"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
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Monday, March 2, 2009

Part 3: Food~Shelter~Clothing

Part 1:Preparation
Part 2: Understanding the Times

If you have not read the above two parts, please do, as it will explain why I am writing this series. When one lives a life as we do here on the farm, meeting the basic needs of food, shelter, and clothing, are important. In the times we are in, I believe that these basics will become the focus for so many as they are ill-prepared for even a few weeks of a disaster, let alone several months or years of an economic decline. I am speaking of those that we have seen blared on the evening news because of Hurricane Katrina, whining and crying that no one did anything for them. You see folks a bit of preparation could have minimized the pain and suffering. We instead blamed the Bush administration for not doing everything, and causing the hurricane.

Let me remind you of the true American spirit, it is of making do and working hard. Our ancestors walked across this land or traveled several months to settle the west. They came with little and ended up often casting items off the wagons due to stress the oxen were having. Now, we have so much junk, we do not even understand what is important and what is not. Think once again Hurricane Katrina. Do you remember the looting that went on as the water was rising?

Back to the focus of preparing for whatever happens. Some people have an emergency kit in their cars with 3 changes of clothing, MRE's for several days, and water. This is a good start in case you have to flee your home because of a wild fire or natural disaster you will be okay until you reach a preplanned place you are evacuating to. But if you are at home, you need to make sure that your food supply, clothing supply, and shelter will hold you through.

If tomorrow the Double Nickel family was not able to run to the grocery store we would go into what I refer to as ration mode, but we would have a well balanced diet, and would be fine for a good amount of time. We would also work even more diligently in the gardens, the food preservation, and then food storage. I see a portion of each day gathering and storing mesquite beans to be saved for either animals or us(ground into a flour, or used as a coffee drink). With constant prep we could go on for a long while without a grocery. We would manage the animals and gardens as if our lives depended on them. This is how folks used to do things on a family farm. Now if something happens the first thing many people do is put their hands out.

If tomorrow the Double Nickel family was not able to utilize electricity, we would adjust. The breezes flow through the house and we would convert to cooking out over a fire pit, and the grill(using mesquite wood cut up). The cooking outside would reduce all heat inside maintaining the temps. I have written about doing laundry in buckets so no power does not hold us back from being clean and looking our best. We also do not heat our home with electricity. We have ample wood, but if we had to only use what was around, we would be supplied with mesquite wood for a long time. Our water source does not need electricity either so times may be different and something that we will have to adapt to, we will not freeze to death and we will live pretty well.

If tomorrow the Double Nickel family was not able to go to the stores to add to our already abundant closets we would be fine. I have ample amount of fabric, and patterns to make things from scratch, in addition I can mend what needs to be mended. A few years ago, I would toss clothes that had a tear, but on this path, I have learned to take care of everything. I am also prepared to make clothes larger for the teens if they need extra space in the waist, bust, or length. We have much and could stretch it a long time.

So as you see the basic needs that one would need if something happens would all be met here on the farm. I have explained that my mother was this way and I learned from her and I am grateful. In times of crisis or emergency, I do not wish to have to make a plan and see if we could implement it. I do not want to learn to make bread because my family is hungry, and I do not wish to have to second guess what my environment will provide without ample time to research if things are edible. The time to prepare is now, and the in crisis you will be able to adapt quite quickly.

I must inject here that my faith as a Christian is my strength. I have been emotionally where I believed my love had died in an accident and understood that I immediately would lean on the Lord. This is where my comfort and strength come from. The Bible is filled with how the Lord prepares His people. If you do not know Him, and find the times we are in scary, please email mcbenningministries(at)yahoo(dot)com for any questions you may have. If you would like a free bible please click on the link on the right side of this blog and one will be sent to you.

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