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    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.

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word for the year 2015


This year, my word for the year is ………….TRUST! I knew that this was my word a few months before the new year came.

Through the years I have had many things that I have prayed about on a steady basis for years. I would say that even though I know my Jesus to be faithful and all knowing that I also have become a little jaded because I have yet to see these things come to fruician.  A hardening of my heart almost out of protection for my heart. But, all that has done is make me bitter and negative towards those things that I pray about on a continual basis.

So, this last year as my word from last year,  ‘grace’, has certainly worked in my life big time. I have seen it thru and thru,  how the Lord so willingly extends that to me.  I too, feel like I have changed so much in the area of not just receiving and recognizing grace from my Savior but also in GIVING much grace. I think it has made my heart softer in areas for things I might have been judgmental about at one time.

I ask the Lord, what is it that you want from me? And over and over what came to my mind was TRUST!

The verse that I have known forever Proverbs 3:5-12 in the NIV but when I saw it in The Message it was like I had read it for the first time, so this goes along with my word this year.

Proverbs 3:5-12The Message (MSG)

5-12 Trust God from the bottom of your heart;
    don’t try to figure out everything on your own.
Listen for God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go;
    he’s the one who will keep you on track.
Don’t assume that you know it all.
    Run to God! Run from evil!
Your body will glow with health,
    your very bones will vibrate with life!
Honor God with everything you own;
    give him the first and the best.
Your barns will burst,
    your wine vats will brim over.
But don’t, dear friend, resent God’s discipline;
    don’t sulk under his loving correction.
It’s the child he loves that God corrects;
    a father’s delight is behind all this.

Every single line in this Proverb is exactly where I am placing all my energy this year.

Trust Him with all my heart even that part that is hardened.

Give up trying to understand the why’s or taking it into my own hands

Oh, how I want to hear His voice, IN EVERYTHING!

He will keep me pointed in the direction He wants me to go when I stay close to Him.

I don’t know much, this I know

Go to Him, even when at times I think ‘it doesn’t matter’ or I’m feeling small.

I want my body to be strong

I want to take care of that which He has blessed me with and talk to Him about all that He has given to me so that I may manage it the way He would have me to.

Yes, I want to give where He directs me to give. I want to see a need and do my best with taking care of it the way He would see fit.

Thank you Jesus for blessing that which I have

It hurts to be spanked but sometimes I know I have it coming and I know He knows best for me.

Yes, I can sulk, I can go into myself  and feel so unheard that I don’t work it out, I just stay and feel beat up.

I know He knows what is for my own good. IN ALL THINGS!

I DO TRUST HIM and when I do feel any of these things in a negative way, I have been practicing, “I TRUST YOU JESUS” I say it over and over about all matters in my little world at the moment.

February 4, 2015 - 2:06 pm

Keith Wynn - Trust – a beautiful choice for word of the year :)

February 25, 2015 - 6:40 am

Janice C. Johnson - I love your Word for the year! Mine is less clear, but I keep thinking “Real.”

February 25, 2015 - 7:02 am

Jody Lee Collins - Marlece, this is beautiful–the Scripture and your heart. It’s been a long time…. I thought of you last week on a drive home from Portland and went through Yelm. Gotta make this the year we meet!

the results!

It was a good day indeed! All the members of the team that made it this far worked so hard the whole week before to prepare and then also at the meet. So proud of each one.

We started out with a team parade. See these big boys? Most of them move on after this day.  (snif)


Nice ceremony to begin the day!


Corvan really kicked it in and did so well! Super proud of him!


Jordan had a bit of an off day for him, but he is still standing tall on that podium. Nice Job JOR!


It was a fantastic season. I’m happy we may get some weekends back and might be able to have a few sit down dinners as a family during the week. But, then I also will miss all of those families I have spent countless hours with watching and cheering our boys on to be good athletes but also to grow in their character as upstanding to be men.

January 27, 2015 - 11:41 am

Ben - great stuff!!

This is how you make wrestling momma’s cry

I think my adrenaline is on high usage since yesterday.

Did you happen to see the Seahawks play today? Oh my goodness, what a game. It was a pure adrenaline  rush, and then to watch Russel Wilson dropping tears at the end, well, it was almost too much! Now off to the SUPERBOWL! Whoot! Whoot!

Yesterday started my adrenaline rush.  Corvan and Jordan went to divisions with their wrestling. Only top 4 go in each weight class so we are talking some good wrestling. Nail biters! We are apart of  a team that really do cheer one another on. If I see one of their kids at the mat I’m there to be support and if they see one of my kids at the mat I know they are right there behind me. It feels good to have the support.

Here is an example of Corvan’s team mates. Earlier in the season, Corvan went early in the morning to weigh in for a dual and stepping on that scale was 2 pounds over. Corvan had one hour to loose those pounds to be able to wrestle. Corvan’s friend Brayden, who is a top wrestler, took his time and energy to work Corv for that hour to loose those pounds. He sweated right along with Corvan and looking down on that scale an hour later to see that Corvan made weight with not even an ounce to spare, right on the dot!

Brayden, Corvan’s friend, got hurt and is unable to finish the season out, which brought tears to my eyes for him, we all know he would have been standing at the top of the podium. He showed up to divisions, him and his dad, and when Corv needed encouragement, without words, went for a walk with Corvan outside to get himself back together. He’s a friend, and an athlete.


Divisions, Corvan ended up in 3rd place and Jordan in 2nd. Could a Momma be any more proud of these boys?

Jordan stacking this boy, BOOM!


Jordan won each one until he went for first or second place.  Jordan has wrestled this boy several times this year and knew he was TOUGH.

Does his opponent look fearful to you? The boy ended up kicking it in and winning but he has Jordan FEAR don’t you think?


Next time buddy, I just know it! Second place is amazing, AMAZING! (snif, snif)


Then Corv, he has had a tough group this year. And can I just tell you, he worked his tail off for that 3rd place.

This is what makes wrestling Momma’s cry………..

Corv went into 4 over times and ended up loosing by one point! I cannot explain to you the emotion, the adrenaline going thru these veins of mine. Watching Corv wrestle like he’s never wrestled before, watching the emotion in him.  When it was all said and done I was on all fours on the mat, I got to my feet with tears welled up, I turn around and Jim is standing behind me all welled up with tears, then I turn around a little further and there are my friends wiping tears from their eyes too.



He almost had it!


When Corvan gets to this point he is unstoppable……..UNSTOPPABLE!


Over time!  A drink and a close pep talk from the coaches!


MORE Pepping!


It’s over, and now a little reassuring! Look at Jor’s concerned face!


Back in the stands for a little moment to himself.


But all in all it was a victory for both boys. They worked so hard and next week will be even tougher. League wrestlers, can my heart take it? I’m so glad I have a week to recover!




January 18, 2015 - 7:24 pm

Brandee Shafer - So much passion. It will serve them well all their lives.

January 19, 2015 - 5:28 am

Janice C. Johnson - What warriors you’ve raised! I love your “Mom” heart.

January 22, 2015 - 2:37 pm

Alecia Simersky - My son tried wrestling once, it wasn’t his thing. Boy is it INTENSE!! Oh my goodness. I’m not sure who gets into it more the kids or the parents. Even I found myself yelling and wanting to tear up! I’m not sure my heart could take it. Best of luck to your boys!

movin’ on to the next move…..

This time of the year my boys have that genuine ‘I’m tired’ feeling. I have a very close father like figure in my life who was always a very healthy and athletic man. He even coached wresting at the college level. He use to always say, “There is no such thing as ‘I’m tired’ , you may be ‘sleepy’ but not tired.” I think in his house it was like saying a bad word. But I have to say, my boys are ‘tired’, worn out. But, we are, they are in the mode and working very hard to achieve success for their season ending. Last week they did subdivisions and the top four of each weight bracket make it to divisions (which is this coming weekend). We are having fun, they are working their little selves so hard. Tonight we had a night off and it was nice having them take the time to go jump on the trampoline and veg in front of the tv, A rare thing for this season of the year.

As for this Momma? I’m loving every minute of watching them perform on the mat. Wrestling is so mental, so physical, it is always beautiful to see them grow in both of these things. Although my hinnie is not liking it so much. I have a sciatic nerve issue going on that makes it VERY uncomfortable to sit. The only relief I feel is when I run to get thing loosened up, or laying flat. Whahhhhh…….

Jordan! Ended in 2nd place at the podium.


Corvan! Ended in fourth place at the podium.


Look forward to the following weekend!

January 15, 2015 - 7:56 am

Jenay - I’m so proud of my nephews!!! And you rock it on those bleachers…they are HARD and PAINFUL. Love you all!

Hands down #1 cookie made last year!

Iced Oatmeal Cookies


2 cups old fashioned rolled oats

2 cups all purpose flour

1 tbls baking powder

1/2 tsp baking powder

2 tsp cinnamon

1/2 tsp ground nutmeg

2 sticks butter, softened

1 cup brown sugar

1/2 cup sugar

2 large eggs

1 tsp vanilla extract


2 cups confectioners sugar

3 tbls milk


Preheat oven to 350 degrees. I use wax paper on cookie sheets to place the dough onto.

Place rolled oats in food processor (me my ninja!) and pulse for a few seconds, you still want texture so just a few pulses to break them up.

Mix oats with flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, cinnamon and nutmeg.

With mixer cream butter and sugars

Add in eggs one at a time then vanilla extract

Gradually add flour mixture until combined

Roll dough into 2 tbls size balls and place on baking sheet spacing about 2 inches apart.

Bake for 10 or so minutes until the bottoms begin to brown.

Cool on a baking sheet for 5 minutes before transferring to a wire rack to cool completely.


Mix confectioners sugar and milk together in a bowl.

Quickly dip tops of cookies into glaze and let excess drip off.

Place back on wire rack until glaze sets

Store cookies in an airtight container.


My family will eat these in half a minute if I am not in there monitoring them!




January 14, 2015 - 6:36 pm

Brandee Shafer - pinned it :)