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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 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.

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!


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


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!


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!


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.


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

Happy 21 years old and a few days Layton James.


Four layer tort

This has been, I would say, ‘the ‘ole stand by’ in this family since I was little. It’s really easy and super yummy.

Four Layer Tort

The crust

1 cup up coarsely chopped nuts (pecans or walnuts whatever you please)

2 cubes of melted butter

2 cups of flour

Mix together and press in a 9X13 pan and bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes, take it out and let it completely cool

While crust in cooling mix together:

8 oz of cream cheese with 1 cup of powdered sugar and a dollop of whip cream

Then make a large box of either vanilla or chocolate instant pudding.  (follow directions on the box) let it set in frig until set

After all parts are finished, the crust, the cream cheese mixer, and the pudding then layer:


Cream cheese mixer

pudding mix

and then  top it off with 8 oz cool whip.

you can also put shaving of chocolate on the top to pretty it up and make it that much more scrumptious if you please.




June 3, 2016 - 4:19 pm

Jenay Brewer - Yep!!! One of my ALL TIME FAVES!!!!!!

His mercies are new every morning

Your mercies, God, run into the billions; following your guidelines, revive me.

I LOVE spring mornings. I love to get up right when the sun is coming up and go out to feed the horses, say good morning to the chickens, and walk around with the dogs and talk to God for a minute or two.

These are the first flowers I planted when we moved in here, I love when they make an appearance every year.


His mercy flows in wave after wave on those who are in awe before him.

It seems the past few days have felt what this verse says. In one week there have been such heavy lows and then there is mercy to follow to bring such a high.

Look at this face, “good morning Rocket.”


Everywhere! The vibrant colors, LOVE!


Through the heartfelt mercies of our God, God’s Sunrise will break in upon us, Shining on those in the darkness, those sitting in the shadow of death, Then showing us the way, one foot at a time, down the path of peace.

“Good morning girls!”


Showing his beauty.


I am going to remind myself that God is in it all. And when life comes my way I will rememeber……….I am loved by a Father, a Father that cares deeply for me.



I’m your biggest cheerleader, thanks for the return

I try to be there for my kids ‘stuff’ and if I’m not they know that their phone is going to blow up with all kinds of questions of ‘what is going on?’ This week has been no different, it has been bundled up with lots of cheers and heavy excitement around here. I’m just so grateful right now to be apart of allllll of this business around here.

Sometimes my cheering is with mixed emotion. For instance, Layton has gotten himself back on the track again. It has been several years, it’s in him, he loves it, and this so makes me happy to hear his excitement but the anxiety that runs thru these veins of mine…..well, let’s just say, Jesus is hearing a lot from me on this subject right now.

layton riding

Brayden, he took his SAT’s last weekend. Again, mixed emotion, excited for what is ahead for him, praying a lot of where the Lord wants to use him in his gifts and talents and then I just want to scream, “NOOOOOOOO, NOT YET!”

He also had another PR this week in his pole vaulting. He also surpassed the school top height, and is headed to districts this week. It was an exciting moment for everyone! It made me a bit teary.



And then this happened today, all these people of mine came to cheer me on for the Capitol City Marathon. I did the half and was so happy with myself, I had a new PR too and have been working towards that for a long time. It felt so good. My cheer squad is always a big incentive when they are chasing me from here to there on the route. I LOVE it!

This guy of mine, got up early to drop me off, then went to get the kids. It really does mean so much. Before every race he takes a lot of attitude from me. I hate the start, I get so anxious I can’t breathe and so the car ride there he can’t say anything or do anything right. “It’s too cold, it’s too hot, don’t leave me right here, go faster, slow down, I look stupid, my foot hurts……….” He handles it all in stride.


The weather was so good. People, may I just say, God answers prayer, I don’t want to run in yucky conditions, it looked like it was going to be rainy and yet it was not at all. Over cast and mild,  perfect!



This guy here, the whole last mile he was in my ear. “Do we have another hill?” I kept saying, “nope smooth sailin’ from here.” Then a few minutes later, ” I think that is a hill,” here I’m sayin’, “Nope, keep marchin’ forward it’s easy from here!” Pretty much the whole mile, this was the case. “You got this, you can do it!” I guess it kept my mind going.


I’m laughing cuz, here he is……..I don’t think he believed me!


Well, anyway, it has been a cheerleading kind of week and that is just where the Lord always brings me back to even in the last mile of MY race. ha! It does my heart so good every single part of all of this. Now, I think I will slowly get up from this chair, grab me some water, and go to bed. Thank you Lord for making me a cheerleader and for also giving me cheerleaders. My mom, sisters, and my running partner, thanks!


May 16, 2016 - 6:54 am

Janice C. Johnson - Marlece! You and your family of go-getters continually blow me away. So much passion and energy, so much enthusiasm for life! I love me some Lashers…
Congratulations on the half. You ROCK, girl!

May 16, 2016 - 8:13 am

Kimbie Shaw - Marlece, you are amazing! I’m so proud of you! I am sooo very thankful God allowed our paths to cross! Congratulations on a job well done….on many levels! 😃