The Our Land and Home Team
From wildlife management to building a new home, interior decoration, craft projects and using the different gifts your land offers, we share our experiences as we journey through the transformation of our 40 acres of mature Appalachian hardwood forest to a piece of property where we can enjoy as a family.
Growing up in West Virginia, I loved to hunt and fish and enjoyed a family who spent a lot of time outdoors. While I loved my upbringing in WV, I always wanted to be a soldier. Four days after graduating from high school, I joined the Army and lived my dream. Early on in my Army career, I met a girl in Oklahoma and we were married in 1992. Gabby has been with me since then and we have lived in 14 different homes provided by the Department of the Army. Two daughters, four dogs and 29 years later, we retired and moved to West Virginia where we plan to settle on our 40 acres.
For 29 years I served as a soldier, but spent most of my time hunting and fishing wherever the Army sent us. I spend a lot of time reading, studying and planning how to improve my whitetail herd and to create a piece of property that serves as a homestead and a place where whitetail, bear, turkey, grouse and other small game thrive.
My dream has been to build our own home on our land and to enjoy the rest of our years.
While I was not a soldier, I lived the Army life and loved it. I am an interior decorator and all around crafting, color, and design specialist. I have designed everything from a small craft up to a complete kitchen and home. Design is in my blood and I am always looking for ways to improve the function of things and rooms while making them look good too.
When not driving our youngest daughter to and from golf or softball games, I enjoy crafting items and creating everything from a scrapbook page to commercial interior designs.
Our Goal –
Together, we plan to take you along on the journey of turning our mature forest into a thriving wildlife management property surrounding a new house we will turn into a home.
We hope you enjoy these DIY plans, projects, tips and ideas on Our Land and Home.
Behind the Scenes
I am Kevin’s sister and I also grew up in West Virginia! I now live in Virginia with my husband and two kids. I serve as the tech support and manager for Our Land and Home. You might see an occasional project or idea from me, but I mostly provide support and make sure all the great ideas that Kevin and Gabby have get out there for us all to learn from.
So, we couldn’t not mention our mom, affectionately called NanNan by the grandkids. Many of the ideas and thoughts here get run by her first. She is born and raised in West Virginia and loves all things outdoors, genealogy, and quilting! We wanted to introduce her because you will surely see her mentioned from time to time!