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We are a family of 7:  Myself (referred to as “D” when my husband occasionally blogs), my husband, S, and children, JR, M, A, N, and R.   We have a passion for Christ, believe children are a blessing from God, and are thankful God has made us a family.  Our children (who you can read more about HERE) have joined us through both biological birth and domestic adoption.  S is a retired Air Force test pilot, we have moved to our dream farm, and are striving to live simply and sustainably, learn new skills, teach and serve others, and run a growing business to supply our awesome customers with wholesome, pure foods.

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Most folks who knew us a few years ago think we lost our minds somewhere along this journey called life.  Back then, we were the “normal,” average American family.  We (OK, I admit, me more so than S!) ate at McDonalds, watched too much television, and grocery shopped several times a week.  Then God put us on a path that we could have never imagined.  After the birth of our first child, a series of events unfolded and we were hit with convictions that led us deeper into the Bible, in search of God’s plan for our lives.  Within a year, we threw out the television and any inappropriate CD’s or videos we owned, and we began learning about our health and stewardship of the land.  That started us in the direction of an organic lifestyle–and by that, I don’t mean “USDA Certified Organic.” Rather, I mean the natural, organic, pure way of doing things in a way that God originally intended (as best we can interpret His Word, at least!).  We were able to combine my experience as a vet tech, having a degree in farm management, and many years of animal experience, with my husband’s business and engineering background, and the amazing amount of information we have gathered regarding natural, chemical-free and drug-free farming, which allowed us to have a good start with our little farm. Over the years, we have mutated into a homesteading, sustainable, permaculture farm family, seeking to be God-sufficient (as opposed to self-sufficient), such that we and our children can see and appreciate His blessings on a daily basis.

 I hope you enjoy browsing our site and getting to know a bit about us.  Follow us on our blog as we journey to discover the life that Christ desires for us.  You will read about our memorable adventures, our celebrations, our frustrations, and how we continually strive to discover and follow God’s leading.

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15 Responses to “About Us”

  1. Dee Says:

    I just so happened to fall on your blog. I really was instantly pulled in. I went to your home page and “then” saw you were a CHRISTian. I am looking forward to reading more on your site. Best wishes and keep posting 😉

  2. Nicole T. Says:

    It was so nice to speak with you on Sunday. Email me when you have the time. I have a few adoption questions for you.

    -Nicole

  3. Dori Says:

    Danielle, you are such a blessing to all of us. I have, and continue to learn from you, from the first time we met. Thank you for sharing with us.

    Hugs,
    Dori

  4. TikkTok Says:

    Danielle, I’ve nominated you for The Versatile Blogger Award!

    Go here to read the rules and accept your award if you so desire.

    Congratulations! 😆

  5. Teresa Says:

    Hi! We have a mutual friend 🙂 Pastor Mike and Sue are good friends of ours and they have directed us to your blog as we will be moving to the Springs December 1st! We are also a home school family, with horses and we too have raised goats! Don’t want to give to much info here but you can visit my blog at http://gettinghookedoncrafts.blogspot.com/… it’s mostly about crafts and my etsy shop but stop by and check it out 🙂 I think my e-mail address will be attached to this so if you get a chance I would love to hear from you.
    Teresa

  6. zephaniah Says:

    i love your faith.

  7. The Belmont Rooster Says:

    Great blog and a great looking family. Sounds like you are well on your way to a quality lifestyle. Congradulations and God bless you, your family, and all you do! I ail follow so I can come back and catch up on what I’ve already missed! Keep up the good work!

  8. Lauren Bates Says:

    Hi there from South Africa, you are a real inspiration. I came across your blog whilst researching about rabbits. We are farming rabbits, but we are busy changing over from the cage system to a colony setting in our barn. Really helpful to see others information on their experiments. We are also a christian family who have moved to a smallholding and I started homeschooling at the beginning of this year. I would love to make contact and get advice from someone who has so much more experience and Godly wisdom. Some days, I really struggle, but I know this is what God has planned for us. Thank you and God Bless!

    1. redgatefarm Says:

      I am certainly no expert, but willing to answer any questions I can based on my experience.

  9. Theresa Says:

    Hi Danielle,
    My husband and I met you and your family a couple of years back when you did an open house in Black Forest. (My husband met your husband in the course that was given at the Academy for those preparing to separate/retire.) I had wondered if you were gone when the big fire went through Black Forest..glad to see you were out. It was only this past week that I followed through with figuring out how to contact you. My husband remembered the name of your farm, so I googled it and was happy to find your blog.
    Last fall we headed to the central Appalachians to look for a good place to make our own. We zeroed in on WV, where we could get the most for our money. Having set aside a month to explore our options, we were stunned when we found our “dream place” on the very first day of our search. We bought 25+ acres with a modest log house, a good barn with some pasture and some wooded hills. A lovely creek passes through the land. We’ve been working on retreating the outside logs of the house…a very time consuming project. I put in a garden and spent much of the summer learning how to can and put up as much produce as I could. It was my first year to use a pressure canner. I’m thrilled with the results.
    Besides a dog and two cats, we don’t yet have animals, but we’ll soon be purchasing two cow/calf pairs of Scottish Highland cattle, our favorite breed. A hen house will be next, with assistance from a local Amish man.
    One of our daughters will be getting married on our farm in a few weeks, so that will be a fun way to share the place with family and friends.
    I’m thrilled to see that your blog covers many of the things that we hope to be doing soon. I’ve connected with a local milk goat association and hope to get some goats in the spring. We’ve purchased equipment to start beekeeping in the spring. We have plans to tap the maple trees on our property in February. We’re currently both taking the local master gardener course from the extension program. A “worm farm” is going in the basement and a good compost pile in the back yard. And thanks to you, kefir is kept brewing all the time for a morning drink. There are many more things that we want to add to our farm, but we’re trying to be patient as we work it all out. I’ve bookmarked your blog so that I can follow it regularly, and refer to various posts when the need arrises. Wish you were neighbors, as it would be fun to share in that way. As it is, we’ll be neighbors from afar.
    Wishing the best to you and the family.

    Theresa

    1. redgatefarm Says:

      Thank you for the kind words, and I do remember meeting you. I am thrilled to hear that everything is working out so well for you. There will absolutely be a learning curve, and there will be as much bad as good for a while as you figure things out. Hang in there, it gets much better as you figure things out. Most of all, HAVE FUN enjoying God’s abundant blessings!!


  10. I always enjoy your posts and you have an AWESOME blog. I would like to nominate you for an award.


  11. Congradulations! I have just nominated you for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Here is a link to my post for you to accept the award:http://thebelmontrooster.wordpress.com/2013/11/25/my-very-inspiring-blogger-award/.

    1. redgatefarm Says:

      Thank you very much! I am honored to think someone finds inspiration in these pages.


  12. Glad I found you. I normally do not follow blogs, and happened upon yours by looking for a Pyrenees puppy. Still looking, but enjoying the reading as I go. Let me know if you have any for sale or know of anyone who does in the NC area. Thanks.

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