Like everyone right now, we are faced with uncertainty mixed in with fear. Taking action has added excitement and has helped to get our minds off dread of the virus and the future.
Our household now includes myself, my husband, my son and his wife and their 4 children, ages 12, 10, 7 and 5. We have 3 bedrooms, 1 bath and a large room additionSacred Spaces that was a back porch that we enclosed. My son and his family were renting a two story, 4 bedroom, 2 bath home on 10 acres that was perfect for their large family. Their family included 2 cats and a growing rabbit family. Then one day all that changed in an instant. During a repair of a plumbing leak under the kitchen sink, the repairman thought he saw black mold which extended into the upstairs bathroom. Before long, they had to move out. School had started and because we live in a very rural area, there is a shortage of rental homes, especially for large families. So we adjusted. Our back porch is now their living area and we have 4 small children in one bedroom, ala “The Waltons”. Its been exciting, challenging and a blessing to be a part of their lives every day.
Our life has always included a bit of “prepping”. That’s part of country life. In Oklahoma we need to be prepared for tornadoes and for winter ice storms. A few years back our electric was out for 14 days due to an ice storm. Fortunately our generator saw us through. When the news begin to cover the Covid-19 and it’s possible spread to us, I began to inventory what we may need.
- Prescriptions- I ordered a 90 day supply for John and I.
- Over the Counter meds-Everything from headache, stomach, first aid to allergy relief.
- Canned goods.
- Meats- this year we are fortunate to have more than usual. We have a deer that was harvested last November, part of a beef from the year before and a pig that was purchased from a lady who attends our church.
- Gardening seeds and supplies. In recent years our vegetable garden has got smaller each year. This year my son and daughter-in-law has suggested we have a real garden, one that will support us.
- Baking supplies – Flour, oats, baking soda, baking powder, salt
- Cleaning supplies – Lysol spray, disinfectant wipes, bleach, hydrogen peroxide
- Paper goods – We don’t hoard toilet paper but with a family of 8 we keep a pretty good supply on hand. My D-I-L purchased flannel to make “family cloth” if needed when the tp supply runs out.
- Fuel and oil for cars, tractor and generator.
- Get the cellar cleaned and stocked for tornado season.
I have a small flock of egg laying chickens that we keep in a movable pen. They are aging and egg production has slowed down. Yesterday, my Daughter-in-law and I went to Atwoods, our local farm goods store, to purchase chicks, starter feed, and feeding equipment. My plan was to only buy about 12 but my son suggested we get about 20. They are straight run so we probably will have extra roosters that can be used for chicken and dumplings.
School has let out until April 6th here. My grandchildren’s school year ends the first week of May so we expect school will not start back until the fall. D-I-L is planning to homeschool the remainder of the year and possibly next year.
I’m sure there are holes in our planning. We just do what we can and trust God for everything. This is uncharted times for our generation but I feel as a family and a nation we’ll be much stronger having gone through this together. How has your family prepared and what are you doing to keep up your spirits?