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Survival: Overcoming Disabilities

She beat the odds!  With one “useless” leg, our daughter has learned to ride bike!  We are so proud of her.  We first learned to know our 9 year-old at age 3 ½ in Kazakhstan back in 2005.   Kaz is a difficult and expensive country to adopt from, but God’s hand was in it, and one month [...]

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A Kid and a Party

Today was Jody’s turn (our other mama goat).  She was so huge we were sure she was carrying triplets!  We were in the middle of a birthday party for our oldest who turned 16 yesterday (where have the years gone?).  We knew Jody was going to “hatch” any time so we kept checking on her, hoping to [...]

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New Life on the Homestead

Yesterday we had a pleasant surprise…two new kids!  Evidently they came without trouble during our orange juice production (see yesterday’s post).  The goats had been hanging out in the front yard, and we failed to notice that Little Bit (Mama goat) was not with them.  When my daughter went out to do the evening chores at 4:30 [...]

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Home-grown Fresh-squeezed Orange Juice

There is nothing as satisfying as enjoying a delicious treat that grew in your own back yard, and was processed by your own hands.  In this case Silver Oak and the kiddos picked around five five-gallon buckets of oranges from our trees, and set up an assembly line out on the driveway to make a bunch of [...]

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Surviving Peer Pressure

Have you ever thought how strange it is that people in our society seem to relate mostly to their own age or peer group?  Isn’t that odd? Of course you DON’T think it’s strange or odd, because that is how most of us grew up, as did our parents, grandparents, and possibly even great-grandparents, depending [...]

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What Does the Future Hold?

I have not written for a few days because our family is going through some decision-making right now that is taking a bit of concentration.  We recently learned we must move from this wonderful place out in the middle of nowhere.  The quiet and peaceful natural setting we have enjoyed here is something we will [...]

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A Basic Survival Essential: Fire Making

Do you know how to make a fire?  For years I had no idea how.  I left the fire fun up to Silver Oak (my dear hubby) or someone else, and just enjoyed sitting and watching the flames when the opportunity was there.  But more recent thoughts on the subject have made me realize how important fire [...]

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Surviving Holey Socks

What do you do with holey socks? Throw them away, right?  That has been our practice.  Replacing them is a matter of going to Wal-Mart and buying more.  What other options are there? Now imagine what will happen if fuel prices soar out of control and it costs so much for the truck to deliver [...]

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More Squirrel Food

Tonight we used the left-overs from last night’s acorn burger mash to make meatballs (make that acorn balls) for spaghetti.  Again it was a total hit, and the acorn balls made the spaghetti so much more filling than normal that we couldn’t eat it all, which is a rare occurrence.  We simply took the remaining [...]

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Eating Like Squirrels

Guess what we had for dinner tonight!  You’ll never get it…acorns!  In central Florida right now we are blessed with acorns dropping from the oaks.  We decided to try this free food which the Indians used to eat.  The children had fun gathering them, and trying to keep Faline, the friendly deer who hangs around, [...]

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Playing Survival

Guess what was the children’s game of choice this evening for our weekly family night?  Playing SURVIVAL!  In the living room we set up the toy tent and pretended to live in the woods.  The men got up in the morning to go hunting and the ladies cooked a good stew over the fire…  Why [...]

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Bug-out Bags

Are you prepared to leave home at a moment’s notice?  No place in the world is completely immune to natural disasters, and with the current unstable situation, we are also not immune to man-made disasters, including terrorism, civil war, and enemy attack by nuclear or chemical weapons.  There is no use shuddering in fear at [...]

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Our Survival Practice: Mosquito Repellant

It’s good to prepare for the worst, even when you think it won’t happen.  Mosquitos have not been an issue since temps have dropped below freezing here in Central Florida, so we were not concerned.  However, after an hour of steady rain, we began to hear a few buzzing creatures around our heads.  The “big [...]

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Our Survival Practice: Rain

It’s much easier to prepare for the things we WANT to happen than for things that we hope DON’T happen.  When we did our wilderness camping last week rain was in the forecast.  Sure enough, sitting around on our big palm leaves near the fire after dinner, we started feeling little drops of water.  We [...]

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Our Survival Practice: Shelter

Shelter needs for a family with young children are different than those for grown individuals.  One can easily take a hammock in their pack, or make a simple lean-to to crawl into.  But we needed larger shelter, as well as ample time to secure one well before dark. Silver Oak (Hubby) and our friend selected two trees [...]

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Our Survival Practice: Water

One of the recent lessons we learned from our wilderness camping was that we must think way ahead and make water a very high priority.  Dehydration can be a major danger rather quickly in a wilderness setting, especially when exerting more energy than usual.  If there is no water source around, digging (in FL water [...]

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Disaster Preparedness Plan

Are you getting the news?  What would it take to throw us suddenly into a civil war, or rioting out of control?  We have a generation of people in America who don’t know how to think rationally.  They will believe any nutty lie they hear, and jump on the bandwagon blaming someone who has nothing [...]

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Why I Chose to Survive Survival Practice

Last night some of the children said they wish we would still be out in the woods!  I enjoyed our wilderness camping (read posts from the past few days) because I enjoy doing special things with my family, but it is NOT my dream activity.  I have made this a priority and enjoy it because [...]

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Survival Practice, Day Two

First I must tell you about our night!  I had a hunch sleep would be a challenge, so I decided no matter what, I was going to be cheerful.  It was a good resolve, but didn’t always pan out.  We had finally tucked everyone into our cozy little shelter and I was ready to crawl out [...]

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Survival Practice, Day One

We’re out in the beautiful wilds of Florida, enjoying a lovely breeze rustling through the cabbage palms and huge oaks here in the woods.  After we decided on a nice sheltered location to make camp, we set about to make our latrine, build a fire, and make a shelter large enough for all eight of [...]

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