As change swept the landscape of our lives, there was such a longing to return to our lives as we had known them before. Would that ever happen? Would it be possible? If not, what was life becoming instead?
New normal queue the font strikethrough... those words alone are enough to make most of us cringe by this point in 2021 (if not sooner)!
Hobby Farming and Freedom Fighting
I came back inside into my computer and started responding to Facebook questions and messages I had seen about fellow healthcare professionals, firefighters, and other law enforcement professionals needing help with exemptions to maintain their bodily autonomy and medical freedom, and avoid the vaccine job mandated by their employer or their state. These professions were already in the fight and we knew others such as teachers and college students would soon be joining.
My phone buzzed as I got a text from someone who had visited my religious exemption resources page needing help to ensure that sure that they got the files downloaded to help their military spouse prepare their exemption request.
Soon I moved to the dining room table to begin on my protest signs. Mind you this is a folding table as we are still in the process of moving.
The sound that filled the air and came through the house was the circular saw being run in the garage by my husband James who was building a 'chicken tractor' for us. Our first set of meat chickens would be arriving shortly and we had to get it finalized so that we could move one step closer toward becoming more self-sufficient.
I listened to the saw blade run as I swept the oversized permanent marker across the poster board and tried to make sure I spelled the words correctly. Is there anything like putting letters into three or four-inch sizes on a poster to make you want to question your spelling?!? Haha You can critique my poster creation skills here.
Eventually, James came in and reminded me that I needed to head off to the bank in order to make it in time to cash the check from the local grant funding that we had received.
Roadside Clean-up Meets Mental Health Community Support Efforts
We invited everyone, whether they rucked or not, and focused on cleaning up our local roadways, backcountry roads, and keeping garbage out of our waterways. This new land that we had fled to was so beautiful and pristine, we did not want to allow it to be tainted and destroyed by the carelessness of a few.
Saturday Night Rally
We came home from the event with full hearts knowing that we had stood up for our beliefs, not only for ourselves but for others who don't realize the battle that we are in for our American and personal freedoms. This is not about healthcare workers; this is about all Americans losing these freedoms of choice over their bodies.
As vaccine mandates were coming down, these groups had revived from their original purposes in 2020 around lockdowns and other government overreaches, and for people like us, small business owners who had lost it all.
On Saturday, we gathered together with such a peaceful and hopeful feeling in the air. The number of American flags seems to outweigh all the other signs and props that were there. #GodBlessAmerica
People gathered together to pray over the hospital and ask God's covering over the staff that was facing this persecution. As ambulances passed by hands were raised in prayer and over the drivers being forced to wear masks to do their job, along with for those who they transported.
There were the usual people yelling back for flipping us off, but at least we didn't get any trash thrown at us as we had in Oregon while we carried the American flag rucking. On a ruck, we once encounter such vitriol, someone wanted us to die a terrible death because we rucked that day at that event in memorial of fallen soldiers.
It had become such a sad state of affairs.
This was where I continued my career in healthcare serving large health systems to make them even better. This is where we were striving to reconnect with the (new?) American dream and consciously move toward a simpler life from generations past.
A quick check of Facebook showed the only response from the community who was angry that we had been protesting the night before was from a reporter who attended and supposedly got into an altercation with someone. Who knows if the media will even cover that there was an event of hundreds of people gathered, even if they did there's been such a loss of faith in any amount of truth coming from the mainstream media that maybe we don't want them to show it.
Of course, I hadn't gone live on Facebook because I was currently still in 'Facebook jail' (I was actively being censored) for speaking the truth on that platform. They had banned me from going live for 30 days even though I was otherwise still allowed to interact. So instead my videos went out to new platforms that may not have even been a part of my life a year ago, platforms like Telegraph, Signal, and MeWe.
It was hard to believe that it was the end of August and the summer was flying by and as we looked ahead to the 20th anniversary of September 11th, it was with great sadness to learn that the celebration of that memorial event was now by our government being considered a 'potential terror threat':
As I continued into my Sunday morning, I got dressed and picked my Young Living Foundation 5k fundraising t-shirt to wear and smiled to read that the message on the front was that YOUR VOICE IS YOUR SUPERPOWER. I pulled my hair up in a top bun and pulled it through my American flag hat and headed out the door for my donation appointment.
All of these extra trips around our community over this long weekend had really brought to light the reality of the rising costs such as gasoline at $3 a gallon up from $2.13 when we moved to Missouri in January of 2021. They were all worth it!
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