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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.

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    This is where my heart 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.

a visit to see sister and cousins

We took a little trip over to see Sister Jenay and the cousins. My boys love their cousins. We have done a lot of life with them and when they don’t see them for a time they really begin to miss them.

We took a day and went to Sunriver. Very proud and happy to be spending the day playing together  today.


These two, they don’t just look a TONE a like from the time we put them together,  they also are great buddies.  From the time Jordan came out of the womb I said he looked exactly like Jenay sometimes it freaked me out a little bit and then she had one to match him.  CRAZY!


Mik has gotten huge and we love this kids personality. He really is witty and fun to be around. You can see Corv is happy to have this boy by his side, all smiles.


Esther, every time I’m near her, I want more of her. She has this soothing tone about her that makes me happy to know her.


This little gem bucket, she is this little owl who  is too sweet for words. She loved the water at the kiddie pool.  LOOK at those eyes!


I feel satisfaction when I get to spend time with sister. We don’t see or talk like we use to so I miss her terribly but when I do get a piece of her I feel a deep sense of happiness.


My mom was with us too, why no pictures I am not sure, ugh!

Great summer happening that happened right here on this day.


August 28, 2016 - 8:51 am

Jeany - Oh I love this post and these pictures!!! This was a truly fun day. I love you and your boys and I’m so thankful you took the time to come and play.

August, the month of panic

At the end of August every year I begin this trail of anxiety, panicking, nonstop craziness in my head. Summer is almost gone, my kids are going back to school, another season. I do well with change, I actually like it, but if I don’t feel prepared for it that’s when I wake up at 2:30 in the morning and drive Jim nuts with my up and down, toss and turn, get up and write to empty my brain and TONES of praying. God has His way with me, He does not care what time it is or if I’m tired. This is usually when He can get my undivided attention and no interruptions  accept my dozing off before I’m awakened again.

Here are a few pictures of a fabulous time we had on a camping trip just Corvan, Jordan, and I did.  It was a little sad, knowing that Jim and my bigs are busy working and doing the manly thing. I’m grateful, but they were missed. At the same time I don’t want my youngest to think they don’t get to go play because they aren’t with us. It also gives the younger ones a chance to step it up and be men on our trip. Putting up the tent, starting the fire, cleaning up camp, you know, those man jobs. Protecting their mother from the big bad something.

Challenging and exciting and more than ALL  breathtaking! You had to wear tennis shoes that you are ok with to get wet.  Because you are wadding in water at times knee deep and climbing huge fallen logs.



THIS part, do you see the boys swimming? This is the ONLY way to get to the prize falls. It is deep I do NOT like cold water so I was freaking out a bit. See the boy scaling the side to get over to the other side? It’s straight up and down and very little chance you will make it without falling in. Corvan took my precious  camera and swam with it over his head to the other side while I attempted the wall. I DID IT! Not without Jordan throwing my foot into a crevice of the rock because I was dangling with my finger tips.  Once I got over to the other side all I could think about was, “I got to get back over AGAIN!”


Almost there……



Jumping off a rock at the beautiful falls.



More falls…..


Oh, we had a good time! GORGEOUS! It’s amazing all the ‘new to me’ things you can discover when you have lived in the Pacific Northwest all of your life.

We got to our camp spot and set up camp, ate some hot dogs on the grill, sat around the fire, ate smores,  went swimming some more and we crashed in the  tent with Corv on one side and Jor on the other. Just the way I like it.

Sigh…….it’s been fun!


Tomato yum salad

Every year it seems as though I get hooked on one salad for the year. THIS salad was it for this summer season. I CANNOT get enough!



This is the deal, I have this all at my finger tips from Bona’s garden. (I know I am spoiled ROTTEN!) So, this is what I created, and am in love with…..

Tomato Yum Salad

1 can of black beans (rinsed and drained)

12 cherry tomatoes cut in half

2 cups of corn off the cob (or frozen that is unfrozen)

1 bunch of cilantro chopped (I LOVE the smell of cilantro I wish I could glue a piece of it to my nose for the day)

1/2 cup chopped red onion

Juice of 1 lime

1/4 cup of olive oil

salt to taste and pepper

Stir all together, let sit in frig for 10 minutes and then crumble a bit of feta cheese on the top.

We ate this salad a lot with a big fat piece of grilled steak next to it.





August 18, 2016 - 6:37 pm

Amy Cushman - How ’bout bringing some to your dear ol’ friend. 🙂

Happy birthday Mom!

Today is Mom’s birthday.  I hope she feels honored and loved more than ever on this day.

Recently she spent several days with us here. I still miss her, doing life together was fun. I would say, “hey Mom, I have to go drop Corv off at his friends house,” and she would hop in and go. We went on walks together and we made dinner together and we, (she mostly) cleaned the kitchen together, laundry. It was a team effort on all fronts.

Here are some pictures of some of our time together.

Mom loves the beach, so do we.



We also went on several hiking trips, she LOVES this as much as I do.



A little selfie of us at the horse races, that was FUN!


Mom spent some time with her bestie here at the house. This beautiful Momma always keeps my Momma in a fit of laughter.


Anyway, Mom plays many roles with amazingness. She is a wife, mother, friend, MeMe, career woman, house wife, Great MeMe, auntie, sister, the list goes on but most of all she is a princess to the King of Kings and I just happen to be the daughter of that! Love you Mom!

summer biking

The boys did a poker ride with their dad this summer. It does feel a little strange these days. Our two big boys are off working and being independent so now we have the ‘two’.

Glad Jim still takes time to take them out on the trail. They all enjoy it.


Headed out, see you back in a few hours!


How could you not love this face?


Conquered! Whew, lots of mud, lots of fun!


What does momma do while these boys are riding do you ask?

I end up eating the food I packed for them

I read

I wander around

I prepare for their arrival (even though they change it around when they arrive)

I pray

I look for them coming out of the forest so that I may take pictures of it.

Always fun!