About Us

Welcome to Back to Basics Family Blog and Vlog.

My name is Michelle and I am wife to David, mom of four great kids and a very ecstatic MiMi. I am excited to share about our Back to Basics Family because we are new to homesteading and are having the time of our lives! Through the years and to this day, I have been blessed to help people through the adoption process and life coach women David and I have both run a company and owned some businesses. I love to write, share and help others and that is how this blog came to be. Home, with my family on our small farm, which we affectionately have named Willow Acres Farm is my favorite place to be. Here, I am the veggie picker, creator of tasty meals, lover of flowers, newbie permaculture garden designer, egg gatherer, goat doula and collector of a bunch of farm animals. I run on faith and have found that my days go much better when I include open conversations with the Lord.


Our family is excited to be on the adventure of a lifetime.

We are realizing the dream of simplifying, country living, growing our food, raising animals and building a homestead. My husband and I have been city dwellers, where we worked hard to stay up with the pace necessary to live in a suburb of Los Angeles with a big house and pool. Our normal was filled with a lot of stress and busyness. It seemed like our days and months ran into each other – with little quality down time. I dreamed of and prayed for a change for our family. That change came to our family – rudely – with the financial crisis of 2008.  We went through a huge loss of business and home.  We were forced to rebuild our lives in so many ways.  It was time for us to let go of things, work hard and go back to basics. I was raised on a small homestead that my father created – compost piling, bee keeping, goat milking and all. As it turns out, I am my father’s daughter and those simple and basic things I once took for granted, are the things that I  yearned for.

After we steadied ourselves financially, we could focus on buying a house again.  We ALL prayed for a forever home and I really wanted one with property.  Thankfully, my city family caught the country lifestyle bug and jumped right smack into the middle of my dream and made it their own as well.  In 2016, we were blessed to purchase a total fixer upper property on two and a half acres, with an older home, three barns, a stable and a small cottage.  Everything about this whole property needs some major TLC and we are just the people to share the love.  We have become the family that is going “back to basics.”  We have learned through others and then by doing.  We have found homestead life and the work that comes with it to be fulfilling.  All I know is that if we can do it, so can anybody!  We will be sharing what we have learned and experienced in creating our homestead here in our Back to Basics Family blog.

It’s all about Faith, Family, Farm, Food and Fun!

The Back to Basics Family blog writing is mostly done by me, but the videos, fun and work include our whole family.  You can bet if there is food involved, the family will be right there, too!

– Meet Our Family –

David – husband and Back to Basics Dad.  Embraces a natural eating and healthy living lifestyle.  He is our resident businessman turned Farm Boss.

Michelle – wife and Back to Basics Mom. Designs beautiful landscapes and a lot of other stuff in her mind, likes to putter, make rooms look pretty and people’s tummys happy.

“Champ” – The boy.  Caretaker of the animals. Everybody who lives in the barn gets noisy and excited when they see him. Growing up fast and learning how to be handy.

Dev – College girl who “has a life.”  You can find her jumping hurdles, running races, studying or off with her friends. When she’s here, she eats and sleeps and makes us laugh. Once in awhile, she may pet the cat.

Ari – Our grown up girl who works as a Veterinary Tech.  Loves Jesus, helping others and animals.  With a heart for missions, she loves jet off to other countries to care for orphans. Around here, she is our organizer extraordinaire.

Scott – “Uncle” to our kids, the bro-in-love.  Walking horticulture encyclopedia.  The Heavy Lifter on our big projects.  Handy and helpful always.

Millie – “LeeLee”  to our kids, sister of Michelle.  Always ready to celebrate and have fun, she is also the crafty one – with all her sewing, knitting, handmade card & cooking projects.


In case you were wonderin’, here are some things that our family loves:

We love one another.  We are far from perfect and honestly, you may hear some bickering at times.  But, you will also hear and see a lot of laughter and love, too.

We love having a home and property to call our own.  Loss has taught us to appreciate deeply.  Hard work has proven to have so many benefits. We have been humbled and we definitely don’t want to walk that same path again, but we wouldn’t exchange the lessons that came from hardship.

We love to support one another.  Whether it is on the field, on the track, at an event, working on the farm or writing a blog – each of us has a fan section.

We love ADOPTION.  Yes, adoption… because there is just something so miraculous about being chosen, wanted, accepted and unconditionally loved.

We love berries. Thus, we have planted many varieties of blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and strawberries. We planted these for our enjoyment and necessity , along with many other fruits, trees and vegetables.

We love baby animals, any baby animal, but goats and ducks are especially adorable!

We love the Lord Jesus.  He is our Savior and He died so that we might live! Our HOPE is that He is pleased with how we are living our lives. To God be the glory, always.