Celebrate Her Special First Mother’s Day

Disclosure: I received product from Expressionery.com but all opinions expressed are my own. I remember my first Mother's Day like it was yesterday......only it wasn't. It was 27 years ago.  I was madly in love with this precious bundle of dainty cuteness named Rachel Faith.  I had no idea what I was doing in my … [Read more...]

How to Change Your Life Part One: Why I Finally Had Enough!

If you ask my kids, family and friends what the most common piece of advice I give on how to change your life they'll probably all agree. You can't change anyone but yourself. I've repeated that phrase over the course of the last several years in conversations on everything from frustrating relationships to difficult life … [Read more...]

Trash to Treasure DIY Step Ladder Shelf

Let's play "You Know You're a DIY'er When . . ." . . . Sunday is one of your favorite days because Monday is trash day! This is the best time of the week to drive around my neighborhood looking for other people's trash that will become my next treasure! . . . Your friends text you a pic from a local thrift store excitedly sharing what … [Read more...]

Teen Boy Bedroom Makeover

The last several months have been a whirlwind. Ok, more like a hurricane.  Relationships have been tested, our family has been torn apart in heart wrenching ways yet by God's grace we continue to love and support each other through the storms. Since I have shared just a bit about our youngest son I wanted to invite you into another … [Read more...]

I Desperately Need Your Help!

(If you are viewing on mobile or are having problems accessing the survey below just click on this link! Thanks so much!) At the first of the year my blog fell into the rabbit's hole, quite literally. Nothing that you would notice from the outside, except for those days when all you could see was an error message against a white screen. Not … [Read more...]

Salted Caramel Chocolate Chip Cookies

What is it about cookies straight from the oven that makes me feel so warm and fuzzy? My mom was a working woman but my grandmother lived with us until she passed away when I was 15. I loved her dearly but I just don't remember her greeting me at the door after school with freshly baked cookies and milk.  Yet somehow when we started … [Read more...]

Salt and Vinegar Smashed Potatoes Recipe

I never knew when I got married there would be all these unwritten rules I had to learn to follow. Don't leave the cap off the toothpaste. If we're not ten minutes early we're late. You only get one chance to hang a picture on the wall. Don't talk to me in the morning until I've had my coffee. There must be a meat with every … [Read more...]

How to Lose Weight: Rachel’s Story

What do you call someone who can't stick with a diet? A desserter. You can't lose weight by talking about it. You need to keep your mouth shut. And one last one for my (no longer a painter) husband. Why should you go to the paint store if you're on a diet? You can get thinner there. Why all the diet jokes today? You know you clicked … [Read more...]

Classic Cheesecake with Fruit Toppings

This post is part of a social shopper marketing insight campaign with Pollinate Media Group® and Sara Lee Desserts, but all my opinions are my own. #pmedia #SaraLeeDesserts http://my-disclosur.es/OBsstV When our kids were younger we usually had one weekend night that was "family" night and involved some sort of game or performance by … [Read more...]

Help for Bloggers and a Giveaway!

In 2008 my son Joshua (now 23) started this little online journal for me specifically so that I would stop checking on his Facebook page so often! (Could I help it his friends liked me and called me mama 2?) Who knew a few years later Marty's Musings would become my passion, ministry AND business? It's definitely been a journey I wasn't … [Read more...]

Crock Pot Cheese Tortellini Soup

Sometimes I believe I should have been born Italian. I talk a lot with my hands. A LOT. My family would probably say I'm a bit dramatic.  If my mom were still alive she would say A LOT dramatic. I was the baby after all. I majored in voice performance in college which means I studied singing.  Opera anyone? Nah, … [Read more...]

Thrifty Valentine’s Day Decor (but Don’t Forget Your Anniversary!)

To me Valentines Day decor is a lot like my marriage. (You're on the edge of your seats right about now, aren't you?) Comfortable. Shabby but chic. Imperfectly beautiful. Neutral with pops of color. Sentimental and charming. Well worn with years of value left. A little rustic with a … [Read more...]

Easy Valentine’s Day Vignette

Would it surprise you to know that the overly celebrated day of love is also one of my favorite days of the year? Why would I want to  add my approval to the most cheesy, hearts and flowers, take your money and run, commercialized holidays of the year? Because it's my wedding anniversary, y'all! As my husband proclaimed before we … [Read more...]

Finding Purpose in Life and Work

I had high goals for the start of this new year, and they had nothing to do with eating healthy and exercising! (Actually they did but that's not the topic of this post!) In my last post I shared some of the struggles that December brought for me. In my usual transparency I wrote about grief and its effect on my mama's heart.  I received … [Read more...]

Living with Grief and Heartbreak

January is off to a quiet start here on the blog, partially with intentionality and partially completely out of my hands. When I scheduled my carpal tunnel surgery for Jan. 5 I knew it would be hard to do a lot of my daily tasks, including computer work, which was fine because I wanted to spend some time focusing on my purpose and vision … [Read more...]

Duke Manor Farm Best Room Makeovers

Good gracious! What happened to the last week and a half?   In addition to taking time to recover from carpal tunnel surgery, my blog was also down for most of several days and I was unable to work or write on the blog. Chances are if you tried to visit my site you got a blank screen and a funny message. My hosting service … [Read more...]

Dogs Don’t Eat Pizza Dining Room Makeover

Today my friend Karen from Dogs Don't Eat Pizza is sharing her amazing dining room makeover. She is a master at blending different styles and creating a relaxed home perfect for entertaining or just hanging out. She's also a fellow bargain hunter so it's probably good she lives a few hours away and can't fight me for treasures! When we were … [Read more...]

I Didn’t Choose to be a Pastors Wife

As I was teaching my children to write during my many years as a homeschooling mom, I never dreamed that one day at least one of my kids would enjoy writing like her mom and would wield the pen as a mighty sword. Rachel is so much like me with the way her writing comes from a well of deep emotions. Inspiration strikes and lives can be … [Read more...]

Worthing Court Blog Laundry Room Makeover

Blogging has stretched me in ways I never imagined but one of the sweetest blessings has been new friendships with women who share a passion for writing, creating and taking beautiful pictures. I asked a few of my blogging buddies if they'd help me out during my recovery from carpal tunnel syndrome surgery so I have some fun … [Read more...]

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome Surgery and Word for 2016

Last year at this time my husband had just gone through two surgeries; one hernia repair and one rotator cuff repair. Little did we know that 2015 would hold some of our greatest challenges ever. God knew better than to give me a glimpse because I would have pulled the covers over my head and stayed there until 2016! 2016 is already … [Read more...]

After Christmas Home Tour and Recap

I never officially hosted a Christmas home tour for all of you this year and probably by now you're sick to death of Christmas! As usual my crazy life intersected pretty pictures and life won! But in case you're still hanging in here with me I want to give you a quick tour of some spaces in my home I haven't shared and a recap of some … [Read more...]

Top Ten Encouraging Posts of 2015

Every year I try and close out the end of the calendar year by sharing my favorite blog posts. These might be posts that received a ton of page views or ones where I transparently wrote about our family story, struggles and triumphs. This year had a great deal of both, plus the obligatory chocolate recipe! Last year when I wrote about my … [Read more...]

Decorating with Red and Aqua in the Kitchen at Christmas

Last year I decorated with red and aqua in the kitchen at Christmas and loved it so much I decided to change the colors in the room! I've been slowly adding red into the decor and since I've never shown the opposite end of this room I'm hoping to do a reveal in the next few weeks.  Sadly it's about a year late but that's about par for the … [Read more...]

Last Minute Christmas Gift Ideas for the Family

When I was a little kid the Sears Christmas wish book contained all of my heart's desires. What in the world was that, you say? It was a hold in your hands, cut pictures out, dare to dream and drool over, catalogue of toys for every kid (and Sears way to empty the parents' pockets!) Today we have the internet, tv and Toys 'R Us to … [Read more...]