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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...]

Thanksgiving Funny and Practical Tips for Surviving the Holidays

Practical Tips for Surviving the Holidays - Marty's Musings

How were your Thanksgiving holidays? Are you full of stuffing and great memories?  I'm blessed to say this was one of our best Thanksgivings ever with scrumptious food, laughter around the table, the perfect Christmas tree and our favorite tradition of all, the family blessing jar. But one year our celebration wasn't so … [Read more...]

How my Adopted Daughter Inspires Me

How my Adopted Daughter Inspires Me - Marty's Musings

  My life changed when I decided in 2008 to have the courage to share our adoption story. It wasn't a pretty story all wrapped up with a bow, but a story of heartache and loss, perseverance and God's faithfulness. The lows were gut wrenchingly low and the highs were the ultimate sweetness. As I read back through some old posts … [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...]

31 Days: The Day I Flunked my Homeschool Kid

The Day I Flunked My Homeschool Kid - Marty's Musings

  It was just one of "those" mornings. The type of day that had been happening over and over for several months in our homeschool life. I went to check schoolwork and either it wasn't turned in, printed or couldn't be found. One day I even had the tried and true excuse that the dog ate it and it was actually true.  Letting go of … [Read more...]

31 Days: Inspirational Home Projects

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...]