness
7. Faithfulness
8. Gentleness
9. Self control

Please see the operating manual, the B.I.B.L.E. (Believers' Instructions Before Leaving Earth) for further details on the use of these fixes.

WARNING: Continuing to operate the human being unit without correction voids any manufacturer warranties, exposing the unit to dangers and problems too numerous to list and will result in the human unit being permanently impounded.

DANGER: The human being units not responding to this recall action will have to be scrapped in the furnace. The SIN defect will not be permitted to enter Heaven so as to prevent contamination of that facility.

Thank you for your attention!

Please assist where possible by notifying others of this important recall notice, and you may contact the Father any time by "kneemail".