Overheard …

A friend of mine suggested that I try to keep track of comments we hear in the RV.  Turns out we are a pretty funny family…. very ordinary but funny in our own way.  See if you agree… 🙂

“Sydney! Get out of the baby’s carseat! Summer, put Saylor back in it.”

“Quick! Someone get daddy a napkin! His ice-cream bar just fell apart in his lap.  Nevermind.  Bring him 100 napkins and a spray bottle!”

“Are we there yet?”   “No.  We have like eleven hours to go.”    …  “Oh.  Does that mean I can get out the playdough?” …. NO.

“Where’s Spencer?”

“Look!!!  Fireflies!!!”

“It’s hot.  Is this what God is trying to keep people from when they die?”  🙂  …  Spencer: “No, but it might be similar because it doesn’t cool off at night.”

Sydney, commenting on all the rocks spread randomly over the sand dunes and desert floor in AZ: “This is where God puts the rocks that He doesn’t know what to do with.”

“Can I have another Otter Pop?”

“Mom, there are nice people everywhere.”

“Can we go home soon?”

“It’s a good thing we can trust God.”

“Some truck stops are sketchy. Like little New Orleans islands.”

“Daaaadddyyyyy!  Skylar took the iPad again!”

“Has anyone seen Sydney’s flip flops?”  (Actually this gets asked several times a day.)

“I feel sticky.”

Sydney (age 5) “One time, I punched Skylar in the nose. It did not go well with him.”

Mom: “Let’s play the quiet game!”  Kids: “What do we win?”  Dad: “You get to keep on living.”

“I love you.”

“Can we go to Costco?  It feels like home in there.”

“History is better than Disneyland!”

“I have a new friend… she is homeschooled, too!”

Hot. Hot. Hot.
Traveling south? Expect some heat.

“Am I six yet?”

“I love that there are First Class co-ops all over the entire universe!”

“The sky out here is really big.”

“Has anyone seen my giant grasshopper??”   ….  !!!!!

“Daddy! Even the cold water is hot here!”

Overheard at homeschool conventions:

Me to Todd Wilson:  “What do you do with your kids at all these homeschool conventions?”  Todd: “We call them ‘Children of the Hall’ .”  Me:  Yes!  That’s it!!!

“Mom, can we go to the Timberdoodle booth again?  They’re nice.”

“Kids! Which booth did that come from?  Take it back.”

“Look mom!  They have hats that say, ‘Homeschool Girl!’ And that’s who I AM!!!”

“Is that YOU on the cover of your book?”  Me: “Yes, I color my hair to keep things interesting for Jay.”  🙂  That way he gets a whole new girl every time I come home from the salon!”

Spencer: “Mom, Ken Ham is speaking in the big room. I just love his point of view. Can I go and listen to him talk about the dinosaurs?”

Jay: “Heidi, did you need me to hook your computer up for the workshops?”  Me:  “Yes – did I mention that you are my hero?”

The Petrified Forest: Even the ROCKS cry out!

Heidi St John Guide to Daylight



About Heidi St. John

Heidi has been married to her husband Jay since 1989. Together they have seven children and three grandchildren! The St. Johns homeschooled their kids all the way through high school. Heidi is the the author of seven books, host of the popular podcast "Off the Bench," and the founder of MomStrong International, an online community of women learning God's Word and how to apply it to every day life. She and her husband Jay are also the founders of Firmly Planted Family and the Firmly Planted Homeschool Resource Center, located in Vancouver, Washington.

36 thoughts on “Overheard …

  1. Heidi, Thanks for the laugh =) You are a funny family.
    Happy Birthday Sydney!!!
    We love you!
    ~ Jessica & Hannah Norene

  2. I love the quiet game one. Too funny, I love the talks that come from home school. I will say to one after they say a fact I can not recall- “Where did you learn that” child “from you” 😉

  3. You’re kids are so funny! I love that you remember the cute things they say and laugh along with them. I can’t wait to meet you when you come to my town in 2 weeks!

  4. I love the adventure of your ministry. I think that even though some days must long and tiresome the legacy you’re building with your children will bring immeasurable blessings to your family and the lives you touch along the way.

    1. Thank you, Amy! 🙂 We’re always saying that living and traveling in an RV is like a pressure cooker… when it’s good it’s AMAZING and when it’s bad, it’s AWFUL. 🙂

  5. We have some friends that, from the day we met them, have kept a “quote board” (just a white poster board). They will write down funny things that their family says or other friends that come to visit. It is always hilarious when they list the quotes on their blog. Your post made me laugh just as much! Thanks! 🙂

  6. Love the funny quotes! Keep ’em comin’! Feeling sorry for you in the no A/C, hot, hot weather. The pressure cooker comment is particularly appropriate!

  7. Thank you for speaking tonight at Kingsville Baptist Church in Pineville, Louisiana. Thank you for making me realize the main goal for homeschooling is not just “education” but “discipleship”. I came home and asked my eleven year old why are we homeschooling (only second year). Her response was “So we don’t have to deal with this or others” and I told her it no – we homeschool so we can learn more about God and learn to walk with him in everything we do. Thank you for your ministry.

  8. What an adventure! My kids are jealous and trying to figure out why we don’t do a family trip like this. They will now have to stop viewing your blog! 🙂

    Enjoy these awesome family memory making times and revel in the closeness because it won’t be long and they’ll all be spreading their wings.

  9. How extremely exciting to live vicariously through you guys. Keep up the good work. See you back in Washington soon.

  10. Those comments from the kids are priceless. I was laughing out loud. Hope your trip continues to be wonderful.

  11. Love all your family comments! Especially the one about the desert being the place God puts the rocks he doesn’t know what to do with . . .
    I wrote a song recently, and thought it might kind of fit in with your traveling experiences. Here’s a link where you can hear it; it’s called “Are You There Yet?” http://www.songu.com/members/dhurst

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