We Are Testing Ourselves

In order to find any things we have missed I made a list of 24 scenarios that could cause an emergency. Some are simple like a flat tire or an appliance breaking. Some are a little worse but still pretty common like a broken water pipe or a job lost. Still others are unlikely but have a big impact like a break in or flood. We are using a random number and date generator in order to surprise us with these:

1)Kitchen fire
2)Fire at night
3)Taking a family member to the emergency room
4)Flat tire
5)Power outage
6)Job loss
7)House break in when not home
8)House break in when home
9)Attempted kidnapping in public
10)Car breakdown
11)First aid  Injury
12)Severe injury
13)Medical emergencies (like a diabetic
problem or heart attack)
14)No heat in winter
15)Major appliance breaking (furnace, water heater, stove)
16)Long term injury
17)Food storage
18)Pandemic lockdown
19)House unlivable (fire, tornado, flood)
20)15 minutes Evacuation (flood, chemical spill)
21)No AC in summer
22)Water outage
23)Attempted  Assault in public
24)Broken water pipe

We will discuss them as a family and see what we are doing right and what we need to work on.

The first one was a break in when we are home. We are doing a good job in a few areas but need to work on a bunch of stuff. We made a list and will start working on them based on priority and what we can afford.

Home alarm
Outside motion detector security lights
Locks on bedroom doors
Motion detector light in side
Pepper spray in strategic areas

Whe are not doing this out of fear. That’s why we be doing this over time.

And like always “We His servants will start rebuilding”

Goldenrod Harvesting and Train Up a Child

Me and Thomas Harvested some golden rod in order to make medicine, soap and cleaners.

We show how to harvest, process and dry it for storage. This isn’t something I have done a lot of so I’m still learning. But what’s more important is that Thomas is also learning. Not just how take care of the herbs but that he can take care of himself and his future family. That way he isn’t completely reliant on others.

What We Can Learn From The Life Of Nehemiah

I want to start talking about one person from history every month. I want to learn from what they did right and what they did wrong.

I’m starting with Nehemiah. I got my new tag line from the book of Nehemiah so I thought it was a good place to start.

This first one is not the best but I’m sure I will get better. I keep calling him Jeremiah instead of Nehemiah. Lol

His story isn’t very long but there is a ton we can learn from him in every verse. I just hit the highlights. I hope you take the time to read the whole book.

The Time To Start Rebuilding Is Now

My tag line is too long and I can’t always remember it. It does a good job of explaining what my website and YouTube channel are about but I think I can do better.

Since my website and YouTube channel are for Christians that are trying to use God’s gifts to make a better life for themselves and others I start every video with a reference to Jeremiah’s letter to the exiles.

I was listening to the Bible and got to the book of Nehemiah. In that story Nehemiah lead the people to start rebuilding the wall around Jerusalem so they could protect themselves and the temple. He lead everyone to build the section of the wall closest to their house. That way everybody was responsible for taking care of what was closest to them. When they started to get threatened by attack they started working on the wall harder while also carrying swords to defend themselves. This is something we should do. We need to build walls to protect ourselves and our families and God’s kingdom. Not physical walls like Nehemiah built but metaphorical walls around our hearts and around those we care about. And we need to arm ourselves. Not with guns and bullets but with the sword of the Lord by knowing what is in The Bible.

I think this is the perfect metaphor to get my tag line out of. It summarizes everything the channel is about and a shorter easier to remember sentence; “We his Servants will start rebuilding.”

We Are Making Some Changes

We have been married for about a month now. Because we are a team we have been discussing what we should do with the channel and website.

We are going to keep doing the vlog style videos every week but we want to add stuff to help people better.

The first one is monthly videos about biblical and historical heroes. Both the bad they did and the good. But mostly importantly what we can learn from them.

We will be doing videos that will take you through preparedness in a logical manner. Preparing for what’s most likely to happen first. That way you can learn from my mistakes and we all can become more prepared.

We have also noticed that there are a lot of videos on YouTube on how to store food and a lot of cooking videos but not a lot of videos about how to cook from stored food. So probably twice monthly Sarah is going to do a video on how to cook simple low cost meals from store food. And it will be tasty not just what you think of when you hear survival food. Stuff that you can make part of your normal diet.

I’m also changing my tag line to make it shorter and easier to remember and still have the same meaning. I will have a whole video about that soon. It is from the book of Nehemiah; “We His servants will start rebuilding.”

We Have A Problem (With A Bonus Rant)

So the other day the technician came to do the spring inspection of our air conditioner. Well we now have two problems. First there are mouse nests in the air conditioner. We need to get rid of them. If we use normal traps we will forget to check them and if we use poison there is a small chance we will kill a neighborhood cat or owl. So we came up with a unique way of solving the problem. The second problem is that the inspection was about 3 months late. That’s not done by malice or ignorance on the part of the company. They just can’t find anyone to work. And that is a problem for us all with a simple solution nobody talks about.

We Got Married

Our wedding venue got double booked so we had to move the date. The next date that everyone could attend wasn’t until the end of October.

Well we both feel that God wants us to become one. So we didn’t want to put off doing what God wants for us. So on July 17th we had a simple wedding after church.

Our preacher, Chris, did a great job of showing how marriage is designed to show the relationship between Christ and the church. And because of Divine Providence it fit in with the message for that Sunday.

Introduction To Canning Fermenting And Dehydrating Part 3

Recently I taught a class on food preservation for the preparedness group I’m part of. The class was too long so I’ve broken it up into 3 videos and this is the last part. In the last 2 videos I discussed canning, dehydrating and fermenting. In this part I talk about water storage, meal planning and some other stuff. It wraps up the methods that Sarah and I use to both store food and do meal prep at the same time. We don’t do this because we are worried about the world coming to an end. We do it to save time and money while storing the food that we already eat for every day emergencies. Stuff like job lost, a sick spouse or getting snowed in in the winter. I hope you find this as helpful as we do.

Introduction To Canning Fermenting And Dehydrating Part 2

Recently I taught a class on food preservation for the preparedness group I’m part of. The class was too long so I’ve broken it up into 3 videos and this is the 2nd part. Sarah and I use these methods of food preparation not only to store food but also to do food prep with. When most people start doing food prep they only plan for a few days to a week. On the weekend they will cook a bunch of of food that they can use over the next week or so. But our strategy not only makes it easier to cook, it’s a part of our food storage strategy. That way we’re not storing things we’ll never eat only to have them expire or eating things that we’re not storing so if we need to rely on our stores we don’t have them. This will also be comforting to the kids because they’ll be used to the food. On top of all that it will also make it easier for us to keep an eye on the inventory because we’re getting in there and using it all the time. So far is it making our lives easier and helping us to prepare for the future all while also saving money and time. We still need to practice at it and get better. That’s part of the journey of life.

Introduction To Canning Fermenting And Dehydrating Part 1

Recently I taught a class on food preservation for the preparedness group I’m part of.  The class was too long so I’ve broken it up into 3 videos and this is the 1st one of them.

Sarah and I use these methods of food preparation not only to store food but also to do food prep with. When most people start doing food prep they only plan for a few days to a week.   On the weekend they will cook a bunch of of food that they can they can use over the next week or so.   But our strategy not only makes it easier to cook, it’s a part of our food storage strategy.  That way we’re not storing things we’ll never eat only to have them expire or eating things that we’re not storing so if we need to rely on our stores we don’t have the foods we eat. This will also be comforting to the kids because they’ll be used to the food. On top of all that it will also make it easier for us to keep an eye on the inventory because we’re getting in there and using it all the time.

So far is it making our lives easier and helping us to prepare for the future all while also saving money and time.  We still need to practice at it and get better. That’s part of the journey of life.