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In God We Trust
The Nickerson Family Idaho Ranch


It Happened To Us - In God We Trust
We are the Nick and Donna Nickerson Family, and we are believers. What do we believe? We believe there is a God, one true God, and that He is actively involved in the affairs of man. We believe God created all things, by God all things are created, and that nothing is impossible with God. We believe in prayer and never doubt the power of prayer. We have learned no matter what we are going through, we can rest and trust in Him to be faithful, ever present in times of trouble, our strength when we are weak, our hope when all feels lost, and the Giver of a peace that passes all understanding when there seems to be no way. We believe the Bible is the Word of God, and just like our forefathers, we rely on it to lead, direct, and guide our steps. Over a decade ago, our family was attacked by the national banks without cause or right. We did nothing wrong. We were just a family loving, serving, and giving to others. When the attack started, we had to make a choice. Stand and fight or cower and flee. We prayed, sought counsel, and decided the right thing to do was to stand for freedom and fight for liberty. So, with prayer, resolve, and with our trust in God, we carried on. We have stood against civil, financial, and judicial tyranny for years. It has been a long battle and we are weary, but it is our hope and prayer that somehow our stand will make a difference for you and those who come after us. We were born into a free America. With God's Grace, we, our children, and our children's children, will live and die in a free America. Doing nothing in the face of adversity is doing something that helps adversity grow stronger. We pray our story will inspire you to do your part to protect, preserve, and fight back for all you have been given. Civil tyranny is usually small at the beginning, like the "drop of a bucket," till at length, like a mighty torrent, or the raging waves of the sea, it bears down all before it, and deluges whole countries and empires... Jonathan Mayhew 1749
It Happened To Us - In God We Trust
It Happened To Us - In God We Trust
Over the years, we have made a lot of fun memories doing family projects. Every Nickerson Family project starts with a plan, or a committee meeting as some would call it, and our In God We Trust artwork was no different. Dad and the boys measured the field. Mom and the girls did a mock up to decide where to place the message and what angle would work and look best. We researched FAA marking sizes and visibility statistics for marketing signage. Then we created human letters and adjusted the size so we could easily read the words from our little mountain and those flying over would be able to read them. When we were ready, we gathered our marking supplies, phones, radios, camera, message board, bullhorn, sunscreen, Stihl weedeaters, can do spirits, and went to work... 
It Happened To Us - In God We Trust

It Happened To Us - In God We Trust
Perspective and teamwork are critical on a project of this magnitude. When you are standing inside letters that are large enough to park a bus, it is impossible to see the big picture. As the boys were cutting, they had to rely on the ground and hill crews for directions. It was actually quite a challenge cutting the words from over a 1000 feet away and from the middle of a mowed field. The guys were kind of like our mini-robots - turn left 10 feet, move up 5 feet, curve, curve, curve, straighter, angle that a little more. Working together made the formation of each letter possible. Creating the letters was a lot of fun for everyone.

One very special memory is while we were cutting out the God in our In God We Trust, it started sprinkling. We kept cutting and a double rainbow appeared above us in the field. The top one stretched from hillside to hillside, and the bottom one covered the field. Both were vibrant and spectacular with a full spectrum of colors. We tried to capture a picture of the memory to share, but the rain and the distance kept us from preserving their amazing beauty on film. What a special reminder to each of us of God's promises that He will never leave us or forsake us, and that where we are, He is there in the midst of us. Our motto, In God We Trust, does not mean bad things can nor ever will happen to a good country or good people. It means no matter what happens, God will be with us until the end.
It Happened To Us - In God We Trust
America has been through a lot in her few hundred years of history. Forming a more perfect union began with agreeing on the perspective that freedom and liberty was for all, not just most. We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness. The original American family team travelled from far and wide to escape tyranny, persecution for their faith, and secure due process for themselves and their families. They had to learn to communicate and connect with their new environment, culture, and the native born Americans they met in the land that would become their new home. Learning to work together became their lifeline to survival and success. Public liberty and the right of individuals to determine their own future had driven them to America and they were resolutely determined to protect and preserve those rights for themselves and their posterity. Thus, America was formed by men and women who understood the principle of united we stand and divided we fall. As America grew and secured those freedoms and rights for her people, she became the symbol of liberty across the globe and has remained a beacon of light and hope to the world for centuries. We are saddened by the inner turmoil and conflict plaguing our country today, but we cannot but hope that if we could all pull together from sea to shining sea; if from the hilltops and the valleys the resounding bells of freedom and liberty could once again ring for all Americans; if truth, justice, and the American way could shine as the guiding lights of freedom in America, that we could and would find greatness, goodness, and the American dream still live on in America. America, stand with us and help us ring the bells of freedom and liberty.
It Happened To Us - In God We Trust
It Happened To Us - In God We Trust
It Happened To Us - In God We Trust
It Happened To Us - In God We Trust
It Happened To Us - In God We Trust
It Happened To Us - In God We Trust
It Happened To Us - In God We Trust
Our freedoms are being attacked. It is our turn to sacrifice and be vigilant in protecting and preserving our land, rights, freedoms, and way of life. Our American birthright was secured one letter at a time by men and women who understood commitment, sacrifice, allegiance, and loyalty. Our national motto tells the history of how it all happened. We, the people, e pluribus unum, out of many became one, to form a land of fair play. Working as one, our forefathers built a country where liberty and justice would be available for all, not just most. A melting pot of cultures, races, religions, and people, united in a new land to become one nation under God. A nation that knew God, believed God, and trusted God. A nation that found peace, love, and prosperity in, by, and through their fellow man.

If my people, which are called by My Name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek My Face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from Heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14

And it shall come to pass, if thou shalt hearken diligently until the Voice of the Lord Thy God, to observe and to do all His Commandments which I command thee this day, that the Lord thy God will set thee on high above all nations of the earth: and all these blessings shall come on thee, and overtake thee, if thou shalt hearken until the Voice of the Lord thy God. Deuteronomy 28:1, 2
It Happened To Us - In God We Trust
It Happened To Us - In God We Trust
It Happened To Us - In God We Trust
It Happened To Us - In God We Trust
It Happened To Us - In God We Trust
It Happened To Us - In God We Trust
It Happened To Us - In God We Trust
It Happened To Us - In God We Trust
It Happened To Us - In God We Trust



It Happened To Us - In God We Trust

Well, we did it. Another fun Nick and Donna Nickerson Family project is complete. We now have an amazing In God We Trust in our field to declare where our faith is found. We hope it will be a reminder to those who see it that our American motto, In God We Trust, is more than just a motto. It is a belief and security that gives us the confidence to stand, persevere, and walk on in times of blessing and in the face of adversity. Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge Him, and He shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5, 6 If any of you are flying near the Idaho Ranch, feel free to do a fly over and say hello with a little tip of your wing. We will say a little prayer for you and your travels, and maybe you can say a little prayer for us as we continue our fight for freedom in faith and prayer. God bless you and God bless America through you.

In God we trust,
The Nick and Donna Nickerson Family


It Happened To Us - In God We Trust