Anything But Routine: Who's Ready to Join the Tommy Mommy Journey?

Sami Cone and her family

I initially joined the Tommy Nelson family last year after tragedy struck us all here in Nashville: a flood of epic proportions whose equal had not been seen in over a hundred years.

As we all searched for ways to help our children through this tragedy, I was fortunate enough to be able to post on TommyNelson.com about the perspective I shared with my kids. What has always attracted me to Tommy Nelson is that in their commitment to raising faithful kids, they recognize they must first equip parents. Even the best Christian children’s resources won’t do anyone any good if they don’t get into the hands of parents willing to share them with their kids with the intent of bringing them closer to Christ.

Since then, I’ve continued to be a part of the Tommy Nelson family, both as a blogger and a cheerleader for other “Tommy Mommies”. After all, as the mother of a five year old son and seven year old daughter, no one knows more than I do the importance of both surrendering your kids to God daily while also seeking wise counsel and community in which to raise them.

Since not all of us are privy to such a community in our own backyards, we’ve attempted to create such a community online. Thus, starting this month and moving forward, we’re delighted to announce that every month you’ll get to meet some of our Top Tommy Mommies who will be sharing their real lives with you.

That’s right. You’ll see prayers, milestones and fears. You’ll witness triumphs, traditions and tears. You’ll meet some Tommy Mommies who are extremely crafty and others who are lucky to get their kids to school on time with a lunch in their hands. You’ll find practical advice alongside deep, spiritual truths.

Above all, you’ll find women who deeply care for their families while also being deeply committed to their faith.

Each month, our Tommy Mommies will write around a common theme. This month, we’ll be sharing about our routines (or lack thereof!).


It’s funny. I remember planning and dreaming about this perfect little environment I was going to create for my kids once school was out this summer.

I had it decided down to the half hour.

We were going to wake up, start our day with devotions, watch their favorite Disney show, then move on to breakfast, lessons, individual reading, crafts, outdoor activities and room clean up….

Can you guess how well that went over? About as long as it took me to realize that we’re hardly ever home! (Especially since I’m not one of those crafty moms I previously described!) What was I thinking?

There’s nothing wrong with routine. In fact, I’d go so far as to suggest that most children crave and find security in routine. But if you fail to recognize your own family’s personality and temperament when creating your routine, all you are doing is setting yourself up for failure.

Now, instead of having a regimented schedule ruled by the clock, we have a list of things we ‘aspire’ to accomplish each day listed in order of priority. Frequently, our morning ‘quiet’ time is reviewing our weekly scripture memorization that’s posted on the fridge while we eat breakfast and talk about something we’re amazed that God made in our world. Our home is rarely all clean at the same time, but there’s usually something we’re tidying each day. We may not have a formal school setting or room dedicated to learning in our home, but I’ve become a pro at turning spelling & math questions into fun car games!

Instead of feeling guilty that I’m not like all those other moms I see online who seem to be able to do it all, I’ve come to recognize and appreciate the way God has uniquely designed me and my family….and in turn work on instilling that same gratitude deep within the hearts of our children.

Can any of you relate? Regardless of where you find yourself on the routine spectrum, you won’t want to miss any of the perspectives that will be shared this month. That’s why I’m so excited for you to get to know the rest of the team: Lindsay, Amy, Erin, Brandi & Amanda. As we share our hearts and homes with you, it is our hope that you’ll do the same with us: through your comments, through Twitter and through Facebook. We want our experiences to open a dialogue, not to be the final say.

If you’re committed to raising faithful kids, but don’t always feel equipped to do it, then you’re in the right place. We want to inspire a generation of parents committed to raising the next generation of Christian leaders. We hope you’re all ready to join on this journey with us and we can’t wait to hear your story!

What are some parenting topics you’d love to see us discuss here in the coming months?


With a passion for teaching and mentoring others as her inspiration, Sami Cone began blogging in 2009 to encourage others to live their dream life and pursue their passions. A published author and seminar speaker, she draws on her experiences as a writer, editor, university professor, performer, professional athlete, and pageant winner to help women realize their full potential in life. Sami appears regularly on TV & Radio as a Frugal Expert and has been blogging for Tommy Nelson since 2010. Sami and her husband of seven years, Rick, thrive in Nashville with their two children.