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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.

Adventure, that’s what boys are made of…..

You know, I sound exasperated so many times telling a story of ‘what my boys are up to next’, but I am telling you,  I wouldn’t have it any other way. Boys were made for adventure. I think this world puts our thumb down on our boys/men way too much and won’t allow them be what God designed them to be.

I read a book that so confirmed my thoughts on how I feel about boys called ‘Wild at Heart’ and just one of the quotes was, “There’s a boy who needs a lot of teaching, and there’s an old man who’s got a lot of wisdom. But the initiation doesn’t take place at a school desk, it takes place in the field, where simple lessons about the land and animals and seasons turn into larger lessons about life and self and God. Through each test comes a revelation”

Let’s let our boys explore and be adventurous so that they may grow into the man God created them to be.

I take delight in being apart of their adventurous spirits. So here are a couple of hikes we have done the past couple of weeks. We can’t stay away from these places, God’s beauty is just breath taking.





Look at our Ruby girl, does she look like she is having fun? Ears all wet an all!


Does this crack you  up? She held her breath and went under for a super long time. I thinks she was snorkeling without the snorkel because there was really nothing to go after she just wanted to see what was under the water.


Oh my gosh, is this the most handsomest picture of all?


Rhee, always apart. She is getting a ‘little’ more girlie in the way that when the boys are constantly hanging from a tree or going off the path she gives me the eye roll, many times I’m with her on that. Ha!


I love him!


Always in motion!


Jim is going to be jealous of this day. It was fun, wish he was there. He’s the one who taught me the beauty of these mountains, river, and so forth. I am also grateful I have a man who spends his time providing so that we may have days like these.



And sometimes a brother is in need more times than another. Corv was in trouble and Jor was there to get him out!


A little cooling off on a 20 plus foot rock into the lake.





Good times, good adventure!

(Big Creek trail, Staircase, and Lake Cushman)





August 9, 2014 - 7:31 pm

Jenay - B.E.A.U.T.I.F.U.L. I’m so glad the boys have an adventurous mom to enjoy these thing with them.

August 9, 2014 - 9:11 pm

Rachel Mboob - I love it! I thought I recognized your locations! These were our summer spots last year. Now I need to go hit them up while I still have the chance (although last year Oliver kicked one of his shoes in at staircase). We’re starting to feel a bit better here. Miss you my friend.

August 10, 2014 - 10:36 am

Brandee Shafer - I need to get more in touch with this side of myself. Thankful that Cade has Scouts to fill in the gaps! You’re a GREAT mom!

August 11, 2014 - 9:11 am

Dena Leigh - Gorgeous photographs! Colorful and adventurous. Picture at the bridge with all of them is a classic. Thanks for sharing these Marlece. Amazing that they jumped off that big rock, wow! Nature is so fantastic. I love the captions you wrote with the pictures too. Love you, xoxoDena

August 16, 2014 - 6:14 am

Alecia - Hey Marlece! I love coming over and scrolling through your pictures, they are beautiful, girl!!

You should start a side business in photography ;)

I agree boys should be boys and we shouldn’t hinder them. I’m letting mine play football this year, EEEK! Scary for Mama, fun for son!I wish I could just wrap him in bubble wrap :)

I know, I know, seriously, I KNOW!

These boys! I know other mom’s of all boys that may have bumps and scrapes here and there, and to be expected right? Yah, well, I feel like I have gone into the closet and not told a soul these past few months because, frankly, either nobody will believe me, or they think, we are NUTSO! But lately, I have had to totally face it because this is really where all our ‘extra’ funds go to right now. DOCTOR BILLS! I was trying to explain to the billing lady at the hospital (when she is wanting more money than what they are getting from me) that I send 4 different billings with payments in them every month! She will mention one kid, then I will mention the other 3! When she is looking at one payment I have sent in I am looking at all FOUR! She had the nerve to tell me that if it isn’t an emergency then maybe I shouldn’t come to the emergency room! I ALMOST came thru the phone! So, I with the big lump in my throat trying to hold back the tears, I said, they have ALL been emergencies! I HATE the emergency room!  I HATE GERMS! I told her that the kind of emergencies that I come in with aren’t ones that they say, “Oh go have a seat and we will get to you in an hour or two” mine are the kind that bypasses all sitting there! IT’S AN EMERGENCY! We’ve been in for head trauma’s, for a toe that was almost ripped off, on and on it goes!!!!!!!!!

Ok, all of that to say…..also, the Lord is so good to us too. It could be way worse than it is this I know! So, coming out of the closet on some of the mishaps these past couple of months. Yes, just the past couple of months…..

Layton started it off with dislocating his knee when helping his friend’s father with clearing land. Layton said he just jumped off of a log and BOOM his knee went out of the joint. They drove Layton’s truck that Layton was in, to the house, and I took over from there by driving him to the ER. He was in EXCRUCIATING pain all the way there! When we got to the emergency room I drove to the front and told them I needed help getting Layton out of the truck, they brought him a wheel chair. I said, “um, no, he needs a gurney and 6 guys to get him out! And that is what they did, from the janitor to the nurses to the docs they all lifted him out and onto the gurney. Layton is paranoid of ANY drugs so he wouldn’t take anything for the pain. So the doc told him, ok we’ll do it cold turkey then, he would count to 3 and set it back into place. I told Layton to hold my hand and the doctor told us that that was not a good idea he might break my hand. The nurse gave him a wash cloth to clamp down on. OH MY LORD! 1…..2……3…..BOOM, he set it just like that, Layton felt HUGE relief and 20 minutes later we were walking out of the emergency room.

Brayden, he loves the extreme sports! If he doesn’t go big he doesn’t go at all! But, sometimes it is good to have friends in high places! He was at a friends house that live on a lake. They were on their dock jumping into the water and he got his toes caught between the plastic and the dock when jumping and split his toes open! Well, fortunately, his friends dad was a ‘foot doctor,’ got him out of the water, checked him out and stitched him up right then and there. Sorry, I know, so gross! NEOPSPORIN, lots of NEOSPORIN!


Ok, but that is not the end of this story……so three weeks later, he’s all healed up and back to ‘normal’ and he is moving a big piece of steel, drops it right on his BIG TOE, the one that just got healed up! You could actually see the blood pooling up underneath his toe. He was in so much agony that if I even put a bag of frozen peas on top of it to keep swelling down he would go thru the roof! So after a couple of hours of him in so much pain from the preassure of that blood underneath his toe, I had remembered something from my childhood. I am not sure what sister it was but mom and I took her in because her thumb got smashed and they drilled a hole in the top of the nail bed to get the blood out and it relieved the pressure. So, I told Brayden this……….it took him half a second to yell at Corvan to go get the drill and smallest bit he could find. Corv did, I asked Brayden if he wanted me to do it he said NO, and proceeded to drill a hole in the top of his toe nail, the blood started spurting out and Brayden had instant relief! All better again, ugh! NEOSPORIN!

Oh back to Layton, he was at a friends house, his friend started to mow his lawn while Layton sat in a chair waiting for him to finish when a big rock cut loose from mower and hit Layton right in the eye! As the story was told to me, he fell to the ground from the impact, got up and started yelling to Curtis, “MY EYE,MY EYE!!!!” Curtis took a look at it, told him oh yes, I can solve this, laid him flat out onto a table, went and got all the items to numb and stitch Layton right up. There was a gash right on the inside of the eye area by the nose big enough for four stitches. Curtis is in the special forces and this is one of his ‘tools’ for……I guess a moment such as this! Layton came home ALL excited that his issue was solved with a little home care from Curtis himself! Oh Lord, I told him if he was a girl I’d be so mad because of the scar that was going to be on his face. We have been neosporining it ALOT! This is him at work these days………

layton working

Oh, then there is Jordan……..I was in doing hair with my friend Leah, who happens to be a dental assistant. The Lord always seems to put people right where they need to be at the right time. Jordan comes flying into the salon dirt from head to toe but his face, oh his face………he was jumping bikes with the boys in the field and did a face plant. Leah checked teeth, jaw, the big things, all was good (thank you Jesus he always wears his helmet) but it looked nasty, a little road rash. My friend said, “A LITTLE ROAD RASH?” NEOPORIN is our friend!


Oh, and then we did a little hiking when Corvan got stung right underneath the eyeball. It swelled up to where he could not see. This picture is a couple of days after the bee sting happened. Brayden pulled stinger out with the tweezers (why did we have tweezers in the car? I do not know)  He also got stung on his leg twice, this was miner after the whole eye thing though. At this point you go for the thing that is the worse first, then deal with the rest.


Shall I go on? I could!

Anyway, as I said, we are all still healthy, and still going big with what we do. I’m grateful for the Lord’s protection and grateful for the use of Neosporin these days.



August 3, 2014 - 8:49 am

Shauna - Boys! Boys! Boys! Ugh! Thankful that everyone is healing up. You can rejoice in the fact that your boys are not sleepy/lazy that’s for sure ;).

August 3, 2014 - 10:02 am

Brandee Shafer - First of all, just let me say: they are such DEVASTATINGLY handsome boys. The under-eye scar is going to add to Layton’s appeal. You’re right: happy, happy that it’s a male injury, not a female injury. I was reading this thinking that they’re growing into REAL men. Men who know how to do things…work…play…handle fear…handle pain. I think you’re a great mom!!! I’m moreso the one who begs and pleads with Cade, especially, to be careful. He’s never had stitches, broken a bone, had a tooth knocked out: nothing. I don’t know if that’s something to be proud of, or not. He’s a Scout, but he’s definitely not living the life your son’s are. (He likes to curl up in his room and read.) I love you and will be praying for your families’ protection. I ave definitely felt your prayers the last few days. How blessed I am that God has knit our hearts together over the Net and the miles. Your friendship has filled a void in my life. I am thankful.

August 3, 2014 - 2:08 pm

Janice C. Johnson - Ah, the stitches-and-Neosporin days! It’s wonderful, the way they bounce back and run outside for more. Blessings on you and the whole crew, sweet friend!

August 3, 2014 - 3:17 pm

Sharrell Bunger - Marlene, sorry for the boys pain and your agony, but I love this stuff, weird, huh? Think I shoulda been a Dr..haha. Glad they are all ok…but you might check for some gray hair..

August 3, 2014 - 3:30 pm

Ashley - Praying for healing! Sweet boys! My girls are rough and tough too- they get bruises and hurts all the time. Have a beautiful week sweet friend!

August 3, 2014 - 8:48 pm

Rachel Mboob - I just have to thank you for posting this. We have a rowdy crew in our house but this last few months I keep thinking what is wrong with us?…Why are my boys always getting hurt? You are an amazing mom & while I’m not glad that your sweet littles have incurred so many injuries this summer I feel a little like maybe I’m not the only one? I’ll say a prayer for your boys & your sweet mama heart. P.S. I would’ve come thru the phone too! We’re doing the same thing with ER bills at the moment. Seriously!

August 4, 2014 - 12:07 pm

Cheryl@OntheOldPath - Oh my, oh my, oh my, that is a lot, your poor Mama’s heart. Do you have any hair that has not turned grey yet, after all that??? Praying for safety for your boys.

August 5, 2014 - 8:14 pm

Jenay - I can hardly look at these pictures. You are a tough Mama. I hate seeing my nephews all beat up, but I’m so glad they are active healthy boys that are a bit on the crazy side. I’m glad God picked you for their Mama, you handle it well, and you let them play hard.

Now I have to go and say a prayer and ask God to put another million angels around each of them. ;)

meeting my nephew

This is my beautiful nephew, Ryker.


We all fell head over heals in love with him instantly. All the boys couldn’t get enough either. He’s just such a sweet baby!


Amanda is so good to me. She let me kiss, lick, hold, as much as I pleased. She tells me Chad does this as well, so he is way use to it. In fact, he probably was feeling right at home and hopefully not missing his dad quite so much. (This is how I justified it anyway)


Mana, this is what we call her around here. She is the Momma I always knew she would be. Calming, affectionate, dotting, protective, I could go on and  on…..She loved on my kids many hours while babysitting for me. The kids LOVE her so much too!


Jordan begged me to take this picture, ha!


Thank you for sharing Mana, he is a gem! Precious love right from our Lord Jesus Christ!


July 28, 2014 - 1:30 pm

Brandee - What a honey of a dumpling.

July 28, 2014 - 3:55 pm

Jenay - He is precious!!!!! I’m so glad Mana got to come and share her bundle of joy.

July 28, 2014 - 5:19 pm

Ashley - I’m new here and LOVE your blog! Beautiful baby and love your post. Can’t wait to read more.

The storm brings life!

We went on a 10 mile hike this past weekend. The boys were excited because the past couple we have done were long but easy……this one……not so much. They changed the name of the trail to ‘death trap’. Up and down, switch backs, it was a killer, ha!


I think the Lord really showed me something  along the way. Mile after mile. I thought I would share  with you my encounter. The whole hike was gorgeous, it got to where there were times when you were heading up hill what seemed forever and then you would start to hear the rushing river and in anticipation waiting to see the beauty and water flowing on by.


A well deserved break.


Of course I have to put this in there too. Watching Jim whiddle away on this tree thinking, “oh how cute, how romantic” until I saw it! Ha! It gave us something to laugh about the rest the grueling way to the top.


Love them, I just do!


So, back to what I learned…….this fascinated me. As we were beating down the miles, it was gorgeous, so green, so lush, the whole way. Then we began to get into steep ground and as we were climbing it began to look much darker and we realized at some point, Jim was guessing about 10 years ago, there was a major lightening storm that caught the forest on fire. It was a little eerie.



But we also noticed that the strong trees that didn’t get the burn were holding the burned trees up and keeping them standing.

Then again we would come upon, the water, so strong and it just took over. It had an authoritative feel to it. The beauty was unmeasurable. It was something the forest counted on when it had been thru such destruction going thru the fire.



So here is the beauty of it all. As we were walking back I was realizing the beauty that was coming out of the fire.  The flowers, I began picking a little of each thing I saw, the boys started helping me put my bouquet together. It was breathtaking. At the bottom we took a picture of the vibrant beauty that came out of the fire, the storm.


Then I realized, as we got out of the ‘fire’ the flowers were no longer to be found. It was still beautiful, but pretty mundane, no new real life, green foliage, lush and thick but no other colors. It was super apparent and noticeable, it was like there was a line, storm, no storm.

The Lord showed me this is spiritually what happens to us in our life as well. We are going along, growing but a little on the boring side (smile) no real change, surviving but the same.

All along the way there is the Living Water giving life, feeding, watering, never ending flow. Always willing to be apart of me and who I am. I am always anticipating the next time I get to be apart of ‘seeing’ the Water, there is an anticipation there that I always thirst for, I need it!

Then, the storm comes along and there is a time (possible 10 years) of ugly, of just trying to survive what I had just been thru. There are family, friends, who got missed when the fire was sweeping thru but they chose to stay and hold up the one that was hurting, so they may have a chance to show life again, keep me on my feet.

All along……even at the very end of the journey and as we were traveling back there was still the rushing waters ready to fill me once again.

So, I think I learned that instead of resenting the fire that has or is going on in my life I need to realize the Living Water only brings beauty out of ashes and sometimes it is painful and ugly but in the end the new life coming from it makes it all worth it.

Because honestly? A little fire may be worth it so that I don’t stay stagnant and look the same time after time. I want to keep growing and show new things out of my life.

It makes me appreciate a little more the hard things that I go thru, and it assures me that Jesus is always there to feed me whatever state I am in.


Oh, and Happy 4th, thank you all who fight so that we may have the freedom to love Jesus outwardly and freely.

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July 7, 2014 - 10:00 pm

Jenay - I loved this. Such a good visual of Gods work in our lives…beauty from ashes.

July 8, 2014 - 12:04 pm

Jennifer Ferguson - Marlece – I love your space here! The pictures of the hike are beautiful and I love what the Lord showed you. There have been so many storms and changes – I really resonated with the burned trees and the flowers among them. There is so much beauty to be found, especially in the community that surrounds us.

July 28, 2014 - 9:15 am

Alecia Simersky - How true! Thank you so much for sharing your revelations from your “death trap” hike. The fire gets so hot when we go through those trials doesn’t it? But we come out refined and better than ever. Maybe it’s age, but I’m thanking God more and more for those trials that I didn’t think I was going to make it through.

That verse in Isaiah I think? Came to mind as I was reading about the burnt trees, the one about the tree by the water growing deep roots and not being burned by the fire blazing around it. I LOVE that image!

July 28, 2014 - 1:35 pm

Brandee Shafer - Wow, Marlece, there was a message in here just for me! I have one of these burnt forests in my past. Check this out:

Dad’s Day!

Today we honor our Father’s.

I’m grateful to my Father in heaven for giving to me the earthly father that I have today.  The kids got together and I had them work together on filling out a questionnaire about their Poppa! Enjoy Poppa, I did with lots of laughter behind it. I think they know their Poppa pretty dang well.



Then, the father of my children. Today is a day to relax and I’m about to put out a feast with food that you love to eat!


Hope your day is how you please.


June 15, 2014 - 6:06 pm

Brandee - Ok, the “shut our mouths” answer cracked my can UP. Your dad and I may be the same person? ;)

June 16, 2014 - 5:40 am

Jenay - Omg. This is so cute. I loved it. The honesty of kids….they know Papa well. Fun idea Esh.