Those who know our family best might say we’re a little old fashioned. We believe that to have a truly healthy home, home life must be centered around a daily practice of faith in, and obedience to, the Lord (Deuteronomy 6:4-7). We believe that for marriage to be the joyful experience it was intended to be, a husband should take up his God-given role and responsibility of sacrificial leadership in the home and seek to love his wife as Christ loved the Church (Ephesians 5:25-30). Likewise, a wife should embrace her God-given role and responsibility as a unique partner to her husband, supporting him in the work God assigns, as the Church does with Christ (Ephesians 5:22-24). We believe that faithful parenting involves the loving yet disciplined mentorship of a father to his sons and a mother to her daughters (Ephesians 6:1-4; Titus 2:2-6). We believe that a committed Christian family will express their commitment to Christ, in part, through an active involvement in their local church and an active outreach to their community (Hebrews 10:25; Matthew 18:19-20) . And we believe that God’s original design for the family, as modeled by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, involves the right balance of rest and hard work (1 Thessalonians 4:11-12).
About Tim & Amy
We have been married for the past 13 years and plan on staying married until “death do us part.”
Tim is a native Arkansan having enjoyed a childhood of camping and watercraft on Greers Ferry Lake. After graduating High School, he attended Bible college at Central Baptist College in Conway, Arkansas where he received his degree in biblical studies. Tim then moved to the Little Rock area and began serving as a bi-vocational pastor at Crystal Valley Baptist Church, a small Southern Baptist Church in North Little Rock, where he has continued serving for over 15 years. Around the same time, he began working for a law firm in Little Rock to provide a primary income for the family, allowing him to pastor at the church without being a financial burden.
Amy is a northerner thru-and-thru having grown up in Washington and Illinois. After graduating as a homeschool student, she attended college and received her degree from Pensacola Christian College in Pensacola, Florida. Upon moving to Arkansas, she worked as an office manager at a Christian academy, an administrative assistant at an accounting firm, and a document clerk at the law firm where Tim works. When Tim and Amy had their first child, Amy transitioned to being a stay-at-home-mom where she works full-time as the family cook, homeschool teacher, nurse, veterinarian, and overall homestead manager. When free-time comes available, Amy enjoys experimenting in the kitchen, building crafts, and playing her violin at church on Sundays and at seasonal community events.
About the Kids
We have the privilege of raising four amazing sons and a daughter—E (12), I (9), A (8), H (6), and D (3) (names abbreviated for privacy reasons). As our kids grow and develop, God is making evident to us how he has gifted each with their own unique personality and set of interests. We were even blessed with the “special” addition of a son with Down syndrome, who offers the entire family the wonderful gifts of contagious laughter and an unhurried pace to life.
About the Homestead
In 2012, we made the decision to homestead. A big influencing Scripture for Tim was 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12, which instructs believers to “Aspire to live quietly, and to mind your own affairs, and to work with your hands, as we instructed you, so that you may walk properly before outsiders and be dependent on no one.” Creating an atmosphere where we could focus on our family, train the kids to work hard, become debt-free and more self-reliant, and to pursue a simple and contented lifestyle meant (for us) selling our suburban home and 30-year mortgage and buying a raw piece of affordable, overgrown land out in the country.
Paying for materials as we could afford them (and with a lot of DIY-help from YouTube, friends, and family), Tim built a simple dutch colonial-style house with his own hands. On a few occasions, the boys helped hammer a few nails and fetch whatever tool Tim needed to get the job done. With a countless number of mistakes made and challenges overcome during the process, we are slowly making headway in creating the atmosphere we set out to create. We are blessed by the lessons the Lord has taught us during our journey, and we wake up each morning anticipating new blessings from Lord still to come.