Getting Into Routine After an Epic Summer

Before I dive into the what this post is really about, let me take a moment to introduce myself. I am thrilled to be one of the newest top Tommy Nelson Mommies! I am married to Jeremy, the hottest redhead around, and we have two kids, Joshua (10 years) and Emma Grace (7 years). There’s no quick, easy answer to describe what I do, so let’s just start with some words…wife, mother, creative, photographer, blogger, world traveler, lover of Jesus, dreamer, storyteller, teacher to my kids. My husband and I founded Ten Thousand Homes, whose goal is to provide HOPE and HOME for Africa’s orphans, in 2006. We currently live between the USA and S. Africa. It’s such an incredible journey with God that I look forward to sharing with you more!

In the meantime…

We’ve had quite the epic summer. Kids got out of school beginning of June. We packed up our entire house. We hit the road the day after Father’s Day, taking three days to drive from Texas to Connecticut. We spent a week and a half working on a house that we own there. July 1st we flew from New York to Johannesburg, South Africa. The end of July I spent two weeks in Uganda telling the stories through photography of what God is doing there. Last month we pulled all our belongings out of storage and set up home. Epic, I tell you, but oh, such an amazing adventure.

We’re currently living between two continents and life can feel a little crazy, so that’s why establishing a routine for our kids is vital. Every year my husband and I pray about the next school year for our kids. We felt it best that we home school this year. Not only is it a plus with our crazy travel schedule, but my husband and I also felt a challenge to invest more in our kids at such a young age, to reinforce in them what it means to have good character and to stand strong in who God made them to be.

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it. – Proverbs 22:6

It felt like a daunting task to transition my kids from such an adventurous Summer to a home schooling routine. However, one thing I’ve learned from my kids over the years is that they thrive on routine. I decided to let them be a part of actually making our home school schedule. It was probably the best decision I ever made. I couldn’t believe some of the things that came out of their mouths…the exact bedtime I would have picked, chores that they wanted to do, and the thing that made my heart the proudest, weekly Bible study. I love how that time together in God’s word is drawing us closer as a family and that it’s building in my kids that Godly character that I so desire for them!

A few of my favorite devotional books for kids…
100 Devotions, 100 Bible Songs
Heroes and Villains of The Bible

Wife, mother, lover of people, photographer, knitter, blogger and world traveler, Jen Price has traveled to dozens of countries, not merely as a tourist, but rolling her sleeves up and going well off the beaten path so that she might get to know the people, learn the culture, and find the heart of the place. In 2005, Jen co-founded Ten Thousand Homes, an organization dedicated to bringing hope and homes to thousands of children orphaned in sub-Saharan Africa. Currently she and her family live between South Africa and the USA. Jen continues to travel internationally, camera in tow, with more passion than ever to tell the stories of beautiful people the world sometimes forgets. You can check out her stories and photos on her blog, I Believe In Love.