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Prepared for the Worst

We were without running water for over 24 hours!  Yesterday morning our exterior well pump was frozen! And it’s not even January yet!  Our pump had been showing signs of wear, and the freeze finished it off.  A frozen pump in central Florida!  Who would have imagined? A series of events caused it to be [...]

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Survival of the Most Pro-active, Part Two

For Part One, click here. Grandpa’s digestive system is starting to work again; he’s been able to drink broth and fruit juices! The new doctor was immediately interested in continuing mineral oil and re-introducing food to Grandpa as quickly as possible. He is an answer to prayer! We pray that the nurse who initially helped [...]

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Survival of the Most Pro-active

Experts tell you that one of the biggest enemies of survival lies within us:  passivity.  A passive attitude will put an end to you fast, but a creative and determined spirit may save your life. My grandpa Miller is 96 years old with a clear mind, and has taken care of himself just fine till [...]

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Christmas Music

This time of year is one of my favorites partly because of the music!  Of course music has always been a big part of my life and a big part of our family, but Christmas music is extra special.  Part of our little family’s and my extended family’s tradition every year has been caroling for [...]

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Warm Christmas Fuzzies

This is the Christmas season, and no one wants to think of preparing for bad things right now.  We want warm fuzzies and as little responsibility as possible.  And that is understandable.  We all need breaks from the difficulties or monotonies of normal life.  Family is one of the most important things in our lives.  [...]

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Emergency Food, Part Two

I’d like to hear your ideas for meals to keep on hand for when you don’t have time to think.  They must take little or no preparation, be eaten without cooking or by using a camp stove or some other alternate power source, be nutritious, and be inexpensive.  Meals like this are useful when you get sick, [...]

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Emergency Food

This morning I woke up with a headache and plugged sinuses.  We had a full day planned in town which included piano, shopping, and some other appointments, ending with a date with my hubby while the kiddos stayed with Grandma and Grandpa.  Since we live so far out in the boonies I usually schedule “town [...]

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Winter Survival, Part Two

Do you remember the “Storm of the Century” back in March of 1993?  It killed over 250 people and canceled 25% of US flights for 2 days!  Also called the ’93 Superstorm, it sent 11 tornadoes through Florida, and hurricane force winds followed by record cold and snowfall throughout the Eastern United States and Canada.  [...]

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Winter Survival

This morning when our older girls did chores they found ice on the water valves, and the water in the hose was frozen!  Now that wouldn’t be so unusual except for the fact that we live in central Florida, where the weather is usually way too mild for that to happen all winter, let alone [...]

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No Money for a Disaster Recovery Plan? Part Three

A friend of ours, Rhea Perry, wrote the great little eBook “Ten Things This Mama Taught Her Kids About Having Their Own Business.”  If you want your thinking expanded in the area of creating extra funds for things like a disaster plan, and want simple ways to teach them to your children, this is just [...]

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No Money for a Disaster Recovery Plan? Part Two

In the last post we mentioned cutting any funds for extras until your survival and preparedness plan is in place.  Some day you and your children (if you have any) may be very grateful you did. Next, sell everything you don’t really need.  On a farm, nothing stays that does not profit the operation in [...]

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No Money for a Disaster Recovery Plan?

You may want to prepare yourself and your family for possible disaster, but, as is the case for so many of us, perhaps you don’t have the money.  The economic situation is tough, and there is no promise of it getting better soon.  All the more reason to do something now before it gets worse.  [...]

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Fast-track your Disaster Recovery Plan

Preparing for things that may never happen is a normal part of life!  We back up our computer in case of a crash or virus.  We subscribe to AAA in case we have a roadside problem.  Insurance is available for all sorts of “what-ifs,” and there is an umbrella in the car in case it [...]

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Is a Disaster Recovery Plan a Waste?

Preparing for a possible disaster absolutely does not have to be a waste if the disaster never happens!  Skills we learn and things we purchase can be very useful to us in other ways, and we have the confidence of knowing we’ve done the best we know.  If we have a personal relationship with Jesus, [...]

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Why Have a Disaster Recovery Plan?

Would you go to Grandma’s house for Christmas without your heavy winter coat if snow and sub-zero temps were in the forecast?  Would you send your children without cap, scarf, mittens and boots?  Most of us would not be that irresponsible.  Yet many of us are doing that in a grander scale when it comes [...]

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Preparing on a Tight Budget

There are different ways to prepare for or respond to a crisis.  If you have plenty of money and not much time, you can purchase all manner of kits and equipment and MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat) and feel prepared.  That is wonderful for folks who can do that.  But especially in these economically difficult [...]

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Preparing for Disaster, Part Two

Remember that wise lady I told you about yesterday?  I forgot to tell you that when her husband lost his job she decided to learn how to can their own food.  She set about learning practical skills that helped them get through the crisis.  She did not have the ability to go out and purchase [...]

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Preparing for Disaster!

Today I heard a great story!  It was about a lady who had felt prompted a few years ago to start preparing for what could happen in the future based on what she saw happening in the world. She recognized the signs that are becoming more evident every day that show how ripe we are [...]

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