Other. Really. Well, for me anyway.
I’ve always been on the frugal side. Sometimes more frugal, sometimes less. Much of what I’ve done is just what I had learned growing up. I’ve also always been interested in the outdoors, gardening, camping, hiking, farming etc. Growing up in the city didn’t give me many opportunities for farming, but I really enjoyed any chance to be outside with nature and camping/hiking became one of my favorite activities.
I heartily understand the philosophy behind prepping and I agree with most of it. I don’t feel like I need to live barricaded in militarized zone with 30 years of food and supplies put up in my hidden armored bunker. If you do, that’s fine. I do feel that as the manager of my home I need to be as prepared as possible to care for my family in what ever situation comes our way. We live in crazy, fragile times. But I firmly believe that the extreme form of prepping goes against what the Bible teaches. The Bible tells us to love our neighbors, to take care of the orphans and widows, feed the hungry, visit prisoners. It doesn’t say only do these things when times are good and stop when “stuff” hits the fan. I will do my best for my family, but together we serve God first.
I would love to be a homesteader. Living off the land is hard, hard work, but can be so rewarding. We live in town on a small lot, and while I do a lot of things that homesteaders do, I wouldn’t classify myself as a real homesteader. But again, a lot of these things I do I learned growing up. For example: I learned gardening…organic gardening…from my grandfather. In the big city. I learned to make things by hand from my mother and great-grandmother. I learned to be frugal from my grandmother…like using old clothing (read: underwear) to mop the floors and putting left over bread that is starting to stale in the freezer to use in the future for stuffing. When I moved out on my own, I appreciated the farmers market that was right across the street, and I found out first hand how practical being frugal was.
All these things became very real for our family when my husband lost his job a while back. This area of Indiana suffered a great blow with many automotive, trailer and RV manufacturers laying people off or closing. Hubby’s company closed and sent the work elsewhere. Not being burdened by lots of debt and having a well stocked pantry got us through the hard times when many others were going under. Not only were we able to keep our heads above water, but we didn’t have to rely on any assistance, food or utility programs. And even then, we were able to help out others when they needed it. I’m not saying it didn’t hit us hard because it did. Only now are we starting to get caught up on things that we had to put off during that time (like getting our roof fixed, buying a stove with a working oven, getting a “new” running vehicle after both of ours broke down.) But being frugal, prepared and doing as much with our land as we could, we made it through when many others didn’t.
So I guess you can classify me under what ever category you would like. I’m not prepping for any zombie apocalypse, but for real life circumstances for my family and those around me. I’m not living on an off grid homestead with livestock, but we are trying to live more sustainable where we are. If you asked me what I would call it…I would call it living Proverbs 31. Regardless of what circumstances arise, my main responsibility is to God first, then my family and my home, and then helping others as I can.
Matthew 25:34-40 – Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.’
Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, ‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And the King will answer and say to them, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’