Thursday, May 9, 2013

Another DIY day! Wipes, Mosquito Trap, & Manure Tea (a nice summer drink for your plants)

 Years ago, when we had much less money and several children under the age of 10, I used to make these. I used Bounty paper towels and instead of baby shampoo I used Dawn dish soap.  We used them for just about every need from head to toe!  I also used them when I milked the goats to clean their udders, I never had a problem with chapping or other sensitivity issues.
 
Homemade Diaper Wipes!

Supplies:- Tall, round 3 Quart container with a lid
- Better quality paper towels (the cheap paper towels don't work well on a dirty bottom)
- Knife to cut the paper towel roll in two
- Baby shampoo
- Baby oil

Directions:
1. Cut a paper towel roll in half so you have two short rolls. (BOUNTY works best)

2. Set one roll inside the canister. Set the other half aside for next time.

3. Combine and stir together:
1 1/2 cup hot tap water
2 Tablespoon baby shampoo
2 Tablespoon baby oil

4. Pour the liquid mixture over the top of the paper towel roll. As the liquid soaks through, the moisture will loosen the cardboard center making it easy to pull out. If you get lucky, it will bring with it the end of the paper towel roll. If not, carefully pull on the wipes in the center to get the sequence going.

5. Pull out the amount of paper towels (from the center) that are needed. Reseal after each use.

6. If the wipes are not wet enough or the lid doesn't get put back on, just add more water. If the wipes are too moist, leave the lid off for a little while.

**If you are out of the diaper stage, these work great for cleaning up messy hands and faces when you are on the go. You can also use this mixture to re-wet purchased baby wipes!

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I have not tried these yet but with all the rain we've had and a problem with standing water, I'm thinking it will be worth a try!
 
HOMEMADE MOSQUITO TRAP:
Items needed:
1 cup of water
1/4 cup of brown sugar
1 gram of yeast
1 2-liter bottle

HOW:
1. Cut the plastic bottle in half.
2. Mix brown sugar with hot water. Let cool. When cold, pour in the bottom half of the bottle.
3. Add the yeast. No need to mix. It creates carbon dioxide, which attracts mosquitoes.
4. Place the funnel part, upside down, into the other half of the bottle, taping them together if desired.
5. Wrap the bottle with something black, leaving the top uncovered, and place it outside in an area away from your normal gathering area. (Mosquitoes are also drawn to the color black.)

Change the solution every 2 weeks for continuous control. Or put out new one.

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 I use 2, 5 gallon buckets. 1 has holes drilled in the bottom and an old dish towel laid over them as a filter. I set the bucket with holes inside the other bucket, fill with rabbit (or other manure) then fill with water.  Let set for 5 - 7 days. Pull buckets apart and let water drain into bucket #1.  Use on garden plants, flowers and fruit trees as a natural fertilizer.

Question: What is Manure Tea? And How Do I Use it in My Garden?
Manure tea is a nutrient-rich concoction for your garden that is easy to make and apply. A bit of manure, some brewing time, and you have a great source of organic nitrogen fertilizer for your gardens and container plantings. Here's how to make and use it in your garden.
Answer: Manure tea is exactly what it sounds like: manure steeped in water. Once it steeps, the resulting liquid is rich in nutrients and can easily be diluted and applied to your garden plants.
How to Make Manure Tea
What Kind of Manure to Use
Horse, cow, poultry, or goat manure are all appropriate for making manure tea. You can also make a decent manure tea from rabbit droppings as well. Avoid manure from carnivores such as cats and dogs -- these contain harmful pathogens that could make you sick if they come into contact with your food. Either find a fresh source of manure from a local farmer, or purchase bagged manure at your local nursery or garden center.
There are two ways to make manure tea, and both are quite simple.
1. Throw Everything in a Bucket Method
Fill a five gallon plastic bucket or other container two-thirds of the way full with water. Add enough manure to fill the bucket the rest of the way. Let this steep for a day or two, stirring once or twice a day. When you're done steeping it, leave it alone for an hour or so so the solids settle to the bottom, then simply pour the liquid into another container. You could also just dip into the bucket to use what you need as you need it.
2. Make a Manure Tea Bag Method
If you don't want to worry about having to pour off the liquid and try to keep the solids separate, consider making a simple "tea bag" for your manure. You can use an old cotton pillowcase for this, or a few layers of cheesecloth, which you gather and tie around the manure. Use the same proportions as mentioned above (1/3 manure to 2/3 water) and let it steep for a day or two. When you're ready to use your manure tea, just lift the bag out of the bucket, wring it out to ensure that all of that manure-y goodness ends up in your tea, and add the used manure to your compost pile.Diluting Manure Tea
Whichever method you use, you'll want to dilute your manure tea before using it on your garden plants. Use water to dilute the manure tea; it should ideally be the color of weak tea -- pale brownish-yellow.How to Apply Manure Tea
Manure tea can be applied as a foliar feed or directly to the soil around the plants. To use it as a manure tea, strain it well to remove solids, dilute it to the color of weak tea, and add it to a sprayer. Then just apply it to the top and undersides of the foliage on your garden plants.
To apply directly to the soil, pour about one pint of diluted manure tea around the base of each plant. Apply manure tea weekly throughout the growing season.
What Plants to Fertilize with Manure Tea
Just about any plant in your garden or container plantings will benefit from manure tea. The only plants I would recommend not fertilizing with manure tea are root crops, such as carrots, radishes, turnips, potatoes, and beets. These plants need more potassium than nitrogen -- excess nitrogen (which manure tea would provide) would result in pretty, healthy top growth but not much root growth.
A regimen of applying manure tea will definitely result in healthier, happier plants. Consider brewing some for your garden this season.

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Homemade is best!

I'm always looking for good recipes for long term storage, condiments are much loved in this household but not easy to store.  I'm very pleased that these have come across my path so I can share them with you.
As I find more I will post them for your enjoyment.
Make your own Ranch, Dry Onion Soup Mix and Taco Seasoning and store in small mason jars....This is soooo much HEALTHIER than those you buy at the store!! They contain a TON of stuff that is not good for you!! 

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 Taco Seasoning:
 1/2 cup chili powder
 1/4 cup onion powder
 1/8 cup ground cumin
 1 tablespoon garlic powder
 1 tablespoon paprika
 1 tablespoon sea salt
 Put ingredients into a jar and shake.

 Dry Onion Soup Mix:
 2/3 cup dried, minced onion
 3 teaspoons parsley flakes
 2 teaspoons onion powder
 2 teaspoons turmeric
 1 teaspoon celery salt
 1 teaspoon sea salt
 1 teaspoon sugar
 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

 Mix all ingredients in a jar, then give the jar a good shake. I’d recommend shaking the jar to mix the ingredients well before each use.
 Use 4 tablespoons in a recipe in place of 1 packet of onion soup mix. Store this in a dry, cool place.

 Ranch:
 5 tablespoons dried minced onions
 7 teaspoons parsley flakes
 4 teaspoons salt
 1 teaspoon garlic powder
 Mix together and store in an air tight container.
 For dressing: Mix 2 tablespoons dry mix with 1 cup mayonnaise and 1 cup buttermilk or sour cream.
 For dip: Mix 2 tablespoons dry mix with 2 cups sour cream.
 Mix up a few hours before serving, so the flavors all blend.

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Make your own Ranch, Dry Onion Soup Mix and Taco Seasoning and store in small mason jars....This is soooo much HEALTHIER than those you buy at the store!! They contain a TON of stuff that is not good for you!!

Taco Seasoning:
1/2 cup chili powder
1/4 cup onion powder
1/8 cup ground cumin
1 tablespoon garlic powder
1 tablespoon paprika
1 tablespoon sea salt
Put ingredients into a jar and shake.

Dry Onion Soup Mix:
2/3 cup dried, minced onion
3 teaspoons parsley flakes
2 teaspoons onion powder
2 teaspoons turmeric
1 teaspoon celery salt
1 teaspoon sea salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground pepper

Mix all ingredients in a jar, then give the jar a good shake. I’d recommend shaking the jar to mix the ingredients well before each use.
Use 4 tablespoons in a recipe in place of 1 packet of onion soup mix. Store this in a dry, cool place.

Ranch:
5 tablespoons dried minced onions
7 teaspoons parsley flakes
4 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon garlic powder
Mix together and store in an air tight container.
For dressing: Mix 2 tablespoons dry mix with 1 cup mayonnaise and 1 cup buttermilk or sour cream.
For dip: Mix 2 tablespoons dry mix with 2 cups sour cream.
Mix up a few hours before serving, so the flavors all blend.

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Worshiping Together...

The Full Assurance of Faith                                                                                               (ESV)
19Therefore, brothers,c since we have confidence to enter the holy places by the blood of Jesus, 20by the new and living way that he opened for us through the curtain, that is, through his flesh, 21and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith, with our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. 23Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. 24And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, 25not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

We are commanded in Hebrews not to forsake or neglect meeting together.  There is good reason for this, if you start pulling away from corporate worship you may then become an island unto yourself. You no longer are accountable to others and others are not accountable to you.  You no longer bless or encourage others who need you.  God gives us like-minded people so that we can help one another in our Christian faith and our daily walk. Faith is given by the Holy Spirit and He cultivates in our very being the desire to be with others and bear the good fruits of spreading the Word of God to all we encounter.  It is very hard to do this if we sequester ourselves, corporate meetings give us the refill we need, the weekly boost to keep going.  Being daily in the Word is very important but the recharge we receive by our being in the church, hearing the Gospel spoken to us and having fellowship with other sinner/saints ("The saints are sinners, too, but they are forgiven and absolved."- Martin Luther) 
Keeping a relationship with the church is the grounding we all need to have a healthy spiritual life.

I therefore plead with you, if you do not have a church home please find one, and if you do attend regularly so your roots grow deep and you have a firm foundation.
Praying God's blessings on you and yours,
Sondra

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Another #1 NY Times Best Seller from a Co-Founder of LIFE (Living Intentionally For Excellence)

The LIFE business has been such a blessing to me and my family, we have joined locally with MO State Senator Brian Nieves, his Chief of Staff Dave Bailey, their wives and many others to grow Living Intentionally For Excellence in our area.  The resources are exceptional and life changing!  My passion is to disseminate this information to as many people as I can, I want to bring you with me on the fantastic journey that LIFE is leading us on! There is so much helpful information that encourages every aspect of your life; faith, family, finances, fitness, following, freedom, friends & fun. 
There is something for everyone, there is information that needs to be shared, join us in getting out the word!
Blessings and prayers for you and your family's continued prosperity,
Sondra  


Leadershift: A Call for America to Finally Stand Up and Lead
Orrin Woodward & Oliver DeMille
 
Western Society is at the crossroads between chaos on one side and coercion on the other. What we do as citizens is crucial to the future of freedom in North America. LeaderShift was written to launch a shift in the dialogue taking place. No longer can North America afford party splits that paralyze real change. For instance, in America the labels Republican, Democrat, and Libertarian must be replaced by a new label like: Concerned Leaders of America.
We are concerned because any leader, taking a cursory look at the facts, can recognize the drift towards more coercive government within society. Sadly, however, as government increases, the need for leadership influence decreases. Consequently, leaders and entrepreneurs check out of political society, leaving liberty, the lifeblood of Western Civilization’s greatness, suffering from the debilitating effects of neglect.
I love America; I love Western Civilization; and I love liberty. Oliver and I met thousands of people who feel the same way on our travels across North America. Thank you for purchasing the book and reading it. But I have another question. Will you help us launch the LeadersShift? Let’s change the dialogue going on in North America by having the leaders, at all levels within society, read the book and wrestle with its implications. Leaders must initiate the crucial conversations needed to shift the Power Pendulum back into concord. If not us, who? If not now, when?
Society matters; liberty matters, you matter. Fifty years from now, history will record what we did when our country was sick and in need of help. Let us choose wisely.
Sincerely,
Orrin Woodward


Orrin Woodward co-authored the NY Times bestseller Launching a Leadership Revolution. His first solo book RESOLVED: 13 Resolutions for LIFE made the Top 100 All-Time Best Leadership Books List. In 2011 Orrin was awarded the (IAB) Leader of the Year Award.
Orrin has co-founded two multi-million dollar leadership companies and serves as the Chairman of the Board of the LIFE Business. He has a B.S. degree from GMI-EMI (now Kettering University) in manufacturing systems engineering. He holds four U.S. patents, and won an exclusive National Technical Benchmarking Award.
This blog is an Alltop selection and ranked in HR's Top 100 Blogs for Management & Leadership
http://orrinwoodwardblog.com

Monday, April 22, 2013

Anyone can garden!



No matter how much space you have, even a balcony, you can grow some of your own produce and herbs! Even "Chia" has an herb garden set (we have one) you can grow on your window sill. He have grown tomato plants on buckets on our west facing deck, this is an easy way to add freshness to your dinner table.  I have recently come across ways to re-purpose pallets, our local pool supply store gives them away, to make small "raised bed" gardens. 



Here is an easy step by step way to create garden fresh veggies in a small space that any budget can handle!
I see a weekend project in our future!  Don't let others tell you that you can't do something, especially feed your family well on a tight budget.  In today's society it is easier and cheaper to feed your kids junk / processed foods than it is to feed them healthy / fresh raised foods.  Join me in taking a small step to reclaim our rights to care for our children the way God intended us too!
Blessings to you good health,
Sondra





























































Thursday, April 18, 2013

Those Who Stay Will Be Champions

We live in a time that giving up when times or circumstances get too hard.  Up until recent history this was not acceptable! Why now?  Times and circumstances get hard, that is a part of life; we should raise our children to have the skills and endurance to work through those and come out the other side better and ready for the next challenge. Challenges should be just that, challenges, not road blocks that bring us to a complete and udder break down.  Our government has given us so many safety nets that they have become more like hammocks to the last couple of generations. The hand-outs instead of help-ups, the coddling instead of a firm hand and so many other "soft" touch approaches have brought us to the point of looking for someone else to take care of us.  When we allow someone else to take care of us we hand over our rights to freedom and give that person the ability to choose our future.  Can you see where we are headed?  Do you want someone else making decisions for you, your children, or your grandchildren?  What about your aged parents... does someone else have the right to say when they are no longer useful and are not worth the resources it takes to care for them?  I am looking at both ends of this situation, I have an 88 year old mother and a 2 year old grandson, neither can care for themselves, both need special attention to survive; I do not want to give someone who does not love them the ability to make decisions for/about them.  When you receive all the hand-outs you are giving those who give them to you the right to take away your freedoms and ability to make your own decisions... WHY would you do this? (Now I'm not talking about a helping hand, I am not bashing those with legitimate reasons for needing extended care, don't take what I am saying that way.)

I want to give you a key to making the change or prevent it from happening in the first place.
Read books on leadership and relationship, this is a fairly painless and easy way to start; here are 5 fantastic books to start with.  We have all 5 in our personal library.
Magic of Thinking Big - Dr. David J. Schwartz
Personality Plus - Florence Littauer
How to Win Friends and Influence People -  Dale Carnegie
Confidence and Power in Dealing With Others - Donald A. Laird, Eleanor C. Laird
How I Raised Myself from Failure to Success - Dr. Norman Vincent Peale

Listen to CD's as often as you can, CD's that encourage and edify your mind, body and soul.
Go to mom7x.com and see how you can obtain these, there are 8 different categories,
 These resources have instruction, encouragement and humor; all the information you will want to share with your family and friends!

Associate with others who are also actively working to improve themselves and their circumstances. You can be sure they are forward thinking and wanting to help others along the way.

Don't let where you are now shape where you are going.  This is not a sprint, it is a marathon.  THOSE WHO STAY WILL BE CHAMPIONS! It isn't easy, it isn't all lollipops and rainbows.  Nothing worth obtaining ever is, it is worth stretching yourself, it is worth the effort you will put into it.  Your children and grandchildren will thank you, they will all enjoy the time you have once you've broken the cycle of depending on others for your existence.

Take control of your destiny today!  mom7x.com  then contact me!
Sondra




Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Be the one to Right the Ship!

My ship is sinking! What are we going to do?! Who is going to fix it?! Someone call someone!

Who is that someone? You are - Don't think someone else is more capable of fixing the problem than you are. In fact, only you can fix your ship. Only you can save your family (no one else has the same interest as you do).  However, I can throw you a lifeline - a preserver of sorts.  I have been working with a team of people who have the tools to help you repair your ship.  The resources are available for the 8 areas of life.
  
* Faith          
* Family  
* Finances        
* Fitness  
* Following        
* Freedom  
* Friends    
* Fun  
(these are just a sampling of the resources available)
 
If you are like me you need to improve at least one of these areas in your daily life.  We have Orrin Woodward & Chris Brady, both are #1 New York Times best sellers in the area of Leadership, there are classic authors such as Dale Carnegie that are recommended reading.  We have CD resources, "Make your car a university on wheels", - Brian Nieves, MO-Senator.  These resources are such a blessing and the more you listen the less of the stinkin' thinkin', that sinks ships, forces it's way in your daily life. Your thoughts will become "How can I help someone else improve their life"?
Are you looking for more time with your family? Do you need to improve your marriage? ~ What ever your need, we have a program for that.

Right your ship! Let me help you... go to mom7x.com then contact me.  Tim and I will tell you how you can right your ship and not wait on someone else to do it for you... no one is as concerned about your future than you are.  Take the intuitive! You are capable to pull your ship out of the mire it is in.

I pray God's blessings on you as you keep your ship afloat in this journey called LIFE,
Sondra

Monday, April 15, 2013

You Can Make it Yourself!

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You can at least make it a little cheaper to do...
 I've been enjoying making my own household cleaners and some laundry items too.  You can find most of the items at the dollar store or they are very inexpensive at your local Crazy-Mart.
(* optional)



Windex
(recipe from an anonymous comment on a blog)
 Half White Vinegar
Half Water
1 tsp Dawn

2 tsp Olive Oil (I used a bit more)
2 cups water
1/4 cup white vinegar
*Citrus fragrance

1/8 c fabric softener (I use the fabric softener I made)
2 tbs baking soda
Fill the spray bottle with water
*Lavendar fragrance

Bathroom Cleaner
1/2 c vinegar
1/4 c baking soda
2 liters water
*Citrus fragrance

All Purpose Cleaner
1/2 gallon pickle jar
Spray bottle
Pack tight with orange peels
Fill with white vinegar
The longer you let it sit the more concentrated it becomes
you just dilute it to the desired strength
Powdered Laundry Detergent
2 cups Fels Naptha Soap (finely grated – you can freeze it and then use a cheese grater)
1 cup Washing Soda
1 cup BoraxMix well and store in an airtight plastic container.
Use 2 tablespoons per full load.

Liquid Laundry Detergent
1 quart Water (boiling)
2 cups Bar soap (grated)
2 cups Borax
2 cups Washing Soda
  • Add finely grated bar soap to the boiling water and stir until soap is melted. You can keep on low heat until melted.
  • Pour the soapy water mixture into a large, clean pail and add the Borax and Washing Soda. Stir well until all is dissolved.
  • Add 2 gallons of water, stir until well mixed.
  • Cover pail and use 1/4 cup for each load of laundry. Stir the soap each time you use it (will gel).
Homemade fabric softener:
What you will need:
2 cups of your favorite scented conditioner (I use Suave)
3 cups of white vinegar
6 cups of water hot
A container to mix the ingredients and hold the softener
Mix all ingredients together. You can use a pitcher to mix them all together and then just pour it into an empty container.
It takes a minute of stirring, but do it until no more conditioner clumps. Don't shake it.
Use 1/4 cup per load and it works great!

RE-USEABLE FABRIC SOFTENER SHEETS
Re-useable plastic or glass container
5-by-7-inch fabric squares
Measuring cup
Large glass bowl
Metal whisk
1/2 cup white vinegar
6 - 8 drops of grapefruit seed or tea tree oil
Several drops of your favorite fragrant essential oil
 

They're hazardous-free to use, easy to make 
(took 15 minutes start to finish) and will save a ton over time.


Thursday, April 11, 2013

Preparing: Not Just for Preppers, (book review) Passport to Survival



Passport to Survival – Four Foods and More to Use and Store
Esther Dickey

In my humble opinion this is one of the cornerstone books for your “survival” library.  We purchased it in 1999 and I know it will be the book we keep on hand as our times change. You shouldn’t think this is a knee jerk response to the “preppers mentality”, we are a family of 12 and know that our circumstances can change in the blink of an eye. Preparedness is the right thing to do, there are natural disasters, economic crisis, job loss…well, you get the picture. Being good stewards isn’t just about right now, it is about keeping my family fed and clothed even when times are hard. Remember the story of the Ant and the Grasshopper? The ant prepared for the long haul and the grasshopper was short sighted and paid the consequences. Be the ant! Try to keep at least a 3 month supply of food on hand with extra to help others because in times of peril you still want to show Christian charity.
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Passport to Survival is a great way to start your preparedness library.  Don’t forget to rotate your stock so it is always fresh and ready to use.
It is divided into 4 well organized parts and 18 easy to read chapters.
Part 1: Foods for Healthy Survival
With a little background from the author and some references to George Orwell’s 1984, Mrs. Dickey accurately portrays the times we see in front of us now.
The four survival foods, wheat, milk, honey and salt were chosen based on their usability and storability.  Wheat; beef protein may be superior to wheat protein but in the storability category, there is no contest, wheat will last many years and is also more versatile.
Powdered Milk; now I now just the thought of powdered milk makes many cringe but times of crisis call for some intestinal fortitude (sometimes we have to put on our grown-up pants and just do what we have to do, most of us won’t have a cow or dairy goat at hand).
Honey; it is a universal sweetener and really do I need to say more?  YUMMY! And if you can find local honey it is useful for treating allergies.
Salt; in reality it is a mineral, it is involved in almost all cellular processes.
These 4 foods are time proven; wheat is referred to in history as “the staff of life”, then you have the land “flowing in milk and honey” and salt with good “flavor” was a dream of the ancients.
Forty more: she suggests 40 more foods to put in your long term storage and explains why you need them.  An Emergency Diet in Action is a chapter than will help you use you stored foods effectively.  You will not want to wait for the crisis to try them; she suggests a 10 day trial run using the basic 4.  What about the little ones in your family?  Esther even touches on that and with a few suggestions from a Doctor she’s put together a basic diet for them too using wheat, milk and honey.
Part 2: Recipes and Menus
I do want to preface this part with saying, this is not convenient or easy, it does take preparation and care but she does state that “anyone using this book will not rate convenience on the same level as nutritional value and preparation for emergency”. This section gives 110 recipes for your stored food, helpful suggestions and measurement charts.  There is also a 7 day menu plan.  I found this most helpful since I don’t usually cook with these ingredients; I’m inspired by her creativity. 
Part 3: Other Survival Techniques
5 ways to preserve and the appliances/equipment you will need.  I found this section to be very well done and easy to follow.  The food storage section is very important to read and follow, she thought out each scenario and gives great advice.  Water will be a one of the most important resources you will need to know about, DO NOT forget to research this!  Esther gives several detailed lists for: keeping clean, first aid, home nursing, comfort and health, waste disposal, clothing, bedding, sewing supplies, fuel, lights, seeds and more.  She does touch on outdoor survival, how to use what you have on hand to cook and store food, there is also a nice list of edible nature items (with this I’m going to suggest that you get a field guide from your local extension service or conservation area so you don’t confuse plants, that could be hazardous).  The last section of part 3 speaks to how the body works and how to care for it physically and emotionally.  Caring for your body is an important aspect not to be ignored, as the mother of 5 teenagers I’m suggesting this be a priorityJ. 
Part 4: A Future of Hope
This section references a time when community was key, where a town worked together but with a little bit of a futuristic twist.  Life in a community like this would be idealistic; Mrs. Dickey gives ideas on how to live to be 100; diet, exercise, keeping your insides clean, peace of mind and emotional control.  A brighter day will prevail. 
Esther says “I am one who believes that that day will come, but there may first be worse times for this world that we have yet seen.  While the advice given in this book is good for other circumstances too, it is written principally with this premise in mind and with the idea of encouraging preparation for survival in the event of such trying times”.
“Health and happiness require an optimistic, positive view of life.  How can one maintain this attitude in the discouraging modern context”?  She gives good reasons for optimism; “we must take our opportunities seriously and make our contributions meaningful.  It is God who gives meaning to life.  It is his Spirit which helps me and many others to face each new day with courage and optimism”.  Faith in God is the key, need I really say more? 
Passport to Survival was written in 1969, which was a time of unrest in many parts of the world, does that sound familiar in 2013?  God calls us to prepare and care for our families, we cannot depend on the government, we cannot depend on others to take our needs into consideration. 
Esther Dickey has done a wonderful job putting all of this together; this can certainly be a cornerstone book for your survival library.  Happy preparation!

You will have to search for this book but they are out there.
Praying God’s blessings on your endeavors,
Sondra