Sunday, July 31, 2011


I was blessed with a great family.

I’ve always known they were a special bunch, but until this past week I didn’t realize just how special they are.

I always thought that when someone married into a  family all of their family became a part of our family, after all that’s the way I’d always seen things go down…

When I married Jack his family was joined with mine, and when my cousins got married all of their spouse’s family was now our family.

From day one on the scene you came in to a hug and a kiss with a big welcome and never looked back, you were in, all our family gatherings, Christmas, Easter, Birthday, graduations, and sometimes just because we love to gather! 

Everyone is welcome, and not just welcome we want you there!

I remember on many occasions we would put on our favorite family song, “We are Family” and all dance around in a circle singing to the top of our lungs. The food…we always celebrate with plenty of food! 

The best thing is the company of each person there, whether by blood, marriage or friendship the fellowship is the best. The Joking, laughing, storytelling, and everyone with great things to contribute. Watching our kids and their kids running and playing like I once did with my cousins.

As family we love each other unconditionally, and with no strings. I love this because we all get angry or hurt, but what a blessing to know that yesterday is in the past and today I only know I love you.

I have so many memories they fill my mind and heart, I am so thankful for the family God placed me in. Each one ready to serve the other and always in love…

I love the movie meet the Fokers, all three of them, I think how badly Ben Stiller wants to be accepted in the Circle of trust…Our family doesn’t have a circle, just an open door…

If you are keeping your circle tight or even closed, you are missing out on some great fellowship, lots of good times and memories that will last a life time.

Throw out the circle and live it up. I can promise your life will be enriched.

I've been told in the past that family's just aren't like us and we were strange, Well I have recently discovered maybe we are not the norm... But I would take us any day over what people may think the norm is! My family is awesome.....

Love and Blessings to you all.
Let the Circle be Broken!!!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

I look around me and wonder, “What is wrong with this picture” am I crazy. I sure hope not.

Over the past 6 months or so, Jack and I have had it strongly impressed on us to do some preparation for leaner times. As we watch world news, and watch our own country coming closer to economic collapse we feel a strong need to be ready for what is on its way to America. Truth is a lot of it is already here.

It’s going to be tough for many people to pull their heads out of the sand. We have grown comfortably a custom to having it all at our finger tips. We are a spoiled people, and won’t go down until the end. We will still be waiting for our lost and corrupt government to save us from the sad truth of many years of greed and laxadazicle living. The sad part is that a lot of us have been raised to expect the government to fix and take care of us when in fact it was never our founder’s intentions to have the government be responsible for any of the sort.

We have been dumbed downed by the  Entertainment, Bigger houses, the best cars, fast food, and anything else  that makes us feel good, pacified, and over indulged.  “Like sheep to a slaughter” we have trusted the wrong people and they have entranced us with having it all. Meanwhile they line their pockets and use us and our tax dollars to run our great Country into collapse.

That very government that is telling us everything will be alright is the same government that is storing millions of dollars in food storage and other emergency preparation items. FEMA suggests that we all have at least two weeks of food storage… two weeks! Are you kidding me only two weeks?

Unfortunately we are too busy watching the news night after night about a woman who killed her child, or picking a new American Idol, or watching our favorite celebrities learn how to dance.  We complain about the gas prices, food prices and lack of what our dollar buys today. But fear not the government will just keep printing money out of thin air with no real buyers. That’s called “monetizing” and we are making it a cake walk for all the wrong people to run us into 3rd world status…

As a nation, we need to WAKE UP AND MAKE SOME CHANGES!!

Jack and I have made some and it has been surprising how easy it has been to make them. The first thing we did was designate a closet for food storage. It is mostly freeze dried, but we also have other staples like rice, pasta, flour, and canned items.   As our food storage product of choice, we love THRIVE,  because of the variety, ease of use, and nutritional value, not to mention great taste. 

Food is important, only coming in second to one other basic need, water. Luckily are on a private well, so we are pretty set for water, not to mention we also live across the street from a very large lake which can be very helpful.

Start storing water. Buy it buy the gallon for your best pricing. Something to consider is how much will you need. The average person uses up to two gallons of water a day just for drinking, cooking and minor personal hygiene. So doing some quick calculation you can see a person’s daily water requirements can really start to add up.

As a way to help conserve water consider storing some handy wipes, they come in very handy (pun intended) for a variety of uses, and help to conserve on water usage greatly.

A few more Items to think about:
  •   Toiletries- Shampoo, tooth paste, toilet paper, toilet paper, toilet paper, etc (no one likes wiping their   rear with a leaf or some other foreign object!)
  •   Pet  foods
  •   Flash light, candles, lighter etc… (light)
  •   AM/FM Radio (something rechargeable, crank powered, or solar would be best)
  •   Potty bags (when water stops so does your toilet!)
  •   First aid kit

These are just a few of the very basics. 
We are talking about the bare minimum here.
But the bare minimum it is definitely better than nothing.

It’s not too late until, it’s too late!