This is us and our crazy bunch. I’m Gretchen, the mom. Knut is my husband and then there’s our 5 kids. (We have a 6th little one now! I’m getting family pictures updated next month!) We live on the farm where my husband works, and live in his childhood home. As of now, we have 20 chickens, 2 dogs, 3 sheep, and 8 cats. Although some of those numbers change pretty often. I like to write, knit, sew, cook, garden, and other farm-wifey things. I actually grew up in the city so all these “regular things” on the farm like making jams are not so normal to me, but I’m getting there.
Most of all, we strive not to meet some stereotype of what a farm family does, but to live according to the life God has called us. We walk by faith. We work hard, but we depend on grace. In our house, we sometimes need grace by the truckload.
David has alopecia, as you will see in current pictures. You can read about our journey with this here.
Nanny is the newest dog on our farm. She’s a Great Pyrenees/Anatolian Shepherd cross. Basically she’s a livestock guardian who guards our sheep and chickens…or at least she will when she’s old enough. Right now at 7 months old, she’s bigger than our other dog, Lena. She still is 100% puppy, though, and hasn’t really figured out all this guarding business, like our previous livestock guardian, Missy, was so obsessed with. But she adores our kids, adores running around over lots of space, and is slowly starting to pay attention to her job and learn that chickens are to be protected, not chased. (We are told it takes puppies of these breeds about 2 years to…settle.)
All of these beautiful family pictures on this “About Us” page (besides the one of Bjorn and our dogs) were taken by my talented sister-in-law, Kristin. You can find more of her work here.