About Our Family!

We have 8 children (right at the moment) and raise Icelandic sheep, a flock of chickens, and have various fair animals, seven working dogs, one frisky kitty, ducks, cows and a horse.  With everything we raise or grow, we try to do so sustainably.  Our hands are full but we always have  room for more.  We daily try to humbly serve the Lord, teach our children, remember the little things in life, and eek in some fun along the way.   This blog is to record the daily moments and adventures of our lives that seem to be too fleeting but that we would still like to remember later along in the journey.

~Our Philosophy~
“Pasture management from the ground up” is our way of life here at Dancing Aspens Farm.  Soil Health contributes to plant health which directly impacts animal health.  Our role as a shepherd is to, not only care for our animals, but also the soil, water and biological community.  We believe in using grazing strategies in a manner that are ecologically sustainable, converting forage into high quality lamb, fiber and breedstock.

27 comments on “About Our Family!

  1. growingdaily says:

    I followed a link to your blog from Momys. You are living the life I dream of!! When I grow up, I wanna be you!!! 🙂 For now, we have 5 kids and live in the ‘burbs but our house is for sale and we’re dreaming of buying land. Living sustainably, raising chickens and fleece animals… *sigh* I admire you! 🙂

  2. Thanks, would you like to be me today and come clean my house? ;-D Please!? Everything is always such a work in progess. We are truly blessed.

  3. Tammia & Kenna says:

    Hi Mark & Erin and kiddos!
    Kenna and I loved looking at your pictures and Kenna summed it up: “I really want to go to their house.” You have a great blog, beautiful pictures, and such a remarkable, sweet family. Now we feel like we’re a little caught up with you!
    Thanks for sharing!
    love,
    L,T,K&J

  4. Please come visit! That would be lots of fun!

  5. Peggy Sue Miller says:

    I love your blog. Your pictures are amazing! We thouroughly enjoyed our fellowship with you all and are looking forward to next time.

  6. Karen Dunham says:

    Hi Erin. Peggy Sue gave me your blog address – beautiful – we want to come and visit your farm! WOW! See you Sunday! Karen

  7. What a wonderful family! I am enjoying your blog. 🙂

  8. jennyozzy says:

    what fantastic photos and what a fantastic life lucky you although hard work by the looks xxjen

  9. Kathy Mason says:

    Hey Erin, I am thinking of growing leeks this summer. Trying to grow as much as we can to save on grocery bills and get healthy food that has not been chemically treated. How do you preserve leeks? We braid onions by the tops and let them hang until use, but I can’t see leeks cooperating with that. Any ideas? Thanks.

  10. Awesome blog!! Can’t wait to follow along.

  11. Seasonsgirl says:

    Enjoying your blog. We are waiting on the Lord to provide us with the opportunity to expand our land and farm and move out more in the country where we can farm, raise our family, homeschool, and enjoy a hard working life 🙂 Many blessings to your family 🙂

  12. Wow..I am surprised but delighted that you have any time or energy left with which to take photos. ..Michelle

  13. Aiketa says:

    I loved all the pictures of all your family and animals around the farm. Lovely!

  14. You have a super blog! Lovely photographs, and a lovely family!
    Best wishes!

  15. Jenny says:

    Love your blog! Mother of 8??? You must be superwoman! I’m having fun learning about your Icelandic sheep! They make me want to snuggle…although I have yet to meet a sheep that likes to snuggle. 😉 Keep up the writing!

  16. Magda & Juicy the dog says:

    Hi!
    I just got here accidentally 🙂 Great blog, I love your lifestyle!
    I was just wondering where do you live, when I notticed a picture with little birdhome(?) with a roof made of number plate from Montana! And then I decided I really have to write to you 🙂 I’m from Poland and during summer 2011 I was traveling with my friend and with my dog through US. We were hitchhiking and it was great adventure! One of most wonderful places we visited was a farm in Montana! We had really great time there with very nice people 🙂 We are dreaming about coming back one day… Have a good life! So nice to watch your picture, your family looks really happy! 😀
    Magda

  17. Hi Erin, I found your blog while searching on rural life sites. What a beautiful site!

  18. P.s. I blog about growing up in rural south Alabama. We raised cattle and grew hay to cut and sale, but we weren’t self-sustaining.

  19. Erika says:

    Hello there! 🙂 I did a google search for blogs about living in Montana, is that were you and your family live? My family and I are looking to possibly relocate to Montana, we now live in California (unfortunately, I know there are people living in Montana that are not thrilled at all about people migrating over from California…) I was hoping you might be able to tell me places that you enjoy in Montana and if there are any places in particular, in your area and surrounding areas that you would consider living?

  20. mithriluna says:

    Wonderful blog! I have nine children but I am certainly not as adventurous as you! God bless your family!

  21. jeanne stone says:

    Bet you are a busy lady with all of these sheep and kids. All look like a wonderful adventure

  22. I just want to say I so enjoy your blog and appreciate all the support you have shown me this year! That is why I nominated you for the Blog of the Year 2013 Award. You can view your nomination at http://aheartofadventure.com/2013/12/30/blog-of-the-year-2013-award/ Have a wonderful and adventurous new year!

  23. I See Bela says:

    Wonderful family and lovely photos! I’m glad I stumbled across your blog. I’m looking forward to hearing more from you! Cheers! 🙂

  24. It’s so nice to meet you! I live in north Alabama, am the wife of a sweet guy, and I’m the mommy of one child. We love to hang out together and wish that we could travel all over the world and experience hundreds of different cultures. For now, it’s nice to visit blogs such as yours and travel via the ‘net to learn of other places. Hope you’ll stop by and visit me again! -Stephanie

  25. Kelly says:

    Wow! So many wonderful elements and lovely photos. I’m so glad you share about it all!

  26. Rika says:

    Great blog!
    I love all your animals and they pictures are so great!!!
    I love the stories behind them as well, such a creative blog! I’m enjoying a lot!
    I have two cats, and a few sheep at my father’s farm, and I have a lot of hens and chikens as well
    and a canari bird ages 8 years old 🙂

  27. Looking at your photos I can tell that we live VERY close to each other ! I would love to “meet you” . Here is my Email if your interested llwjustus@gmail.com or you can visit me via my blog
    kingmakerblog.com
    Leticia

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