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Heidi St. John on 03/24/2020

When Your Best Laid Plans Fail

When it comes to making plans, I am second to . . . well, just One. Planning is in my DNA. I am a list maker and a lover of all things calendar-related. Just give me an idea and a deadline, and I’ll make it happen—that is, if only the universe would cooperate! I shudder to think of the thousands of

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Marlene Griffith on 03/23/2020

A Few Tips to Homeschooling a Wide Age Range

One of the biggest challenges I find with homeschooling is scheduling it all in. Even if we don’t have a super set and outlined schedule, it’s still one of the biggest stressors when it comes to the homeschool year. I want to make sure I fit in everything, but I also want to make sure I’m not overwh

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Heidi St. John on 03/22/2020

The Power of a Praying Mom

Every season of motherhood offers new challenges and new chances for us to grow in our trust in God. When our children first come to us, our prayers are often for strength—strength to stay up one. more. night. with a sick child. Strength for the toddler-taming years. Strength to meet the physical de

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Marianne Sunderland on 03/21/2020

Finding Your Child’s Learning Style

My daughter sat, if you can call it that, splayed wildly across two chairs and chatted light-heartedly about some birds she had seen outside her window that morning.Curious, I questioned her, “Have you finished your math?”Exasperated, I realized that she had barely made a dent in her assignment.Hand

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Heidi St. John on 03/20/2020

When Good Moms Burn Out

Have you ever seen what happens to sleep-deprived drivers? They get into accidents. The same rule applies to motherhood: tired moms are prime candidates for burnout. Have you ever been done? You know, done, as in do-your-own-laundry-and-find-your-own-food kind of done? Me too. When I’m tired, here’

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Heidi St. John on 03/19/2020

Homeschooling Held Hostage

I remember the day we decided pull our daughter out of school. The day we “made it public”—this decision to homeschool.I.Was.Terrified. Really. My knees were knocking as I walked into our oldest daughter’s grade school. I liked her teacher. I had no complaints, really, except that we knew in our

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Heidi St. John on 03/18/2020

When You Feel Like You’re Failing, Look Up

Not long ago I was speaking about motherhood at a conference in Virginia. After three days of back-to-back sessions, I could feel myself getting tired. Jay and I had taken our kids with us for the speaking season, and this was the next-to-last stop on our four-month trip. Let me tell you, the grace

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Marianne Sunderland on 03/17/2020

When Your Homeschool Year Starts Off Crazy

We started our homeschool year last week. It went great.For one day.Then the crazies came to visit. Interruptions. Crisis. Family stuff. Business stuff.Something inside me knew it was coming. Every year it seems that something stops me from getting off to that great start that I’d dreamt of du

  Marianne Sunderland
Heidi St. John on 03/16/2020

Even When Our Plans Fail, God’s Never Will

Have you ever noticed how many of the psalms were written during times of difficulty? Though a mighty army surrounds me,my heart will not be afraid.Even if I am attacked,I will remain confidentPsalm 27:3This I declare about the Lord:He alone is my refuge, my place of safety;He is my God, and I trust

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Heidi St. John on 03/15/2020

Homeschooling With Toddlers: Finding Your Way Without Losing Your Mind (or Joy!)

Ahhh, toddlers. Gotta love ’em. I have been homeschooling successfully with toddlers for many years. Or not!You know me, I like to keep things real. And in the interest in being perfectly honest, let me just start by saying I’ve tried everything I know how to try and nothing is ever foolproof. No

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Heidi St. John on 12/02/2019

The Busy Mom’s Favorite Christmas Books

It’s here! The most wonderful time of the year … to read! Reading together is a favorite activity in our family, and over the years, reading aloud has become a cherished part of our family’s Christmas tradition. I’ve spent years scoping out books at yard sales and thrift stores looking for hidden

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Heidi St. John on 09/30/2019

30 Years

10,957.Today, that’s how many days we’ve been married. That’s almost 11,000 days of choosing faithfulness to a vow we made in front of God, our family and friends. Thirty years have passed in the space of ten, I think. How does it go so fast?I was nineteen and he was twenty-one when we said “I do,”

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Heidi St. John on 05/02/2019

Abundant Motherhood

Kara Moss recently joined me on the podcast, and I’m excited to have her sharing more of her heart today on the blog today! I want to encourage you, Mom—share your challenges with Him, day and night, and let Him be your shelter.xo, HeidiMomlife. It’s the good life, the hard life, the fun life, the c

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Heidi St. John on 05/02/2019

Chipotle Salsa!

Best.Salsa.Ever.So … I am a HUGE salsa fan. I like it HOT. (Can you imagine?)I started making salsa years ago and when I started I did things the “purist” way … even fire-roasted tomatoes! Well, several children later, I’ve graduated to canned tomatoes and I have to say that they taste every bit as

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Heidi St. John on 03/26/2019

No More Moanful Motherhood

My friend Jamie Erickson joined me on the podcast last week. Today, she’s sharing her heart on a topic may of us moms can relate to. I want to encourage you mom, hard times come – but they’re not here to torture us; they’re here to teach us. We either learn from them or we don’t. I hope you’re enco

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Heidi St. John on 03/11/2019

Transgenderism and Children: A Grave New Threat to Parental Rights

A little over a week ago, the Supreme Court of British Columbia ordered testosterone injections for a 14-year-old girl who now considers herself to be a transgender boy, against her parents’ wishes. Even more frightening, her parents face legal penalties if they use the wrong pro-noun or dare to cal

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Heidi St. John on 02/15/2019

Are We Living in Babylon?

It’s starting to feel like we’re living in Babylon, isn’t it? There is a battle raging in the heavens over our worship, and we’re feeling it more intensely these days.Of course, the attack against God and God’s people is nothing new—it’s an age-old battle—but the question remains: will we serve the

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Heidi St. John on 02/07/2019

The Greatest Parenting Manual in the World!

I like manuals. Lucky for me, most things come with one. Your car came with a manual. So did your TV and your Crock-Pot. Last week, I actually bought an eyeliner manual. You know, because, really, I’m just making that up as I go, too.When it comes to parenting, there are a lot of great books out the

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Heidi St. John on 02/05/2019

When You’re Wrecked By Bad Religion

I had my friend, Kendra Fletcher on the podcast recently, and I want you to hear more of her message. I always say that legalism is taking your conviction and putting it on someone else. But legalism robs our joy. There is freedom when we walk away from legalism, friends, and Kendra has learned i

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Heidi St. John on 02/04/2019

Trans Activists Target Children in Public Libraries

What do drag queens and children have in common?Nothing.But that’s not stopping public libraries across the United States from hosting “Drag Queen Story Hour” (DQSH), an organization whose stated goal is the promotion of “gender fluidity” to children. Like it or not, your public library may soon be

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