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  • Hi Friends!

    Thank you for stopping by my little home on the internet. My name is Marlece. I am a Jesus lovin' country girl. A wife. A momma of 4 boys. A cook. A hairstylist. And well... I wear many other hats depending on the time of day.

    You can read a bit more about me and my family on my "About Me" page.

    While you're here, I hope you find something that inspires you to whip up a yummy recipe, try a new hairstyle, call up your sisters, or just hug your kids. I hope you will reach out and say "hello" too. I would love to connect with you on Facebook or Twitter.

  • At My Table

    This is where my heart my table feeding people. Not only does cooking bring out the artsy in me again for I love to try new things, it also gives me pleasure to have many at my table. The Lord blessed me with a table that has been passed down from many generations and I know that many have sat at it before my time to fellowship together. I want to continue that heritage in my home. The Lord gave me the gifting of hospitality and I have a huge desire to please Him in this area. So enjoy a recipe or two when you go to "At my table"

  • In My Chair

    My salon is a place that I can create. I love to see transformation and usually not just in a look, but the way someone might feel. It is a place where I get the privilege of having one on one with someone. I consider it my ministry. I always feel an incredible sense of blessing when someone chooses to sit in my chair and share a little of themselves while I get to use my artistic ability. I like to share some of my work and time spent when you go to "In my chair" at Tame Your Mane Hair Salon.

From a daughters point of view

I spent the better part of the day on Father’s Day cooking a great meal for my man, the father of my children. He isn’t home much this summer, working out of town, asked if I wanted to go out, we don’t get to be home with him much this summer and he doesn’t get a home cooked meal at his own table so that is what we did. I also spent the rest of the day reading ‘A better Man’ by Rick Steber. It features a story of my dad. I read the rough draft a few months ago and now sat to read the real thing yesterday.

The book is raw truth. I have watched my dad go thru the process of having this book wrote for a few years now of being interviewed and I do believe the Lord used it as a healing tool in my dad’s life. Not only was dad coming to grips with the life that he has led but also forgiving himself because he knows that Jesus already has.

I remember when he told me that this process was beginning I asked dad what the goal was, what was his plan to accomplish by putting himself out there for all to read? His answer was to give God glory for all that He has done for him and to hopefully give hope to someone else who has been thru some of the garbage he has been thru. I asked him if Rick was the man God appointed to write the book and dad said,”I do believe so.  Rick may not know it yet but the Lord is in control on this one.” I would say that Rick allowed the Lord to take control and he listened to Him.

a better man

To write this book it took a man who was willing to humble himself and I look at dad today and would say he is a humble man. This is what the bible says about this subject and it is just so fitting.

1 Peter 5:6-11New Living Translation (NLT)

So humble yourselves under the mighty power of God, and at the right time he will lift you up in honor. Give all your worries and cares to God, for he cares about you.

Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith. Remember that your family of believers[a] all over the world is going through the same kind of suffering you are.

10 In his kindness God called you to share in his eternal glory by means of Christ Jesus. So after you have suffered a little while, he will restore, support, and strengthen you, and he will place you on a firm foundation. 11 All power to him forever! Amen.


Every single word of this is dad today. It just sums it right up.

The book portrays dad in a certain light that may not even look fitting to even be a father. As I have reflected back I really have never not respected or not felt love for  my dad. Dad is a natural communicator and even though he was gone much of the time I don’t think I ever felt like I was deprived of a fatherly influence upon my life. He has always been there. He managed, thru all of it, to stay in relationship, to give advice and talk me thru some things I have needed him for. A closeness with dad has been there.

Dad prays, I remember going to church with him when I was young, 12 years old, going to Sunday night service and he always had his hands raised and fully worshiping his Savior. Dad has always been able to drop a tear quite easily and now, his softened heart he’s a bag of mush much of the time.

No, I did not like his drinking, as a matter of fact, I loathed it, I think all of us girls did. Reading the book, it was a much bigger problem for him than it ever was for me. And my mom, I have grown a new respect and understanding of her life too. Where she may have looked weak to the outside world, she was a woman of strength and courage.

a better man and mom

I think the biggest thing about reading this book for me is that, I as a wife and mother now, realize our children see things in the light of ‘how am I doing’ and never take into consideration that the parents as in DAVE FRANKE and PEGGY FRANKE have their own stories to tell. They have led a life, had feeling, that I really was oblivious to, my needs were met and that is all I really was interested in when growing up in the Franke home. This, I will keep in mind while raising my own. The biggest thing is to raise them up knowing Jesus so that when they grow up and have their own lives to lead that they know that Jesus is the answer for all and everything.

The Lord, he protects, gives grace because after being raised in a home such as the one us girls were raised in we all love Jesus more than anything else. We live to serve Him. He is our all and all, our beginning and our end. I would say that not only is dad a sober man today he also is a man who raised four girls who love the Lord and that is an accomplishment to praise the Lord for as well.


Now, mom and dad are moving to new territory. Willing to let the Lord lead the way, on an adventure that He is making the calls on and it is quite exhilarating to be apart of and see how and where the Lord uses them for His glory.

The story continues……………..

to order the book and soon to be on Amazon.


June 22, 2015 - 7:38 am

Brandee Shafer - I want to read this! How do I order a copy?

June 22, 2015 - 7:59 am

marlece - Brandee, it will be on Amazon this week but if you go to this link you may order from there as well.

June 22, 2015 - 2:27 pm

Sherrie - Marlece, I haven’t started it yet but even before I get there I knew your mom is a woman of strength. Your dad has the gift of story telling and although someone else wrote the book he has the ability of painting pictures with words. I can’t wait to read it and know it will be tough in parts but victorious in others.

June 25, 2015 - 2:54 pm

Alecia Simersky - How awesome that your dad has written a book. I think we all forget our parents have a story of their own. We only see things from our limited perspective. I think it says a lot of your dad that though he struggled he still raised 4 godly women. That is a true testament of faith and the goodness of God.
I love redemption stories!!

Summer Stuff

This girl, is running a MARATHON right here. Austin is a power woman. Jim, the navigator of where to chase her next was followed by Jordan, me, Austin’s baby girl, her mom and sisters.  We took great delight in going to THE NEXT STOP! Capitol marathon, it was fun to be on the side lines cheering her on.


Austin’s cheer squad!


We also have baby chicks! Nothing like a baby is there?


Hydrangeas have gone nuts this year! We have had sun in June this year, whoot, whoot!


In love with my taco salad!


Look at my baby just taking a break from hard play. What do you think is going thru his mind? (I love my mom probably)


I love when they get to eat from an open field instead of a hay bale. They are happy about it this morning too.


Good, good times, the Lord is a good, good God, blessed, yes, blessed!

1st weekend of summer!

We love this hike, we love this hike, we love this hike!

Just look at the beauty! (and the cute kids too!)


We went a little off of the beaten bath to find this gem in the woods. A water hole that was at least 10 feet deep! Brayden, Friend Steven, Corvan, and Jordan decided to all take the plunge into the freezing cold (it was just winter) river.


Crazy goof, he did not belly flop, but it was looking like he was going to!


STUDS! They were trying to act all cool cat, as if they weren’t cold, after that. (I know better)


Do you see who also is swimming quite successfully across that river? GO ROOOOB!



We are in our element right here. Beautiful day! And I know I keep saying it, but so glad my partner was near us this day.  5 miles, swimming, and exhausted that she was indeed.



Taking a little break.


Learning a little something about Steven. When suggestions are flying around, he’s really quiet, and I think once he finishes analyzing it in that head of his, he is the first to take the plunge.


Oh, no, that cold?


Always have to end the day at the rock on the way home. I love this picture, I just love it!




FUN day!


It just feels so strange to be doing these things already in June. Usually we are still fighting the rain around here but this year has been exceptionally sunny and we have been taking extra advantage!


June 18, 2015 - 8:48 am

Gina - Looks fun!! Look at those handsome guys. How is it that even Jordan has a six pack? Geez! And Ruby… My first thought was that she was messing up her freshly done hair. But then I realized how awesome it was that she was swimming. I know she could not have been happier. Great pictures girl!!

Ruby’s debut!

I’d say, today is a journey I did not know I would ever have to take with running partner but here we are today healthy and still with much heart.

Six weeks post surgery all seemed to be going well until I told Jim over the phone, beings he has been working out of town, that Ruby just seemed really depressed. She was mopping around not acting like herself at all. Jim got home on the weekend and said with alarm in his voice, “something is wrong, we are losing her!” I called the doctor and drover her over to the other side of the mountain  where she was cared for beautifully when doing the surgery to save her leg.

The doctor took one look at her and said she was full of infection and began immediate IV antibiotics. I went and spent the night over at my mom and dad’s house. After the doctor got done assessing her he told me he wanted to keep her for the week and get her infection cleared up. He told me it would be no charge to me, he wanted a chance to save her life. WHO DOES THAT? This doctor, this friend, who I am over the top appreciative of him and his staff.

Mom and I went to see her that next morning before I left to go home. I begged my mom to come visit her as much as possible so that she didn’t think I was abandoning her. To leave her, it broke my heart into a million pieces. She was so sick but so wanted to be with me. I left her to go back to my family but had five hours of obsessing and praying for her as I went back over the mountain.

My mom sent me pictures nearly every day of her. Dad and her went and laid hands on her and prayed for her. This all blessed my heart so much. Doctor called me midweek and told me the infection was clearing up and she was doing much better but her leg, the nerve damage was just too much, she was not using it and he felt he should take it. He did it that Tuesday and we went and picked her up Friday. She was  a much happier girl when we picked her up than when I left her. She was READY to go home after 8 days of being a patient. Her heart was still happy and again it broke me.

I cried all week when she was gone,  mainly  worried she thought we abandoned her. I knew she was in good hands, but I could not stop crying about her thinking I left her! Do you know how the Lord does a work thru you that you didn’t see coming or that you even knew you had issues with?Well, I think that whole week he was doing a little heart surgery on me as well. I realized I had a huge pride issue. She has always been my prize running partner. I loved that, I loved when I didn’t run with her for a day and people who I have never met, I see in a grocery store and they would stop and ask me, “I saw you running today, but where is your partner?” This happened so many times! Now I have a girl who is a tripod, and what am I suppose to do with that? My pride was being blown right out of my chest. Pride is sin and I came to know that I didn’t want this in me anymore, in any area of my life. I was seeing it pop up in all kinds of places. I was being dealt with as well, I had an infection called pride and the Lord was working on healing me up.


We ran for the first time in a park this weekend. She did amazing and had all the spunk she always has had. She’s a bit out of shape and her gait is a bit different but she still wants to go, go, go! People’s reactions were either way positive with a big shout out and encouragement or nasty with a lady yelling at me, “DO YOU REALLY THINK SHE WANTS TO DO THAT?” So, we kept going, I found myself being  PROUD but not prideful of my running partner.


We went to the groomer for the first time today. We have been waiting for her debut. She knows she is pretty.


Can still see on her front leg where they shaved for the IV. She is 2 weeks now into being a 3 legged champ, and she is smiling, can you see it?


June 9, 2015 - 10:23 pm

Brandee Shafer - This made my cry. Ruby. You’re so awesome. You, too, Marlece. So awesome. God just never leaves us alone; does He?

June 10, 2015 - 10:18 am

Dena Leigh - Made me cry too! Love love love and more love, Xoxo

Chicken and roasted veggie pasta Dish

Here we go, I thought I would write this recipe down for my own good. I made a ton of this, it goes a long way, had tones left over and guess who ate the rest? ME! I just cannot get enough of it! I think because it feels clean. I know it’s pasta but the veggies in it make it so fresh and just YUMMY!


Chicken and roasted veggie pasta dish

Items you will need:

3 baked and chopped chicken breasts

17.6 ounces of pasta (or close to that, whatever kind you please)

8 mushrooms sliced

1 red pepper sliced

1 large sweet onion sliced

2 tbls sugar

2 yellow squash sliced

cherry tomatoes sliced

1 large handful of fresh spinach

a bundle of asparagus

olive oil

1 tbls garlic salt

1 1/2 of shredded Parmesan cheese


I take my sliced onion put it in a pan with olive oil drizzled over the top of it. Then I sprinkle the sugar over the top. On medium heat the onions will caramelize a bit and when they become translucent add the sliced mushrooms for just a few more minutes. I do that because it seems the mushrooms need just a little more time to cook than the rest. I take that off of the stove. I then take a cookie sheet and spray a nonstick spray on the pan and add all the sliced veggies; onion, mushrooms, red pepper,  squash, tomatoes, spinach, and asparagus all laid out on the pan. I then drizzle over the top olive oil,  sprinkle the garlic salt over the top of them and place them in  the oven on Broil. (I place the veggie sheet on the middle setting so that it will cook from the top but not burn and still cook the veggies thru.) I leave them in there for about 20 minutes. When you begin to see the edges of the veggies getting browned this is the sign to take them out.

I then drain my pasta and place it into a 9X13 pan, add the vegetables to the pasta along with the cooked chicken breasts and then sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the top. Place foil over the top. Pan goes into oven at 350 degrees for about 10 minutes. WA-LA!

I serve with garlic bread and a green salad.


My favorite green salad

A head of lettuce

1 large handful of fresh spinach

1 cup of craisins

1/4 cup sunflower seeds

10 cherry tomatoes sliced in half

Croutons (if you desire)

1 cup crumbled feta cheese

My favorite dressing is Italian dressing mixed with equal parts of ranch. But, you may use whatever you please.


Place the lettuce and spinach mixed together in a bowl and then sprinkle over the top of  the craisins, sunflower seeds, tomatoes, and the feta cheese. I then add a few croutons to the top, for a little more crunch!

This salad has been a keeper in this family FOREVER!