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Thursday, May 7, 2015

The Busy Mom's Guide to Romance Schoolhouse review crew review 2015 #hsmommas #hsreviews

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Real Life Press Review


     Do you know who The Busy Mom is?? I do and I am a huge fan!! So imagine my delight when I was offered the opportunity to review one of her books, about the only one I did not own? I about flipped. The Busy Mom is Heidi St. John and she is the author of many books including The Busy Homeschool Mom's Guide to Romance that is published from Real Life Press.

    Heidi is the Mom of 7 and Grandma of 1, but first and foremost she is a Wife. How does she do it all? She has homeschooled all of her kids from the beginning through high school and her kids are a spectrum of ages from about 5- adult.   She and her hubby got married in 1989. So when I say she is doing something right, she really is. Is she perfect, absolutely not, but her goal is to help all of us wives, homeschooling moms and everything in between to make things work and be a not so harried individual so we do not feel so stressed out all of the time.

  I love how her books read like a conversation with a good friend, over breakfast or coffee. I have had the pleasure of meeting Heidi in person and hearing her speak and have even seen her husband. I look forward to her talks at the homeschool convention each year. It is a highlight for me for sure. I always leave with a renewed spirit with in me, a thirst for a closer walk with God and a hunger to grow my marriage in the Lord. I always feel refreshed to keep on homeschooling and to find the healthy balance to juggle it all.

  This book is like a talk of Heidi's that I can take with me wherever I go. This like all of the others is one that you will not look to give away when done because you can keep going back for more. I often flag certain chapters as they resonate with me more than others.

  For instance in The Busy Homeschool Mom's Guide to Romance certain chapters rang strongly with me because of struggles we are encountering in our marriage or similarities in our upbringing that cause me to sometimes lose sleep. Then there are the funny ones.
 The first is that of communication or sometimes the lack of. This is often the biggest frustration in a marriage. I know it is for me. It helps to know we are not alone in feelings of frustration, but Heidi helps lead you in the direction to fix that frustration.

  The second one was the talk of being from a broken home, the product of divorce and how you constantly hold that in the back of your head. Instead of thinking of it as this may be my destiny use it as a tool to change the pattern. I need to focus more on that. My Mom is in a marriage that is rocky to say the least even after 30 years. I often listen to her unhappy barking and I let it shift my mood and I feel as if marriage is not meant to be a happy relationship. I never had the role model for marriage growing up and so I am not sure I really know what it is supposed to look like. I was raised for the first 9 years of my life by a single mother with a somewhat absent father. My husband was raised parents who, the father was an alcoholic and the mother who did not know any better but than to take the abuse. So my husband doesn't have the foundation either.

  Now do not get me wrong we have been married for 20 years, 3 kids and have had a good life, far from perfect but good. My husband has some mental illness so it is not your typical marriage and the Romance I fear is long gone but I have not lost hope and that is in part thanks to Heidi's book. Marriage is hard work and I often forget that. The focus is on the children and homeschooling and with the kids almost grown, 2 more years and they will all be off to college I need to refocus and center my attention on my marriage. The balance is the key. There is Romance to be found in even the little things in life, sometimes we just need to look a little harder to find them. Once we do it will become easier and will be second nature.

   One of the funny parts in the book was Rule #246 Don't Scare the Mama!  My family even without meaning to often catch me in my own little world and give my heart a jump. I had to giggle when I read this as I should make this a rule in our home.

   If you are struggling to find a balance between homeschooling, being a Mom and being a wife. Pick up your copy of Heidi St. John's book for only $12.95 for a physical copy or $10 for a E-Pub version from Real Life Press The Busy Homeschool Mom's Guide to Romance. One of the most important lessons you will take away from any of her books or talks as that you need to Grow your life with God, put him in the center and quickly watch as things come together.

   On a fun note, not only did I get to hear Heidi speak at GHC in April, but I attended her first Mommy PJ party for this convention and it was so much fun. I made a special PJ shirt for the event and she read it in front of the whole room, if you know me I do not like to be in front of a crowd and it was truly my BRAVE moment(my Mops friends will get this). It was so worth it and I felt like a teenager with her idol. It was a SQUEEEEEE! Moment for sure. I also got my copy of The Busy Homeschool Mom's Guide to Romance signed. I was in heaven.



   If you get a chance to meet Heidi you will understand, as she is as REAL as it gets. She is down to Earth and a true child of God. I was honored for my experiences and for getting to review this book, and it will be joining my others including the one I picked up last year  The Busy Homeschool Mom's Guide to Daylight.
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