A brief overview on us:
I'm Amanda: Mom, Wife, Homemaker. I love to learn, explore, photograph, and create, just about anything.
Mitchell: Dad, Husband, Expert Builder. He loves sawing logs with sawmill, archery, and bakes awesome cookies.
We were married very young & were building our first home as we were turning 19 & 20. We've rarely stopped building things since.
Our home is in the
woods of northern Minnesota. We have five really easy going kids.
We strongly agreed when becoming parents that one of us would always be home with them. We've stuck to that value & wouldn't trade it for the world.
We were DIYers long before we'd stepped foot in a Home Depot or seen Pinterest, and ate
organic before it was something we'd heard of. I used to feel like
a nerd for canning & sewing more than a decade ago. We were made fun of for raising
chickens. Now it's all the rage and even an "urban trend!"
We see these things as the basics, and people are finally trying to get back to them.
It's a good thing.
We believe in family, integrity, common sense, & simplicity in life.
Mason & Eric. Twin teenage athletes. Have grown up using saws & hammers.
Johnathan - The pond guy. Biologist, frog expert, thinker by the backyard campfire.
Lilly - The girl of the house. Ever creative & artistically inclined, keeps up with all male activity.
Beau - Our cherry on top. Our sweet, affectionate people person. He completes our family.
Random bits about us:
We eat wild game and rarely buy store bought-meat. (Just as warning, as there may occasionally be hunting & fishing photos.)
We don't have television in our home, and love it. Commercial free environments are wonderfully awesome.
As a family, our usual getaway is on the water in remote northern Ontario. Time there without running water or electricity is a treat.
Our kids go to a very small, rural public school. However, we firmly believe that home is the greatest & most important institution of learning for our kids.
Our dog is named McGee. Everyone asks what he is. I did an extensive amount of nation-wide searching to find him as a puppy. He's a mutt, a rescued pound pup.
The hardest thing about having seven people in our household is matching all the socks in the laundry.
Life is wild. Life is simple. Life is good.