My name is John and I am the main one writing this post, but in actuality it is our whole family writing and doing what is mentioned below. We are new to the forum, but have been watching Elizabeth for a while now on YouTube. And to say to Elizabeth, thanks so much for being willing to do all that you do :)
The reason for this post is that we just wanted to share some of the things we have been doing in our own preparations, and didn't know if they would be helpful to anyone. To explain a bit further, during our preparations, there came a point that we felt God wanted us to put together a sort of list of the things we have been doing. In the end, it then turned into creating a simple website for all of it with the intention being, to create a list that you could basically just hand to someone and they would be able to find out most of the things they might need to get ready for things, or after some things have happened, learn what kinds of things are available to survive better, making it possible that they might be able to change their lifestyle into something that they can keep living in times that are harder to live.
This is something that is explained more in the explanation for the website, but the idea behind the list is a bit different than a normal preppers list in the way that, instead of preparing for a short emergency that everything then goes back to normal afterward, it's about trying to prepare a lifestyle that can go on being lived for a long time. This is because if you combine all of the different prophecies and visions people have been getting, prophecies from decades ago and all of the recent prophecies, the times we are going to be heading into, at some point, aren't ever going to be going back to how they are now. So what you really need in a case like that is to prepare for living at a much reduced lifestyle, instead of preparing for a short emergency. This in the end changes a lot in how you prepare. We don't think this means that everyone becomes farmers either :). God has already called many people to be farmers, and I'm sure they will play a big part in the times that are coming and probably everyone will eventually congregate to where they are, but that isn't everyone's role, and this is something that God has never allowed us to do either. One of the really quite amazing stories of someone being called to be a farmer, that we just have to mention real quick, is Jordan Rubin. The reason it's so amazing is that sometime before 2011, God actually asked him to build basically a safe haven that would be a shelter for people as He was going to be ending the world and everything was going to be falling apart, which is really quite amazing when you put it together with what He has been asking many other people to do. You can watch him talk about that here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uShFIk48xWQ, at about the 6 minute to the 9 minute mark.
Back to the list though, even if He doesn't call all of us to be farmers, there are still a lot of things that can be done even in a more city type area to prepare for living a much reduced lifestyle, and a lot of things that will make it easier to transition into the times we are heading into. This is the kind of direction that God has been leading us in our preparations, and what the list is really turning into, is to be about learning how to live at a reduced lifestyle that could go on in what is coming, and what kinds of things you can make or buy that will help in living that kind of lifestyle.
So the website and list can be found here, and there are also downloadable PDFs on there that can be printed out or saved: https://livingwatersoflife.wixsite.com/prairiepreppin. Since the website already exists, we thought it would be easier to just link to that than trying to put together another list here of what we've been doing :). There are also instructions on there for building some of the things that we have built if anyone would like to build them, as well as more that will be coming as we have time to put them on there. One of the neat things that is on there in Appendix F, that we just got done building, is a large family sized solar oven, that still works quite well even in dead of winter temperatures. It's mentioned a little at the beginning of the "Building the Oven" section in Appendix F, but the design could also be modified very easily to make a smaller oven too.
With that, that is everything about why we are doing this post and some of the things we have been doing to prepare. Hopefully it will be helpful to someone! Every now and then, we will probably do a new reply to this post, just to let anyone interested know that there are more instructions for building things on there, or there have been a large amount of new things added to the main list. So kind of stay tuned for that.
I guess that's everything. Enjoy!