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Hangin’ In There!!

We’re doing pretty good with Mom being gone. We all certainly miss her a ton and can’t wait ’til she returns which will hopefully be SOONER than LATER. I still have moments of wondering how this is going work… but thankfully I do KNOW that it will… I just have those little thoughts that like to creep in and make me think otherwise! Mom is soooo good with the girls. She loves them like they are her own. She takes them out to the pool, plays with them, feeds them, and loves on them so well. I just hate that Illinois is so stinkin‘ far from Alabama. I am however so grateful that she’s able and willing to help and willing to make such a long trek by herself. She’s a champion if I’ve ever known one.

I didn’t get my shower the other night like I said I was off to take. Instead I chose to watch the Raiger get her first haircut! She was such a big girl and did much better for Mom than for me. I had tried in the bathtub once and she screamed the whole time so I stopped. She has a new little bob and it matches her feisty little attitude just perfect. Mom always comes fully equipped with scissors, cape and all. Morgan got her haircut too but insisted that Mom just trim it because she still needed to “twirl” while she “sucks”. Oh the child! She’s the one that could really use a “bob” with the haircut she gave herself.

The girls are at “school” this morning and John Martin is sleeping soundly. I’m thoroughly enjoying a quiet house and have a few tricks up my sleeve. I hope that y’all are all doing well! Thanks for all your encouraging comments and prayers!

Here are more pictures from the last couple days…

Paige’s First Haircut and the girls with John Martin!

I seriously started this post this morning…. now it’s 4:46 and I’m just wrapping it up! Oh well… this must be a taste of life with 3!! 🙂

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  • The Rauths
    July 17, 2008 at 3:02 pm

    the first photo is adorable! keep hangin’ in there…one day, one hour at a time.

  • andi
    July 17, 2008 at 3:11 pm

    You are doing great!!!!!! Even when it doesn’t feel like it. You will feel more “normal” as life progresses. You are a wonderful mommy. I LOVE the new hairdo. So cute.

  • akb228
    July 17, 2008 at 3:16 pm

    I Love Paige’s new ‘do!!! Soooo cute. All the kids are looking good…JM looks like he’s grown already. I know you will be fine without your Mom. Remember…God never gives us more than we can handle. =)

  • Shireen
    July 17, 2008 at 3:18 pm

    Your mom’s amazing, girl! But then again, you are too, Darbs. 😉
    The bob is great! ALL the kiddos look SO GREAT! I love their pictures together under the covers…”all snug as a bug in a rug.” 🙂
    Oh, Darby, I praise the Lord for you! He encourages me so much through you! THANK YOU with all my heart for your encouragement these days…well, really since I’ve known you! I love your heart!
    You really are doing GREAT! Keep up the good work! HE is blessing your family!
    Love you, girl!
    P.S. Not to give you the “big head” (heeheehee ;)) or anything, but I do think of the Proverbs 31 woman when I think of you!

  • Hannah Fields
    July 17, 2008 at 3:42 pm

    He is a doll! Really, he has great coloring. Hang in there. Three under three hasnt been that bad. It has actually been wonderful. I love my little three.

  • Becky Brodbeck
    July 17, 2008 at 3:43 pm

    Those pictures are so cute. YOur little JM is so sweet and I could practically smell the rose through the picture! Love ya! You are a great mommy!

  • The Allen Clan
    July 17, 2008 at 4:28 pm

    ohhhhhhhhhh i am loving the haircut! fits her! if annie rose weren’t my only girl i would cut hers just like that..sooo cute!! i love it!

  • Shannon, EJ and Gabe
    July 17, 2008 at 4:57 pm

    Awww I love the picture of the three of them..it’s too cute!

  • Lindsey
    July 17, 2008 at 5:42 pm

    I love the bob! I always like that cut on little girls. I enjoyed looking at your other pictures too.

  • meredith
    July 17, 2008 at 7:01 pm

    Darby & Justin,
    Just wanted to say congrats on your latest addition! He is beautiful! I can only hope that Dave and I are blessed one day with children as beautiful as yours. Hope all is well!


  • the brown's
    July 17, 2008 at 7:38 pm

    that top picture is insanely cute!!

    love paige’s bob–she looks precious!!

  • Dona
    July 17, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    Ok- that cut is so stinking cute- I could eat her!!! JM is already growing- stop him! I haven’t gotten to hold him enough yet! I still don’t know what color his eyes are- will they be like Morgan’s or Paige’s? See ya’ll soon

  • simply seleta
    July 17, 2008 at 8:07 pm

    You’re doing so well, Darby. Keep it up! What an incredible gift to have a mom who dotes on your children as she does. How amazing!!!

  • Joel and Lee-Anne
    July 18, 2008 at 6:47 am


    I find so much inspiration and encouragement through your transparent bloggin!! Praising God for you and your sweet family. You are a wonderful mom, and you will survive this time!! Much love from Kentucky!!

  • Ashley
    July 18, 2008 at 10:37 am

    Sweet Connie (aka Ashley Judd) looks as good as ever! I love how she came with cape in tow to your house, so she could give haircuts! That’s fun! I LOVE Paige’s bob! It looks great! I hope you can hang in there! As cute as your kids are…you may need 4! Don’t you think? GOOD GRIEF! They are ALL SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO CUTE! I’m anxious to hear what the tricks you had up your sleeve while your girls were away, and JM was snoozing. Love you!

  • mommasissy
    July 18, 2008 at 12:07 pm

    You are a rockstar. MY heart is melting seeing these pictures all over again. I could eat those three alive.

  • The Birds Nest
    July 18, 2008 at 1:49 pm

    Paige’s bob is the bomb-diggity!! She looks cuter than ever. I don’t know how that is possible. You know, you have a beautiful family. You Mom is so cute and stylish, your Dad is incredibly handsome, your hubs is eye-candy (Don’t think I’m weird. I’m just joking. Kind of. I think my own hubs is the best, so don’t get the wrong idea.), you and your sister are both two of the most naturally beautiful women that I’ve ever seen and those kids!!!!!I dream of having kids that cute one day. They are all so beautiful!! You are very blessed to be among the beautiful people of the world!!

  • Dena
    July 19, 2008 at 6:57 am

    LOVE the new hairdo and it soo totally fits her personality!

    the picture of the three of them makes you KNOW that no matter how bad a day is – THAT is so worth it!

    They are GORGEOUS – and you can always send one of them MY way (think of all the clothes) hahahahah!

  • em and her boys
    July 23, 2008 at 8:30 pm

    I’ve been a blog stalker of yours for a while now. I found you thanks to Jennie Ray’s sister-in-law Sarah Martin. I live up in NC and just love reading about your busy life. I had to comment because that picture of the kids in bed is an all-time-favorite of mine. I’m so glad you captured that forever. Paige’s haircut, complete with the bow, snuggled up to JM, is precious.

    Best wishes to you and your family!