Here is another practical tip. Think of your water and air situation in your home.
Water-I think of this because when we lived in OH our water was terrible. My dad would get a couple of gallons of water out of the drinking fountain at work and bring it home to us daily. We used this "city" water for all our cooking and drinking and I only washed my hair with that water. I've also heard that those who drink tap water have more miscarriages. I think of how close we are to farm land too.
We have a Brita filter and we filter all our water for cooking and drinking with that. We buy bottled water for traveling. I try to drink that bottled water when we are at church instead of church water or lemonade. I don't think our system is the best. I know others that pay $20 per month for a Culligan system. I know some have paid to have a nice water system installed in their house. I know some have big jugs of water delivered to their house. If you add up our Brita filters which we change regularly and the bottled water we buy for traveling we probably spend close to what it would cost to have a Culligan system.
I post this to get you thinking, especially if you are drinking tap water and you live in a rural area.
Air-I have a friend that had to move out of their parsonage because the mold was so bad. They were sick all the time. Our Lambs seem to have colds a lot. We have talked about getting someone out here to clean out the air ducts. Our parsonage is about 40 years old and I can't imagine how much dust and dirt is in our ducts. Our streets are gravel plus they did a lot of work in town here last year for a new sewer system. I'm sure that adds to the dust and dirt in our home.
Ram's dad bought us a nice air filter that we put in our bedroom. At first we thought it was a strange gift, but we appreciated it. We recently replaced the filter and it was unbelievable how much dirt we could see on that filter. Ram and I have seemed to get less colds since we got that air filter.
I know that you may not be able to afford to get your air ducts cleaned or to get a nice air filter, but I hope this post gets you thinking. Perhaps start a savings fund for this purpose?
Please add any comments about air or water in your rural homes.
Come back tomorrow for another practical tip about being a rural pastor's wife.