Struggling for Quiet time? 3 steps for when life is loud

Are you a young mama struggling for quiet time?  I get you, and so does my featured guest today.  Her name is Sarah, and she’s a young mama of four – soon to be five!  But first, let me remind you of a special 7-day devotional series Sarah, Keri Snyder and I have designed for mothers seeking balance –   …

Dear Mom, it's not as bad as you think! All those years of wiping snotty noses and scrubbing dirty floors counts in your faithfulness. God is using you, little eyes are watching you. Even though you don' think what you do matters - it does. ©

Dear mom, it’s not as bad as you think; you don’t have to be perfect

I know you think God’s not using you today as you dash to Krogers, toddlers in tow, just trying to scramble for something to cook for dinner and keep the kids from having a conniption in the store.

You didn’t go to church last Wednesday night. You’re not going to make it through the Bible this year in your daily devotions. If only you’d gotten up earlier, been faster, eaten healthier, been wiser….


Just stop.

Join the MTO challenge and boost your calm in 2016! A special Facebook group for moms to interact and share encouragement for those "real" moments

Join the MTO Challenge and boost your calm in 2016!

  It’s a mom problem Are you tired of blowing it with your kids?  Frustrated by your quickly flaring temper due to seemingly minor annoyances?  Do you wonder why you have such a low tolerance to interruptions in your schedule? Girl can relate. In my “Gigi” state of life, I could chalk it up to menopause.  That would be a …

How to simply host Thanksgiving Dinner for 15-20 people. Simple planning and hosting ideas for an easy holiday buffet.

How to {simply} host Thanksgiving dinner for 20

My favorite America’s Funniest Videos clip features a young wife hosting Thanksgiving dinner for all the fam.  When presenting the turkey, her mama asked if she stuffed it. Placing the turkey amidst a buffet of delicious looking dishes, she happily quipped, “No!  It was already stuffed – it came that way!” And all the people rolled in the floor as …

Welcome to my new home!

It’s here! After months of effort and years of agonizing, I’ve launched my new site, and I think you’re going to love it! Rear, Release, Regroup is more of the same kind of stories I’ve been writing for years over at Live, Laugh, Love and Ruthie’s Kozi Kitchen! You will probably notice a few more changes to this site in the weeks to come, which won’t affect your receiving or viewing, only perfecting the process.

The day I ignored my laundry and discovered a more valuable load. Advice for moms to make time for family, even though the laundry's piled high.

The day I ignored the laundry and discovered a more valuable load

Do you ever stop to think of all your benefits? Are they just annoyances? A snotty nosed toddler who just threw spaghetti all over the floor from his high chair. A teen who needs to learn how to drive. An elderly parent desiring a ride to the grocery store. A husband with a to-do list that involves you. We don’t realize our benefits because we don’t recognize our benefits.