A little about our farm
and about us...
Our farm is a family adventure. We were abundantly blessed by the Lord when we realized
our dream of living in the country in March of 1999. Once we were here on our farm, the
rest just fell into place.
I am a Christian, and a disciple of Christ. He has has allowed me to, over the years, be an artist, potter,
writer, educator, shepherdess and gardener/farmer, surrounded by the beauty of the world that our God created. Here I
see just a glimpse of the beauty of the Kingdom of Heaven everyday; I see it in the eyes of my children, my husband,
family, friends, customers and those of His children I am so privileged to minister with: here on the farm, with our
JGLM LifeTeam, in the malls, on the streets, in the airport, overseas and here in the USA. When Jesus called me to
follow Him, my world was changed, completely turned around, and I have had more joy in my life since 2015 than ever
before. I believe it is no mistake that God called this shepherd to the Great Commission of Mark 16. By taking His Word
as a direct commission to me, I have been able to travel to Brazil, Nigeria, England, Denmark and Ireland; I can't wait
to see where else I will get to go with Jesus. If you are in need of physical or emotional healing, please contact me.
I hope that when you visit our website or our farm, you too will see the beauty in God's creations, which include the
sheep: Icelandic & Leicester Longwool - and the gorgeous Teeswater: all are unique, historically important
longwool breeds. I am so blessed to have my family and my farm. I also grow lavender here on the farm and offer
lavender plants for sale each spring.
Although I no longer teach "formally," I find that I am still educating people. My main focus now is teaching the
gospel of Jesus and discipling others in the Word. But I still share and mentor those who are interested in a simpler life
style - about the joys and rewards of raising sheep and working with their incredibly versatile fiber; or teaching about
lavender plants - how to grow and use them and how to take advantage of the myriad uses of this wondrous plant
and its oil.
I wish I could tell you that our farm is totally self-sufficient and that we are supporting ourselves off the land, but that
would not be true. My husband Daryl is a chemist for Dow Chemical. Our farm dream is a reality and it is sustaining
itself - which we think is pretty remarkable without hiring help. What our farm does best is to allow us this lifestyle,
which is what we were striving for. Our oldest daughter Amy is 34 and our younger daughters, who are Fiona (20) and
Mikaela (19), were able to have mom home with them since infancy. I used to be a full time art educator and the years
of Amy's childhood seemed to fly by while I worked full time and spent many hours commuting to and from work and to
and from graduate school. When our little ones came along, I wanted to be home with them and thus our farm
became a way of life that allowed me to be home. It allowed our family to share a common goal, grounded, here
together on the farm. Daryl and I will be entering a new phase of life as the two oldest girls have moved away from
home, as children should do eventually; Mikaela started college in fall 2016. The changes of our life allow me the
flexibility to travel on missions to serve God, and that is an amazingly exciting future that I look forward to.
Our animals have given us much joy, and the lifestyle - the health style - of working outdoors is a blessing. With our
40 acres, we are able to raise animals and plants that are paying for themselves and paying for the upgrades of our
farm. We rebuilt our barn, we've upgraded our breeding stock; we've remodeled an old chicken coop into the
studio/shop and added a greenhouse, and a pottery studio - all from the farm business. Another joy of our lives have
been our Icelandic sheep dogs. The breed makes a wonderful family dog in terms of intelligence, friendliness,
eagerness-to-learn and to please others. They also help us to move the sheep. We also raise fancy chickens
(including Icelandic chickens) for their eggs and they free-range, helping keep the bug population down. We built
an aviary in the fall of 2003 and over the years it has housed fancy pheasants, peacocks and a Bourbon Red turkey -
just for the fun and beauty of them.
In October of 2004 we were delighted to add "Papa" to our lives full time. Daryl's father, Willie Gisch, left his farm
of 160 acres in southern Minnesota and we bought him a small farm across the road from us. He was a priceless
partner in shepherding and he tended part of the flock at his farm. The children got to finally have papa a full time part
of their lives. This turned our farm dream into a true 3-generation farming venture. Papa passed away at the age of 89
and we of course, still miss him very much.
One lovely addition to our lives were the horses, when the girls were old enough to learn how to ride. Once we
were able to purchase more land, hence more space - we were ready to let the girls grow up with the best of living on
a farm - a horse of their own! Their first horse was a gentle mixed breed mare named "Pepper." Then we added an
Icelandic mare named "Skessa" to our lives; she and Fiona are best friends.
For a few years we also milked dairy goats and I had great fun and success making all kinds of cheeses. As our
favorite does died of old age, I decided to stop this activity.
In 2009 I finally realized a lifelong dream of having my own pottery studio! When I am able to get the time to
work in the studio, I feel most 'centered' spiritually. Here I can pray and listen to the Holy Spirit's gentle voice In my
pottery, I try to share with others the love of God, our thankfulness for our farm, the gardens and the wonderful animals
we share our life with My pots are available with the themes of crosses, sheep, goats, dogs, lavender, sunflowers and
even honey bees, as well as other pieces as I have time to develop new ideas.
We feel blessed to live on our farm and encourage others to pursue their own dreams of obtaining a simpler life
style. I thank God for His abundant blessings upon our family and in Jesus's name I pray the same for you and your
family. Be Blessed.
Thank you for visiting our website!
In 1998 we adopted our daughter
(center photo above) from
The Republic of Moldova.
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