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Carpe Diem:: Seize the Day

Most of you probably have already read that sweet, young Cora passed away today after a very short battle with cancer. My heart is broken for this family. I’m so thankful to see that they have a relationship with the Lord and I pray that they will seek comfort and refuge in Him. I cannot imagine their grief. Our days are numbered and tomorrow is never guaranteed; makes me want to go wake my children from their beds, hug on them, tell them I love them, and remind them of Jesus’ love for them… and that He made the ultimate sacrifice.
Would y’all please keep praying for Hannah Grace? And Annette too? Hannah Grace’s billirubin has gone up again today and it’s not a good thing… please pray that it will go down!


I truly feel like we have made the most of our weekend, the unseasonably warm temps have certainly helped. The girls wanted to bust out their bathing suits yesterday… so I let them, but when they begged to swim I had to draw the line there…. it is only February!

Here are my 3 bathing beauties… {Raiger caked in sunscreen, Morgan eating candy, and JM… suckin’ on his ole pass-a-roo}




Justin took Morgan on her first “camp out” last night. She was so excited you would have thought he was taking her to Disney World. She packed herself, wore her boots, slept in a tent, and had a blast. Since Paige didn’t get to go on the outing we had one of our own at home… a “slumber party”. We ate fresh baked cookies in bed, researched Valentine’s ideas and she slept fairly well. I, on the other hand… well, you’ll see. She spent some of the night fussin’ for her paci that was somewhere in the covers but we couldn’t find it and I spent most of the night trying to figure out how the child wound up where I would find her… here’s a “visual aid” of how we she slept most of the night…


But guess what? If the opportunity arose again for another “slumber party” I’d do it all over again. She loved every minute of it. By the way, do you like my dreadlocks?

And… we found some SUPER COOL Valentine’s in our research… more to come on that…

Y’all hug ’em closer, squeeze ’em tighter, and tell them you love them to the moon and back!! Because tomorrow is never guaranteed…

“Now listen, you who say, “Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.” Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say, “If it is the Lord’s will, we will live and do this or that.”James 4:13-15

Now this is eternal life: that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom you have sent. John 17:3

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  • erika
    February 8, 2009 at 3:31 pm

    Amen sister! I love you!

  • Heather H
    February 8, 2009 at 3:33 pm

    you inspire me to be a better mom.

    thank you!

  • the sweet life with olives
    February 8, 2009 at 4:21 pm

    i’m so sad for cora’s family. as a mother i cannot and really don’t want to imagine what they must be feeling. you are so right, in the face of this unbearable sadness, to focus on what is important. thank you for sharing, that picture of you in bed is hilarious, a visual reminder that the best times are almost never the most perfect.

  • duchess
    February 8, 2009 at 5:43 pm

    So sad. We forget how truly blessed we are until we hear things like that.

    On a sunnier note (pardon the pun) my kids basically lived outside all weekend. My son even got some sun on his face today. Ah,spring’s not far away.

  • simply seleta
    February 8, 2009 at 6:13 pm

    Oh Darby, another cry and laugh post. My heart is aching for that family who lost their precious little one.

    Love love love your illustration of the bed scene. And I know it’s not an exaggeration. Which is probably one of the reasons why I love it so much. We’ve been there so many times (including last night with a 3 yr old who had a nightmare).

    Love that Morgan can still fit in her swimsuit/skirt we gave her. I loved those little suits so much and it warms my heart to see her wearing it.

    Thanks for the scripture and inspiration.

  • Elizabeth
    February 8, 2009 at 6:52 pm

    This makes me want to go wake my baby up too. I just can’t imagine.

    Love that drawing in the bed. I can totall relate. I didn’t have power for 8 days and we stayed at my parents. Ella would wake in the middle of the night several times and i ended up putting her in the bed with me. She was all over the bed…..ended up sleeping on me….on my head….I couldn’t wait to get back to normal

  • Beth G.
    February 8, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    I am so sad about Cora. My heart just hurts and I pray for comfort for them. They touched so many lives and I know they will continue through Cora’s story.

    I love the pictures but especially the drawing!

  • Jessica Ranjbari
    February 8, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    That makes me so sad…. I can’t imagine. 🙁 It really does make me more appreciate of everything and I don’t want to take anything I have for granted.

    I hate it when Adriana loses her paci in the middle of the night and we can’t find it anywhere!!! I’ll be so glad when the pacis are gone for good. I’m loving this weather also – can’t wait for spring!

  • BKaminski
    February 8, 2009 at 8:42 pm

    Darby that is the FUNNIEST microsoft paint drawing I have ever seen! I, know how hard it is to work with paint and let me tell you stick figures are the way to go. About the dreads you should have opted for the dot instead of the spray can, next time!
    and Camp Outs are so fun, where did they go the back yard? I think that was my first what a blast!

  • Hillary @ The Dunham Diaries
    February 8, 2009 at 9:33 pm

    Amen and Amen. I feel like I hear about little lives slip away more and more every day and I don’t quite know what to pray for my own children. I still beg God deeply not to take them from me (selfish, but true), but I’m sure I should be praying for them to come to Jesus’s salvation or that each day I will be able to show them a piece of God. We will definitely continue to keep Cora’s family in our prayers.
    Thanks for the inspiration.
    And the dreads are awesome.

  • Shireen
    February 9, 2009 at 1:10 am

    Amen, sister! Carpe diem! Speaking of which, I’m going back up to bed to snuggle with my hubby before he heads out of town tomorrow through Tuesday! I should call you at home! We should catch up…something happened to me last night as I went to bed that made me recommit my life to the Lord! Email me what times are best to call you at home.
    Love you, Darby.

  • Beth
    February 9, 2009 at 8:30 am

    I am touched by Cora’s life. I have a little baby girl myself and have been wiping away tears (I’m at work) as I read her family’s blog. I’m resisting the urge to jump in my car and go get her. Life is so unpredictable. Your blog and her life are HUGE reminders to love and soak in each and every day.

  • Dianne
    February 9, 2009 at 10:40 am

    You are such an inspiration. You seem to always know what to say. Each day is important and each day is a gift fom God. I am praying that God will give Cora’s family strength and peace. Thanks for a beautiful post.

  • The Harris Family
    February 9, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    What an inspiring post! You always do a good job of reminding me to focus on the ‘little things’. PS- I met your sister on Sat, what a sweet heart~ 🙂

  • Amanda Thrasher
    February 9, 2009 at 1:19 pm

    how did you get so wise at the ripe old age of…hmmmmm…..28? Today is definitely a gift AND I actually enjoyed my PB and banana sandwich for lunch (instead of going to my fav lunch spot) way more than I expected.

  • andi
    February 9, 2009 at 1:32 pm

    I am walking around with a lump in my throat. I read this story from your blog about the life of Cora. This sweet baby girl, a gift from God, that has truly touched people all over the world.
    Thank you Jesus for Cora’s precious life!

  • No.35style
    February 17, 2009 at 8:07 pm

    Poor Cora’s family..it just happened so quickly…All these problems these families are suffering with really put things in perspective. ;(