I’m Davonne Parks, a Christian author and homeschool mom living in the beautiful hills of North-Eastern Kentucky with my husband, Nathan, and our two daughters, Lily and Grace.
I’m an organizational decluttering junkie, and when I run out of things to get rid of at my own house, I make my friends let me come over so I can “help them” get rid of their extra stuff. (As we fill donation bags they tell me I’m intense and I tell them they’re welcome!)
I also firmly believe that some of life’s richest moments happen when we embrace the beauty of imperfection as we extend grace to ourselves and others. In a huge effort to free myself from the continual tug I used to feel from the internet, I unfriended every single one of my Facebook friends and I haven’t once regretted that decision!
I’ve written and published two eBooks, “101 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Moms” (free to my blog subscribers) and “28 Days to Timeliness: Tips and Confessions from a Semi-Reformed Late Person.” I also blog about intentionally cultivating a heart for motherhood, as well as organization and simplicity, at DavonneParks.com.
My husband and I chose to marry young (19 & 20), we started a computer business without any money in savings shortly after, and then had our first child exactly 10 months & 6 days after we said “I Do.” Those first few years of marriage were crazy-tough at times! We had to learn and grow a lot but through it all God’s love prevailed, He showed His faithfulness and we never went without a roof over our heads or a meal in our bellies. Throughout our trials, our faith deepened significantly and our love for each-other grew more than I ever thought possible.
Nathan and I will celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary this August, almost (but not quite!) debt-free in both our personal and business lives. We’ve been working towards this goal since we first started reading books by Dave Ramsey in 2007. As soon as we’re out of debt (or “off of debt” as Grace likes to say), we plan to look for a home in the country so we can have the space to roam free on a daily basis.
In addition to dumping as much money as possible onto debt, we celebrated Lily’s 9th birthday in June and she is a precious joy! She’s an avid reader who loves to bake from scratch. She also cheerfully hums as she busily sews matching girl & doll outfits for herself and her sister. Lily will start 4th grade in August as we begin our 6th year of homeschooling.
Our second child Grace will turn 5 in July and she is an adventure-seeker who’s favorite thing to do is explore nature, whether it’s by reading one of her beloved nature books or going outside and poking sticks in the dirt. She also has a way of unknowingly convicting others (me!) when their priorities aren’t just right. She will begin a very laid-back version of kindergarten this August.
And speaking of kindergarten… the transformation in my homeschooling attitude from when Lily started school until now has been huge. I was an approval-seeking, text-book abiding, strict schedule-making homeschool mom who believed that every success or perceived failure was 100% because of me.
Then life happened, our family had a very difficult year of family deaths and health issues, and I was needed extra hours at my husband’s office. School happened, but it was tough and Lily (then in 2nd grade) had to do much of her work independently. Anything beyond the basics simply wasn’t covered.
I was a nervous wreck by test-time (not mandatory in my state, but something we do anyways). The days of waiting for her scores to arrive felt like torture. Lily’s results finally came in and I realized that not only had I worried over nothing, but God had filled in the cracks where I fell short and He had blessed our homeschool in our time of difficulty.
That year really changed and shaped me as I’ve learned to stop worrying about what might be, stop waiting for “better,” and simply embrace what’s right here, in this moment.
I am incredibly excited to be joining the writing team at The Homeschool Post! There are so many talented and inspiring authors here, and seeing my articles appear alongside theirs is a huge honor! I hope to bless you, the reader, as I share my heart through the words I type.