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Checking In


I’m still up to my eyeballs in laundry and tending to the house but I thought I’d take a second and check in! You all came up with some awesome questions for Marla! I can’t wait to hear what advice she has to offer us.
I’ve decided {on this rainy day} to tackle the closets in my sewing room… but I’ll be back soon with some pictures from Erika’s baby shower!

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  • Mandy
    July 28, 2009 at 1:00 pm

    So glad ya'll got home safely….I am up to my eyeballs in laundry and mess from traveling as well! Can't wait to see the pictures….JM's prints from your Mom are so cute above his crib! Have a good afternoon/evening! Mandy

  • Anonymous
    July 28, 2009 at 1:12 pm

    Love the title because I've been checking in too for the photo tips.

  • Sherree
    July 28, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    He is so cute! Love the nursery picture.

  • andi
    July 28, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    Howdy! Welcome back! We'll have to do Mama Rosa's soon. Have fun cleaning out those closets! 🙂

  • duchess
    July 28, 2009 at 1:38 pm

    Hope you had fun. Can't wait to see pictures.
    Have you ever mentioned the color of paint in his nursery? It's a very nice color.

  • morethanthestarsinthesky
    July 28, 2009 at 1:50 pm

    Great nursery! I've got some laundry to fold that's on my bed right now! Got to get busy.

    Amanda in Alabama

  • Tori
    July 28, 2009 at 1:58 pm

    Oh! How about some more pictures of baby boys nursery to!

  • Dave and Mandi
    July 28, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    What a sweetie! I spy a "pow pow" (as my nephews call it) under the crib!!

  • Lizzie
    July 28, 2009 at 2:23 pm

    love the prints and wall color!

  • KayleneLanae
    July 28, 2009 at 2:40 pm

    I am having some serious withdrawals, girl. Hope the regular posting commences soon!

  • Stacy
    July 28, 2009 at 2:46 pm

    I don't post very often, but I just wanted to tell you how much I love your blog! I find myself checking in on it everyday!

  • Amanda Thrasher
    July 28, 2009 at 2:57 pm

    Eat him up! too cute. I could crawl right into the computer screen and nap in that bed.

  • erika
    July 28, 2009 at 3:05 pm

    he is edible!!!! he matches his room – and is just the most precious hornet on the planet. your cribskirt is precious whether it touches the floor or not!

  • Netter
    July 28, 2009 at 3:15 pm

    I noticed the binkie as well! Too cute.

  • Jenna
    July 28, 2009 at 3:19 pm

    That nursery looks so cute!! I just found your blog and love it!! 🙂

  • Abby Warren
    July 28, 2009 at 3:21 pm

    You are better than me! I have a pile of laundry and I am just choosing to ignore it so I can catch up on my picture downloads, blogs and email!

  • Amber Ellis
    July 28, 2009 at 3:26 pm

    I found your blog through Molly at Sweet Mondays. I love it! I am excited to add you to my "list" to follow!

    Your family is beautiful, and I LOVE your little ones room! Adorable 🙂

  • Jennifer
    July 28, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    Such a cute picture…and I think I recognize his outfit?! 🙂

  • meredith
    July 28, 2009 at 4:45 pm

    Where did you get John Martin's crib? We are crib shopping!


  • The Tidy Brown Wren
    July 28, 2009 at 5:27 pm

    I'm glad you checked in. I had to get my JM fix. I love reading your blog because it reminds me to look for the joyful things in life.

  • Yevette
    July 28, 2009 at 6:06 pm

    Yay! You posted something!

  • Mag
    July 28, 2009 at 6:08 pm

    I really enjoyed all your vacation pictures. Thanks for showing what a neat place Illinois can be. Loved your pix of the girls in the corn- I've lived here my whole life- maybe that is why I think it is beautiful!??

  • Whitney
    July 28, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    I've been waiting for a return! So glad you all made it home safely!

  • Konie
    July 28, 2009 at 6:55 pm

    I've been reading your blog for MANY months now. Discovered you on Abby's blog : ) You are so incredible as a mom, wife, and homemaker!! And you seem like such a humble young lady which makes us blog readers totally admire you!! I was in Dothan a few weeks ago, and Abby's dad felt like the highlight of my visit was to ride by Darby Stickler's home!! I told him I felt like I was in Hollywood going by one of the Hollywood Stars homes!!! I share your blog with so many friends because you just amaze me….as I also share Abby's because she is such an amazing writer as well as a special young lady : ) (hopefully she is writing a book!!) Thanks for all you give to those like ME who have ZERO talents! ( my gift was taxiing around kids after school…very blessed that I could do that! ) I look forward to every day reading your blogs : )

    : ) Ms. Konie

  • emily
    July 28, 2009 at 7:15 pm

    goodness gracious he's cute!

  • Amanda @ Serenity Now
    July 28, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    I love the prints over his crib! So cute….that little guy is just too adorable. I had some laundry duty here too. 🙂

  • Iman
    July 28, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    I have laundry to fold and put away, and I have to pack for two weeks in California.
    We are drivers as well 😉
    16 hours with a 9,6, and 3 year old.
    It's oodles of fun 😛

  • kristy
    July 29, 2009 at 4:44 am

    Love his nursery! Would you mind sharing what color his walls are? Thanks so much!

  • Dianne
    July 29, 2009 at 7:09 am

    Well, I may have to jump through this computer and eat him!!!! Just precious!

  • Kelli
    July 29, 2009 at 7:10 am

    I saw your blog and had to click because I liked the name! I love it.

  • Kathy
    July 29, 2009 at 7:14 am

    What an adorable photo! Love it!!

  • paige
    July 29, 2009 at 7:45 am

    what an adorable nursery, of course i expected nothing less!

  • Kate
    July 29, 2009 at 8:18 am

    Adorable crib! Would you share you makes it?

  • Kate
    July 29, 2009 at 8:19 am

    whoops! i meant "*who* makes it".

  • christy
    July 29, 2009 at 9:33 am

    Love the pics in JM's nursery. They look great!

  • Jacci
    July 29, 2009 at 11:41 am

    Your little man is such a doll. Love those chunk legs – just want to squeeze 'em 🙂

    I only have time to read a handful of blogs – mainly house blogs right now, a few homeschooling blogs. But, I *love* reading your posts 🙂 Very real life, yet very focused on the lovely side. That's nice.


  • ari
    July 29, 2009 at 1:22 pm

    Hi! I'm totally new and was shown your blog today by a friend who has been reading it for months and never introduced herself (a sweet, friendly stalker.)

    Anyway, I wanted to say thanks for blogging! I have two girls (3 and 22 months) and a sweet boy (5 months) and my husband is talking me into renovating a house built in 1950. Its bathrooms are no where close to where your lovely ones started.

    Anyway, I was close to tears about it and she showed me your blog. Thanks for the inspiration, candor, and real-life-ness. I'm sure I'll be checking back if we go through with this house. But, its great to see someone SO CLOSE to me, doing it successfully. I'm adding you to my google reader. I'm encouraged at just the right time. Blessings to you friend who I will never meet!


  • Shabby Mama
    July 29, 2009 at 3:56 pm

    tell us about the artwork above his bed? love it!

  • Sarah
    July 29, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    Love that pic! Looking forward to the question/answer session.

  • Steph
    July 30, 2009 at 7:32 am

    Darby – I love your blog! (I think I've commented before) I noticed you made some changes to the information on the right side of the home page. It was around the part that mentions you don't sit around crafting and baking all day. 😉 It looks like you extracted the part about how you do sometimes fail miserably at life. Something like that… It was comforting to read that knowing that even the best families are not always smiles and giggles. I loved how you included that before and just wanted to tell you. 🙂 I hope that doesn't come across as weird! Again, love your blog!

  • Quincy
    July 30, 2009 at 10:23 am

    Love your blog! Your kids are precious and your ideas are genius!

  • Hannah Fields
    July 30, 2009 at 11:37 am

    hey darby, loved your posts from vacation. what a blessing. I noticed the paci under the bed. that is where sam collects his. i also noticed no bumper on bed. Good move. My sam uses his bumper to climb or fall out of his bed. Anyway, his room is very cute. love the bunny prints. hannah

  • Anonymous
    July 30, 2009 at 8:13 pm

    So excited about this Q&A. I am new to the whole blogging world (reading of yours and keeping my own).

    Today is the first day of getting on the computer since my return from the hospital.

    One of the operations I had was a hysterectomy. I know I should not be sad as God has blessed my husband and I with four beautiful kids. But it's an odd feeling. To give me a new thing to play with while I recoup my family bought me a Cannon Rebel T1i. It takes short videos and has some great features I have no idea how to use!
    What is an all around basic lense? Darby, what do you find you use MOST when photographing your kids?
    I love your shots they seem so soft to me and that's why we copied you with the Rebel.
    How do you carry your camera when out and about with the kids? The big bulky camera bag is another thing to tote with the diaper bag etc? I want to keep it close so I can capture the moments!
    Thanks for your inspiration!

  • Anonymous
    August 3, 2009 at 9:42 am

    are you able to lower the crib at all? he seems too tall for it to be at that setting.

  • Emily
    March 2, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    I love the before and after pictures of your house! You’ve done such an amazing job. These bunny prints are great, where did you find them? Thanks!

  • Anonymous
    June 26, 2010 at 8:35 pm

    I love the bunny prints and was wondering where you found them??

  • jessica
    August 4, 2010 at 7:07 am

    Hello, I have been following your blog for quite a while – I do appreciate seeing you raise your children in the fear of the Lord and I love seeing how you take care of your family – an inspiration to me as I start my own family. Would you please tell me where you found those bunny nursery prints – I have been searching for ones in that style and can’t seem to find any. Thanks!

  • megan
    April 1, 2011 at 10:53 pm

    what color are your nursery walls? i don’t see it listed anywhere and apologize if you’ve already answered this!

    that baby boy is insanely cute!