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Teaching Our Children Basic Life Skills

Last week as I was recovering from a nasty flu, our children were outside playing and noticed a patch of Florida Betony growing across the lane.  They did the “natural” thing: got buckets and spades, and started digging.  Finding many ripe tubers, they brought them in and washed them thoroughly to use in salads.  The [...]

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Survival With No Doctor

I want to be prepared with the knowledge and skills necessary to care for those who are sick if no doctor is available.  This past week our family was hit harder with the flu than we have ever experienced before.    First our little guy got it, and next it was my turn, leaving me [...]

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A Call to be Prepared

I’ve borrowed from a fellow like-minded blogger today…Amy at Homestead Revival.  Enjoy. “Well, I’ve held my peace for about as long as I can stand it. Watching the devastation of the earthquake in Japan, followed by a horrific tsunami, and now a nuclear disaster, it’s pretty much a no brainer that it would be wise [...]

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Preparing for a Big Move

As you know, we are preparing to move from this house in the boonies that has been home for seven years.  We’ve enjoyed caretaking here, and have learned a lot about homesteading.  The owner’s daughter now needs it, so we must relocate. We found acreage closer to town with a house, partial barn, and partial [...]

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Preparing Our children

I often think about Hannah in the OT who left her son in the care of the temple high priest at around three to five years of age.  God had answered her prayer and blessed her with a son after many years of barrenness, and now she was keeping her promise and giving back to [...]

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Children and Chores

Last night Silver Oak got home from work late, and since our oldest daughter was with him, our 11 year-old did evening chores alone.  She milked two goats, fed the horse, chickens and other animals, gathered the eggs, and strained the milk all by herself.  And she loved it!  She felt she had accomplished something big, [...]

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Survival: What is in My Hand? Part Two

We were recently given a big box of over-ripe bananas from a fruit stand (Thanks, Abigail!).  They were perfect for making banana bread, but what do you do with a WHOLE BIG BOX full?  I don’t enjoy eating over-ripe bananas, and I didn’t have enough flour ground or time on hand to make many batches [...]

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Survival: What is in My Hand?

When I was 23 (before we were married) I spent a summer in the Haitian village of Puit Sales (Pwee Sahlee) with an older American missionary lady.  Their church/school compound was established and supported by my home church, and I helped organize the next school year, making lifelong friends and sharing Jesus in the meantime. My [...]

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Sow Thistle Soup

Yum, yum! We did a rerun of sow thistle Saturday night, only we made soup with it instead of a pasta dish.  We added some wood-sorrel and violet leaves and flowers for extra flavor, as well as onions, cabbage, garlic, parsley, extra virgin olive oil, salt, and left-over brown rice.  We also used the broth [...]

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