Crop of Kids
A Missouri family sows seeds of faith and purpose in their adopted children.
A Missouri couple sows seeds of faith and purpose in their adopted children.
Welcome to our Whispering Winds Ranch. I’m Faith, and my husband, Steve, and our adult daughter, Elizabeth, work together to raise our 16 adopted children. Our farm is home to a few Quarter Horses, a flock of laying hens, two dairy goats, some sheep, and a few geese and ducks.
Much of each day is filled with various farm chores, housework, food preservation and homeschooling. It’s hard work, but we have fun doing it together as a family. And there is still plenty of time for sports and other activities.
Every evening we wind down by studying the Bible and singing God’s praises together. This is a rewarding life God has given us. We’re glad to share it with you.
Monday Elizabeth: I cooked a huge breakfast while Mama took one of the children to therapy. Then all the kids did oral book reports. In the afternoon, we loaded a large wagon with hay to take to auction. We’ll haul it there early tomorrow. Tuesday Faith: Our load of hay was so big we could only go 20-25 miles an hour. It was so hilarious to plod down the highway with a wagon of hay and a vanload of kids singing and laughing. Today made me long for summer days. I visualized the kids whooping and hollering as they ran across the meadow to the hay fields, with the dogs leaping and barking behind them.
Wednesday Elizabeth: Fat snowflakes floated around our heads as we cut and stacked firewood. The older boys competed to see who could split logs the fastest. Then we had a riotous time sledding, but it felt good to warm our fingers and toes by the fire when we came home. Thursday Elizabeth: After breakfast and chores, it was time for the kids to hit the books. But the afternoon was filled with our favorite game, GaGa Ball. It’s a little like dodgeball, but with a bouncy, foam ball.
Friday Elizabeth: I watched Grace and Ruth put the poultry to bed in the barns tonight. While Ruth drove the geese and ducks from one side, our Australian shepherd, Sky, herded from the other. Then she was off to help Grace with the chickens. Hooray for teamwork! Saturday Faith: Today we visited Goodwill to buy clothes. So many wonderful garments at great prices—each person came out with a large bagful. All the way home the kids chattered about what they would wear to church the next day. Sunday Elizabeth: Three Sundays a month our church holds a potluck after the service—and today was one of them. I enjoyed the extra time with friends discussing what God has been teaching us. After lunch, we went back home to relax. It felt good to let the world roll by on a lazy Sunday afternoon.
Zach gives Legend a good brushing (above, left). Grace gathers some of the three dozen eggs it takes to feed the Christophel family each morning (above, right). Luke reflects by the farm’s fishing hole while Sky keeps watch (below, left). Zeb, Ruth...