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Rover has come down…


..with a little tooth-cutting-induced cold. Normally, I wouldn’t think much about it, except we’re boarding an airplane and I’m hoping even then it won’t be too bad on little Rover. Hoping, praying, and trusting in a super speedy recovery for him and I’m thankful for a very caring pediatrician who’s helping us figure out the best way to keep him comfortable!

Thank you for all your very gracious comments on the birthday party… it was way fun. I love having all the little ladies in our home and watching them enjoy one another’s company. It may be a few days before you hear from me again… the little ole laptop is staying home, if I can get my act together there may be a “scheduled” post.


Happy Veteran’s Day… thank you to all of those who serve and who have served!! And thank you to their wives and spouses,  for the sacrifice they too make, raising children while their husbands/wives are away fighting for our freedom!!!

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  • Abbie
    November 11, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Darby, your little man is precious.

    I hope the travel goes well. One “entertainment” idea….Bring a little roll of scotch tape…on the plane you can make little tape balls and stick them on the tray table. We’ve did lots of airplane travel with our two when they were about this age & that’s something that worked for us. When you’re done, you just throw the tape away. Easy entertainment that doesn’t take up much space in your carry-on.

  • Erika@BluLabel Bungalow
    November 11, 2009 at 8:57 am

    Enjoy your time away. I find it admirable that you are leaving your laptop at home. Our families do deserve more of our undivided attention. I, personally am working much harder to put that into practice. Take Good Care. We’ll be here when you return!

  • Abbie
    November 11, 2009 at 8:58 am

    On second thought, I might have stuck the tape balls on the pages of a Sky Mall magazine or something…wouldn’t want them to get stuck to the tray.

  • Brittan
    November 11, 2009 at 9:41 am

    Bless his heart! He sure is cute though Have a wonderful trip! Lot’s of snacks, books and $ store toys.

  • Sarah Jones
    November 11, 2009 at 9:56 am

    I wish him a speedy recovery!

  • sherrie
    November 11, 2009 at 10:07 am

    Darby, thanks so much for your support of our veterans! My husband is currently deployed to Afghanistan. We have three children and even though it is very hard having him away for so long God gives me the grace everyday to endure. I am so proud of him and what he is doing for our country. So thanks again for supporting our troops on this Veterans Day.
    Have a great time in IL. I live near St. Charles and it is going to be a beautiful weekend here.

  • eringianni
    November 11, 2009 at 10:08 am

    poor little love bug. i hope it doesn’t get worse! diego gets an awful earache every time we land in America… this last flight was no exception. still, some cuddles from mom and help of a great pediatrician resolved his discomfort super quickly and now he’s loving the trip as much as the rest of the fam. here’s to hoping rover gets to have the same sort of fun!
    best to the whole gang! i might be venturing out to get a nice camera later today, so fingers crossed i make the right choice and can start to post pretty pictures too! the whole iphone thing is way over;-)

  • PJ
    November 11, 2009 at 10:10 am

    I am very, very curious as to which camera lens you used for the first picture in this post — I love this one! Such a great snapshot of your little guy.

  • Christina
    November 11, 2009 at 10:15 am

    Hope Rover is feeling better soon & that your travels are smooth! Love these pics. I’m also researching cameras and hope to have a new one for Christmas! Thanks for your camera posts. They have been helpful.

  • Chelsea
    November 11, 2009 at 10:38 am

    His little face gets me everytime! He is adorable, your entire family is! I hope he gets lots of love and ice cream while his lip heals.

  • Jennifer
    November 11, 2009 at 11:19 am

    Thank you for sharing your support and encouragement for veterans and their families today! As the wife of a former Army soldier, I am so grateful for your remembrance.
    Have a great trip!

  • grace
    November 11, 2009 at 11:27 am

    bless his little heart. can he get any cuter? i hope your travels are full of peace and comfort for you and rover!

  • Megan
    November 11, 2009 at 12:37 pm

    WOAH! Since your last post w/Rover pictures he’s become a little boy, not longer a baby! CUTE AS EVER.

  • Stephanie G
    November 11, 2009 at 12:49 pm

    Thank you for supporting our military on veterans day, and more so for recognizing their families! My husband is a Marine who is frequently deployed. I don’t think we can ever be too thankful for our military, but spouses and families are so often overlooked!

    I hope he feels better!

  • Hillary @ The Other Mama
    November 11, 2009 at 12:55 pm

    Sure hope y’all have a safe and uneventful flight and that JM gets much better soon! I wish I would have thought of the tape idea for a time killer/ fun thing to do on a plane, but I just read a BUNCH of books on our last flight. They love that and we had a few lap games (coloring, etc). Have a nice trip!

  • angela
    November 11, 2009 at 1:54 pm

    Have a great trip!! Pray Rover is better!!

  • Kristen
    November 11, 2009 at 2:27 pm

    What a little doll! Have fun on the trip!

  • Kristen
    November 11, 2009 at 3:12 pm

    I could eat him up…those pictures are great! And everything about the birthday party looked just delightful. Hope he is feeling better soon and that y’all have a fantastic trip!

  • amanda
    November 11, 2009 at 3:48 pm

    Benadryl…totally kidding! Anyway, hope you get a chance to see the downtown (State Street) windows at Macy’s while there…they are beautiful this year, Santa is on the toy floor and the tree in the Walnut Room is lit! We used to eat there when I was a little girl and can’t wait to take my kiddos, next week!
    Have a great visit, the weather is supposed to mild and wonderful, upper 50’s/lower 60’s. Also – I swear by Hyland’s Teething Tablets, homopathic and have worked wonders for all my babies…Christian is working on his 2 year Molars right nowpoor baby …travel safe!

  • mommasis'
    November 11, 2009 at 3:57 pm

    i love you john martin. you are so cute.
    wish i was going with you this weekend.

  • Melise
    November 11, 2009 at 5:17 pm

    Oh gosh that pic of him falling is too precious! How cool that you caught that! Safe travels and prayers!

  • Andrea
    November 11, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Just FYI…One airplane travel suggestion I have heard is to put styrofoam cups over baby’s ears during take-off and landing which helps reduce the pressure gradient. It works!!!

  • Joy Cronauer
    November 11, 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Dear Darby and Her Readers,

    I am calling out on the “big girl blogs” tonight. Please pray for my friends baby, Ava Benton. The Benton’s lost their first child, Eric, years ago. Ava has not been diagnosed with the same illness but has been incubated tonight and is seizing. She is very tiny and has little reserve.

    The Benton’s are followers of Christ and I ask you and your readers to pray for this wonderful little girl. To read more please check out her blog at https://fourlittleladybugs.blogspot.com

  • andrea
    November 12, 2009 at 7:03 pm

    He’s getting so big! Thank you for sharing your life with us. I also thank you for the shout out to the Veterans. My father was in the Korean war!

  • Heather
    November 13, 2009 at 1:35 pm

    I hope the flight went well and little Rover isn’t having too much teething trouble during your trip!

  • the sweet tea cottage
    November 14, 2009 at 12:04 pm

    ok…rover is melting my heart! I raised two “rovers” and now am blessed with “grand rovers’! Enjoy every moment with these precious babies!Like scripture says….”life is a vapor” and that is such a reality when your children are grown and you wonder where the time went! Have fun with your parents and all their help…(they love it!) and thank you for your inspiring, artful, beautiful blog!

  • gina stanfield
    November 14, 2009 at 12:28 pm

    i read you all the time and love your blog. i live here in dothan. i decided that your blog has got to meet the author of another blog… the pioneer woman. look her up and see her blog.

  • eve
    November 16, 2009 at 3:11 am

    he is so adorable! great photos, love your blog!

  • Susan Hood
    November 17, 2009 at 2:43 pm

    Hey! Just found your amazing website through…hmm…I forgot which blog it was! I found it and then had to run errands, and I’m back! Anyway! Fabulous! I have the same camera as you and Marla…the tutorial was great! I am just getting started in taking pictures…professionally! I’ve had a camera in hand since I was in high school…way long time ago!

    I’ll be back to visit and see the precious pictures that you share! Hope you have a great day!