What Happened to the Duggar Family?

What should be our response when the Duggar family news and scandal reveals a pornography addiction and infidelity? How do we lift the veil of perfection? WE ARE ALL BROKEN. Our families are broken. Our lives are messy and nothing like the Facebook posts you read about everyday. #Truth and you know it. I know it. We all know it. No one should be held to a standard of perfection.

I am not one to dive into the realm of public opinion but I DO have opinions on most topics (and my husband would definitely agree!) I just choose not to air them on the blog where my desire is always to encourage, inspire and empower others. I have been a huge fan of the Duggar family and their show 19 Kids and Counting. We don't have cable so … [Read more...]

No Longer a Slave to Fear

From Bethel Music, the video No Longer a Slave to Fear beautifully shows how we've been liberated from the bondage of fear because we're children of God.

We have just concluded 21 days of prayer and fasting with our church (Daystar Church) and it has been both a wonderful and challenging experience. The goal of this period is for our church family to refocus our attention on God and His purpose for us as a church and as individuals without earthly distractions. As best I … [Read more...]

Are Your Kids Preparing for School and Life?

Parenting Children with Attachment Disorder - Marty's Musings

How many of you heard it said when you were little, usually accompanied by a pat on your head, "You're just growing up so fast!"  Or something along the lines of, "You can't possibly be old enough to go to school!" Seriously, it's a theme among well meaning relatives everywhere. I think they come in the door of every family … [Read more...]

Glass Half Full of Half Empty?

By implementing sound financial advice you can plan for sunny days in the life of your family, whether it's having kids, buying a house or even a vacation.

Are you a glass half full or half empty kind of person? I struggle to look at my life and blessings as a glass half full sometimes because life can be hard. Honestly? It's easier just to look at the negative side of life. Have you listened to the news lately? Did I mention life is hard? Can I get an amen? But my life is also an … [Read more...]

The Truth I’m Afraid to Share

An adopted teenager struggles with his identity and chooses to live in a group home rather than with the family who raised him in this poignant essay as his adopted family struggles with grief and in learning how to heal their broken hearts and support their son.

I'm afraid to even put these words to paper. Fear. Shame. Guilt. Confession. I used to be THAT mom. I had it all together. The one with the clean house, the kids that seemed to mostly get along and usually had on clean clothes with their hair brushed. (Still asking for forgiveness for the years with the bowl cut. Sorry, … [Read more...]

5 Ingredient Peach Cobbler Recipe

Do you want your guests to go crazy over your baking skills? Then this dessert is for you! This 5 ingredient Peach Cobbler recipe is to die for and so easy!

Yes, I'm a good Southern belle. No I don't like warm weather.  Some people live for summer. The tropical breezes, the longer days and sun kissed tan. Me? I get migraines from the sun. I do not perspire. I sweat. I want my air conditioning and I'm perfectly fine if my tan comes from a bottle. Yet one of my fondest childhood memories … [Read more...]

Encouragement Notes for Homesick Kids at Camp

You can help prevent homesickness by sending encouragement notes to camp or sleepovers. Simply write love notes for your kids to read when they're gone.

Some of the best family traditions are often those that happen by accident, like our family blessing jar. What started out as a way to teach our children gratitude is now a deeply held celebration of thanksgiving every year. It's even incorporated into the marriage contract between our children and their spouses! (No, not really, but Thanksgiving … [Read more...]

Picture Frame Front Door Wreath

Create a warm welcome for guests with this easy and inexpensive front door wreath using a repurposed yard sale picture frame, silk flowers and wooden sign.

I love to craft and DIY while I turn yardsale and curbside junk into beautiful treasures for my home. But I do have a confession to make. Since blogging is now also my job being creative is sometimes a necessity, not a luxury. That can sometimes put extra pressure and stress on me to come up with the "latest and greatest." I believe God … [Read more...]

No Fake Happy Face, Just My Usual Transparency

Hillsong I Surrender devotion and video

As Christians we sometimes paste on a happy face and gloss over our wounds and struggles. After all, we're supposed to have it all together, aren't we? If we don't have the answers then who does? I don't know about anyone else, but I certainly don't. I hurt. I cry. I ask the Comforter to intercede when I can't even form the … [Read more...]

What Happens When You’re at the End of Your Rope?

Ever feel like you're at the end of your rope? Know that the sweetest and most profound dreams are often born in the tiniest slivers of leftover life.

Bible study teacher Beth Moore (Living Proof Ministries) and I have a long history. I have taken several of her studies through the years and her words have spoken life into me at critical moments in my life journey. I am so grateful for the way God has used her to teach me His truths. One little detail you may not know about her is that she and … [Read more...]

Let It Go: The Song God Keeps Teaching Me

Marty Walden shares her faith and how God helped her release her anxiety and pain when her husband faced surgeries, unemployment, a teenaged son runaway and a family death, all within a six month period.

I started this post last Christmas because I knew my husband and I were headed into a season of uncertainty. The single lyric of Let It Go was stuck in my head and for good reason.  Tim was scheduled for hernia surgery followed by rotator cuff surgery in early December. As a painting contractor that meant a six month recovery and … [Read more...]

Advice for New Dads: Cliff Notes Version

Great advice for new dads from a first time father, with everything you need to know to make it through those sleepless, scary and adjustment filled days!

Welcome back my daughter Rachel and an especially big welcome to her husband Donny!  Let me tell you about my son-in-law. Throughout the courtship/dating process he and Rachel spent a lot of time in our home. We got to know Donny so well we considered him as just another fixture in the house! He loves to tease me and I try to give as … [Read more...]

9 Tools to Survive a Crisis

Marty's Musings shares her personal story and 9 tools to survive a crisis. From taking care of yourself to knowing when to ask for help, there is hope!

  Do you remember the movie Groundhog Day?  Phil (Bill Murray), a weatherman, is set to cover the yearly emergence of the groundhog from its hole. He gets caught in a blizzard that he didn't predict and finds himself trapped in a time warp. He is doomed to relive the same day over and over again until he gets it right. Right … [Read more...]

3 Tools for Organizing Your Life!

Need help organizing your life and your family? Let digital apps, old fashioned paper calendars and consistent routines make your life easier!

  Since we've just finished celebrating Mother's Day I'm here to share a few of the tools I've used through the years to keep our home running smoothly. Or at least an attempt at order amidst chaos! I remember the day we brought our first child, a daughter, home from the hospital. I looked at this perfect, beautiful baby and … [Read more...]

Our Teenaged Son was a Runaway

I Am Not Alone worship video by Kari Jobe reminds us that even in the midst of the darkest night God gives us hope and strength for each new day.

I have been paralyzed for over a week. Unable to write a word or formulate a thought.  I'd find myself staring at the floor for untold moments. Only feelings of grief and shock.  You see, this past Tuesday, April 28th, our 16-year-old adopted son became a runaway. Our son is the youngest of a sibling group we … [Read more...]

Cinco de Mayo Party and Pineapple Salsa Recipe

Fun ideas for throwing a themed Cinco de Mayo party on a budget with inexpensive decorations and easy recipes including pineapple salsa and taquitos.

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone.  #DelimexFiesta #CollectiveBias To celebrate my youngest daughter's 17th birthday she invited several of her friends over for a themed Cinco De Mayo party. Teenagers + taco bar and fixin's = tons of food and fun! As … [Read more...]

5 Helpful Tips for Organizing Your Car

These 5 helpful tips for organizing your car will help you make sense and streamline all the accumulated "stuff' that ends up in your car!

  Is organization a struggle for you? Do you live out of your car? Or maybe you have kids? If so, I have 5 helpful tips for organizing your car! Often our vehicle is a reflection of our lives, filled to the brim with people and their "stuff!" Since it's often easier to do these unpleasant tasks in short amounts of time, … [Read more...]

Easter Blessings Through the Years

Counting your Easter blessings can transform your family as the years pass and your children grow into adults. Celebrating faith and family is important!

  Easter has always been an important family holiday for  us, a time to gather together for a meal and share a common faith. Our family has changed immensely over the years. From a family of four to a family of seven overnight.    Years of Easter baskets, worship music and family pictures on the … [Read more...]

Rice Krispies Treats® for Easter

Enjoy celebrating the holidays and everyday with your kids in the kitchen with these 3 ingredient Rice Krispies Treats and perfectly adorable Easter nests.

I am a seasoned mom and have lived to tell the tale. Yes, after raising and homeschooling five children, I'm nearing the end of that season. Endless days and sometimes even longer nights are now being replaced with eating bon bons by the pool. Nah, not really, but it was such a sweet thought!   Anyway, one of the most … [Read more...]

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...]

Handmade Card Ideas in Under 10 Minutes

Add the perfect touch for a gift or send encouragement and well wishes with these handmade card ideas created under 10 minutes with a Project Life kit.

This month on Crafty Hangouts we were challenged to come up with a craft that could be completed in under 10 minutes. Just my style. Quick and easy. Lickety split. In a jiffy. (Consumer Crafts sponsored this post but all opinions and ideas are my own!) I ordered some goodies from Consumer Crafts and came up with … [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...]

A Southern Snow and Cute Puppy Pictures

Ever wondered why southerners fear of running out of bread and milk when it snows? Marty's Musings tells why and shows you cute puppy pictures, too!

(Note: I was working on this post last weekend but the news of my brother-in-law's sudden cardiac arrest changed everything. As he clings to life our family clings to hope in God and we still covet your prayers.) I'm born and bred Southern, y'all. And I actually use the word y'all in everyday language. All.the.time. But somehow … [Read more...]