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Do You Dream?


I’ve always been a big “dreamer”. I love to entertain my mind with things I’d like to do. I think this trait comes from my dad. He can come up with some crazy ideas… and usually if he entertains himself long enough with those ideas he’ll act on them. Most of my dreams are fairly unattainable. That’s why they are usually dreams and not reality. One day soon I hope to be gutsy enough to bring my dreams to fruition. I’ve subtly hinted at my dreams on here before… raising chickens, living on a farm, and now… I’ve moved on to another dream. Are you ready?


Remember Justin has that new truck that can pull a beast like this. I want to take my family on a vacation across the US in a pull behind RV. I can hear you laughing. I told Erika a couple weeks ago… she died laughing. She said, “You must have forgotten about Hornet. How are you going to sleep in an RV with your kids and Hornet?” I’m not really sure but I could probably figure it out.

We would start here in Alabama and travel west to and through Texas. Then we would continue west to Arizona and then north to Utah and then east to Colorado then further east through Nebraska and then to Missouri and onto Illinios so we could stop at the farm and say “hey” to my parents. Then we would turn right and head south through Kentucky, Tennessee and back to Alabama. Doesn’t that sound like fun? I told Justin I bet some of y’all would let us park it in your driveway for a night or two, right?

What do you daydream about? Really… I’d like to know. Did you know that less than 1 percent of y’all ever comment? To be exact in the last 2 days only .03% of y’all have commented and usually it’s the same people… which I’m always grateful for. So take a second and tell me something that you’d like to do… it can be totally absurd.

Ok, back to reality.

*Paige pictured above with a “Scary Monster”

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  • Sarah
    May 28, 2009 at 7:11 am

    Darby – I love your blog! I’m a dreamer too…and convinced one day they’ll come true! Some more far-fetched than others – ha! Last week I mentioned to a friend that I thought it would be fun to ride along with a trucker for a day or two – she nearly hyperventilated with laughter.

  • Mandi
    May 28, 2009 at 7:15 am

    Oh I dream. Alot. And, like your Dad, if I think about them long enough I usually take steps to make them reality. Dreaming reminds me to be hopeful for things yet to come.

    About your dream, I think it is hilarious, but sounds fun. We have an RV, but keep it parked on our land at the river. It is so fun to go stay in on the weekends. One day we hope to build a weekend getaway on our land, there I go dreaming again!

    Love the new header too!

  • Louisa
    May 28, 2009 at 7:21 am

    Hey Darby,

    I’m a dreamer too! One of my dreams was to have a place in Vermont – and we made that happen (still can’t believe it!)

    Another dream of mine is to travel more – to discover new places (Australia!) and to return to the sites we’ve really loved (England, Italy, South Africa!)

    Your dream (plan?) sounds like good one! My grandparents had an RV and saw the country together when they retired.

    Love your blog! πŸ™‚

  • Scattering Lupines
    May 28, 2009 at 7:24 am

    Okay, fine. I’ll comment. I’ve been reading your blog for several weeks now and love it! My dreams are three: to teach English literature and Bible in an all-girls-school, to somehow get involved in the lives of orphans, and to write a novel about God’s permeating presence in the lives of those who think He’s farthest from them. I like to think I’m slowly working toward these dreams!(P.S. I’m Jack Mazzola’s little sister. I found your blog through Ericka’s!)

  • Kathryn
    May 28, 2009 at 7:24 am

    I’ve had so much fun reading your blog over the last few months. You are a great storyteller!

    As for dreams, let’s see . . . lately, it’s finding a new house that right for us and getting the baby’s new teeth all the way through (meaning that I’m dreaming about sleep . . .).

  • Amanda
    May 28, 2009 at 7:29 am

    My dream is to live on a farm and have goats and alpacas. I lived in the NC mountains last year and some folks who lived near me had goats. My favorite part of the day was driving by their place to see what the goats were up to. And alpacas are just as adorable…have you ever seen their lashes?! My husband thinks I’m crazy.

  • Pammie Lou
    May 28, 2009 at 7:29 am

    Love your blog! My ultimate dream would be to fly from Florida to Seattle and travel by car down the entire west coast. Travel down PCH, visit vinyards and have lunch at every trendy place I pass. My husband had rather load up the boat and head to the gulf coast. Oh well…a girl can dream can’t she?

  • Hillary @ The Other Mama
    May 28, 2009 at 7:32 am

    You know- sans the camper, I have always wanted to do the same thing. I would love to go down Route 66 and see the Grand Canyon from ground level (versus an airplane). And I think that sounds like a great idea. My only anti-camper idea is thing is that everything is super small. Jason’s parents have a GREAT one, but it’s not quite like a hotel, fluffed pillow and a mint! But I’m with you on the travel!

  • Laura
    May 28, 2009 at 7:39 am

    That’s so funny. Just ealier this year, I told Al that I wanted to travel with the youngsters, a 5thwheel and the Bronco. Or, we could retire, renovate a teardrop and follow the Tarheels around. I threw in UNC hoping that I’d hook him with that. My too practical husband said, “The Bronco only gets 11 mpg as it is. We’d have to get something else to pull it.” That’s not a flat out “No.” right? And, then he followed it up with, “Do you know how small those things are inside?” That was him letting me down easy. Dang.

  • Elizabeth
    May 28, 2009 at 7:46 am

    OKAY, I’ll comment.

    I dream of being a wedding planner – sometimes I dream that I’ve skipped over the annoying “starting a business” bit and just get to the fun stuff.

  • Brooke and Brittany
    May 28, 2009 at 7:48 am

    I think that is a wonderful idea and if anyone could pull it off it would be you! My sister and I are about to do something just as crazy, we are driving from Alabama to New Hampshire in a van with 33 rescue dogs. Yes, I know, insane. Check out our blog about the trip


  • Matt and Sarah
    May 28, 2009 at 7:49 am

    I blame Google Reader for my lack of commenting πŸ™‚

    I daydream about our house. We bought it a couple months ago, and I like to think of all the things I can do to it. Reading decor blogs doesn’t help any!

    PS–You can bunk with us here in Missouri!

    (I deleted my first comment because I put “bunk wit us,” and I didn’t want you thinking we Missourians are hillbillies!)

  • heather
    May 28, 2009 at 7:50 am

    I would love to take 6 months off from my life and move to Greece!

  • Laura
    May 28, 2009 at 7:50 am

    I’ve always loved the idea of RV’ing. We went with my husband’s family from Austin to the Grand Canyon and back in a RV a few years ago, and it is so much fun. If you ever do it, I’ve got some great recommended stops for you and some wonderful websites and books to reference!

    My dream is to live on a farm. Grow vegetables, climb trees and enjoy the land. Of course, if I was to REALLY dream, this farm would be on the gulf coast!

  • maggi
    May 28, 2009 at 7:51 am

    I would love to travel the US. However, I want an Airstream…I love all their silverness(is that really a word?) If y’all decided to travel thru GA y’all could stay with us. Okay, we don’t have a driveway(downfall of living in a historic house/neighborhood)but you could make camp on our street!

  • alexandjess
    May 28, 2009 at 7:53 am

    You’re inspirational! I’ve never commented but how can I resist with a post like this?
    You didn’t mention Washington in your itinerary, but if you decide to add the pacifc northwest to your dream, you can park in my driveway. πŸ™‚

    I dream of quiting my job so I have enough time to do things like sew more, cook and bake new things, paint some rooms in my house that I just need to freshen up. Mostly I’d love to just be at home. (And I realize that doesn’t sound very adventursome, but it sounds delightful to me).

  • Tiffany
    May 28, 2009 at 7:54 am


    I love your blog but rarely comment! We actually just bought a camper – it was a dream but now a reality! But it’s just the hubs and me for now so it’s super fun and easy!

  • Sarah's Fab Day
    May 28, 2009 at 7:54 am

    I have always wanted to do the RV roadtrip. Long before I even had kids I thought it would be fun. Now that I have them I think of all of the fun memories that we could be making with something like that. If you ever do make your way out to AZ I would love it. You could park your rig right outside. πŸ™‚

  • Lindsay Willman
    May 28, 2009 at 7:56 am

    I’d invite you up to Ohio, but sadly we don’t have a place for you to park πŸ™ I’d love to meet you thought and your adorable family!!

  • julie
    May 28, 2009 at 7:56 am

    My husband has now become a fan of your blog with all the idea’s I share with him! HE dreams i’ll actually make some of your yummy recipes and get my creative gears turning! πŸ˜‰
    As for myself, we’ll be married 10 years NEXT May and I dream of going to Atlantis and having a fairytale renewal of our vows … this dream gets DEEP AND WIDE! Simple yet wonderful – who knows, maybe it will become a reality as well!
    Its a great thing to have our dreams!!!

  • L
    May 28, 2009 at 7:56 am

    I'm not laughing, because I think it sounds so fun! I've driven from San Diego to Ocean City, NJ before, and I want to do a Southern roadtrip next. My big dream is to have a lake house someday and fly people there for some R&R, waterskiing, pontoon rides and great food. I've been so blessed by people who have more than me, and I would love to be able to bless people by letting them experience my favorite thing in the world. Of course, I want it for myself and my future family, too! I know someday my grandma's lake house will have to be sold (too expensive for my parents to keep), but I want to carry on the love of the lake. πŸ™‚

  • Ashley
    May 28, 2009 at 7:56 am

    Oh my goodness, my husband and I have the same dream- There is a show that use to be on Discovery Health about a family who sold there big house and is now traveling around the US (and they are normal, not hippies!)I also have a dream of owning a scrap metal yard, but that is a whole nother story (I think it has something to do with making money off of nothing)

  • Teale
    May 28, 2009 at 7:57 am

    Yep, I dream… A LOT.

    My husband and I have always shared the same dream of one day packing up and starting fresh in an all-new place. (Preferably he’d have a job in that place first, so not completely cold turkey).

    I’d love to take a few months and rent a house in Italy… or Greece.

    This is so silly… but I dream about randomly meeting Martha Stewart and her offering me a job… LOL

  • Erin
    May 28, 2009 at 7:57 am

    Love it! My husband has this dream of owning an RV too and since we both went to Auburn as well, he wants to name it “Erin’s Eagle”! It really would be fun to load up the kids and travel across country like that. Hope you guys make that dream a reality one day and you’re welcome to park it here in Franklin, TN for a little visit, too!

  • Natalie
    May 28, 2009 at 7:58 am

    more babies – i have one stinker and cant wait for more. and i also share the rv across the country dream. my parents always wanted to take us on one, and for one reason or another we never went, so its still a childhood dream of mine! oh, and i guess it comes with the territory (being an interior designer) that one HUGE dream is to one day either a)build a house or b)completely renovate one. whats money got to do with it anyway πŸ™‚

  • Kelly
    May 28, 2009 at 8:02 am

    I know this doesn’t sound like a dream—but its my ultimate. I daydream that we’d have enough money for me to quit work and be a stay-at-home mom to our 3.5 and 1.5year-old kids. It breaks my heart all the moments I miss when I’m at work.

  • Jessica
    May 28, 2009 at 8:05 am

    So, you caught me…. I follow your life through your blog and I have never commented, but I feel compelled to today because I am a big daydreamer. My biggest daydream…. to backpack through Europe… crazy to think about with a two year old huh? But one day, when I have a moment to myself (after the kids move out) I might just do it!!!
    Thank you for sharing your self with us, I look forward to your posts. Jess

  • coco
    May 28, 2009 at 8:06 am

    I have always been a dreamer too…some of them have come true, others I am still dreaming about! I don’t think your idea is crazy at all, we have an RV and have talked for a few years about doing a cross country trip. The one thing we didn’t really consider was how my husband was going to take so much time off of work and be able to fund this adventure!:) I think it will still work out one day. We have still had a great time doing weekend trips and trips to the happiest campground on earth (aka WDW). Keep dreaming and let us know which ones come true!

  • nameisgrace
    May 28, 2009 at 8:06 am

    My dream may sound CRAZY but here it goes…My husband and I (both born and raised in VA our WHOOOLE ENTIRE LIVES) were expecting our first born child. We were living in our custom built home that we loved and owned right by our dear family and friends. Life was grand:)… I was maybe a few months pregnant when we started discussing moving. It was ALWAYS our dream to live in an oceanfront house by the beach in… get this…CALIFORNIA! Yeah, keep on dreamin right?!!…Well, I’m more of the go getter type. Before I knew it, I had a newborn baby, My hubby quit is 6 figure job, we packed up an almost 3000sq ft house so that our new TENANT could move in (yup we rented our house out), and we began our treck to CALI…JOBLESS btw!!!! We packed a HUUUUUGE Penske truck, drove cross country with a CRAZY DOG, and settled into a beach bungalow a few blocks from the beach WITH ocean views. I am typing this now as I sit on our porch watching the ocean. I could go alllll day long about the details/family reaction/job hunting stories, but I wanted to keep it short. My hubby found an AMAZING job with Oceanside Glass Tile and we could not be happier!!!!

  • Ashley
    May 28, 2009 at 8:06 am

    Okay, now that I’m finally at home (ironing – what a first time homemaker am I?)…I’ll comment, too. Yes, we, too are dreaming of land. I mean 20 acres! We want to find us “some land,” build a farmhouse, and plant a garden. My whole family wants to be in on it. I am tired of suburbia and ready for some pristine acreage! Also, I too dream of taking my kids to all the national parks! Adam and I have LOVED our two trips out west, and we are planning another for Spring ’10 (yes, with a 1-yr old). Lovin’ these recent blogs, Darby!

  • Rachel
    May 28, 2009 at 8:08 am

    I frequently talk about owning several homes: one in the mountains, one on the beach, one on a ranch, and one in the city! Perfection!

    I also had a dream of owning a pig, like on Charlotte's Web, but my husband squashed that one & the swine flu didn't help any! A pig on a golf course is darling, don't you think?

    But I've also had other unrealistic dreams such as being a bullrider; what happened to teacher and nurse?

    My most realistic dream is of course the one I NEVER say, opening a sweet, little home goods store, that's always feeling festive! Hopefully, that will be the case one day!

  • kerisullivan
    May 28, 2009 at 8:08 am

    Hi Darby,

    I’m an 03′ UGA grad in Atlanta and LOVE your blog. I do not, however, love your idea of the RV trip. That’s sort of my worst nightmare as I am notsomuch a good car rider! My dream is to take my social work years with foster children and AIDS patients and write a book, honoring their stories and their lives. My fiance thinks when I ‘stay at home’ with our children, I can then have the “time” to write. We’ll see how that goes!

  • aferna
    May 28, 2009 at 8:09 am

    I think it is a wonderful idea. We took our three children on many road trips and considered it a part of their education. Sometimes it would be in a van and at other times it was a camper. They are 27, 32, and 34 now and often speak fondly of those family vacations.
    Actually, we took the circle that you speak of but a counterclockwise version.
    We drove up Pike’s Peak, visited Florissant Fossil Beds and Durango. Oh, how I love Durango…went back on another trip to ride the train. We went to Mesa Verde…the kids were loving it! Seriously! We saw Monument Valley and the Grand Canyon………
    We took them to Old Tucson, oh my, was it hot. Hotter than LA; that is for sure!
    Your dream is not hilarious to me. I would go with you in a heartbeat.
    This sixty year old woman gets much inspiration and enjoyment from your wonderful storytelling.
    PS Rocky Mountain National Park is a must see!

  • Love Being a Nonny
    May 28, 2009 at 8:12 am

    I dream of having an RV…but not the pull behind kind. I want the one you drive. I want to drive from NC to Maine…but, I want to park the RV at Hampton Inns along the way to spend the night. Weird. I know. Love your blog. Love.It.

  • Lucy
    May 28, 2009 at 8:13 am

    I don’t usually comment… I am one of those people. BUT, I do love your blog. I read it daily and always feel inspired.

    about your “dream,” I think that would be fun. I live in Dallas. You can definitely stop in my driveway and will even babysit the hornet. πŸ™‚

  • Katherine
    May 28, 2009 at 8:14 am

    Darby, I’m a devoted reader but rarely (never?) comment. But I’m happy to today because I love getting comments on my blog but only get a few a day. You have a full heart and a real way with words … and photography! Keep on keepin’ on.

    Katherine in Alabama

  • Brittny
    May 28, 2009 at 8:15 am

    I dream of having our own house one day with thick lush green grass and a beautiful garden I finally know how to grow with jasmine creeping up the walls. We are military and have been moving every 2-3 years and will continue to do so for at least another 6. Maybe we can settle in TN or north AL. We loved living in Huntsville. Right now we are in FL where nobody has a lawn and it’s depressing when we go to neighborhoods that have lush green grass you can walk barefoot in.

  • Christine
    May 28, 2009 at 8:17 am

    Darby, you should go for the RV dream. My parents, as straight laced as you could imagine, in the 1970s decided to quit their jobs and leave the little Illinois town that they lived in when I was probably about 6 months old. They bought an RV and traveled the entire US, looking around for a new place to live. Along the way, they visited lots of relatives and saw all the sights. I think the only downside was I walked a little later than most kids, because I was in a moving RV a lot. My mom looks back on it and thinks she was out of her mind at the time, but I think its a wonderful family memory for everyone (but me, since I was too little to remember). They ended up settling in Florida, and loved it. So, go for it. Your dream isn’t as crazy as my parents, and their’s worked out fine. Your kids would also enjoy the trip and remember it. What a wonderful way to learn all about the US! If both my husband and I are laid off in this economy, I already told him I would love to take a road trip around the US. No RV, but the same idea.

    My other dreams. I would love to quit my job and work less hours. I would love to have kids in the not too distant future. I would love to buy a vacation home on Cape Cod. And I really want to travel. There is so much more of the US (and the world) that I would love to see. I’ll stop there, this is becoming a book.

  • Melody
    May 28, 2009 at 8:18 am

    ok, well since you asked…I have commented a couple of times but don’t always. Although, i do always read your blog. I do want to say thank you for sharing your love for Jesus Christ on your blog. It is encouraging for me to read as I daily try to surround myself with christian people, music, etc. I am listening to Rachel Barkey’s video now as I write. It is amazing to me at the stregth God has given to her to speak of her death as she is. It is going to take me forever now to write this as I can’t stop listening to her. Can I said “wow!” Amazing video…thank you for sharing.
    Ok, on to my dreams. I, like you, do dream a lot! I don’t always share my dreams b/c they are that…dreams. Here are the not so serious ones…
    1. I also would like to own a camper and take my family camping on the weekends.
    2. I love to travel and would like to go anywhere possible.
    3. I would also like to own at least 5 acres or more with chickens, dogs, cats and maybe a goat or a cow for fresh milk. : )
    4. I love the beach and if I couldn’t have the farm would like to live on the beach.
    Here are the more serious ones…
    1. I would like to one day be able to stay home and homeschool my children being able to teach them about the Lord every minute of the day.
    2. I would like to have more than 2 children…my husband only wants two and honestly would probably just be happy with the one that we have now. But, I believe that is part of our calling by God is to have children and raise them to know, love and serve Him.
    3. I want to have the faith of Rachel Barkey…my grandmother was a missionary and I once felt called to that. I want to live a life and have the fire for Christ that I see in speakers such as Beth Moore.

    Ok, this is probably getting long…I am sure I could share more but there is a few. Have a great day and God Bless!

  • The Gunters
    May 28, 2009 at 8:18 am

    I’ve had the RV dream for a while now! I’m just having a hard time getting my husband to commit to driving….cause I’m sure not going to!
    I’m now on to the farm dream. This is something that my husband DOES want to do. I really do too, but I worry about schools for the kids.
    Always something holding me back, but I should really just take the plunge!

  • Rachel
    May 28, 2009 at 8:20 am

    I’m a sporadic commenter… I will get better.

    The summer before my 4th grade year, my mom packed me and my 3 other siblings, along with her and my grandmother into a van and we traveled this exact journey. Yes, a van. No, fancy shmancy motor home, although that would have been killer. To this day, it is one of my favorite trip I’ve ever been on. We had the time of our lives, even with the cabin fever, broken window in the cold Colorado and frequent potty breaks. I say go for it. Maybe wait for them to get older so they can enjoy the experience, but DO IT. It will be the best thing for you all!!!!!

    My dream… to go to Africa. Live in a tiny hut and eat rice cereal just so I can breathe in new life and culture and share my faith with them. now, THATS crazy talk!! (not the faith part)

  • Amanda @ Serenity Now
    May 28, 2009 at 8:20 am

    You know what? I think that sounds FUN! I am soooo not a camping person, but an RV is ever so much better! If you come to Virginia, you’d be welcome in our driveway. πŸ˜‰

    I am a big dreamer. I have all sorts of ideas and dreams that I’ll probably never act on, but it’s fun to think about, right? πŸ™‚

  • Kimberly
    May 28, 2009 at 8:21 am

    I SO dream! I share your chicken dream. I dream of living in Europe, and I know that we will at some point (Italy, Spain and France top the list). I don’t believe that God would have given me the yearning for it if He didn’t have plans for me.

    I dream of working full-time as a wedding photographer or planner.

    I dream of traveling all over the world.

    So many dreams. Thanks for asking πŸ™‚

  • Sarah
    May 28, 2009 at 8:22 am

    You left off one of the best Southern states on your trek across the country, Virginia! We don’t have a driveway but you can park in front of our house anytime!

    I love to day dream. Mostly about decorating our house we bought last year and starting a family. I love to picture myself as a mom and my husband the father of my children. It’s makes me so excited that it’s a dream that will hopefully come true in the near future. I also like to dream about traveling the world, something we are working on before the kids come!

  • ski
    May 28, 2009 at 8:24 am

    So many dreams….so little money to make them all come true!! I think the first thing I would do (if I were to wint the lottery that I don’t play) would be to buy my dream home and have the insides ripped out and redone. Dont worry, I am pretty sure I would hire your sister and yourself to do the majority, if not all, of the design work! And my daughter would LOVE a horse. That is her dream. So I see there being a few horses in the land that I would live on. I could sit on my huge porch, drink my coffee, watch the horses in the field and listen to the river. Oh man…what a nice day dream. I better get back to reality and laundry! πŸ™‚ Thanks for the opportunity to dream today.

  • Molly
    May 28, 2009 at 8:28 am

    Lately I’ve been dreaming about a vacation to Belize with our 2 year old daughter. I want her to see as much of the world as possible and grow up knowing about differnet cultures. And I don’t want to wait to start until she’s older, I want her to grow up this way so that experiencing other cultures is just a part of her.

  • Jennifer
    May 28, 2009 at 8:29 am

    This is a fabulous idea! My Dad’s family (three boys) took a pop-up camper from Arkansas to the Pacific Ocean when he was a kid. That trip is somehow referenced at nearly every family get-together to this day — 30 years (at least) later! Life-long memories.

    I want to live on a farm too. I was thinking about it last night while shucking corn on my suburban front porch …

  • Jennifer
    May 28, 2009 at 8:29 am

    For the record, you have a driveway in Kentucky πŸ™‚

  • Little Household
    May 28, 2009 at 8:30 am

    Darby, I love your blog too! I am a mom of one, so I love learning how you juggle 3. My dream is to own a kids store with toys, clothes and candy! …one day!

  • Michele
    May 28, 2009 at 8:30 am

    I am a dreamer too…sometimes I think maybe it’s ADHD πŸ˜‰ Seriously, my life right now may look like chasing a dream of owning land, chickens, planting a garden, making homemade bread, and using what I know to make all-natural concoctions for my family and friends…but really it is following the Lord’s lead to sell our beautiful, custom home in the cushy neighborhood with all the creature comforts (that we just moved into 2 years ago last week!)….it really is true that no matter how comfortable we are, we are not called to live the privelaged life, but rather to walk the pilgrim way. I long for deep satisfaction in following Him and being obedient to His will for me. So maybe dreams are a little bit placed in our hearts by the Lord in His love and desire for us as His children?
    By the way, those frosted banana bars are dangerous territory! I am trying to resist making another batch today-what else am I going to do with the bananas no one wants to eat? :0

  • Christie
    May 28, 2009 at 8:30 am

    My dream would be to somehow simplify my life. My husband and I both come from farming families. He is a farmer on his farm, and I do the books for my farm. And our farms are an hour-and-a-half apart. This time of year is so busy for both of us that we hardly see each other (maybe once a week) and we both hardly see the kids — although I get to see them way more than Brad does. I would love to find some way to lead a more “normal” life! I just don’t know how that will happen…

  • Lacey
    May 28, 2009 at 8:34 am

    Darby–I love your blog, but I’ve never commented! You make me want to have 10 kids (I’m 23, not married, so not yet!) It is so inspiring to hear that everyone has wild and crazy dreams too!

    My best friend and I dream about opening a flower/art/crafts/ shop where the creativity flows ALL day long! I also want a VW bus to drive around, preferably a teal or red colored one. I want to be an English professor too πŸ™‚ International travel is on the too list as well!

  • Megan Shropshire
    May 28, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Hey Darby! I’m a total day dreamer. I often dream of getting into some extreme sport like kayaking or mountain biking and discovering that I’m really good. My latest dream is to buy a bike that I can ride all over town and I’ll just be known to my circle of friends as the girl that gets around town on her bike. It’ll happen…just like your RV trip. πŸ™‚

  • Twists N Turns of Fate
    May 28, 2009 at 8:36 am

    Darby, you are awesome…I love the blog! I’m a 20 something southern gal living and teaching English in South Korea…this was a dream that I made my reality! I always wanted to travel and live outside of the US. Now, I’m dreaming of the days when I can come home and eat the amazing food that you often post! My most recent dream is to have my own cooking show…you know like Rachel Ray!
    “When we are dreaming alone it is only a dream. When we are dreaming with others, it is the beginning of reality.” — Dom Helder Camara

  • The Gotbeters
    May 28, 2009 at 8:37 am

    That is my dream too! To sell everything we own and live out of an RV:) We live in CHarleston and you are more than welcome to park in our driveway anytime you need!

  • Lindsey
    May 28, 2009 at 8:40 am

    we have “planned” to do almost this same exact thing when my mom turns 60 in 2 years. rent a huge RV and head out west to all the places i’ve never seen. i’m not sure of the logistics either with a then 6, 4 and 2 year old?! i definitely dream about traveling and trips and seeing new and different places… right now i’m just dreaming about this baby getting out of my uterus:).

  • Kymberly
    May 28, 2009 at 8:42 am

    darby- ohhh do i ever dream!! i would love to own an airstream trailer, decorate it like a little fiesta casita inside, and take it all over!! I think one day, when we have kids, we will definitely do this! Also, I dream of starting my own stationery and paper goods company. This dream is slowly in the works already…. πŸ™‚
    ps. you have a driveway to park your RV in south texas! ill even make black bean salsa to welcome you and your family!!

  • Bridgette Ann
    May 28, 2009 at 8:43 am

    So, here goes. I’m commenting! Thanks for all your fun ideas, recipes, and pictures! Not sure how I found your bloggy, but glad I did. Hello, so glad to meet you! Stop by and say hello when you get a minute!

  • Angel
    May 28, 2009 at 8:46 am

    I’m dying to know where you found her cut “hungry catterpillar” paint smock? I made some for my girls out of old shirts of mine to take to pre-k, but I’d probably let my girls paint at home if they had cute ones like that. LOL

    My dream is to live in a quaint little town that looks like the one in the movie Runaway Bride, though I doubt those really exist. I’d love to own a berry pickin’ farm just outside of that town and hang my wash outside in the sun (but just the whites).

  • The Amato's
    May 28, 2009 at 8:47 am

    I stalk your blog all the time thru my dear friend Shireen in Bham & sister in law Jenn deVilleneuve…first of all, I have to say, I LOVED the changes you made to the orange bathroom! Secondly, dreaming, I read most of the other comments & think I might be the most boring dreamer……but here goes.
    My dream is just to be happy & content with my life (just the way it is) …not that I don't want things: I want to put roots down in Bham in a home that we can grow old in. I would love for my hubby to be able to successfully open his own business. So few people atually know what they want to do or love what they do & he does! I just want to be able to say at the end of my life that I did a good job living & pleased God doing it…..
    Oh & if I could win the lottery…that would be ok too πŸ™‚

  • Mrs. Davis
    May 28, 2009 at 9:00 am

    I dream of a small house with big wood floors near a beach/bay where I could fish, sail, and drink iced tea on my big front porch swing. Porches are RARE here in Katy Texas!!!! Little things, right!!!! Have a good day!

  • Jennifer Leigh
    May 28, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Ok, I’ve been feeling the itch to comment for months, but I didn’t want to be the awkward creepy girl from Arkansas. Here goes…I dream of being an interior designer. I’m starting life in the “real world” after college as a teacher, but decorating is my secret passion. I live vicariously through your sister’s blog!

  • tlm
    May 28, 2009 at 9:03 am

    My dream is to live in a little cottage right on Lake Michigan, own a little gift store in the town and live a simple, quiet life. Someday…..

  • Sarah
    May 28, 2009 at 9:05 am

    I’d have to say my dream is Paris– a tiny apartment would be fantastic. Maybe just room enough for me so that it could be my solo retreat? I love your blog and think you guys would have a fantastic time on an RV trip– do it!

  • Keri
    May 28, 2009 at 9:07 am

    Hey Darby! I am a total dreamer just like you are. Problem is… my dreams need lots of funding to make them reality! As for trips I would love to take my family on, I would LOVE to go to a dude ranch. I would also love to build a little lake house, for our family to take trips to.

    Since my husband is in the Marine Corps lots of my day dreams center around my dream house that we plan to build when he retires from the USMC and we get to settle down.

    Love your blog by the way!

  • Keri
    May 28, 2009 at 9:08 am

    I forgot to add too that lately I have been day dreaming about what it will be like to NOT be pregnant anymore.

    Is that bad?

    9 more weeks to go!!!

  • Jessica {lovely jubbly london}
    May 28, 2009 at 9:09 am

    Definitely a dreamer. I would love to road trip across the US, but I don’t know if that would happen any time soon. I also dream a lot about home projects I want to tackle, but the husband makes me put those off since we’re renting right now. I really want to buy the house we’re renting since our house in the US sold. If I can convince the husband, then maybe some of my dreams will become reality!

  • smitten design
    May 28, 2009 at 9:10 am

    Love your blog and I love this topic. Work dream: does your sister need an assistant? Cause I want to learn everything from her. Or coordinate “make a wish” dreams for kids.
    Long term: Start a family and raise kiddos.

  • Raven
    May 28, 2009 at 9:11 am

    I love your blog! I dream of playin’ the fiddle in a bluegrass band (although I have no musical abilities whatsoever).

    I have loved reading your blog. I found it on a friend’s blog list and now I am hooked. I am an Alabama girl and an Auburn grad! War Eagle!

  • pam
    May 28, 2009 at 9:17 am

    let’s up that commenting ratio. i had the same dream awhile back darby. put my stuff in storage, get an rv and tour the usa. unfortunately it never happened and i’m ok with that… other wonderful things have. latest dream realized, i started my own blog last week! my husband and i now dream of owning land in montana and having our dream cabin/house. pam

  • MrsRoby
    May 28, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Darby, I love your blog and have suggested it to several of my friends.

    My parents own an RV and my sister and I grew up going on trips just like the one you want to take so of course I don’t think you are crazy. I still remember how much fun those trips were and all the amazing things we got to see.

    And I will admit to having dreams, my current one is to move to the family farm and go totally off the grid. Of course I don’t know how that is going to work out with me loving to shop and this little obsession I have with handbags and shoes….I don’t think I can wear my heels while I feed chickens.

  • Jenny Lynn
    May 28, 2009 at 9:23 am

    My dreams have to do with traveling too. But I want to live overseas for at least a year and i want to take all kinds of crazy trips. Like snowboarding in New Zealand, hiking the AT, backpacking across Europe, going skydiving in Austraila, etc. The list could go on πŸ™‚

  • Melissa
    May 28, 2009 at 9:32 am

    Darby – I LOVE your blog too! I am sorry I have never left a comment before but I read your blog everyday. Your life is so inspirational! I hope that one day I can have such a lovely existence. I tell my future hubby all about how precious your kids are and how great your recipes are! This then leads to our nightly conversation of when are we going to leave new york, move back to the south and start our family! This takes me to the height of my dreamer stage where I envision our house, all the fun I will have decorating it, and my big kitchen where I can try all the recipes I have accumulated. I am also currently reading Same Kind of Different as Me and am close family friends with Ron Hall…such a wonderful story. I am from Fort Worth and have volunteered at the Union Gospel Mission myself many times. I look forward to hearing your thoughts on the book! I will comment more from now on. Thanks for your blog, it is such a nice respite from the corporate New York City grind

  • Becky
    May 28, 2009 at 9:36 am

    hello. regular commentor here. dream…oh yes. i dream. i dream of a day when not a single spanking will be given out and no one will talk back to me. i dream of the day where i can escape my cottage (that i dream of having) only to visit another shore. i dream of going to places like seattle and NYC and charleston and savannah. places i can’t go right now, but as soon as these kids are in school, i am there. i dream of alone time b/c these days, i’m feeling pretty inundated with multiple small children. i dream of a house where they can all have their alone time and not have to be together alllll the time. (ok…probably not what you wanted to hear…)

    i dream of a money tree, places to go, toes in sand, sunset swinging with my honey, sweet tea, cute pictures to document it, a weekend of pillaging the best antiques and thrift stores…

  • Mary Alice
    May 28, 2009 at 9:36 am

    I’ve been reading for months….makes me feel like someone else lives the wonderful (but sometimes overwhelming and other times boring) life of a mom. I dream and yours sounds great….but let me just tell you, my parents too had your dream and we did it! You should see the pictures of my brother, sister and me on the verge of killing each other. Priceless….I think my parents eventually left us in the RV and visited Opryland child free! They decided that was a dream they should have fulfilled after we all went to college, ha! We still talk about that trip at holiday dinners 25 years later…so it was worth every minute.

  • kdurec
    May 28, 2009 at 9:36 am

    I daydream all of the time about home renovations. Then I struggle with being impatient as I wait for the means to do them. πŸ™‚ I really appreciated your post on your bathroom and mentioning contentment, because the Lord is working on that one BIG TIME with me. πŸ™‚

    I have a feeling you are going to get a lot of comments on this post.

  • Allison
    May 28, 2009 at 9:40 am

    So, you successfully talked me into commenting. I read your blog all the time, but never comment, because I am a stranger. I did graduate from Auburn, so we have that in common. I love your blog and want your camera. Is it a Nikon? Anyway, I dream of writing children’s books. I am currently a teacher and love it, but one day I want to accomplish this dream. Thanks for blogging.

  • Mandy
    May 28, 2009 at 9:41 am

    I went off with my family of five growing up for weeks at a time across country with a camper to see the country and those are some of the best memories I have of my childhood…do it! Yes, I dream…I dream of a cottage by the sea, decorated with vintage seashell, beach themed items. I dream of being a full time stay at home mom and not having to work part time and yes, you can park in my driveway…Mandy

    May 28, 2009 at 9:41 am

    While I would never want to RV across this great nation, I know a lot of people who do! It would be fun. I have spent 2 weeks in high school w/my best friend and her family going through CA. Funny stories are still told.

    My dreams (and my prayer every day)are for my husband and I to both have careers we are passionate about. To live somewhere where we can own a home and live a slower paced life, to travel to Europe before we have kids (don’t pray about the Europe part).

    I feel like God created me to change the world to bring glory to His kingdom and His name, and my dream is to fulfill that calling in my lifetime.

  • life with the wisners
    May 28, 2009 at 9:48 am

    wow, i guess if you just ASK for comments, you’ll get them. πŸ™‚ i mean, it worked on me.

    i’ve been reading forever. (that’s my way of saying i’m delurking. because i don’t care for the word DELURK.)

    love your photography. love your crafts. my mom and i have a date next week to make that simplicity pattern for my punkin.

    oh, and your post about your snack? the one with apples, PB, and sunflower seeds (DRY ROASTED ONES!)? um, yeah. go ahead and ask my husband how many times a week i have that? it’s heaven. and sinful. wait? oxymoron?

    anyway, been reading forever, and you are so encouraging. it is so obvious that you love your children and your man. and the life that Christ has blessed you with.

    thanks for sharing it with us.

  • Elizabeth
    May 28, 2009 at 9:50 am

    I think that’s a cool dream, Darby:) I can totally see y’all going down the road with your youngins! Oh, and when you come through Kentucky you’re more than welcome to park it at my place. Ella would love playing with your girls and little JM.

    Less than one percent comment? Wow! You must have A LOT of followers then because you always have lots of comments I think. The most comments I’ve ever had was 9!!! Don’t you just love getting them though?

    I’m a dreamer too. I always thought I’d like to have a stationery shop or a barkery. Now that I have a daughter I’d like to have a children’s boutique!

  • Carrie
    May 28, 2009 at 9:52 am

    I dream to one day own a house with enough land for 2 horses, a small barn, a veggie garden and land for our dogs to run and kids to play.

    I dream about winning enough money to take my parents and family and friends on an amazing trip to Australia where we can rent a house on the beach.

    I dream of one day owning a beach house where family and friends can meet on weekends during the summer to relax and enjoy life.

  • christy
    May 28, 2009 at 9:52 am

    You & your big RV would totally be welcomed at our home in AZ! πŸ™‚ My son would have such a blast with the girls & Hornet too! πŸ™‚ No RV here, but we are big road trippers, most of our vacations are driving ones.

    Yes, I have dreams! I hope one day they come true.

  • kristen
    May 28, 2009 at 9:56 am

    i dream of sleeping through the night.. for one night πŸ™‚ (i have a newborn, 2, 3 year old so this just doesn’t happen and won’t for at least 3 more years). and i have to agree with your sis…i’d have to be sedated to take the 3 in an RV..although it “sounds” like a good idea, i’m convinced someone wouldn’t survive it (for me at least!)

  • rachelshingleton
    May 28, 2009 at 9:57 am

    I’m such a fan of your blog!

    I dream about all kinds of things. I think a lot about going back to Paris, where I studied abroad as a college student. It’s like I yearn for it — I can’t hardly stand to watch shows on TV about it, because i want to go back so very badly. ::sigh::

    I also daydream about what project I could do next to our house. This morning, it was ripping out the wallpaper in our bathroom and painting it turquoise. Hmm. We’ll see what The Hubs thinks about that one!

  • chrysi
    May 28, 2009 at 10:01 am

    Okay, you convinced me to comment finally. Love your blog and the candid way you share about your family and faith. It’s very encouraging and inspiring. Keep it up, please!

    I too would love to travel across the country in an rv. In fact, I looked into renting one a couple months ago to go visit friends in North Carolina (from Oklahoma) and came to the sad realization that we could stay in VERY nice hotels for less money than it would cost to rent an rv. It just wouldn’t be the same, though.

    I dream of growing vegetables and flowers to sell on our 5 acres that we live on. I think this will be a great job for our children when they are older. They’ll learn about hard work and running a business all from the safety of our home ;).

  • MFL
    May 28, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Hi Darby- I’m one of the 99.7 percent that has not commented before, but I do love and look forward to reading your blog. We actually went to AU together, but I don’t know if we ever actually met.
    Anyways, my dream would be to live close to family. It’s been my dream for a while now, and Lord knows it’s been a prayer, too! –
    Mary Faith (Wharton) Laughlin

  • Dana
    May 28, 2009 at 10:11 am

    I have two little boys, 3 and 16 months. I love them so much, but dream of having that little girl. There are things I would like to do like learn photography and learn to sew. I dream of having a house on a lot of land, maybe a horse or two. I have many, many dreams!!!

  • slip4
    May 28, 2009 at 10:16 am

    I’m sorry – I admit to being a lurker. But I love reading your blog. My dream is to someday stay in Spain or Italy for a month. Not in a tourist place, but to rent a house in the countryside and live a regular life, just in a different place. On a beach would be a bonus. Oh, and maybe have some chickens some day.

  • The Carrolls
    May 28, 2009 at 10:16 am

    I have a dream to go to Europe and visit all the historical venues. I also would love to stop working and travel!(who wouldn’t) My more attainable dreams right now are Hawaii and an RV trip also. However, my husband’s driving is kinda scary so that dream could be a nightmare. LOL

  • Courtney
    May 28, 2009 at 10:23 am

    didn’t read the comments…and love your blog…and have never commented but how can i pass up this opportunity?? to share DREAMS?!? i’d love to:
    *go to Africa
    *adopt kids from Africa
    *run faster

  • Kendall Boggs
    May 28, 2009 at 10:24 am

    From a huge dreamer…don’t just dream it Darbs, do it! It took me 50 years to finally do what my dreams have been telling me to do. Now, I’m doin it and lovin every minute of it! I have a funny feeling that you act on a lot of your dreams though! by the way, I’ve always wanted to take an RV out west.

  • Anonymous
    May 28, 2009 at 10:27 am

    I want to quit my job as a divorce attorney and open a nusery/landscape design firm. I also want to go to China. Not sure I could fund the China trip on the profits from my nusery though.

    P.S. Chickens are nasty and roosters are mean. I think you should reconsider that dream.

  • duchess
    May 28, 2009 at 10:30 am

    This is something my husband & I have wanted to do for a long time. Now that I'm homeschooling the kids I guess it might be a little closer to becoming a reality.
    Keep dreamin'.

  • Kasey Hunt
    May 28, 2009 at 10:34 am

    I want to go to the Netherlands. That is where my ancestors are from. I want to learn about my heritage. I want to have a money tree in the back so I can help those who are in need. I dream of becoming completely debt free in 15 years.

  • ~Mott
    May 28, 2009 at 10:36 am

    The hubby and I have a motorhome and I would love to drive up the east coast into Pennsylvania. The Amish have always intrigued me and I would like to see them in action! I’ve talked of this often over the years…but one day…we’ll do it!

  • reba
    May 28, 2009 at 11:01 am

    my current dream is to go to south america and enroll in an intensive language school.
    i don’t often comment, but i enjoy your blog; stumbled upon it through your sister’s.
    your dream sounds fabulous to me, then again i do love a good road trip!

  • Kelly and Kelly
    May 28, 2009 at 11:02 am

    So many dreams but not meant to be typed out right here, right now. But I wanted to comment. Looks like I didn’t need to – wow, 97 comments!!

  • morethanthestarsinthesky
    May 28, 2009 at 11:11 am

    I think I'll make 100 if I type fast enough haha! I thought about doing this same thing, but I would wait til my children are older… they are 9 & 5.

    I want to marry my husband again on our 20th anniversary in Italy. We have 5 1/2 years to plan. I do very much hope this dream becomes reality.


  • laurenbusbee
    May 28, 2009 at 11:13 am

    Love your blog! I get so excited everytime I see a new post because I know something fun is coming! And this was the best surprise of all. Who doesn’t like to dream!?! I am all about the chickens!! Preferably really feathery ones like a Silkie Bantam:) But I have to say, dream #1 is a quaint, old house decorated just perfectly with tons of mature flowers/plants–like lots and lots of hydrangeas! But an apartment in Paris runs a very close #2!

  • CJ
    May 28, 2009 at 11:14 am

    I’m a dreamer too. Sometimes mine get carried away but I hope to attain them all one day! I would love to live on a farm where I can grow a huge garden, have lots of animals, and not see another house for miles. I would also love to go rafting down the Grand Canyon. πŸ™‚

  • Kaysha Patel
    May 28, 2009 at 11:18 am

    Wow! 101 comments and counting πŸ™‚
    My dream is to get married, have beautiful and healthy children, live comfortably in a nice house with no worries about money, travel many places and be happy with life…another dream is to become a wedding planner or to open a bakery and bake and decorate cakes! πŸ™‚

  • Megan
    May 28, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Oh that vacation sounds great! We just moved here though last July driving from LA to AL with a 3 year old and a dog in a Tahoe pulling a Uhaul. I had a great time through most of it. Between El Paso and San Antonio about killed me though. LONG with NOTHING to see/do. If I had a big ol’ RV I’m sure it would be more fun!

  • The Howell's
    May 28, 2009 at 11:28 am

    You’re not crazy! That is a dream of mine too! My husband and I talk about it all of the time, and one day we will do it! I too want to live on a farm and grow my own food, have horses and enjoy the “simple life.” That’s not to say that I don’t enjoy many of the modern conveniences, there are quite a few I couldn’t live without! I LOVE your blog, and you have the most beautiful family.

  • Laura
    May 28, 2009 at 11:33 am

    I dream about vacations. A lot. I love your blog and always read. I just feel a bit like a stalker commenting.

  • notes of em
    May 28, 2009 at 11:44 am

    I think that Ive commented before but not quite sure. I found your blog through Rebekah Wright’s. (college and church friends in Knoxville)
    Thank you for your honesty in who you are and thank you for sharing your family life with us all.

    You and my husband have the same dream, RV, chickens, travel.
    I have similar dreams, Id love to own some land and build a house for my family and friends to find respite in, I love to garden and create with my hands as well.
    I once read an article in Real Simple about a family that saved for several years, then quit their jobs and took a trip around the world in one year. They had saved something like 100K and still ran out of money.
    I have never forgotten that story, and I have since started a savings account just for a piece of that adventure “one day” when my girls are old enough to remember it well.
    It seems like many of us want to travel, but I think that a good part of me really likes to be at home. I dream to always be a hospitable place for others to land and to feel refreshed.

    Its nice to “meet” you, and I hope that all your comments give you a little bit of happiness πŸ™‚

  • Mikaela
    May 28, 2009 at 11:46 am

    Blog lurker… πŸ™‚

    I dream of traveling the world. Going everywhere I’ve ever wanted to. Dropping it all at a whim and disappearing for months on end.

  • beki
    May 28, 2009 at 11:50 am

    comment #109 when only .03% comment? Wowzers, chickie!!
    I dream about all sorts of stuff, all the time. Rigth now I’m dreaming about roadtrips to meet up with some blogger friends…yep, you’re on the list πŸ™‚

  • annek
    May 28, 2009 at 11:52 am

    My dream is to write a children’s book…about happy kids in a happy family….(loosely based on my life…I have one chapter)because so many books for kids seem so depressing to me. As for your dream…you should read Mike Leonard’s book….The Ride of Our Lives…he goes ona a trip like you dream about with his family…and his elderly parents. It’s funny and poignant. If you can do it with elderly parents…you can do it with little ones….plenty of places along the way to stop and run around!

  • joy
    May 28, 2009 at 11:54 am

    Hey Darby! I didn’t think I was going to comment bc sometimes i feel like my dreams change daily, ya know?! Somehow today I read the post titled Dreams, Deferred on Katherine Wolf’s moms blog. If you haven’t read it, it is amazing. I’m thankful that even if my “dreams” aren’t fulfilled here, no big deal, I got heaven coming! Love reading your blog. PS. Ash and I are headed to East Asia with the 2 babies for a year in August πŸ™‚ I’ll keep following you from across the world.

  • Through the Looking Glass
    May 28, 2009 at 12:05 pm

    I’m the opposite – I have dreams that I tell myself could never come true, but then something small seems to happen and piques my hopes that maybe, maybe…

    I want to write a book. Go on a book tour. Sign it for people.

    Can’t believe I wrote that!

  • The McIntyre Family
    May 28, 2009 at 12:10 pm

    Darby-I love your blog!!! We have a fifth wheel and love it! We bought a new, little bit bigger one last year and have only used it once…I hope that changes this summer. We have one daughter and she loves camping!!! If you ever do persue your dream a little hint is layout makes a huge difference especially with kids probably even more than size. In our old one the size would of been fine if it was set up different. I stressed everytime we took it out after having our daughter, but when we took out the new one it was a lot better!!! Oh,if you ever take that vacation you are welcome to park in our driveway!!!

  • Jessica Ranjbari
    May 28, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    I love your new dream! I think it sounds like fun – though a little challenging with little ones not sleeping great… I too am constantly dreaming – I’m always coming up with a new dream but lately your dream of living on a farm has sounded so nice. I love modern conveniences and being in a city, but some days I really long for a simpler life. Another dream of mine is to travel with my family to various places I love or have yet to visit – lately I’ve really been wanting to go back to Acadia national park in Maine.

  • Diane
    May 28, 2009 at 12:14 pm

    busted. I’m a faithful reader but never comment. But hey, I’m reading your blog from the office and I’m supposed to be working. Is that a good excuse? My dream is to have an A-frame on a secluded lake lot with a dock and enough land to garden, have a few animals and a small barn (just for fun). Oh, and a potters shed. and a huge sewing studio. and a sleeping porch. and a bunkhouse for all the grandkids I’m going to have someday (cause they’ll think I’m the greatest nana in the world and they’ll want to spend every summer with me!) There, that’s not too much to wish for, is it? By the way, if you do RV across the country, you can park in my driveway. You’ll love it cause I live in your old hometown–Louisville!!!

  • The Pettijohn's
    May 28, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    Only 10 weeks out from meeting our baby boy, I daydream of him constantly…of our new little family!

    What a wonderful blog you have, always enjoy reading πŸ™‚

  • Megan Hudson
    May 28, 2009 at 12:19 pm

    I’ve been keeping up with your blog for a couple of weeks now and I just LOVE it. Thanks for sharing your family with us! This is the first time I’ve had the β€œguts” to leave a comment.

    As far as dreams go, I’ve got a few and the majority of them aren’t too lofty. For starters, I would love for our March morning wedding to become a reality (bf’s broken leg and job loss have set us back a few months) and for it to be an intimate experience with close friends and family. Secondly, I would love to purchase a little house with some land. Nothing too extravagant, just a little place where we can enjoy ourselves and entertain on the weekends without having neighbors too terribly close. Finally, I would LOVE to make a quilt. I’ve been saving scraps of my favorite fabrics, so when this finally comes to fruition I’ll be ready to go. I don’t mean just one quilt! It’s going to be one of those things I don’t stop once I finally learn how to do it!

    Having said all of that, I’m constantly working on being content in each stage of my life and not believing that I have yet to β€œarrive”. Many times, the world pushes one to believe that life’s circumstances have to line up perfectly before one can be fulfilled, but that’s simply not true. β€œThis is the day the Lord has made; Let us rejoice and be glad in it.” Psalm 118:24

  • Mary Neill
    May 28, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    Darby – I read your blog every day and I'm always inspired by your creativity and entertained by your humor. Thank you for sharing your life with us!

    Yes, I'm a dreamer…to a fault maybe πŸ™‚ My "short list" is to marry my boyfriend who is my best friend & the love of my life, and to return to Charleston to live near my family (and the water!)…and I can't wait to have babies and hopefully be a full-time, stay-at-home mommy!

  • The Pughs
    May 28, 2009 at 12:29 pm

    I dream of having my own store. I hope that one day that dream will become reality. I degree is in apparel and textiles and I sit behind a computer all day selling insurance. Definitely not my dream.

  • r- m val
    May 28, 2009 at 12:30 pm

    Stop by cali and you can park in our driveway! yes i dream, but mine are ususally a bit pricy and hubs says “yea right”!
    my current… i’d like to lay on a beach in hawaii and snorkel and swim with the dolphins and drink mai tai’s with my hubs for at least a week. ‘cept we now have a mortgage and two unsteady jobs and hubs has never been on a plane and says he’d like to keep it that way. and it’s a LONG swim from here to hawaii.

  • Raylan
    May 28, 2009 at 12:33 pm

    I just love your blog!!

    I daydream (on a daily basis) about working as an event planner. I want to create menus, design tablescapes, and meet fabulous people. I would want to work in the Lake Martin area.
    I would love to do this for charity events.
    If this doesn’t come to fruition, I’d settle for being a Math teacher or Real Estate agent.

    So, after re-reading this, I ask myself why I chose to major in Accounting??

  • Liana
    May 28, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Love your blog!

    I don’t usually remember my dreams, but I always ask my 3.5 year old if he had good dreams…and now he’s started climbing in his 19 month old brother’s crib in the morning, and saying “good morning, little buddy! Did you sleep good? Did you have good dreams?” LOVE IT!

    ps- you can park in my driveway, no problem (in So. IL near St. Louis). Haha!

  • blessdtwice
    May 28, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    I’m short on time, so I didn’t read everyone else…my dreams? more of the practical side.

    I dream of a whirlpool tub and walk-in closet one day, and an energy efficent home (our house is 1960s and the unit isn’t sized right for our funky split level- its ALWAYS hot)

    But after my girls are grown? I dream of building water filters in places like south america where thier water is most from cisterns (collected rainwater). you can build filters out of concrete and sand and give people clean drinking water…I am praying about it and trying to find the right organization.

    I also want to get off my duff and dream of running a marathon before I am 40 (I turn 37 this year)

    I don’t comment much simply b/c I feel like i don’t have much to add…I love your decorating/renovating style and am learning much from you. Thanks so much!

  • Anonymous
    May 28, 2009 at 12:40 pm

    Just think of all the great blog posts that you would have as a result of a roadtrip!
    Thanks for sharing… LOVE your blog.

  • Allie
    May 28, 2009 at 12:57 pm

    I dream about:
    *Buying a large boat to enjoy on Lake MI so we can have a place to spend quality family time with the kids when they are older.
    *Buying 20 acres of property in central MI, building a little rustic cabin and letting the kids enjoy being outside in the fresh air, play on the quads or go fishing(again a place to spend quality time when the kids get older).
    *My dream sewing studio.. where I can teach kids and their mom’s how to sew. This one is coming closer to a reality.. I have a sewing studio in my basement, with 4 sewing machines (it is nice having that many machines, I leave 3 machines threaded with black, white, grey thread)I just need 2 more so I can get a nice size group.. we are going to install counter tops along the walls with my large cutting table in the center of the room. A little bit of new paint on the walls.. some cork/message boards (to hold up pattern instructions), some new desk chairs, a lot of electical outlets and I will be good to go .. hopefully this time next year I will be teaching my first class.

    Love your blog!!

  • Abby
    May 28, 2009 at 12:58 pm

    Hey Darby, you probably wouldn’t remember me from Auburn; I was in the 95 pledge class, so I remember you girls when y’all pledged, but I know it’s always harder to remember people who were older. My maiden name was Hawkins. Anyway, I was just thinking y’all should go for the whole RV so you can go park in Auburn for game weekends! My husband always wanted to do the RV cross country thing because he did it as a kid- his grandparents actually own one. I have told him the only way he could convince me to ever purchase one is the tailgating thing. But that’s not my dream; it’s my husband’s dream that I try to get on board with! I just can’t imagine trying to drive one of those things! (I also realize I’m talking about these as if they were just so easy for us to go out and buy! Silly me!) But I guess I am still trying to figure out what my dream is πŸ™‚ I figured I would comment though, since I am sure you wonder who in the world is reading your blog. I think I started reading about a month ago after I kept hearing Rebekah Wright and Jennie Ray talk about your great ideas. I always like your posts, your yummy looking recipes and cutie sewing ideas. And I so want to track down some of that owl fabric. It’s super cute! I hope y’all get to go on your trip- I know it would be such a fun time for your kiddos, and something they’d remember forever!

    Grace and Peace,

  • Anonymous
    May 28, 2009 at 12:59 pm

    I just watched the movie RV with Robin Williams and loved it. It was so good. I would love to travel that way. I am single though so i need to get a family first. Does your husband have a brother?

  • Cathy
    May 28, 2009 at 1:06 pm

    Darby-I love to read your blog. I don’t always have time to comment, but to sum up all I would say quickly, Thank you for sharing your love of Christ in all you do and say! Your family is precious.

    Dreaming? I love to dream. My ultimate dream is to visit Paris and Rome. My husband went in high school with the EuroDisney band and I would love to see the beautiful sites and architecture. Dreaming is something that keeps me sane. I love to sit and daydream of all the things I want to do! someday…… I can’t wait.

  • Rita
    May 28, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    I dream of moving to a small laid-back beach town somewhere. My husband and I have fun talking about it but we don’t get serious and actually look for the beach we want. Reality is he’d have to find a job and we’d have to uproot our kids from their friends and school… but I think I’d like to play hotel to visiting family and friends.
    As for your dream – it’s a good one! On our honeymoon, my husband and I traveled from our home in PA across country to CA, and back. We loved it and want to do it with our kids someday.

  • ib73
    May 28, 2009 at 1:18 pm

    Hi Darby, I love the blog and your pics are great. I’m a big dreamer as well. I have four kids (well five if you count hubby) and right about now my dreams are centered around a maid and chef.

  • Kat
    May 28, 2009 at 1:24 pm

    My husband I and would love to visit all 50 states together. There are so many beautiful places right here in the US. I also dream about traveling to Europe with my children when they are older.

  • Celice
    May 28, 2009 at 1:25 pm

    Okay I’ll fess up- I read your blog all the time and never comment! I love all the recipes, craftiness, cute kid stories, and especially the house renovation before and afters! My husband and I just bought our first home and are in the process of renovating and decorating. I love to dream up ideas for each room and how we will fill them with friends and family for years to come!

  • Shelby
    May 28, 2009 at 1:26 pm

    My dream is to travel Europe! I want to take my son (when he’s old enough to remember-he’s only 2) and my husband and go and see places we’ve never seen before! take a month long trip across Europe..that’s my dream!

  • Anonymous
    May 28, 2009 at 1:39 pm

    My grandparents had a small RV when I was little & I thought it was so fun to play in the "loft"part. I only spent a couple nights in it but it was lots of fun! I bet your kids would have a blast! I have only commented a couple times but I love your blog. Thanks for sharing fun ideas with us!
    – Kelly in Bham

  • Lauren
    May 28, 2009 at 1:44 pm

    my dream is that you will take my husband with you on your cross country trip. okay, just kidding but he is BEGGING to do the same thing…except he wants to buy an old school bus and convert it to a “cool RV” ha ha ha. he says we can have one sided decorated for my alma mater Alabama and one for his, Georgia Tech. Can you only imagine the look of our travelling cheese wagon as we go putting across the country?!?!

    i digress…my dreams are photographing children around the world. travel and kids.

    love your blog, keep it up πŸ™‚

  • Victoria
    May 28, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    Wow, what percent of us commented today? πŸ™‚

    I also have dreamed of going across the country seeing sites with my husband and daughter.

    Traveling to every state is on my dream list, as is visiting as many countries as I possibly can. So far I’ve only made it to 2 (3 if you count the USA;)! πŸ™‚

  • Melissa Marie
    May 28, 2009 at 1:53 pm

    I love your blog! I am not a mom nor do I plan to be anytime soon but your blog almost makes me want a family!! It also reminds me of how my mom was with us when we were little.

    Anyway I love the RV idea and think it would be great for the family. I live in Iowa and my parents live on a large acreage – you can park the RV anytime.

  • MaryBeth
    May 28, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    I wanted to do that a few years ago and my friends laughed at me. I built 2 masterbaths so I wouldn’t have to share with my husband, I don’t think I could survive in an RV with everybody. But it still sounds like a lot of fun in theory. MB

  • Lauren
    May 28, 2009 at 2:16 pm

    I have a very wild imagination which leads me to dream up dreams that are larger than life. Lately, I’m dreaming about painting these beautiful, detailed portraits but I can’t draw to save my life. I’m dreaming about playing every instrument known to man but I don’t have any rhythm. And I’m dreaming a lot about becoming a very successful writer…which I can write pretty well when I want to so that’s not the craziest thing I have ever thought up.
    But I’m actually acting on these dreams: I bought myself paints and canvases on which I have painted some of the most unattractive stick figures you’ve ever seen. At least I’m trying.
    I’m taking piano lessons this summer.
    And I’m going back to school to become an English teacher which can only help stimulate any creative writing I have in me.
    Maybe you’ll get your RV cross country road trip! I hope so.

  • melissa richie
    May 28, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    today i am dreaming about houses….

    practically, one that’s not so old that none of the door shut properly (especially the bathrooms…arg)

    wishfully, one that’s big enough to homeschool our kid(s) in someday!

    we had a pop-up camper growing up and it was the best. what a way to make some memories!!!

  • Sugar and Spice Mommy
    May 28, 2009 at 2:36 pm

    Today I’m dreaming about when I will get my shower….ha ha!! I thought a busy mom like you would appreciate that! I dream about simple things, seeing my girls grow up, who they will marry, what they will become. I guess these are more deep rooted prayers than dreams! If you are in the Memphis area with that HUGE RV you are welcome to park in our LONG driveway! HA!

  • The Barrios Family
    May 28, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    I’ve always dreamed of road tripping it around the states. I say go for it!

  • The Eubanks
    May 28, 2009 at 2:44 pm

    I love your blog! I am a lurker, first time commenter!

    I dream of being a mother. It sounds so simple but that is my simple dreams these days. I want to be a mother to 2-3 kids, stay at home with them doing art projects and playing make believe. In my dream we live in a old, big white house on lots of land and it is always summer time and green.

    A simple dream but hopefully a reachable one!

  • Amanda
    May 28, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Hey Darby – I’ve been glued to your blog for the past couple of months now, and actually remember you and Erika from Auburn (probably from rush). I think I’m just a year ahead of y’all. I don’t think we ever met in person, though I know we have several mutual friends.

    I love to daydream about having an apartment in NYC. My husband and I got engaged there, and we go there frequently enough that it would only make sense to always have our own place to stay, right?? I dream about where in the city I want it to be, how I would decorate it, and at which times of the year I like being up there the best.

    And…I hope this makes you laugh and not cringe, but twice in the last month I’ve had dreams at night that we’ve met/are friends. I think I just feel like I know you already because you are so real on your blog. Thanks for all your encouraging words and fun posts. Maybe one day we really will meet in person. πŸ™‚

  • hootsmom
    May 28, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    You get WAY more comments than i ever get.At least you have followers. AND you can park in our driveway down here in Texas anytime. we have a HUGE shop that you could park in with a 50’s style diner, juke box and all!! Lots to see and do in Houston…check out my memorial day post on Galveston. I have always been a dreamer too.

  • Amber
    May 28, 2009 at 3:20 pm

    I have the same dream too! I would love to drive across the country in a RV with the family. No one comments on my blog either and then friends and family walk up and say I read it on your blog. Love reading your blog!

  • TLC
    May 28, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    I have been reading your blog for about a year now and I absolutely love it, you have a beautiful family and home.
    I dream of being able to take a year off from work when my youngest daughter starts kindergarten so that I can attempt to be a room mother and go on field trips and attend special programs. I am a teacher and all of the parties and programs fall during my class times, so it would be a dream to be able to take off and be there for her during her first year of school and have a clean and organized home. The clean and organized part is more of a dream than taking the year off πŸ™‚

  • Katie
    May 28, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    I dream of being you.



  • Heather H
    May 28, 2009 at 3:25 pm

    i’m one that rarely comments … πŸ™‚ but faithful daily reader …

    my dream is to live debt free. to give more than we spend. and to own a house at the beach where i can go when i want … and rent to my friends whenever i’m not there.

    ha! unemployed husband here. don’t think that’s gonna happen … unless he’s playing the LOTTO and i don’t know….

    (Adriane Ohly’s sister)
    Atlanta,GA (you can park here, but I don’t think you are coming this way)

  • bella grace photography
    May 28, 2009 at 3:44 pm

    Oh Darby..what a fantastic dream. We use to camp while I grew up and to say the least the family bond..and fun was unforgetable…I am a Al girl stuck in NE TN..so our driveway is always open…
    Are ya’ll here yet???????????
    Dont forget to bring a Fudge Pie..we will make homemade icecream

  • collard green queen
    May 28, 2009 at 4:07 pm

    Having a get away house! just to leave everything that resembles a schedule behind …and get away when we need to – the RV looks really good right now!

  • Anonymous
    May 28, 2009 at 4:25 pm

    Hi, Yes I’m a reader that has never left one comment yet, so here it goes, number one I love your blog, and i think i fell in love with all your kids..(no i’m not a stalker, they are just all adorable)! Second I love that I can see that you love the Lord!! Third you appear to live a wonderful life! Lucky you!

    I dream of having kids someday, I dream about retiring by the ocean, I dream of living near my family one day, I dream about designing a house and not a 3 bedroom house more like a 5 bedroom house! I look at other people’s blog and dream dream dream!!- Carol

  • Meredith
    May 28, 2009 at 5:20 pm

    I like to daydream about my next vacation…doesn’t matter where we are going, just the idea of a vacation is exciting!

  • Tiffany
    May 28, 2009 at 5:46 pm

    Hi, Darby. I visit your blog often and have only commented a couple times. Thanks for the encouragement. I know it makes my day to get comments on my blog so I need to make sure I am doing it for others.
    I, too, am a serious dreamer. My husband and I both are, which makes life very interesting! : ) I dream about all of the things I want to do to my house to make it more us. I dream about my next child. I dream about a getaway with my husband (could actually happen after I finish nursing my little man). I dream about my Mom and my in-laws living down the street. I dream about planning my daughter’s wedding with her. I dream about being a photographer “for real”. I dream of having something published, anything. Oh, I could go on and on, but this comment is already WAY too long!
    I’ll just get back to my dreams now. : )

  • :o) mg
    May 28, 2009 at 5:48 pm

    Gosh, I have had my nose to the grindstone raising kids so much that I don’t think I have even thought about dreaming. But now that you mention it, I’d love for my husband to be able to win the lottery or something (we never play, so that won’t happen) and be able to retire. I so want to enjoy a relaxed pace with him right by my side and me by his. I pray that we live long enough to enjoy our later years.
    Go for the RV!!

  • julie
    May 28, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Darby…I dream of meeting you now that I know your sweet sister!! And dreaming of having as many blog comments as your missy!! Along with never ending dreams of way to to many thingS!!!

    xoxoxo! julie

  • Jen Jen in Jakarta, Indonesia
    May 28, 2009 at 6:15 pm

    My biggest dream at the moment is moving to a cool climate….I know shocking, but living on the equator is hot and humid every single day of the year.

    Mongolia looks nice;)

    My next dream holiday is a house boat up the Kalimantan jungle rivers on the island of Borneo, (Indonesia part).

  • Kristin F.
    May 28, 2009 at 6:53 pm

    I’m a daily reader, but don’t comment often because I read your blog from work, but I’m not allowed to “post” content to the web! I rarely remember all of things I want to comment on after getting home. I love your blog.

    My family goes camping at the beach each summer for our vacation and I cannot imagine not having an RV. We have a 2 year old daughter and she loves it. She was a spitfire, too and we’ve always had more laughs than stress. We haven’t ever taken it on a cross-country road trip, but I sure would love to!

  • Melissa
    May 28, 2009 at 7:04 pm

    Not a frequent commenter, but a frequent e-mailer, does that count?!? I dream of having as many commenters as you! I’m having a giveaway and have still only managed to get five comments! Seriously, I LOVE your RV dream. I never thought I would be into something like that, but my husband has convinced me of how cool it would be to have a nice RV. I don’t camp (like in a tent, roughing it), but I have decided I think I could do the RV. At least then I’d never have to worry about finding a hotel room that’s CLEAN! My dreams: (1) To travel and sing gospel music. I grew up loving southern gospel music, and have been singing all my life. Just in church, but I would love to do it semi-professionally. (2) I want to own a little print shop, making postcards, invitations, greeting cards, etc. Would probably do some heat press stuff too, like we do in my desktop publishing class. Maybe even embroidery, even though I have no clue about that part! The print shop “might” become a reality when I retire in 20 years or so!

  • Jill Cribb
    May 28, 2009 at 7:24 pm

    I am a dreamer too…….too much. If your dream comes true, which sounds like a great time & expirence for your family, and y'all make it to the SC coast area, feel free to park in our driveway…my kids would love it! RV traveling is fun. We have one that you drive & drove it to Tunica, Miss. with friends & it was SO much fun! Hope all of your dreams come true!

  • The Wilsons
    May 28, 2009 at 7:40 pm

    A good tan, a quiet meal time and a live in maid!

  • Meemaw
    May 28, 2009 at 7:42 pm

    I love your blog. Love your pictures, projects and ideas. I too am a devoted follower of Jesus Christ. You inspire me with your sweet ideas for your family. I live in CA and my darling granddaughters live in Elgin,IL (west of Chicago) and one darling granddaughter lives in Birmingham. All three are so precious to me. They are the best. I hope to see them this summer.
    I am a very blessed Meemaw.
    My dream is to spend some time in Prague, CZ with my daughter who is a missionary with Young Life. Our fabulous almost 14 yr old chocolate lab died May 9 Barb and I mourn, cry and laugh together.

  • Texas Gal
    May 28, 2009 at 8:02 pm

    Busted on no commenting… πŸ˜€ I love your blog, though! My big dream is to go on a long Disney Cruise. I have a feeling it will become a reality in the future — but now my 1 year old is just far too young. I have always wanted to cruise and we went several years ago finally. I believe that we can make our dreams a realty if we just focus on them! πŸ˜€ Hope you get that RV tour of the US one day… Wowsa — that’s a pretty awesome dream! Big in lots of ways! LOL

    Feel like I know you… sorry I never post!

  • Beth Goff
    May 28, 2009 at 8:14 pm

    I dream BIG for our church plant, Wellspring Church, that is launching this fall. I know it’s a Sunday School answer but my heart hearts for the people in Myrtle Beach and I dream that we will raise enough money to make our launch happen and LIVES CHANGED!! I know God will provide but $100,000 is a lot to raise in two months for a new church!

    And I think you could TOTALLY pull off Hornet sleeping in an RV.

  • Anonymous
    May 28, 2009 at 8:33 pm

    I dream to find a Prince Charming (okay, he doesn’t have to be perfect, but love me (God, too! :)unconditionally) I want to raise a family and teach my kids the values I was taught, grow up to know Jesus and try to answer all those questions I asked my parents when I was little and so impressionable!

    Girl, you live my dream! That is why I love your blog! I can live vicariously through your sweet children and family.

  • Anonymous
    May 28, 2009 at 8:53 pm

    I bet you didn’t dream of having this many comments about an RV….I love it!!! Keep sharing. I made your fudge pie and banana bars and I am ashamed at how much I ate. Too die for!!
    Ashley in Tenessee

  • LeslieW.
    May 28, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    I would love to take a real vacation. Disney or Hawaii…were self employed so leaving is tough. Lawn maintenance is every week, maybe some day it will run itself…for at least 3 days!

  • Krista & Ben
    May 28, 2009 at 9:14 pm

    Darby, you should definitely do the RV vacation! My husband and I just drove our camper converted Honda Element from Colorado to Guatemala, all along the Mexican coast and it was the most amazing adventure we’ll ever have. Granted we don’t have kids yet, but we know we’ll be hitting the road again one day with our kids and pets in tow! If we were still in Colorado, we’d definitely let you park in our driveway for a few days!

  • the sweet life with olives
    May 29, 2009 at 1:51 am

    do i dream?! my husband might say that my entire life consists of 80% dreaming and 20% reality… but then he’s probably being gracious! i am a born dreamer, always been and most likely always will be. but as i get older i am learning to temper my dreams with enjoying real life and what i actually have. i could spend hours daily dreaming of living in other places, how that would be, what my house would look like, where the children would go to school… dreaming of what to plant in the garden, what animals we should have, what clothes to buy, what cake to bake… those are more realistic dreams and i find that the dream which is attainable is now more fulfilling, unlike my younger years when dreaming morphed into pinning for something not reasonable and therefore often ended in a mini heartache. i guess you could say i now love dreaming of things which are (even if by a stretch) fairly attainable. and I love to see my kids dreaming too! i think after 8 years, my husband is even catching the dreamy bug.

  • Bill, Misty, Will, and Laura Ann
    May 29, 2009 at 4:05 am

    We too once had the RV dream (more my husband's, but his dreams are mine). We have the big truck too. He has looked into renting one. The rise in fuel costs has squelched the idea of buying one for us.
    My dreams are scattered, some of them are opening a restaurant, going back to school for Nurse Practitioner (I'm an RN), going back to work part-time at one of Atlanta's Children's hospitals, actually traveling again (We are an airline family and my husband and I used to travel ALOT!), a ministry at our church similar to M&M kids club at yours, losing weight…..I could go on and on. I guess that we are supposed to pray that God reveals to us just what we are supposed to pursue and opens those doors!

  • Anonymous
    May 29, 2009 at 4:44 am

    When I was 12 and my sister 15 (boy did she love leaving her new boyfriend!) we spent 4 weeks going across the country and back. Skip forward to years later and I suggested a similar trip to my husband. After having recently moved from the west coast to the east coast, “chasing” the moving van (boy, do they move) in our small minivan with 3 kids, two dogs and a pet rat (the entire reason we didn’t fly) my husband said “ah….no.” He had a point.

  • sashyjane
    May 29, 2009 at 6:07 am

    i daydream a lot about having a beautiful house, a loving husband, gorgeous children and spiritual maturity. that sounds like i dream about being you! haha i’d also love to live on a farm filled with rescued shelter dogs and miniature animals (mini pig, mini horse, mini cow, pygmy hippo, corgis, etc)

  • T
    May 29, 2009 at 6:40 am

    Darby – I read your blog all the time and absolutely love the way you love your God, family and friends. I want you to know that I think you should go for your dream. Life is too short to sit around waiting on what you want – especially when you can go out there and get it! When I was twelve, my family loaded up a motor home and hauled our group of 5 from Alberta, Canada to Seattle and down the entire west coast (with an obligatory stop at Disney Land, of course!) all the way to Mexico. Then we came back up through Arizona and Las Vegas back to Alberta. It was the trip of a lifetime and one I will never forget. There is nothing better than sitting around a campfire with your family knowing that you are on the greatest adventure together.

    That trip planted my travel seed and I will forever be grateful to my parents for the opportunity to see and experience America the way we did. Y’all Should Go for it!!!

  • Julie Wolfe
    May 29, 2009 at 6:50 am

    I too would love to do that! We went once when I was little and there was something refreshing about having all that space and fixing your own meals. Thanks for the inspiration to dream!

  • Carrie
    May 29, 2009 at 7:15 am

    I love to dream about living on a farm with a few goats, maybe some chickens and a pig that never gets big (it is a dream, right?!). I would spend my days working in the flower garden (and sell my beautiful flowers at a farmers market) and my husband would work in the vegetable garden and then make delicious dinners. At night we would sit on the front porch on a glider and read and enjoy the always wonderful weather. The one problem about this dream is that when you have a farm and animals you can’t go on vacation and I love to travel!

  • The Newlywed
    May 29, 2009 at 7:24 am

    I love your blog and I was so excited to hear you are from Anchorage, KY. I grew up in Oldham County and live in Louisville now! You are so fun and such an inspiration to young Christian women. My dream is to live on a farm in OC, raise a family that serves the Lord. I also want to be able to go on vacation any time I want and spend months at a time in Europe (I’ve never been!).

  • Courtney Cloud
    May 29, 2009 at 7:25 am

    I’m sorry because my dreams are very sad right now. I dream of my sweet baby boy still being here and being alive. I know that isn’t the kind of dream you were probably wanting to hear about….
    I really love your blog. I’ve been reading it for awhile. Your children are beautiful. I live in Auburn. I think I found your blog on one of my friends..Thanks for blogging…

  • Anonymous
    May 29, 2009 at 7:34 am

    I am always worried that you won’t have time to read my silly comments but I love your blog and don’t you forget it. My son and his wife and 3 kids and the dog rented an RV and went to Big Bend, Texas, for Spring Break a few years ago. They had a BLAST! They said you meet the most interesting people along the way.

    I have a place in Galveston so if you make it to Texas let me know–you can park at my house!

  • Erin
    May 29, 2009 at 8:13 am

    D- What a great idea! I think that sounds like so much fun! I’ve mentioned the idea to Geo and he’s up for it. It’s just taking the few weeks off to do it right:) I would be oh so happy if you turned north and stopped in Naperville to see your favorite cousin. Your dad would be pleased as well!! BTW, I do dream…and dream big! Big family, lots of dogs, lots of family around. I would love to head south and be closer to everyone. And of course my biggest dream you already know. Please keep praying!! I love you!

  • Hilary
    May 29, 2009 at 8:14 am

    I dream. I’ve had an RV dream too! Even though it sounds crazy, I’m sure it would be so much fun. Love your blog. Thank you for being a Christian mom!

  • Jessica
    May 29, 2009 at 8:17 am

    Sorry I never comment! I dream about starting my own business making invitations and other paper media. I have technically started it but it hasn’t BOOMED yet! (hellodefine.com) and I want to commit to writing a blog, but I’m such a scatterbrain that I fear it’ll get too off-topic!

  • Sarah Hedgspeth Foster
    May 29, 2009 at 8:21 am

    Hi Darby! It’s been so long since we’ve chatted, but I read your blog (and Erika’s too) all the time.

    So I have so many dreams that I struggle to pick just one to share…travel dreams, house dreams, professional dreams. How about travel to fit the theme? Even though I get nervous about open water and sea life, I really want to sail through the Caribbean with my husband Stephen. We don’t know how to sail. Maybe that is somewhere to start…

    Sometimes in this dream it is the two of us roughing it, catching fish, sunburnt, and sometimes it is the two of us on a fancy boat with a crew that cleans and cooks for us πŸ™‚

  • SoSoBella Designs
    May 29, 2009 at 9:33 am

    I am known as a Dreamer. Good or bad that is who I am. A lot of my dreams, I give a try. But my big dreams, well, some are a little far fetched but I sure love dream’n em’
    My friend linked me to your blog. I am so happy she did. You have a darling family. You are a great writer. I look forward to reading your thoughts and dreams often.
    Have a great weekend.

  • Anonymous
    May 29, 2009 at 10:22 am

    I am married with four young children, and we have a pull-behind. We have never done cross-country traveling but do use the camper often. We got it when our youngest was a few months old (he is now 2). This will be our third summer enjoying it. It is a lot of work with young ones but so very worth it! Some of our most fond memories are from camping. And as far as sleeping etc. goes, yes, you just figure it out.

    Please know you inspire so many!

  • Scrappy_Lady
    May 29, 2009 at 10:25 am

    A friend passed your blog along to me and I LOVE it!

    You’l have to come a little further North to stop at my place overnight, but you’d be more than welcome.

  • Laura Zarrin
    May 29, 2009 at 10:44 am

    What about California? You’re missing the best part.

    I daydream all the time about having a big art studio and a big yard for my kids. Woods in back to explore. Someday, before they’re too old to care, I hope it comes true.

  • Debra
    May 29, 2009 at 11:19 am

    WOW… 187 comments so far!!!
    I love your dream- My dream~ a sweet little out building in which I would make the most wonderful studio space- bright, white, sun pouring in, and lovely flower boxes.

  • Emily
    May 29, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Hi Darby!

    I’ve read your blog for a while now (I love it!), but I’ve never commented…so, Hi!

    I have tons of dreams! I want to get married and have lots of kids, and I want to live in a small house on a big piece of land with tons of trees and water–be it a stream, pond, etc.–and animals, and a huge oak tree with a rope swing hanging from its branches. πŸ™‚

  • Ashley
    May 29, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    Hi Darby…I am one of your many blog stalkers. I love it. It inspires me to do great things. I don’t usually comment but why not. My dream, as simple as it may seem, is to be one of those great moms like Proverbs 31, where her children rise up and call her blessed. It is so easy for me to be idle, so I dream daily, of being a mom who sews, plays, scrapbooks, cooks, loves, is patient and kind even when I’m cranky… You get the picture. That is my dream…at least the one that consumes my thoughts for now!

  • Ashley
    May 29, 2009 at 12:12 pm

    Heavens to betsy, girl. Do you seriously read all your comments? I don’t know how you do it? I meant to put in my last comment that when you swing through Louisivlle, KY, I would love to meet you. We could do lunch or just playdate (I have two sons, 2 years and 4 months) I’m one of Hannah’s friends.

  • Anonymous
    May 29, 2009 at 1:17 pm

    Courtney Cloud, please accept my deepest sympathies on the loss of your son.

  • Abby Maddox
    May 29, 2009 at 1:47 pm

    Get naked and run through the streets of Vienna :)…just keepin up the naked theme and enjoying being able to say whatever I want as ONE of 200.

  • Kristal
    May 29, 2009 at 4:53 pm

    I’m glad you asked for comments
    I’ve felt like a spy for a while, but I just love your blog. I find inspiration in your pictures and the creative things you do with the kids and at home. I worked with Justins dad at OS and am married to the computer guy with the very long last name:) I think you know him,he worked on your laptop once or twice. Anyway as far as dreams I dream of a family reunion with my relatives that are scattered from Hawaii to Michigan. I havent seen some of them since I was a teen and as a proud mama I wish they could see my little boy. Thank you for the blog and the great ideas.

  • Erin
    May 29, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    I saw that Utah is on your list! We would love you to stop by on your dream road trip! I also have 4 kids that your kids could play with. My dream is to sell my house and take the year to travel the world with my family. I’ve mentioned this to my self employed husband and I swear he broke out in hives just at the mention of it! Sometimes I dream of opening a restaurant, but my practical side keeps winning out. I would also like to own a different house in a variety of locations, I think mostly just so I could decorate them in all the different styles I love.

  • our family of four
    May 29, 2009 at 6:22 pm

    Yes, I dream!! My husband and I have a dream of getting an RV and traveling the country but AFTER the kids are grown! Is that bad?? We also dream of owning a mountain house and a beach house and being completely free of debt . . . we have lots of dreams!! I do dream about becoming a teacher and I dream about becoming a photographer. I am wanting to make one of those dreams come to life. We’ll see what the next year brings! My number one dream was to be a wife and a mother and am so thankful and blessed that dream came true!!

  • Cassidy
    May 29, 2009 at 6:35 pm

    love your blog, and your dream:) i too would love to do that. make your way to houston, you can park in our driveway!

    I would love to live somewhere that has room for a garden, miniature horse:)(so cute), pond with fish…… ok, or live in a different country and start a church.

  • Jessica
    May 29, 2009 at 9:00 pm

    Darby – I still adore and follow your blog! I wrote to you a few weeks ago from up here in NC. As for my dream…I want to open tea room someday because I love all things tea related and because I want my special angel, Mary-Everett to always have a job right along side her mama!

  • downtown
    May 30, 2009 at 5:42 am

    I have had the same dream. Since my husband I got married every year when we talk about vacations I always throw in the mix that I want to rent a camper and take three weeks and go around the country. I don’t have children so mine involves just us, but I bring it up every year! I love reading your blog.

  • Anonymous
    May 30, 2009 at 9:13 am

    I just read this great post! No one ever mentions Utah on their post! (Unless they are from Utah)..We would love to have you stay in our driveway or wherever and have you guys over for a BBQ or to show you all the sights. Park City is really a great place to visit. We live right at the base of the mountains so Park City is only 15 minutes away. Utah really is beautiful. The National Parks in the southern part of the state are phenomenal. I love Arches especially. I think you would have a trip of a lifetime. As for my dreams, I hope to lose some weight and tour Europe every three years or so. I don’t think anywhere in America is like Europe. They are both beautiful, in different ways. I have always wanted to tour Martha’s Vineyard and Boston too. I really liked it when I visited Georgia and Alabama but it was SO humid! Is there a time of year where it is less humid than others? Also, what places would you recommend visiting in Alabama? I mainly only saw stuff in Georgia. πŸ™‚ Lisa and the crew from Utah

  • The Harris Family
    May 30, 2009 at 4:54 pm

    Praise God I’m living my dream! I guess if I could have anything in the world, it would be more kids! I love being a mommy!

  • kate
    May 31, 2009 at 2:22 pm

    Wow Darby, you’ve received over 200 comments! I found you by way of Erika’s blog. You two are adorable! I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog and well, this is my first time to comment. I’ve looked through most of your renovation pics and love what you have done to your gorgeous house. You are VERY clever (love all your finds). I am a big dreamer!! I have a list which I posted on my blog and I came up with some ridiculous number of things. So I will post just a few (some more far-fetched than others, but dreams nonetheless)…Have a beach house in South Africa (where my husband is from). Write a book.
    Create a line of organic bedding.
    Pack up the family and live in Tuscany for a year. Would love to run a business with my husband too!
    Have a great rest of your weekend! I will be posting again soon! πŸ™‚

  • bebrown410
    May 31, 2009 at 6:05 pm

    Darby- I say go for it! Growing up outside of LA my family always had an RV. My folks would load up my two sisters and I and we'd camp out at the beach, even on Thanksgiving one year! Those are some of my favorite childhood memories, playing Go Fish around the little table while munching on candy cigarettes. (Can you believe they actually used to make those?) When we later moved to GA and over Christmas break we'd drive down the coast all the way to Key West and back. My parents survived and we thrived, so go for it!

  • Rachel
    June 1, 2009 at 12:06 am

    Last week at a Sunday School social a few of us were sitting around chatting and someone said, “I came across a new blog…you should read it…it’s ‘Fly Through…'” She was quickly interrupted with simultaneous replies, “We know…we already read it!” We enjoy your blog.

    I dream about a lot. I think the most simple answer to sum it all up is ‘I dream of a life similar to Pioneer Woman except in Southeast Alabama.’ (wife, mother, teacher, land, house, photographer, cook, etc.)

  • Kyle Lynn
    June 1, 2009 at 8:04 am

    Hi Darby,

    I have been reading your blog for a while now and I find you and your family very inspiring. With that being said my dream is to live on a lake! I want to wake up have a cup of coffee and sit on my deck and enjoy the view. Add in a few nonexistent kids, my Brad and my pug….

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    Hey Darby. Yes, I’m a lurker (thanks for the sling info) and I’m so glad you mentioned that you only post the good stuff and that your house is dirty sometimes…I was beginning to dislike you a teensy bit. πŸ˜‰
    Right now I am living part of your dream…we have a farm in east louisville, a bunch of chickens, and all the dirt and fun that comes with having the line between indoors/outdoors blurred. So thanks to you for reminding me (on a particularly MUGGY day in an old house with no central air) that the things I take for granted today are the things I dreamed about yesterday.

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