88 In Life

A Band, A Date & A Prayer Request

First, thanks for your encouragement on Monday’s post. I forgot to say that yesterday and I never want to not acknowledge the fact that you all are such an encouragement to me. More often I share what I “do” rather than what I’m thinking and my desire is  to be able to balance the two. I feel confident that you all would agree that sharing thoughts is more vulnerable than sharing “here’s what we did this weekend”. But being vulnerable is being real and being real is what I desire. I also feel it is what the Lord desires; that we are honest and real with ourselves, with Him, and with others.  So, thank you!

Changing gears, my husband is in a boy band. They meet late at night in our den, bring their instruments and drink manly beverages. The lead singer came in sporting a mesh baseball cap and a mullet, the other guys ragged him pretty hard. He’s had a modeling career so I feel quite confident that me posting this picture of him will not in anyway compromise his self-esteem. Not to mention the fact that he glady struck a pose so I could click a good one. Meet Josh…


 Ladies, he is available. And I hate to crush any of the other guys, but also the one with the most potential to actually cut a record. And something tells me if he makes it big he’ll have to find other “musicians” to be in his backup band.

Speaking of available. The little drummer boy is also available, but hopefully not for long. My intentions are to be a “match maker” this weekend. Could the fact that the drummer found his “sticks” in my kitchen drawer be any indication that he won’t be going to Nashville with Josh? Or it could be  the fact that he gets so into it that we have to cover the drum with a beach towel and turn off the recorder on that side of the room. Let me put it this way… he’s a passionate drummer, his eyes are closed in every single picture I have of him.


I also use the terms “little” and “boys” very loosely. They’re all over 30 or close to it. I have the pleasure of eavesdropping on them through my office door late at night. I also like to tease them about being in a “band”. They’re not really a band. But they really get into recording themselves and then playing it back to listen.



I’ll see if I can get a copy of one of their songs for your listening pleasure. I wanted to record them with my camera but the sound is not “top notch” and they deserve high quality sound. I’ll let them figure it out. But stay tuned… {no cheesy pun intended}

Also, this was on my camera with the boys… and it portrays a very selfless side of me. Now, it’s debateable whether or not it can still be defined as “selfless” if I blog about it but it will definitely portray a  slight obsession I have. 



I let my husband peel off some of the plastic from the windows on our doors. I am a self-proclaimed PICKER. Peeling this plastic off is so exciting to me. It’s kind of like peeling off sunburned skin and popping zits. Either you’re totally with me or you’re totally grossed out. I’ll leave it at that because you may be  finishing up dinner or thinking about dessert.

Next… my 4-year old had a date with Mommy last night and it was one of the most precious times we’ve had together in a while. She started 5 day pre-school this year and I feel like I never get to have time with her alone.


She’ll be 5 in November and I feel like she was born yesterday. She’s a very sweet girl, a good leader for her brother and sister and loves to take authority in the household. I {often} have to remind her that I’m the mommy of Paige and John Martin and of her too! I brought my Bible study lesson and she brought her coloring books and we went to Barnes & Noble. We sat in the back at the kids table. Within 30 minutes of sitting on a child size bench I thought my knees would never bend again… but I persevered, we shared a sugar cookie and Fiji water. Why is water in a square bottle so exciting? There was one pitfall… I kept her out past 8 and getting her up this morning was slightly painful. She told me it was my fault she was so tired. When I told her that we’d not be able to go on a date again if it made her too crabby in the morning, she quickly changed her tune and decided she was ok. 🙂

Here’s a sneak peek at our doors all painted.


And last but not least, I will leave you with the most important thing… a prayer request for a local mother of 4, Melinda, her husband and their family. Their youngest daughter is 4 and in Morgan’s class at school. They are also neighbors of ours. Melinda received news today that she has breast cancer that has also spread to her her lymph nodes. Would you please, please, please pray for this family?

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  • Ashley
    September 16, 2009 at 7:11 pm

    Love the idea of a “Mommy-Daughter” date 🙂 And loved hearing about the boys band!! Praying SO HARD for your neighbor and friends!! GOD IS GOOD!

  • Kate
    September 16, 2009 at 7:25 pm

    I never imagined myself as the mother of one child, but Hannah Grace fills our hearts so there would be room for no more. Somehow the time has flown by and she is already nine years old…one of the benefits of having only one is frequent dates!!! We have enjoyed each and everyone of them – in reading your blog, I have no doubt that you will too! As for your friend, she and her family will be in our prayers… there is so much power and hope in God’s word and she is clearly blessed with special friends which will help on her journey. Tell her to keep looking up – prayer moves mountains.

  • Jo
    September 16, 2009 at 7:57 pm

    I am a ‘picker,’ too! I am totally with you on the skin and zits! Thanks for keeping it real!

  • Courtney
    September 16, 2009 at 8:01 pm

    Love the post per usual but had to delurk to say ….hello, Josh! 😉

  • SM
    September 16, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Hey! I’ve been following your blog for a while now so I guess it’s time to comment. You’ve inspired me to complete projects around my house! Our houses are very similar. I loved the “picker” comment. That’s so me. I find joy in peeling labels off binders and tupperware boxes! haha BTW, what’s wrong with your husband’s “band” member? He’s not single because of his looks.

  • mandy
    September 16, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Nice post! Pictures look great…will you post a picture of the front at some point? I am wanting to get new doors just like yours. Did you order them from a local lumber company? Love the colors. Everything looks great. I will definitely keep your friend in our prayers 🙂

  • Emily
    September 16, 2009 at 8:20 pm

    Hi Darby,

    I’ve been reading your blog for several months now and I have really enjoyed it. Thank you for sharing with all of us blog-stalkers. I’ve never commented before (and of all of the subjects to comment on, I’m not sure why I have chosen this one!), but I just had to say that I too am a picker. It is one of the few joys that come from zits and sunburns. 🙂 Thanks again for sharing with us. I will be praying for your neighbor and her family.

  • brandy
    September 16, 2009 at 8:34 pm

    i am a picker too, so funny. i am loving your blog more everyday.

  • Amanda
    September 16, 2009 at 8:46 pm

    Totally with you on the picking…I get it from my mom. I get SO mad if she tries to peel my skin if I get sunburned because I feel like it’s my reward for suffering through the pain.

    Praying for your neighbor.

    Please pray for my husband’s best friend’s family as well. There’s more on my blog (apfeffer.blogspot.com).

  • natalie
    September 16, 2009 at 8:55 pm

    Sending prayers. And I’m with you on the picking, too. (I think EVERYONE is a picker at heart… it’s just a matter of whether or not they’ll admit it!)

  • Lauren
    September 16, 2009 at 8:58 pm

    Hi Darby, I have just recently found your blog (through a friend of a friend of yours). And I totally blog stalk you and your sister. I truly love your blog and thank you for all of your inspiration. You make it all looks so easy!
    Ok it really is a small world, when I saw the picture of Josh; I was like, who is that…. why he does look so familiar….. well, that’s b/c I have met him(through his brother) a few times, I don’t “know” him. I’m great friends w/ his sister in law. My husband and Jeremiah, Josh’s brother, are residents together.

    BTW for all of the single girls he really is a great guy and comes from a wonderful family, and really is most likely to “cut a record”!

    Thanks again for your blog!

  • Brittan
    September 16, 2009 at 9:04 pm

    I will pray for that mother, I can not imagine. I believe the Lord is faithful and that his plan is good though…My Thomas who was 4 in May also started 5 days this year! i love our time during nap time when its just he and I. A date sounds like a wonderful idea! I love your new doors! We have new doors in our future also! Made a yummy Tomatoe balsamic soup recipe that you readers would love, also some super easy peanut butter bars, email and i’ll share them with you!

  • Stacy
    September 16, 2009 at 9:06 pm

    Ok, I’m married and love my husband, but can Josh PLEASE come play band in my family room??? He’s pretty easy on the eyes!!!

    Will be praying for Melinda.

  • melissa stover
    September 16, 2009 at 9:08 pm

    i’m heartbroken for that mother.
    i’m a picker too.

  • Lindsay
    September 16, 2009 at 9:34 pm

    My five-month-old would probably say that the biggest downside to me nursing him would be that I also pick at him the entire time! Thanks for being real…it cracked me up!

    I will be praying for your neighbors, please keep us updated if they don’t mind.

  • stephanie
    September 16, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    I just have to say, I have NEVER seen a mullet look so good:) He’s a doll!

  • Kendra
    September 16, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Praying for your friend… what a lesson of prayer to teach the kiddos. On a side note. I to have an obsession with water in a square bottle. But there is a REALLY cool looking bottle at Trader Joe’s that looks like a martini shaker and it is now my new obsession. It is a for sure must!

  • katy
    September 16, 2009 at 9:49 pm

    i absolutely love your blog and i will be praying for that precious family.

  • Courtnay
    September 16, 2009 at 9:51 pm

    I’m a “picker” and a “plucker”… don’t forget those eyebrows! Seriously… enjoy those special one-on-one date nights with your kids. They go by too fast. I just got home from my first ever High School Parents Night for my 1st “baby” (he’s 14!). I was so sentimental… wasn’t I just in high school? And, why is it that HE gets to go to English class and read “The Oddessy” and “Midsummer Nights Dream”? Now I’m in tears after seeing your precious “date” photo… it seems I was just there going to Barnes and Noble with him!!! Enjoy- I know you are! And we are praying for your friend Melinda.

  • Sarah's Fab Day
    September 16, 2009 at 9:58 pm

    Praying for Melinda…

  • Ashley Williams
    September 16, 2009 at 10:02 pm

    that picture of you and morgan is precious…you look JOYFUL! really…you can kind of see your sweet hearts through the picture…maybe it’s just me, but i don’t think so! PRECIOUS D!

  • Lindsey
    September 16, 2009 at 10:05 pm

    Hey D!! Hope you’re enjoying the band. Love, love, love the new blog. With whom will you be match-making T :)?? BTW, I too am an obsessive picker. It actually shocks me that I’m in ENT instead of Dermatology! I drive Jonathan slightly crazy with it:) Love and miss you, but we’re hoping to visit sometime soon. Will let you know once we pick a weekend

  • Jesse
    September 16, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    I will certainly say a prayer for your friend. I can’t imagine having such young kids and to have to fight cancer.

    On a lighter note, my oldest is about a month younger then Paige. We also went on a book store date together this evening. How funny. Hope you and your fam have a great evening. =)

  • alison g. (brazil)
    September 16, 2009 at 11:05 pm

    I am SOOOO the picker! Ben thinks it’s some freakish tendency – I’ll tell him I share this in common with you, and I KNOW he’ll then be OK with my habits! 😉

    I’m so saddened to hear of the mother diagnosed with breast cancer. I had one of those terribly-vivid dreams the other night that I found a lump… Prayers, yes.

  • Erika Ward
    September 16, 2009 at 11:53 pm

    The boy bad story is soo comical! It’s almost like eavesdropping on a men’s playdate! Love the Mother-Daughter date and the simplicity of the outing…I’m adding that to my list as well as a prayer for strength and healing for your neighbor. I can attest that He is indeed a healer!

  • Zoe
    September 16, 2009 at 11:59 pm

    Love your blog! And I am with you on the picking/peeling/squeezing/popping thing. It drives my husband a little bit crazy sometimes. How kind of you to share the window peeling job with your hubby – I’m afraid I would have been piggy and hogged it all to myself. 🙂

  • LizND
    September 17, 2009 at 3:57 am

    Firstly-why the heck are none of my husband’s friends that cute??
    Secondly-Morgan is such a sweetie,I laughed at her ‘your fault I’m tired’ bit..and the Small Mommy of the household..all too familiar!!
    And thirdly-I am praying for Melinda and her household x

  • erin@elements of style
    September 17, 2009 at 5:59 am

    Hey Darby-
    A few things:
    1) Big hugs to Erika from her new england blog buddies! 🙂
    2) There is nothing more satisfying than peeling sunburned skin off. My husband will not touch hi and be like “honey, I have a great one for you!!” Disgusting and yet, awesome.
    3) What husband? Hello Josh.

  • Tara
    September 17, 2009 at 6:29 am

    You know I’m a picker too! I try to pop everyone’s zits that walks in the front door. I think I missed my calling and should have been a dermatalogist.

  • chesley
    September 17, 2009 at 7:01 am

    in prayer for your friend. i seem to be hearing about this more & more, or maybe i’m just more aware now that i’m a mother.

    i’m a picker too…i think it’s a total girl thing. my husband does not get it at all! love your blog. thanks for all the photo info on the last post! you & marla rock!

  • Susie
    September 17, 2009 at 7:21 am

    I’m sorry to hear about your friend. I will be thinking about her and her family.
    Also, it looks like we are all kindred picker spirits.

  • Dianne M. Rainer
    September 17, 2009 at 7:21 am

    I will be praying for your friend. I am 64 yrs young, diagnosed with breast cancer, was in 11 nodes. It has metastisized twice and I am still walking around. I have been treated locally by Emerald Coast Cancer Cencer. They are wonderful. I’m living proof that this disease can be beaten. I am Kelly Rainer’s mother-in-law. Love your blog and Erika’s.

  • Bon
    September 17, 2009 at 7:26 am

    Hi Darby –

    I’m a SWF, 29 years of age, from Toronto, Ontario, have faith, am known to be the positive form of ‘boisterous’ and I hold a great job, so I would be more than happy to support Josh while he focuses on making it Big in the industry ;P Tee, hee.

    On a more serious note. Arn’t you just lovely, and so inspiring! You are a fabulous mum!

    My thoughts and prayers go to your dear friend Melinda. May He give her strength and hope.

  • Karen
    September 17, 2009 at 7:26 am

    Praying for Melinda and her family that God will heal and protect them.

  • Martha
    September 17, 2009 at 7:38 am

    Hey Darby,

    I looooove your blog! I always get excited when I see it in my reader…decorating, sewing, cooking, not to mention your precious children. Can’t.Get.Enough. Anyway…Mr. Lead Singer is ADORABLE! Perhaps he is interested in a fun Auburn alum turned school teacher? Praying for your friend!

  • Alice
    September 17, 2009 at 7:40 am


    I love that you have inspired so many “pickers” to come out of the woodwork! I was laughing out loud to myself, because I would be itching to pull the plastic protection off the front doors!!

  • Lane
    September 17, 2009 at 7:45 am

    I’m a “picker” too! Just looking at that picture of your husband peeling off that plastic makes me wish I was doing it! 🙂 LOL.
    We have the same front door and hardware!! We get compliments on the door allllll of the time! It looks great and looks like a huge transformation!

  • Becky
    September 17, 2009 at 7:57 am

    i am so behind. forgive me. i lurved your last post. thank you for your honesty (and courage) to share to willingly!!

    a boy band…that’s awesome. and i am envious of anyone who can play guitar or who lives in a house with someone who does. i think i’ll ask for a guitar for Christmas. i wonder if santa is still dealin’ to the adult crowd??

    i love to pick, peel and pop!! as soon as there is a new electronic something, i’m immediately picking!!

    please tell me what paint and brush/roller you used on your doors?? i painted my doors, but they just don’t look…right to me. something about the paint…and it is exterior paint!! grrrrr…

  • Erin
    September 17, 2009 at 8:00 am

    I am SO a picker too! No shame.

  • Susan
    September 17, 2009 at 8:01 am

    My kids love trips to B&N too. This summer, I told my two older kids that we were going to B&N and ended up at WDW for the day. My four-year-old son bawled in the back seat when he realized I had tricked them and that we were not going to B&N. Luckily by the end of the day, he got over it!

    I’ll send up a prayer for your neighbor –

  • Christine
    September 17, 2009 at 8:22 am

    I think you should ask Josh to start a blog for all of us who are just devastated by his looks. (excuse me while I pick my jaw up from the floor) If he’s even half as nice inside as he looks from the outside, I think a whole lot of us are ready to line up for dates! He could really find that special blog stalker- LOL!

    PS- Already started to pray for your friends. Be sure to let us know how they’re doing.

  • Elizabeth
    September 17, 2009 at 8:45 am

    I’m a picker too, Darby! Seems like I’m not the only one after reading some of the comments. I like to pick out splinters too. If someone has one I’m always trying to get it out for them.

    House looks great! LOVE the doors…..phew, I don’t know if I could’ve lived with those old doors as long as you did. They were very unique.

    I’ll keep your friend in my prayers!

  • Kathy
    September 17, 2009 at 8:49 am

    What a great post! I am a picker. Do you love to pop bubble wrap, too? I do 🙂 Could you please post about the brand or where you found your new exterior doors and hardware? I would be so grateful. We are going to replace ours and I would be so grateful for the information. On a serious note…in the last few years, I have had two mothers of my children’s friends go through Breast cancer treatment. And they are both still around to live beautiful lives. Praise the Lord! It is very tough, but possible to get to the other side. I am praying for them.

  • Mandy Norris
    September 17, 2009 at 8:49 am

    The doors look great…date night is too cute with the little ones…I found they love one on one time with their mommmy’s!!! The band thing…Lord, do I know about that…My husband has been in one since college…15 years and it was his sole career for a while…he is now an attorney but still plays in two bands…they use to practice at my house and I kicked them out and fixed up their practice room for myself!!! Ha, I do love it though…very attractive quality! And the model is cute….Have a good day and thanks for sharing! Mandy

  • Misty
    September 17, 2009 at 8:52 am

    love the date night thing. I have been meaning to do that with my Will (8 year old boy). Thanks for the reminder.

  • jessie
    September 17, 2009 at 9:06 am

    i LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog. it is my favorite one i read. i love your honesty, your vulnerability, and your relationships – with God and with your friends and family. it is such a blessing!
    when are you going to give us the information about the outside of your house – dying to know the colors, etc.! looks great!

  • Andrea
    September 17, 2009 at 9:37 am

    Hmmm, feel free to pass along my email to Josh 😉

  • Tara
    September 17, 2009 at 9:40 am

    We will be praying for Melinda.
    My husband is the picker, I only pick stickers, I used to go to everyone’s house and pick off the “Made in China” stickers, ok and dirt out of my kids fingernails.
    However my baby does not play the guitar or sing so tell Josh to come on over and we can Duet.

  • Whitney B
    September 17, 2009 at 9:41 am

    I love the new blog site! And I was so excited to see familiar faces, Tommy T, and Josh. They can really sing! Prayers are being sent Melinda’s way…that is really sad, but we know the Great Physician is in control…thanks for keeping us posted!

  • Courtney
    September 17, 2009 at 10:17 am

    Very REAL post! I think the peeling and popping revelation helped in that endeavor.

  • Christie
    September 17, 2009 at 10:19 am

    I need to do more one-on-one time with my oldest daughter, Tyler. She seems to get the least of my undivided attention because she is the most self-sufficient. You forget sometimes that they need you just as much as the others do…or, at least, I do!

  • Ashley
    September 17, 2009 at 10:35 am

    I’m pretty sure Josh went to my college…if his last name starts with an M and he went to college in Birmingham. I can remember us girls swooning over him in the caf from afar because he was older and WAAAY cooler than us.

  • Natalie
    September 17, 2009 at 10:37 am

    Long time listener, first time caller…lol. I have always wanted to use that. I have been reading your blog for a while and love it! You have a beautiful family and I love reading about your lives. I just have one question for you…how does Josh feel about California girls?? He is a cutie! How about a double date?? 🙂

    I will be praying for Melinda and her family. Think positive thoughts !!!

  • alston
    September 17, 2009 at 10:41 am

    one on one time with one is so precious — we were just talking about how we need to make it happen more often. and i love your new doors!

  • Louise
    September 17, 2009 at 11:28 am

    I’ve been reading your blog for awhile. I don’t know if I’ve ever commented but we did communicate a little via email about a cookbook awhile back. In the meantime I have realized that we share a birthday (mine at least 35 years before yours). Anyway, I had to comment about being a picker. I come from a family of pickers. What a crazy obsession, huh? Especially the zits and burned skin. It’s nice to know that my family isn’t alone in that!

  • Scrappy_Lady
    September 17, 2009 at 11:34 am

    Many prayers for Melinda and her whole family.

  • Kara
    September 17, 2009 at 11:37 am

    Hey Darbs!
    Love the new blog…lookin’ good!
    Random question: where did the doors come from? I love them and they look wooooonderful.

  • Terri
    September 17, 2009 at 11:55 am

    Yet another blogstalker here(such an ugly term). You are such a great mother-you make me want to be a better auntie. Your friend Melinda and her loved ones will be in my prayers. Love your front door–do you mind if I ask where you got the hardware? I need it! Bad. You can throw in that Josh guy’s contact info while you’re at it. 😉

  • shelly
    September 17, 2009 at 12:17 pm

    does josh the hottie have any upcoming shows in nashville??? i’ll be there with a bachelorette party next saturday!!

  • heather{dot}com
    September 17, 2009 at 1:33 pm

    I was totally on board with the peeling of the plastic…until I got to the skin part. Eww. Did I mention I was eating a graham cracker?

  • Anna
    September 17, 2009 at 3:16 pm

    I’m single! Does he travel? Ha!

  • Sara
    September 17, 2009 at 3:24 pm

    I will certainly pray for your friend. What a terrible situation. This was a fabulous post and I wanted to let you know that I am a terrible picker and that is the only thing fun about sunburns! ha

  • Kailee
    September 17, 2009 at 3:46 pm

    your blog is so cute…i found you through your sisters!!! fun photography

  • Sarah Hedgspeth Foster
    September 17, 2009 at 4:34 pm

    I love this boy band story…fun to have a brief update on Josh since we went to school together. Please post a song if you can! Saying a prayer for your neighbor…

  • Brittany
    September 17, 2009 at 5:10 pm

    1. Does Josh love Jesus?
    2. I am available!
    3. I would be willing to drive from Auburn to your town to hear a “recording session” in your den! ha!

  • Lyndsey
    September 17, 2009 at 5:33 pm

    Picker? New doors? Huh? Sorry – I guess I should read the rest of your post. I got a little side tracked there- geez, you should know better than to post a picture of a good looking guy like that at the beginning of your post. And in a band to boot! Oh Darby, bless your heart. 🙂

  • Erin
    September 17, 2009 at 5:36 pm

    Oh Darby, that is heart breaking. I will absolutely pray for the family.

    Your date with Morgan sounds like heaven. So special.

  • andi
    September 17, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    Praying for this sweet family. So hard.
    LOVE the door!!!! Can’t wait to see it.
    The band cracks me up! Do they wake up the kids???? You could jump in and sing too! OR play something from your kitchen drawer. LOL.
    Loved the camera info too on previous post!

  • Stephanie
    September 17, 2009 at 10:33 pm

    My prayers are with Melinda and her family!

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  • Leigh-Ann
    September 18, 2009 at 9:22 am

    Okay, so am I really the triplet of you and your sister??? Brown hair, brown eyes, a daughter who was a thumbsucker and a total SELF PROCLAIMED PICKER! My husband just roared with laughter at the part about peeling the stuff off the windows. I LOVE getting new stuff with the peely stuff on it. He always teases me that he’s going to pull it off before I get a chance. There is just something about it. Absolutely wonderful. Maybe we are weird, but I get you sister! Mallory is still a total cold turkey rehabilitated thumbsucker! Love those doors, where did you get them?? And we didn’t buy the house with the pool. Someone beat us to it, so I’m still looking for my diamond in the rough!

  • Meredith
    September 18, 2009 at 9:49 am

    What fun to have the boys come practice at your house!! I would totally be eavesdropping too!! Josh is a cutie and I have the perfect friend for him!! 🙂 The doors look great!! Date night with Morgan sounds like such a good time!! I love taking my oldest out for some one on one time every now and then. It really is special! I will be praying for your friend and neighbor Melinda. My sister is a breast cancer survivor so I can definitely relate to what her family must be going through right now! Hope you have a great weekend!!

  • Brooke Bilotta
    September 18, 2009 at 10:24 am

    I’m praying for the fam!!! P.S. The mullet boy is quite cute! Any visit to Kentucky, send him my way, haha!

  • Sarah
    September 18, 2009 at 3:17 pm

    You are defintely keeping it “real” with this post. I would never admit on my blog that I am a “picker” but I totally know what you mean. Thanks for admitting it, their is strength in numbers 🙂

    Saying a prayer for your neighbor. Their is strength in that number, too.

  • Tara
    September 18, 2009 at 5:21 pm

    Wow,Josh………..none of my husband’s friends are that cute either, he is the cute one!
    Hate to hear about your friend, I will ask my bible study to pray for her.
    Cannot Wait to see the rest of your outside reno!!!
    Love your blog!

  • Katie B.
    September 18, 2009 at 5:39 pm


    I am undoubtedly both a blurker (blog lurker), as well as a picker. I also went to school with Josh, where he had two nicknames, “Gaston” or “Beautiful Unicorn”, because he was both beautiful and yet manly. I figured that funny tidbit was worth coming out of the wood works for ; ).

  • Sara Jane
    September 18, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    There’s no way I would have let anybody else peel that plastic off the windows! I love that stuff!

    Um. Wow… Josh is going to have no problem getting noticed in Nashville. Even if he’s a terrible singer, which I’m sure he’s not. 🙂

  • Molly
    September 20, 2009 at 9:21 pm

    Darby, please, please, please send us before and after pictures of your house when it is all painted. My husband and I moved into an older house about a year ago and I’ve wanted to paint it. My husband will not consider us painting the “beautiful 1960’s” brick and I know it would update the house SO much. Please give us good pictures so that I can convince him that it will be beautiful!

  • Jennifer
    September 21, 2009 at 2:33 pm

    I think you should post a picture of Josh everyday for us to drool over. Is he nice too? He’s gorgeous. I’m just sayin…

  • Gillian
    September 22, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Could we get a zoomed out photo of your new front doors and newly painted house? Renovations are so exciting!

  • andrea
    September 23, 2009 at 11:21 am

    I am a married woman. You would never know it by what I’m about to say.

    I am IN LOVE with the musician pictured in the post. Please post more! 😉 OMGoodness gracious. Lordy. Please help me to restrain myself!

    More seriously, your last bit of new saddens me. I said a prayer for Melinda. Maybe you could post pix of her and her family? It really was a “back to reality” check at the end of a fun, fun dreamy post.

    Thanks for sharing like you do.


  • ghazal
    September 23, 2009 at 5:55 pm

    i am saddened by Melinda’s news; she and her entire family are in my thoughts. i will for pray her strength …

    hellllllo josh 😉

  • ghazal
    September 23, 2009 at 5:58 pm

    oops, i obviously meant “pray for” …
    sorry for that typo!

  • Joseph
    September 27, 2009 at 4:32 pm

    Please have your congregation or prayer team pray that
    Christ Will Purify Carey’s Heart.And Open Her Eyes
    onceagain. So that she can forgive. So that she can return
    to Christ Jesus.She has turned her back on God.
    She is a Christian. But marring a bartender.
    Please also pray for the salvation of Mandy And Lory.
    God Bless

  • dvd-rw
    September 29, 2009 at 12:54 am

    I’m glad to report that Luke has been found, alive and safe! He is in the process of returning to his family. There are still many questions, of course, but for now the most important thing is that Luke is going home. Thanks to all for your prayers! If further information becomes available I’ll post it in another comment–I finished up my substitute blogging as of Saturday evening, so won’t post as a separate post unless Rod wants me to.

  • Bon
    September 29, 2009 at 7:35 am

    Hallo Darby, I was just thinking, you could forward Josh our email addys (you don’t need MY permission, you go right ahead) and if he’s bored or interested in meeting new people, he could email us randomly. Hey, it’s a win-win situation. We win by getting to know the smartie pants and he wins by building a fan base (should he ever choose to go to Nashville). 🙂 *g* 🙂

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