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...]

7 Tips for Family Vacation

7 Tips for Family Vacation with Adult Children - Marty's Musings

  The years are passing even quicker now that we have adult children with spouses as well as two teenagers living at home. My oldest daughter is expecting our first grandchild and our oldest son just got married a few weeks ago. As our lives change our plans for vacation each year become more complicated! Last year … [Read more...]

Purina One 28 Day Challenge

Purina One Dog Food - Marty's Musings #OneDifference #PMedia #ad

This shop is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Purina One, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #ONEDifference   We are a family of animal lovers. In the olden days of telephone answering machines, my DIY hubby used to list all our names: mom, dad, five kids, and various dogs, … [Read more...]

Fly a Little Higher: Simple Gift Sunday

Fly a Little Higher

  My relationships with my husband and children are the ones I value most, but they are the most difficult, fraught with insecurity which leaves me broken. Most recently my brokenness has found me in desperate need of a God who loves me in spite of me, because of me and without me. I hit rock bottom on this life changing journey … [Read more...]

Top 10 Yard Sale Bargains

Top 10 Yard Sale Bargains - Marty''s Musings

  I've been showing off sharing some of my yard sale bargains from last Saturday on Instagram and Facebook and generating lots of conversations about how and where I shop for such great deals. Stay local and save gas I try to stay within 10 miles or less of my home to save on gas and group all the sales together as I plan. Plus, … [Read more...]

Celebrating with TGI Fridays Restaurant and Some Exciting News!

Celebrating with TGI Fridays Restaurant - Marty's Musings

  When I wrote in this post that my life was definitely moving towards a new season, little did I know my daughter and son-in-law would have a little surprise for me on Memorial Day! Yep, they are expecting a little blueberry in January! We've actually known for a few weeks and Rachel managed to keep it from me for three weeks before … [Read more...]

Sara Groves “He’s Always Been Faithful to Me”: Simple Gift Sunday

Sara Groves He's Always Been Faithful

  My oldest son Joshua recently married his love Emmaline on a warm Friday evening in a beautifully tranquil outdoor park. All during the hours proceeding the wedding I was calm yet excited. I had celebrated my son's birth and life in this letter written to him the night before his wedding. I let all the emotions surrounding … [Read more...]

Easy Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream

Easy Homemade Strawberry Ice Cream - Marty's Musings

  My dad was a salesman. He sold cars, RVs, hardware (and not the computer kind) among other things.  He worked a lot of evenings and Saturdays to provide for our family. In spite of those long hours I still have special memories of time spent with him. One of my favorite ones from my childhood was of my Dad and I riding … [Read more...]

Matt Redman “The Father’s Song”: Simple Gift Sunday

Matt Redman "The Father's Song" video and devotion - Marty's Musings

  On this Father's Day we remember those men who are such an important part of our lives. My own father passed away in 2009 but I remember his life and rejoice that he is pain free and made new in heaven. Today I will celebrate the amazing man who is father to our children, the man who has changed and grown as a father in so many … [Read more...]

Project Life Ideas for the Busy Woman

Project Life Ideas for the Busy Woman - Marty's Musings

Too tired and too busy to record your family memories? Think the best you can do is a bunch of cellphone pictures that never make it into an album? I hear 'ya. I really do. I've been a scrapbooker for 17 years. When I first began I cropped my pictures with patterned scissors and gave people square heads instead of round. Anybody out there … [Read more...]

Budget Friendly Backyard Patio Ideas

Spending Time with Family in the Backyard - Marty's Musings

Our backyard is definitely a work in progress. After raising 5 kids, numerous cats and several dogs it had seen better days. Early years of lush green had yielded to sand boxes, yard games, the sound of happy laughter and busy feet. Spending time with family in the backyard was a messy, cherished tradition.  There's a reason I've never … [Read more...]