Giveaway Alert! We’re Celebrating 25,000 “likes” on Facebook!

Hi friends!

We’re having some fun over at The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Facebook page … and we’re taking the party to my blog now :)

You’ve helped us grow to 25,000 “likes” in less than 4 years. Now it’s time to grow to 100,000 and I think we can do it in just 12 months with your help.

What’s the number one reason you recommend “The Busy Homeschool Mom” page to your friends?

Leave it in the comments section and we’ll choose winners for the next 24 hours to win:

  • “Words Along the Way: A Journal for Busy Moms”  – 4 copies
  • “The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Romance” – 2 copies
  • “The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Daylight”  – 2 copies
  • Firmly Planted Book 1 (complete set, includes workbook) – 1 copy
  • Firmly Planted Book 2 (complete set) – 1 copy

Let’s have some fun!  Ready, set, GO!


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Heidi St. John
Heidi St. John has been married to her husband Jay since 1989. Together they have seven children from toddler to adult and have homeschooled all the way through high school. A favorite conference and radio speaker, Heidi approaches marriage and parenting with humor and grace. Her passion to encourage moms and set them free to be who God has created them to be will bless and encourage you.
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178 Responses to Giveaway Alert! We’re Celebrating 25,000 “likes” on Facebook!

  1. Mary says:

    So they can be encouraged and inspired!

  2. Jamie McGehee says:

    I heard you speak back in 2011 at the Idaho Chois Convention and you have changed my whole perspective on this crazy homeschooling thing we do!! Thank you! I recommend you to all of my friends for a fresh look and great reminders that this is God’s GREAT idea for our families!!

  3. Elizabeth Inman says:

    I recommend The Busy Homeschool Mom’s page because of the real life encouragement and motivation! Heidi’s words are real and her motivation is doable!

  4. Lori says:

    I recommend it because it is a fantastic place to get quick feedback from other homeschooling moms.

  5. Sarah Sanders says:

    So they can also be refreshed and inspired in this not-always-easy homeschool journey!

  6. Misty Beutow says:

    I love how real she is in these books! When you read them you think, wow! She gets it! So encouraging to other busy homeschool moms! I recommend her books all the time! Congrats on the 25k likes!

  7. Amanda G says:

    Because every homeschool Mom needs real, down-to-earth encouragement in her life! Your Facebook posts help motivate me to start my days better and be more productive. I’m also reading your Guide to Daylight right now. My husband bought me that and the Romance one for Christmas!

  8. Christy Huff says:

    The first time I heard you speak was last year at the NC Homeschool conference, & was so uplifted by your words of inspiration (just listened to the CDs again today to refuel my homeschool tank)! Love your blog as it encourages all of us homeschool moms from simple words of encouragement to recipes when we don’t feel like thinking about what to throw together for dinner to comical posts for the times when we are in desperate need of a laugh. Thank you!!

  9. Kari says:

    God Bless You, Heidi for being such a loving and sincere source of encouragement for all of us!

  10. Sarah says:

    The first time I heard you speak was on a webcast and listening to your thoughts and attitude towards homeschool ultimately made me decided to homeschool, as I was teeter tottering before! Now I spread the word about your blog to other homeschool Moms because I have daily been encouraged and blessed by your words of wisdom, grace, and “real” attitude towards not just homeschooling but raising children and serving my husband. It’s totally changed my mindset in my marriage and childrearing for the better x1000!

  11. Melissa says:

    I recommend The Busy Homeschool Moms page for encouragement on the homeschooling journey, and practical daily advice.

  12. Sarah Schneider says:

    I recommend The Busy Homeschool Mom because from the name of her page to the very depth of content new homeschool moms to veterans can relate, immediately! I love the fresh perspective and Christian inspiration!

  13. Nicole says:

    The #1 reason I recommend people to your blog and FB page (and I highly recommend your books!) is because you are so inspiring!! Almost everything you write speaks to my heart and I can tell that God is working through you to reach so many people. Your words are very encouraging and help people to know that they aren’t alone in their struggles, and you help people see ways they can improve their family relationships and their relationship with God. You are amazing!! <3

  14. Liz says:

    I stumbled on his page and have found it to be very encouraging and inspiring!

  15. Cari says:

    Will keep you on track for simplicity! And every day it will make you smile when reading something that is true and that you are doing or NOT doing! 😀 I love the humors that brings into my day! 😀

  16. Lisa Galleguillos says:

    I love that you are a Christian homeschooling mom and wife. Your perspective is real, uplifting and encouraging without being preachy.

  17. Andrea Adams says:

    Love all of your wonderful posts, and helpful hints. Thanks!

  18. Karina Castro says:

    To give busy, tired, and sometimes “end of their rope” moms and wives ( this was me when I happend to come across your page) a new hope, and godly encouragement!!
    Btw I am so thankful for your ministry!! Lord knows I needed the encouragement and still do!;)

  19. Andrea Tauvao says:

    Every time I visit TBHM’s page, I feel like I am not the only one on this journey. I feel like there are other mom’s who understand what I am going thru and I am always left feeling uplifted & encouraged. That’s why I recommend this page to my friends.

  20. Stella says:

    I recommend TBHM for the homeschool advice and wonderful encouragement in all areas of life!

  21. Sara says:

    I tell my friends about your blog because you keep it real. You are like a friend that I have had for years, yet we have never met. You are funny, smart, and, oh so funny. You make me feel like I am not alone while raising and homeschooling my children. My 2 year old is helping me type wanting my iPad. Love u and God Bless You…..THANK YOU!!!!

  22. Susan Hol says:

    I came across it by accident and recommend it to any mom for inspiration and to help us all realize we have the same challenges! Love it!

  23. Jennie says:

    I just LOVE that your wisdom and encouragement is GENUINE and rooted in the Word. Thank you for all that you do! And congratulations on your 25K milestone. <3

    • heidistjohn says:

      Jennie – We agree that the best wisdom comes from God’s Word! You’ve won a copy of our family Bible Study series, “Firmly Planted” Volume 2. Congratulations! Please email with your mailing address. Your prize retails for $55.00 … we would love to hear your feedback when you receive it!

  24. Mary McFarling says:

    I love your down-to-earth transparency, your simple words of wisdom, your practical advice, and your sweet, sincere heart!

  25. M L Hom says:

    I like your down to earth approach to homeschooling along with your practical advice about life. Very well grounded. Tons of encouragement that we don’t have to have it all together.

  26. Angelene says:

    You are so encouraging! Thanks for sharing your gifts and wisdom.

  27. Esther says:

    This page is great for suggestions, advice, encouragement and support.

  28. Rikki Lary says:

    I learned of you from a fellow home school mom in my area. You inspire me daily with your jokes, words of wisdom, and advice. I share your page with my friends and family, who are either home schooling, or thinking of home schooling, so that they can be inspired and uplifted as much as I am! From the bottom of my heart, thank you for what you do!

  29. Bethann Rench says:

    You are a real mom like me. No fluff, right to the point, if you can do it with all of your kids, then I can do it with my 3. Thank you for giving us inspiration, encouragement and hope. Thank you for helping us put our marriage first and yes, it is okay to put in a frozen pizza! With homeschooling, there are good days and some not so good, but I can do it and my family will be blessed. Keep doing what you are doing and thank you!!!

  30. Sarah says:

    I admit when I first sign on to facebook in the morning i look for the Busy mom because I know something encouraging will be there or funny. Something o help keep me going in the homeschool trek. I like reading the blog too. Helps me to remember why I am doing what I am doing and that what I am doing is right no matter who tells me they think I’m nuts for doing it. I love the Christian encouragement too. oh so helpful. Makes me like the page even more.

  31. Heather says:

    I am new to your page but I find your daily posts very encouraging. Thank you.

  32. Lily says:

    I recommend your page and blog because your status updates and posts are a true gift of encouragement (and often humor!) throughout my busy day.

  33. rosanne says:

    You have a way of encouraging others (especially me, as a homeschool mom on this journey) and just being down to earth and transparent. Sinners being saved matters to you. TBHM is refreshing, and who doesn’t need a crock pot reminder now and again?! 😉

  34. Renita says:

    I recommend your books and site because you are real. Too often we as moms, homeschoolers, wives, etc. only show they good side or the side where we have it all together. We hurt one another in our attempt to appear perfect. I love that you lay it out there for all of us to see and feel comfort that we are not alone. :)

  35. Michelle says:

    I first saw Heidi St. John last year at the NCHE conference in WS. My husband and I attended “Homeschooling High Schoolers, YES YOU CAN” and “The 10 Marriage Myths that will Steal Your Joy.” Heidi is an awesome and vibrant speaker, no time to snooze in her sessions. She is the kind of speaker, you could sit & listen longer. I also love that she’s so bold & honest in her stance about how important it is to have a strong marriage & how it should be a priority. This is just a few reasons why I LOVE Heidi and would recommend her! I also love her encouraging posts on FB & share them with all my friends, whether they homeschool or not.

  36. Elizabeth says:

    As someone who started out as a secular homeschooler, finding your blog was a turning point for me. I have felt supported by this online community as my reasons for continuing to homeschool have changed and are more to do with God and less to do with the SAT’s each day. I tell others about your blog in hopes they will be inspired as well.

  37. The constant reminder of the real reason why I press on!

  38. Laurie E says:

    Great words for anyone new to homeschooling or if they’ve been at it a long time. Down to earth advice, laughs, help, encouragement,… Perfect to boost anyone’s day! Thank you!

  39. Chastity Ray says:

    For the encouragement, the funnies, the inspiration ( and the free books :) )

  40. Lesly says:

    I recommend “The Busy Homeschool Mom” not only it inspires me but giving me the assurance that we are doing the right thing in educating our children plus all the encouraging quotes and funnies :-)

  41. Medina Mom says:

    I send friends to TBHM because there is no better source of encouragement for the moms and the whole family than what I find here.

  42. Sarah Criddle says:

    Oh my gosh it’s great just knowing that I’m not alone
    in the busy homeschool mom world!! There are others
    who go thru what I do or feel how I feel and I (and my
    kids) will survive!! Haha Heidi, you encourage me everyday
    just by being real! You encourage me to love my kiddos
    and hubby more! :) I so appreciate all your wisdom!
    God bless you!!!

  43. Lynn says:

    Visiting is like sitting on the porch with friends. This is a great place to be encouraged and share ideas!

  44. Jessica says:

    I love the support I get from The Busy Homeschool Mom… both directly from Heidi and the awesome online “community” that surrounds her. It’s so nice to know I’m not alone! The day to day, real encouragement and truth is invaluable! :)

  45. Lisa says:

    For encouragement!

  46. Sharon says:

    I feel like I am with my girlfriends. THe post are encouraging, remind me of my house (crazy) and yummy! (crockpot meals)

  47. Amber says:

    I just started subscribing about a month ago but I really appreciate how “real” you are and how you recommend a strong marriage!

  48. Kirsten says:

    I love that this is a place where I can get great encouragement & real advice as I begin this homeschool journey. It’s a place to feel connected & supported as a homeschool mom.

  49. Angela says:

    I am so encouraged and inspired by TBHM. Our children are not of school age yet, but homeschooling has already been on my heart. A friend referred me to TBHM and I’m so thankful. I love all of the posts and they are really a highlight for me when I’m on facebook now. I also really enjoy the blog, too. I honestly look up to Heidi as a role model and mentor now. I’ve learned so much about homeschooling, being a wife, and a mother. Thanks so much!

  50. Sara says:

    I find your blog very encouraging. You are a “real” mom just like me, with daily struggles that wants to be the best wife and mom you can be. I have appreciated your honesty and insight into juggling the many hats a homeschool mom wears. I am a newer follower and haven’t read any of your books yet, but I’m looking forward to doing so.

  51. April Bowers says:

    I think it should be recommended because it is soooo encouraging about real-life homeschool issues. It also helps you to see that you are NOT alone on this homeschooling journey, that there are many moms out there dealing with the same types of things you are. More importantly I would recommend it because I believe it is God-honoring. I think Heidi listens to God and passes along her heart to all of us. Thank you so much! I look forward to reading your posts everyday!

  52. Debra G says:

    I recommend your page because I love the REAL, down-to-earth advice and encouragement I see. You came to our homeschool convention last summer, and I finally walked away feeling normal and empowered, rather than inadequate and overwhelmed. I’ve gone to 11 conventions over the years.

  53. Jenni says:

    I love the real day-in-the-life stories. They’re an encouragement to me as a 2nd year hs-er (after kids in private school). That every day isn’t the picture perfect day. Thanks!

  54. Elizabeth W.14 says:

    I recommend your page because you have changed my life for the better. I never would have been this happy homeschooling. I have a wiggly little 5 year old boy and I KNOW we would both be suffering if it wasn’t for your encouragement to enjoy this time learning and playing together, rather than beating him over the head with school books like I wanted to. Character before Curriculum is my new motto and I think I have a pretty fantastic little boy because of it! I will always be indebted to you!

  55. Suzanne says:

    Busy Mom homeschool is such a encouragement and so uplifting! I look forward to it each day and love to share it with my other busy homeschool moms!!

  56. Kerri says:

    Because it changed how we run our homeschool! I took a step back after hearing you at AFHE and my husband and I prayed and we changed a bunch of stuff right before school started. It’s been a great year! The kids are learning and yet we are more relaxed. It got me back to what I loved about homeschooling and gave me the courage to implement. God used you in our lives to refocus our homeschool.
    Thank you

  57. Angie says:

    Not only does Heidi give real, doable homeschool/mothering advice, but she is an advocate for putting our marriages first. Every homeschool mom needs that reminder amidst her busy, frantic schedule. That’s why I reccomend Heidi. She motivates me to be “that girl”.

  58. Clarissa says:

    Because you are real, down to earth, and give honest advice and encouragement to Christian homeschooling moms and wives!!

  59. Tarah says:

    Because it’s wonderful :)

  60. kim says:

    great encouraging, where-i-am, practical, biblical help to keep my eyes focused on Christ to remain faithful right here, right now! :-)

  61. Allison says:

    I recommend this site to people all the time, even friends that don’t homeschool because I find it so encouraging and uplifting. We live in a world that tears down parents and famlies especially if you have Christian faith and so I love that there is a place I can turn and feel that I am not alone and I am doing my best at what God had called me to and I should be proud of that.

  62. Jamee says:

    #1 reason: I am ALWAYS encouraged when I read the things you post! Thank you!

  63. Kim says:

    I have been so encouraged to continue homeschooling through the hard times as we transition from public school.

  64. Tammy says:

    For the authenticity and encouragement.

  65. Kandra says:

    i am not a homeschooling mom…yet, but your blog makes be aspire to homeschool even more. I can only hope that if/when I homeschool I will be as positive, organized, influential and faith driven as you are. I really appreciate that you incorporate the whole family and do not just focus on homeschooling. The reminders to do special things for our husbands are so wonderful and much needed. Thank you! Thank you!

  66. Janis says:

    Thank you so much for the giveaway and all the inspiration you post. Everytime I get a bit overwhelmed and down, I just need to read your blog to feel better again. I love all the great ideas, saying and homeschooling mom advice you give. For all those reasons I have told all my homeschooling friends about you!

  67. Amanda says:

    You seem to know the perfect thing to say at the perfect time to inspire me to keep on keepin’ on! So thankful for thesr words of encouragement!

  68. Rachel says:

    I’m brand new to homeschooling and just love the wisdom gained by listening to those of you who have been doing this for awhile! My personality is to overthink and overplan, and your blog, facebook page, and books have truly had a large part in helping me learn to just relax and enjoy my kids! A message I think every homeschool mom needs!

  69. malissa says:

    i tell my friends and family because your blog and books have been so inspiring to me as a mother of four. i can relate to everything you talk about in your books and has really opened my eyes to my husband to our kids to our house hold because of you i have decided to home school our four children ages 4, 3,2, and 10 months. i have had others talk to me about home schooling and i had always told them there was no way that i could home school not with all my children being so close in age. but after reading your books and reading your blog. you showed me that i can do it that with god i can. for what could be against me if god is with me. so i thank you i start this coming year with my daughter in kindergarden. we have set up a class room in our dinning room and got my fathers world. i can’t wait to start teaching her. thank you and god bless.

  70. naomi moore says:

    Many moms don’t think they can homeschool. They are nervous for various reasons. Do to have a source of encouragement and empowerment can make all the difference.

  71. Becky Gupton says:

    I tell my friends about your blog, website and books because you are the real deal. I was able to see you and listen to you at the NCHE conference in NC May 2012. You live your faith authentically all while being presented in your large homeschooling family! I love your sense of humor. When I read your blog or see your posts on Facebook I feel like I am hearing from a close friend, someone who knows the journey because she is on it too. Thank you for being transparent and sharing your life with us in order to point us to Jesus while we are loving our husbands,raising our kids, and homeschooling. Congratulations!

  72. Lori says:

    I recommend TBHM because your insight is so inspiring. I know that you have “been there, done that” and you have everyone’s best interest at heart. It is also SO wonderful to realize that I am not alone(or crazy)! Your wisdom is truely encouraging and humorous and most importantly God centered! Plant with the harvest in mind- as a new homeschool mom of 7 kids, Heidi, that reminder has really helped me!! Thank you!

  73. Kayla says:


  74. Tiff says:

    So they have an online community for support when they need it.

  75. Kristen says:

    I recommend The Busy Homeschool Mom because it I it always feels better to know we are not the only ones going through this crazy journey!

  76. Natalie says:

    For encouragement and ideas with a wonderful sense of humor and faith!

  77. Amanda Gillenwater says:

    Haha….I recommend your blog and facebook page because when I read what you write I feel normal! I know that may sound silly. I think that a lot of homeschoolers think that only they…have a messy house, don’t always get school done the way they “should”, etc….you know the lies that are whispered in our ears. I love that you make me feel normal! =)
    Amanda Gillenwater

  78. Melissa says:

    I heard you talk at my first homeschool convention last summer and ,honestly, I was blown away by how normal you were!! – not really sure what I expected lol but it was very encouraging to hear a REAL mom with real life struggles :) I recommend you page to friends and family because of your encouraging words of wisdom on life marriage and kids. You truly bless my day and I look forward to reading all your posts :) weither I win something or not, I am so thankful I found you at the homeschool convention :)

  79. jill says:

    TBH(G)M is realistic, inspiring, and helpful. Thanks for everything, and congrats on the coming grandbaby!

  80. Beth says:

    You remind me to stay grounded in God and His Word. You also have such good practical advice – crock pot recipes, organization tips, etc. I love your encouragement on keeping my husband as my main priority. I bought your book, “The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Romance”, and read it as a Christmas present for my husband. It has been a true blessing. I love your reminders about keeping my hubby a priority each week. We all need that important reminder each week; it is so hard to let the busyness of homeschooling get in the way.

  81. kelly says:

    I love your blog and Facebook page! Thanks for being real and at the same time so encouraging!!

  82. Rachel says:

    I recommend TBHM because it’s a way to quickly be encouraged and get your mind back on the right track-in very practical, easy ways. Yay for TBHM!

  83. Karey says:

    Encouragement! Positive, real and honest words from a Christian mom who’s been there. Thank you!

  84. Sheila says:

    I love your blog and FB page! It’s always so encouraging and I recommend it to all my homeschooling friends. Thank you!!

  85. Juliet says:

    I first heard you speak at the INCH Conference in Michigan. My copy of your “Busy Mom’s Guide to Romance” has made its way around my support group. I love that I always find practical encouragement, while reminding me to not take myself too seriously.

  86. Vicki says:

    The posts are always so down to earth and encouraging. It’s like a real person giving you support; not an unrealistic, “rose-colored glasses” type of person making you feel bad for not living up to their “expectations”.

  87. Wendy L says:

    I had the most fun during Heidi’s portion of the Real Refreshment Retreat in Baltimore last year!! We have to learn to really just belly-laugh at this crazy life in order to enjoy every precious minute with our little blessings while we have them!! Thank you, Heidi, for your perspective!!

  88. Fibia says:

    I recommend it and I read it for the daily dose of simplicity, godly advice, and encouragement.
    Thank you.

  89. Mara Gieseke says:

    Encouragement in homeschooling and marriage. It’s refreshing to hear you tell it like it is! And I love the reminders to get off Facebook and get back to those kids and that hubby lol!

  90. Staci Sowers says:

    I am new to this whole home schooling. BRAND NEW as in last Monday! HaHa I was looking all over the internet to try to find some help/info/ideas and yours had a lot of info. I was hoping to be able to find moms to talk to and give me some advice since I’m just starting out. Your blog and facebook has answered a lot of the questions I had. I will recommend your site to any one else that wants to home school. Thanks for the help :)

  91. anne C says:

    The ideas are so practical and so encouraging!

  92. Laura Malzon says:

    The wonderful thing about the Busy Homeschool Mom’s page is the encouragement and support! I regularly feel refreshed and ready to tackle things once again after reading posts! :)

  93. Jane Rene says:

    Your posts are so encouraging and uplifting. Thank you!

  94. Amy says:

    Sometimes I feel like we are twins separated at birth, only you’re much smarter and more savvy than I. In any case, your posts bless me over and over and I wish you the best! I was wondering if you ever write guest posts for other blogs? I’m a newbie blogger and blog about homeschooling, backyard chickens, cooking, gardening, and the like. I’d love it if you’d have time to do a guest post for me. I’d be honored, in fact.

  95. Olivia says:

    Encouragement from the heart! And as a new homeschool mom with an almost 5 year old, a 3 year old, and one due in 3 weeks, I appreciate the reminders to let them play when they are so young rather than pushing heavy duty curriculum! :)

  96. Corene says:

    I heard a quote once and found it to be true. “No one will believe you know the answer but they will believe that you know someone who does”. Thank you for being that someone who I can point to when helping encourage balance in the home. Balance in being a wife, running a home and schooling your kids.

  97. Ann Genuth says:

    You are such an encouragement. Thank you!!

  98. Katie says:

    I am just now starting to look into homeschooling for my kids. I appreciate knowing that there are other moms out there like me and enjoy the encouragement and tips! I look forward to seeing you at the homeschool convention in Lansing this May!!

  99. erin t. says:

    You offer REAL encouragement and solid Biblical, God-honoring, husband-respecting advice. There is so much criticism and insecurity wrapped up in this “line of work,” and what you offer is a wonderful antidote.

  100. Beth S says:

    Although I don’t homeschool (yet), I have many friends who do. We’re all busy, so practical, encouraging advice helps us all. :)

  101. rebecca says:

    Because so many moms want to home school but they think they can’t because they are too busy or don’t “have what it takes”. BHSM gives tools and encouragement to show them they can.

  102. Manuela says:

    I love the encouragement each day, and of course not to forget the funny things posted that put a smile on my face.
    Thank you.

  103. Wendy Revels says:

    I read your post everyday and look forward to them everyday. They are so uplifting, especially to someone who is about to pull their 3rd grader out of public school and start the wonderful adventure of homeschooling. I can only imagine how much I will benefit once he is at home being taught by me. I want everyone to get all of these benefits, as well. You are truly amazing and truly an inspiration to all!

    • heidistjohn says:

      Wendy, you are about to embark on a wonderful adventure, indeed! We’ve chosen your comment to win a free copy of my journal for busy moms… “Words Along the Way” … be sure to take the time to write down what you are learning along the way. The days will sometimes go slow, but the years will fly. :) Enjoy them! To claim your prize, please send your mailing information to

  104. Andrea says:

    I am a new homeschool mom and was ready to give up when I stumbled across your site. I read your site and cried and cried. I realized I wasn’t alone and that I could do this – your site encourages me. Thank you so much for doing what you do – PLEASE keep doing it!!

    • heidistjohn says:

      Andrea – You’re not alone and YES, you CAN do this! We’re sending you a free copy of “The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Daylight” … it will be just the boost yo need to gain both practical application and perspective as you begin your homeschooling journey. Please send your mailing information to and we’ll send it your way.

  105. Quintana says:

    I love TBHM for being so real with the good and the bad. Heidi’s posts are so encouraging and uplifting while challenging me to be the best mom I can be. It is also a wonderful reminder that I am not alone on this journey.

  106. Debbie says:

    To pass on the wisdom from your posts. You are one of the few posts I read every day that actually teaches God’s truth and has real application for my life. Thank you!

  107. Amanda says:

    I really am encouraged by you! I am always telling my friends to read your blog! Thank you so much!

  108. Cara says:

    Because it is so encouraging! Its like Heidi is speaking directly to me each morning with words of encouragement to start my day!

  109. Andrea says:

    It’s so important to not feel alone when starting the homeschooling journey! This is one of the first websites I’ve come along that offer that Christian-based support for not only how to teach your children but how to nurture your marriage and family along the way. Thank you!

  110. Melissa R says:

    To “keep it real” and not feel alone in the struggles of being a homeschooling wife and mom.

  111. Diane says:

    Great support and godly advice.

  112. Rachael says:

    I would recommend The Busy Homeschool mom’s books, blog, and anything else because she is so inspirational. Mrs Heidi gives such amazing advice and support! I truly respect and look up to her!

  113. Beth says:

    I recommend the site because it has great information and encouragement, not just for homeschooling but for marriage too.

  114. You’ve really been an encouragement to me in my struggle to balance homeschooling and character development, which are not mutually exclusive and character is way more important than the academics.

    I still have a hard time putting my husband before my kids. Growing up in a broken family where I don’t feel like kids were a priority at all (drugs and friends came before kids), it’s hard for me to not make my kids a priority. You do well in helping to show the priority as God, then spouse, then children, everything else after.

    So, you’re an inspiration in multiple areas of my life. Those are the reasons I share you with others. The struggles I have are not just ones I have, but are very common. I’d like to hog you and keep you all to myself, but your ministry does much better when shared. :)

  115. Carrie says:

    I meet a lot of people who, like myself, are considering the homeschooling option. The Busy Homeschool Mom offers a lot of insight and information not just to those who already homeschool their children, but those who are considering it. It wasn’t until I started going through the website that I felt like I really could try homeschooling. With all of the ideas, tips, inspiration, and reminders that we are only human, I feel confidant that I can do it. I am now planning on starting my daughters preschool year at home.

  116. Wendi says:

    I love the Busy Homeschool Mom because every day there’s a word of encouragement, or a helpful hint, or just a funny something that helps me in my daily walk as a homeschooling mom. Thank you for helping all of us in our most important job as mother and teacher:)

  117. Jennell Marks says:

    Thank you for the smiles, recipes to help with dinner on overwhelming days, and all around encouragement!

  118. Melissa Martin says:

    I absolutely love your page. It seems like on the days that I’m dragging, it’s such an encouragement. On the days that I need a giggle, you post something awesome (and cute and clean!). Facebook is a world full of awful nasty things sometimes (even among Christians, unfortunately), and it’s great to know that if you post something that shows up in my newsfeed, and my kiddos happen to walk by, they aren’t going to see anything filthy. Just an awesome, encouraging note, from one busy homeschool mom to many others :). Keep it up!

  119. Robyn S. says:

    I recommend you because you are encouraging to such a broad range of moms teaching their kids. I’m only starting, and was homeschooled myself K-12, but I have found encouragement in your posts. I also heard you speak at a conference about notebooking, and it helped me get an idea of how I want to begin with my littles. :)

  120. Nicole K says:

    After hearing you speak on FamilyLife Today I realized you were speaking on where I was in life presently. I was so encouraged and continue to be by the daily post through Facebook. I recommend The Busy Homeschool Mom for a couple of reasons but the main one would be the honesty, truth and encouragement that is given on a daily basis.

  121. Jenniferj says:

    It’s refreshing to have a godly voice reminding me of the right perspective – God, husband, then children. Your words are biblical, practical, and encouraging. It’s obvious you take your calling as wife, mother, and keeper of the home with joy and reading your posts help me to push all the other “stuff” aside and get back to the truth – its a high calling and privledge, do it to bring glory to God – the One who gave you this family. All for His glory! :)

  122. Kim says:

    I have found such support here. I live in a rural area where there aren’t a lot of options for homeschool support groups/coops. So I am especially glad to have found your blog and facebook page. They are daily encouragement to me as they remind me that I am not alone; that my feelings are normal and that my children are normal and will not only survive the homeschooling process but very likely thrive in it (they are after only a few months). Since finding your blog & facebook page I have relaxed a lot because it seems that you have just the right thing to say when I need to hear it. If I didn’t know any better I’d think you had a hidden camera in my house because your timing is so perfect… but I realize that’s just the way God works. Thank you for the support and encouragement.

  123. Bridget says:

    I love how I know the advice given has been tried and proven. It’s not just someone suggesting something. It’s other families who have gone through or are going through the same things and are offering advice. THAT is why I recommend it!! When I’m overwhelmed I always find something that encourages me here.

  124. Carla says:

    I like all the advice you give. It has really helped me in so many ways with my homeschooling.

  125. Brookej says:

    You remind me that I’m not crazy, I’m not terrible, and I’m not alone!

  126. Tawnda says:

    I recommend you to all moms whether homeschooling or not because of your humorous posts/shares and because of the awesome encouragement you give.

  127. Katie says:

    As a military wife and homeschooling mom I often feel isoalted because I am usually the “new person in town” and I have my hands full teaching my little ones through the day. It is a challenge to find the time to really connect outside of homeschool co-ops. Your blog is like a hug, a bit of camaraderie, somewhere I can check in and see that I’m really doing all right and I’m not alone out here. And, it makes me laugh. Thanks for all you do! =D

  128. Kellie says:

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE how encouraging every post is! Straightforward and always exactly what I needed to hear. Your blog gives me both hope and motivation.

  129. Chandra Kerr says:

    Love your concepts and heard you at NCHE Conference. Felt very encouraged that I can do all things through Christ! Blessings and congratulations on the grandbaby!

  130. Amy S. says:

    You remind me that my feelings of insecurity, incompetence, and insanity are normal, and they don’t make me a bad mom.

  131. Rikki says:

    Thank you for your blog. You are so encouraging.

  132. Melissa says:

    I started homeschooling this year because we wanted to have the freedom to do what WE wanted on my husband’s days off instead of having to wait for the weekends when my now 2nd grader was off. Homeschooling quickly became more time consuming than public school was because I felt I had to do every good teaching idea I came across. Your posts are a great reminder to make time to have fun together, and that family time is just as important, if not more so, than teaching the curriculum that I’ve piled on our day. My husband thanks you!

  133. Becca Hill says:

    By God’s Grace I was directed to your website. I have three adopted daughters and feel like I can barely keep my head above water at times with several of their issues. It was during a very difficult and trying time that I found your site and I am forever grateful. I quickly realized that I’m not the only one out there trying to bring up godly little women and that stressing out over curriculum is NOT what its about. I am so blessed by your posts and your constant encouragement. I highly recommend your blog and FB page to any new or seasoned homeschool mama. Thank you for all you do and for providing such a great resource to all of us!!!

  134. Cindi says:

    I always say that it takes a village to raise a child – that is why I offer other sources for my friends to learn from when they question me on homeschooling. No better source to send them to than you! Thank you for taking time to keep us encouraged, motivated, educated and laughing!

  135. Rebecca says:

    This is our 3rd year homeschooling. Since starting to homeschool, we have added two new kids to our family. It is challenging having an infant, a toddler, and 4 school age kids. I tell my husband every day what an encouragement your blog is to me. I especially loved your post about different seasons. I realized that if we have a bad day, bad week, even a bad year…it isn’t the end of the world. It is wonderful to hear that I am not alone in my overwhelmed, messy, sometimes (well many times) not perfect school day, etc. Thank you so much for your words of encouragement & also for your challenges. You help this mom stay sane and keeps me pressing forward for the long term goals.

  136. Amy says:

    You encourage me daily that I can do this, I am not alone in my struggles, and help keep me focused where I need to be. You are real and to the point and I appreciate and need that!

  137. Christina D. says:

    Because in between cooking, school, cleaning, school, laundry, school, soccer, school, piano/guitar, school, and being a wife, I like to know that I am not the only one who loves every second of the madness. :)

  138. Nana says:

    Your blog is real. You describe the homeschooling journey to a tee! You clearly understand the ups and downs, the happy days and the days of drudgery. This honest realness refreshes my heart as I read your Biblical encouragements and practical tips! You’re not putting on a show nor pretending to have it all together. You’re one of us, and that’s significant! Thanks for investing your time and energy into helping us all become more like Jesus in this journey together.

  139. BethAnn Y says:

    I am so glad that I found you! With a child in each age and stage (1yr,4,9,14) you help me keep my sanity and my sense of humor! You inspire me to be better and yet not be too hard on myself!! Thank you!

  140. Gail says:

    Because sometimes I think you are speaking right to me! I appreciate real,
    Genuine, and of course, funny bloggers! You are a source of encouragement for me! I hope to share that with others!

  141. Korri Ray says:

    I recommend your fb page to my homeschooling friends because you keep things real. You are very down to earth and relatable, and also funny. I love your encouraging words and how you get me motivated.

  142. Wendy says:

    How can I tell you all that you’ve done for me. Reminded me to think about dinner. Helped me to realize I am one woman. In being one woman, to my family I am very important and loved even if everyone is crying and no one has said anything to me lately. Mostly you’ve shown me it’s ok to laugh and cry, it’s ok not to be perfect and my children will love me even if we don’t have great days. You’ve empowered me, lifted me, and well, I can’t thank you enough. <3

  143. Sandra in Phx says:

    I love the real life inspiration. I like that I can count on Heidi telling the truth and being real about it~that sometimes we yell at our kids when we shouldn’t, how cereal for dinner won’t kill us, and how we need to nurture our relationship with our husband FIRST.

  144. Juli Smith says:

    I appreciate the encouragement as a homeschooling mom, especially the Christian base and humor used in the posts. Thanks for this opportunity to win edifying materials! God Bless!

  145. Anna A says:

    I love your blog! I am a stay at home, home schooling mom to a 6 year old, 4 year old, 2 year old and 6 month old. It can get challenging and tiring at times. There are times when I feel like we all might be better off if I gave up. Your blog is wonderful inspiration and motivation to keep going. You also give me the little chuckles and pick me ups that I sometimes need during the day. You are so real and I love that! Thank you from one busy homeschool mom to another!

  146. Jenn says:

    Encouragement…from homeschooling to my faith to my marriage.

  147. Adina says:

    The Busy Homeschool Mom always gives me exactly what I need at exactly the right time….whether it be words of encouragement, a schooling tip, or a much-needed laugh! I greatly appreciate this blog! Thank you!

  148. Tracye G says:

    I recommend “The Busy Homeschool Mom” because it’s my number one reminder that God comes first and then my husband comes before EVERYTHING else. As homeschool moms, our families and marriages can fall apart when we get it out of order. When I first found TBHM, I was thrilled to see that putting my husband before kids was the RIGHT thing to do. Such a marriage changer! What a joy to celebrate being “That Girl” and sharing with other mom friends that they are also “THAT girl”. My husband definitely says thank you for helping me get my priorities in order! As a matter of fact, we are celebrating our marriage by taking a LONG overdue (as in over 10 years)weekend away to Teach Them Diligently in Nashville. What’s more romantic than Gaylord Opryland? Feed our marriage, feed our souls, and come back more ready to “feed” our family!

    • heidistjohn says:

      Hi Tracye! We agree … you are THAT GIRL! Keep on loving that husband of yours :) and keep us posted … we look forward with you to a harvest of JOY. :) Your comment has been chosen and you’ve won a FREE copy of “Words Along the Way: A Journal for Busy Moms.” We hope you will keep it with you and write down what God is doing in your life as the months go by. To claim your prize, please send your mailing information to Congratulations!

  149. Holly says:

    The number one reason I recommend your site is because I always find it encouraging to know that other families can see how real homeschooling is. Is so nice to have the encouragement and posts from your site! We are in our 3rd year of homeschooling and have found it quite challenging this year for many many reasons…new baby with bad colic, reflux and food sensitivities, sensory integration dysfuntion issues in our 2nd grader, life….you name it….it’s been tough! Thanks for all you do to encourage other homeschooling families!

  150. Brenda says:

    I love The Busy Homeschool Mom’s status updates! They’re entertaining, encouraging, true and help me realize that I’m not alone! Thanks for doing what you do! It’s much appreciated :)

  151. Christa says:

    Every busy homeschool mom NEEDS to be on your facebook page as well as your blog. I saw you at the CHOIS convention and l.o.v.e.d every word you said, so much so that I have the CD and listen to it regularly (in fact was listening 2 hours ago yet again!) 😉 Heidi, you are such an encourager and I can’t recommend you highly enough! :)

  152. Anamaria says:

    I recommend people read your wise words because they are encouraging on the road to homeschooling, parenting, and being a Godly wife. I also love that you and Jay are always reminding people of the awesome task that should be our priority in homeschooling: to disciple our kids! Academics matter, but not as much as spending time with our kiddos and instilling in them a love of the Lord and shaping their character! Thank you for your wise words!!!

  153. DeAnna says:

    Because you give great advice and have great insight on Homeschooling, Mothering, Marriage, and life in general. Very uplifting and encouraging!!
    Thank you!

  154. Shannon Suttle says:

    I first heard you last year after having only homeschooled for 1 year. It completely rocked my world! I was in a defeated state and your witty encouragement inspired me to carry on another year! I love what you post on FB and find daily encouragement in it! So, anytime I meet a new homeschoolin’ momma, I ALWAYS recommend your stuff…it speaks to the multitudes! :) Thank you!

  155. Michelle says:

    Because it’s hilarious! I started following a while back after a friend shared some BHSM posts. And after a few months I was like, “The busy homeschool mom is Heidi St. John!? I saw her at a CHEA convention and I have 2 of her books!” Go figure 😉 I love Heidi! She’s so down to earth and funny and I can always find some encouragement here.

  156. Christin says:

    I was introduced to you last year at the NCHE conference. I have enjoyed your blog since then! You always have something to say that hits home. This being my first year homeschooling, I have enjoyed the laughter and “real” outlook you have on everything! You inspire me to be a better homeschooling mom!

  157. LISA Disselkoen says:

    You were the first homeschooling blogs I found. I am so in outraged by you and if you can do it with all your kids then I can surely homeschool my 3!

  158. Karridi says:

    Great Christ centered advice, encouragement, and educational ideas that are helpful whether you home school or not.

  159. Stephanie says:

    Not only does your blog remind me that I’m not alone in this homeschool journey, but it reminds me that getting the curriculum done every day is not the be all end all. Character counts. I need to remember to cultivate my kids whole person as well as make time for taking care of myself, my marriage, and my husband. Thank you!

    • heidistjohn says:

      Stephanie – You’ve nailed it! You’re not alone. Character counts. Cultivate relationships. Take time to take care. Love your husband. We couldn’t have said it any better. We’re sending you a free copy of “The Busy Homeschool Mom’s Guide to Daylight” … it will be just the boost you need to gain both practical application and perspective as you nurture your precious family. Please send your mailing information to and we’ll send it your way.

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