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Losing Someone Dear

How can we ever be truly prepared to lose a loved one, whether suddenly or expectedly?  Today some dear friends lost their 16 year old son quite unexpectedly.  God answered prayer in awesome ways early this year when he got a heart transplant.  All has been going so well, and suddenly a virus ended it [...]

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Off the Grid! Part Five

One stressful thing after Hurricane Charley was not having much practice living without power.  We had all the basic supplies needed, but had not tried things out to see how everything would actually work. There were a number of things that all needed to be done while the generator was running, so we had to [...]

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Off the Grid! Part Four

One thing we learned during our 13 days without power after Hurricane Charley is that running a generator can be very inefficient if that is your only source of power.  The fuel is expensive, especially during an emergency.  If you can store many gallons of fuel ahead of time, that is a definite advantage, but [...]

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Off the Grid! Part Three

Our level of preparedness greatly affects the stress level of a situation.  This applies to crises as well as planned events.  In the aftermath of Charley we were completely at ease about some things, yet faced some real stresses about others which we were not prepared for. We never feared losing the food in our [...]

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Off the Grid! Part Two

Sometime soon after the wind started to blow and the rain began pounding horizontally on our walls and windows, the power went out.  This time it was out for 13 days.  Were we glad for the preparations we had made? During the storm one of the unboarded windows trapped rainwater between it and the screen, [...]

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Off the Grid!

Remember the tropical storm that hit us in 2001?  Well, after that we decided to make sure we were always prepared with a few things like water and alternative lighting in case we faced something like that again.  Experience is a good teacher.  Sure enough, in 2004 soon after we moved out here to our [...]

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Crying Out

Today our oldest daughter spent most of her time out with our beloved purebred Arabian mare named Tess.  She was given to us nearly seven years ago and is now 25 years old, but still quite full of life.  That is, until today.  At 6am the older girls found her rolling and moaning with colic.  Evidently with [...]

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Backyard Pharmacy

      When we came home on Friday from our trip north we found the Black-eyed Susans in full bloom.  These beautiful flowers grow in the fields and along the roadside out where we live.  This evening we went on a drive on the ranch behind our house and enjoyed the flowers, deer, and [...]

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Surviving Jamestown

In the stocks at Williamsburg Our family just arrived home from a short stay in Williamsburg, VA.  It was a great field trip and an awesome way to teach our kiddos US history!  We also learned some important lessons about survival.  One thing that impressed us about the Jamestown settlement was how few survived.  There [...]

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Out of Power

Three days after the eventful 9/11 we were suddenly hit directly with powerful Tropical Storm Gabrielle.  The power went out and did not come back on for three days.  I basically grew up in Florida and in 28 years I had never experienced anything like it.  I remember howling winds and branches flying when hurricanes [...]

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Was Y2K a Waste?

Planning for a possible crisis caused us to take inventory of our resources and supplies, and make a plan for our needs to be met if we were suddenly not able to access our normal suppliers.  We had already changed our lifestyle greatly soon after we married and had our first miscarriage.  Our diet is [...]

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Getting Started

When was the first time I thought about being prepared for something that I wasn’t sure was going to happen?  When we first got married 18 years ago I wasn’t even sure I knew how to prepare for things I knew would happen.  I am naturally good at procrastinating, preferring rather to remain engrossed in [...]

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