Monday, March 14, 2011
new posting series - acquiring preparedness skills
photo credit - Library of Congress
Most of you, I'm sure, are familiar with the Chinese proverb, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime." When you learn a new skill you preparing to "feed" yourself and your family for a lifetime.
In our church we often use the phrase provident living to describe preparedness. Many people are very busy acquiring supplies and food on their journey toward preparedness but this series will be focused on acquiring skills to allow you and your family to live providently.
What I plan to do in this series is to provide readers with a general plan of action to acquire those skills. I'll provide recommendations of written resources, online resources, and person-to-person learning opportunities to help you in your journey toward provident living. My goal is to provide a rudimentary plan of action to assist you in acquiring those skills.
The categories I have planned for the series so far are:
2. Food Preservation
3. Cooking from Scratch
4. Farming & Raising Livestock
5. Slaughtering & Butchering
6. Solar Cooking
7. Foraging for Wild Foods
11. Wilderness Survival
13. Emergency Medical Skills
14. Emergency Communications
15. Emergency Childbirth
This is by no means a comprehensive listing of all of the skills a family would need in order to be prepared to live providently, but I feel it covers the basics and I'll add additional topics as I think of them.
- A 40 something mama meandering through life an 8 year old girl (the big girl) who is a ball of lightening and a 5 year old girl (the baby girl) who brightens our lives with her smiles. I'm grounded by my 40 something husband and partner (the hubster) whose quirky mannerisms brighten my days. Our family is rounded out with with an eclectic 21 year old boy-man (the boy) who I hardly ever right about now since he's off starting his own life.
I've been a single mama, married mama, divorced mama, career mama, SAHM, and WAHM. There was a short time of my life when I wasn't a mama, but that was a LONG time ago!
I hold an AA, BS, and MA and most say I'm wasting them by devoting my intellectual capabilities and energy in the nurture of the wee ones that I've been entrusted to raise, but there is nothing else I'd rather be doing these days. :)
I love hearing from readers, so please share your thoughts and leave comments, too!