"You cannot legislate the poor into freedom by legislating the wealthy out of freedom. What one person receives without working for, another person must work for without receiving. The government cannot give to anybody anything that the government does not first take from somebody else. When half of the people get the idea that they do not have to work because the other half is going to take care of them, and when the other half gets the idea that it does no good to work because somebody else is going to get what they work for, that my dear friend, is about the end of any nation.

You cannot multiply wealth by dividing it."
Dr. Adrian Rogers 1931-2005

Sunday, February 8, 2009

Part 1: Preparation

I am beginning a series on what I am doing and why I am doing so, as a result of several emails I have received. First off, I am a preparer. I was 10 during the blizzard of 78(hit the Great Lakes area) and learned some valuable lessons as a result of having a mother who was a preparer(she was born during the Depression).

We lived in a very rural area and the Blizzard hit hard. We lived in a two story house and the snow was to the second floor. That was a good thing because it did provide a bit of warmth. Having so many in the family(ten) mom would buy like you would imagine one would for a small army. She special ordered toilet paper that came in a box that we kids used as a fort. We had an orchard and a garden and she knew how to can and put up foods. Our pantry was the size of the room that my daughter now has as her bedroom. We also had two freezers in the garage. When the blizzard hit we lost power but had a fireplace-funny thing was that our neighbor down the way had power totally and never lost it once. So we all were bundled up(the youngest was 2) and we trekked over to Hazel's house. She had an 1800 square foot house with her son, two daughters and their husbands plus our ten. Hazel did not have food storage, so my brothers and step dad and the men of Hazel's family crossed back to our home with sleds and brought every bit of food that they could bring. We ended up living with them for nearly a month as a result of the massiveness of the blizzard and we never ran out of food. Not once! The grand total that bunked there ended up being 20 people. So 20 people times 3 meals a day= 60, times 30 or so days= 1800 meals. WOW-that is staggering to think of now.

But the preparation kept neighbors alive and kindled bonds forever. Imagine if she did not have that storage? We may have ended up at a shelter or whatever was available and then may have required federal aid for food. The aid was needed in so many other areas because schools were damaged, roads, roofs, etc. Preparation enabled a bad situation to be handled with relative ease, and remember this clearly it was frightening for the kids so it must have been worse for the adults.

Now one must understand that preparation is not just food storage but a measure of what if's and then how will I handle the situation. If you live in hurricane country then have a place inland that can receive you. Put up a container with three outfits per person, meds and a list of important papers that you need to grab from the safe when you leave. If you live in tornado country and do not have a basement then you must always know where you will go in an emergency.

Also have an outside of the area connector for your family. For example if you need to check in and let other loved ones know that you are alive...they can check this outside connector. I have extended family in Ohio that all my kids know is our connector. We pray that we never are in a situation like this, but if we are then we can quickly determine who is ok and who we need to look for.

So in times where our government is not preparing for a worst case scenario I am suggesting that you do. When I mentioned beginning a food storage closet this is where I was going. We must understand that when the money runs out...then what? How long can we pay unemployment for 60 million people? How long can we continue to provide every child in the nation insurance? How long can we keep PORK projects going? Well as long as there is money. Then like the kid at the bar buying for everyone- the minute he stops boom no friends...that will be our nation.

We are not allowed to use our national resources. We are aborting so many babies, that we have taught women for four decades that everything is expendable, because she is in control. We have elected generations of politicians from the Kennedy's to the Bush's without permitting an outsider(Palin) in for fear that she was uncouth. Well golly, has anyone died while she was driving? Her son is in Iraq- where our sons and daughters are. But she was not allowed in the club of Chicago style Washington pork elitist...because she has no experience. I pause to smile, as she has no experience in stealing your money and porking it over to others.

Obama has a huge task ahead of him and I for one, and not up for change. I am going to be more of the same that permitted me, a suburban housewife to become a farm wife in the desert without too much shock. So prepare I am.

Part 1
Christian reference: Joseph prepared for the seven year famine...Genesis 47


Pat said...

I believe we must prepare....we can share if needed as in your story....and who knows - God may send those in need to our doorstep!!

Funny, I was just talking to my Mom today about goring and cnning more this year!

Thanks for your constant encouragement and helping us to be prepared!!

When are you gonna post a pic? You may send it via e-mail to me :)

Does 4th have her blog still?

Oh, one last thing....mu oldest is in New Mexico on business this week...he has a new territory there!! ( I wanted to come with him and stay with your family!!) :)

Susan said...

I'm right with you, Jen. We must be wise and use wisely what God provides for us.

Anonymous said...

Can't to read your food storage post!

laurie said...

Your mother must have been amazing! Looking forward to more in this series.