92 In Life

Welcome!

To the new blog.
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The old blog is all here too!

I have two people to thank for their long hours and patience with me. Because this is the blogosphere, I’m sure you won’t be surprised at how I found Jonathan & Chris. Jonathan, was my go-to for graphics & theme customization… he’s a graphic/web designer from Memphis, TN and came  by way of {a different Chris} Chris Hill, husband of a friend and sorority sister from Auburn. He took every little “paint” image I sent him and turned into something much lovlier than I could have ever imagined. Thank you, Jonathan! Chris was my go-to for the entire “blog migration” {+ technical support and a lot more} from blogger to wordpress. And when I say it was SEAMLESS, I really mean it was seamless. I don’t exactly know how either of these guys do what they do. I basically would blink my eyes and it would magically appear on my screen, then I, of course, would sneak in and try to do something, and everything they had done would magically disappear. Ooops! Chris is from Dallas, TX and came via Marla who is a long time friend of his wife, Ruth, who also happens to be an extremely talented photographer! I cannot thank them both enough for their time, patience, and skill, especially since they are working with a crazy mother of three who would rather be making sock monkeys than deciphering code!

Ok, time for preschool! Don’t forget to save the new site!

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  • pagie
    September 4, 2009 at 6:12 am

    oh darby this is just gorgeous!!
    congrats on the new blog
    praise that the little man is AOK
    & praying for your sis & a smooth delivery of a healthy baby girl
    xo

  • Heather (Ohly) Heaton
    September 4, 2009 at 6:16 am

    I love it!!!! did i know that you knew Paige?!?!?!?! I wonder if she found you thru my blog roll!??!?!

    Funny! Worlds colliding.

    Love the new blog.
    Heather

  • alison g. (brazil)
    September 4, 2009 at 6:46 am

    I’m soooo excited about your absolutely beautiful, new site! (Yeah, those kinds of things make me happy!)
    I also want to make a special trip JUST to have a family portrait taken by Marla – she is amazingly talented! Of course, it does help that you’ve got one of the most precious families I’ve ever seen!

    Congratulations on the new endeavor, can’t wait to ride (and read) along!

    Best to you and yours,
    alison g.

  • Lauren
    September 4, 2009 at 6:50 am

    You are so lucky to have bypassed the Flowers Hospital ER waiting room (I assume that’s where you went). We had a nightmare of an experince when mine was 12 months old. We were out of towners visiting family, were there 8 hours total, got a diagnosis of croup, given steroids, baby turned into Babystein monster, went to pediatrician next morning, baby had ear infection! Your visit seemed much better!

    Love the new blog!

  • Sarah
    September 4, 2009 at 6:56 am

    Darby, I’ve never commented on your blog but I have followed it for a few months now. You have a very blessed family. I love hearing your stories. The new site is gorgeous! I look forward to reading your entries and seeing your family grow. I have learned so much about motherhoods – trials, tribulations and beautiful moments. I hope to capture my life as a mom one day (when i actually have kids). I think what you are doing is a great way to save the details for your kids to know later in life.

    All the best,

    ps. I’m so glad your little man is doing well.

  • Christy Stargel
    September 4, 2009 at 7:01 am

    SHUT UP! How great is this???? LOVE IT! Have missed your blog the last few days!

  • rhonda
    September 4, 2009 at 7:05 am

    SO GLAD little hornet is okay…unfortunately, I have a feeling that won’t be your only trip to the ER with him…He is ALL BOY!

    Love the new blog, but can i can be a “blog friend” versus a “blog stalker”? It just sounds so much more neighborly? 😉

    Good luck with the sponsors- I’ll be clicking through for you!

  • carrie
    September 4, 2009 at 7:15 am

    i’ve enjoyed reading your blog over the past few months. it is such a delight, and your new site is beautiful. love your heart for God and family. it is also refreshing that you “keep it real”. i was going to comment on your post re: boys clinging to their mamas. i am the mother of three little boys, and YES, they are like “heat seeking missals”. 😉

  • Dianne
    September 4, 2009 at 7:23 am

    Oh Darby, this site is beautiful!!!! Welcome to your new home!
    So glad JM is alright, one of many falls I am sure. Raising boys is very different. We knew the ER staff personally before Andy, my son, was grown.
    I cannot wait for Erika’s new baby…kisses to your whole family as they welcome this new bundle of joy. Looking forward to your baby post.
    xoxo

  • Jennifer
    September 4, 2009 at 7:35 am

    Love it! That must have been so scary with JM…I am so glad he’s ok.

  • Marla
    September 4, 2009 at 7:37 am

    Looks incredible! I am so excited for you and the big move!

  • Christine
    September 4, 2009 at 7:37 am

    Love the new blog! I was worried about you since you hadn’t posted for a couple of days… glad to hear that all is well, and thankful that your little man is OK.

  • Ashley
    September 4, 2009 at 7:38 am

    Hey Darby! Praise the Lord that JM is okay! I have had my share of hospitals lately and they are terrible! And, this new blog is great! Adam took a look as well, and he said we may just have to make the wordpress transition in the future. It has such a fabulous look to it 🙂 Anyway…I also wanted to tell you I am so glad you quoted from Mission of Motherhood – what a fantastic way to sum up our roles as mothers. I love that book! I need to reread it 1000 times!

  • catherine
    September 4, 2009 at 7:39 am

    Darby, your new site is gorgeous! I love it!!! Glad that baby is a-ok. Can’t wait to see pics of your sister’s baby… what a fun time!
    Enjoy your day!
    Catherine

  • Rachel Shingleton
    September 4, 2009 at 7:40 am

    YIPPEE! It looks FANTASTIC! And you’re going to looove WordPress. Way better than Blogger, hands down! Man, I’m totally jealous – I may feel a redesign of my own blog comin’ on!
    xoxoxo!

  • Allison
    September 4, 2009 at 7:44 am

    Oh, I love it! Its so simplistic, yet classy!

  • Janna
    September 4, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Darby,
    Your new blog is just so lovely. Great job! I love your quote at the top by Clarkson. I just finished reading this book with some friends. There’s so much great stuff it.

    Best,
    Janna

  • Erika Ward
    September 4, 2009 at 7:48 am

    Oh my goodness Darby, how beauuuutiful! I’m so excited for you!

  • eringianni
    September 4, 2009 at 8:03 am

    DARBY!!! This is just too pretty for words. Looks like you are well on your way to being the modern mother’s Martha Stewart… at least that’s how I like to think of you! Minus the tax evasion and all… anyway, I’m all emotional over your pretty new site and just want to say congratulations and wish you all the best on your new chapter. Kisses from Tuscany.

  • haydee
    September 4, 2009 at 8:07 am

    Love the Site. LOVE! I’m just so sorry about your little boy. So glad he’s ok.

  • stephanie
    September 4, 2009 at 8:08 am

    Love all the pictures in the header!

    And i’m so glad that JM is fine!!!

  • kristy
    September 4, 2009 at 8:11 am

    what a gorgeous new site! and what a wonderful welcoming photo of your family! love the yellow too!!

    happy friday and happy holiday weekend!

  • Blair
    September 4, 2009 at 8:13 am

    darby, love the new site, love the family photo even more! congratulations! can’t wait for your neice’s grand entrance into the world, hugs to erika & chance for me.

  • Kitty Hurdle
    September 4, 2009 at 8:15 am

    I absolutely love your new blog. Thank you for that wonderful quote at the header. What an inspiring perspective on making your life and your mothering last for eternity. Hugs from South Carolina! kch

  • Marisa
    September 4, 2009 at 8:15 am

    Darby,

    LOVE the new look! Hugs to Justin & the kids.

    Miss y’all!

    Marisa

  • natalie
    September 4, 2009 at 8:22 am

    So excited to see the new site… it’s beautiful!

  • alston
    September 4, 2009 at 8:58 am

    love the new blog — great job!!

  • Rachel Ridd
    September 4, 2009 at 9:06 am

    I love the new look! Confession, I am a blog stalker and I was thinking that your sister was in labor when I hadn’t seen any posting!

  • Lauren
    September 4, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Love your new site! All of us “blog stalkers” sure have missed you ;). So glad JM is okay…I know that was extremely scary! And…you must share your new house color with us! Thanks so much for sharing your life with us…you are a blessing to many.

  • Shannon
    September 4, 2009 at 9:11 am

    Gorgeous new site! So glad that little Rover is okay.

  • katherine
    September 4, 2009 at 9:26 am

    Been missing your posts! Absolutely worth the wait!

  • Kate
    September 4, 2009 at 9:29 am

    Congratulations on your new and exciting blog! It’s beautiful. I’m especially happy that your little man is okay! It’s those moments as parents when you appreciate what precious and fragile gifts children are!

  • Danielle
    September 4, 2009 at 9:31 am

    Love, love, love it! My favorite is the yellow windowpane {is that right?} background and the gorgeous picture of your family. Congrats on the new site! So glad that JM is much better…I know that must have scared you.

  • Becky
    September 4, 2009 at 9:55 am

    how lurvely!! a busy bee you have been!! i would have DIED if one of my kids had an accident like that. nurse to others, yes. nurse to my kids, not so great. don’t get me started that i would have had to drive 40 minutes to the pediatric ER cause i’m totally a snob like that lol!!

  • Sara
    September 4, 2009 at 10:12 am

    Darby!
    That photo is adorable, and the new site looks great! I don’t think I have ever said hello, but today seemed appropriate!

    I love your posts and those kiddos are to die for!

    Glad JM is ok!

  • meaghan
    September 4, 2009 at 10:22 am

    looks so good! so happy for you!

  • Amber
    September 4, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Darby!
    First of all, I am so happy that JM is ok – Praise GOD! What a scare for you all. My heart was in my throat reading that!
    Second (and of much less importance!), I love your new sight! Absolutely beautiful! The new family picture is gorgeous and timeless, and I love the quote that you have on your homepage about motherhood. What a wonderful mission statement for our role as mommies!

  • Misty
    September 4, 2009 at 10:43 am

    I’m glad the little guy is OK. Praise be to God! I am so sorry about the fall. My little Laura Ann just broke her arm 4 weeks ago from a fall from the chair. She gets her cast off Tues. It sounds like he had a concussion from the vomiting. My boy had one when we lived there. His was from a bike ride with the helmet on!!
    Your new blog site looks great.

  • Kat
    September 4, 2009 at 11:07 am

    Your family photo is simply beautiful! And I love the new blog design! The photo scroll, the trellis background, the postage stamp edge … it all looks great. I’m glad JM is okay!

  • iman
    September 4, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Looooveee it!!!
    All your recipes in one place 🙂
    Glad to hear JM is doing well.
    Love your family photo.

  • Sarah @ Clover Lane
    September 4, 2009 at 11:15 am

    Green with envy…gorgeaous new layout!

  • Stephanie
    September 4, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Darby – I love your new site! I have been following the blog all summer, but just recently went through and read all the archives month by month! What a treat it was! Like a good book… I read one month every night… am I a dork, or what? So I will be commenting now and frequently, so that your conversations are not one sided! Also, I still am looking forward to round 3… i didn’t miss it in the archives did i?

    Thanks for writing this blog. I sure do enjoy it!

  • Anne W
    September 4, 2009 at 11:39 am

    Love the new site, Darby! Glad to hear your little man is ok; that must have been so scary for both of you!

  • kt
    September 4, 2009 at 11:46 am

    so yeah, i agree….looks FABULOUS! nice work. maybe one day…i’ll be brave and take the wordpress plunge, but for now, i’ll just drool over yours and be content with my abilities on blogger.

  • Ashley
    September 4, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Oh Darby!
    They new site is just beautiful! I love the family picture too! I have missed reading what was going on, glad you are back (and that everyone is ok!) Can’t wait to read what’s next..I’ll pass the new site along!
    -Ashley

  • Jen
    September 4, 2009 at 11:49 am

    Love, love, love the new site!!! Congrats

  • Jacci
    September 4, 2009 at 12:03 pm

    oooh! I like the new site a TON 🙂 Congrats on the successful move. I’ve switched my blog linky thing to the new address!

    XO,
    Jacci

    P.S. Praise God that JM was okay. Good grief – I’ve never had anything quite so frightening happen with any of ours, yet. Poor thing. And poor Mama! A lethargic and vomiting 1 yo would’ve been quite the scare. Praise God.

  • Jennifer
    September 4, 2009 at 12:07 pm

    LOVE the new site! Very well done!

  • Devon
    September 4, 2009 at 1:07 pm

    Absolutely stunning website and family photograph Darby! I’m loving the site. It just feels happy, you know? Congratulations. I know that it was a ton of hard work on your end…and it is beautiful.

  • Mandy
    September 4, 2009 at 1:09 pm

    So glad Hornet is ok…he is too precious! I was wondering if all was well since you hadn’t posted in while. I love the new site and the family photograph is beautiful! I hope you enjoy your long weekend! Mandy

  • krista
    September 4, 2009 at 1:51 pm

    Praise GOD jm is ok!!!! So excited about the new blog!! also what and amazing photo of your family BEAUTIFUL!!!!

  • Jennifer
    September 4, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    Your new site is beautiful…you, and your helpers, did a great job! So glad the Hornet is ok…what was SCARY! Can’t wait to follow along with your exterior painting endeavors. I really want to paint our house and will enjoy following your adventure first!

    Take Care!

  • sheena
    September 4, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    i’ve been reading your blog now for a few weeks and i just love it! you have such a cute family and i’m thankful for the different inspirations you give to me!

    love your new site!

  • Lisa
    September 4, 2009 at 2:10 pm

    Darby, I will de-lurk to tell you your site (old AND new) is beautiful. Can’t wait to see what else you have in store. Also, glad to hear your little guy is ok. Motherhood is so much about breathing deeply, isn’t it?

  • Jennifer
    September 4, 2009 at 2:15 pm

    LOVE the new site-this is exciting! I’m glad John Martin is ok-same thing happened to Ryan a few years ago. Scary! Especially after what your bro-in-law went through…I bet you were a bundle of nerves! But God is so good…I’m convinced little and big boys alike have a plethora of busy guardian angels that are kept on their toes… 😉
    Have a great weekend,
    Jen

  • Melise
    September 4, 2009 at 2:21 pm

    Everyone is going to wordpress! Sigh, I’ll have to learn how now…. 🙂 Just kidding, I’m simply loving the new site. Yummy yellow! So glad JM is OK that must have been so scary! Can’t wait to read Marla’s lessons I was so hoping you didn’t forget about that! Best wishes on the new blog!

  • christi
    September 4, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    great new home!

  • Malissa
    September 4, 2009 at 3:09 pm

    Darby, just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your site. I have been a long time reader(stalker), but this is my first post! I love the new blog and can’t wait for all the new and exciting things to come! Glad to hear that JM is okay…..as a mother of two little boys I know how quickly things like that can happen. Take care.

  • Deena
    September 4, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    The new website is lovely. Thanks so much for taking the time to post about your daily doings. It is a treat to read, and inspires me to remember to savor the moments, fun and not-so-fun, with my little boy. You have a gift for making your readers feel like welcome friends. Thanks!

  • misc.alaina
    September 4, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    The new blog looks great, and I am so glad that JM is ok!

  • Toni
    September 4, 2009 at 8:17 pm

    Darby-

    I love the new blog and what a beautiful family picture! I can’t wait to see pictures of Erika’s baby girl… love and miss you both!

  • paula
    September 4, 2009 at 8:22 pm

    It looks fabulous! happy to hear your little one is okay, so scary.

  • Carly Winborne
    September 4, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    This is gorgeous! And I also wanted to tell you that BECAUSE OF YOU I have set up a craft room, got out the ole sewing machine that I’ve been divorced from since I was pregnant with my first child, and am now sewing. Today, I have made two pairs of pants (Britches & Bloomers) and a pillow with the scraps for my little boy’s playschool napmat. I’ve spent some time looking back at your sewing tutorials and now I’m inspired all over again. Thanks for sharing like you do. My day is better when I have time with your blog. I echo what someone says above my comment – that you make your readers feel like welcome friends. I feel like you ARE my friend.

  • Melissa
    September 4, 2009 at 9:01 pm

    Darby,
    I’ve been following your blog for a while, but have never commented before. I am so inspired by your photography and sewing. I have started my own blog and am really enjoying the blogosphere. Your new blog is beautiful–keep up the good work!

  • Mommasissy
    September 4, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Hi Sister,
    Your site is beautiful… just like your family. Kisses to Rover, Raiger, and Morgie… have fun with Mom tonight.
    Love you,
    Mommasis’

    (how do people get those smiley faces to show up? 😉 🙂 😉 )

  • Mommasissy
    September 4, 2009 at 10:01 pm

    i figured it out… 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  • Jenna
    September 4, 2009 at 10:37 pm

    Gorgeous new site! And I LOVE the picture of your family – lovely, lovely!

    What a scare with your little guy…glad to hear all is okay.

  • CC
    September 4, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Love your new “home!” It’s just GREAT!!!

    Darby….that is the most beautiful family picture!!!! Seriously, it just melted my heart when it flashed across my screen. BEAUTIFUL!

    Glad to hear that your sweet baby is A-Okay. Hope everyone enjoys a wonderful weekend…..and, can’t wait to meet your new little niece!!! 🙂

    Blessings~

  • jessica
    September 4, 2009 at 10:54 pm

    Love your new blog! Th stylishness of this one fits you much better! Good to hear that JM’s ok … and I too wondered if Erika had her baby since you hadn’t posted anything in a couple days!

  • Christy
    September 4, 2009 at 11:09 pm

    Love the new blog! Glad you are back.

    My little one has had two similar scares & thank goodness he has been fine both times. Both times requiring ER visits & CT scan.

  • Shannon
    September 5, 2009 at 1:26 am

    The new blog is so so pretty!! I love all the pictures at the top.

  • Elizabeth
    September 5, 2009 at 7:02 am

    What a great picture! You all look beautiful…..like the perfect family.

    Love the new layout. Looking forward to getting some tips from Marla.

    So glad JM is ok!

  • Elizabeth
    September 5, 2009 at 7:27 am

    Darby, your new site looks beautiful! I know you must be beaming with pride. Best wishes on your new endeavors and congratulations on this new stage of “bloghood”. Be well and enjoy your weekend.

    Warmly,

    Elizabeth

  • Holly
    September 5, 2009 at 8:15 am

    Darby, Fabulous! The new site looks great.
    I’ve been lurking since your brother-in-law bumped his head a while back. I stumbled upon you and your sis via prayer requests. Flying through your window is a bright spot in my week.

  • Hillary @ The Other Mama
    September 5, 2009 at 8:38 am

    Darby-
    Love, love, LOVE IT!!! WAY TO GO!! I am SO happy for you and your move. I know it is a lot of hard work and it looks FAB-O! I am so glad JM is OK and I know that was a scare. Ugh.
    Glad the week ended on a wonderfully bright note!
    So thrilled!
    – Hillary

  • Rachel
    September 5, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Darby – i’m definitely one of your stalkers!!! I loved your blog before…but this new site is awesome! Thanks for sharing your life with us!

  • Julia
    September 5, 2009 at 9:12 am

    I’m officially not a stalker/lurker anymore! I’ve come out of hiding for this special occasion. Mary Faith Laughlin hooked me on your blog several months ago and it’s the first one I check on my reader. You and your family could not be any more beautiful! Thanks for your wonderful inspiration. We’re about to buy a new house and homes that would’ve scared me away in the past seem like challenges I’m eager to take on, thanks to you! Congrats on the new site. It looks great!

  • CC
    September 5, 2009 at 9:44 am

    Darby…me again….:) Yours has to be one of the most user friendly blogs. So organized and easy to use. BRAVO!!!!!

    You are taking blogging to another level. Tee hee

  • Melissa
    September 5, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Love the new site! So glad you’re back to blogging! What a scare with JM….so thankful all is well! Will have to tell you my ER horror story one time!

  • Jesse
    September 5, 2009 at 11:28 am

    What a beautiful picture! Love the new blog design.

  • Jennifer
    September 5, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    Love it!!! : )

  • Jennifer Morena
    September 5, 2009 at 12:22 pm

    Your new site looks fabulous!

  • Tiffany
    September 5, 2009 at 2:11 pm

    The new site looks amazing! I love it! What a terrific family picture! Pretty serious accomplishment to get all 5 looking right at the camera!

    So sorry about JM’s incident. It scared me just reading it. My little Tyson is a climber and loves to stand on his little red chair too. I am now working even harder to get him to only sit down on it. Yikes. Poor little guy. So glad he is alright!

  • Dianne
    September 5, 2009 at 3:03 pm

    Darby, I would like to second what CC said about your blog being user friendly. This site is soooo easy. I am loving it. Thanks for a non techie!

  • Nicole
    September 5, 2009 at 5:51 pm

    Hi Darby,
    I’ve never commented before, but I’ve been reading your blog for a number of months now. I wanted to say that I love your new site! I’m so excited for you and so glad to read that JM is doing well. What a scary time! I really enjoy your photos and the stories you share with all of us.
    Blessings from California!

  • Courtney
    September 5, 2009 at 7:47 pm

    What a gorgeous site, Darby!!! I can’t wait to go exploring around here. Beautiful and thinking of y’all.

  • andi
    September 5, 2009 at 10:15 pm

    Looks great with the yellow! Love the picture of your family! 🙂

  • kendall boggs
    September 6, 2009 at 5:01 am

    great job Darbs!!! looks good! Can’t wait to be able to advertise!!!!

  • Meredith
    September 6, 2009 at 6:45 am

    beautiful site darby!! how exciting!!

  • Stacy
    September 6, 2009 at 8:59 am

    your family is just so beautiful!!!! may you always think so too!

  • Penny
    September 6, 2009 at 11:41 am

    I have never commented on your blog before, but I felt I just had to tell you this new blog is beautiful. I have been following you for a few months now. Your children are adorable and I love to read about them and see the beautiful photos you take!

    Glad that JM is doing well. Having raised three girls I can offer no advice on raising boys! He looks like he will fill your days with excitement and joy. You are blessed!

    I linked over to your sister’s blog and enjoyed it very much! Can’t wait for the new baby!!

    Thank you for sharing your family with “all of us”.

  • Kristen
    September 6, 2009 at 4:48 pm

    Love it!!! It looks awesome! And the pictures are beautiful!