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Dave & Michelle Kellenberger

We are Dave and Michelle Kellenberger. We've been married 14 years and have 5 beautiful, smart, talented, hilarious children (who all take after their mom). 4 born biologically and 1 born from our hearts. We love date nights, playing with our kids, attending church, and eating Sushi! Dave works full time for Noah Herman Sons, part time at the Goose Ranch, and part time around the house. Michelle works full time at home, full time for the kids, and part time in ministry as a musician/worship leader.



Dave Kellenberger

Dave Kellenberger

Dave & Michelle Kellenberger family

I was born on a cooold winter night in Peoria, IL during the blizzard of ’78. I grew up in Germantown, IL until the age of 4 and then moved with my family to Olathe, KS. During our time in Kansas we did not have a dog named Todo and we weren’t in Illinois anymore. Since I never found the yellow brick road everyone always talked about, I spent my time riding Big Wheels and catching tadpoles, crawdads, turtles, and snakes with my friend, Jason, in the creek that ran through our neighborhood. When I was 12 years old we moved back into the house that we originally lived in before we moved to Kansas. I somehow managed to graduate from Metamora High School and went right into carpenter work the day after graduation. I fell madly in love with Michelle Herman at the age of 22 and we now have 5 wonderful children and enjoy attending City On A Hill Church.

What is your name? David Kellenberger
What is your role in the family business’? I am a Construction Manager at Noah Herman Sons Builders and I am document editor for the Goose Ranch.
What is your favorite childhood memory? When I was around 12 years old, my parents took me out fishing which was a big deal being the middle child of five kids. It was just me and my dad and mom and I caught the biggest fish that day at that point of my life which was a 4.5 lb Northern Pike.
What is your most embarrassing moment? When I was just getting to know Michelle before anything was serious and I was trying to put my best foot forward in every area of my life, I was at the Herman barn playing roller hockey which is something that I normally wouldn’t do but I was doing anything to be involved in what Michelle was doing. At one point I was talking to her actually bracing myself against the wall and all of a sudden I was on my back looking up at her laughing at me. Still to this day, I don’t know how I fell but somehow my blades rolled right out from under me.
What is your favorite memory from filming the tv show? When the whole family was able to spend a Sunday morning on the beach worshipping Jesus
How do you feel about filming a tv show about your family? The emotions that I feel when I think about having a TV show filmed about my family are anxiety and excitement. I am not one to like to be in the spotlight but it is neat to be able to show our audience what challenges occur when working in a family business.
What is your favorite hobby? I really enjoy working with wood and building things like tables or furniture or houses.
What are some things viewers might be surprised to learn about you? In my bachelor days, I enjoyed white water rafting. I have been to the New River, the Gaulley River, the Wolf River and a river in Alaska that was too cold for me to remember.
Any advice or thoughts you'd like to share? Life is too short to live your life to meet other’s expectations of you so know who you are and stay true to yourself.

 


Michelle Kellenberger

Michelle Kellenberger

I am the second oldest child in the Herman family, but definitely the smartest and the shortest. I guess I am just more normal sized. I am a stay-at-home mom to 5 and sometimes 6 as we are respite/foster-licensed. I am a lover of Jesus, and have a passion for caring for children in need. I am a guitar and piano playing music nerd who loves leading worship at chuch. I like to go fishing, but am kinda the black sheep of the family when it comes to the great outdoors. However even though I am only 5’-3", I love playing beach volleyball. Speaking of the beach, I love long walks followed by uninterrupted sunshine in a comfy beach chair.

What is your name? Michelle Kellenberger
What is your role in the family business’? I'm not really gifted at much along the lines of planning, building, decorating, organizing....so I'm usually used as a last resort when it comes to getting those things done. When someone needs a babysitter though I am a first resort. :)
What is your favorite childhood memory? All of the camping out we did. My siblings and I would find a spot out in the woods behind our house, make a fire, and sleep out under the stars. Or we'd sleep on the trampoline in a pile of blankets. Or on the floating dock in the middle of the lake. :)
What is your most embarrassing moment? I was 15 years old and my siblings and I came up with this brilliant plan to put our trampoline underneath my parent's second story balcony. We then jumped from the railing of the balcony down to the trampoline. Super fun. Until one night...my parents had some company over and they were sitting in the living room, which was under my parent's room and had a big glass door under the balcony. They had a front row ground floor seat to all of the jumping. Some of my brother's friends were also over, and they wanted me to show them some of our trampoline tricks. I decided to get fancy and climb over the railing to slowly lower myself til I was hanging and then drop into the trampoline. The only glitch was that as I was lowering myself the bottom of my shirt got caught on the floor of the balcony...and I couldn't pull myself back up to unhook it...and realized too late that the trampoline was not actually underneath me, it was farther out. So my parents and their company got quite a surprise when they turned and saw a shirtless daughter helplessly hanging right outside the glass door. It caused a bit of drama and ended with everyone trying to lift me back up and onto the balcony. I wanted to DIE.
What is your favorite memory from filming the tv show? Building the tree house. We had a blast. Lots of laughing, improvising, and mistake-making (my brother's mistakes of course.)
How do you feel about filming a tv show about your family? I have so many mixed feelings about filming a TV show with my family, but overall, I feel that if this is God's plan for us then I'm happy to be a part. :)
What is your favorite hobby? My favorite hobby is having Dave home and playing with the kids. Right now my life consists of raising kids and I love it! But I guess I also like date nights too; eating a nice dinner, watching a good movie, or just a little break from the chaos.
What are some things viewers might be surprised to learn about you? I am not competitive at all, but I do enjoy anything I can beat my siblings at.
Any advice or thoughts you’d like to share? We were created to praise and worship our creator! If we don’t do it, the rocks and trees will cry out!




Tyden Kellenberger

Tyden Kellenberger

I am 13 years old and in 7th grade. I am obsessed with fishing and spending time at the Goose Ranch. My uncles are the best fishermen in the world, but I am catching up fast! I am the oldest grandson, and have a million little sisters/nieces, and hopefully will be a better man because of it.

What is your name? Tyden David Kellenberger
When is your birthday? September 8, 2001
What is your favorite color? Orange
What is your favorite food? Bread and Butter. All kinds of butter.
What is your favorite animal? the Killer Whale
What is your favorite hobby? Everything about fishing and fish. Love to catch them and feed them.
What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to work at the Goose Ranch and take people fishing.
Tell me one thing about your dad. My dad is always there for me, and he builds awesome houses!
Tell me one thing about your mom. My mom is strong in Christ and she makes me laugh.




Shaeya Kellenberger

Shaeya Kellenberger

I am 10 years old and in the 5th grade. Being called cute is just plain annoying, Ugghh…the next person who calls me cute is really gonna get it... I love studying about and caring for animals, bossing around my siblings/cousins, singing, and learning guitar and playing piano. I don’t like copying people and I don’t like people copying me.

What is your name? Shaeya Reece Kellenberger
When is your birthday? June 1, 2004
What is your favorite color? Blue
What is your favorite food? Ramen Noodles
What is your favorite animal? I love, love, love animals of all kinds, but my favorite is horses - I'm obsessed.
What is your favorite hobby? Riding Horses and Vaulting
What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be a Veterinarian and have my own horse ranch.
Tell me one thing about your dad. My dad is really fun. He always knows how to make me feel good.
Tell me one thing about your mom. My mom is beautiful and she's a good piano player.




Tekoa Kellenberger

Tekoa Kellenberger

I am 8 years old and in 2nd grade. School days are an eternity with having to sit still for so long. I would rather be climbing trees, riding my ripstick, or turning cartwheels. I have a very intense passion for all of God's little creatures : Bugs, caterpillars, frogs, grasshoppers... I do not like it when people squish bugs, and mom doesn’t like it when I bring them in the house...

What is your name? Tekoa Rae Kellenberger
When is your birthday? March 8, 2007
What is your favorite color? Purple
What is your favorite food? Crab Rangoon
What is your favorite animal? My cat
What is your favorite hobby? Playing with my cat and climbing trees
What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be a gymnast
Tell me one thing about your dad. My dad goes to work to make money for us and to build houses. I'm happy for other people when he builds their house, but I miss him when he's gone.
Tell me one thing about your mom. My mom has five kids and friends and conversations with them.




Wren Kellenberger

Wren Kellenberger

I am 5 years old and in Kindergarten. I don’t like to be left out of anything the older kids are doing. I get all the hand-me-downs and all the leftovers of life as the third girl. I'm ok with it as long as no one calls me Wren bird. I am NOT to be confused with a bird....although I am tiny, beautiful, and sing very sweetly.

What is your name? Wren Alea Kellenberger
When is your birthday? May 29, 2009
What is your favorite color? Turquoise
What is your favorite food? Peaches
What is your favorite animal? A dolphin and I swam with one
What is your favorite hobby? Playing horses and playing Chutes and Ladders
What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be an animal helper
Tell me one thing about your dad. My dad loves me. All the time.
Tell me one thing about your mom. My mom fed a tiger.




Neiko Kellenberger

Neiko Kellenberger

I am 4 years old and in Preschool with my cousin Drake. We get into lots of trouble together. I am the only kid mom and dad got to choose. :) God sent me to them when I was 8 months old and I have been keeping them on their toes ever since. I love riding my bike, playing with Legos, and getting reactions out of everyone by any means possible. I am very high energy most of the time, but sometimes I can be very sweet and cuddly and loving to my "precious mama."

What is your name? Neiko Jon Kellenberger
When is your birthday? July 26, 2010
What is your favorite color? Blue
What is your favorite food? Candy
What is your favorite animal? A Lion
What is your favorite hobby? Playing Legos
What do you want to be when you grow up? I want to be a Ninja Turtle
Tell me one thing about your dad. My dad is so special and sweet.
Tell me one thing about your mom. My mom is so sweet and special. No, I did not already say that about my dad.



 

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