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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.

dad & I trail riding & more

I have said this over and over but I believe it so strongly. A HERO my dad is to me. My dad turns 71 in a couple of days. This man, along with my mom are always moving towards the next thing. THIS time, they have studied their ever loving brains out and both passed their Texas Real Estate License test. Dad finished and took his test while here. He studied, it just amazes me. It’s an example to me that my brain is not too old or tired to do something new and challenging. They are headed to Texas to be near sister and family, but first they stopped to spend some quality time with us.

When dad got here, we had fence to build. He got right in there and did it! Asking the boys if the electrical fence was working by…..touching it, ha!

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Dad took over the care of the horses, he’s truly a horse whisperer.

When we were kids, after training a horse well he would prove it by walking them thru our house. Um, mom?

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Rosie is rarin’ to go

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THIS makes me a bit choked up. I got to spend a whole day, just dad and I on the trail.  Not tones of words exchanged but we knew we were both happy right here in the saddle together.

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Best looking cowboy in town.

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Oh, a little trot down the trail.

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Handsome, both of them, don’t you think?

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Satisfied daughter right here.

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A little selfie on the horses

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Onward back home. On our way home we both verbalized that this was a good day, a good memory one we won’t forget, and that we were happy.

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And then……he topped it off at the end of the week, him and Brayden building me horse racks for my saddles.

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What a day, may I just say how over joyed I am.

 

summer 2016

So many happenings and that is what summer is alllllllll about is it not? A few high lights that we have had the privilege of having is my parents didn’t spend 4 days with us they spent 4 weeks with us. We did life together and it was fun. It was nice to have them here just to see what daily life was like in this household.

Some things I will miss:

-Dinner dishes cleaned, just like that, boom.

-Laundry folded, just like that, boom.

-Toilet not working, fixed, just like that, boom

-leaky faucet, fixed, boom

-an errand partner makes errands fun.

-walking partner

-horses watered and fed each morning and night, done, boom

-new horse saddle racks up and beautiful within 40 minutes, and amazing!

-running out to the 5th wheel to say ‘good morning’ with a breakfast sandwich in hands to share.

-sitting in church with all next to me

Just a few to think of……

When parents first arrived we headed right for the capitol to listen to Franklin Graham. It was a really great moment of seeing so many there to call upon the Lord for our nation.

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It really was a powerful moment of listening to all the whispers as we prayed together.

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THEN! The very next day, there was a prophecy conference in Tacoma and Jonathan Cahn was speaking.  (THIS is what threw me right into being the child that they love the most category I promise you this)

A selfie while waiting. It was really amazing though, hundreds of people and the worship leader began the worship service a half hour before it was even to begin. He said, “I’m just too excited to meet the presence of the Lord, so would it be ok to start now rather than later?” I LOVED IT!

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Jonathon Cahn

He did a blessing after he spoke, I didn’t want him to stop, so powerful, Jesus was so in it!

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Ok, that was just the beginning……….I’m not sure how the Lord saw to blessing as He did because right off the bat these things were scheduled right when they got here, and it wasn’t planned on our part. Only God!

It was a few days of ‘refreshing’ in the Lord.

 

WE need each other, that’s all there is to it.

Ecclesiastes 3

[ There’s a Right Time for Everything ] There’s an opportune time to do things, a right time for everything on the earth: A right time for birth and another for death, A right time to plant and another to reap, A right time to kill and another to heal, A right time to destroy and another to construct,A right time to cry and another to laugh, A right time to lament and another to cheer, A right time to make love and another to abstain, A right time to embrace and another to part, A right time to search and another to count your losses, A right time to hold on and another to let go, A right time to rip out and another to mend, A right time to shut up and another to speak up, A right time to love and another to hate, A right time to wage war and another to make peace. …
Seems as though this is right where it is at more than ever right now in the world that we live in, doesn’t this verse just sum it up beautifully?
Jim and I attended a celebration of life recently, as I sat there, I realized as much as I don’t see the people around me that day very often we are tied together and that is just all there is to it. I love them, I need them in my life.
Despite the sadness it was wonderful seeing family. In this state I think that people are more genuine, tender,  and more loving than we are on a day to day basis. WE NEED ONE ANOTHER that is the bottom line.
Two brothers coming together………..I love my Uncle Jim.
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Mom, we need her.
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This brother, to his brother was an incredible support………I love this cousin of mine.
He also is pretty much famous (in my eyes anyway) with always manning the barbecue.
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This cousin, well, I don’t think I could love him or admire him anymore than I already do. He has been there for my dad and as you can see dad appreciates and loves him too. A man of strength and a support  to those he loves the way Jesus would love. I love you Hansel and admire you, I just do.I hope we can be there for you and Tina in your time of need as well.
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I guess the point is…….Jesus is in it all. How could you ever deny it when you come upon a sight such as this? The sun goes down and gives us a sight that is just breath taking just to show that He is a God of beauty and there is no other like Him. It’s comforting, don’t you think?
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A time for everything……..
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Blessings……….
July 14, 2016 - 10:25 am

Alecia - You have a beautiful family and are one lucky lady!

Cabinet facelift

THIS is what my niece and I have been up to the past few days.

We had a blast!

She called me and said, “Ok, it’s time let’s get to it” I was being a scared chicken but so trust her. Her house is a DIY project from top to bottom and it is stunning. Amanda is one of the most creative creatures I have ever met.

Well……she came thru AGAIN!

My tired ‘ole 24 year old cabinets got a face lift. I love them, they look fresh and yet have and ‘ole barn wood look to them that I LOVE!

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We had a blast and now I’m hooked, we are going to do it AGAIN!!!!!!!! Now, I want to do more, more, more!

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My partner who loves to get down and dirty with me, from start to finish. Amanda, I’m ready for the next project…..BOOM!

June 18, 2016 - 6:30 am

Jenay Brewer - Oh I love them!!!! So happy for you and thankful for your partner in projects!

June 18, 2016 - 4:54 pm

Amanda Murphy - So fun!!!!!! I’m glad you love them! What’s next?!

June 27, 2016 - 9:54 am

Linda Stoll - Don’t you just love working side by side with someone who’s creative and knows what she’s doing? It gives me just a bit more confidence that maybe I can create something, too!

Your results are beautiful, Marlece. And it’s so good to have met you this past week! May this one be a lovely stretch for you …

Scary in this world we live in

With all of the happenings in this world we live in it makes one thankful every day for God’s protection upon those that we love. Satan is out to kill and destroy and he will do everything he can to do just that. I hate the evil. I’m so grateful we have a God that comforts and is all knowing, so this we can trust no matter what the circumstances that come our way we can count on Him.

It was Layton’s 21st birthday this month and I have just been going back in time in my mind when I think Satan thought he was going to destroy my son by trying over and over again and yet Jesus showed up time and time again.

When Layton was just an infant I laid him down for a little snooze (on his tummy, I know bad me) ran outside to get a little fresh air and water some plants. I came back in to check on him and when I looked at him he was a bluish color. I picked him up and began shaking him and crying the name of Jesus out loud. He kind of woke up but was lethargic, I got in the car with him and drove a million miles an hour to the ER. They monitored him over a few nights in the hospital and determined that he had a near SIDS experience. We went home with a home monitor and if he had a heart beat that was irregular this alarm would go off and basically startle him back to normal again. Every time he went down for a nap I would just sit and stare at him. At first it was going off often, I was a wreck, I was getting no sleep, nervous ALL THE TIME. One day my dad was on the phone with me Layton was napping  when the alarm went off and I threw the phone down and went to pick up Layton, assessed he was ok, and then picked up the phone again. Dad in his ‘talk thru his teeth manner’ said, “THAT IS IT!” And began praying the way only a grandfather would pray for his grandson, with authority in Jesus name. He instructed me to call every church I could and get on their prayer chain. I told him I didn’t really know anybody yet at our church, he said he didn’t care that if they are a church they have people who pray and that is what we need. So I did, Layton didn’t have another episode after that.

Prayer works!

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Then, when he was about 2 years old he went thru this stage of crying out in the middle of the night. It wasn’t a ‘I lost my binkie’ kind of cry but a terror cry. He would be standing up in his bed and staring out the window and screaming at the top of his lungs. This went on over and over. I would go in and just pray the name of Jesus over his room, pray over him and stay with him until he would relax and fall asleep again.

Layton’s uncle came to visit on a complete whim, in fact he didn’t even tell us he was coming he just showed up for dinner. (only a 5 hour drive, ha!) No real particular reason, we had a good visit. I set him up in Layton’s room for the night and had Layton sleep in our room. Charlie was woke up early in the morning and left to go home.

Layton started sleeping thru the night, it was so nice for everyone. We went for a visit to visit the family several weeks after Charlie made a surprise visit and shared with us that he was awakened by something evil outside the window of Layton’s room and he got up and walked around our house over and over  praying scripture over our house. I’d say that Charlie was directed right where the Lord could use him.

AGAIN, prayer works!

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Today, Layton is a vibrant man of God. I know the Lord has a calling on his life and Satan didn’t like it so he  was out to kill and destroy.

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Thank you Lord for hearing when your children cry out to you.

Happy 21 years old and a few days Layton James.