our family

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 his 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 where we are raise five really easy going kids.

This photo is very outdated.  They're growing up quickly!   


  1. Just found your blog and I love everything you're about! Nothin' but respect : )

  2. Nothin' but thanks! - for visiting, and your kind words. :)

  3. This is awesome, I love it all!! :) I'm so glad you stopped by Chaos & Coffee, it led me here :) Have a blessed day!!

  4. Good Morning Amanda....I just found your blog and finished reading about your beautiful family and what a wonderful life you have. I admire your philosophy immensely and I have always believed that family comes first. You have so many great qualities as a mother and homemaker and you make it all sound so easy.

    Your writing is eloquent and your photographs are extraordinary. They all seem to depict a quiet, peaceful solitude and they transport you to the beautiful countryside that you live in. Thank you for sharing this all and I will be back to visit again. You are an amazing person.

  5. What a great about page! Loved reading about you and your family :)

    And your family picture is beautiful :)

  6. I love this. Thanks for sharing. I've enjoyed your free spirit, your photo's and your talent.

  7. I stumbled upon your blog just now and so glad I did! What a beautiful family you have,

  8. Beautiful family and your blog is awesome!

  9. I had saved this onto my iPad desk images . . . Just clicked on it and looked at your family then, remembering it now . . . and then I went and looked at McGee pics . . .
    Oh my . . . what a dog, pet, love!

  10. I came across your blog. Lovely family and your hubby for sure is a good looking man as one would say. He is a keeper and you to him.Pretty lady.

    I like what you stand for. I brought my boys up. Sweat from your brow. Well my hubby did really.
    My daughter was with me in house doing odds and ends. Now she is a Mom like you. She can bake and so forth.

    How many people now a days bring up kids to respect and others. I am a Grandmother so I am seeing where your coming from.

    Be proud. When your children get in that big world. They will be fine. Too many kids are into the texing too much. Work to them. What is that.

    You have your head screwed on right . Thanks for sharing your family, your beautiful country and your story.

  11. Look, now I can comment on your stuff. I still have the post card you sent me when you were traveling/working with Kiki. I always enjoyed your writing :)