Starting Our Day Off Right

Hi, my name is Angie, and I am so excited to be a new part of the Tommy Nelson Mommy team! My family and I have been long-time fans of Tommy Nelson and their fantastic selection of faith-based resources for families!

I am a homeschooling mom to four children: Caitlyn (11), Kylie (9), John David (8), and Luke (4). My husband, Jeremy, and I have been married for fourteen years this month, and have been amazed at the many blessings God has given us over the years! Like most moms, my days are busy with church, homeschooling, and extracurricular activities. I’m also a crafting and sewing fan, and a closet aspiring gourmet cupcake baker. I write about life and more at www.myfourmonkeys.com, as well as encourage others to strengthen their marriages at www.thedatingdivas.com. My goal is to encourage women to live life to the fullest with their families, taking hold of those precious moments, and all while learning to live God’s way!

We have had a blast this summer, renovating our home, traveling a bit, and enjoying the freedom of lazy summer days. But now it’s back to business, and a stricter school schedule. Being a homeschool mom, our routine is a bit different. With four children in four different grades (my youngest starts full-time preschool this year), our schedule is key though, and a big help in warding off the chaos.

The start of every school year brings new worries and adjustments. I have to face my fears and lack of confidence in being a homeschool teacher. Knowing my children’s education is entirely mine and my husband’s responsibility (albeit one we chose) always weighs a bit on me during this time of year. As any mom, even though I have confidence in my ability, I often second guess myself. The children also struggle a bit too, getting used to a stricter bedtime and wake up time, staying focused and motivated in their lessons, getting familiar with our school rules again, etc. It’s an adjustment that usually takes a couple weeks at least.

One way we tackle these feelings and struggles during this time and throughout the year is by having a “Morning Check-In” time every day. Morning Check-In is about twenty minutes I spend together with the children each morning before we start school. We pray together to start our school day off right, and then we have a short devotion time as well. We utilize this time to encourage each other, maybe sing a song, share prayer requests (it’s always amazing to hear their sweet little prayer requests), encourage teamwork, and prepare ourselves for the day.

Even if you don’t homeschool, I highly encourage you to take a few moments with your children at the beginning or end of the day (whichever your schedule allows) and reconnect, have a devotional time, and let them know your family is a team. Working together as a team, and promoting a team-like atmosphere in your home will help you get through the new school year struggles and transitions. Don’t have a devotional book that would work well for your family as a whole? We love Jesus Calling®: 365 Devotions for Kids, and have used it for almost two full years now!


Angie is a Christian homeschooling mom of four active children ranging in age from 4 to 11. She’s been married to her husband, Jeremy, for fourteen years as they’ve learned to live God’s way, and grown together in His love. Her family is very active in their church, where they’ve attend for the past fourteen years. Angie has recently left the world of diaper bags and babies, and is cautiously approaching life with tweens. She is the creator of My Four Monkeys and you can find her on Twitter at @MyFourMonkeys.