31 Days: Inspirational Home Projects and a $600 Giveaway

Inspirational Home Projects - Marty's Musings

  Have you ever thought about how your home appears to others? Do you think the cleanliness factor matters or is it more important that you have the latest decor and furniture? During these 31 days of October I'm sharing bits of pieces of not only my home, but my heart. To me, both of these are connected in a very real and tangible … [Read more...]

31 Days: Baby Gender Reveal Party and Free Printables

Baby Gender Reveal Party and Free Printables - Marty's Musings

   As of a few months ago I hadn't even heard of a baby gender reveal party, but today I'm here to share all the details of the fabulous way we celebrated our first grandchild on the way. The concept When our oldest daughter and son-in-law announced that they were expecting our first grandchild we were so thrilled! Rachel immediately … [Read more...]

31 Days: Why Take a Family Vacation?

Why Take a Family Vacation? from Marty's Musings

As the warm breezes blow through my hair, I'm transported back to days of yore. Children splashing at the shore, sand seeping through toes and bathing suits. Waves chasing the wee ones as they squeal in contagious joy.  Screeecchhhhh! That was a terrific walk down the family vacation memory lane, but it's not my life … [Read more...]

31 Days: Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption

Walden Family Vacation 2014 - Marty's Musings

Since I believe home is so much more than just a place to decorate, I wanted to share with you some information today related to adoption. If you're new to our story you can read more about it here, but in a nutshell we were called to adopt through the foster care system in 2000. While we had expressed an interest in one child (we already had … [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: 5 Ways Scrapbooking Will Make you a Better Mom

5 Ways Scrapbooking Will Make You a Better Mom - Marty's Musings

Let me start out by saying that I am in no way trying to guilt anyone here today! My goal is to encourage you and build you up as you love on your families and maybe even help you become a better mom. I am on a scrapbooking retreat this weekend so I thought it would be a great time to touch on how this passionate hobby of mine has changed … [Read more...]

31 Days to a Beautiful Home: House Tour

Home Tour from blogger Marty's Musings

Today I want to share just a little bit about myself and give you a house tour, in case you're new to Marty's Musings. I have been blogging since 2008 and what began as a record of our family/adoption/faith journey has turned into a full time job writing about our DIY projects, easy family recipes, love of thrifty repurposing and … [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...]

Beach House Decorating Ideas

Beach House Decorating - Marty's Musings

Our family spent last week in Emerald Isle, NC enjoying some good food, family fun and as much sun as we could handle! I find the older I get the less enthralled I am with hours on the beach burning to a crisp. Since this was our second year at this specific house I took several pics so I could share some great beach house decorating with … [Read more...]

Family Fun at TGI Fridays Restaurant

Family Fun at TGI Fridays Restaurant - Marty's Musings

Our oldest son Joshua recently married his love Emmaline. They live in Raleigh, NC, about an hour and a half drive from us. As you mamas of adult children know, it's hard when your lives don't intersect as often. When our son invited us to come see him play keyboards at his church we jumped at the chance! Joshua has put his educational … [Read more...]

Inexpensive Sweet 16 Birthday Party Ideas

Inexpensive Sweet 16 Birthday Party Ideas - Marty's Musings

  It's hard to believe it's been over four months since my youngest daughter turned 16!  She is turning into an amazing young woman right before our eyes. I cannot imagine our lives without this tenderhearted, compassionate young lady. (She has since had her braces taken off and is even more beautiful!) Since she is … [Read more...]

Organizing Home and Work with Sharpie Markers

Organizing Home and Work with Sharpie Markers - Marty's Musings

“This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sharpie, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia  #StaplesBTS http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV” Over the years as a homeschooling family we've collected a lot of stuff. Twenty years of homeschooling STUFF. Everything from school papers to … [Read more...]

Gender Reveal Party Banner

Gender Reveal Party Banner - Marty's Musings

Disclosure: I received free product and compensation in exchange for creating a project using products from Consumer Crafts.com. All opinions are my own. The next few months will be exciting ones for our family. Other than normal school, work and church activities, my daughter Rachel and her husband are expecting our first grandchild … [Read more...]

Embracing New Motherhood: 5 Things I Wish I Had Known

Embracing New Motherhood 5 Things I Wish I had Known - Marty's Musings

I am walking through a season of life that is new and exciting yet also terrifying. I am no longer "merely" a stay at home mom. I am a work from home, homeschooling mom of teenagers. I am a soon to be a grandmother. A nana. A lover of a precious new gift. As much as I enjoy and embrace these days I also find myself floundering at … [Read more...]

Celebrating the Homeschool Mom

Celebrating the Homeschool Mom - Marty's Musings

  Most of you probably know our family has homeschooled a very long time, twenty years to be exact, with only three more years to go!  These years have been a commitment of time, resources and emotions. Homeschooling is a joyous life experience for the whole family, but it can also be isolating, frustrating, exhausting and time … [Read more...]