Blowout Moving Sale!

OK so we aren't actually selling anything but we have decided to finalize the move to our new site!

Things aren't perfect but we also know that if we wait for thing to BEE perfect it just never happens right?

So here we go! We have taken the plunge! This blog and all its previous content as well are now MOVED!

Please visit us at for more great content and to resubscribe too all our feed and email. I apologise for the inconvenience an I am told your readers will still pick up feed but to be on the safe side and to see some of the (new changes) Buzzzz on over :-)

Happy 2013!!!

Your number on most all important need...?

God and family are the number one things in the lives of most Christians.

Living, loving and learning. Teaching our children all that they need to know to get where they are going in life and beyond. An attitude of gratitude and of service to others. That is our mission as parents. As aunts and uncles and cousins. Even friends and neighbors. Whom ever you consider family.

While this all holds true for myself and for many of my readers that is not what I am referring too.

Whether we are talking about hiking and biking or emergency preparedness, home storage or everyday in some cases YES even here in the U.S.A. you MOST important number one need is pure drinking water.

My goal today is simply to raise awareness and provide a few 'over the counter' options for putting your heart at ease with this matter as well as why water and most importantly pure water is so important to every living creature including YOU and ME.

Did yo know that if your thirsty you are already dehydrated? So many of us expect to just be able to have water. Hot water whatever every time we turn on the tap and many of us on PUD water or city water are oblivious to the contaminants many of which were added purposely 'for your benefit' buy the authorities. Such as bleach and fluoride.

Now depending on the bleach and if theres no fluoride and the water is other 'good' you may simply leave you water on the counter and the bleach will dissipate via evaporation and leave your water.

The rest of you may need a filtration system and some level or another in your home be it a pitcher, a faucet filter or a home filter. Some of these are very spendy but if your water is really awful... and as most people know or are learning you skin is like a sponge. For my family, if we wont eat it (well its ingredients in ) we wont put it on our skin. (OK OK OK I where makes up twice a year or so... max. as you can see in my profile pic)

Suffice it to say our skin soaks up the good and the bad.

Then there is the emergency water aspect. Do you have enough stored? DO you know how to store it? How much to store? Do you have a filter handy or iodine or anything to get yourself water in a crisis or minor emergency? Do you have the supplies and know how to make a water distillery out of nothing? Probably not the latter for most people and for almost all of you I am betting even if you have water stored its stale, its not enough and it not portable if, God forbid, you have to evacuate. I highly recommend a portable good quality filter.

There are many at reasonable prices but I will list a few with some pics and links at the end of this post. I will try to find a pic and link for the one we have right now.

We hike and bike and our out ( practically live in it anyway) the wilderness a LOT and you can't carry enough water to take every situation into account and its heavy! The kids lose there bottle or pouch. The camel springs a leek. It's just good practice to have one cause lets face it... can you trust that stream? That is such a sad question :-( but the honest truth is that you may not be able to.

About 70% of your body is water. Almost the entire other 30% is lipids (read fats) and you cannot live without water for very long. Many sources say 3 days in any situation where you are in any danger or doing any activity at all... such as searching for water when your unprepared :-( please I implore don't put yourself in that position!

So. Have good drinking water for you daily needs.

Store 1 gallon per person per day AND one gallon per pet per day for everyone in your family for at least as many days as you can find a nook and cranny to stash a jug of water. It doesn't take a lot of space or a lot of time or even a lot of money. If you set yourself a little reminder and be diligent about it you can package your own as long as you rotate it and refresh those containers of water on a regular basis. Keep in mind this only speaks to personal potable water and not any hygiene etc. I will address proper storage and quantities in a later post.

Please don't think... oh that dog is drinking out of that puddle or if that cat can drink so can I, in an emergency. Ew. You will get so sick and be even worse off.

I pray we only ever have to worry about day to day water and a day or so without power now and then. I am not a doomsday, negative glass half full person but I do believe that knowledge and and ampule of prevention/ preparedness go a long way. It is smart, it is wise.

Now of course there are other ways to purify your water and some great do it yourself ways. Some can be done on the fly and so you can make a new one later or when you set up a different camp etc. Some require buckets or barrels of sand and are not portable at all but good for some circumstances and I will visit those in later posts because DIY is always so fun!

But here are some lightweight portable options that will get you ready with something like right now fast if that is where your mindset is.

Remember that you can set your tap water on the counter to 'air out' in many places. A caution with this. If there is fluoride in your water it wont help. Also there are 2 main types of (ill just call it) bleach that is used in the water supply in the states. This only works with the most common one so please check with the authorities to find out what is added to your water supply so you know how to combat it. For example that Britta tm filter might not be all its cracked up to be.

My most important message is to be knowledgeable. Empower yourself! You may decide you are perfectly fine with your public water supply and you don't care what comes out of the tap as long as it's clear. OK. :-)

SO here a few pics with links if you are interested. Please share other links or filter options you have or used in the comments section below along with DIY ideas etc.

This is a really novel idea from Auquamira tm literally a filter in a straw for 20 gallons of personal drinking water. pretty cool concept actually. imho. Found at with a host of others including at least 3 different katadyn filters, precanned ore rpeboxed water and various levels of self storage systems if you want to go that route. again just for reference.

This is a paratrooper style one from

One Word for 2013


With that in mind, a few things to share :-)

This makes me just a little squirmy inside. Which means it's the right word for me. It is outside of my comfort zone, it won't be easy so it will make me stretch and learn and grow in new and different ways.

On one hand it is something I had little to know trouble with before but I have been struggling with it lately.

I will be diligent. Steadfast and immovable. For me this is important because so many of my goals are long term. If I lose sight of them and if I do not work daily towards them I will never get where I want to be.

Life is long term. There is a very limited, very prestigious list of things you can take with you when you lay you mortality aside and move on from this portion of your existence.

Wisdom is one of those things and I will seek it diligently!! (and of course share it with other wherever I may :-) Happy New Year!


This idea of using only one word instead of a whole list of resolutions is the brain-child of Alece at  I love Alece’s vision! Obviously you have to define the vision for yourself. I strongly encourage you to click that link and read her short description of Why One Word?  And I love how she says if your one word doesn’t scare you at least a little bit, it’s probably not the right word… Because the idea of being so diligent does scare me…
What will your one word for 2013 be?  Please leave it in the comments!  I’d love to hear about it!

Want a button with your own word for 2013? Visit Melanie @ Only A Breath Here

Merry Christmas!

20 Angels

twas' 11 days before Christmas, around 9:38
when 20 beautiful children stormed through heaven's gate.
their smile
s were contagious, their laughter filled the air.
they could hardly believe all the beauty they saw there.
they were filled with such joy, they didn't know what to say.
they remembered nothing of what had happened earlier that day.
"where are we?" asked a little girl, as quiet as a mouse.
"this is heaven." declared a small boy. "we're spending Christmas at God's house."
when what to their wondering eyes did appear,
but Jesus, their savior, the children gathered near.
He looked at them and smiled, and they smiled just the same.
then He opened His arms and He called them by name.
and in that moment was joy, that only heaven can bring
those children all flew into the arms of their King
and as they lingered in the warmth of His embrace,
one small girl turned and looked at Jesus' face.
and as if He could read all the questions she had
He gently whispered to her, "I'll take care of mom and dad."
then He looked down on earth, the world far below
He saw all of the hurt, the sorrow, and woe
then He closed His eyes and He outstretched His hand,
"Let My power and presence re-enter this land!"
"may this country be delivered from the hands of fools"
"I'm taking back my nation. I'm taking back my schools!"
then He and the children stood up without a sound.
"come now my children, let me show you around."
excitement filled the space, some skipped and some ran.
all displaying enthusiasm that only a small child can.
and I heard Him proclaim as He walked out of sight,
"in the midst of this darkness, I AM STILL THE LIGHT."

Written by Cameo Smith, Mt. Wolf, PA

This was emailed to me. It was a tear jerker but I had to share. I hope it can bring some perspective atleast even if it doesn't make it any easier. God bless and Merry Christmas


New site update

I need to apologize :-(

I  was so excited to be back on the internet that I promised to ramp back up as we got into Thanksgiving. Allowing myself about a month to get back in gear (and also get the new website i have planned all ready!) I was so consumed with working on the website, and other unforseen family commitments that I spent more time on the website then I should have in order to meet my promise.

Please bear with me the new site, is a work in progress but I do want to continue blogging while working on the site. Any suggestions are always welcome! Anyone familiar with WordPress is great too ;-)

At this point I have learned a few things but haven't been able to customize it quite right or properly migrate the blogs I run since I have multiple.

When it is done it should be seamless even for your RSS feeds.

Make sure to join my mailing list for tips and updates.

I will work hard to get everything fixed up in a jiff!

How I have missed thee

I truly have missed this blog and all the wealth of knowledge and camaraderie in our blog hops and sharing learning and growing together but each on our own separate journey. Helping each other from afar as it were.

I think I just waxed poetic!

I AM glad to be back and will share all our updates and changes soon as we get back into the swing of blogging heading from now into Thanksgiving.

See you all again very soon!

Teri and Family