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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.

Catching up is what I do…..

It has been way too long of not posting but it is time. I have been in the middle of all kinds of things this fall and have not made the time to sit and write. I do love this time of the year. It really is such a time to watch my kiddos thrive whether it’s in academics, sports, milestones, it just seems to keep going this time of the year. SO, I will quickly give an update to living this life of mine.

September, 1st day of school

A junior this year


1st year of middle school, 7th grade


My 4th grader


Lots of football

Jordan, carrying the ball






Why do I love this so much? Sweaty head and all.


Brayden, well let’s just say he’s feeling a bit too sexy for his new used wheels.


Harvesting the rest of Bona’s corn on the cob. We are in heaven being able to take this fresh frozen corn out of the freezer, yum-O!


This is my heart right here. Brayden’s best buddies going on a 3 day hiking trip, all about the adventure, they got alot of it too.

Weekend before school started.


They look prepared don’t you think? They had a blast. I love every single one of these boys. Trip, success, check!



My precious Amy and I here to listen to Bob Goff, it was most thrilling, that man practices what he preaches, ‘Love does….’


Brayden ended his football season with an ankle surgery, I dropped a few tears due to sitting in the stands and watching him on the side lines. I’m grateful we have next year too.

Right before surgery, right after surgery with his dad,  and then his post op check. He is healing, thank you Jesus.

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Corvan and Jim went on a couple of nights elk hunting trip. They didn’t get anything but they saw snow,  and wolf tracks to close for my comfort. But, it was some good dad and Corvan time, it was needed for both.


The industrial athlete that my first child Layton is, cutting timber and loving it still……I’m learning to dream where my kid’s dream is and find success in that.

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Or climbing, and in the clouds.

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Look at this kid. He got himself all snazy for his homecoming in which he went with a group of friends, they had a blast. And according to me he is the most handsome of them all.


I am truly head over heals.


Makes for a big fat lump right in my throat.


So, that kind of brings the past couple of months up to date. Our Savior, He truly gives good gifts, I am a blessed Momma and wife who finds much joy and satisfaction in these people I call mine. I also do know that apart from Him none of this is even possible. Good days/ bad days, if He is in the middle then I have comfort and peace knowing He has it in His hands and is in control. For that I find this season exactly what it is suppose to be all about……….




November 13, 2015 - 9:24 pm

Brandee Shafer - I love you so much. I really do. I look at your photos and read your words and just feel way down in my soul that you are my sister. I can’t wait for the day that I get to hug your neck. It’s coming. It really is.

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Today is Friday and usually the biggest thing on my list is feeding football player and going to watch Brayden be a star!

I am preparing for the boys to make a long trip to play another game but Brayden isn’t playing. Last week I sat in the stands watching him on the side lines and I got all teary for a couple of minutes. He rolled his ankle and is  headed in for surgery next Friday. I’m sad for the team and I am sad for Brayden but also glad they can fix him up and he’ll be good to go again.

He, up until this time  did wonderful!

Look at him putting the squeeze on that guy!

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He’s holding that guy off!

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Can you see the confidence in the coach back there? He’s thinking, “Oh man, he’s gonna put the hurt on that boy!”

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Getting pumped for the game!

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There he is…..super proud of him, and now we will finish off the season on the side lines but next year….watch out, here we come!

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A trip to see Jim

Jim has been working out of town for several months now. It is about a 4 1/2 hour drive to get to him. Right now they are on a huge time crunch with deadlines so he has not been able to come home. We went to go see him. It was very much needed for the boys especially. When he is gone so much I can really start seeing when the boys are needing their dad. It is something I can’t fulfill, it doesn’t take much. Even just the way they tease or get instruction, I can’t do it that matters the way that their  dad can.

I am so grateful for Jim’s work right now, always so grateful, but also grateful when he can be apart of what the boys are doing too. This time the boys got a ‘on the job’ experience with their dad. I was sitting back, maybe a little bored by the whole thing until I saw how the boys lit up hearing about DIRT and machines, and how this was created and that destroyed, they were fascinated.

Big, bad bucket!





This just might have been the Christmas card this year if Layton was there don’t you think?


Then, we also went to the beach to play a bit. The boys were swinging this kelp like a bull whip and we also used them to jump rope with, ha!

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September 18, 2015 - 5:36 pm

Brandee Shafer - It must be so hard to have your Jim so far away. My Jim lost his job at the end of July and hasn’t yet found a new one. Yesterday, he got a “no” on a job that would’ve been two hours away. I was a little relieved; I know I’m not as strong as you are. Thinking of you. Too bad it takes money to put food on the table, let alone make the world go ’round.

September 18, 2015 - 8:44 pm

Csrl Samuels - Love it!!

Run like a dog Roob, Roob!

Today, was a day we have been anticipating. It was a like a milestone that we were all so excited to accomplish. It has been almost 4 months since the accident.  Ruby knew today was here when she saw Jordan and I walking out the door with our running gear on. Her ears perked up and she raced to the car, ready to get in!

It was a run to support our Humane Society, and we believe it was a well worth cause. Ruby saw those other dogs, and she thought, “there are more out there that do this than just me?” A 5K, and here we go!!

Before shot!


Look at her taking the lead!!! Dang I love this dog!


Jordan FLEW out of the gate!! We didn’t see him until we finished. He got a time of 7:17 per minute, he finished over all in 26th place out of 474 people. He was the youngest runner out there. LOVE THIS BOY!!!! His feet, are they touching the ground?


Almost there!


Lots of commotion right here, fire trucks other dogs, coming close to the end. Ruby was a little concerned, but kept running.


Look at his determination! I am in LOVE!!!! Ughghghghg!!!!


Ruby is asking where her medal is……



I am all choked up……..


Thank you Lord for her healing, thank you for a son who enjoys running as I do, thank you for this day, I am over the top grateful today.


August 22, 2015 - 3:47 pm

Janice C. Johnson - Bravo, Bravo!! Those are perfectly wonderful pictures. Jordan is a rocket, isn’t he? Ruby’s recovery chokes me up, too. SO glad you all have each other.

Her happy place!

This is my mother inlaw, my boy’s have always called her Bona. Layton started the tradition when he was just tiny.

This is where Bona lights up, where she is happy. Her garden, I always tell people, is as big as my house! People ask, “why don’t you have a garden?” Because I am blessed enough to not have to do a garden, Bona feeds us well. All year round, when it comes to the winter we get canned goods. She does it because she loves it, she is a giver, and we are blessed!

Here, she is on a mission to throw as much at me as she can before I say, “WE CAN’T EAT ALL OF THIS BEFORE IT GOES BAD!!!”


Telling me, “I need this!”


Digging potatoes.


beans, beans!!


Corvan helping to find MORE! Jim said when he was a kid, every night he had to weed a row or two, or three,  before he got to do anything else.


We are blessed by her green thumb and so is much of her home town. Thank you Bona for sharing with us ‘your happy place’ always.