Meet Misty

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Hello! I’m Misty and I blog at Joy in the Journey. I am so excited to be a contributor here at The Homeschool Post. My hubby and I have been married since March 2003, and we have three beautiful children.  Alyson is 9, Kristen is 7 and Daniel is 3. I never planned on homeschooling, or even staying home full time with my children. But, God had other plans!

My dream from the time I was a little girl was to teach. I would line up my stuffed animals and make them “listen” while I read books. I was the designated “baby sitter” at family events while I taught my cousins their ABC’s and 123’s.

  Roger and Misty Wedding

I met my husband while I was working my way through college at our local Wal-Mart. I worked midnights, he unloaded trucks. I still remember him pulling that pallet jack around the corner with his backwards ball cap. He captured my heart, and eight months later, we were married.

I used to think that moms who stayed home all day were lazy.  And the ones who homeschooled?  They seemed down-right nuts! Then I became a mom in September of 2004. Alyson was the perfect baby, and I couldn’t fathom putting her in daycare so I’d be able to finish school. I planned on one day going back, but for the time being was content being a mom. Alyson has since grown into a beautiful young lady. She loves to read, help with her siblings, and is my “Suzy Homemaker” with her cooking and sewing skills.


After Alyson was born I felt very strongly about wanting to raise our family in a Christian home. I was a church bus kid and grew up in church, but I fell away after High School. I always knew I wanted a Christian home for my family though and I rededicated my life to the Lord in September of 2005. My husband was saved in November of 2005. We have been serving the Lord ever since!

Our second child, Kristen, was born in 2006. She was a beautiful baby, but was colicky and sick off and on for the first 3 years of her life. We spent so many nights in prayer for her, and dealt with doctor visit upon doctor visit. We ended up finding out that she has a very rare food allergy to bakers yeast. God has since blessed us with Kristen being a healthy little girl and we are eternally grateful.  Kristen is our animal lover. She devours nonfiction books, and is set on one day being a veterinarian. She has a heart for helping and loving all of God’s creatures.


Shortly after Kristen’s birth, God began dealing with my heart about homeschooling. We had been in church for a couple of years at that point and I had very strong convictions about it. My husband did not, and we sent Alyson to preschool. I prayed and prayed for God to soften his heart, and after an occurrence at the school she attended, he agreed to give homeschooling a try.

We began homeschooling officially in 2010 and haven’t looked back. God has still given me my dream of being a teacher, and I no longer think those homeschooling moms are nuts ;) . I love homeschooling because it gives me such an amazing opportunity to spend time with my children. I have taught them to read, been there when they “get it” and there when they don’t . Homeschooling provides the personalized education I feel that children need.


After our homeschooling journey began, we were blessed with our firecracker Daniel. After being a mom to girls, I don’t think I was prepared for life with a boy! He keeps me on my toes and can melt my heart and drive me crazy at the same time with one little word “momma.”  He loves all things boy, and thinks his dad is the best thing ever!

One of my favorite things to do is help and encourage new homeschoolers. When we first started on our homeschool journey, I felt lost. I had NO clue what I was doing.  A few moms helped me along the way and now, I love being “that” mom for others.  Homeschooling has been such a blessing in our lives, and I really enjoy talking to moms who are considering homeschooling. I also love gleaning information from those who have been on the homeschooling journey for a while.

So, that is me, in a nutshell! If you would like to learn more about our family, head on over to my blog Joy in the Journey where I share our journey with homeschooling and my journey with finding the joy in the everyday moments of motherhood.


Misty (2 Posts)

Misty Bailey is a wife to Roger and a homeschool mom to three beautiful blessings. She resides with her family in Southern Ohio. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a free Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey.

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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 (61 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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