Girls’ Spotlight: Elisabeth Gustafsson

Elisabeth Gustafsson will be taking the course Thinking Like A Christian with TPS. For the other half of her studies, she is attending Inspire Learning Academy in her home state of California. There, Elisabeth will be taking World History with IEW, British Literature, S.T.E.M. Science, Art, and World History Drama. She lives twenty-five miles northeast of Sacramento in the Sierra Nevada foothills. Elisabeth has four older sisters, Elsa, Annalise, Eleni, and Annette.  She is not particularly nervous or excited for high school but seems ready for it.

When asked if she had a favorite Bible verse, Elisabeth came up with two: Romans 3:23 and John 3:16, both of which she has memorized. John 3:16 is very special to her because it shows how God gave up his son for us, showing the length of the sacrifices he was willing to make on our behalf. She also loves the story of creation, especially the parts that talk about animals. Elisabeth truly has a heart for nature and loves to be outside because she is able to get out into the real world and see the natural beauty of the earth.

She loves animals of all kinds and has fourteen chickens, five cats, two dogs, two horses, and two Kingsnakes by the names of Chess and Nagini. Unlike most people, she loves to watch snakes slither, finding it fascinating. She loves the feeling when they slither between her fingers. Elisabeth found her first snake in a crack next to her driveway in February of this year. She kept her snake because it had a bad injury and her chickens would have eaten it. Luckily, this snake has survived, has grown four inches, and can slither about almost normally. Elisabeth also loves butterflies and at the moment has them in all four of their stages: egg, caterpillar, chrysalis, and butterfly. She has raised many types of butterflies: Pipeline Swallowtails, Monarch Butterflies, Mourning Cloaks, Painted Ladies, Gulf Fritillaries, and one Western Tiger Swallowtail.

Elisabeth loves her art class, where she gets to work with clay, glass, paint, and other such mediums. She finds it especially fun because she gets to paint on different unusual objects like puzzle pieces. She greatly enjoys reading and is currently engrossed with The Two Towers. She also loves Anne of Green Gables, Boston Jane, A Wrinkle in Time, and the Warriors series by Erin Hunter.

Elisabeth’s main goal for this year is to do her homework as best she can and get it done before the day preceding the due date. She used to wait until the last day and complete her work when she could finally gather her motivation. Her other two goals are to plant more milkweed seeds for next year and to ride a horse while it is swimming. She does not know what she will do as a career but has thought about either being a landscape architect or a reptile vet.

Elisabeth Gustafsson is a truly lovely and kind girl who has a sweet word to say about everyone she knows. I had a wonderful time getting to know her, and I hope you did, too! Have a lovely rest of the month!


  1. Hey, great article on a wonderful girl! 😉 I took Thinking like a Christian a few years ago with Senora Faulk, it was really helpful =) And Anne of Green Gables is one of my favorites too!

  2. Sounds like a worthy goal for your homework, Elisabeth. xD And I love your snake thing–I haven’t gotten *quite* to that level of appreciation for them, but I’m working on it. They’re pretty neat creatures.

    • She’s still working at the homework thing hahah! And I totally agree with you about the snakes! I’ve gotten to the point where I can hold her snakes but I have to keep far way from my face! Aha!

  3. Oh wow. You have a snake named Nagini? That is so cool! :):)