Hi, and welcome to our family at BoulderCrest Ranch. We live in beautiful Gardena, Idaho where we home school our 6 wonderful children-Abrie 18, Tori 16, Alex 14, Calli 11, Caleb 9, and baby Kaeden 7. We live on 40 acres, with a spectacular boulder view of the Boise Front/East Mountains, and plenty of space for kids and pets to run and play. We are a VERY active family and love to camp, boat, swim, ski, ride horses, hike, bike, ride 4 wheelers and show our dogs. We LOVE anything that involves being outdoors and spending time with our family and beloved pets. We also enjoy playing games and watching old classic black and white movies as a family.
Our love of dogs is for the Powderpuff Chinese Cresteds and Yellow English Labradors. Our Cresteds sleep on our beds and our Labs have NEVER seen a kennel ~ except sometimes when in season, of course. We exclusively promote and bred the Powderpuff Chinese Crested. Our focus is to breed THE BEST Puffs to THE BEST Puffs, for genetically good health, excellent conformation, gorgeous long coats, great temperaments, and beautiful movement. Powderpuffs are GREAT with children, they don't shed, and are VERY entertaining. They are GREAT singers and LOVE to play fetch, but they especially LOVE to snuggle. Our girl Ivy can catch treats that you throw for her. Many Cresteds have do very well in agility. Our Powderpuffs ~ Clea, Lola, and Ivy. We also have our first Crested Bandit who isn't used in our breeding program, just our ADORED companion. Our Cresteds sleep on our beds and LOVE to go with us on trips in the motor home. We will never own any other small dog. The Powderpuff is THE BEST kept secret in the small dog world!
We especially love THE VERY Classic English Yellow Labradors. Our Labs have gorgeous big blocky heads, stocky bodies, thick otter tails and teddy bear dispositions that everyone loves. Our labs are Bella, Brody, Ellie, and Holly. Our male weighs over 100 lbs. and our females are 80 - 90lbs.+. They are VERY fit, as they run over 4 miles regularly. The little kids and I enjoy riding the 4 wheeler down our country road, jogging the Labs on their daily 4 mile run- and sometimes we give them a ride, which they LOVE! The kids love to hike, bike and/or ride their horses, just outside our door, and their Labs LOVE to go with them. Robert loves to take them to the mill pond for their weekly swim in the hot summer. And they LOVE to go on the boat to the lake. I don't know who loves this more, the Labs or the kids! Our Labradors have brought a HUGE amount of love and joy to our family. Our lives are SO much fuller, sharing them with such sweet and loving Labs. We couldn't imagine a life without our Labradors or Powderpuffs.
We also have a Bearded Dragon- Bernie, a Quaker Parrot- Oaty, and a cat named Sophie and our first Crested, Bandit boy and the newest addition to our family... a goat named Tilly. We have four horses- Lucy, Lilly, Copper, Dream, and a pony named Mini. Our children ride their horses/pony in Endurance- 150 miles in 3 days is not uncommon. All of our ADORED pets are part of our family and VERY special!
Abrie (18) plays piano, violin and voice. Abrie won the MTNA Idaho State piano competition for 2011-2012 and 2013-2014. She was Reserve Champion 2012-2013 and 2014-2015. She won the BPYO and Meridian Symphony Young Artist Competitions and will be a feauted soloist with both symphonies in 2015. Abrie also plays violin for the BPYO- Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. Abrie has won numerous piano competitions, as well as piano scholarships. Abrie LOVES music and her goal is to be a concert pianist and someday get her PHD in music and teach at a university. We have been VERY blessed with wonderful music teachers for Abrie and her brother and sisters. Abries loves her Bearded Dragon Bernie, who she got when she was is 1st grade, her horse Copper and her two dogs Holly and Ivy. One of Ivy's favorite spots to lie is right at Abrie's feet when she is playing the piano. Sometimes Ivy likes to rest her head on Abrie's foot or the piano pedal when she is practicing. Abrie is a beautiful young lady who has dedicated her life to serving the Lord. Abrie is a great student and VERYdedicated to doing her best in everything she does.
Tori (16) plays piano, viola, as well as ballet and voice. She has won many piano competitions and has played viola for the JHHO Honor Orchestra. She LOVES ballet and is studying at Eagle Performing Arts and is with the Idaho Regional Ballet Junior Company. She loves riding her horse Lilly and playing with her dogs Clea and Elle. She also has two Quaker parrots... Oaty and Ollie, who loves to fly around our house. When we are preparing food, they like to fly over, get a bite and fly back to their perch with their treasure. Whenever you find Tori, chances are she will have one of her pets and be building or playing something with them and one of her brothers and sisters. She also loves to put on ballets with her younger sister and brothers.
Alex(14) plays the piano, cello and does voice. He has won numerous piano awards. He plays in the Intermediate Honor Orchestra. He was #1 in the Nation 2012 for LD Endurance miles on his pony- Mini. Alex has the sweetest heart and LOVES to help. Alex loves the outdoors and hopes to work for the Forest Service someday. He is an incredible skier and can keep up with the best. He loves skiing with and helping the Ski Patrol. Not being asked, he has been known to clean my whole closet- just because. Alex is my handyman, always fixing things for me. What would I do without him!?! Alex, Tori and Caleb retrieved honey from our hive all by themselves~ about 10 quarts! Alex also enjoys volunteering at endurance rides and dog shows. Alex is ALWAYS there to help whenever anyone needs help.
Calli (11)plays piano and flute. She also does Ballet and takes voice lessons. She is becoming quite an accomplished pianist, winning numerous piano competitions. Her dream was also to play the flute- which she has started this past year ~ 2013. She has a great teacher and we are VERY excited for Calli and what the future might hold for her in her musical endeavors. She also LOVES to dance ballet with her big sis Tori. She ADORES her dog Lola. She cannot go to sleep unless Lola is snuggling right beside her. She also loves her cat Sophie and her pony Mini. She rode Mini on a 30 mile endurance ride this past year. Mini is an adorable Welsh pony, but it quite a handful and Calli did great keeping herself in the saddle. Calli LOVES to ski and at this point in her life, she says she wants "To do Ski Patrol" when she grows up.
Abrie, Tori, Alex and Calli have earned ALL their own money selling cookie mix and handmade greeting cards door to door to pay for ALL their music lessons, horses and horse expenses, and dog showing for the past 4 years. They are VERY hard workers and have learned a great lesson in life. The breeding of their dogs is their new endeavor to play for their activites.
Caleb(9) and Kaeden(7) are the BEST of buddies. They are ALWAYS on the move and keep me VERY busy! Caleb LOVES to ski. He is a great little skier. Caleb LOVES to play with the puppies! Wherever you find Caleb, you will usually find a puppy. The puppies also love to play with Caleb. They love to chase him on his little bike. Caleb's other favorite pastime is playing chess. He has become quite the little chess player.
I always call Kaeden my little puppy dog, as he follow me wherever I go. Kaeden skied for the first time in Jan 2013. He cried because I wasn't taking him skiing, then I took him and he cried because he didn't want to go skiing. Now (Dec 2013 ) Kaeden LOVES to ski down with his big sis Abrie holding him between her legs. Kaeden favorite thing to say is, "I LOVE it!" Those two little boys are the joy and life of our family. They are SO full of life and curiosity. We ADORE the funny things they do and say, so we have a whole book of sayings. I would be SO happy if I could keep Kaeden 4 years old for the rest of his life! He always tells me that he is going to stay tiny, so that I can always hold him... I only wish. To them, gum is worth more than a hundred million dollars- SOOO Sweet! They are both very loving, sweet little boys and we wouldn't have them any other way!
We absolutely ADORE the times that we have puppies in our home. Life is always fuller and more exciting with puppies under foot. All are puppies are born/raised in our living room and are VERY much loved and adored. At appropriate age, all our dogs are health tested against genetic disorders or clear by default. We also love to show our dogs, and most are Champions or Champions in the making. Finding the perfect forever home for our puppies is one of THE MOST important aspects of our breeding. We treasure the new friends we have meet and LOVE keeping in touch with our puppy families. It really brightens our day to see pictures of our puppies growing and thriving in their new homes. We strive to find THE BEST homes for our adored puppies!
God has blessed us with THE MOST amazing children whom we strive above all things to raise in HIS honor ~ with integrity, honesty, hard work, and humbleness. Our deep dedication to them is that they grow up to be very well adjusted Christians who love and glorify the Lord with the happiest of hearts! We are SO thankful and VERY blessed with all the Lord has given us.
If you are looking for your next family member, and/or show prospect or would just like to say "Hi", we would love to talk with you ~
Robert and Amy Church
Can you spot who is passing
A lot of wild animals call BoulderCrest Ranch home, whether permanently or just passing through ~ this includes many deer~both White Tail and Mule deer~ bear, coyotes, wolves, mountain lions, marmots, and snakes of all kinds~including Bull Snakes, Garder Snakes and the Western Rattlesnake, and MANY kinds of beautiful birds~occasionally Bald Eagles and LOTS of lizards~ the kid's favorite!
The kids LOVE to find snakes!! Good snakes that is!
Do not educate your child to be rich~
educate them to be happy, so when they grow up, they'll know
the value of things, not the price ~
Our children are so well versed in flowers, they can tell you about almost any of the wild flowers that grow in our area. Even Caleb (age 6) knows about most of our wild flowers.
Outside my window a new day I see,
And only I can determine what kind of day it will be.
It can by busy and sunny, laughing and gay,
or boring and cold, unhappy and gray.
My own state of mind is the determining key,
For I am only the person I let myself be.
I can enjoy what I do and make it seem fun,
or gripe and complain and make it hard on someone.
I can be patient with those who may not understand,
or belittle and hurt them as much as I can.
But I have faith in myself and I believe what I say,
And I personally intent to make the best of each day. ~ Unknown
Alex LOVES to climb boulders!
We were showing our Cresteds at the Blackfoot Dog Show and while in the motor home I asked Calli...."What is your favorite thing to do?" Calli looked as if she was thinking very hard. I said, ".....Like playing?" She said "No, .....my favorite thing is to make other people happy."
Calli age 8
The newest addition to our family... our goat, Tilly!
My kids LOVE her!!! She has such a personality.... she LOVES to come in the house, jumps in the car and is VERY friendly. Caleb is THE BEST milker and LOVES to milk her! The kids have already made butter, cheese, cottage cheese and carmel from her milk. They usually just use the milk in their cereal. She likes to jump in the UPS trucks when they come.
We LOVE her, but our plants and trees... not so much. I guess that I can't have any plants or trees for about the next 15-20 years!
Calli and her pony Mini
Your children need your presence
more than your presents ~
Just Being Happy
Just being happy
Is a fine thing to do.
Looking on the bright side
Rather than the blue.
Sad or sunny musing
Is largely the choosing,
And just being happy
Is a brave work and true.
Just being happy
Helps other souls along,
Their burdens may be heavy
And they not strong,
And your own sky will lighten
If other skies you brighten
By just being happy
With a heart full of song.
~ Home Sweet Home ~
"...But as for me and my household, we will serve the LORD."
Dog's In Our Lives...
We aren't house-proud. If we were, we wouldn't abide the scratches on the door frame,
the holes in the screen, the darkened shine of worn spots on the chair.
We would wince at the mottled carpet and fret at the hair clinging to our clothes.
We don't. If anything, we lovers of dogs are a tolerant lot, finding greater value in the
unabashed affection of our friends than in the immaculate sofas.
Shoes can be replaced, but heroic retrievers are timeless.
Without dogs, our houses are cold receptacles for things. Dogs make a fire warmer with their curled presence.
They wake us, greet us, protect us and ultimately carve a place in our hearts and our history.
On reflection, our lives are often referenced in parts defined by the all-too-short lives of our dogs.
by Paul Fersen
Alex made me a beautiful wreath for Christmas 2013!
Abrie ~ Idaho State Piano Champion
2013-2014 and 2015-2016
MTNA (Music Teachers National Association) Piano Competition
"If you determine to have determination, then nothing will deter you"
Abrie- age 12
Abrie ~ Idaho State Champion MTNA Piano Competition 2011-2012
Reserve Champion 2012-2013
1st place 2013-2014
Honorable Mention MTNA Regional Piano Competiton- January 2014
1st place Piano Level 15 (highest level) IMTA Sonitina/Sonata Festival Nov. 2013
Beautiful music is the art of the prophet that can calm the agitations of the soul;
it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.~
"Praise the LORD with the harp; make music to him on the ten-stringed lyre. Sing Him a new song; play skillfully, and shout for joy."
Tori performing at the MTNA State Piano Competition
~ Even the richest child
is poor without music ~
is poor without music ~