Dan L. White
grew up in the coal fields of West Virginia,
graduated from Ambassador College in Texas in 1972, when he
married Margie, a girl from Arkansas. They then lived in
Indiana, Oklahoma, Texas, Montana and Arkansas. After living in
those five states, twenty-three years ago Dan and Margie settled
in the Missouri Ozarks, on forty acres, about ten miles up the
road from the farm of Laura Ingalls Wilder, author of the famous
Little House books. There they have lived a peaceful,
laid-back, Jubilee like lifestyle, sharing time with God,
children and animals.
Dan spent the summer of 1970 digging near the Wailing Wall, at
the Temple Mount in Jerusalem, helping clear out the accumulated
dirt of a couple millennia. Israel had just regained the temple
area in 1967, and this was early in
the archaeological excavations there. While digging for
Biblical artifacts, he worked alongside his future wife, fellow
college student Margie Brown, who eventually
became Margie White. Their lifetime love
story began as they raced to fill floppy rubber dirt buckets,
and they have done almost everything together ever since. Dan
and Margie have been married for thirty-seven years. They have
four daughters and one son, and all but one still live nearby in
They homeschooled all five of their children, and have been
passionately involved with homeschooling for over thirty years.
They operate Homeschool Helpers (www.homeschool-helpers.info),
whose purpose is to support Christian homeschool families.
Now in their seventh decade, Dan and Margie still play
basketball and tennis with those in their second or third
decade. The younger ones almost always win -- funny how much
difference five decades can make. Dan has played guitar for
over fifty years and has written a number of songs. He and his
family host Contra Dances for the local Christian homeschoolers,
where they play music, call dances, and sometimes dance.
“Life demands that we make decisions about how to spend it.
Where do we lay up our stores? Do we save money now so that we
may have time later, or do we spend that time most profitably
now? We chose time over money, and living life now over later.
Surprisingly, we found that choosing life now also gives more
later. Our book about the Jubilee lifestyle is a reflection, to
whatever degree, of how we have chosen to live our lives. Less
is more. Now is better than later. Time is life, and serving
God and others is the best use of time.”