Waving Hello!

Discussion in 'Introductions' started by zookeeper9, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. zookeeper9

    zookeeper9 Member

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    Hello everyone!

    I am Donna from Maryland. My DH is a career firefighter and we have 9 children ranging in age from 17 down to 2. I have felt the need to start along the preparedness road for a while. DH is finally agreeing.

    I am looking to gain support and encouragement as we head along this path. We have made some progress. Right now we have approximately three months of food stores laid in. We are looking to up that soon to six months.

    I know I need help with figuring out how to store all of this items for a larger family. I am also trying to figure out how to store the amount of water we need. I think I figured it out once from another site. It was over 4000 gallons for the year. :eek:

    I look forward to getting to know everyone!
     
    Last edited: Mar 21, 2009
  2. mandiex4

    mandiex4 Mom of 4

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    So happy to have you here (I am kind of new here too). We have 4 children, 3 girls and a boy. We are here in Oklahoma!!!!
     

  3. Canadian

    Canadian Well-Known Member

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    Welcome! 9 kids. That's a lot of food to store. Good luck!
     
  4. George_H_M

    George_H_M Active Member

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    Welcome to the boards. Now that you have made this choice. The boards here have a lot of info , But always remember use what works for you not just because someone else said it. For the water storage question start with enough water for the amount of food you have stored. If you own your own home, you can start by getting food grade 55 gal . barrels and keeping them in your basement . If you or your husband are hand you can even set it up so that the water you use normally comes from the barrels first and the well/town water refills them back up . That way you are constantly cycling your water supply with out have to thing about it . Hope this helps as a possible solution for you .
     
  5. Adelle

    Adelle Guest

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    You have 2 sets of multiples? Or a blended family?

    You have to do double, maybe triple the work as a smaller family does but the good news is that you have quite a few little hands to help you out! :)
     
  6. Adelle

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    Also, if you don't mind me asking....what happened to your other daughter in 2005?
     
  7. zookeeper9

    zookeeper9 Member

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    Sorry for the long response. But wouldn't you know as I joined last Saturday and then on Sunday my 8 year old computer crashed. It is quite dead so we had to belly-up and get a new one.

    To answer your questions Adelle. There are two sets of triplets. All ours, same parents. And our son in 2005 was born at 25 weeks with many congenital issues. He had those to deal with, plus preemie issues and unfortunately all of issues combined were too much for him to survive here on earth.

    George since I am still getting familiar with the boards and all the information, where would be a good place to start to find out how to get one of the water systems going?

    Thanks again everyone for the warm welcome!
     
  8. JW Parker

    JW Parker Keep Your SP101 Handy!

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    And I have trouble keeping things running smoothly with just three small dogs to deal with!
     
  9. zookeeper9

    zookeeper9 Member

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    I won't bother to give you the details on the rest of the menagerie... :D
     
  10. crosscanadian

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    I am sorry to hear about your son. May his little soul rest in peace.

    Wow! 2 sets of triplets! That's wild! I wonder if any of your kids will have a set of multiples....I'm willing to bet so!

    No wonder your screen name is zookeeper! lol:D

    Great to have you here with us, none the less!