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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.

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  • 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.

It’s all in the eye of the beholder

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I wear this bracelet all Mother’s days for years now. I love the story behind it and it still to this day can bring a tear to my eye and a smile to my face.

I always took the boys shopping on special occasions for me, such as Mother’s Day, birthday’s or whatever the occasion.

I wanted to instill what it was to treat a lady. I, being the lady in their life made it possible by having them open the door for me when they were just able to walk ( of course I always helped out) but they didn’t know that, they took great pride in opening the door for their mother or buying a gift for me.

I would take them to a store and make sure each boy had money in his back pocket, find a sales girl and tell her that they were here to buy a gift and if she could help them out, I would leave them with the sales girl, go just far enough away where they couldn’t see me but spy on them the whole time the transaction was going down.

Can I tell you just how much this tickled me? I get all choked up just thinking about the years I got to do this. Now the big boys have taken on this job, but this was probably one of the best mothering moments I had with the kids.

When Layton was around the age of seven years old and Brayden four years,  in a beautifully wrapped box, on this particular Mother’s day, I opened the box to find this bracelet. Of course, I oooohhhhed and awwwwwed because it was from them and of course loved it just that much more because they were so proud of their purchase for me.

A few months later, I wore the bracelet and my girl friend complimented me on my bracelet. I explained that I received it from the boy’s on Mother’s Day. As I told her this the boys were listening and beaming from ear to ear so proud. She said, “that is cubic zirconia?” I said, “YES!” I left her and looked back at Layton and he looked so defeated, I asked what was wrong and he said, “THOSE AREN’T DIAMONDS?”

Of course, what do you think a Mother says in this position, “WHAT? Where did you get that? Of course they are diamonds!”

I love this story, I love this bracelet and will always and forever hold both close to my heart.

Happy Mother’s Day all!

 

May 11, 2015 - 6:32 am

Veronica - You are such an amazing Mom! I hope you had a great Mother’s Day.

May 11, 2015 - 10:01 am

Dena Leigh - Super sweet story! I love love how you taught your boys to shop and gave them their own money. What a great way to teach them about about making their own choices with money and giving (especially to women!) No wonder you love that bracelet! Thank you for sharing this dear story Marlece, xoxo Dena

He is with us!

This week I have had a couple of those moments when you just drop to your knees and thank Jesus for who He is.

Layton is cutting trees on some very steep ground at the moment. They have to propel themselves to where they need to be by climbing up with a rope in one hand and saw in the other.  He told me when he was at the top he lost his footing and went flying straight down to the bottom with saw following right behind him. He came out of that with a few minor scratches. Thank you Lord!

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Then, on the way home he stopped on the side of the road due to feeling a bit too sleepy to be driving.  He gets up around three in the morning to begin his day. He said he pulled over on the side of the road, laid back and shut his eyes and not a minute later he heard a huge, “BOOM!” He said he didn’t know what it was and now was awake enough to get back onto the road. As he was getting back on to the road two state cops go flying by and not a half of a mile down the road a massive collision had just taken place. Layton was first on the scene along with the cops who just flew by, they weren’t even stopping traffic yet so he went on by but this time stopped his truck to not get a little shut eye but to thank His heavenly Father that he was just spared from being in that wreck. Just a second sooner……….

Jesus sees us, protects us, loves us, hears us, on and on …….

I am so grateful that He has been right there with Layton. SO grateful He keeps his hand right on him.

 

PROM!

Being a mom of all boys, at times, I must say, I get into this funk of, “I won’t ever be going out to pick out that dress, plan a wedding, get my nails done with my girl………..” but, then the Lord just blesses my heart with a kid like Brayden who is up for suggestions and is willing and we have fun! We went and picked out his prom attire and if I must say we had a BLAST! WHO NEEDS GIRLS!

Today we started out with a meet in Chehalis and he had a PR of a whole foot. By the time state comes, WHO KNOWS how high he will be jumping!

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Then, after he stood on the podium for 3rd place at this meet we ran to the car to get home to prepare for the prom.

All started showing up and he JUST stepped out of the shower, but he made it in fine fashion!

SUAVE! Don’t you think?

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Pretty date, meet Lillie.

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friends, and sisters, pretty sweet don’t you think?

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Brayden helping his buddy out.

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Overwhelmed, a little prayer? I don’t know but I thought it was cute.

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Complete goof balls, dang I just love these boys!

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What a sweet group of kids.

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Israel and Brayden, at it again!

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My fav……I do love this boy, this man, so much!

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Praying they have a safe and fun night tonight.

 

April 26, 2015 - 6:04 pm

Jenay - My nephew is looking mighty fine!!!! He is such a cool kid, I love him so stinking much!!!!

A lot of mish mash…..

A lot of mish mash, here we go!

Brayden keeps jumping higher and higher, I LOVE watching this!

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Corvan had some buddies over and as we spent the day racking leaves, picking them up and dumping them, they got a ride back.

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I got to meet Jan FINALLY! Jan is a blogger/writer and I fell head over heals in friendship with her over reading her blog. I always knew I’d love her but now that I got to touch her. I’m even more mesmerized. She does life with her husband in Texas. Jan, she always has a way of relating to me but with wisdom on top of it. I am very blessed to call her my friend. (Oh and by the way, her hair is gorgeous!) Thanks for carving some time out for me while visiting your kids Jan!

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Easter was spent with the family. These two, they certainly have the ‘cousin love’ going on.

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I know, I could not help myself, the boys LOVE this picture. They ask me over and over and over to show it to them just one more time. This is my gorgeous new niece.  Only a few weeks old. Cellie Joy is her name and she is absolutely beautiful.

This was only a moment because 99% of the time she is happy and content. (she had enough pictures taken of her at the moment)

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Look at my sisters gang these days. Aren’t they all beautiful? I’m blessed to call them my own.

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Dad gave me a starter off of his sour dough. I’m learning.

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The kids dug right in. I just added a couple of eggs and a little milk to the mixture and sour dough pancakes, wala!

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They told me NOT to do it, but I can’t help it! Doing bible study with these two, family, is to my delight.

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Well, that is the latest, I’m a blessed girl aren’t I? I mean, my kids, friends, family, what more could a girl ask for?

 

April 18, 2015 - 7:29 am

Janice C. Johnson - Marlece, I’ve been digging out from my trip to the PNW and finally JUST NOW settled down to read your latest post. Lo and behold, there’s a picture of you and me!
I loved meeting you in “3-D” and hope for another get-together soon. YOU are a major blessing!

Desires of the heart!

May I just say, I have had a bit of a revelation  the past few days. My life verse

Psalm 37:4New International Version (NIV)

Take delight in the Lord,
    and he will give you the desires of your heart.

And He proved this to be true one more time on my behalf. I can just say that several things just unfolded that I hold within a close whisper to the Lord often.

I was having a conversation with sister who lives in Dallas, Texas these days, she voiced to me that she would really like me to come to Dallas and run a race with her. Inside I was screaming, “YES!” but the words that came out of my mouth were, “financially it just isn’t possible.” We went on about our conversation.

A couple of weeks later on my birthday I got an e-mail from another sister who said, “Get your running shoes on, you are going to run in Dallas with Tawnya!” Jenay shared her miles so that I may go!!!!! A GIFT!!! She and I know what it is to run a race together and for her to GIVE in such a way that I may run with another sister, pretty special I must say.

OH GOSH, now I have to really dig my heals in and begin to train. I was not going to go with the mind set of  being the ‘old one’ that had to be waited for, ha! However, training always has it’s challenges with time and all but this time, I seriously (as I kept saying)I had ISSUES! Just to name a few; my planter faciatis came back with a vengeance, then I had this new ankle thing that seriously at times I was like, “how am I going to run, I can’t walk?” Then, this sciatic nerve thing that has kicked my butt literally! Oh and then some other issues I am just not going to mention. I have felt old and pretty darn defeated!

I also have become such a creature of regiment. I know what I NEED before a race food wise, the steps I go thru that morning, the time change was freaking me out, and in my head I am thinking how am I going to do these things from a motel? Oh, and then AFTER, a shower, my chocolate milk………. SCREAMMMMMM!!!!!

I look back and there is not one thing that did not go without a hitch. My flight, motel, food, vitamins, shower, chocolate milk, it went beautifully!

The morning before the race I got up our time (3 am) and began rubbing my massage cream into my leg and I just prayed over my body and told the Lord, “hey we are here now, I want this to be such a fun day, please make me strong.”

I get all teared up to say, I felt incredible,  I think I was healed. It was my second best time ever, I didn’t even feel a twinge during the run and three days later every single issue, I am not feeling it. For a couple of days now I have been telling myself that I am crazy, but I am not crazy, when you see a miracle on someone else you see it so clear, when it is your own miracle, well, let’s just say, “I do give Him all the credit and glory!”

Sister had shirts made for us three.

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Before…..

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In our corral, ready to Rock n Roll….

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After!

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Dallas cheerleaders were at the end cheering us on! (I didn’t even see them I was so focused getting over the finish line. I made them go back so we could get a picture of them.)

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Tawnya, she spoiled me rotten from paying for motel, getting me around, feeding me, letting me be the ‘crazy auntie,’ she even took me to…. (drum roll please) Joanna Gaines Magnolia Market in Waco Texas.  I know all of you Fixer Upper fans are drooling with envy right now. When we got there they said that we ‘just missed Chip’. RRRrrrrrrrrr………

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The girls sitting in a wheel barrel at Magnolia. Jena, she was right there beside me looking at all the pretties, she loves pretties.

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These two boys stole my heart. I love both of them. Of course, the littlest, we slayed some dragons together a few times.

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I got to watch a softball game of Kysa’s. It was fun watching and listening to all the Texan drawls. “Go Koyza!” they would say…..

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Sister, she is a true Texan. I am so happy she loves it there. It was so nice to see her in her element. Very proud of her and this family. It was such an honor to be apart for just a sliver of time.

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These kiddos, have completely taken my heart. I love each one so much. I am truly the most satisfied crazy aunt in the whole world.

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The boys, they made it great without me. Ruby is healing…..I know she was cheering me on as she was healing at home.

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Thank you Lord for giving to me the desires of my heart.

March 25, 2015 - 1:11 pm

Brandee - Reading this made my heart so happy.

March 25, 2015 - 2:04 pm

Jenay - Love it!!! Every single word. I can’t wait to get a play by play or mile by mile playback!

March 25, 2015 - 6:06 pm

Dena Leigh - Marlece the photos are beautiful! I love your story, your writing..about how your prayers brought you a miracle. How sweet for your heart to be with your sister and run with her and to be with her family. Thank you for sharing your goodness! The last photo of your son and Ruby is sooo precious.

April 9, 2015 - 12:09 pm

Mama Hen - Your blog looks fantastic! I love all of the pictures and the shirts are wonderful! I needed this inspirational post today. :-) Have a great week my friend!

Mama Hen