Embark Conference Registration is Open

With Brock starting high school next year, I feel we need to have a game plan to equip him for his future.  What better way to make sure he is well equipped than to learn from those who have walked this road before us.  That’s why I am looking forward to hearing from the veteran parents, homeschool graduates, and experts who will be speaking at the Embark Conference! 

Are you like me and wondering if your teenager is completing all the classes he/she needs to in high school.  Are you worried if their are gaps in your child’s education? The Embark Conference is a 3-day webinar event being held February 23-25 which focuses on readying your teenager academically, spiritually, vocationally and practical readiness for life after homeschool.
Embark Conference 2016

With your registration you will receive:

  • Access to the 3-day live webinar
  • The Embark Handbook, containing workshop handouts, notes, and priceless resource lists
  • Recorded audio and video of each presentation
  • Access to the private Embark Facebook group, where you can connect with other attendees and continue the conversation
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Building Garden Boxes

Do you get frustrated with a traditional row garden?  I know I sure do!!  It seems that we always hit a rainy period where the weeds grow, well like weeds. Then I can’t get in the garden to pull them because I would sink past my ankles in mud.  This gives the weeds a leg up on me all summer long and I just get FRUSTRATED!

What do I do to avoid this frustration?  I use raised beds based on Mel Bartholomew’s book All New Square Foot Gardening.  However since we moved back to Missouri, I had not gotten any garden boxes made.   But with our move to our new farm, I want to get my garden started off on the right foot.  So the kids and I took advantage of Friday’s beautiful weather and constructed three boxes that each measure 4’x12’x6″.

Garden Boxes Faithful Homestead

The great thing about garden box construction is that there is a job for almost everyone in the family.  Rebekah was able to measure and mark the cutting line on the boards that we used in the corners at 6″ increments.  Eli measured and marked the 4′ pieces that form the ends of the boxes.  Brock, Adisyn, Eli and Rebekah all helped screw the boxes together.  Quinton and Hannah enjoyed supervising the progress.

Garden Box Faithful HomesteadHow Did We Build Them?

Last fall when my dad had some oak logs sawed, I got some 1″x6″ and 2″x6″ boards. We had used most of the boards for other projects, but I still had 8-1″x6″x12’3″ boards left. With these eight boards, we were able to make three garden boxes.

I cut each of the side boards to a length of 12 foot.  After Eli marked the cutting lines for the four foot end pieces, I cut those as well.  Since we used 1″ lumber, I put a scrap piece of 2″x2″x6″ in each corner so that we could connect the corners without splitting the 1″x6″ pieces.  (Rebekah measured and marked the cutting line for each of the six-inch corner boards.)  We then screwed the boxes together using 2″ deck screws.

I am in hopes that we can get the boxes set and filled before the baby is due in March.  I also hope that we can build six more boxes and have them ready as well.

You have probably noticed that I am eager for spring to arrive.   With the baby due in March, I feel an extra urgency to get as much done before the start of the spring garden season as possible.  Are you anxious for spring as well?





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Apologia Stock Up Sale ~ Final Day is January 31

Time is running out for the 2nd Semester Stock Up Sale from Apologia! 

The final day is January 31, 2016. So be sure to stock up before the sale ends.
apologia stock up

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GrapeVine Studies Student Book and Student eBook SALE

You might recall that our family had the opportunity to try GrapeVine Studies as one of our TOS Crew Review products.  You can read my review here.  If you have considered trying a GrapeVine Study with your family, now is a great time to purchase the Student Books and Student eBooks because they are 40% off from now until February 5, 2016

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I am so excited to be able to share this great resource with you!




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Starting Seeds Indoors

Despite the snow and cold temperatures, the kids and I are already dreaming of spring.  We have been pouring over the seed catalog deciding what varieties (some new, some tried and true) we would like to plant this year.  Each year, I have some seeds that I carry over from the year before.  I just store the bag of seeds in the refrigerator.  Last week, we planted some of those stored seeds indoors.


To start seeds, we just use a 72 cell mini-greenhouse that can be purchased from many different types of stores.  I purchased this particular one at our local Dollar-General for $5.  Somewhere I have two that I used last year; however with the move, I am unsure of where they are…  I’m sure I will find them eventually.


We filled each cell about 3/4 of the way full with a seed starting mix and then watered them.  Once the water had been absorbed into the soil we finished filling the cells.  Then we placed one seed (or sometimes two when the younger kids were planting) in each cell.

You are probably wondering what we planted.  Well we planted:

  • 12 San Marzano Tomatoes
  • 12 Rutgers Tomatoes
  • 6 Early Golden Acre Cabbage
  • 42 De Cicco Broccoli

So far the following have sprouted:

  • 1 San Marzano Tomato
  • 1 Rutgers Tomato
  • 1 Cabbage
  • 27 Broccoli


This is far more than I would have expected since we just planted them 8 days ago! The days to germination listed on the packages vary from 5-7 days for the cabbage, 7-10 days for the tomatoes and 10-14 days for the broccoli.

If plants grow better with love and attention, we should have some healthy, happy plants.  The kids make many trips a day in to check and see how many seeds have sprouted.

We are looking forward to starting other types of seeds including cauliflower, cucumbers, watermelon, squash and pumpkins.  As well as some marigolds and other flowers.

Do you you start your own bedding plants?  If you do,  what plants do you start?




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