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Hi, it’s me.


Hi, it’s me. My house is out of control. My children are out of control. Do you ever feel like this? I know it’s not completely true but the last few days I’ve felt as though I go, go, go and look back and can’t even tell where I’ve been. On top of an out of control house and children…. the weather is out of control. As in, I may need to start on an ark… good thing God gave us rainbows…


I needed to see this one to remind me that he will never flood the earth again. My scripture for the week just so perfectly & providentially is

“I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth” Genesis 9:13

Please tell me you’ve seen Sloane Chancy over on Erika’s blog! It is hands down my favorite post ever. Love that angel, want to eat her face off, it’s true. Ok, back to my motherly duties before Hornet wakes up! I promise to return shortly with better blogging material.

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  • Mommasissy & Sloane
    September 22, 2009 at 10:36 am

    We saw a rainbow yesterday too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Sloane Chancy loves you Mommasissy!!!!!!!!!!
    If you want to escape your house, you can come to ours.
    ms & sc

  • Bon
    September 22, 2009 at 10:39 am

    Yes, Darby, Erika’s post is precious. I think we were all so touched by Sloane’s Birth Story. Enjoy your new role as Mommasissy II! 🙂

    I heard about the weather down your way! I hope it doesn’t negatively affect you and your loved ones in any way. \

    Take care

  • Mag
    September 22, 2009 at 10:42 am

    Oh Darby, what can I say- your post really hits home. Everything here is out of control too. And according to my husband, it’s not going to get better soon, as he has signed kids up for tutoring. Which is great, but too many things to do. Just wanted you to know that you are not alone. BTW, LOVED Erika’s post about Sloane, so glad she shared that with us!!

  • Jen
    September 22, 2009 at 10:55 am

    JM in a guitar case…is there anything sweeter?

    ps your new niece is adorable and the whole story/picture documentation is fantastic. i’m sure momma erika & the fam will be so happy to have that down the road. what a special time!

    thanks for sharing with us!

  • rhonda
    September 22, 2009 at 11:37 am

    I know…I have that feeling this week too..And I have wondered if I needed to start looking for gopher wood myself! The rain makes it harder, the little ones can’t get out and burn off energy- it will get better!!

    Just remember on weeks like this that you are making an difference in those sweet babies lives…you just can’t see the results right now. Its like when a farmer plants a seed…there is alot going on underground before you ever see the plant coming up…They are taking it in and you.are.doing.a.good.job!

  • Jennifer Morena
    September 22, 2009 at 11:38 am

    Erika’s post was the sweetest ever. And I can only imagine what a proud mommasissy you must be! 🙂

    Your sweet boy looks adorable in his guitar case. My youngest is wearing chocolate brown gingham shorts today and I just want to eat him up. These little boys sure do steal our hearts!

    Stay dry!

  • Jennifer
    September 22, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Lots of rainy days here too…seems to always create craziness when the kids {and myself!} get cooped up.
    Thank God for mercies new every morning and enough grace to cover wherever we are and whatever we are doing.
    We loved seeing a rainbow on Sunday night – our 5 year old and 3 year old were TOTALLY thrilled!

  • Meredith
    September 22, 2009 at 1:05 pm

    Love the guitar case picture–we always have guitars and cases all over our house, so I’m sure I’ll have many guitar case pictures of my own here in a couple months!

  • Jacci
    September 22, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Yes – I totally feel this way sometimes. Usually it means that I need to nix everything *but* child training and housework for a few days until I begin to feel somewhat more positively about the state of things 🙂 When I’m just *reacting* to my house, children, and life in general it can be so exhausting. When Sam and I are prayerfully being *proactive* it lightens the load so much. Easier said than done. Praise God for His grace!!! 🙂


  • Stephanie
    September 22, 2009 at 1:14 pm

    Darby, I am a lurker… I have tried to post more comments lately. So… I wanted to tell you, that when you changed your blog, and made it so snazzy and fancy, I was scared you would stop posting like this. And I am so thankful that you haven’t. I love your honesty. And as far as going and going and getting no where… think what it would be like if you just stood still… for me, that puts it into perspective!

  • Lindsey
    September 22, 2009 at 1:45 pm

    you have made my week! I always get so excited when I find blogs that I just can’t get enough of. Random clicking has brought me to your site (and your sisters too), and I love them both! Congrats on the new niece, she is adorable, and so are yours. Thanks so much for sharing!

  • Rachel
    September 22, 2009 at 2:09 pm

    Thanks, Darby! I recently stumbled across your blog, and just wanted to say how much I appreciate your honesty in talking about that beautiful tension in the Christian life — the fact that we are both desperate sinners in need of a Savior, as well as beloved children who want to honor and follow their King. I find that it is often difficult for people to understand what I mean when I say I follow Christ (Every! Single! Day!), and that giving them glimpses of my “daily following” can help them hear. Thanks for these delightful glimpses…

  • paula
    September 22, 2009 at 2:24 pm

    I have been feeling all over the place too, probably has to do with us all having the swine flu and being cooped up in the house. Rainbows are quite amazing. My daughter loves it when Jesus paints the sky pink.

  • Brandi
    September 22, 2009 at 2:34 pm

    Hi Darby… love your blog. I was wondering if you had time… at some point, to answer a totally nonrelated question? You always look so put togethr and cute. Where do you get your clothes? The sleeveless tops you often wear almost look like you made them, they are adorable. I love cardigans as well and see you wear them a lot too. Also, your favorite jeans? The ones you had on in the delivery room looked cute. I like the stitching! Ericka always looks cute too. You two probably share clothes, at least maternity 😉 Thanks…. take care, God Bless.

  • shellu
    September 22, 2009 at 2:47 pm

    I have a question… I was wondering what and if there is a story behind the name mommasissy… It is too cute! I hope you have not shared it and I just missed it? Thanks and possibly daddyboy too? Love it! Salone and your kids are adorable!

  • jade
    September 22, 2009 at 3:06 pm

    oh my goodness… erika’s post… seriously… i’m crying over here!

  • Becky
    September 22, 2009 at 3:58 pm

    is it possible that i made the same ark/so busy reference today? if we were neighbors, we might get something done between the two of us….naaaaaah. chitchat over the fence. that would be better!

  • Kate's dad
    September 22, 2009 at 4:03 pm

    i’m ok with kate smacking boys with her hair or her fist 🙂

  • Terri
    September 22, 2009 at 4:15 pm

    Love the rainbow picture AND the promise. Congrats on being an auntie. Its the best.

  • Michelle
    September 22, 2009 at 4:49 pm

    I’ve never responded before but I’ve been reading you blog (and your sister’s blog) since this summer when my friend shared your website with me. I absolutely love the pictures of your sister and her new little one. What an absolute blessing to the family! My littlest is now 2 so I miss those newborn moments. At least a good friend is soon to have a little one that I can love on.
    I can completely relate to how your day has been going. I try to plan each week the things I want to accomplish around the house. However those plans ALWAYS change. I look around me and think – “Am I getting anything done???” Some days it’s just good enough to stay sane! But when I look at my 3 precious children I realize that I have the priviledge of being their mom and staying at home. I’m learning to be content in the midst of the craziness that life brings. God is faithful and His strength will sustain in our journey as moms!

  • Brittan
    September 22, 2009 at 6:23 pm

    Girl, it has been crazy here too! Not sure what’s been going on…Baby Sloane is just precious!

  • Melise
    September 22, 2009 at 7:20 pm

    I have this post about when I was moving and everything was so out of whack. It all came to a head when AG asked for some peanut butter and I couldn’t find a utensil anywhere so (almost in tears) I just put her in her high chair and handed her the jar. When life gets hairy….give your kids a jar of peanut butter! 🙂 Being a mom is HARD but WONDERFUL at the same time. You are not alone!

    PS- I saw the birth story post….I’m simply dying for my sissy to get preggers now! LOL That was as precious as it could be!

  • Erin
    September 22, 2009 at 9:36 pm

    Oh, that’s an incredible scripture! I love it! Thank you for sharing. Hoping for more rainbows for you ahead 🙂

  • Jules
    September 22, 2009 at 10:50 pm

    Out of control? If you have the time, look at my last post of today. That should tell you how in control I am in my house. 🙂

  • Kaela
    September 22, 2009 at 11:07 pm

    Just finished looking at Sloane’s birth story and pictures. Stunning (photography + baby). I left a comment saying I love that you and your sister share a name for the other’s children to call her… so sweet! I’m sure your house is immaculate. If you’d like to see a mess, I’ll go grab my camera, but I’ll probably slip and fall in the apple juice puddle my little left behind… guess I should clean that up soon?

  • Mandy Norris
    September 23, 2009 at 7:35 am

    JM is precious…so cute in the guitar case! Rainbow is beautiful and isn’t it great we worship such a wonderful God! Yes, I went to bed last night thinking about how out of control many facets of my days have been! And no one really cares except me!! And I have not been so sweet about it to my sweet family! At least we get to start over each day! Oh, and your niece is precious…I love babies with hair! Both of mine are bald until they are two! Have a good one! Mandy

  • Jill Cribb
    September 23, 2009 at 7:53 am

    Thanks for that post…I am feeling the exact same way today. At least I am not the only one, but hate that someone else feels that way too…when we got home and stepped out the car we too saw a huge rainbow. It was just what I need. Hang in there. Sloane Chancey is beautiful. Congratulations and best wishes to her, Erika and your family.

  • beki
    September 23, 2009 at 10:09 am

    There must be something in the air because I’ve been feeling the same way – out of control and utterly exhausted!

  • Heather
    September 23, 2009 at 10:40 am

    I think this is perfect blogging material. You are a real person with a real life and there is nothing wrong with that… 🙂

  • HannahJ
    September 23, 2009 at 11:22 am

    Girl- I so feel you on that! Sometimes it can be very trying being home with little ones all day- I have a 2 year old, 7 month old and 6 month old (that is here for daycare every day!) Its crazy how some days you feel like you really have it all together and they nap in sync, and you manage to keep the mess in control, and maybe even get some cleaning/cooking done- and other days- forget it! Thanks for the inspriring words! I love your blog!!!

  • kim
    September 23, 2009 at 6:00 pm

    Your blog has brought so much pleasure to so many! It is a treat to check on your adventures with your family! Looking at old renovation posts (so awesome) did you paint the cabinets by hand or have them sprayed?
    Thank you!

  • Leisel
    September 23, 2009 at 7:08 pm

    Hey Darby,
    Just read Erika’s birth story. And of course was brought to tears…which started when I saw that photo of you rubbing her feet! What a picture of sisterly love. It’s clear how you love each other, serve each other and are there front row for those life changing moments in time. What a miracle each and every birth is. Praise God for your sis and your new precious niece!

  • andi
    September 23, 2009 at 8:31 pm

    Your pictures are fabulous!!!! I love little man in the case!
    Yes, I am so with you on the bad day. Walmart-need I say more. 🙂
    See you tomorrow!

  • MC
    September 23, 2009 at 9:22 pm

    Hi Darby – I really enjoy you blog and your kids are precious. I have a question for you: who is the manufacturer of your beautiful new doors?! I have been looking for such doors and can’t find such nice-looking ones… Thank you!

  • Ashley
    September 23, 2009 at 10:52 pm

    Thanks for that! We have had crazy days here too lately…the rainbow and verse are perfect!:)

  • Katie
    September 26, 2009 at 1:20 pm


    I saw it too.