My wife and I were married in 2001. Since then the Lord has blessed us with four wonderful children for which we are greatly thankful for. We live about 20 minutes North East of Ft Wayne Indiana near the small town of Grabill.
I grew up working in my father's cabinet shop - Cabinets By Graber Inc. - at the family farm nearby and am still employed there fulltime as a CAD/CAM designer, drawing custom kitchen cabinets for our customers. It is an exciting job where I get to meet many people that come to us from all over the country. Our company was recently featured in a segment on HouseSmarts TV. If you click on the link above and visit our website you will see a link to that video clip. Also, if you go to the "Design Build Team" page, you can see me there along with all my great family and co-workers that I have the privilege to work with.
Shortly after being married to my wife, we began to search for a deeper relationship with, God our creator. We grew up in a very religious setting but there was just something missing in our lives. God revealed himself to us through his son Jesus Christ in a very powerful way and we were born again by the Spirit of the Living God in 2003, for which we are eternally grateful. We attend the Allen County Christian Fellowship congregation near where we live and are very excited about what the lord has for us a family in the future.
A few years ago, realizing that my children were getting older and that they needed something to occupy their time at home, we began asking the Lord if their was something that we could do at home that would involve the whole family. The next thing we knew, we had two St. Bernards given to us from a family friend! Not knowing anything about the breed, we began doing some research on them and spending time with the dogs. We soon realized that the St. Bernard is truly a unique animal that God made and were really intrigued by their personality. They left a "Lasting Impression" on us that has grown into a love for the breed and a desire to develop a breeding program that continually improves the health and temperament of these Gentle Giants. We currently raise about 3-4 litters of St Bernard puppies for sale a year. As I am sure anyone that has ever whelped a litter of puppies will tell you, there is a tremendous amout of time that goes into raising and caring for these precious little friends.
In doing our research, we found some wonderful friends that had an interest in helping us start a kennel with some good foundation bloodlines. We met John Little from Belle Isle St. Bernards and Sherry Cole-Sykora from Woodhaven's St. Bernards. We are especially thankful for their wisdom and support.
We look forward to continuing to build a strong line of healthy, mild tempered St Bernards that are a true representation of the breed according to the standards set forth by the St. Bernard Club of America and the American Kennel Club.
Additionally, we would like to thank God for all that he has done for us in that he "brought us up out of a miry pit of clay and set our feet on the Rock of Jesus Christ". We love to share our testimony of living a changed life and how that through the death and resurection of Jesus Christ, sinners can be cleansed of the filthiness of the flesh that we ALL were born with and be made righteous in the sight of God. If you would like to listen to a recorded message of the salvation that God so freely offers us, please visit the website of Charity Ministries for a complete listing of the many messages that are availble for free download in mp3 format. Or, if you would have a desire to speak to me about the Lord, I already mentioned that I love to talk about this, so feel free to contact me at any time!
For the wages of sin is DEATH; but the gift of God is ETERNAL LIFE through Jesus Christ or Lord. Romans 6:23