One of my favorite parts about being a HEAV promotional blogger so far is that I get to meet cool people! And today, I get to share with you my “conversation” with Heidi St. John, The Busy Homeschool Mom!
And when she says “busy”, she MEANS it. In fact, our conversation ended up taking place entirely via email – as she fit in time between traveling from convention to convention and at one point, speaking at ten different sessions in one weekend!
And in addition to all of that, Heidi St. John has been married to her husband Jay since 1989. They have seven children ages 1 to 20 and have homeschooled all the way through high school. Heidi approaches homeschooling with humor and grace at events all across North America. Her passion is to encourage homeschool moms and set them free to be who God has created them to be will bless and encourage you.
And I’m so excited to share that Heidi St. John will be sharing during 5 sessions at HEAV’s upcoming convention! (Read full descriptions here.)
So, without further ado, here is my interview with Heidi St. John!
First of all, thank you so much for taking some of your time for this interview! I just need to say up front that I am SUPER excited to hear you speak at HEAV’s Convention in June. I seriously can’t wait. And I feel like I’m a teenager talking (ok, emailing) a rock star, which is why I’m blathering like a crazy person. So, thank you!
You’re welcome! I am excited to meet you, too!
Your website introduces you as “The Busy Homeschool Mom” and your upcoming HEAV sessions are entitled, R.E.A.L L.I.F.E Homeschooling. If you could tell that stressed out homeschool mom just one thing today, what would it be?
I would tell her to focus on relationships in homeschooling, rather than just academics. The academics are important of course – but long after you close that math book and your child graduates, you will still have your children. Enjoy them.
And with your session, “The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide™ to Daytime: How to Fit Your Size 16 Day Into a Size 10″ – please tell me you’ve got a miracle diet pill as a giveaway??
Haha! No. But I will be talking a lot about surrender in the Guide to Daylight — because at the end of the day, that’s how you find more time. You surrender your will for God’s. And He leads you.
Can you give us one example of how you live your “Be Intentional” message?
A long time ago, my husband and I made a commitment to live our lives with real purpose. To be intentional about our relationships in particular. This has been difficult at times but has yielded fruit in our family as we walk through life keeping our eyes on what we want our family to look like two, five, fifteen and even thirty years from now. Plant with the HARVEST in mind!
(You’re stealing the thunder from my workshops!) But here is one thing: I prioritize my marriage about all the other relationships in my life. After I nurture my spirit by spending time with the Lord, my husband is who my primary focus is on. It’s about prioritizing your relationships the way God designed.
And since my own hubby will be joining me for the first time this year, any message for the husbands attending HEAV?
Love your wife by listening with her. Encourage her. She doesn’t need you to give her all the answers for homeschooling but she does need you to be her biggest cheerleader – let her know you believe in her! Just being with her in workshops sessions and in the vendor hall = BIG POINTS for dads.
With your experience speaking and attending homeschool conventions, and as a homeschooling mama yourself, do you have any advice for those attending a homeschooling convention? Or possibly that newbie who has never been to a homeschool convention before?
Take time. You don’t need to buy stuff. Keep smiling.
You homeschool, you take care of your family of your husband and seven children, you have a homeschooling co-op ministry, AND you have a career that requires long hours of traveling, writing and speaking in front of groups. I would think “busy homeschool mom” is an understatement. Seriously, how in the world do you do it???
Grace. Lots and lots of it.
What is one thing that you wish you had known at the beginning of your homeschooling journey that you know now? And what is one thing you hope to know by the end of your homeschooling journey?
Too many things to list – but again, focus on relationship, not academics. I hope I know Jesus better at the end of our homeschooling journey.
Thank you, thank you, thank you Heidi for your time!