I am Dawn, married to Mike in September of 1996, and added 2 sons in 1999 & 2000. The first 13 years of our marriage, we walked in darkness. We spent many hours doing “good things”, but with wrong motives. We mastered looking good on the outside, but were wrecks on the inside. In actuality, we were pursuing worldly success, going into unnecessary debt, & pretty much walking hypocrites. We practiced a show of religion, but had no personal relationship with Jesus. As we began searching for Biblical answers to some worldly questions, His Word began to radically change our lives. His Word became ALIVE to us, we repented, and I was reborn in the fall of 2009. That is the same year we began homeschooling our boys, practicing family discipleship, & homechurching with several other families each week. The Lord knew we needed this time to grow in our knowledge of Him, and much was learned in this season of our lives. All of the seeds that had been planted over the first 37 years of my life, seemed to explode at warp speed! After a couple years, our homechurching era came to a close, and we began to feel drawn toward worshiping with a larger body of Believers.
Through an invitation to a farmer’s appreciation meal, we were led to Living Hope Church in East Canton. With our past experience of denominations, we were very leery of entering back into a “bricks and mortar” church. But the Holy Spirit continued to draw us to Himself, and there was no denying where He wanted us to worship for this next leg of our training. Mike & I experienced our Believer’s baptisms in August of 2014 – something that we had both wanted to do, but didn’t know “how” to before we were led to Living Hope. Our season ended there, late summer 2017.
We wanted to find a body of Believers to worship with closer to home, but were unable to find that. In March of 2018, we were led to Faith Bible Church in Canton, and it is now our new home. What a journey the Lord has us on!
I will always be in awe of the Lord’s patience with me. He has completely overtaken my life in a way that has radically transformed me. I feel His blessings everywhere, and He’s continually showing me more of Himself.
We are full-time caretakers of Mike’s parents’ farm. They allow us to practice chemical free grass farming where we rotationally graze beef and dairy cows. Our 100% hershare dairy is unique in two ways: we milk once-a-day, and we milk seasonally. During the coldest part of the year, our girls get a vacation from milking as they grow their calves for birthing in March/April, and our family gets a break from milking – a time to catch up on things we can’t get to in the warmer months, and a time to recharge as a family. The Lord provides for us each day. We still deal with the consequences from our dark days, but progress is being made, & we give all the glory TO HIM.
I can’t express enough about how AMAZING HIS GRACE IS! Our passion now is to glorify Jesus Christ IN ALL THINGS. That includes our dark past, all our mistakes, all our blessings, & everything in-between. I could write about this for HOURS, and perhaps I will – – a little bit at a time! 🙂
Our prayer is that through this blog, you will see a snapshot of our life, and that it reflects His Light in our walk. I’m gonna say that most of the posts on here will be from me…but, there may be an occasional note from one of my boys as time goes on. Originally, I thought this blog was going to be about our farm. But already, I can see the Lord prompting me to share more. 🙂
Just some details about me? I love writing, smiley faces :), sharing quotes & ah-ha moments, writing rhyming poems, taking pictures of our life, walking alongside my boys, memorizing hymns, surrounding myself with Scripture (visually & audibly), preparing nourishing food for my family, and creating crafty items from crazy tidbits I keep around. Oh, and it doesn’t take much to make me cry – “happy cries”, we say around here! 🙂
Heavenly Father, I pray this blog will be an avenue to share whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable, …excellent, or praiseworthy. (Philippians 4:8) May I be able to turn my mistakes into blessings, as I share where Your Hand is in the refining processes of my life. May I always be rebukable & moldable… stomp out my pride, Lord, and use me to fulfill Your Will while I am still here on this earth. Thank You for rescuing me from the dominion of darkness, and bringing me into the kingdom of the Son You love, in whom I have redemption, the forgiveness of sins. (Colossians 1:12-14)
🙂 Dawn & Fam
Summer 2018 pics:
Christmas 2014 pics:
(I couldn’t resist keeping these old pics in here…)
3-1-2012 Here’s a pic of our boys at Mike’s brother’s wedding in September 2011. Paul’s on the left (11.5) & Michael’s on the right (13). 🙂