Meet the Herd

Family by Tree

WELCOME to Grin and Barrus! We are a crazy mix of chaos and wit just trying to live abundantly.  We have 18 children that are the light of our world some of which were born into our family the old fashioned way and some are adopted.  We get asked all of the time, “how do you do it?” So we decided to share our imperfectly perfect life with you — all the ups and downs, joys and sorrows, and absolutely craziness of living with our herd (and trust us…it’s crazy).  

Between the nearly 50 loads of laundry we do every week and insane amounts of food that are prepared and eaten, we enjoy cheering each other on at sporting and music activities in our community or playing board games and watching movies at home. Two of our sons have complex medical needs related to forms of muscular dystrophy and over the past 2 years, we have learned to adapt to a more complicated life as Big Daddy has fought against a degenerative and progressive neuromuscular disease. Sometimes, days are hard and long, but we are blessed with incredible kids who bring laughter and joy to the darkest of hours.

We are happy you are here and hope our story uplifts and encourages you through whatever craziness of your own you may be walking through.  Please email us at

With Love from the Land of Chaos,

Ben and Bridget & the Herd