Meet the family

_DSC0090fullmerBlogThank you for visiting our page! We are a family of 9 plus one angel.

We started our homestead journey after finding out one of our adopted kids had horrible intolerances to both lactose and gluten.

We have always had chickens for eggs. But then we added goats for milk and meat, turkeys, quail, swine, and rabbits. We rely on our hard work to eat more naturally… We know where our food comes from and appreciate that.

Our goal is making the “simple” life, our way of life.

Mom is Kris. Kris has an AFA in photography and a BS in education. She is 1/2 way through her MA in family therapy. Kris has several cookbooks published and loves homeschooling her children. Kris was mom of the year in Chino Valley for 2016 – check out the article here!

Dad is Larry. Larry has a degree in computers. He currently work as the network administrator for a local school district. He loves his job and has been there for over 14 years.  He enjoys hiking and takes kids out on the weekends for 4 to 15 mile hikes.

Shelby is the oldest of the crew at 20 and is attending college at a local community college. Her goal is to become a music teacher. She also works at a local fast foods restaurant.  She is the animal whisperer on our homestead.

Griffen is our builder. This amazing 16 year old can managed to build anything out of pallets. He is being homeschooled 9th grade this year and enjoys mine craft.

Elwyn is 15 and in 10th grade. This farm girl, even in her little frame, works as hard as her brother on the homestead. (You should see her throw 50 pound bags of feed!)  She is our milker and we know that if we are missing El, then she is probably outside feeding the goats carrots.

Berlyn is our jedi. He tends to wander off during chore time to play with light sabers… when he does help out, you can find him down by the bunny hutches. Berlyn is 12.

Rowan loves the baby chicks in the house. She takes care of the brooders in the garage. Rowan is 11 and in 4th grade. She also takes the baskets out every day to collect eggs in the hen houses and the quail houses.

Trystan, our other 11-year-old, is an active little man. We never have tomato worms at our house because Tryst loves to “hunt” them for mom.

Grayson is our newest permanent (and final) addition to our family. Grayson was adopted in May of 2018. She is 8 and in 3rd grade. 


Our Sweet Angel… Breckin  – He lived hard and he loved hard. With Jesus on March 11, 2017.

We miss you Freckle Face. 

Ecclesiastes 3:4  a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance,

He had a blog at