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Passing the Torch

 

I remember the first time I met Heather (Sprittibee). It was at the Relevant Conference (now known as Allume). I was a bit starstruck to be meeting such a “big blogger”. I can remember being a little giddy that she would invite me to write a guest post for her Homeschool Post site.

I was just as floored, when a year later, she invited me to join the team as a regular contributor. January of last year, we began a one year partnership that would end with me becoming full owner of The Homeschool Post.

The decision to come aboard was not taken lightly, and I prayed for almost two months before I finally said yes. I knew this was a huge undertaking, and I wanted to make sure it was the right move.

I can’t say that I have loved every minute of it, because I haven’t. My skin is thin. Big blogs get big criticisms and draw in nasty commenters. Learning how to handle them with grace hurt a little at first. I have loved everyone that has been on our team and all the great new bloggers I have met along the way! I have enjoyed getting to know the homeschool vendors and be introduced to the amazing products out there to support homeschoolers and their families!

In January, I began to hear a little voice tell me my time was up. Since selling something you just bought would be ridiculous, I did what most people do and I ignored that little voice. I assumed it was because we had just finished a busy award’s season and then Christmas and maybe I was just tired. Give it time, I thought.

As I recovered from my surgery, I could hear the little voice telling me that it was time to let go. I couldn’t imagine that God would lead me to take this on only to give it up just as it was fully becoming mine; so I prayed. I prayed a lot. Every time I thought I heard an answer or felt a gentle nudge, I prayed again. When making the decision was terrifying me, I prayed some more.

I decided that if I was supposed to let it go, then I need not be afraid. God would fill in the blanks and the pieces would go together. There would be peace at the end of my journey.

I was afraid of letting Heather down, or letting down the team, or letting down you – our beloved readers.

God filled in the blanks, y’all. This is going to be great!

As of last week, The Homeschool Post is under new management and has a new owner, Sara from Embracing Destiny! I know she will be a blessing to you and to this site. She has been a member of our team for a short while, but her writing has been so encouraging! Her personal blog is wonderful ( go add it to your reader!) I will be around as the brain to be picked and a monthly contributor. She has jumped in and taken this bull by the horns, her enthusiasm is contagious and uplifting.

Thank you for being so wonderful to me and to The Homeschool Post!

Lisa Baldwin (59 Posts)

Disciple of Christ, Wife, Mother of Four, Homeschooler, Crafter, Designer (Graphics and CSS/HTML), Blogger. I share too much, laugh at the wrong things, and fall on my backside regularly. Thank goodness Jesus ignores all of that and loves me anyway.


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Get Next Year’s Curriculum at The Post!

Admit it. You’re already looking. This year’s books may still be sitting on your dining room table, but so are the catalogs.

You know those catalogs.

The ones that draw your eye in mid-winter, when your kid’s favorite song is “I’m borrrredddd,” and so are you. The colorful curriculum catalogs that come in stacks during the spring and summer, usually right after you order something and make you second guess your choices.

But they also give you hope for the future. New ideas. 

If only all of that curriculum weren’t so darn expensive!  We, the staff of The Homeschool Post, have a solution.

Coming very soon, we’re going to have our very own (gently) used curriculum sale! All you’ll need to do is come here on June 30th and visit each person’s ‘table’. We’ll have highlights listed for you and links that lead to their list posts.

Simple. Shop in your PJ’s. There’s no judgement here.  :)

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Dawn (24 Posts)

Dawn is still happily homeschooling after 16 years. She teaches her two sons, 13 & 11, enjoying every minute of "the second time around". She lives in Eastern Washington with her husband, the youngest 2 of their 6 kids, and an assortment of barking, squeaking, and clucking critters. She writes at her homeschool/parenting blog The Momma Knows and her new chapter, Dawn Marie Perkins. You can also find her on Twitter @DawnMPerkins, , and Pinterest.


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Meet Dawn

Dawn PerkinsHi! I’m Dawn, and I am so excited to be here! I’ll be going by Dawn P., or you can call me Momma Knows. It was my Twitter handle for over 6 years.

I’m in a second-time-around marriage to the man of my dreams. We have six kids between us– 3 girls, 3 boys– a yours, mine, and ours situation that is just normal life for us after 19 years. I am an imperfect person, who married an imperfect person. 18 Years of marriage these days is an accomplishment! We give all the glory to Christ.

Our kids range in age from 11-24, and we get to count six grandbabies now too, all under 5. We had 3 baby grands born in 2013, and added a daughter-in-law and son-in-law to the family in 2012.  Becoming a grandma at 36 was…. interesting, but I love it!

I am still happily homeschooling after 16 years. I am teaching my two sons, 13 & 11. Our 18 year old daughter just graduated with her AA degree and high school diploma in June through the Running Start program at our local community college. We have not homeschooled all the way through with any of our kids but plan to with these last two. My passion is to encourage and support homeschool parents.

We were licensed foster parents for nine years. Over that time we cared for 22 kiddos aged newborn to 16. We were blessed to get to keep two of them (our two youngest boys), both of whom have some special needs. One has developmental delays and is on the Autism Spectrum, and the other has fine/gross motor delays.

Only 2 Of our 6 kids still live at home, and we have an assortment of barking, squeaking, and clucking critters. Our family lives in Eastern Washington, a land of four seasons, two of which I really don’t like very much. I grew up on the coast (of WA, CA, AK and MA), which ruined me for extreme heat or snow, both of which we have here in the Inland Northwest.

I have been online in one form or another since 1997. Way back then I had a homeschool website that no one ever saw and participated in a few Yahoo Groups and homeschool discussion boards. I started my first blog in 2005, which stretched me, and it morphed until our family outgrew it, and The Momma Knows was born. This is where I write these days. I am the techie of this marriage, and besides my blog and social media, I dabble in Photoshop and all things digital.  I manage the website/blog for a homeless ministry called Blessings Under the Bridge, and our family voluteers with them several times a month. Beyond my homeschool blog, you can find me on my “serious writing” blog, DawnMarie Perkins, as well as  FacebookTwitter, The Momma Knows Facebook PageGoogle+, and Pinterest.

I met Jesus when I was 23, after years of living far from him. My life was radically changed, and hasn’t been the same since. I’m still rough around the edges sometimes though, so give me some grace. I’m thankful that God’s never done with us!

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Dawn (24 Posts)

Dawn is still happily homeschooling after 16 years. She teaches her two sons, 13 & 11, enjoying every minute of "the second time around". She lives in Eastern Washington with her husband, the youngest 2 of their 6 kids, and an assortment of barking, squeaking, and clucking critters. She writes at her homeschool/parenting blog The Momma Knows and her new chapter, Dawn Marie Perkins. You can also find her on Twitter @DawnMPerkins, , and Pinterest.


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