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My Husband

This will be the first of a couple {maybe 3} posts today… as long as the kids are still sleeping…

I love this man deeply. Lately I’ve been telling you how his long working hours are getting on my nerves and I just want to make sure he gets some positive press too! I love him a LOT and he’s a great husband! He’s also an awesome dad and does a lot to help me around the house when he’s home from work in the evenings and on the weekends, etc. Yesterday morning, I laid out the children’s clothes for church and asked him if he’d mind to dress them while I showered. He graciously agreed {I say graciously because dressing 3 children is hard… especially if you are a man and 2 of the children are girls}. I saved the hair brushing and bow placing for myself.

We get to Sunday school {30 mins late} and quietly take our seats on the back row with John Martin in that hellacious car seat carrier. John Martin starts to make a little peep so I glance down at him to see if his pacifier is nearby only to notice that his clothes are on backwards. How did I not look at my child until we got to church and had been there for a while? I laughed to myself and leaned over to Justin and said, “Honey, his clothes are on backwards.” Justin said, “Morgan told me I put them on backwards but I told her he was a boy so his buttons went down the front!”

I smiled really big and thought, “I’m just glad he’s willing to help!”

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  • Dianne
    September 8, 2008 at 6:02 am

    What a sweet story. Your love for this man shines through!

  • ErinG
    September 8, 2008 at 6:36 am

    That is so funny! Just yesterday my husband and I took our two babes to the park and when we got there I looked at our daughter and laughed out loud, as her pants were on backwards (he had dressed them)!!! Was especially funny as I had already vetoed the pants he put on our son as it is burning hot here and he had dressed him in sweat pants with fleece lining! 🙂 but it really is the sweet thought that counts.

  • Katie
    September 8, 2008 at 6:37 am

    That is hilarious! Stories like that make me look forward to having babies (and watching what my hubbie does with them!)

    Sounds like you found a real gem!

  • Kellie Patton
    September 8, 2008 at 6:41 am

    That is hilarious! Will tries to help out too (sometimes) and after putting on clothes wrong a couple of times before, he now always checks with me first, also Emma Claire (like Morgan) is usually there to set him straight! I am right there with you about having a great husband – there were several things that happended this weekend where I found myself nagging Will (like turning the Alabama cupcakes SIDEWAYS while bringing in the groceries, thereby smashing them all) He said – “who is gonna care? they still will taste the same” – isn’t that a man for ya? But he did go to the grocery store for me, so what do you do? He tries his best MOST of the time! god has truly blessed me!

  • becky
    September 8, 2008 at 6:46 am

    that’s awesome! i like justin’s logic. i have to admit, my husband must have had the same one early on with our boys!! i think he’s just greatful that our boys have now graduated to khaki shorts and polos for church!!

  • Jennie-Marie
    September 8, 2008 at 6:52 am

    Darby, your sweet husband. I do love posts like these where i can literally see you trying not to crack up in the middle of Sunday school.
    Show of hands if your husband has NOT put something on backwards!! No hands.. I’m sure.

  • chilly
    September 8, 2008 at 7:10 am

    The button throw everything off. First off all, why does all clothing picked out by women involve buttons. I’ve come to learn this from the day Kristen said “I do” with more than 50 buttons holding her dress together.

    Also in his defense, if you are going to make a dress fancy with smocking and such, please just make one side presentable. Trying to tell which side is which is near impossible without a tag on the inside.

  • Courtney
    September 8, 2008 at 7:22 am

    this just made me seriously laugh out loud at my computer! I love this story and I love a guy’s perspective on things….they have such rational explanations for every move. So so cute Darby!

  • The White House
    September 8, 2008 at 7:38 am

    So funny! My husband takes my daughter to school in the morning and lately has been letting me sleep, so he gets her dressed and ready. When I picked her up on friday, she had her skorts on backward- you know skirt and pockets in the back, shorts and tag in the front? Glad she went through the whole day like that~

  • the brown's
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  • J
    September 8, 2008 at 8:12 am

    I am laughing so hard because T did that very same thing with MW when she was about 6 months old. He too graciously dressed her while I readied myself for church. We didn’t even make it to Sunday school that morning, and then while singing in church I noticed MW was kind of wiggling and doing a funny thing with her head/neck…her dress was on backwards and was practically choking her…gotta love those guys!

  • The LaBouffs
    September 8, 2008 at 8:13 am

    Hilarious! I had to laugh out loud at this story because this has happened in our own house, too! Glad to hear it’s not just my hubs 🙂 I’ve actually had to take a pen and right ‘back’ in some of my son’s shirts, just so my husband would know!

  • Beth
    September 8, 2008 at 8:14 am

    I have been looking at your blog for a long time. I am a friend of Ashley Brown Williams. I LOVE your honesty and sense of humor!
    I totally can picture this story in my mind. I was laughing as I read, because my husband has done the very same thing! He trys very hard to help me out and he does A LOT! He gets so frustrated with our son’s clothes-especially the church clothes! But…what can you say? They’re trying!!!
    I just thought I would let you know how much I enjoy your blog! I sometimes feel like I know you! Thanks for the encouragement!
    P.S. Your children are beautiful!!!

  • Shireen
    September 8, 2008 at 9:01 am

    That is AWESOME! Justin, you rock!

  • Household6
    September 8, 2008 at 10:18 am

    Greg always puts the buttons down the front. It’s a man thing. Like you said, kudos for them for doing the work while we are getting ready, and frankly some of Joel’s outfits look pretty good that way, HA!


  • The Pavliches
    September 8, 2008 at 10:19 am

    LOVE it! I think you ought to give him a try with the bows 🙂

  • andi
    September 8, 2008 at 11:10 am


  • T
    September 8, 2008 at 11:57 am

    heck yeah, the buttons go on front! If there is no bleeding, crying, or whining and they’re wearing the first thing you put on them, then I call it a success(for a guy).

  • a
    September 8, 2008 at 7:22 pm

    darby! this just made me laugh OUT LOUD! love it – his perspective AND your precious attitude.

  • Leah
    September 8, 2008 at 8:16 pm

    Gotta love those helping hubbys!!!

  • Natalie McGough
    September 9, 2008 at 7:26 am

    It’s so nice when husbands help out! A couple of Sundays ago, I didn’t even ask Wayne to get Emma Raines dressed for church, but he did (which never happens). When she came out she was wearing a little dress that was 12-24 months size (she normally wears 2-3 T). I wanted to change her so badly, but I thought it was so cute that Wayne even thought to put her bloomers on (I didn’t even know that he paid attention to bloomers) and her little white sandles on. Even though the dress came up to her thighs just about and was really tight under the arms, I left it on and didn’t say a word because it was surely nice to have some help: )!

  • Jules
    September 9, 2008 at 1:17 pm

    I know what you mean about the clothes – Sophie Dess wasn’t meant to be worn like this: