The 10th annual Homeschool Blog Awards and our new look

As promised, we’re back with a new look and all the details on the much-anticipated 10th annual Homeschool Blog Awards!  We hope you are as excited about it as we are!

You can find all of the important information about the Awards on our special page that will be updated throughout the Awards season.  Nominations are quickly approaching, beginning October 6.  Is your blog ready?  Check out all of the categories and begin to think about your favorite blogs (and your own blog) so you will be ready to participate when the nominations open.

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We hope you will help us spread the word through your own social networks and homeschool groups.  We would love to see the 10th annual Awards be the biggest and best yet.  We hope it blesses the homeschool community in a big way!

Navigation on the site has changed a little.  You’ll find excerpts of our most recent posts on the home page.  At the top and bottom of the pages and posts you’ll find our social media links.  You can also navigate by using the search box and most recent posts links in the sidebar, or the categories and most popular posts in the footer.  Awards info is easy to find at the top menu and on the home page.  The Homeschool Post has been around since 2006 and there are many goodies to read in our archives as well.  We hope this layout will make reading easy for you.

 

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Sara (27 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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What’s New at The Homeschool Post?

 

 

 

What's New at The Homeschool Post? @hsbapost #homeschool

Are you enjoying the excitement of starting a new homeschool year?  Do you have renewed energy and big plans for the months to come after taking some time off this summer?  Fall always inspires me to start with a clean slate even though we really homeschool year-round.

The Homeschool Post has some big things in store this fall, too.  We’re getting a redesign, just in time to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the annual Homeschool Blog Awards!  How exciting is that?  We’ll be going offline over the weekend to make some changes behind the scenes, but we’ll be back next week with a whole new look.

Speaking of the Homeschool Blog Awards . . . start thinking about nominations!  {Tweet This} They are coming soon and we want this Awards season to be bigger and better than ever in celebration of the 10th anniversary!  I’m looking forward to seeing the nominations and rewarding fellow homeschool bloggers with recognition and prizes.

We are also adding new writers to our team, including a homeschool dad.  We have plans to add more writers to the team and are opening up guest post opportunities, so get in touch if you’re interested in more information.  If you are a homeschool vendor interested in advertising opportunities or Awards sponsorships, please contact us as well.

Since taking over here at The Post this spring, things have been a whirlwind.  I have been a reader of this blog since 2008 and a writer on the team since 2013.  I have the utmost respect for the homeschool community here, our team of writers, our founder Sprittibee, her successor Lisa (who has been a good friend and mentor to me through this process), and all that goes into maintaining a valuable resource that aims to encourage, inform, and connect homeschoolers.

I pray you are all blessed by reading and interacting with The Homeschool Post!

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Sara (27 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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Meet Davonne

Hello!

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

Davonne ParksThat 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.

Davonne (7 Posts)

Davonne Parks is a married Christian homeschool mom who began teaching her children at home in 2009. She blogs about cultivating a heart for motherhood, as well as organization and simplicity, at DavonneParks.com. Davonne believes that some of life’s richest moments happen when we embrace the beauty of imperfection as we extend grace to ourselves and others. She’s written two eBooks, “101 Time-Saving Tips for Busy Moms” (free to her blog subscribers) and “28 Days to Timeliness: Tips and Confessions from a Semi-Reformed Late Person.”


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