I get a kick out of the questions people frequently ask me, through the blog or in person. Here’s the top 10 I hear most frequently. Add your question in the comments and I’ll be sure to answer it!

  1. How many children do you want? Short answer: Lots. Long answer: We will welcome as many as children as the Lord gives us, through birth or adoption. We do believe in spacing our children for my health and optimal nutrition for each baby.
  2. Why did you move to the homestead? The answer is long and complicated. When I figure it out I’ll let you know. (Post in progress!)
  3. Why did you live in a tipi? See above.
  4. Do you cloth diaper? No, but I hope to someday. I do make my own wipers, though!
  5. Do you eat all organic? Nope. We do what we can with our budget and resources. I’d say about 60% of what we eat is local, 30% organic. 
  6. Are you serious? People ask me that when I mention I lived in a tipi, homebirth, and self-published a book. (the answer is “Yes!”)
  7. What does your husband do? Short answer: Lots. Long answer: He works in the family business. He teaches people with disabilities how to ski. He calls and teaches square dancing. And he helps people save money on their electric bill (Contact him for more info: jeremy.e.holden(at)gmail(dot)com)
  8. Really? That’s the question I get when people learn I offer an open invitation to my blog readers to come and visit us here in the Fingerlakes Region of NY. I have a growing list of delightful new friends who have done just that. Check out my guest room, reserved for YOU!
  9. Are you’re children always this good? Now it sounds like I’m bragging, but I do get this question a lot! I blame the genes they get from their even-tempered father, and a nourishing diet low in sugar.
  10. Can you tell us more about the Family Bus? Yes – enjoy this video tour of our Bus converted to an RV that sleeps 10+!

Got a question? Ask away!

8 responses to “FAQ”

  1. Trina Avatar

    Maria – Thank you!

    I love my readers!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Maria Avatar

    Okay Trina, I'm going to be making PUL diaper wraps in the next month or two as I prepare for my baby. I will make a couple extra and send them to you. You fold up a flat cloth diaper and lay it in one of the wraps which is shaped like a disposable. These were tested by my sisters-in-law and are very easy to make. You can try them out, and if you like them, I'll send you the pattern and then you'll make a whole stack in, like, just one afternoon because you're good at sewing that way.

  3. Trina Avatar

    Mary, we're taking the bus on a day trip tomorrow – I'm gonna make a video tour of the bus and endeavor to answer all your questions! ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. Mary Avatar

    I would love a post about your family bus. How and where you sleep ? How you sit during the travel as in do kids require car seats and does everyone have to wear seatbelts ? Do you cook in the bus ? Bathrooms ? Basically a BIG bus post with all that you can think of will really make my day :).

  5. Trina Avatar

    Erin, that is a lovely offer! a variety of diapers to try out and then one to make a pattern from is exactly what I'm looking for! And I do have one in diapers right now – maybe it would be the perfect time to start? Where are you? I would love to see what you have to offer!

  6. Erin Avatar

    Doubt you'll be adding this one to the list, but… What's keeping you from cloth diapering? 'Cause if it's the diapers themselves, look no further. In thinking about downsizing for a potential move to the far reaches of the globe ๐Ÿ˜‰ , I am reminded of the tote in my spare closet that is full of cloth diapers! All sizes, some items barely or never used. No, they're not one of the trendy $15/diaper brands, but they might be a good (read: free!) way to get you started. Clearly you don't need them right now, but let me know if it's something you might be interested in.

  7. Katie Avatar

    I never even thought of most of those questions! ๐Ÿ™‚ I think the only one that came to mind was the tipi question. Believe mw if I was ever in the area I would have so much fun coming to say hi especially if it was during lilac season! I haven't seen any lilac growing in 7 years ever since I moved to Mexico.

  8. Becky Avatar

    How fun! It's so nice to learn more about you…you seem like a really open and friendly kind of person. If I ever find myself anywhere near New York, I may have to take you up on #8!

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