Just Breathe In and Breathe Out

Amazing Grace - Marty's Musings

   I take a deep breath. Breathe in. Breathe out. What was that breathing technique I saw online? 4-7-8 Inhale for a count of four. Hold for a count of seven. Exhale for a count of eight.  Heart still flip flopping an extra beat. I open my email and watch as the messages flood my … [Read more...]

The Day I Fell in Love With my Pregnancy Stretch Marks

Struggling with body image after giving birth, a first time mom encourages women to embrace the beauty and gift in those pregnancy stretch marks.

Thank you to my daughter Rachel for sharing a precious reminder of the beauty of motherhood with "The Day I Fell in Love With my Pregnancy Stretch Marks."    When I became pregnant with our son, Aiden, I was the heaviest I had ever been. I knew it would help to lose a few pounds but my husband thought I was sexy when I was … [Read more...]

When a Heart Breaks

When a Heart Breaks - Marty's Musings

There are joyous seasons in life, days filled with sweetness and precious memories, almost to the point of taking my breath away. Then the seasons of grief arrive, days filled with inconsolable heartbreak, crushing the wind from my lungs. Blessedly I've known both seasons and every one in between. Ordinary days full of diapers … [Read more...]

3 Practical Ways to Add More Meaning to Your Life

3 practical ways to add more meaning to your life by finding and meeting the needs of others, especially the homeless people in your community.

  I am a big believer in modeling behaviors I'd like my children to imitate. I want to reach their hearts in teaching them compassion for others. But let me be honest. In the area of helping others outside of the family, I often fail. I get caught up in the minutia of everyday life and modeling these important elements of … [Read more...]

Our Family Needs Your Prayers

Our Family Needs Your Prayers - Marty's Musings

I had every intention of sharing an adorable post today full of pictures this weekend of our new puppy and, of course, our baby grandson. Unfortunately, life sometimes shocks us into reality and heartbreak. Saturday was one of those days. We got a call early in the morning that my husband's brother had a heart attack. No … [Read more...]

Exciting News and a Dare to Dream Big Dreams

Marty's Musings shares how to to dream big dreams and embrace the unknown when God touches your heart and changes your plans.

  A few weeks ago I was sitting at my computer working (not unusual in the least) and felt a moment when I believe God planted a dream within me (quite unusual for me!) Today I want to share just a few thoughts on how I believe God is working in my life and family. I have been working diligently on my blogging business for almost two … [Read more...]

What Makes a Good Marriage? Being Broken Together

What makes a good marriage? Blogger Marty's Musings shares that brokenness and being remade through faith are the keys. Casting Crowns "Broken Together/"

Today is my 28th wedding anniversary. 28 years. Almost three decades of living life together. Fights. Makeups. Morning breath. Childbirth. Just ordinary lives lived through extraordinary stories. I wish we had an inkling of what we were getting into when we got married on that Valentine's Day many years … [Read more...]

4 AM Feelings From a Sleep Deprived Mom

Honest and transparent feelings from a first time new mom will reassure that faith and love will see you through! from Marty's Musings

Many of you longtime readers have heard all about my oldest daughter Rachel, with everything from her DIY wedding in 2011, baby gender reveal party last August and the unexpected arrival of baby Aiden early in December. From age eleven and a half and up when we adopted a sibling group of three in 2000, Rachel was so faithful in … [Read more...]

4 Practical Tips for Coping with Anxiety and the Blues

4 Practical Tips for Coping with Anxiety and the Blues - Marty's Musings

  I've been amazed at the way my recent post with my story on when to see a family therapist has resonated with so many people. For the most part I don't consider myself an anxious person, but there are definitely times that I lose sight of my blessings and only focus on the problems. My goal here is to encourage you so I thought I'd … [Read more...]

Unafraid: Why I Went to See a Therapist

Not sure when or how to ask for professional help with a personal situation? Blogger Marty's Musings shares a personal story of encouragement.

When I started this post several days ago I had no idea that our lives would again be filled with a new crisis with our adopted son. I just knew I needed help coping with my own feelings and hurts God had been revealing to me. As we continue to walk forward with our son, loving him and getting him help to continue the process of healing his … [Read more...]

Should You Give up Your Dreams for A Better Plan?

Should You Give Up Your Dreams for a Better Plan? - Marty's Musings

I first wrote this post in mid 2011, never imagining the progress my adopted children would make in their search for attachment. I was just clinging to God and hoping the pain wouldn't last forever.   Even with all this progress, recent days have brought more heart wrenching revelations in our parenting journey, and I am … [Read more...]

Marshmallow Snowman Craft (that you can eat!)

Marshmallow Snowman Craft (you can eat!) - Marty's Musings

  We've just survived the holidays, waved goodbye to 2014 and said hello to 2015. You know what is probably around the corner? This lovely white stuff that is beautiful to look at and often treacherous to drive in. That's right. It's the most wonderful "snowy" time of year. I freely admit I'm a southern driver and would prefer … [Read more...]

What No One Wants to Talk About at Christmas

What No One Wants to Talk About at Christmas - Marty's Musings

Today I went into the attic and pulled out the baby clothes I had saved from my two biological children. It's been years since I tenderly went through them. I touched them almost prayerfully, letting the memories roll over me in waves. As a new mother you can never imagine that the little infant you cradle will one day be cradling their … [Read more...]

We Interrupt this Regularly Scheduled Christmas Post

Merry Christmas Baby - Marty's Musings

Yes, this season of Christmas joy has not been without its challenges and surprises. As many of you know my oldest daughter Rachel has been pregnant with our first grandchild. Her due date? January 13th. (You can read all about the announcement and the baby gender reveal party if you want to know more!) My … [Read more...]

5 Practical Tips to Reduce Stress at Christmas!

5 Practical Tips to Reduce Stress at Christmas - Marty's Musings

It's been an interesting week here at the Walden home. My DIY hubby had surgery on Wednesday with an overnight stay in the hospital. He's doing well but we're definitely out of our routine. Tim will also have rotator cuff surgery on the 16th and spend several months rehabbing after that. Since he's a painting contractor he won't be able to … [Read more...]

31 Days: Family Blessing Jar and Instilling Gratitude

Family Blessing Jar - Marty's Musings

  Do you ever feel pulled by the demands of family, job, school, church or outside activities? Of course you do! You are probably especially feeling the pull of this busiest season of the year as we race towards Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Year. I will be honest and say that this year as a work at home/homeschooling mom I'm … [Read more...]

Bethel Music “We Dance”: Simple Gift Sunday

Bethel Music "We Dance" - Marty's Musings

  This is a sweet, sweet song that's new to me. As usual I found it when listening to my Ipod, relaxing in the rocking chair that holds memories of babies rocked, books read, with debates and long talks finishing out many a day. There is just a passion in this Bethel Music "We Dance" video that I know I'm sharing it for someone … [Read more...]

31 Days: Hillsong “Stronger”: Simple Gift Sunday

Hillsong Worship song "Stronger" video and devotion from Marty's Musings

  Every Sunday for the past two years I have linked up a youtube worship video of some kind, whatever God was laying on my heart that week. My desire is still just to use Sundays as a time of reflection on faith and family. Some Sundays you might find a video here and sometimes it might just be writing about this crazy, … [Read more...]

31 Days: “It is Well”: Simple Gift Sunday

It Is well with my soul - Marty's Musings

  My Simple Gift to you this Sunday are these simple words. It is well with my soul. I'm praying that in the midst of life's storms and chaos that it is indeed.......well with your soul.   (If you are viewing via email or reader just click on the post title to view the video. It's worth the extra time!) Grander earth has … [Read more...]

31 Days: Speak Words of Life

Speak Words of Life - Marty's Musings

I am the mom of both biological and adopted children. To say life has been challenging these last 14 years would be an understatement. To believe in my heart that God ordained this purpose for me before I was even a speck often takes courage. Words can be life changing. They can build up or tear down, encourage or … [Read more...]

31 Days to a Beautiful Home: Day One

31 Days to a Beautiful Home - Marty's Musings

    I'm going to share something with you today that scares me half to death. Are you ready? I'm joining The Nester and tons of other writers who are committing to writing 31 days for the entire month of October. I know I'm a little melodramatic. Why should this scare me so much? Because I'm an A personality who … [Read more...]

Elevation Worship “Grace So Glorious”: Simple Gift Sunday

Elevation Worship "Grace So Glorious" - Marty's Musings

   This song from Elevation Worship "Grace So Glorious" is such a great way to start the new week. I'm returning from vacationing at the beach with the family and enjoying some much needed time away from the pressures of "doing it all:" wife, mom, homeschool teacher, blogger, writer, soon to be nana.  I always … [Read more...]

Encouraging Words for the Weary: Simple Gift Sunday

Encouraging Words for the Weary - Marty's Musings

  Last Sunday I shared that the week had been a tough one for me. Some health issues were nagging and winning the battle for a while. Surgery to remove a couple of polyps on my uterus left me hormonal in a way I haven't been in years. It was not pretty. I was not nice. In all honesty, this week wasn't much better. My children … [Read more...]

Praying God’s Word and a Drs. Visit

Scripture Prayer Cards - Marty's Musing

  It has been a hard week for me. I've been dealing with some physical symptoms for a few months that we just couldn't nail down with a precise cause. My dad had colon cancer so the dreaded over 50 colonoscopy was part of the discovery process. Glad to say I'm perfectly clean. (All you over 50 readers can say an "amen" to what … [Read more...]