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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.

CANNOT get enough!

I went for a good long run this morning and lugged around my camera this morning because I had to capture the beauty that made my breath a little faster than even the run was causing. 

I am not sure how anybody could question that there is a Creator, an artist, who sees beauty in all seasons. We do live in a colorful world and God created it! 

I am in awe, and this morning I got to capture just a tiny piece of it.

On my run, I was thinking about how each season of my life has been traumatic to me, almost too much to bear and sometimes a welcoming, but no matter it always looks different. 

This picture, I felt like God was giving me a sneak peak into something new and fresh. It was so calming yet different.

It says in His word, ‘ How can we honor our God with our lives, The God who give rain in both spring and autumn and maintains the rhythm of the seasons…….

…..who sets aside time and each year for harvest and keeps everything running smoothly for us?’

‘He changes the seasons guides history…..’

When things seem a bit out of control in our world these days, it’s a good reminder, He is still in control.

This verse today hung over me as I ran thru this beauty,

‘The minute I said, “I’m slipping, I’m falling,” your love, God, took hold and held me fast. When I was upset and beside myself, you calmed me down and cheered me up.

This, is how he chose to do that for me today.

Does this just bring joy to your bones? You know the saying, ‘take time to stop and smell the roses?’ This was that moment right here for me. I don’t want to pass by and not see the beauty……….

Breathtaking, really, breathtaking…..

I had running thru my head, by the end of this run,the ‘ole hymn

 “In the Garden” chorus…………. 

And he walks with me 
And He talks with me, 
And He tells me I am his own; 
And the joy we share as we tarry there, 
None other has ever known. 

Have a good week, a reminder He is in charge, as we go thru new and different seasons.

 

Happy birthday Brayden

Today is Brayden’s birthday. I always go back to that particular day of when my boy’s entered into the world on their birthday.

Brayden was pretty much my long drawn out birth, I labored all night long and then the next morning he came with a quickness that surprised everyone! The biggest thing I remember, once Brayden was born I was exhausted and just kind of laying there taking it all in when this, what I call army nurse came in with no love in her heart just a mission (just kidding), took Brayden, put him in his little warmer thingy and began stripping the bed, turning on the shower, and helping me get there without passing out. Got me back into the bed and gave Brayden back to me. I was like, ‘what the heck just hit me?’ I didn’t even have 15 minutes to regroup after Brayden made such a quick entrance before Army Nurse comes in to get me moving to the next phase! 

I think that might have started a beginning for how Brayden was going to conduct his life and sometimes I feel like I’m still  like, “uh, wait, huh? what just happened?” Brayden is one that when his mind is made up he will just go for it. It may take a minute to get to that point but once he does WATCH OUT!!!!

A perfect example of this was his freshman year and starting his first of four years of football. I took him to meet up for summer football camp and he cried and was pissy with me the whole way there, fought me hard, coach asked him to give him/football a chance and then make a decision. From that day forth he was a leader and an incredibly hard worker, he set his mind to it and BOOM. Same with his pole vaulting, he had to be talked into it and then again, BOOM, he just went for it. 

He has this adventurous spirit, this drive, that keeps me on my knees praying for him all the time. 

This is pretty much what he likes most………flying in the air from a very high distance in all things. On the mountain skiing, jumping into water,rock climbing, hiking, pole vaulting,  getting air on his bicycle or on a dirt bike the list goes on….

flying 60 feet into the air into the water

Happy birthday my crazy wild adventurous boy!

And now…..a student at Saint Martin’s University I can’t wait to see how the Lord uses your spirit in this new phase of your world. Thanks for always keeping me on my toes or on my knees.

Oh Roob, how I miss you.

Dear Ruby girl,

Today, on my facebook feed came up a memory of you from one year ago and it made me undone again.

I miss you, every time I get out there to run I think of you. Until you weren’t there beside me every step I didn’t realize how much more that I felt safe and just having you as a companion!

When you left us, you did it in such a way that still makes me want to sit here and bawl. Your dad got up early in the morning to head off to work and you were laying there on your mat in the kitchen ready to be scratched and all about doing your tricks. You knew the drill. Bark, roll over, shake, and then walk him out to his car to say goodbye. This particular day you were right on cue just like the norm except I mentioned to your dad that you seemed just a little more needy than most days. Just acting like you were wanting to be that much closer to him. He didn’t see it, but I did. I did a few appointments in the salon with them all giving you a little love on their way in and out, just like normal. Then I left for about an hour and a half to get Layton a birthday gift and I got back and you were gone nowhere to be found. Disappeared! We have looked EVERYWHERE for you, asked everyone to look for you, but in my heart I knew you were gracious enough to just leave silently and go die. You are the sweetest thing to care enough to not see you in that condition. It’s just so like you. 

We have had a good summer but I have to tell you, I just finished a run just now and was missing you like crazy, then we are going on a hike and I miss you every time. When I take the boys to the river I miss you even more. Throwing sticks to you and watching you jump in and swim for it to bring it back to me. I realize, you are the one that has been my friend all these years while the boys do their thing we do our thing. I miss it so bad!

Anyway, you are missed. Thanks for being my excellent partner for all those years.

 

 

 

 

August 26, 2017 - 9:07 pm

Dena - Tears for such truth and beauty. Tears for what I know is a deep deep friendship that has no words to describe it. Looking at Ruby, I can see her big sweetness and understand what you mean about the partnership you shared. Blessings to you sweet friend and your sweet friend for you will both always traveling together in your heart and soul. Xoxo Dena

August 26, 2017 - 9:08 pm

Dena - Tears for such truth and beauty. Tears for what I know is a deep deep friendship that has no words to describe it. Looking at Ruby, I can see her big sweetness and understand what you mean about the partnership you shared. Blessings to you sweet friend and your sweet friend for you will both always travel together in your heart and soul. Xoxo Dena

White Water Plunge!

We had a little adventure down the Deschutes River and had a blast. Of course I’m a big fat wimp when it comes to cold water but I sucked it up and of course and had a blast laughing and enjoying the boys.

Layton was unable to attend because of his broken leg but the next best to man the front of the boat is Devan. So glad he was with us. Devan is a twin,and Brayden I think, thinks he is the triplet they never knew about.  

I laughed so hard, Devan was getting the hit over and over, here you can see he’s getting a little gun shy.

HERE COMES THE BIG ONE!!!!

DOWN WE GOOOOOOO!!!!!!

Um, did we get wet? We all stayed in though!

Pole high five

Bless my heart a hundred times over, doing adventure with these boys, again, God knew just what he was doing when he made me wife and momma and second momma to these boys. 

So thankful this summer for all the hard word Jim and Brayden (along with Devan) have had this summer, and also thankful for all the summer fun in between.  

 

 

August 20, 2017 - 3:05 pm

Jan Johnson - Wow! What a bold and fun mom you are. I love being a boy-mom, too! ❤️

In honor of my mom and recipe

Yesterday was my mom’s birthday, I miss her even though we always seem to have really good conversation every time we meet up on the phone. I look forward to touching her in the near future. (smile)

Mom loves Texas, Mom is a very patriotic girl and Texas does not lack any of that. She loves the southern way,  I think it kind of brings her back to her Kentucky roots a bit. I’m just waiting for the day that I call her and she sounds like my grandma who you could still hear that drawl from the accent even though she didn’t live in Kentucky anymore. 

So here is a reminder of a happy place my mom was in about a year ago. Fun time for us 3.

So in honor of your birthday today, I thought I would post my salad that I’m in love with. I got the recipe and did some of my own version, and I’m glad I did.

MOM’S TEX-MEX pasta SALAD

Produce
  • 1/2 cup packed cilantro, (finely chopped, ~1/3 a bunch), packed
  • 1 Avocado, ripe (I’m not a huge avocado fan so I slice them to sit on the side, I so wish I was it’s so good for your skin)
  • 3/4 cup Bell peppers, assorted sweet
  • 1 cup Black beans
  • 1 cup Cherry tomatoes
  • 1 cup Corn
  • 1/4 tsp Garlic salt
  • 1/4 cup Red onion
    1 finely chopped jalapeno
Condiments
  • 5 tbsp Lime juice, squeezed fresh
Pasta & Grains
  • 3 1/2 cups Farfelle pasta, mini
Baking & Spices
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 tsp White sugar
Oils & Vinegars
  • 3 tbsp Olive oil
  • 3 tbsp Rice vinegar
    1/2 cup real mayonaise
    1/2 cup sour cream
 
Cook Pasta and let it cool.
 
Give the veggies a good chopping and bring together with the corn and drained beans all these ingredients while preparing the dressing. Add together the lime juice, seasoning, salt, sugar, olive oil, vinegar, mayo, and sour cream. Then add all together, pasta, veggies, and then the dressing.
Place in the frig for 1 hour to make it cold and all the flavors mesh and oh my………
Happy birthday to my Texas momma. I hope you enjoyed your day if I was there I’d make you this salad, make us some sun tea, sit on your porch and solve the world problems.
Love you bunches, Your #1