why we fail to achieve goals and how to rock your year

Why we fail to achieve goals & how to rock the new year

Ruthie character building, Christian living, Clutter-free mind, organization, Productivity, Regrouping 5 Comments

Why we fail to achieve goals…ever wonder that? I whispered this prayer on a Saturday morning in early December, seeking to prioritize my new year goals: Father, I thank you for what I’ve endured this year, because you’ve shown me where to start next year. The first reason we fail to achieve goals If you’re like me, you’ve got plenty …

How to eat healthy when your husband doesn’t

Ruthie Gray Humor, Regrouping 4 Comments

  We have an ongoing struggle at our house called, How to eat healthy when your husband doesn’t.  It’s a thirty-year documentary. I started the 21 Day Fix–a  portion controlled program with color-coded containers for food, and daily thirty-minute workouts.  My daughter, Taryn, had such success with the program that she became a Beach Body coach. {Which is a big deal, considering she used …

Dear Mom of grown children, leave the past behind.  Positive advice and Scripture for "mom guilt". How to make peace with parenting fails - real or imagined

Dear mom of grown children: leave your regrets behind

Ruthie character building, Christian living, Clutter-free mind, Empty nesting, encouragement, Regrouping 10 Comments

Dear mom, I know you wish you could leave your regrets behind. You should have spent more time reading Dr. Seuss and Goodnight Moon. You should have been a stay-at-home mom You should have spoken softer (as in – not yelled) You should have made them stick with piano You should have let them quit piano You should have home …

You’ve had it up to your eyeballs and you “can’t take no more”! The inevitable happens and – you blow it. If this sounds like you, consider joining me and other moms of all ages at MTO (Mom Time Out).

Dear mom, there’s hope for when you blow it {Link-up}

Ruthie Regrouping 4 Comments

Spilled milk, bloody noses, and crayon-colored walls.  Forgetful middle-schoolers and argumentative teenagers. A husband who’s gone long hours every day.  Your arch-nemesis in the form of a child who inherited your exact personality. You’ve had it up to your eyeballs and you “can’t take no more”!  The inevitable happens and – you blow it. All moms relate to frustration, pressure, …

5 Savory dishes for a sumptuous Thanksgiving Dinner. Easy, delicious side items, and a free printable crockpot stuffing recipe.

5 Savory dishes for a sumptuous Thanksgiving Dinner {with free crock pot stuffing printable recipe}

Ruthie Regrouping 10 Comments

All set for that sumptuous Thanksgiving Dinner?  The time draweth nigh, as they say… If you didn’t see the post, How to {simply} host Thanksgiving Dinner for 20, you might want to head there first.  Even if you aren’t cooking for that many, it has helpful tips, including choosing a table scape, how to select the right size turkey, and whether or …

When the waves of same-ness turn into tides of change

Ruthie Regrouping 13 Comments

It’s time for “Five Minute Friday” over on Katemotaung’s blog, “Heading Home”!  Set the timer, write for five minutes, and post!  Today’s word prompt: “Same”     Kids love repetition –  have you ever noticed that? When my daughter and her little family moved from their home just a month ago, Sawyer, my grandson (aka “Tiny Tornado”) kept asking for “home?” My …

How to find God's will through your life - one thing I did to discover His will.

How to find God’s will for your life

Ruthie Regrouping 8 Comments

Have you ever noticed that life is one continuously changing phase after another? We wonder what God would have us do in this new place. We ponder. We pray. We obsess. We anxiously worry. WE NEED AN ANSWER! NOW! God tells us in His Word what to do. I’ve been searching earnestly. I’ve found some answers.

How to make a “Thankful Jar”

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    I love Easter, don’t you?  Celebrating anew the fact that Christ is alive!  A truth so precious to the believer, because we know we will live forever with Christ someday.  For without the resurrection, we would be “Sad, You See’”  (Sadducees – they didn’t believe in the resurrection.)      Our house was full because my chicks had come home to …

To the mom who prays for silence - finding contentment in the loud seasons with small children. From an empty nest mom.

To the mom who prays for silence

Ruthie Gray Regrouping 4 Comments

Are you a mom who prays for silence – just a bit of peace and calm in your day? A prominent sign in my house read, “Who are all these kids and why do they keep calling me mom?”  I recently moved it to the basement because, well, that’s not really descriptive of my household anymore. When loud season ends …

The difference between men and women; how opposites attract and how to curb "opposite annoyance"

The difference between men and women

Ruthie Gray Regrouping 1 Comment

There is a huge difference between Jim and I (Jim is my husband, if you’re new here).  I am married to my polar opposite.  Let me expound on the subject. I’m running my first 10k tomorrow.  Jim brought home donut holes from his trip to Washington, D.C. today. For lunch, I have a veggie burger on wheat thins, hummus, and pretzel …