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Living Prepared for Disaster

My parents with all the grandchildren What are we thankful for?  We asked the classic question as my extended family sat around the big table in my parents’ cabin in NC at Thanksgiving (26 of us, and one on the way!).  Of course we have countless luxuries and blessings easily taken for granted.  But the [...]

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Survival Tea

On one of our family survival practice outings this past spring, we gathered some wild edible flowers and leaves and the tubers of Florida Betony (they are white and crunchy and taste like very mild radishes – yum!) to add to our salad for lunch.  Our focus that day was not specifically about finding food, [...]

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A Mindset to Learn Survival

When someone has a desire to learn, whole new worlds can open to them that are not possible otherwise.   Learning is an adventure worth experiencing as long as we live! A reader of this blog asked how I made it look like it does.   It’s funny, because two months ago I had no clue how [...]

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Finding Drinking Water

One of our survival practice days included digging a shallow well by hand.  Here in FL the water table is so high you don’t usually have trouble finding water.  This practice day was during our dry season so the little creek bed in our woods was dry.  We decided to use it as a place [...]

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Wake Up and Prepare!

It’s time to get rid of the unrealistic and brain-deadening romance novels, detective stories, Disney movies and video games, and replace them with some real life training and preparation for what could lie ahead.  It’s unfair to our children if we don’t.  There are tons of interesting biographies and autobiographies of people whose lives of [...]

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Preparing to Survive the Storm!

Let’s pretend there is a big church picnic planned for tomorrow that we’ve all been looking forward to.  Today on the news we hear that there is a big cold front coming and will likely have moved through by mid-day tomorrow, plunging temps down into the 40’s with wind and perhaps a little rain. We [...]

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Survival in Relationships, Part Three

If you haven’t already done so, you may want to read Part One and Part Two of this series. What if a personal relationship is not surviving because someone hurt me?  What do I do with the pain?  I may feel robbed, abandoned, betrayed, worthless, cut off, defiled, invaded, accused, forgotten, neglected, deceived, dishonored…the list goes [...]

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Survival in Relationships, Part Two

Read Part One here. One of the most difficult and courageous things a person can say (if said truly from the heart) is “I was wrong to _______.  I care about how that made you feel (and demonstrate it).  Will you forgive me?”  Make sure to get a response from the other person from their heart [...]

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Survival in Relationships

Is there strain or tension in key relationships in your life?  It may be true that a crisis will bring even enemies together if you’re fighting on the same side in a battle.  But, with those close to us, unresolved issues can make a crisis unbearable.  Today is the day to start the healing process, [...]

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Community for Survival, Part two

The tree on our garage from the back yard (2004) The morning after Hurricane Charley hit, several trucks and vans pulled into our lane and men and boys jumped out with chainsaws.  It was a welcome sight!  My parents came, and my brother checked to see if our central a/c could be run by our little [...]

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Community for Survival

I will never forget the hopeless scenes in south Florida soon after Hurricane Andrew in 1992.  We were newly-weds, and joined many others from our church community who went down to help the many destitute who had nothing left.  We had a little tent to sleep in, and during the day we teamed up with [...]

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Enjoying Food for Survival

Cutting apples The smell of cooked apples still lingers!  It was a great day of working together.  The freezer is restocked with one of our favorite foods, and we feel the satisfaction of accomplishment!  We froze rather than canned because we love applesauce the best when it is partly frozen (yum!), and we didn’t have time [...]

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Organizing Food for Survival

One way to plan for your family’s food storage is to record everything you eat for two weeks and make a general plan from that.   What dishes do you normally eat with ingredients that can be stored for a long period of time?  There are two reasons for doing this.  One is so you can [...]

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Preserving Food for Survival

The crew washing apples I don’t think our family could survive without homemade applesauce!  Well, we could probably survive, but life just wouldn’t be the same.  Every fall we get bushels of golden delicious apples from NC and spend a day making our yearly supply of yummy applesauce.  Since we were in NC last week anyway, [...]

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Storing Food for Survival

One question on my mind when I started the process of storing food was where on earth I was going to put it all.  In muggy Florida things won’t keep long without a dry and cool (air conditioned) climate.  And we’re so close to sea level there is no such thing as a basement or [...]

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Food for Survival

Today I took inventory of our basic food supplies, a routine job I tend to neglect. We believe every family should have at least a three month food supply on hand for the unexpected. Natural disasters don’t always give much warning, and especially in today’s world we face the prospect of manmade disasters. If we [...]

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Prepared to Live or Die, Part Two

Austin’s pallbearers: ten of his friends and cousins Read Part One. When we think about preparing for an uncertain future, it can include a wide variety of subjects.  Some see it important to have lots of insurance, store several years of supplies, buy gold, purchase lots of ammo, learn survival skills, have a safe hide-a-way, [...]

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Prepared to Live or Die

Yesterday we were at Austin’s funeral in NC.  At 16 years old, he died quite suddenly last Sunday.  After many close brushes with death in his life, and a second heart transplant 10 months ago, he had been doing so well.  This unexpected turn of events took his family and all of us by surprise.  [...]

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Tomatoes on the Homestead

If you want to learn to be self-sufficient, in my opinion, tomatoes are a must!  What would life be without tomatoes and the sauces they provide?  If it’s a satisfying feeling to have jars of homemade tomato sauce in the pantry, how much more if all the tomatoes were grown in my backyard? I have [...]

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Survival Library

For Silver Oak’s birthday last year I bought him several books that I knew would interest him.  What I didn’t know is that he would turn around and ask if I could read one in particular and help our family implement the things it taught.  I thought I knew a lot about being prepared for disasters because [...]

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