We now proudly present our third essay entry in the "Safecastle LLC Freedom Awards Self-sufficiency Essay and/or Video Contest" as well as an automatic entry in our "Rural Revolution Essay Contest."
Be sure to check out all the great potential prizes over at: SafeCastle LLC., and remember, even though we are only allowed to pass on one winner from here to the folks at Safe Castle for the final judging of the grand prizes, we here at Rural Revolution have ten prizes to give out to those of you who submit your original essay or video on self-sufficiency, survivalism, and prepping.
Our prize, the coveted Rural Revolution Tankard
(Will look something like this,
but will also include the words
"2011 contest winner" and your name.)
So without further ado, here is our third entry:
We are a family of 3 with #4 on the way. We are military which actually leaves very little room for self-sufficiency until we "escape", I mean... fulfill our duty of course. Being forced to live in less than ideal conditions for prepping or survival anything we do our very best to be one step ahead of the curve. We are probably more prepared than anyone in base housing I would wager. We are "young" in our 20-somethings, but feel very secure in our idea that we need to be prepared in case of emergencies. Surprisingly enough we do not count on the government for much of anything (this doesn't surprise us, but other people it seems). We are forever looking for our 'way out', and counting the days until we can actually make those leaps and bounds out of here.
We are teaching our 2 year old right from the beginning to save. Not just to save his money and things, but to give back to God what is rightfully His. We are teaching him about our faith foremost, then cooking and cleaning and all those things that Mommy does around the house all day. Of course manners and respect are big ones in our house including helping out. We actually work very hard on keeping our shelves stocked and freezer full.
Being in military housing means we don't have to pay for utilities but we work extra hard at being "green" minded. We shut off our heater when it is nice out, we cloth diaper, make our own cleaning agents, and we do not keep excessive junk like many other military families seem to collect. When we go to the store we make a point to buy several "bulk items" for the local food pantry at our church. We have about a months worth of food ready in our home at one time. Although space is limited we buy things in bulk... rice for example, noodles, dry goods mostly. We are VERY active in buying our food locally as much as possible. We think this is very important for us and for our local economy.
We make many of our own things, can our own fresh picked fruits and veggies and have even began a small garden in our windowsill this year. Space is at a premium, but we believe that we need to be prepared "just in case"... like the government shutting down and us not getting paid until it is figured out. Hmm, how many military families are ready for THAT? It isn't something most families think about that is for sure.
We are hard core recyclers. Our 2 year old thinks recycling is one of the best things going and that makes us so proud. We have removed 99% of plastics from our household, and buy everything we can in glass containers or metal cans. We have 2 dogs and buy in bulk for them too. You've always gotta prepare for them too you know.
We just have taken a different approach to life than most "kids" our age. What is important to us is not the norm, but from the outside looking in you wouldn't know we are inherently different. Sure we don't party or get drunk all the time... We are the 'responsible ones' we prepare as best we can for the circumstances we are forced to live in currently. We are also planning for our future and dreaming of it daily. Our goals are set pretty high, but being forced to live here makes us even more determined to see our dreams become a reality for us and for our children. Faith and family are extremely important to us... and are values we consider #1 priority. We plan to homeschool, we see natural minded doctors even though we have government funded healthcare and pay out of pocket.
We wholeheartedly believe that your decisions in life reflect what is truly important to you. By preparing for those "uh oh" circumstances as best we can with our current situation, to trust in God, helping others, planning for a better future and teaching our children to do the same we know that someday it will all pay off.
What is that saying? Raised awareness cannot be lowered... and that is the truth! By making many small changes now we know it will help make those big changes that will happen (in the not too distant future) easier as we are already focused on what is truly important to us. We don't expect an easy road in the least, but by doing what we can now and proving to ourselves that it CAN be done gives us hope and courage for our future.
A reminder, gentle readers, to please consider sending us an essay on your plans, thoughts and experiences in self-sufficiency and prepping. Your entry can be a far reaching as TEOTWAWKI or as narrow as why brown rice is a better storable food than white rice. I know a lot of you have skills and training on these important topics. You have a real shot at some great prizes (ours and especially theirs) by simply putting on e-paper, or video, things you've already considered and practiced that might be of great help to others just starting out. If you're shy, we'll gladly keep your identity under wraps.
Come on and give Patrice a night off by writing something we can put in her place.
So send those essays (or even a video) to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Don (The Husband of the Boss)