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    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"

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    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.

The FINALE! And my golden child

Dear Prom,

Here we are again, the last time I will be told my son is going to your event at the last minute and I have to scramble to make it all come together as if, like all the other mother’s in the world, it was no sweat off my back. I feel like I just fake it til I make it most of the time with you. This last event of yours has been one surprise after another. I don’t even know where to begin! 

You happen today, we FINALLY got his tux……TODAY!!!! We did go get him sized on Thursday, and that came with a surprise right there too. We walked in and the first thing the lady asked us, “what is your date wearing?” (oh in my mind, he was going stag, just with a group of friends) he pipes up with, “I’m not sure exactly, I’ll have to ask her.” I could feel my eyes welling up with tears not because he had a date but because I HAD NO IDEA!!!!! We walk out of there with me saying, “what the #$#@%^?, why am always the last one to know?” Ok, so I have a few days to get over that……

THEN, my girl friend came over along with Brayden’s senior friend to do some graduation preparing stuff today, the day of your event,  when Sherry walks thru the door to greet us and turns to Brayden with this, “Oh Brayden it’s so exciting you are on the royalty court, are you ready to get crowned tonight?” Ok, are you serious, my mouth flew open, there was no holding it back as if I already knew that he was going to be on court. I mean, what am I chopped liver? WHY am I the last one to KNOW these things? I seriously don’t get it!!!! Your event creates this ‘let’s rain on mom’s parade’ pretty much every other day for several days. 

SO, this is the deal, he is probably not going to be very happy about this but I’m coming to invade your party, to watch him get crowned or not, to be apart, to be……the one to know when it all actually happens or doesn’t happen, nobody will have to tell me AFTER the fact because I will see it with my own eyeballs. 

So, I will see you soon. 

Sincerely,  The mother who is the last to know

And look at my smashing HOT GOLDEN son! He always is unique and he did not surprise me by this one tinnie bit on this one.

He really does make me happy.

Good friends always.

If this isn’t the handsomest………

Meet Madison

Look at all these gems.

All the Rainier group!

What a bunch of handsome boys.

 

Devan darlin’

Oh Bray, I love you, thank you for being such a great person in my life.

Overall I am a grateful Momma, I will for sure keep you informed of the outcome of the ‘crowning’, it will be nice to be the informer over the being informed.

 

Corvan turns 14

We did some celebrating of Corvan’s life this last week. He turned fourteen years old. I can hardly wrap my brain around it. He will be a freshman next year, blows my mind. I am going to live each day, day to day, and not look to what is ahead and just enjoy.

The thing is with Corvan, he has been thru some things in his little world that I always seem to get the after picture all the while he is making wise decisions and I am completely unaware most of the time until I put two and two together. I would say those prayers that I pray, God has his hand on him. The school that Corvan goes to is a bit on the rough side along with a few good teachers but in my opinion most of them I have had encounters with and I am not a confrontational person. I’m the mother, for the most part, that if something comes my way I automatically make my kid guilty before proven innocent. Until I find they really are innocent and then I go to battle for them.

I always tell my kids, “no matter what, I am on your side” and then when I drop them off from school I pray that whatever is going on that it comes to the light and that God would provide a hedge of protection around them, that what goes in the ears or whatever they see needs to be heard or saw and that which needs to be shielded, SHIELD and PROTECT!!! Our kids go thru so much in a day, we have no idea the moral, ethical, decision making they have to go thru every single day. The stuff that comes at them boggles my mind.

Corv, he deals with it like a champ. THis year, he saw stuff coming his way that he didn’t want to be apart of and has just chosen to go another way. It kind of baffled me at times, almost with a inquisitive not getting it lack of understanding. For example, he has created a group of new friendships that I’m so proud of him for making.  He makes these silent decisions and I just PRAY that he will continue to make right choices.  

I want to get better at trusting God with him and know that God is guiding him in truth and love way better than I can ever do. I am so grateful for it all.

We spent the evening of his birthday with family at the bowling rink. Bowling is always fun entertainment, isn’t it?

He looks 14 in this picture, well at least above 4.

Cousin ‘Mana’  and Chad joined us. Let’s just say, they love her like the star that she is.

Then we went to the bike park for more fun, spring break just didn’t quite finish up the fun.

This was intentional, Oh Brayden.

Corv getting his game on.

I am one blessed Momma to get to raise this boy. He always surprises me by teaching me something new about him or that I didn’t even realize was in him. Dang, I just love him!

I pray the next year of his world impacts me the way that it has and that I find myself in awe of the Lord’s goodness just one more time.

May 29, 2017 - 10:20 am

Lisa - Love ❤️ this Marlece

Spring break shenanigans

This spring break has been full, full of building muscle from all the leaf picking up we have been doing. After some blood, lots of sweat, and even some tears we finally got it done! Then the big wind storm hit that next day, we all just looked outside as it was blowing and turned away. We’ll just ignore all the limbs for a while.

The boys and I took a night and went to Portland where they could ride in an indoor bike bike. And ride, ride they did,  they stopped long enough to sit down and eat for a couple of minutes and they were back at it. Close to seven hours of riding. They really had a great time. It was so much fun watching them have a blast, they were so grateful after and exhausted too.

Jordan

Corvan

food with sweaty heads

This makes my heart sing when my boys spend time together doing things they enjoy.

Brayden worked and then we just got home from a day of orientation at a possible college. Asking the Lord’s will and hand on all decisions that are to be made. We will see……

Layton, he rode the whole desert 100 on his own this year. Layton claims it was one of the hardest things he’s ever accomplished. Pictures to come, really proud of him.

April 8, 2017 - 5:51 pm

Cheryl barrett - Awe what good times

SURPRISE,Jordan is 11!

This boy of mine……how is it that the Lord sees fit to give the best gifts when you didn’t even ask for them? 

Jordan was my surprise baby, and I will never receive a better one than this one right here. 

Jordan, he has such strong insight beyond his years that SURPRISES me all of the time.

Jordan is my grateful kid, he very rarely asks for anything and it makes me want to give him everything.

His eleventh birthday was fun. We invited all his best buds to eat Jordan’s pick of the meal that included sloppy Joe’s with mac and cheese with pop. Yum-O (ew!) 

Then what do 11 year olds do for their birthday? We go to SKATELAND!!!!! Does that bring back ‘ole memories from the pass all of you who are (cough) skaters from your years pass? It was a scream, they were troopers, maybe a few bruised behinds but they got the hang of it being the athletes that they are and were racing around the track.

The pictures are blurry because I couldn’t stop laughing!!! A little shaky hand going on there.

Next morning a little biscuits and gravy.

Then…..his real birthday! All my boys and I sat down for all of Jor’s favorite things. Homemade meat balls, mashed potatoes and gravy, shrimp, asparagus, and pop. This was monumental we rarely get to sit down for a meal all together anymore. This made my heart happy.

And four layer tort…….with a ‘Happy birthday’ song to go with it.

How I love this boy, thank you Jesus for this SURPRISE!!!!!

 

 

March 1, 2017 - 7:33 pm

Janice C. Johnson - Happy birthday to your Jordan. Your family is so much fun!

April 8, 2017 - 5:51 pm

Cheryl barrett - Great memories

Senior 2017

We got together to get some pictures FINALLY! I think the only reason…..there was snow, incentive, whatever it took. We will take a few more this spring.

 

 

There you have it, I think I will go lock myself in my room now so no one knows that I am crying. I really have NOT dealt with this whole situation at all. I have played the denial card and have been happy to live in this spot.