42 In Life

His Mercies are New Every Morning

These three have been patients in my infirmary all weekend. They all look alike and must have the same immune system too.


Thankfully “cousin” George was here to help me hold down the fort and keep the pages turned in every book we own. George is husband to my cousin, Erin, and we loved having him here all weekend! He did dishes, helped with kids, and was just a joy to have in our home!


I did manage to sneak away to the kitchen myself for a little more of this.

*side note: I love the taste of pumpkins but pre-cooked, pre-spiced… the smell is somewhat atrocious.

I was also reminded this weekend why we don’t co-sleep with Rover or any rover for that matter. 


Because they are rovers. Little man wasn’t feeling good Saturday night, really needed his mommy and would only stop crying if he was snuggled up next to me in our bed. Which might have been restful for him, but for me was quite the opposite. Every time I would doze off I would wake up in a panic and think, “is he still here, did he fall off the bed, is he about to fall of the bed?!”  I know some people sleep with their kids {to each his own} but my goodness I’m not used to that, I would have slept better on the hardwood floor with no pillow. I’m thankful that he seems to be feeling better this morning and he only visited our bed once last night!

And this morning when I walked outside to crisp fall temperatures with cup of coffee in hand the Lord met me where I was, at my back door, with the most beautiful sunrise I’ve ever seen.

It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.


He is faithful and his mercies never fail… I pray you find encouragement in that today as we tackle a new week! Thank you, Lord Jesus for your compassions & faithfulness to us!

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  • April
    October 26, 2009 at 9:49 am

    I am encouraged – thank you for sharing!! I read a lot of blogs and it is so refreshing to read one from a sister in Christ!

  • Jacci
    October 26, 2009 at 9:56 am

    Oh, I’m glad they are on the mend without too much incident. Sweet little things. I’m completely the same way when one of ours is sick and needs to sleep with us. I’m sooooo beat the next day and Sam is usually camped out somewhere else in the house. Every once in a while, I forget how little sleep I get co-“sleeping” and I’ll get all sentimental and just want one in bed with us for cuddles. That’s when Sam looks at me like I’m crazed and quickly reminds me that it’s only fun for the first hour or so.

    I also agree that raw pumpkin smells completely nasty. The first year we cut pumpkins our girls just sat there holding their noses! 🙂

    Thanks for the encouragement. May the Lord bless you, Darby, and your precious family.

    Jacci in Ohio

  • Tara
    October 26, 2009 at 9:58 am

    I’m not a morning person, but that photo encourages me to get out of bed a bit early. Beautiful.
    Hope your kiddos are feeling better soon!

  • Nancy
    October 26, 2009 at 10:02 am

    Isn’t it amazing how the Lord just meets us where we are? I find this “big reveal” to be during or in the midst of a trial (sick kids!). He is so faithful. I too can not sleep at all with my kids. They are movers and remind me of WWF wrestlers. Flipping and jabbing and almost getting me in a headlock. TORTURE!

  • Sherry
    October 26, 2009 at 10:11 am

    So happy that I stumbled upon your blog and your sister’s. You two are so adorable! Loved your beach photos…we love Seaside/Rosemary Beach area too. Thanks for all the happy posts..they always make me smile.

  • megan
    October 26, 2009 at 10:19 am

    Amen! That sunrise is breathtaking! Hoping and praying that everyone feels better.

  • Dianne
    October 26, 2009 at 10:21 am

    That sunrise is awesome….boy, you sure get up early! 🙂

  • alison g. (brazil)
    October 26, 2009 at 10:22 am

    That is truly a blessed sunrise!! Hope your brood is on the mend this Monday.
    We DID suffer a fall off the bed this weekend – Avery must’ve rolled) off her bed right onto her little face – she’s got a black eye (like Rover had last week!) I feel so guilty!

    Take Care!!

  • Melissa
    October 26, 2009 at 10:29 am

    Isn’t it wonderful how the Lord sends us what we need AS we need it….not before, not after, but just AS we need it. He’s right on time, and I’m so thankful! Hope everyone is feeling better and you can get back to some fall fun. It’s fall break for me this week, and I’m going to squeeze everything I can out of it!

  • Emilie
    October 26, 2009 at 10:30 am

    Darby! I just love your blog. You are such an encouragement to me — thank you!

  • Sarah's Fab Day
    October 26, 2009 at 10:37 am

    I’ve been in the same boat this weekend with sick littles and beginning to feel a bit of cabin fever. So thank you for reminding me how generous His gift to us is. I needed that.

  • Christie
    October 26, 2009 at 10:50 am

    Amen! 😉

    Oh, and our little guy got in the bed with us in the middle of the night Friday night, and BOY was it a terrible night of sleep! I totally feel your pain!

  • Molly
    October 26, 2009 at 10:56 am

    Hey Darby – I am a random stalker that you don’t know, but I know some of your Auburn friends. Anyway, for what it’s worth, I LOVE sleeping with my 20 month old. I rarely rarely do it b/c I don’t want her to get used to it, but recently she was sick and my husband was out of town and we have a king bed so I just set up a blockade of pillows and I was the other blockade and we slept just fine. I never thought I’d be able to do that, though!
    On another note, in your post about the beach house you mentioned some chenille bedspreads that the owners had gotten from linensource.com. I am lusting after the Bella Notte cloud cord coverlets for the aformentioned daughter’s big girl room, but they are so pricey. Do you think these chenille coverlets would be a good substitute? It’s hard to tell from the picture on the website, but the pic on your blog looks good. They do have fringe on the edge and on the pillow shams in the website pic. Did your friend’s coverlets have fringe? If so did it look like you could cut it off?
    Thanks! Keep the fun posts coming, your family is precious!
    Molly W

  • Rachel
    October 26, 2009 at 11:58 am

    Thanks, Darby, for sharing. It’s exactly what I needed this morning!

  • Mandy Norris
    October 26, 2009 at 1:11 pm

    I hope your family is feeling better…that sunrise is beautiful and thank you for the encouragement! Also, wanted to tell you I ordered t-shirts from Molly Caroline and a necklace for my niece from Sosobella’s and they are ALL PRECIOUS! So cute and great quality…thanks for the sponsors…their packaging is all cute too! Have a good one! Mandy

  • Jennifer
    October 26, 2009 at 1:16 pm

    LOVE LOVE LOVE that verse! It has become even more woven into my mind and heart since becoming a mommy 5 years ago. After long (good and not so good ; ) ) days and nights with kiddos, new mercies are always a blessing!

  • Victoria
    October 26, 2009 at 1:20 pm

    Thanks Darby, just the post I needed!!! It has been rough around here lately and it’s nice to be reminded of how much I have to be grateful for! God Bless.

  • Kristy
    October 26, 2009 at 1:26 pm


  • Kendra
    October 26, 2009 at 1:27 pm

    Hi! I, like Molly, would also like to know about the bedspreads and the fringe. Loved your post!

  • christy
    October 26, 2009 at 1:31 pm

    you have NO IDEA how much i needed that verse today!! i am posting it on my bathroom mirror. bless you….

  • kc
    October 26, 2009 at 1:41 pm

    God’s truth is so refreshing! He must have been busy this morining bc in Ohio I woke up to the most beautiful sunrise too! So amazing : )

  • Lindsey
    October 26, 2009 at 2:12 pm

    my mom and i were just discussing that verse over the weekend. i, too, have had three sick kids for a week now and one that i’m fairly positive is developing croup. that sunrise is magnificent! thanks for sharing. hope the patients recover soon!

  • Sarah
    October 26, 2009 at 2:45 pm

    Jeez…Woman you are a early riser! Wish I could wake up that early!

  • Amy
    October 26, 2009 at 2:52 pm

    I never, ever, ever thought we would put our baby in our bed with us-just did not want to start that! But sweet baby girl has been sick w/ear infections and the ONLY thing that comforted her was being snuggled RIGHT up next to me in our big bed. She rested good while she kicked and flipped around, but no one else did! oh well that is what mommies are for, right?! And you are right, thankfully today is a new day and tonight is a new night for sleep so to each his own bed! Hope everyone feels much better very soon!

  • Jennie
    October 26, 2009 at 2:56 pm

    Now THIS is exactly what I needed! Overslept, almost missed preschool carpool for the 4 year old, a wild 2 year old in the grocery, two grouchy little ones at the dentist, and finally nap time. As you can imagine, mama hasn’t been the picture of patience today!

    That verse is so true, and I am so grateful that He is faithful even when we are a mess! Reading that reminder, along with that gorgeous photo, brought happy tears to my eyes. Thank you 🙂

    Hope your family is feeling better too!

  • Brittan
    October 26, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Wonderful blog! Hope everyone is feeling beter. Both of our babies have slept with us, our near 2 year old does too, but soon he will be in with Thomas. It def takes some getting used to and some creativity to get everyone comfy. Thanks for the encouragment:)

  • Cousin
    October 26, 2009 at 3:50 pm

    Hey D! So glad cousin George was helpful! Wish I could’ve been there with you all!! Hope everyone is feeling better!! Love you!

  • Kathy
    October 26, 2009 at 5:05 pm

    Just what I needed to hear. We have had sick several days in our house, too. Thanks for the message!

  • Jennifer
    October 26, 2009 at 7:34 pm

    Praying that everyone feels much better, very quickly!

    I love the sunrise picture-when I’m feeling a little burnt out, God always reminds me of his AMAZING love and faithfulness when I look at the beautiful creation He blessed us with. Hurray, God!!

  • Katy
    October 26, 2009 at 8:45 pm

    I am a lurker coming out of hiding and just wanted to tell you thanks for sharing your life with us. You have a precious family and I enjoy reading about what’s happening with you guys. Your posts are always inspiring and uplifting.. I pray I can one day be an awesome mommy like you. Hope everyone gets to feeling better soon!

  • Jennifer
    October 26, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    Oh, how precious you are, Darby…the Lord has used your blog tonight to bless me in a most needed way…His mercies are new every morning…oh how I thank Him for that! Today has been “poopy” (LOL) and I soooo cannot wait for tomorrow…but as for tonight, I so needed your inspiration and that sunset was gorgeous…Great is [his] faithfulness oh God my Father…I thank the Lord for you and your sweet life…hope your kiddies get better! Being a Mommy to sick babies is the worst! 🙂

  • Jenn
    October 26, 2009 at 10:36 pm

    Your blog is such an encouragement. Your joy is infectious.

  • amy norris
    October 27, 2009 at 12:45 am

    haha, my little one is atrocious to sleep with as well. my husband and i wake up with scrapes and bruises!

  • Ashley H.
    October 27, 2009 at 9:08 am

    The Lord is good!!!! Thanks for such an encouraging post… a great way to start off my morning!

  • bonnie
    October 27, 2009 at 11:36 am

    Re: Sunrise. Isn’t God a great artist?!!

  • Nicola Thompson
    October 27, 2009 at 11:48 am

    Darby, I came to your blog by way of your sisters blog from a dear friend of mine(Joy) who told me about urbangrace over two months ago. I went to it last Fri., and since, have so enjoyed getting to know you and your sister. I do not know ,Yet, how she came to know of Erika’s blog, but I will.(she lived in pensacola, fl. fort walton Beach, air force years ago? not sure if the connections might be from someone there? I’m still figuring out where you live. I have been to Destin!) Anyway, there are a couple of Godincidences I wanted to share with you. My sister-in-law gave me a necklace for my bday from Sosobella. The creator/owner had a daughter in my sis-n-laws class in Rossmoor, Calif.(sis-n-law is a teacher) The necklace was stamped never stop praying.(How did you learn of Sosobella?curious) Anyway, I just recently ordered a necklace from sosobella for my friend Joy, and she is the one who intorduced me to “you girls”. I shared Christ with my friend Joy on a visit to Fort Walton Beach in 2002 when she was pregnant with her first and I was pregnant with our third & last. She is growing in her knowledge of our Lord and I just think it is a Godincident that you and Erika are believers and on your blog you share your faith so boldly, Amen!! I was happy to see that God puts just the right people in our lives at just the right time. Joy is coming to visit me Nov. 19. We have been friends since we were in kindergarten back in 1972. We are 42!! but feel 19 (well maybe act it). I hope my ramblings make sense to you. I felt moved to share the timing of it all with you and to thank you for your transparency. You are living out your faith just as we should and the best you can given the season of life you’re in. I’m just a few years ahead of you and it does not get easier (parenting)just different, always filled with blessings and challenges and God is there every step of the way!! I/we have 3 boys Graham 13, Brady 9, Landen 7. You’ve motivated me to update our family blog, thanks. Enjoy where you’re at and remember that it is just where God wants you.

  • andrea
    October 27, 2009 at 12:34 pm

    Hi D, I love your blog and have posted a few times before. We have co-slept with our litte guy since he was born and we all like it. It works for us. We don’t do it every night. He is 19 months now – Oliver – and he sleeps thru the night in his crib. But the hilight of evening rest is getting him when he awakens and bringing him back into bed with us. We snuggle. Your little Rover was sick, so I can see how hard that must have been for you all! In any case, folks need to do what works best!

    Thank you for posting. The Pumpkin Butter sounds great! I may have try it. I love pumpkin pie and pumpkin bread, pumpkin soup and pumpkins in general! But I’ve never tried Pumpkin Butter! And who knew about a pumpkin shortage! I knew Blueberries were in limited quantities this year, but not pumpkins! Wow!

    Thanks again!


  • Janis
    October 27, 2009 at 2:03 pm

    I find your blog quite inspiring.I am a stay at home mom to an 18 month old active little boy and love to hear about your family life. Although I am not religious I find comfort in your comments about god. Perhaps it makes me look at life through someone elses eyes.

    Always a pleasure to read.

  • Hillary @ The Other Mama
    October 27, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    WOW at that sunrise, Darby! Beautiful! I hope y’all are feeling better very soon!

  • May
    October 27, 2009 at 7:32 pm

    Dear Darby, I just wanted to let you know what a blessing your blog is to me. I’ve been following your adventures for a little while now (as well as Erika’s) and you are (both) a source of encouragement and comfort for me, both as a new mom and as a believer in Christ. Every post is a testimony of your love for your family and the Lord, regardless of whether He is mentioned.

    Hope your family is better soon. 🙂

  • Jessica
    October 28, 2009 at 9:00 am

    Hey Darby,
    Hello from Singapore. Indeed our Lord is faithful, His steadfast love never ceases and His mercies never come to an end =D
    This post has been really encouraging to me… after having had a bad week. I wished there were such nice sunrises here in Singapore too haha. Anyways, hope the kids are feeling better now 🙂
    May God bless you & family!


  • Joe
    February 24, 2012 at 5:01 pm

    Another Beautiful day here at Gold Coast, Australia. I wake up this morning ” Morning Heavenly Father, Morning Lord Jesus, Morning Holy Spirit” Thank you for the breath of life this morning,

    Just having a cup of coffee…thanking God for his faithfulness, This is the day that the Lord has made for me to be Rejoice and be glad in it.

    Love you all people..!! Love the Pictures…!!