Learn New Things


We need to waterproof Thomas’s fire kit bag. I have done this with canvas but never nylon. I tried a few different things. Eventually I figured out a method that worked.

We all need to start doing new things. Not only will we learn more but we will also learn troubleshooting. It’s also important to have the skill of figuring stuff out for ourselves. This may come in handy in the future as the world keeps changing.

Future Proofing Your Pantry: Prepper Kitchen

I went to the grocery store with my oldest kiddo and we found some meat for cheaper than we have recently seen it.

We had the time, money and opportunity so we went ahead and bought it.

Now that we have this meat we need to store it properly so it won’t go bad before we use it.

We chose to vacuum seal some and can some. I’ll go over how we canned the meat in a future video.

Go To The Ant And Be Wise

A lot of “experts” are predicting some sort of recession or worse. I don’t trust their assessments, or I don’t trust them.

Either way, we should be prepared for it. But those preparations should also help us if everything goes well.

Selling stuff you don’t need will give you a little extra money, but more importantly, it will change your mindset. It will declutter our houses and give us less stress.

Getting out of debt means we aren’t wasting money on interest payments and have more money to spend where it is more important. Also it will decrease our stress.

Learn to cook better. You will spend less money but you will have a better family life. And with your new cooking skills you will be able to make use of any food you can store. And if you learn to store food it’ll make it even more convenient to cook at home. You’ll also have it in case you need that food later. And as food prices continue to increase no matter what happens you’ll be able to eat on today’s prices in the future – maybe even when you’re retired.

Having a side hustle will give you more money now while also allowing you to explore different hobbies. There’s plenty of resources out there to get ideas of different side hustles. If you decided to pursue something that requires a business license where you live do what you can while you wait for that license.

We all need to grow and raise our own food. That will make it so we have better quality food than is normally available to us while saving us money.

And most importantly, grow your communities. In the past this was the best thing that got people through hard times. And most people’s biggest complaints they have now is that they feel depressed, lowly and defeated. Well, if you have a better community and spend time with more people you care about it will help with that too.

Go to the ant, you sluggard; observe her ways and be wise!

It has no commander,

overseer, or ruler, yet it would prepare[d] its food in the summer;

it gathered at the harvest what it will eat.

Proverbs 6:6-8

Zero To Prepared

This is the first in a series of videos about becoming more prepared. Not because we are afraid of the end of the world but because on any ordinary day we could deal with an emergency. Like the relatively boring and mundane thing like a flat tire or being laid off.

In the up coming videos I will help you make you own plan. I don’t know your life and my situation is different so I can not make your plan for you.

This series will be centered mostly around maintaining your primary needs:
and more

Fire Kit And Learning Lessons

We started out working on Thomas’s fire Kit to use in scouts. But quickly it turned into a lesson on practicing skills, patience and setting priorities.

I know that the Bible requires leaders to be married and have raised kids. I knew why intellectually but didn’t fully understand until I had kids in my life. Most of the truly important lessons aren’t the ones we set out to teach.

I hope watching this video helps you start making a fire kit and you stick around for part 2 next week. But most importantly, I hope you learn to get out a practice your skills and learn to stop wasting time on stuff you don’t really care about. I know I need to.

Setting Our Priorities Straight

Sarah and I are pretty bad at organizing both stuff and what order task need to get done. And I am a lot worse.

So we have been working on ways of organizing our top priorities. For wedding planning we had a lot of success using a scrum board. We have modified the way it works to make it better for us.

We have also added four – and soon to be more – goal tracking charts to the wall, all of which need work.

The first one has our levels of preparedness: (https://www.jonmagnus.com/levels-of-preparedness/).

Second is home repairs and remodel.

Third is our exercise plans.

Fourth, and the last one for , is our preparedness budgeting.

For our daily to-do task we use Nicole Sauce’s “my three things”. https://www.livingfreeintennessee.com/2023/01/02/establishing-your-vision-my3things-step-one/

Who Are We


In this video we talk about the direction our lives have taken this past year and the new directions our new family will head in the future.

By extension this will add new things to our channel including cooking videos that Sarah will be doing using food that we have stored to help ourselves and you learn how to cook delicious meals from shelf stable foods.

I will continue to do the kind of videos I have been about our journey to self-reliance and building a more resilient community around us.

I will also be adding more Bible study videos along with continuing the videos of people in history that we can learn life lessons from.

The channel tagline will continue to be: “We his servants will rebuild”

Word Of The Year (2022 Review And 2023 Plans)

I was inspired by Nicole Sauce to try to do a word of the year this year. I decided to us the word grow.

In order to measure how I have grown I decided to pick some areas to look at. I went with Rabbi Daniel Lappin’s 5 F’s and then add some more of my own.


Some of the areas I grew more in than others. To find out more or to learn next years word please watch the whole video.

I hope this helps you to make improvements in your life, not just in setting New Years Resolutions that you give up on by February 3rd.

5 Minute Emergency Shelter

This week I wanted to show how to build a hasty ridgeline that is used to make tarp shelters when camping or in emergency situations. It really important that you do the prep work before hand and practice. That way when you are cold, wet and tired you can make a shelter when it counts. After I made the video I put the shelter back up to time my self and it took about 4 minutes. If I got caught in a sudden freezing storm being able to put up shelter quickly to stay dry may save my life.

In the near future I plan on making a video showing a few other ways of making an emergency shelter using the same ridgeline and 4 stakes.

I hope that this inspires you to make you own setup and get outside and practice with it.

The bank line I use

The nice 10×10 tarp I have been using for years

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