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Justin & Katie Herman

Justin and I met in 2006, right after I graduated high school. It was definitely not love at first sight - for either of us, but we became best friends very quickly! Over the next year and a half, God changed our hearts and in January 2008, Justin caught me (and himself) completely off guard and proposed while on a mission trip to Eluthera, Bahamas. We were then married August 3rd 2008, and I started nursing school just a few weeks later. I graduated in May 2010. We decided to wait until I had worked a couple years (Lord-willing) before starting our family.

2012 was a big year for us! We found out we were expecting in March, bought a house in August, moved in September, and God blessed us with Crosby James in October. 2013 was much more calm for us, which gave us lots of time to just enjoy learning how to be parents.

2014 was another big year. The Herman family bought the Goose Ranch in January and we found out we were expecting again in March! Mid-April started the craziest season of our lives (so far). We began our first year at the ranch in April - which included lots of ups and downs, and plenty of learning opportunities for us all. The boys started filming more episodes of Lake Life in July, and we were blessed with Scarlett Grace a few weeks early in October. We have been challenged so much through this last year with Justin's schedule at the ranch, some added stress through the filming process, and a needy/colicky baby resulting in a tired and cranky wife! As hectic and sometimes difficult as it has been, we have learned a lot, and love where God is taking us. We are falling more and more in love with Him and each other every day!

Justin Herman

Justin Herman

Justin & Katie Herman Family

Hi, my name is Justin. I am the youngest of the Herman siblings, therefore being the smartest and most talented sibling of course! I am the go-to guy whenever anyone needs something fixed, unstuck, rebuilt, or some good ole-fashioned redneck ingenuity. I use my God-given talents on a daily basis at work designing, engineering, bulldozing, and excavating on whatever awesome project we are working on.

There is one memory from my childhood that has shaped who I am today and how our business operates. I was 7 years old and it was the first day I had my Honda XR 80 dirt bike. My mom made me share and I had to let Nate ride it. He wasn't - and still isn't - very good at driving anything! I vividly remember him flying out of the apple orchard, going way too fast, and crashing straight through our neighbor's white, wooden fence! I was devastated as I watched my brand new, shiny bike break through the fence and slam into the ground. That was a defining moment in my life. As I picked up the pieces to my bike and started assessing the damage, little did I know this would be the start of a life-long cycle of Nate breaking things and me fixing them!

What is your name? Justin Paul Herman
What is your role in the family business’? Heavy Equipment Operator, Handyman
What is your favorite childhood memory? Rainy day riding tubes down the flooded crick and collecting night crawlers by the hundreds in my pockets to sell for bait. I was gone so long the whole family came looking for me and I was grinning from ear to ear with all my pockets and hands full of worms.
What is your most embarrassing moment? Farted really loud in an elevator full of people I didn't know in a hotel in Indiana. Thought I could sneak it out but it went off like a firework on the 4th of July.
What is your favorite memory from filming the tv show? Dynamite Day. The entire day was like the best dream that was reality!
How do you feel about filming a tv show about your family? At first I was really nervous about looking like a fool. Always making sure my crack wasn't showing, trying to suck in my gut but by the end I let it all hang out and had fun with it.
What is your favorite hobby? I absolutely love to hunt and fish but being from Illinois we have a lot of opportunity for that so, the hobby I get most excited about is Scuba diving in the ocean. And, spear fishing and catching lobsters while diving tops the list.
What are some things viewers might be surprised to learn about you? I can swallow my tongue!
Any advice or thoughts you'd like to share? Put the Lord Jesus Christ first in your life and everything else will fall in its correct place.


Katie Herman

Katie Herman

Hi! I'm Katie. I was born and raised in Morton, IL - Pumpkin Capitol of the World! I have 2 brothers - I am the middle child. My older brother, Sam, got the best birthday present a child could ask for on his 3rd birthday - ME, for a sister!! He's not bitter about that at all :). Even though I am the middle child, being the only girl, I most definitely did not suffer from middle-child-syndrome. In fact, it was quite the opposite - I am pretty much the princess! Oh, maybe THAT'S where Scarlett gets it from?!?

My birthday is March 22, so if you're wondering what you should get me this year, I like anything that comes in pink and/or sparkles! I will never turn down a gift card to the mall either. Shopping is pretty much my favorite thing to do. I also love planning parties and events, and creating Pinterest projects. If I can combine all three of these things (shopping for supplies to create things I see on Pinterest to plan parties), I am one happy girl.

I am a nurse. I graduated from Mennonite College of Nursing at Illinois State University in May 2010. I started my first nursing job at Methodist (now Unity Point Health-Methodist) Hospital that July on the surgical floor. I worked there for 3 1/2 years - now I work out of the float pool. I have cut down to part-time since having kids, but I love what I do! I enjoy taking care of people and love the opportunities that I get to share my faith with my patients.

I am not "naturally" an outdoors kind of girl - unless we're talking about working on my tan! I have been hunting twice. The first time I went with Justin. He drug me out of bed SUPER early and we didn't see anything in the first 15 minutes, so I pulled out my headphones and streamed Netflix on my phone the rest of the time. The second time was definitely more exciting! I went by myself this time, and I got a really big Doe! By the way, in case you were wondering, the Honda Pilot is not indestructible. I do actually enjoy some "outdoorsy" things, once you coax me into it. My dad and grandpa taught me how to fish. We go on a fishing vacation every year - and once they convince me to get out in the boat, it's hard to get me to quit!

Like I said before, I am kind of a princess. My favorite color is pink. If it shimmers, sparkles, glitters, or shines, I will want it! I'm a girly-girl who likes shopping and pedicures, sunshine and beaches. I don't play sports and hate to work out - but I love food. Dr. Pepper is my coffee. I could eat pizza 7 days a week. I tend to lack a filter sometimes and have an opinion on most things - you will usually know what I'm thinking :/ I'm spunky and sassy and my mouth gets me in trouble sometimes. Ok, a lot! I love my husband and I love my kids, but most importantly, I love Jesus. I strive to live for Him and glorify Him in all that I do, and even though I fall short most days, I know that I am forgiven and He is always working on me.

What is your name? Katie Marie Herman
What is your role in the family business’? Cleaning Norris, Activities Coordinator at the Ranch
What is your favorite childhood memory? Every summer my family would go to a fishing resort in Wisconsin for a week. We got to spend time with my grandparents and cousins and the friends we made up there. We would take turns getting to go fishing/learning how to fish with dad and grandpa in the evenings, and also each getting to spend a night by ourselves in Grandma's cottage. Lots of opportunities to feel "special" with extra one-on-one time! Lots of great memories from our vacations up there!!
What is your most embarrassing moment? I almost put my car in our lake this summer. There is a pathway that goes right by our lake and connects our property to Amy and Jared's. I didn't want to buckle Crosby in his seat, so I took that instead of the road. It downpoured while I was at their house, but then quit raining and when I came back, I didn't even think about the mud and slick grass as I came barreling down the hill on that path. My car had no traction and I was heading straight for the lake! By some miracle the car stopped just before going in! Crosby and my very pregnant self climbed out of the car and walked the rest of the way home, for fear that an attempt to move wouldn't work. I had to call Justin to come home and pull my car out! Terrifying. And embarrassing. All common sense was gone that day. I'll blame the pregnancy brain! And no, I haven't taken that path to Amy's house since.
What is your favorite memory from filming the tv show? I loved seeing what all gets put into creating a TV show.
How do you feel about filming a tv show about your family? It was so fun, and funny, to see everyone's personalities come out. It definitely added a new dynamic to our family!
What is your favorite hobby? I love shopping! Clothes and shoes! Home decor! But I also love doing Pinterest projects and planning parties/events - and enjoy all the shopping and prep that goes into that as well.
What are some things viewers might be surprised to learn about you? I'm fairly predictable.
Any advice or thoughts you'd like to share? Philippians 4:6&7 - Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

Crosby Herman

Crosby Herman

Hi! My name is Crosby and I'm 2. I have a new baby sister, "Garlett"(Scarlett), and I LOVE her! I like to hold her, give her lots of kisses, and sometimes we lay on the floor and giggle. I'm a real good helper - I ALWAYS make sure that Mommy knows when she's crying.

I like to play with trucks and tractors, Little People, and stacking towers. I love it when Daddy takes me on the wheeler (4-wheeler) gator, tractor, and skidsteer! I like to watch movies too. My favorite movies are Finding Nemo, The Fox and the Hound, and Robin Hood.

When I feel like cooperating, I can count to ten and know shapes and colors. Mommy is trying to teach me the "Baby C's" (ABCs) but I don't quite have the hang of it yet.

What is your name? Crosby James Herman
When is your birthday? October 25, 2012
What is your favorite color? Blue
What is your favorite food? Cookies
What is your favorite animal? Monkeys
What is your favorite hobby? Playing Outside
What do you want to be when you grow up? "Nate". Just kidding. I got no response from him on this one.
Tell me one thing about your dad. "Wheeler Ride" (Daddy takes him on 4-wheeler rides)
Tell me one thing about your mom. "Cries. Scarlett" which I think translates to mom takes care of Scarlett when she cries?

Scarlett Herman

Scarlett Herman

Hi! I'm Scarlett and I am a princess! I have a big brother Crosby, and he REALLY loves me. I get it, I'm a cute girl, but golly, a girl needs to breathe sometimes!

I'm a pretty picky eater, but that hasn't stopped me from getting chunky. Maybe that's why people are always kissing my cheeks.

I enjoy sitting in my bouncy seat and LOVE it when people talk to me. You can really get me smiling and cooing if we talk about shopping! I NEED to be the center of attention most of the time or I tend to get a little cranky. Mommy and Daddy say I'm a princess. It's true, but it is actually hard to be this fabulous all the time. I need my beauty rest, and I just sleep so much better on a tempur-pedic mattress. Maybe I'll give mom and dad their bed back someday. But for now, I'm sure they're fine sharing the couch!

What is your name? Scarlett Grace Herman
When is your birthday? October 17, 2014
What is your favorite color? Mom says it's pink
What is your favorite food? Dairy free breastmilk. I refuse to take formula.
What is your favorite animal? I have a soft bunny that I like to snuggle...
What is your favorite hobby? I'm really well behaved when mommy takes me shopping. I also smile when you talk to me about the mall!
What do you want to be when you grow up? Potty trained
Tell me one thing about your dad. Dad doesn't like to change my diapers
Tell me one thing about your mom. Mom gets upset when I won't sleep at night


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