Monday, April 30, 2012

Preparedness Week Twelve

This week I am continuing to bring you The Ten Steps to Preparedness according to Keleen Bishop at These are her views, not mine.  I just want everyone to get to thinking about things and to to pass along the information.

This past month brought news of a shortage in ADD/ADHD medicine, vaccinations, and even the not-so-lovely news of pharmaceutical drug prices hitting a 10 year high—news that only heavy stockholders would care about. For the rest of us, I hope that this is just nudging us more strongly to quicken our pace in getting off of any non-emergency dependence on the medical society. (Attention naysayers: I said NON-EMERGENCY; which is a nowhere near being the same as eliminating dependency on the medical society all together.)
Here’s the snag, Friends. Our medical personnel bust their rear ends for 12 years on average for education, plus hundreds of thousands of dollars in expenses, time away from their families, etc.; but what they walk away with is an expertise in managing disease treatment. Very few have even a few credit hours in matters of prevention or nutrition. Even worse, much of what they have been taught and paid dearly to learn is based on WRONG theories. Case in point, we treat cancer today with only three approved methods: chemotherapy, surgery, or radiation. More and more are being treated with all three methods. Unfortunately, none of these procedures have been proven to “cure” cancer. On the other hand though, as early as the 1924, Dr. Max Gerson, unequivocally revealed that cancer is a fungus and should be treated as such both in preventative and in more aggressive protocols.
For those who are tired of me beating that particular drum, allow me to share yet another example. Last month I had a guest on my Self-Reliance Radio Show. Dr. K. Steven Whiting. Dr. Whiting made it perfectly clear that our approach to heart disease is completely backwards. We treat cholesterol when in fact cholesterol is the final stage of symptomatic events of heart disease—NOT the cause. And yet when a person is diagnosed with heart disease, rather than attacking the real culprit—free radicals caused by toxic fats and other foods readily approved by our benevolent FDA and USDA—we instead prescribe statin drugs.
For those of you who aren’t aware, statin drugs are the ONLY drugs other than anti-psychotic drugs, which require an evaluation every 30 days because they are seriously detrimental to the liver and can cause complete liver failure. But hey, let’s use them to attack one of the SYMPTOMS of heart disease. We’ll make everything all better that way.
My point in sharing all of this is to highlight the necessity of medical preparedness. We simply cannot be independent and free to act if we are completely at the mercy of economy, misinformation, etc. for our health. There’s not much that can conquer the human spirit aside from the risk of losing one’s own quality of life or the life of a loved one. I am constantly hearing from folks who use the health of themselves or their loved ones as an excuse to not be prepared, aka self-reliant; when in actuality they are the ones that should be the most diligent in their self-reliance efforts. They are the ones who can tolerate very little modification in their environment before such alterations may result in death.
Medical Preparedness involves getting the knowledge and the practice you need now so that you can eliminate your vulnerabilities in the future. This not only means focusing on obtaining excellent health and fitness, but also knowledge in helping others to do the same. This Principle of Preparedness also involves learning the most basic of emergency care. While it’s not fun to think about, what about the need to take care of a bullet or stab wound? What about CPR, field dressings, emergency tracheotomy, or the handling of seizures, etc.? I can tell you from experience that there’s nothing worse than watching someone suffer and be helpless to give them any beneficial aid. I’m sure you’ve at least experienced that feeling when your children have been ill.
The remaining Principles of Preparedness can be an asset or a hindrance to our state of Medical Preparedness. We can take water for granted, or we can use it to combat diabetes, heart disease, and obesity now. We can use food to kill ourselves or to nourish every cell in our body. We can yell and scream at someone who has the audacity of calling out the canola oil industry, in spite of their medical expertise on such a topic (aka Dr. Whiting) or we can stop poisoning our body with free radicals and use alternative oils. Likewise, we can dismiss essential oils and call them “woo woo” as some elderly woman once did in a private e-mail to me (expressing her disgust with my even broaching the topic), or we can discover for ourselves if they may bring us more independence.
I wholeheartedly believe that we MUST take responsibility for our health and well-being. As I write this article, I’m staying out of town for a week in order to learn and benefit from another method of alternative care which has delivered results in just one day that I’ve been unable to receive after tens of thousands of dollars spent on traditional medicine over the last 12 years. In my opinion, I have a responsibility to be independent; to not be a financial or even emotional burden to others. As such, I feel it’s my responsibility to continually pursue options which will mitigate any such vulnerabilities.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Preparedness Week Eleven

Well for this preparedness tip it comes again from Kelleen Bishop at  Again, these are her thoughts and ideas, I just like to present them to you to let you get your mind thinking about things and maybe leave me a comment or two.

Ten Principles of Preparedness Part 3
Most times, when folks think about potential challenges such as an earthquake or a car breaking down in the middle of nowhere, omit considering one of their greatest assets in dealing with such a scenario—their own physical strength.

Personally, I believe that my biggest challenge in becoming more self-reliant is to be focused on what physical components of preparedness I will need in the future and be willing to pay the price for those today. That price may be in the form of daily exercise, eating right, learning how to ensure my physical surrounding is protected, and even educating my body to instinctively perform some life-saving actions. I realize it’s much easier to “check off” some of the other aspects of self-reliance, whereas, like the first two principles of Spiritual and Mental Preparedness, Physical Preparedness doesn’t have a destination, per se, rather it’s a constant consideration. I’m sad to say that it took me a while to realize, though, how I had foolishly disconnected from this important principle.
Twelve years ago, as I was caused to wonder how I would protect myself under a specific set of realistic circumstances, I discovered that I was far too vulnerable. As such, in the name of Physical Preparedness, I elected to learn what I needed to so that I wouldn’t compromise the physical safety of myself, nor of those that I cared for.
Still, not one to learn quite as fast as I should, when I avoided a near miss on the freeway 4 years ago, and woke up to the realization that I came “this close” to hoofing it 86 miles to the nearest sign of civilization in the middle of a brutal snow storm, I realized that I had taken this whole Physical Preparedness thing much too lightly.
Thinking that I had finally learned this lesson, I was a bit taken aback on a January morning two years ago as I noticed the parade of prescription medicines on my nightstand. It was almost surreal as I recognized that my nightstand had come to look just like my mother’s, who died in her early fifties. I realized that my passive behavior in ensuring my health and fitness had slowly enslaved me to a situation that was incongruent with self-reliance.
After all of this though, I think the true wake up call was when my husband and I were having a particularly emotionally charged discussion. I realized in the course of that discussion that my physical vulnerabilities were the cause of distraction and concern to him, and I knew that if he was distracted, then in the midst of a more serious scenario, I would be robbing others of the help that he could give them just because I hadn’t taken responsibility for my own Physical Preparedness.
If you’ll keep this aspect of preparedness in its proper prioritization, then you’ll see it color how you approach other aspects of preparedness. For example, let’s take the matter of physical energy. The most important thing to conserve during a crisis is your own physical energy. That being the case, then having your water preparedness efforts be isolated to “planning” on using the water from a lake that’s “only a 10 minute walk from your home” may not be the smartest idea. For one, you’re assuming that the outside waters can be protected from a mass spread of bacteria, nuclear waste, or contagious diseases that may evolve to being spread by birds and other animals. Additionally
have you ever tried to carry the constantly moving weight of water “only 10 minutes away” to your home—assuming that you’ll actually have paved roads making the trek easier? There’s the common matter of using a hand-grinder for wheat, etc. I always ask folks to consider how much physical energy it requires with their particular hand-grinder to crank out enough flour for a bread recipe. Most persons don’t even consider this when selecting a hand-grinder, rather they simply look for the cheapest price, buy it, and then check that off from their list.
Now let’s take the matter of physical intuition. Most folks don’t think twice about training their
body to respond to stressful situations in a particular manner and yet, if we were to speak to any military personnel who has had to endure high stress shooting circumstances, we will inevitably get an earful on the importance of deliberate breathing in such a time. I can tell you from experience, the primary reason why folks miss their target when shooting is because they instinctively stop breathing and tighten all of their muscles; but the opposite habits can be learned. To this day, I can’t even take on the “stress” of a friendly game of Taboo or any timed word game without requiring myself to purposefully breathe in order to have all of my competitive faculties with me.
There’s also instinctive shooting and muscle memory to consider which only gets developed with physical practice. Many years ago my husband was hit by another car while riding his motorcycle. While he had the sense to wear a helmet, it did him no good in this scenario; rather it was his purposefully trained way of “falling” that saved him from any serious physical energy. He had trained himself to roll his body deliberately in such circumstances, thus spreading out the force of landing in such a way that the body can tolerate it. Again, this comes with practice and a conscious effort.
Some instances of Physical Preparedness will require endurance or brute strength that will not be present if we don’t pay the price to obtain them now. Several years ago there were no viable tools available to my husband when he was first on a scene of a car accident
and had to physically punch his way through a car window in order to help one of those involved in the crash. Guess those eons of martial arts have paid off for him several times. In my “Feminine Fortress” classes, I teach women that they need to at least practice beating the heck out of a punching bag, cushion, or pillow for a solid 5 minutes in order to have confidence that they will be able to fight long and hard enough should they ever find themselves under assault. Most people though, do not have such stamina.
Along these same lines, many years ago I was studying with several other females under the guidance of a big, imposing Marine soldier who specialized in teaching grappling. Our assignment was to use one seemingly simple item from our everyday life as a weapon of “opportunity” and defend ourselves against this “Big Lug” with it. Each of the women took their turn trying to use a “weapon of opportunity” as they had been instructed the previous week. But none of them actually used anything around them. Instead they just tried to physically fight their way out of the firm grasp of our instructor. Frankly, it was a bit tough to see that all the
women were a bit shaken to see that they failed the assignment. While I have to admit that actually grappling with a 6’2”, 240 pound male Marine on the floor was intimidating—certainly something I had never conceived of—I was relieved that I DID pass this exercise—5’2 1.5 inches of me along with 200+ pounds of flab. Why? Well two reasons actually. 1) He had allowed his previous experience with the women, in my class and others, program his expectation that no one would use anything other than their own strength to combat him. 2) I had actually practiced using my keys during the week for this very purpose. (Now you know why I and my husband get bruises occasionally. We don’t beat each other—I promise. I just practice with him. *grin*)

These are all considerations which fall under the Principle of Physical Preparedness.
You see, eating healthy, exercising, learning how to physically defend yourself, keeping a spare pair of tennis shoes in the car, etc. isn’t just about today’s preparedness. If you find yourself disabled in any way physically today—whether that is a wheel-chair, a glitch in your git-a-long, or what have you, then you MUST be sure to come up with a counter move to the physical demands that tougher times will have on you. If you’ve never pulled weeds or worked a hoe a day in your life, then you darn well better be sure you have sturdy gloves and quality tools in the event that you have to do more to provide food for your family. If you’ve never stood watch of any kind for 12 hours, then hey, you may want to offer to be the parent who waits up for that teenager to come home. Bottom line: I believe that it’s good to push ourselves now—in the midst of the modern technologies of air-conditioning, filtered water, paved streets and exercise equipment—so that we don’t suffer later.
Being mindful of the various ways of being better physically prepared has everything to do with what we are ABLE to do tomorrow—and it’s actually a lot MORE important of a price to pay for today than any of the supplies of food and such that we get in the name of self-reliance.

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Meet your New General Relief Society Presidency

General Relief Society President - Sister Linda K. Burton
General Relief Society 1st Counselor - Sister Carole M. Stephens
General Relief Society 2nd Counselor - Sister Linda S. Reeves

Monday, April 16, 2012

Preparedness Week Ten

Again this week is the second of 10 Preparedness tips from Kelleen Bishop at  Please remember, these are not my words or thoughts but, it does make you think.
After the Spiritual Preparedness comes the Mental Preparedness. This is not to say that any one Principle of Preparedness stands alone. Rather all 10 of them work very well together. However, there is indeed an order of prioritization. Where so many folks believe it just entails food, water, ammo, and gold, a wise prepper will understand that none of that will do a person any good if it’s not supported by the “know how” and the mental fortitude to use it.
In her book, “The Unthinkable: Who Survives When Disaster Strikes and Why”, author Amanda Ripley provides ample support to this claim. She interviews post “crisis” survivors, including those from 9/11, and was able to clearly map out what the difference was between those who made it through and those who simply froze and suffered. Time and again when I’m asked to teach “some moves” for self-defense or marksman skills with a firearm, I have to first establish the fact that a mental foundation must be in place before any “move” or use of a weapon can be successful. Avoiding the mental work that it takes to be accepting of a crisis scenario will actually cause you to freeze when confronted with the reality of that scenario. For example, as I’ve mentioned before, 9/11 wasn’t the first attempt to bring down the World Trade Centers. Over a decade earlier another bombing attempt was made. After which, several persons got special training as to what to do under such circumstances. However, the disturbing fact is that many of these persons simply froze because they didn’t do the mental work—the replaying, the practicing, etc.—of their training. In fact, some of the security personnel didn’t even know where to direct folks to the emergency exit because they had never used the exit personally—only saw the layout on a piece of paper.

This particular Principle of Preparedness deals with the knowledge that one must have in order to be self-reliant. I call it “Know How” and it seems to be never-ending. From how to start a fire 101 ways, to
how to position mirrors and pictures in your home to aid in your home security, to how to actually use that solar oven you bought. Unfortunately, many sit far too comfortably in their book learning. I, and countless experts in the world of brain power, have concluded that real know-how comes from applying what you learn in a book, etc., as much as possible. This is such a critical aspect of strengthening one’s mental preparedness. It’s one thing to have the solar oven. It’s another to assume that it’s relatively easy to operate. But it’s such a stronger source of peace in one’s preparedness efforts to have actually used the solar oven to the point that confidence is instilled. Literally, when you can instill confidence in how you might handle an anticipated scenario, you do more for your preparedness efforts than countless amounts of supply.
I love the fact that strengthening my Mental Preparedness doesn’t have to cost me money. Thus there’s never the excuse of “I can’t get prepared. I can’t afford it.” Books, videos, the internet, YouTube,
community classes and conversing with other folks who have learned specialized skills goes a LONG way towards enlightenment. I even find that watching a “doomsday” kind of movie or reading a similar themed book helps to actually lessen any anxiety as I allow my mind to play through some of the scenarios and ask myself “What would I do under these circumstances.” The more you can allow your mind to prepare for what could be a “brain-freeze” moment, the less likely you are to experience that “fog of war” obstacle which seems to slow down time, and eliminate any mental preparation you learned.

In the name of Mental Preparedness, you might catch me repeatedly pulling an imaginary firearm from my hip, and going through the rest of the steps to accurately employ the skills I have learned. I want that movement to be so natural, so fluid, that even if I am faced with a horrific moment in which I would need to use my firearm for defense, I won’t have to stop and think about “what to do.” Our own mental preparedness works very much the same way. Practice. Muscle memory. Asking ourselves what would we do under a set of circumstances and then mentally playing through that. It’s almost painful sometimes to watch a movie with my husband as he’ll frequently pause it and quiz me as to what I would do under such and such circumstances. If I don’t answer quickly and confidently, you can bet I’m in for another “learning moment.” *grin*
While there’s a great deal that’s covered under the Principle of Mental Preparedness, one of the aspects

that I feel folks forget is the learning of alternative skills by which they could earn an income if there was a financial collapse or a long-term interruption in our electrical world. Good old fashioned skills and trades are just that—so old fashioned and nearly extinct. I suggest that as a part of your Mental Preparedness you think about a world that better resembles the early 1800’s and ask yourself what do you think you could do to earn the food and shelter you’d need to provide for your family?
Replacing conveniences is also an important part of Mental Preparedness. As I’m using my Bosch Mixer to make my bread, I have to ask myself, “OK. How would I make my bread without this.” I want to make sure that modern technology doesn’t have me blinded as to the skills which I would need amidst a tougher time. So I’m always on the look out for “antiques” that I can use to replace the technology that I’ve come to rely on so heavily. Items such as a rug beater, an old fashioned iron that you heat on the stove, a way to invert the air-flow on my tire pump so that I can still preserve food in Mason jars or FoodSaver bags, a hand-beater, solar cells, etc. will come in handy when the time is right; so it pays to be better mentally prepared by knowing how to use them all.
I’m certain that I’ve become a book junkie in part because of my quest for better mental preparedness. Everything from how to take care of a bullet wound to how to eliminate slugs from my garden I’ve absorbed and then put into practice (not a REAL bullet wound, of course) after reading about it. There’s no such thing as a useless book sale in my world.
Lastly, the mental fortitude that one needs to have in order to endure challenging times is vital. There is so much to distract us in today’s fast-paced, hectic environment. Now is the time to take a step back and determine what we are willing or not willing to do under a set of circumstances. For example, what will you do when someone you don’t know comes to your door asking for help in the form of food, money, or even chemical substances? What are your plans for defending your family? What are your plans in the event that you need to leave your home in a hurry? What’s your path of travel that you have laid out that is least likely to be the same as everyone else’s? Do you know HOW to change a tire, hot-wire a car if need be, and how to filter water with nothing more than sand and dirt. Yup, you could spend the rest of your life working on the Mental Preparedness and barely making a dent, but I assure you that going through the processes to learn what’s important to you and even just what’s interesting to you, will go a long ways in bringing you peace in any scenario for which you mentally prepare.

Friday, April 13, 2012

Elder and Sister Ross

I just wanted to post the letters from Elder and Sister Ross and give you their address.  Please rember to pray for all of our Missionaries.
Hello Sisters,
 Hope all is going well in Monroe Ward.  I really miss all of you.  We are really being kept busy and tonight we received a ward list of over 500 with an active participation of about 150.  We really have our work cut out for us.

I sent the wrong apartment number to several of you because the apartment we were first given turned out to be a third floor walk-up and the missionaries who found it were promised an elevator, thus we ended in another one.  This is a two bedroom, newly refurbished with carpet and paint and on the first floor.  Yay!

Anyway, our new address is: 510 Stevens Ave. SW
                                           Apt. O-104
                                           Renton, WA 98057

 We hope we are in your prayers.  We truly need them.  We now have a greater appreciation of those who pray for missionaries.

With love to all,
Sister Ross

The days here are 12 hours long! We are LOVING every moment!!

Sunday night we had a double feature: The MTC Pres spoke to us for an hour and then we watch a video of Elder Bednar’s address here last Christmas Day.. It was live and for MTC only eyes! I can’t get a copy either!! Restricted, but it is without a doubt the BEST talk Sister Ross and I have EVER here… I will tell you only the topic: The Character of Christ!!

Last night, Tues, we had a devotional… Guess what… You guessed it, just for me, they sent Elder & Sister Oaks!! They spoke to a packed house and to ALL OTHER MTCs around the world!! But we were only a few feet away from the podium.. Yes, it was Great!

I get all choked up when I just ‘think’ and ‘see’ Heavenly Father’s hand in everything we do and say… It really scares me, and I’m in shock most of the time.. Hey, I’m a District Leader… I thought it was funny to have been called to serve there too.. It is no big deal though.

I have been trying to see how I can flunk this course and be held-over for a few more weeks.. ! J Nah, it is not going to happen!

One of the most exciting things we do is EAT… Three unbelievable meals a day… the good part is we get to sit with different ones at each meal and learn of their experiences.. Making deep friendships. And hearing many testimonies, it is so great…
Before I leave I want to share my testimony about what a GREAT blessing this is for US… it IS and Will be a Turning Point in our lives.. chills just run all over me all the time, and EVERYONE is so very very GREAT… The Holy Ghost is HERE and I doubt He ever leaves… This is as close to Heaven as I have ever been… there is NO place on earth like being Inside the MTC… It is truly a locked compound and very very safe, peaceful and Heavenly Father is watching very close to what is happening here.. Hey, Spiritually, it is like being inside the temple! Except there is a lot of action going on all the time… 2,000+ Elders & Sister running around…

I have many more stories, but will save them for later…

All our love and best for everyone there…

Elder & Sister Ross

Monday, April 9, 2012

Prepaedness Week Nine

Denise mentioned this website to me and so I want to share her "Ten Principles of Preparedness"  the website has numerous ideas and opinions.  the web address is  and her name is Kellene Bishop.  I will start with the first Principle of Preparedness:
Spiritual Preparedness
So why is Spiritual Preparedness the FIRST principle and let’s also clarify what exactly Spiritual Preparedness is.
I’ll hit the latter aspect first. Spiritual Preparedness isn’t about practicing a specific religion. For the record, I don’t believe that that practicing a particular religion is about being spiritual either. Spiritual Preparedness has to do with a person’s CORE VALUE and BELIEF system. This HAS to be the first principle in order of priority because without it, no other principle of preparedness will have any lasting efficacy on a person’s life. Because no matter how physically prepared a person is with know-how, supplies, strategies and tactical maneuvers, there will ALWAYS be a challenge thrown at us that simply cannot be fixed with “things.” Being tied in to one’s core values and beliefs will often be the only thing that can get a person through tough times. I don’t need to provide links of story after story to prove this. If you yourself haven’t had an experience in which the very first thing you thought of in the midst of a crisis was something not tangible and not encompassed by the tangible things of this world, you at least know someone who has. In every moment of heightened adrenalin there is a millisecond of choice based on a persons beliefs and values—to the extent that such values and beliefs are entrenched within them. Spiritual Preparedness is about shoring up the strength and foundation of those beliefs and values. There will come a time in a crisis in which everything you KNOW, that you can touch, feel, hear, see, and smell will tell you one thing, but your core will tell you something contrary. It is my belief that a person’s level of Spiritual Preparedness SHOULD color how we approach every other aspect of preparedness.

In many instances, one has to go to their belief system to answer some of the most basic questions. “Do I feel it necessary to protect my life with use of force?” “What will I do if someone comes to my door and is in need of my help, of which I have so little?” “Is it right to eliminate all debt or should I still give attention to my credit score?” “What would I be willing to do if my 11 year old son needed insulin and we ran out?” Imagine the sense of calm confidence a person might need to handle taking care of a stab wound, or worse. Etc. Etc. My unwavering belief is that no question will be answered and no scenario prepared for completely without first calling upon one’s own Spiritual Preparedness and that’s exactly why it must be the FIRST priority. It’s first because it determines—good or bad—how every other Principle of Preparedness is implemented in our lives; the other 9 Principles will inevitably be colored by our level of Spiritual Preparedness. Whether it’s our belief in the words of scriptures, the assurances given us by a loving guardian, or something at our core which speaks to us even through the silence—all of these fundamentals have the ability to guide us clearly and confidently through uncertain and even blind times.
Last weekend I was scared out of my wits by a semi-truck that decided to encroach on my tight freeway lane amidst construction work. While my physical and mental responses to this affront were natural, it was obvious that the first thing I thought of in the somewhat panicked moment was, “oh great, I’m going to die before I get to make Scott that steak dinner I promised him”—except that it took me only a fraction of a moment to think that. Then, a tiny moment later, when the ding-bat driver figured out what he was doing and got back into his lane, I let out a sigh of relief and naturally found myself thanking my Heavenly Father for getting me through yet another “close call.” Let’s recap that…. Crisis is threatened; my first thought is the possibility of missing my Prince Charming and my next thought was about a relationship that no one can see with the mortal eye but which I firmly believe exists. None of this has anything to do with wheat, powdered milk, ammo, or 72 hour kits! In fact, it was only after that moment that I started trying to learn better strategies as to how I could have handled such a scenario better (moving on to the mental and subsequent principles of preparedness).

It is my firm belief that if we nurture our spiritual level of preparedness and position it as a priority in our life, then we will be able to better choose; to determine between truth and error, hype or hope, and so forth. After all, even after the House of Israel was led away from the enslaving hands of the Egyptians with huge sums of supplies and wealth—everything they could possibly need or want to survive in the wilderness—when they came upon the shore of the Red Sea with an angry Egyptian army bearing down on them, you can bet that they could have cared less about their belongings, their future plans for marriage, and the pleasant conversation in which they may have been engaged. Rather all they saw during that scenario was a sense of hopelessness, tragedy, and regret. Their wheat, water, clothes, and that stubborn mule suddenly didn’t mean anything in comparison to their present plight. It was only because of the spiritual preparedness of their leader that they were able to avert a slaughter or bondage once again.

We are obviously in for a rough ride in the coming months, Folks. One minute we’re trying to decide between unleaded or premium and the next we’re just having to determine how to pay for the unleaded! That’s no surprise to most of our readers. But whether I share some information or a mainstream news media source does, it will not be viewed correctly if it’s not balanced with our spiritual selves. So perhaps the next time you get frustrated at your inability to communicate with your loved ones about the importance of taking self-reliance more seriously, perhaps you should attempt to build that dialogue on something with more substance; something which can better motivate and educate a person accurately that might move them towards a more self-reliant life—core values and beliefs—and then grow from there.
As for our own preparedness, may I suggest that you seriously dedicate regular time—daily—to encourage, nurture, and solidify your values and beliefs? Be courageous in your convictions. Study and research in accordance to those beliefs. Take time amid the clutter of distractions and duties to shore up that which is more important and which determines your success. If something catches your attention, take some quiet time to listen to your gut and determine quietly whether or not it has any merit in your life. If it does, and if you take care of this top priority of preparedness, I know that you can always rely on yourself to make the best of decisions to carry you towards your goal of pure independence, safety, and security—come what may. This is exactly what I mean when I say “peace in preparedness.”

And Again, this was taken from

Saturday, April 7, 2012

Thirve Party (Shelf Reliance) party at Sena's House

You’re Invited

Come and enjoy a fun and exciting cooking presentation featuring:


Host:  Sena Clark

Date:  April 10, 2012       Time:  6:30

Location:  152 East Shore Road (Frenchman’s Bend)

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Consultant:  Lisa Bostic

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These products are great!  Check out the website and learn about the ordering program.

Sena will be hosting a Thrive Party at her home on April 10, 2012 at 6:30 at Sena's home located at 156 East Shore (Frenchman's Bend)   Thrive foods are foods that are offered by Shelf Reliance.  Shelf Reliance is a company that was developed to satisfy the need for healthy nutritious, canned food that is affordable, tasty, and can even be delivered to your home.  The Thrive program can even help you prepare a meal plan, a budget for your food storage and send it a little at a time to your front door. The link to follow will give you more infromation about thrive food.  They have a calculator to help you figure out how much food storage you will need for your family.

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Monday, April 2, 2012

Preparedness Week Eight

I actually did it, well, with Chuck's help. We got the garden tilled up, got the boards put up, added the soil, etc..., and planted the seedlings.  Now we just have to hope that all of my little plants keep on growing.  Any helpful information can be left in the comment section.  I am in a learning process.  I am still waiting on my carrots, bell pepper, and jalopeno peppers to pop up.

The preparedness tip for this week is to send me a recipie using food storage ingredients.  They can be posted as a comment here on the blog, or you can e-mail me at or