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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 is......at 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.

spring has sprung!

Lots of tree trimming, burning, leaf picking up, chicken coop cleaning (bluck, as in yuck), barn cleaning, first lawn mowing (oh got a new used lawn mower from a friend Jim helped move and she didn’t need it anymore, when she asked if Jim would want it he hesitated and called me, “WHAT? Seriously, Jim Lasher, what are you thinking, I have 3 wheels that work on my other one, it is so loud the neighbors have to go into their house when I start the darn thing up, it takes a big long stick to turn it off, I have to pound out the sides so it doesn’t hit the blade, the blade is flat so cuts some grass but not others,  the thing is mangled and you ask what I think). According to me this was a gift from God and a miracle! I was dreading get the old one out and so was the neighbor.

I got a 12 mile run in today. At the peak of my training for the half coming up and having a hard time getting motivated this time. Gonna stick to it, yes I am.

Then to top the day off Ruby got her self a spa day. Jim comes out with my most expensive shampoo that I have and a cooler full of warm water. I began freaking out because of the shampoo, my shampoo, expensive shampoo on my DOG? I thought Jim would say, “Oh yah, ok, go get the dish soap” Um, no, he says, ” We are using only the best today for the best!” Ok, ok, I started laughing and let it go. It was a family affair to get her cleaned up.

Beautiful spring day, Spring is in the air……

She’s happy I assure you, just soaking…..

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oh, that feels good, she is happy.

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good day!

April 8, 2014 - 1:38 pm

Jenay - oh Ruby!!! You are a lucky girl. lol. I love hearing that you have a new lawn mower. YIPPEE!!!! That is a gift to everyone, for sure.

I’m star struck by my cousin

The boys and I got the privilege of going to the production called ‘The Thorn’. It’s the story of Easter. It was soooooo good. The music was fantastic, the whole thing was just amazing. Some parts as much as it the truth was hard to watch. When Satan came on the scene Corvan placed his head in his lap and didn’t come up until it was over. It was the real deal and spot on and it certainly pulled at me with big tears in parts of it. The whole production was just fantastic. They also support Compassion and we gained ourselves a little girl named Sheila from Cambodia to help support and pray for,   Jordan’s pick. ( we need a girl in the family besides me and Ruby)

All that aside the best part of the evening was to get to see my cousin Rick in action. He is the president of Illuminate Production Services and Lighting Designer. I saw him at the beginning of the show and we also got to see Caleb his son. What a fantastic moment. Even though it has been years since I have seen Rick after seeing the work that he does I don’t know if it just comes with being family or what but I took on this sense of pride in the production knowing it was Rick back there making it all ‘appear’ as amazing as it was. I seriously was in awe.

Afterwards Rick and Caleb took us back stage to see what goes all on back there. The boys got to hold and touch dried ice and see how it makes the smoke, we got to see how the angels fly on pullies, where Rick built the stage and cut out a spot for the cross to go up. We got to see and touch the cross, and Jordan was enthralled with how it was that they made Jesus look bloody and what they did to look like that.

It was a blast but again the best part of just getting to see him and the work that he does. I am in serious star struck mode with my cousin. Don’t I even look like it in this picture? ha!

Great time, thanks Rick! I will never let that much time go by again before I see you. That is a promise!

rick and I

April 7, 2014 - 2:47 pm

Jenay - I am so jealous and happy for you. I’m so glad you went. I’m so proud of Rick and Caleb and I wasn’t even other. HA!

April 7, 2014 - 2:55 pm

Jenay - Also….good job sponsoring Sheila…Jordan is right…there needs to be more girls in the family. :)

my baby turned EIGHT!

We picked up the kids from school and off to Jim’s work house that is on the beach to celebrate Jordan’s birthday! I’m almost a month behind in posting, that irritates myself. Anyhow, here we go……

It was a clam dig and we got much more than our limits of clams, check out the beginning of this sunset? If people don’t see God as creative and the most amazing artist, I mean, this was breathtaking all evening long.

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Jordan invited to be with us a buddy too.

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It is so much fun to watch them dig for these critters, they have to put every ounce of their being into it.

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Ok, yah, does it look like he has had too much frosting and enjoying that sucker a little too much?

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Nothing better than a good ole hot dog and chips after all the hard work of digging those clams that we get to eat in the morning.

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cupcakes were the choice for the celebration.

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Then the next day the boys all went  clay pigeon shooting.

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As heavy as that gun is, Corvan has quite the shot.

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That late evening we went to the indoor water park and came home soon after.

Jordan had a great weekend. I so enjoy this kid of mine. Jordan sets himself to high standards at such a young age. It’s fun to watch him grow into this well achieved person not because he is super smart or super athletic but because he does things with excellence.  It’s hard to believe that he is eight years old……but he knows….. ‘I’ll love him for forever, I’ll love him for always, my baby he’ll be’ .

 

 

March 27, 2014 - 11:28 am

Brandee Shafer - Happy Birthday to the little darlin’. It does look as though he had a fabulous celebration.

March 28, 2014 - 1:16 pm

Janice C. Johnson - Wow, Marlece, do YOU know how to throw a birthday party! If my boys saw this they would complain that I didn’t raise them right.

March 29, 2014 - 7:17 pm

Jenay - Happy birthday my sweet nephew. I’m so proud of you!!! I love you. Looks like he had a great birthday.

45 reasons to be thankful!

Today is my birthday, happy day! (it was my birthday) Took me just way too long to get this list but I did it!

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So, I give 45 reasons why I love that I’m alive!

1. I’m a daughter of the King of Kings, that makes me a princess right?

2. I was given a life so far of 45 blessed years.

3. I was thanking Jesus for my healthy body this morning as I was running in the pouring rain.

4. I am grateful to have been given four boys to raise and teach them His ways.

5. I have a husband who provides for me and just called me to make sure all my sisters had called me today. He knows…..

6. The Lord placed me in a family who serves Jesus, not in the same place but we all have the same goal.

7. I’ve been blessed beyond measure with the friendships in my life, what would I ever do without them?

8. I have a Mom and a Dad who love me well.

9. As I was cleaning out the stalls AGAIN this morning I thought, “well, there wouldn’t be this shit to scoop if I didn’t have horses out there” this makes me happy

10.Grace, He is so good to give this to me.

11.Salvation, He died for me so that I may have life.

12. I have purpose, because He placed me here for a reason.

13.Beauty, I look around am reminded how artistic He is, the colors, the texture, beyond anything we could ever imagine.

14.My artistic ability to shine in different ways whether that is in salon or in my kitchen…..

15.The POWER we have in Jesus name. Thank you Holy Spirit

16.I do not lack in the food department, almost shameful in this, also grateful.

17.Faithful, He is this to me.

18. My ears, my eye sight, my senses, the oxygen, each breath I take in .

19.I can count on the trust I have in my Savior.

20.Sunshine, oh how I love the warmth.

21.When one of my boys laughs, this brings me joy.

22.The strength He gives to me to face some days that are difficult.

23.I believe the WORD, for it is living and moving.

24.The sunshine.

25.Redemption

26.To hunger for the word and to get fed, oh, nothing tastes better.

27.A new recipe, rarely do I cook the same thing exactly as I did the first time

28.My car

29.worship, as in music, I remember years ago when I was a teen, a pastor said, “when you aren’t feeling it remember it’s not about you it’s about Him” That’s the focus

30.A clean house, a mowed yard, a clean barn, a clean chicken coop, weeded flower bed, clean windows, organized closet, clean car, a horse with shoes, the smell of clean sheets…….

31.Living under the new covenant rather than the old, sins are forgiven and forgotten, and love my Holy Spirit.

32.Love being a daughter, sister, mother, friend, auntie, niece. I aspire to be the best at these.

33.Prayer, so glad to be able to communicate with the One who is in charge of it ALL.

34.miracles

35.Ruby, my running partner, she protects me.

36.Quality time

37.affirmation

38.serving a person in need, so fulfilling!

39.tenderness, vulnerability, I hate it when I’m in the middle of it but usually come out feeling better for it

40.Freedom in Him

41.A smile where you didn’t expect it

42. Fries and ice tea (I KNOW! It shouldn’t be apart of my 45 but I can’t help it!)

43.media, it has made it easy to hear a sermon, connect with a family member or an old friend, as evil as ‘media’ can be there are some beautiful perks

44.To be able to wake up my boys each morning with the song, “Rise and shine for the glory of the Lord is upon you!” They don’t much like it, I do.

45.To see my kids live for Him, I am not sure there is one thing better than this, NOT ONE THING

Oh, man, this was difficult, whew!

 

 

March 12, 2014 - 2:42 pm

Jenay - I loved every single one of these. It is an incredible list of thanksgiving.

March 12, 2014 - 4:24 pm

Brandee - Happiest of birthdays, Marlece! I can’t believe how much I love and think of you when I’ve never even hugged your neck. You’re beautiful inside and out, and you’ve blessed my life from a million miles away!

March 19, 2014 - 9:29 am

alecia - Happy Birthday!!! What a great list! 9. made me laugh out loud! love your sense of humor :) and couldn’t agree more with 45. And I may try that song from 44 on my daughter…but I’ll be sure to duck when I do bc I’m sure she will throw a pillow at my head! :)

I hope you had a wonderful, beautiful day!!

slow learner, I give, I give!

Slow learner, but once I get it, it’s like twisting my arm, I GIVE, I GIVE!!!

Corvan has had this ‘cold’ since September, yah, September. This nagging cough, especially in the morning, tight chest at night, and always telling me he didn’t sleep well AGAIN! I have kept him home from school, we did go to the doc in December when it was really bad.  At that time, Doctor tested his oxygen levels and he was at 75 percent, all of the sudden an army came in to give him a nebulizer treatment, three of them, and sent us home with it for a couple of weeks. It worked, he seemed to be on the mend, and I  sent that thing back. All better right? But that lingering cough, dark circles under the eyes from lack of sleep, on and on it goes and now here we are into February…..

We went back to the doctor. Honestly, because my 10 year old insisted on it. With the roll of the eyes and attitude of ‘we are going to miss ANOTHER day of school’. Irritation fanning it’s self all over my attitude. After the appointment, of course in my head I’m thinking, “why do the doctors always have to go to the extreme?” I am not a medicine giver or a label placer, it’s hard for me to get to that place of doing either one. My doctor who knows me well understands this about me so he is usually very conservative with whatever his diagnosis.

He now has sent Corvan over to a Pulmonary testing.

I asked the nurse giving him the test, “are you really going to see results when his breathing or coughing is pretty good today?” She said “Oh yes with certainty” Again, sitting in chair with arms crossed and irritation in my attitude.

After the testing, it is very apparent he has a fairly severe case of  allergy induced asthma. We know this because it begins in September and she said most likely will run thru March. I told her in the summer he was great. She said, “see?”

SO, treating him now, and look forward to him  getting back to 100 percent in his breathing again.

I am always so conservative in this area when sometimes it’s not worth it.

Whew!

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February 25, 2014 - 4:02 pm

Brandee Shafer - Sometimes I read you and think how alike we are. I have a similar story to tell about the Wild Orange…as in, putting off taking her to the doctor. Thankfully, she doesn’t have asthma or anything much wrong with her that a little pink antibiotic won’t correct. Poor Corvan!

February 26, 2014 - 8:33 pm

Janice C. Johnson - Aren’t you glad God made kids so resilient??

February 26, 2014 - 9:30 pm

Dena - Hello Beautiful!
I read about Corvan’s breathing difficulties due to asthma. A good friend of mine, she had asthma all throughout her childhood and came to learn that for her it was difficulty “fitting in” to what society and her family was pressuring her to be/do. No ones fault, just the way the world is set up..to compete, to be this or that, etc..You mention that he feels this from Sept.-March..that is almost the entire school year. School itself for me was very stressful though I never knew it until I got to college and found out I was an artist. No wonder I never felt I ‘fit in’. Often, as you and I know, ailments are linked to the soul. I gather he is more sensitive then he leads on and perhaps has a more gentle path ahead..? Hope I am not intruding, I just see and feel that he is a very intuitive and intelligent young man…hmm..just like his Mama.
All my love, D

February 27, 2014 - 12:06 pm

Alecia - I’m pretty conservative too when it comes to going to the doctor and being on meds. I’m that way with the kids. I try everything I can at home first before dragging any of us in there. I hate everything about a dr.’s office, the wait especially! But sometimes you just have to do it, it took me a long time to admit I couldn’t get my current health issues under control on my own, I’m glad I went to the Dr. I feel relieved to know what to do now.
Hope your little man feels better soon-we deal with asthma around here too and it’s NO fun.

March 2, 2014 - 7:05 pm

Cooking Up Faith - I SO feel your pain. My daughter has allergy induced asthma. It took the doctors years of coughing to realize it was triggered by allergies. So glad your boy is doing better!!
Cooking Up Faith