The God of the GOOD times is Still God in the Bad Times.
On June 10th of 2020 we lost our house and everything we had to a terrible fire. Our house furnace in the basement malfunctioned. Thankfully, our house insurance and many giving friends are helping us to rebuild. Thankfully, our children were out riding a four wheeler and no one was hurt. We will add the new pics of the house once it's completed. God lets us walk through some really good days in life. But sometimes he has to carry us through the bad ones. Thank you for your thoughts and prayers as we continue to get through these days.
About Our Family Our dream of raising our family in the country has come true. We have been blessed with 10 children, seven boys and three girls. We are new grandparents now as well! Seven of our children have graduated from Highschool and have moved on with jobs of their own. We live on 44 acres of beautiful Missouri land.
We have been part of Boy Scouts 4-H, and are currently members of a local saddle club. Three of our boys, dad, and our littlest daughter have been in the Royal Rangers program. We love the Pinewood Derby Race! We have joined the Local Classical Conversations homeschool group this year as well. Abigail will be an "Explorer" in her second American Heritage Girl class.
We have raised many farm animals. Currently we have chickens, horses (Traveler-Quarter Horse, Romeo-Mustang, Travillian-Mustang, Kiddron-Buckskin), a few cows, goats(Snowflake and Veronica), sheep, a few kittens, and our momma cat named Kitty. Theo has a new pony named "Nancy! He also has raised his AKC Husky girl Tesla. Akela and Buddy are our AKC Registered German Shepherd Ranch Dogs. And of course, we take great pride in our mom and dad dogs and puppies!
Some of our hobbies that we enjoy are: playing chess, volleyball, tennis, ping pong, basketball, and softball. They tell us we have enough for a team! We love horseback riding, and some of our children have been on the State Champion Horse Judging Team in 4-H. One of our sons is a “horse whisperer”. Some of our children have participated in Missouri Citizens in Action, and Legislative Academy in 4-H. We also have a couple Eagle Scouts.
We also belong to a great Homeschool group in Illinois across the river.
We also enjoy FaSoLa singings in St. Louis, as well as at home. We play banjo, fiddle, guitar, and accordion for the gospel bluegrass sound. We also play piano, flute, violin, trumpet, and trombone for the classical sound.
We plant a large garden, and enjoy canning. Tomatoes, applesauce, and green beans in abundance! Our Apple orchard is finisllybin full swing. Our grape vines are producing juice! Donna and Abigail enjoy sewing, cooking, bread making, and soap making. Also visit the Around the Ranch tab for pictures of our ranch and animals.
God has blessed us to be able to raise our dogs and puppies. We love them!! We hope to be a blessing to you by bringing you a Happy, Healthy, and Snuggly Puppy!
All of our children, and some of our son-in-laws have helped to rebuild. Titus has bought a new House Project in Iowa. He spent many months with us rebuilding. Ethan is in lovely Maui enjoying the sun. Jubal's in his final Senior+ year of college. Jedidiah started his second Sophmore year of college. Jairus is a Senior in Highschool this year! Theo is in 8 th grade, and Abigail is in 4th!
Our Families New Additions
Evangeline our oldest daughter married Nick Sutton.
Nathan our second oldest son married Erika Sellers. They have two sweet daughters! Yeah!! Grandma time!
Elizabeth became Mrs. Paiton Picton this May 2021!