This is us and our crazy bunch. I'm Gretchen, the mom. Knut is my husband and then there's our 5 kids. We live on the farm where my husband works, and live in his childhood home. As of now, we have 9 chickens, 2 dogs, 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 is active and passionate 8 year old. He plays outside every chance he gets and loves to cross country ski, ride bike, play baseball, and do really any other outdoor activity. If David does something, he does it at 150%. He knows no other way. He's the type of personality you always want with you, not against you. He's always full of questions, and is really into rockets and paper airplanes. He's compassionate and competitive. He's snuggly, and fast.
Elias, the 5 year old "middle child" as much as we hate that stereotype. He's always wandering around making sure everyone is happy. He especially protective of Solveig and takes his job as big brother very, very seriously. He is a bit of a clown as well. Although he's not yet "doing school" he's determined to be a part of our school day and is learning at breaking speeds.
Solveig is our joyful 3 year old. She's a fearless climber, and has trips to the ER to show for it. She's everyone's sweetheart and is always full of smiles and big kisses. She's sort of like the smile-police of the house and goes around insuring everyone is smiling. We loosely translate the meaning of her name in Norwegian: "Sunshine of the House" which actually fits her perfectly.
Ingrid is our little baby born December 2012. So far, she's easy going and easy to please! She is always wanting to be with "her people" (aka older siblings). She loves crawling all over our dogs, and being admired by everyone she meets.
Missy is our new Great Pyrenees dog. She looks like a small polar bear, and has a good 30 lbs over Lena. She's sweet and gentle with us humans. Like a big, fluffy teddy bear who loves a good snuggle, and doesn't mind little boys giving her a haircut in the least. She takes issue with coyotes, though. If you're a coyote who dares to look at the chickens under her protection, she will break all boundaries, track you 20 miles in a hunt lasting 2 days while we're worried sick, and crossing county lines until she finds you and kills you.
Ask me how I know.
Lena and Missy are good friends, unless of course Lena happens to look Missy's food. Missy doesn't like Lena looking at her food, and in this case it's a good thing that Lena is afraid of anything. Lena loves to be by her people inside and outside the house. Missy is a workaholic, and is always thinking about her job, even when getting a good belly rub. She lives outside, because she goes a little batty being away from her chickens for too long. She is not a fan of thunder.
All of these beautiful family pictures on this "About Us" page (besides the ones of our dogs) were taken by my talented sister-in-law, Kristin. You can find more of her work here.