Hello, my name is Marty and I am the founder and owner of Welcome Home. I created Welcome Home on Facebook and within a year it went viral. Now four years later, over a half a million friends follow my journey of cooking and honoring my Mom's memory. People come from all over the world to join my Save A Life Program....my mission to help the homeless and save the lives of dogs and cats that are being killed in Shelters when no one gets there in time.
I am a novice writer that has published 8 cookbooks. I am proud of the fact that some of the proceeds from the sale of all my books go to the homeless and under privileged and some go to support animal rights. Over 6 million dogs and cats are killed every year and I feel we can change that. I want to make a difference and bring change.
I very much believe in God but I respect those who have chosen not to. I have watched him perform miracles in my own life, and so I am certain he is real. At this point in my life, I pretty much sit back and allow God to write my life story without any interference on my part. I believe he has planned my life well in advance since the day I came here to start this journey and I just go along for the ride. I believe that every single person and every single event in my life was put there for a reason.
I sometimes review past chapters that God has written and I find them to be quite interesting, very funny and sometimes terribly sad, but all the while inspiring. Reading back on what he has written so far makes perfect sense, even though it didn't seem so at the time. I am always looking forward to the next chapter in God's story of my life and where it will take me. And sometimes when my life gets scary or worrisome, I know that there is a lesson there for me to learn and God has put it there to see how I will handle it. I know that he will never give more than I can bear and no matter how much I wonder and worry about whatever comes next, I know that God knows full well what he is doing and he is in control. My mother taught me many years ago that "Faith is not believing God can.....it's knowing that God WILL."
Welcome Home is dedicated to my Mom who passed away suddenly 14 years ago. I loved my Mother with all my heart. She was the love of my life. She believed I could do anything and she was the truest friend I've ever had. I always say that God sent me to the arms of an angel and her arms were always open when I needed a hug. Her heart always understood when I needed a friend. Her gentle eyes were stern when I needed a lesson. Her strength and love guided me and gave me wings to fly. All that I am or ever hope to be, I owe to my Mom. No one has ever loved me as much as she did, and I will miss her everyday for the rest of my life.
Why did I create Why Welcome Home?
I believe with all my heart that my Mom's hand is in this creation in that the growth of people joining my Welcome Home Facebook page is phenomenal... actually it's unexplained. In only a year it grew to quarter million followers and at times we saw increases of as many as a 1000 each day. I can almost see my Mom at work...sending messages and thoughts to people out there who need comfort and love in their lives and making sure our paths meet.
If this page touches one heart or warms one soul or impacts just one person's life in some way, then it is all worthwhile and I feel I have found meaning in my life and a way to leave my legacy. I am a very modest person and some say I am far too humble, but I am not doing any of this for attention or credit. I will get my credit later when I meet up with my Mom again.
The Intro pretty much sums up who I am in life. I live a simple life with very few complications. I am a homebody and a little on the old fashioned side. I am so much like my Mother in that I love to cook and tend to my garden and I love all the comforts of home. I continue to see my mother in everything I say and do as I get older and understand the lessons of life.
I am a novice photographer and take all my own photos at Welcome Home of my food and garden and other odds and ends so that I can share them all with you. On rare occasions you will see photos and recipes from bloggers who have given me permission to share them with you.
This is Cooper. He is my clown and feels his job is to entertain and make me laugh whenever I'm not laughing. He is the forever puppy and at five years old has shown no signs of maturity. If I could sum Cooper up in one word it would be "Happy."
UPDATE: In March of 2017, my baby boy went to Heaven to be with Katie. He was never the same after she left and no matter what anyone did, he was so sad and just lost without her. He just went to sleep one night and didn't wake up the next morning. Words cannot describe my pain as I laid there holding him that morning knowing he had gone. He was only 8 years old and in good health. I can only think he died of a broken heart. It has taken me months to write this update....mostly because I cannot even comprehend the loss of my two babies. But life goes on whether you want it to or not and so you do the best you can to get through each day.
July 2016 UPDATE: Meet Lucy and Libby
I truly believe that when my babies moved to Heaven, they sent another baby to ease my pain and to love me as much as they did. Life turned very sad for me over the last few years but you survive no matter what comes your way. You have no other choice.