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Last night


Last night we headed up to the ball park to watch daddy play softball. I’ve mentioned before that I ♥ church softball and I must confess that’s not 100% true. I should clarify that I only love church softball when I can go… I don’t love it so much when it takes Justin away for a late double header and leaves me to tackle the hardest hours of the day completely solo. Well last night wasn’t a double header, the game was scheduled for 7:30… so we went… all of us. As we were walking out the door I insisted that the girls let me take their pictures. They were fresh from the tub and I could hardly resist.


Since they’re my kids let me take a second and tell you that these 2 little girls love each other so well. They play so well together and genuinely care about each other. They also rat each other out 10x a day but for the most part they’re loving and kind. I love this picture of them.

When we got to the parking lot of the ball park we ran into Justin’s mom. The kids call her “Gi-Gi” and she couldn’t resist a little lovin’ from her boy.


The wind was blowing hard and it was warm outside… warm wind reminds me of California. Warm winds & happy cows.


Another added bonus of going to church softball games…


It only takes a matter of minutes to pawn the little ones off and for a short while I am only responsible for myself.

I’ve been running a test kitchen all week… a fun recipe is coming soon! But for now I’m off to bed… but before I go:

Guess what?


I have 7 beautiful jars of blackberry preserves sitting on my counter.


We’re going back on Saturday to pick more, I think we’ll try a cobbler next… or maybe not, these preserves are mighty tasty!

Good night!

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  • Meemaw
    June 3, 2009 at 10:28 pm

    What kind of preserves?
    Peaches freeze so well and are delicious when you serve them.
    I am growing Concord grapes and will make a spicy grape jam. So good.
    I'm a huge fan of your blog. Great pictures.

  • the sweet life with olives
    June 3, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    So my attempt at strawberry jam ended in a tasty but far too sticky and gluey paste. I'm going to need a preserve making tutorial soon! (she typed with a suggestive cough) 😉
    great picture of the girls, having siblings is such a blessing.

  • duchess
    June 4, 2009 at 4:51 am

    Ummm. Yum – I'd like some of that for my toast this morning.

    Your kids are so cute.
    I need you to do a tutorial on how you cut the girls hair. I love the way Morgan's frames her face.

    Enjoy your Thursday – it's a stormy one in SC.

  • Lauren
    June 4, 2009 at 5:07 am

    what great pictures of the kiddos!

  • julie y.
    June 4, 2009 at 5:45 am

    Erika's right these girls are way to sweet to eachother, and way to precious!! Oh, the blessing of a sister…you can vouch for that one, It's special! The preserves look yummy, they'll be tasty especially after all your hard labor in the kitchen! xo

  • Jessica
    June 4, 2009 at 5:56 am

    the girls look adorable, as always! they'll be best friends for life. and oh my goodness homemade preserves! jealous.

  • Amanda @ Serenity Now
    June 4, 2009 at 5:57 am

    Oh, softball! 🙂 I just love having some extra hands around to take the kids for a few minutes so I can feel like a (slightly) free woman again. 😉

  • Abby Maddox
    June 4, 2009 at 6:02 am

    Those pictures of the girls are IRRESISTABLE! Paige with her hair blowing in the wind, looks like she is preparing for her photo shoot 🙂

  • simply seleta
    June 4, 2009 at 6:19 am

    You're a domestic goddess. Period.

    The children are precious. Period.

    You always amaze me!

  • erika
    June 4, 2009 at 6:22 am

    kiss those little munchkins for mommasis. i can hardly stand it. maybe i should take that impromptu next tuesday off and come up with marla after all!? those girls and that boy need to be snorgled by their mommasis.

  • Keri A. Ward
    June 4, 2009 at 6:26 am

    LOVE the beautiful photos of your sweet kiddos. I could eat that little John Martin UP!!!

    you are right, blogs without photos are B-O-R-I-N-G! 🙂

  • Jessica {lovely jubbly london}
    June 4, 2009 at 6:38 am

    I need a canning kit! I so want to try and if you can manage while dealing with 3 little ones, surely I could do it! It is so sweet how much your children love each other, what a blessing.

  • The Newlywed
    June 4, 2009 at 6:48 am

    Your kids are precious! The "fresh out of the bath" look is always sooo cute!!

  • Dianne
    June 4, 2009 at 7:35 am

    I would bet you and Erika were a lot like your girls…BFF for life as well as sisters!!! loved the pics!!

  • Sarah
    June 4, 2009 at 7:47 am

    Darby, I love reading your blog and hardly ever comment, but I can't resist telling you how precious the girls are. LOVE the dresses. Did you make them? I have three sisters and they are the BEST {most of the time 🙂 }.

  • Allyson
    June 4, 2009 at 7:54 am

    Y'all may be the prettiest family on this planet!! It's CRAZY how precious they are! They are all dollfaces!!

  • Maggie Dickinson
    June 4, 2009 at 8:07 am

    My MIL is Gi-Gi as well. I just love all of your pictures. Your camera is fantastic.

  • Erin
    June 4, 2009 at 8:35 am

    I could eat all of those precious babies up!! So, so sweet! Love you!! Cousin

  • Megan
    June 4, 2009 at 9:02 am

    Darby, I absolutely LOVE John Martin's little outfit! May I ask where you get his stuff or do you make most of it?

  • The Rauths
    June 4, 2009 at 9:33 am

    i'm curious what recipe you use for the preserves? i've tried several and haven't had luck yet…

  • Whitney
    June 4, 2009 at 9:56 am

    I have been reading your blog for a while now…couldn't really tell you how I ended up here…but love it! You have such a precious family. The way you are raising your beautiful children reminds me so much of how I was raised (one of five!)I am now expecting my first baby in about 8 1/2 wks and wanted to tell you that you are such an inspiration to other young moms (and moms to be!) So thank you for being so transparent and inspiring others!! By the way…ever tried Pear Preserves?? They are the best!

  • MrsReaux
    June 4, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Oh my – your girls are just so adorable! So jealous about your blackberry perserves – I am still waiting for the blackberry farm I frequent to let us know the berries are ready.

  • amber {daisy chain}
    June 4, 2009 at 10:02 am

    these images of your kids are priceless!! and that jam looks pretty divine too…maybe I'll give it a try this summer.

  • Anonymous
    June 4, 2009 at 10:51 am

    What beautiful children. If I lived by you, I would take them off your hands for a while too!
    Terry in Milwaukee

  • Bridgett
    June 4, 2009 at 11:07 am

    I just want to let you know how much I thoroughly enjoy all of the pictures of your children. And I also wanted to let you know that I am truly inspired by your faith. My youngest graduates from high school tomorrow and it seems like she was just a little girl (like yours) yesterday. Time truly does fly so continue to cherish those little ones each and every day!

  • Shireen
    June 4, 2009 at 12:48 pm

    I speak from experience with this family :), and these girls DO get along so beautiful. They LOVE each other SO well, and they look after each other. And, hey, the 'ratting out' isn't so bad…it makes for good accountability! 🙂

    I love going to community group and other socials, too, so that I can let others hold Rhys, too! 🙂 I love to get that break!

    Love you all!!!

  • GraceK
    June 4, 2009 at 1:08 pm

    You have the most BEAUTIFUL children. I know you already know that but I had to say it, too.


  • Jessica
    June 4, 2009 at 2:07 pm

    Your little girls are so pretty. And I am really feeling the blackberry jam. I make scuppernong jam every fall. Nothing beats homemade jam on a warm buscuit.

    Love the blog. It's right up there with PW in my opinion.

  • kate
    June 4, 2009 at 2:58 pm

    Darby! The pics of the girls are gorgeous! Their dresses are so cute and the sections (tiers, not sure what you call that) remind me of one I had about their age, but in blue and white (I loved it). I love that you dress them in the same outfits. It reminds me of my sis and I when we were little (my sis and I are 3 years apart). We had similar haircuts & always wearing bows.
    Your blackberry jam look YUMMY! You are an inspiration!

  • annek
    June 4, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    I love the picture by the front door and Jm and Gi-Gi too.

  • BeckyB
    June 4, 2009 at 7:02 pm

    Beautiful children!! Beautiful photography! Thanks for sharing – looking forward to more recipes.