First off, let me say that I am SOOOO sorry for anyone that I offended with my "Prepping Up With NatSprat" post on the 72 hour kit. I had no idea that it would offend people, or make them want to stop reading my blog. I've never received a negative comment before, so it's hitting me pretty hard. I do put my heart and soul into my blog. I spent 12 hours putting together that post...I was so excited about it. I don't want to sound like a crazy extremist/alarmist, I'm not preparing for a zombie apocalypse...I just never want to be put into a situation where I can not provide for or take care of my children. Being prepared is something that is very important to me. You see, we lived in Houston when hurricane Ike hit. It was one of the scariest experiences I have ever been through. Even just a few days before, the isles of the grocery stores were out of food, water and other necessities. Just...EMPTY. People were frantically trying to get food and supplies for their family before the storm hit. We had food storage, a generator with extra fuel, water, flashlights, batteries...all that kind of stuff so we didn't need to stress about that. However, when the hurricane hit it was nerve wrecking staying up all night listening to the winds howl, the lighting crash, the wind throwing things against the windows. I couldn't watch the news to get updates...it was just dark and scary. After the storm passed, there were thousands and thousands of people without power, food or water. Our power came on just a day later, so we were some of the lucky ones. But it was sad to watch the news and see the HUGE lines of exhausted people waiting for food and water. They stood in line for hours with crying babies on their hips and anxious little kids in the muggy heat. All for the basic necessities. Because we were prepared, we didn't have to do that. We were even able to lend out the generator to others who still didn't have power a week later. To make a long story short, I learned the value of being prepared. However, I now realize that it isn't important to some others and I don't want you to feel like I'm cramming it down your throat. So, for now, I'll stop my "Prepping With NatSprat" posts. Maybe I'll start up a completely different blog for that. I don't know. Either way, I am just sooo sorry.