To My Daughter on Your 16th Birthday

To My Daughter on Your 16th Birthday - Marty's Musings

Instead of sharing a Simple Gift Sunday post I wanted to celebrate my daughter Stephanie as she turns 16 on April 8th. I hope you'll join me!   To my daughter on your 16th birthday: I didn't carry you for nine months or struggle to push you out of my body and set you free to breathe the air of this temporary world. I didn't cry … [Read more...]

Craft Room Inspiration

Craft Room Inspiration from Marty's Musings

  Want to see how close I got to my inspiration? Here's the reveal of my new craft room! At  the beginning of the new year, when I decided my word for 2014 was simplify, I went on a cleaning/organization spree in my craft room.  I wasn't happy with the way the room was functioning. Since I have started blogging full time as … [Read more...]

TobyMac “Speak Life”: Simple Gift Sunday

TobyMac Speak Life video and devotion

I'm up in the middle of the night wondering what God morsel God has for me. Do you ever do that?  Some things weigh heavy on my mind. Our oldest son Joshua is getting married in just four months. At that time his fiance will have just graduated from college, and our son will still have at least a year and a half left with seminary … [Read more...]

Snickers Brownie Ice Cream Cake

Snickers Brownie Ice Cream Cake - Marty's Musings

(Stay tuned for links to all the fabulous bloggers joining us in our All Things Home Valentine's Showcase.) Every year I listen to the hype and commercialization of the first holiday of the new year. I walk through the aisles of the drugstore and see candy hearts, silk roses and mushy cards. It all looks so.......average.  Then … [Read more...]

Matt Redman “Your Grace Finds Me”: Simple Gift Sunday

Matt Redman Your Grace Finds Me Video and Devotion

  I remember my teenage years. Defiant. Pushing. Mouthy. Chafing at my parents' authority. Days and words I regret. Even in those years of finding myself I knew I didn't want my children to be like me when they became teenagers so I have made different choices. I've stayed at home for most of my 25 years as a mom. I've … [Read more...]

Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls with Cream Cheese Icing

Bread Machine Cinnamon Rolls - Marty's Musings

Our family has developed many traditions throughout the years. These include cow day, our Christmas Village display and Instant Russian Tea. Thanksgiving Day is filled with all our family gathered around the table enjoying the standard turkey and dressing with cranberry apple casserole and all the rest. Thanksgiving evening finds … [Read more...]

Mandisa “Overcomer”: Simple Gift Sunday

Mandisa "Overcomer" video and devotion

I hope you'll enjoy Mandisa "Overcomer" and my Simple Gift Sunday choice for this week. source A couple of years ago our pastor preached on marriage, and the message resonated with me and has stayed with me all this time. His main idea is applicable for my kids but also to me personally. Are you a victim or an overcomer? The victim … [Read more...]

My Word for 2014: Simplify

#oneword365 from Marty's Musings

  Are you one to make New Year's Resolutions? Do you end up breaking them by the end of the first month? First week? First day? I don't make resolutions anymore. Instead I chose my word for 2013: simplify. This word will help guide my goals and life for this year. Mary Carver wrote the following on (in)courage in explaining … [Read more...]

Christmas Wishes

Christmas Wishes from Marty's Musings

Christmas is always a bittersweet time for me as the memory of my mother's tragic death in 2013 mingles with the blessed celebration of all our children home for a few hours. I know I'm not the only one who struggles with loss this year, and I want you to know I care.   I understand. You are not alone. Hug those you love a little … [Read more...]

Christmas Ornaments Mini Scrapbok Album

Christmas Ornaments Mini Album from Marty's Musings

  While your tree is still up, I have a great project that I don't want you to miss! I want to show you how to create an 8x8 mini scrapbook album to tell the stories of your meaningful family Christmas ornaments. This project couldn't be easier to put together.  Step One: Decide what size album you want to … [Read more...]