Message from Us

The Jonas family is a God-loving, hard-working, ever-learning family that seeks to honor Jesus in all that we do. We began Goat Milk Stuff to share the goodness of goat milk with others, to bring Jim home full-time, and to provide an environment where the children could learn to be entrepreneurs.

As the children and Goat Milk Stuff have grown, we've been able to watch all of these goals come to fruition. We have a very simple philosophy when it comes to parenting and educating our children. It can be summed up as follows:

Everything is a God issue and a learning opportunity (including making and selling goat milk soap). Hard work builds character which is an essential ingredient to a successful life. Each of our children are unique individuals with unique strengths and weaknesses and are raised as individuals. The family unit is a team and we all are sometimes called to sacrifice for the team.

Farm life is wonderful for raising children and we are super excited to be able to share not only our Goat Milk Stuff when you shop on our site, but to be able to share a piece of our lives whether you are reading PJ's blog, watching our YouTube videos, or visiting us here on the farm.

We get asked a lot of questions about ourselves, so we decided to answer some of the more common ones below. Thanks for all of your support of Goat Milk Stuff!

The Jonas Family

Jim & PJ Jonas

Favorite Things

Goat: Hazelnut (PJ), Fabulous (Jim)
Soap: Lemongrass (PJ), Fiji Island (Jim)
"Stuff": Peppermint lip balm (PJ), Original Deodorant (Jim)
Sweets: Toffee (PJ), Gelato (in-store only) (Jim)
Cheese: Garlic Chevre (PJ), Garden Marinated Feta (Jim) 
Color: Hunter green (PJ), Sunset (Jim)
Hobby: Reading (PJ), Cycling (Jim)
Job: Delegating (PJ), Whatever is left (Jim)
Book: Margin* (PJ), Me, Myself, & Bob* (Jim)
Bible Verse: Joshua 24:15 (PJ), 1 Thessalonians 4:10b-12 (Jim)

Jim and PJ met in 1990 at the University of Virginia during PJ's first weekend at college. Although Jim was a year ahead of her, he was on a 5 year plan where he graduated in 5 years with both a Bachelor's and Master's degree. This meant they were able to graduate together. Jim spent 7 years teaching Junior High Science as well as spending several years a corporate trainer and a garbage man before joining Goat Milk Stuff full-time. PJ lasted 3 years in Corporate America before quitting to become a stay-at-home, homeschooling Mom.

"And if it seems evil to you to serve the Lord, choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the River, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you dwell. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.‚Ä̬†Joshua 24:15

"But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need." 1 Thessalonians 4:10b-12y

Brett & Mason Werst

Landon (2018)
Michael (2020)
Kylie (2022)

Favorite things

Goat: Pollyanna (Brett) 
Soap: Almond (Brett), Nautical (Mason)
"Stuff": Pink Sugary Perfume (Brett), Vanilla Lip Balm (Mason)
Sweets: Toffee (Brett), Toffee (Mason)
Cheese: Garlic (Brett), Sriracha (Mason)
Color: Teal (Brett), Green (Mason)
Hobby: Reading (Brett), Shooting (Mason)
Job: Managing our Social Media (Brett), Cheese Making (Mason)
Book: The Chronicles of Narnia* (Brett), The Cowboys (Mason)
Bible Verse: Romans 8:28 (Brett), Deuteronomy 31:6 (Mason)

Brett is the oldest of the Jonas children and displays many of the characteristics of a first-born. She is in charge of all the social media for GMS, and manages the paperwork for the goats. She is married to a wonderful man named Mason, and the two of them plan to continue working for GMS - and have their children help out too. As she tells people who ask, she "can't imagine anything better than growing up on the farm," and she wants her children to experience that too.

Mason is the main cheesemaker here at GMS, as well as the farmer who raises the grass-fed beef available in our stores. We've known his family for years and couldn't be more thrilled that he has joined our family!

They got married in January, 2018, their firstborn, Landon, joined us in November, 2018, Michael was born in May 2020, and Kylie arrived in May of 2022. We're so blessed to have them here with us.

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose." Romans 8:28

"Be strong and of good courage,¬†do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the¬†Lord¬†your God,¬†He¬†is¬†the One who goes with you.¬†He will not leave you nor forsake you.‚ÄĚDeuteronomy 31:6

Colter & Katie Jonas

Favorite Things

Goat: Idina (Colter)
Soap: Lemongrass (Colter) Almond (Katie)
"Stuff": Arnica Salve (Colter), Peach Lip Balm (Katie)
Sweets: Dark Chocolate (Colter), Cinnamon Roll Caramel (Katie)
Cheese: Caramel (Colter), Garlic (Katie)
Color: Black (Colter), Yellow (Katie)
Hobby: Ultimate Frisbee (Colter & Katie)
Job: Moving feed (Colter)
Book: Lord of the Rings* (Colter), Moving Mountains (Katie)
Bible Verse: Hebrews 12:1-2 (Colter), Psalm 46 (Katie)

Colter has become a strong young man who is dependable, and very capable of anything you throw his way. At Goat Milk Stuff he takes on a leadership role, and also helps out wherever it is needed. He prides himself on running and exercise, and loves to play Ultimate Frisbee with a local team. 

Katie works at a local emergency shelter for kids. She enjoys playing Ultimate Frisbee, and plays competitevely on the same team with her husband and his siblings.

We've known Katie and her family for quite a few years now, and have loved seeing Colter and Katie's relationship grow. They got married in September, 2022, and we love having her be a part of our family!

"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." Hebrews 12:1-2

"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging. There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar, kingdoms fall; he lifts his voice, the earth melts. The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations he has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear; he burns the shields with fire. He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth." The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress."Psalm 46

Emery & Ashton Jonas

Favorite Things

Goat: Valley (Emery), Intro, Rocky Road, & Jamie (Ashton)
Soap: Sandalwood (Emery), Black Raspberry (Ashton)
"Stuff": Tooth Powder (Emery), Lip Balm & Lotion (Ashton)
Sweets: Caramel (Emery), Salted Chocolate Caramels (Ashton)
Cheese: Sriracha (Emery), Garlic and Gouda (Ashton)
Color: Gold (Emery), Orange (Ashton)
Hobby: Ultimate Frisbee (Emery), Woodworking, Welding, Crocheting, and Archery (Ashton)
Job: Assisting Goat Deliveries (Emery), Socializing the babies (Ashton)
Book: The Bible* (Emery), Hunger Games (Ashton)
Bible Verse: Ephesians 2:8 (Emery), John 15:12 (Ashton

Emery enjoys taking and editing pictures of the goats and products for our website and social media. He does a lot of editing and putting together of our reality show Other Side of the Fence. When he has extra time he enjoys helping Mom manage our gardens, and has his own flower garden. When the work is done, he spends his time fixing his house, and playing Ultimate Frisbee. He was the Captain of the club level team IPA (Indiana Pterodactyl Attack) this year. 

Ashton is our Barn Manager, and has been working with us since 2018. Her love for the farm and the animals is so clear and she has been an excellent addition to our team.

They started dating in August of 2021, got engaged November, 2022, and had a beautiful wedding in Ashton's hometown of Arlington, OH in May, 2023.

"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God," Ephesians 2:8

"My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you." John 15:12

Fletcher Jonas

Favorite Things

Goat: Reluctant
Soap: Almond
"Stuff": Arnica Salve
Sweets: Peanut Butter Fudge
Cheese: Garlic
Color: Green
Hobby: Ultimate Frisbee
Job: Pulling Orders
Book: The Bible*
Bible Verse: 1 Corinthians 10:13

Fletcher is talkative and always ready to tell you a joke. He's very outgoing and is the first one to reach out to people he doesn’t know. He runs our Farm Store and laughs and jokes with all of our customers. When the work is done he’s usually found reading a book, playing frisbee with his siblings, or running.

"No temptation has overtaken you except such as is common to man; but God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will also make the way of escape, that you may be able to bear it." 1 Corinthians 10:13

Greyden & Lani Jonas

Favorite Things

Goat: Fickle (Greyden), Mac Miller (Lani)
Soap: Nautical (Greyden), Tea Tree (Lani)
"Stuff": Deodorant (Greyden), Lip Balm & Lotion (Lani)
Sweets: Sea Salt Caramels (Greyden), Chocolate (Lani)
Cheese: Caramel Chevre (Greyden), Sharp Cheddar (Lani)
Color: Blue (Greyden), Yellow (Lani)
Hobby: Building things (Greyden), Playing Instruments (Lani)
Job: Handling the goats (Greyden), Housekeeping (Lani)
Book: All Creatures Great and Small* (Greyden), The Bible* (Lani)
Bible Verse: Hebrews 12:1 (Greyden), Proverbs 3:5-6 (Lani)

Greyden is the quietest Jonas, he is serious, and super goofy. At work Greyden enjoys working in the barns, something he has done for 10 years now. He knows all the goats' names, and can tell them apart. When he's not working, he can usually be found running, playing frisbee, or renovating his house with his wife.

Greyden and Lani met while running track and cross country together in 2015, while they liked each other even back then, their relationship didn't truly start until the fall of 2020. They got engaged in October of 2022, and married in May of 2023! We love seeing the both of them growing as individuals, and together.

"Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us,"  Hebrews 12:1

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight."Proverbs 3:5-6

Hewitt Jonas

Favorite Things

Goat: Felicity
Soap: Cranberry
"Stuff": Laundry Soap
Sweets: Chocolate Covered Caramels
Cheese: Pumpkin
Color: Red
Hobby: Playing with Legos
Job: Cutting Soap
Book: Eragon*
Bible Verse: Exodus 20:12

Hewitt is the youngest of 5 boys, and the sweet one in the family. He has grown into a charming young man who is affectionate and loving. He took over making all of our Goat Milk Soap from Fletcher in 2022, and loves his new job! When the work's done, he likes to spend his time fixing up his new house, playing board games with Indigo and Jade, and playing with his nephews and niece.

"Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long upon the land which the Lord your God is giving you." Exodus 20:12

Indigo Jonas

Favorite Things

Goat: Valley
Soap: Fiji Island
"Stuff": Peppermint Lip Balm
Sweets: Gelato (in-store only)
Cheese: Jalapeno
Color: Indigo
Hobby: Ultimate Frisbee
Job: Posting to Social Media
Book: The Healers Apprentice*
Bible Verse: Proverbs 19:20

Indigo is a little princess and tomboy all at the same time. She is in charge of our production room, making sure that we never run out of your favorite Lotions, Deodorants, Lip Balms, Liquid Soap, Tooth Powder, and Milk Bath. She also enjoys occasionally editing the website and making sure that it's up to date and easy to use. When the work is done, she can be found with her nose in a book, trying a new craft, or playing Ultimate Frisbee with her siblings and friends.

"Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise." Proverbs 19:20

Jade Jonas

Favorite Things

Goat: Zany
Soap: Cranberry
"Stuff": Pumpkin Candle
Sweets: Gelato (in-store only)
Cheese: Garlic
Color: Saphire
Hobby: Ultimate Frisbee
Job: Unmolding and Pulling Orders
Book: If Only Series*
Bible Verse: 1 John 1:9

Jade is the youngest in the Jonas family, but you wouldn't know it by her character. She is friendly, loud, bubbly, self reliant, confident, and everyone who comes to the farm loves her. She recently took over managing the Soap Room, and is doing a excellent job making sure everything runs smoothly. When not working, she can be found reading, running, or playing frisbee with her brothers.

"If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." 1 John 1:9