Hi! I'm Misty
I am a mom. I have four crazy, fun and beautiful children. I do laundry and clean dirty toilets. I wipe tears. I play hide and seek and have dance parties. Somehow the coats never make it onto their hooks in the coat closet, and there is always at least one glob of toothpaste somewhere in the kids bathroom.
There is never a dull moment in our home and always a reason to laugh.
I am a Mormon (officially called the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and a firm believer in my Savior Jesus Christ.
I love cheese, hot baths, hiking and music. I have a knack for organizing, and sometimes get a bit carried away with it to my husband’s dismay.
I am not a “hard-core prepper.” I don’t have a bunker anywhere. I don't believe in zombies. I can't start a fire with my teeth. I avoid acronyms like SHTF, BOB, or TEOTWAWKI.
I don' live in panic and I'm not motivated by fear. Emergency preparedness is not the center of my life. Jesus Christ and my family are the center of my life.
I simply want to be prepared and ready to care for my children in emergency situations - and to provide for them without relying on others.
Back in 2007 my husband and I left good jobs and moved to another state so he could start law school. A few weeks later, we had twin boys.
I realized I wasn't prepared to care for those boys in emergency situations. I wasn't confident that I could provide for them without relying on other people.
That left me feeling anxious. I loved those two darling boys and I knew it was my responsibility to care for them - I couldn't leave that to others.
So, I spent weeks and weeks researching and learning about emergency preparedness.
Sadly, I quickly became overwhelmed by all the information and conflicting opinions I found online. There was a lot of "advanced prepping" (scary) information - and I felt vulnerable and panicky.
There certainly wasn't any simple, down to earth information that I felt fit me - just a normal mom wanting to do her best to be ready to care for her kids.
I felt stuck. I didn't know where to start or how to get from point A (unprepared) to point B (well prepared).
Eventually I realized two things:
- I had a wonderful life that I wanted to spend time enjoying! I wanted emergency preparedness to fit into that life, not overtake it.
- God would help. He is my Father. That means (1)He expects me to do my best and (2) He won't necessarily save me from every bad thing because he know I can learn from them. But He can and will use hard times and even tragedies to school me and mold me into who He knows I can be.
Those ideas helped me re-group and focus. I could only do my best and my best was one small step at a time.
I tried things that others recommended. I experimented. And then I began to create systematic, step by step ways of getting my family prepared for emergencies.
This brought satisfaction, confidence and security. I was able to get back to enjoying my family while working on emergency preparedness little by little.
Friends started asking for help and in 2009 I began sharing the things I was learning and they systems I was creating online here - at Your Own Home Store in an effort to help.
I found that there were many others looking for simplicity. Many others who wanted to get better prepared, but weren't sure where to start. Many others who felt overwhelmed and stuck.
Since 2009, I have helped thousands of these people - many of whom are now friends - become better prepared while enjoying their everyday life.
My goal is to make getting ready and prepared to care for your family in an emergency situation uncomplicated and my proven methods are powerfully simplistic.
I would love to help you as well. You can get started with this valuable gift:
If You are Interested, Here are a Few Media Spotlights I've had the privilege of participating in:
I had the fabulous opportunity to be featured on HLN (subsidiary of CNN) as part of the Making it in America show with Vinnie Politan. They asked me to come share a bit about my Survival Kit Series. If you are interested you can see my bit of the interview below:
I was honored to be a guest and to be called a "food storage expert!" But I was crazy nervous, can you tell?
Other than the first few seconds (Hurricane "Handy?") and last few seconds (awkward silence...I thought I was done!), I think it went pretty well!