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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...]

Colton Dixon “More of You”: Simple Gift Sunday

votion from Marty's Musings

Love the simple lyrics of this Colton Dixon "More of You" song. As a Christian artist Colton Dixon has come a long way since his "American Idol" days as a season 11 finalist. He won a Dove award for his first record and has just released  his second album "Anchor." The lyrics speak to me of the journey we are all on to seek … [Read more...]

For King and Country “Fix My Eyes”: Simple Gift Sunday

For King and Country "Fix My Eyes " - video and devotion from Marty's Musings

  My youngest daughter is an animal lover, to say the least. We walk around the block and she tells me all the names of the outdoor cats we see. We don't know the owners but she knows the cats! She loves to tell us every.single.detail about the activities of our own two cats. My husband doesn't quite have the same fanaticism as our … [Read more...]

Joy Williams “Here With Us”: Simple Gift Sunday

Joy Williams "Here With Us" - video and devotion from Marty's Musings-1

My 16-year-old daughter shared Joy Williams "Here With Us" with me and once I watched the video I knew it was perfect for my Simple Gift Sunday post. My oldest daughter is expecting our first grand child and I watch her full of hope and love, experiencing the emotional and physical upheaval of pregnancy.  I close my eyes and … [Read more...]