Being a Prepper’s Wife
What it Means to be a Prepper’s Wife
My name is Megan, and as Josh has already introduced me, I plan to talk about self-sufficiency, some DIY projects, hopefully couponing and most importantly, what it means to be a prepper’s wife. First, I want to tell you a little about myself.
My whole life growing up, I never really thought too much about what the future had in store. Sure, I thought about college, what I wanted for my future in regard to a loving husband, a couple of kids, a nice house and a comfortable living. But I never worried about economic collapse, a serious zombie apocalypse or any other “the end of the world as we know it” scenarios. I had the mentality of the typical American Teenager who thinks they’re invincible. I was also raised to fear guns. Needless to say, when I met Josh, this gun-totin’, huntin’, rugged outdoorsman, I was kind of shocked that I fell in love with him. Now, this isn’t about our love story—we don’t necessarily need to go into that on this blog (unless you other prepper wives out there want to hear it)—but it’s about the fact that my eyes were opened to this completely different world than the one I was used to.
Living in Southern Arizona pretty much all my life, I liked the outdoors enough, but wasn’t really raised in them. Yeah, we hiked every once in a while, but it was pretty rare. And the only memories I have of camping were of stories I have heard over and over again from when I was a very small girl.
Like I said I wasn’t raised to worry about TEOTWAWKI, and it honestly took me quite a while to get on board with Josh because it all seemed so silly. If we were in an end of the world situation, I just kind of always assumed that I wouldn’t make it out alive and I was totally okay with that. When I got married and it wasn’t all about me anymore, and when we decided that we wanted kids in the future, I realized that it was a very selfish decision on my part to not want to be a part of this prepping community. I never plan to become an extreme prepper like they have on TV, but I can’t see any harm in being prepared as much as I can.
First item on the to-do list for me was to become comfortable with guns. Josh had them—lots of them—and I knew that if I was going to live with him and be able to protect myself and my family, I would need to learn to not only become comfortable with them, but also become efficient with them. I held a gun for the first time in my life only a few months after we started dating, and I was scared to death. I didn’t know how to hold it, had insane trigger anxiety and was really nervous about pointing it in the wrong place and killing someone. You can see the video of me below with my father-in-law’s AK-47…it’s quite comical! But the first time I shot it, I realized that guns don’t need to scare me, I just simply need to have respect for them. I also learned quickly that I was pretty good at shooting. See the photo below of my pistol accuracy after a gun class. Of course, I still needed to practice, and I still do, but I’m not half bad with a gun. I’ve learned that I’m a lot better with a rifle than I am with a pistol, but my goal is to improve on all of them. I have a ways to go, but I’ve come a long way in the past three years!
Second item on the to-do list to becoming a better prepper’s wife was to support my husband in his prepping ventures. For instance, I tried to take note of the non-perishable items that were on sale at the grocery store so that we could buy a couple extras for our food storage; I started looking for good deals on ammo and a pistol so that Josh could carry; I set money aside for him to buy necessary items for his prepping endeavors as much as possible; and when we were at hotels, we brought little containers of our own soaps and such so that we could stock up on the mini-soaps, shampoos, conditioners, coffee, tea, sweeteners and cups that the hotels gave out. In general, I wanted to support him in any way that I could so that all the work wasn’t on his shoulders.
Then I came up with the idea to start writing for his blog from the woman’s perspective, which then became item number three on my to-do list. I figured it would be a fresh perspective in the prepping world because I’ve mostly known it to be a man’s domain. I know this isn’t totally true, but most prepping sites are written from the man’s point of view for the man, so I thought this would be something that sets his website apart from the rest.
I hope to provide a fresh insight to the prepping community as women tend to think of things in a different way than men. I intend to post articles about being self-sufficient, how to coupon (both of which I’ll be learning how to do myself), more ways to be a supportive prepper wife, what the Bible says about being prepared, and I also plan to do some recipe reviews and fun things like that!
It is my wish that you’ll find my portion of the blog worthwhile, informative and fun. I look forward to what my part in this blog entails. If I can help you become the quintessential prepper’s wife, I’d love to help!