During the conference you will have the pleasure of hearing the voices behind some of the blog personalities that you have grown to love. Our hostesses are responsible for introducing our amazing line-up of speakers, directing you to our sponsors, and reaching out to the Lord in prayer just prior to the start of all the sessions. Each conference brings with it a different line-up of hostesses and we’re excited to present to you the ladies who will be hosting the Parenting & Home Education Online conference.

Marsha Drews

Hi y’all! My name is Marsha and I have been blessed to be the Mrs. to my David for over 13 years. We live in Texas and have been richly blessed with fun and rowdy boys– Austin (10), Noah (8) and Christian (11/12/04-8/26/08).
Our boys have been learning at home from the beginning– and I am not too proud to admit that mommy and daddy have learned a thing or twenty in the process as well!
Our family is certainly not perfect (oh boy are we not perfect!), but we do strive to make Christ the center of our home and our hearts. I guess you can say that we really do live out Philippians 4:13- I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me. Even on the days that require a whole truckload of reliance and His strength, I am truly and abundantly blessed with the privilege of being a wife, mother and home educator.
There is always something going on over at my house– it might not always be good, but it’s always something!
Visit Marsha at Our Homeschool And Other Such Happenings.

Lori MacMath

Lori’s mom insists that she came out of the womb ‘talking’ and has not stopped since. Lori however, insists that over the past 39 years she has learned a thing or two about listening as well. Especially, when it is God who is doing the talking.
Lori is married to her best friend! Together after a long struggle with infertility, they have been blessed with three children. Lori grew up moving around and has continued that trend with her husband. 13 moves in 19 years have made it an adventure! It was a blessing when they were able to settle back in the Southern United States, a homecoming of sorts after having spent 4 years in college in Clemson, South Carolina…Lori says, “It is so good to be back in the south!”
Homeschooling has become the ‘new passion’ in her life. As a teacher at heart, the call to home school is something that was placed on her heart 6 years ago. Not knowing a single home schooler at the time, it was truly a leap of faith….It is her hope to grow in the home school ministry to encourage and support others on this wonderful and challenging journey! Lori believes “home schoolers can give so much to each other” and is thrilled to be a part of this new online magazine and conference for home schoolers!
People often compare Lori to the “energizer bunny,” but she is quick to comment that the energy that she has is from the LORD…”if HE is going to supply it, I’d better use it…lest He think that I don’t need it…and I do!!”
She encourages you to enjoy the journey with her at her blogspot:all you have to give where she can be found daily… enjoying the journey every step of the way.

Angela DeRossett
Angela started her homeschooling journey just two years ago when her son, Xander was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder. During this time she and her husband of 11 years, Jason, had been feeling pulled to step out of their comfort zones with their two older boys, Harley and Jagger, and remove them from the public school system. With a new daughter, Milan, she was scared of what lay ahead in the new world of homeschooling but knew that this is what God had
planned for her family.
Angela is currently working on her BAS through Dallas Baptist University and is majoring in Christian Ministries. After graduating she plans to go directly to graduate school to eventually obtain a Masters of Arts in Christian Education.
All things considered Angela loves coffee, reading, and exploring new things. She particularly loves Biblical Studies and is known to read three or four books on the subject at a time. Joining ‘Heart of the Matter’ is a true honor for her because it truly represents the things most near and dear to her heart: family, fellowship, homeschooling, and Christianity. Her favorite Bible verse is from Jeremiah: “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (Jeremiah 29:11) It gives her encouragement as a military wife, a student, and a mother.
You can find Angela DeRossett on her blogs, Memoirs of a Chaotic Mommy and Homeschooling the Chaotic Family.

Heather Sprittibee

Sprittibee (Heather) has been homeschooling for 6 years and has one crazy husband, 2 crazy kids (ages 9 and 11) and 2 crazy cats. When she isn’t making Tex-Mex, learning web design, homeschooling, or rubbing her face on the cat’s belly… she loves to blog. You can find here here: Sprittibee, Gathering Manna, and the Homeschool Blog Awards.
Sprittibee shares what she calls "Heartstrings for Homeschoolers” where she reminds us to stop and smell the proverbial flowers on this journey we call homeschooling. Not every day will be a great one. She admonishes us to learn to focus on the beauty of the moments God has blessed us with - for better or for worse… because our hearts are shaped by the memories we are making.

Leslie Valeska

Leslie is the wife of Thomas and homeschooling mother of four children who reside in SW Florida. Her family operates Fresh Gear Solutions, LLC and enjoys RVing. She is the founder and director of Simple Journey Ministries which was established to encourage, inspire, and support women on their journey to Godly womanhood. Leslie is also employed as a vintage seamstress by Vintage Vixen.

Dianne Godwin
I’ve been very joyfully married to my one true BFF for over 21 years. While the storms have blown in our lives throughout the years, our relationship has remained solid and steadfast. I am ever grateful for my husband and our marriage. We’re quite the wild and crazy couple. We celebrated our 21st anniversary this past summer with a rousing evening of take-out Mexican and the just-released “Wild Hogs” DVD at home (boys were gone, of course).
We have two sweet boys; Clay Guy, age 14 and the Comedian, 13 (names were changed to protect the mostly innocent). While hubs & I weren’t following the Lord when we got married, God got a hold of us prior to having children. Hallelujah! I cannot imagine trying to raise them any other way.
Our homeschooling journey began a bit later than many. Both boys went to our neighborhood public elementary school, two blocks from home. It was a nice, small school and everyone knew everybody. When it was time for middle school, we knew there was no way we wanted them to continue in public school. Originally, we thought they’d be heading to a private Christian school. As we started doing the math, we quickly realized that our budget and the school’s tuition were never going to become friends, not even acquaintances. That started us down a somewhat convoluted path (bunny trail) towards homeschool.
You can read about the randomness of my life at Bunny Trails, although I don’t blog very often about homeschool. However, you will find a litle of most everything, befitting the name, Bunny Trails. That’s how my life seems to work - from one bunny trail to another to another, until I’m not exactly sure how I landed at my destination. The one thing I do know is that God always keeps track of me. He knows exactly which trail I’m on and never leaves me there alone. My part is to be still and listen for His direction.

Angela Parsley

Angela has a passion for teaching women God’s word. She is absolutely in love with Jesus and has an authentic faith and passion that is contagious to those around her. Most who know Angela would describe her as either “real” or “full of joy”. Angela has been married to Tony, her high school sweetheart for 13 years. They have two children, Kaitlyn, and Hannah. Angela home schools her children and loves it. Angela and her family are located in Chattanooga, TN.

Angela and her husband are co-founders of the international ministry Refresh My Soul Ministries where their vision is to encourage others in their walk with Christ. Angela has authored two Bible studies which are both in use around the world. Angela is also a contributing author to a devotional book entitled, “Standing on the Promises of God” and Radical Revolution, a devotional site for teen girls through Proverbs 31 Ministries.

Angela and her husband are Bible teachers where they have lead and built their college ministry in their home church for the last four years. Angela has also been a very active part in the development of women’s ministry and teaches middle school girls in their local Awana program.

Angela has her BS in Psychology and is actively participating in a program involving prayer and counseling. She is gifted in leading others to Christ through their pain.

Brenda Sain

Brenda is a wife to her best friend of 14 years and a mother to five precious children. She felt the calling from the Lord to be a wife and mother when she met her husband and she devotes her full attention to her children through a lifestyle decision called "homeschooling". Family is her passion and she often blogs about family traditions and her homeschooling journey at Tie That Binds Us. Since her time is dedicated to homeschooling her 5 children, she loves researching homeschool curriculum and methods and has a passion for helping others make the right choices for their homeschooling journey. She has facilitated a site dedicated to helping homeschool mothers make the right Curriculum Choice. You can also find her at Our Lifestyle of Learning encouraging other moms to be the best that God has equipped them to be.

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