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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 (5 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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Meet Emilee

Hi! I’m Emilee and I’m excited to be connecting with everyone and contributing at The Homeschool Post!

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I’m married to my best friend Joey who is a 2x cancer survivor and Disabled Veteran. We homeschool our three children. Our oldest son is 8, our daughter is 6, and our youngest son is 4.

We’re a family that might be considered “unlikely homeschoolers.” I call it a “family of ABC’s.” We all have medical conditions and special needs, and most of them have abbreviations like ASD, SPD, FMS, CFS. Generally, though, I will always refer to them by their full name before then reverting to the abbreviations. Our oldest son is on the Autism Spectrum (ASD) and our daughter, our youngest son, and I all have Sensory Processing Disorder (SPD). I also have Fibromyalgia (FMS) and Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (CFS).

I am blessed that on days I may not be at 100% my husband helps out as well. He is very involved with our homeschooling. Of course, he has hard days as well as he has Chemotherapy Induced Peripheral Neuropathy. He doesn’t have full function in his hands or feet anymore.

Emilee and Joey

So why do I feel it’s important to say all of that? Because one of the main reasons I started blogging about homeschooling was to let others know they CAN do it, too! So many people think they can’t homeschool because they have a special needs child or their own medical conditions, and I know you CAN! I thought I couldn’t, either.

It was my dream, though. If I was going to be blessed with children then I wanted to homeschool them. That was until I found out our oldest son has an Autism Spectrum Disorder. How could I fight through my hard days and get through homeschooling when things were already so tough? Little did I know our other two children would have special needs as well!

I could have accepted it as a broken dream, and I almost did. Our oldest son started Kindergarten in the public school he had already been attending for special needs preschool. Two weeks was all it took to feel so uncomfortable in my spirit until God gave me that final “push” I needed to withdraw him and start homeschooling. I knew if He was calling us to homeschool that He would take care of us, and He has.

We’re definitely eclectic homeschoolers because there are areas in which the kids are much stronger than other areas, and I want to allow them to continue to move forward in those areas even though they may have a harder time with other areas (like reading and writing! Eek!).

It’s not always easy. In fact, some days are hard. Unfortunately, I don’t often have fun posts with fancy crafts and printables. I’d like to and hope to have more, but most of the time I have to take everything day by day. Honestly, I’m surprisingly not very creative anyway! ;)  Ha! I do love to share our homeschooling experiences, tips for homeschooling special needs homeschoolers (particular with ASD and SPD), curriculum reviews, and more on my blog Pea of Sweetness. Did I mention I’m excited to connect on here as well?

In addition to my blog I also run another blog for eco-friendly living on a budget, have a small crafting/sewing business, and do freelance jobs to help support our family after my husband’s medical retirement from the Army. I also write for our church’s website and social media as well, and we love to be connected with such a wonderful church family. When I’m not homeschooling, doing housework or on the computer working (or playing games – I’m a “gamer,” too!) we’re likely out at a park or out fishing.

How did your homeschool journey start?

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Emilee Roberts (2 Posts)

Emilee is happily married to her best friend, Joey, who is a 2x cancer survivor and Disabled Veteran. She is a full-time, homeschooling mom to their 3 special needs kids who amaze, inspire, and humble her every day. In addition to blogging she is a freelance writer and mompreneur with a crafting/sewing business with the same name as her blog Pea of Sweetness.


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Meet Susan

Hello there!  Nice to meet you!  I’m looking forward to chatting here with you on The Homeschool Post.

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I’m Susan and I’ve been married to my best friend, Chris, for 16 years.

Meet my kids (tallest to shortest):

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David (14), Mary (10), Peter (8), and Emma (5)

I was a reluctant homeschooler.  My husband and I had talked about and researched home education long before we had a child old enough to be in school.  But when the time came, my oldest very happily learned to read from his wonderful kindergarten teacher in a small Catholic school.  Teaching him myself (aside from the things every parent teaches her kids) wasn’t even on my radar until he hit brick wall after brick wall in 1st grade.

We returned to our original plan to homeschool and haven’t looked back.

This is our 7th year of learning at home. One of the beauties of home education is being able to meet the needs of each of our kids as unique individuals.  We don’t believe in a one-size-fits-most approach to learning, so we re-evaluate what we are doing every year.  For that reason, we have a very eclectic mix of materials that we use and my educational philosophy is sort of a Classical-Charlotte-Mason-Unit-Study-Interest-Led hybrid.  Can you tell that I’m not good at fitting into a box?

Right now I’m teaching my soon to be last kindergartener to read {sniff} and planning my oldest son’s first high school year. I’d be lying if I didn’t admit to a little bit of fear and trepidation. {wink}

I also admit that I spend far too much time reading articles on education, lurking on homeschool forums, browsing curriculum catalogs, and dreaming about future unit studies.  Educating my kids is a big part of my life and I share many of my thoughts and experiences on my blog, Homeschooling Hearts & Minds.  Visit me there to find free homeschool resources, curriculum reviews, and other helps, including links to the annual Virtual Curriculum Fair.

In addition to teaching my own kids, I’m a board member of my local homeschool group and help to organize activities like interest led clubs and support for homeschooling families.  Right now I’m running a story writing club for kids in 4th grade and up—it’s been a blast!  These kids are amazing and their willingness to support one another and share their love of writing is inspiring.

Susan and her husband, Chris

Susan and her husband, Chris

I also enjoy:  sewing and other handiwork, painting (watercolors), reading fiction (especially mystery novels—Peter Wimsey, anyone?), writing, Dr. Who (both the new and old), experimenting in the kitchen, playing computer games, learning new things, and researching anything having to do with learning.

What are some of your non-homeschooly interests?

 

Susan Anadale (6 Posts)

Susan is a wife, a mother, a Catholic, a teacher, a writer, a philosopher, a seamstress, a maker of things, an imaginer of worlds...I blog about our lifelong journey through learning at Homeschooling Hearts & Minds (my brain on the web).


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