Over the years people have come to our You tube channel asking many good questions about living off the grid and our self sustainable lifestyle. One reoccurring question that I just never got around to addressing is, what happens if someone on the homestead gets sick or injured? How would that impact your life financially, emotionally, physically? Could you still do chores? Could you still pay your bills? Would this lifestyle be more difficult in this face of adversity like a injury or illness?
Well friends here we are. August of this last year I was in a very serious biking accident which I was thrown off the bike going around 28 mph. I hit the pavement with my face. No time to break no time to even shield myself with my hands. Apparently the momentum of hitting the pavement with the face wasn't enough to slow me down for I proceeded to flip over. Yes I saw the sky which was very particular, then I blacked out. When I awoke I knew it was bad. Extensive facial damage, a humeral tear to the arm and a broken neck with extensive spinal ligament damage.
I was a mess!
But I HAD CHORES to do! We has wood to gather, chickens to feed, canning to do, hunting season would soon be here!
Planning Prepping Does IT Pay Off?
When life stops there is no such thing as timing. And this is why it is so imperative that no matter where you live, urban America, rural or suburb, preparation on all levels need to be addressed.
I became living proof , a poster child to showing my viewers that life goes on, with or without you and having that preparedness in your pocket does indeed make the sting of injury or sickness a little less taxing. So what preps did we do to make this life changing event EASIER to handle for both of us?
1) Addressing Basics: The foundation for preparedness needs to start with basic essentials. A stocked pantry, a alternative source of heat with plenty of wood or propane on hand. A sustainable water source or stored water.Extra items such as toilet paper, cleaning supplies, medical supplies, household items. Dont just focus on food but include items that you need in your house!
When I got injured Mr Hilder couldn't just leave me and run to town to shop. So the pantry was a lifesaver. In addition having extra essential items on hand helped. We never ran out of anything. This made life easier for him. Having piles of cord wood was also a blessing. I wasn't able to assist him in hauling and stacking anymore. This could have been a huge burden for him if he waited til fall to harvest wood. Mr Hilder uses the terms "jokers" for the people who put up videos and talk about cutting wood "on demand." We stress this is so impractical and almost idiotic. It may be great for views but that is not the workings of a true homestead. Dont follow the hype on this particular subject. Be wise in your planning
2) Financial Fitness:
Being debt free was a huge advantage. We have always advised trying to place your homestead in a position where you are either debt free or you have funds available for that rainy day.
So often we overlook this as being essential. Yes money can be tight. But if one allows ourselves to overlook even putting away fifty bucks a month into a kitty for the future you can find yourself in a situation financially where you may never recover.
Speaking frankly we were blessed when the accident happened because a fan/viewer took it upon herself to start us a Go Fund campaign. We did not implement this ourselves and were very grateful. In the beginning we were a little embarrassed. We thought people might look at us as beggars even though we had nothing to do with the fund raiser. But God humbled us and changed our hearts. There is nothing wrong with getting help from others.
As believers God tells us:
"When God puts you in a situation, He wants you to ask for help. It’s never meant for us to do God’s will by ourselves. God is the one who guides us in the right path.
Believing that we can do everything leads to failure. Trust in the Lord. Sometimes God helps us by doing things Himself and sometimes God helps us through other people. We must never be afraid to get wise counsel and help for big decisions from others.
Asking for help doesn’t mean you’re weak, but it means you are strong and wise. Being proud is a sin and that is why many people fail to ask for help even when they desperately need it. Continually ask the Lord for help and strength daily realizing it’s impossible to live the Christian life without Him."(http://biblereasons.com/asking-for-help/)
3) Trust In The Lord
Part of our preparedness is always trusting in our Lord and Savior. I know there are people out there who do not like it when me and Mr Hilder talk about our faith. But for me it is part of who I am.
God tells us that,
Romans 8:28 - And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to [his] purpose.
My accident was the greatest testimony to God. During my vlogs I shared every step of my journey. The tears and the pain and the miraculous miracles God worked in my life. It was there as living proof that our God is a great God. And that having faith in Him will sustain you more than any PREP out there!
4) Having A Helping Body Of People To Call On
Often we pride ourselves in being independent and self sufficient. It is indeed a philosophy that focuses our energies on doing things ourselves. But the reality is, if you cut yourself off from the body of help you could call upon in a dire situation, you will be left without any resources. This could be just as bad as having a empty pantry. Never take for granted the relationships we build a long the way to assist us all. People are the greatest assets to our homesteads. Each person can offer something different. If not a helping hand, solid advice, practicality tips, a different view!
Build those relationships on or off grid! They will indeed pay you back in full when the time comes!
There is no getting around me not being real and honest with all of you. You know we are just a average couple who enjoy sharing and really desire to help encourage all of you to become more independent and sustainable. We really believe that everyone can make changes even on a small scale. It is never to late, and it is never unobtainable.
We do not create fiction here on our homestead. And I believe that is something most people appreciate. Our love for Christ, our "realness" and our joy for life in general.
Yes this accident changed many things. And even today as I write this my body still suffers the effects fro m the trauma. But I am still here and we are still successfully living off the grid. As a couple this has made us stronger. Emotionally the trials have taught us that we as a untied front can conquer anything, as long as we do it together!
So for all of you who like to wait, who think it will never happen.
WAIT!!! IT WILL! And it comes like a lion so get prepared now!!
Bless you all!
Luke 21:36 Be alert at all times. Pray so that you have the power to escape everything that is about to happen and to stand in front of the Son of Man.