I am so glad you’ve decided to visit my site and impressed you want to know a bit more about me! As I write this page, I wonder if anyone will actually read it! Leave me a comment if you do!
A Bit About Me
My name is Misty Marsh I am first and foremost an imperfect (but dedicated) follower of Christ. Next, I am wife to the funniest man on earth and an intentional mother of 4 beautiful children: twin boys and nearly twin girls (all four were born between late 2007 and early 2011). There is never a silent moment at our house and almost always a reason to laugh. I love late night snacks, hot baths, organizing anything, cheese, mountains and thunderstorms . I’m happiest when surrounded by my family.
Oh, and in my spare moments, I’m also a preparedness and organization blogger. I’ve been blogging here at Your Own Home Store since March of 2011.
About My Blog:
In July 2010 I tried Thrive food for the first time. I had been looking at a lot of food storage options and when I learned about Thrive, I decided it was the food I wanted for my family. I loved it so much I decided to sell it. So, when I first started this site in early 2011, it was simply meant to be a place where I could post Thrive food recipes for my existing Thrive customers. I never imagined it would be a place I would find customers!
But I was blessed and the site grew. I found many followers and friends. In addition to posting recipes, I started blogging about preparedness in the traditional sense: food storage, 72 hour kits, water storage etc. Preparedness was an interest of mine, but I was no expert! This blog was a huge motivation to learn more and work hard. I couldn’t share things with my readers that I wasn’t willing to do myself. I studied and learned a lot!
However, over time I’ve learned that I’m simply not a “hard-core prepper.” I don’t have a bunker anywhere. I don’t own guns. I’m not a homesteader and I don’t make everything from scratch. I can’t even sew! Yet, I was trying to make my site “fit” that steryotype. It didn’t work. I felt fake. It wasn’t that there was something wrong with serious “preppers,” it was just that it wasn’t authentically me.
I don’t prepare because I’m living in fear of some certain big disaster. I prepare because I want to be ready for my daily life. My life consists of making dinner every day, planning birthday parties for adorable kids, creating meaningful traditions in our home, teaching my children the gospel, to read, and to be kind, etc. Since they are more certain and happen more often, being prepared for those things is just as important as being prepared for next year’s job loss or a possible natural disaster. My life happens every day. I want to be prepared to make the most of it. It is very likely that my life will include some tough physical challenges (power outages, job loss, lack of clean water, financial difficulties) and in order to keep enjoying my life, I want to be prepared for those things as well. But that is not all I want to be prepared for.
One of the best ways to be prepared for everyday living is to be organized. And that is a talent of mine! I still learn things about “prepping” every day, but I am lucky to have an organized mind that allows me to create systems and lists and programs that simplify my life. Here at Your Own Home Store, my goal is to share that talent with you while learning more about “prepping” skills I need to work on! You will find organized systems that will help you:
- Prepare for summer time at home with the kids
- Be ready to combat sibling rivalry
- Create a personalized 72 hour kit one step at a time
- Prepare for possible disasters 10 minutes at a time
- Plan your food storage around meals instead of calories
- Save time by using food storage in your everyday meals
- Organize your camping trips
and more! I simply share the systems I’m using to prepare for my everyday life!
I’d love to have you back!
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