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working on resolutions


Hello people. I have so much to share. So much so that some times I wish I could just open my brain and dump it all out with “auto fill”. Good thing such “process” doesn’t really exsist, you’d get way more than you bargained for.

Before I start, I want to share a self-portrait.


The first thing Morgan told me this morning was that she has a doll that looks just like me. When I inquired as to which one, she returned with what I now refer to as Darby Doll.


“And Mommy,” she said, “her hair even looks just like yours too!”

She couldn’t figure out what was so funny, she was serious.

As I mentioned the beginning of this month, I am resolved to work on some things this year. I’ve tried to be diligent in accomplishing what I set to do. Unfortunately taming my mane didn’t make my list… I’ll be sure to add it later. Apparently I need some V05 and a flat iron— or maybe just extra conditioner and a hair brush.

Ok, so the resolutions…

One was to be better at keeping the house. It sounds easy, doesn’t it? For me it’s not easy. A few weeks ago I purged my closet and this past Saturday I tackled the kitchen cabinets. It was a great relief to de-clutter and reorganize, but the hard part will be keeping them organized.

cabinet cleaning
I literally pulled every single thing out, purged, organized, and then put most {but not all} of it back in. I, of course, couldn’t have done it without Rover’s help.

Another one of my resolutions was to read at least one book a month. That sounds easy too… but for me it’s not.  I tend to start 4 books at a time, get lost in one, then lost in the other, yet not quite finishing the first, second, third or fourth, so before I know it I am “reading” 4 books that I’m not really “reading”… sounds similar to my “organizing” routine. Do you call this ADD? Or ADHD? Or motherhood?

So, anyway… I’ve been reading…. Primal by Mark Batterson and I’m only 1/2 way through but it’s an easy read and I feel confident that I can wrap it up in the next few days, or if I drink enough Diet Coke, maybe tonight. I know nothing of Batterson, his church, or his theology, which is at first why I had slight hesitation. I thought to myself, maybe I better get online and see what he’s all about, see what the book is all about, see if it lines up with what I believe, etc, etc, etc.— I blame/credit my Presbyterianism for such thought processes. Anyway, long story short I didn’t “investigate” him first, I had read 2 really good reviews {thanks, Jennifer} and decided that from what I heard that I’d give it a shot. Well, it’s been extremely encouraging. It’s elementary, refreshing, and, like it’s title suggests, it’s PRIMAL. Batterson says Christians tend to “complicate” Christianity but Jesus Christ simplified it through the Great Commandment: Love the Lord with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. I will add, and I don’t remember him saying it in the book, that I don’t believe I can do any of those apart from  the righteousness of Christ that has been credited to me through his atoning sacrifice. {there I go again— I promise, I can’t help it}. Anyway, I wanted to share a few excerpts from his book that I thought were very profound, interesting,  honest & encouraging:

… it’s much easier to act like a Christian than it is to react like one. Anyone can put on an act. But your reactions reveal what is really in your heart.

Most of us let what we cannot do keep us from doing what we can.

And when people think analytically, it can hinder their ability to act compassionately. The head gets in the way of the heart.

{I don’t think Batterson is suggesting that believers leave their brains at the door but I do believe his assessment is true. We hit analysis paralysis when someone comes to us in need or when we see someone in need– I know I do, instead of helping I try to figure out why they’re in the position they’re in or what’s the best way I can help and then I get stuck, resulting in no action.}

Leonardo da Vinci himself once observed that the average person “looks without seeing, listens without hearing, touches without feeling, eats without tasting, inhales without awareness of odor or fragrance, and talks without thinking”

Is it possible that we’ve studied the God of logic without truly worshiping the God of wonders?

You never know where or when or how God will invade your life, but He can show up anywhere, anytime and any way. And that ought to fill us with holy anticipation.

Nothing speaks to the soul like Scripture.

But rediscovering the wonders of Scripture requires more than reading. That’s where the quest begins, but that’s not where it ends. Not if you want to get it into your soul. You have to meditate on it. Then you have to live it out. Meditating turns one-dimensional knowledge into two-dimensional understanding. Living it out turns two-dimensional understanding into three-dimensional obedience.

I’m afraid we’ve unintentionally fostered a subtle form of spiritual codependency in our churches. It is easy to let others take responsibility for what should be our responsibility. So we let our pastors study the Bible for us. Here’s a news flash: the Bible was unchained from the pulpit nearly five hundred years ago during an era of history called the Middle Ages.

Reading without meditating is like eating without digesting.

We dissect Scripture instead of letting Scripture dissect us.

{Again, I don’t think Batterson is saying not to not dissect Scripture, I think he’s making a point that dissecting it without letting it dissect us, results in just dissecting Scripture– or Bible knowledge {keep reading}.}

The goal of knowing the Bible isn’t Bible knowledge. The goal of knowing the Bible is knowing God.

God doesn’t just want to speak to you through Scripture; He wants to speak THROUGH YOU. He wants to write His-story through your life. And Scripture is the script. Read it. Meditate on it. Then live it out.

It is absolutely chocked full. The only thing so far that I wish he had done differently was the references & Bible translation… I find myself flipping back and forth nearly every paragraph to check his sources and references– which thankfully he has a lot of. He also uses the Message translation for some of his references, which I’m sure has some great benefits and I’m probably outing my hyper-criticalness when I say that I’ve always referred to it as the kinda sorta version… or the KSV! 🙂 {that’s for my CBS group} Thank goodness, Jesus Christ can call people to himself regardless of translation… I’m a living example of what Batterson is trying to show— I think I need some dissecting!

I hesitate, slightly, to even share before finishing the book but the first half was so full that I imagine I’ll be back again when I’m finished. I also want to say that it would be foolish for me to assume that all of you are believers. Or that you even agree with what I’ve found to be encouraging. I’d love to have any feedback or thoughts on this from believers or nonbelievers, but I do ask that if you are interested in entertaining conversation that you will do so with the utmost respect.

 And the third resolution… that I would be obedient to and not ignore the Spirit of God. Now that’s a major resolution and one that I honestly believe is as much a presence of mind as it is a “thing” to do so I’m not even sure I’ll ever come here with an earth shattering example but as I looked back through Genesis this week {which is what we’re studying in CBS this year} I was encouraged by the many different examples of people living by and trusting the Spirit of God. As inspired and encouraged as I am by the people of Genesis I’m equally or even more encouraged by the faithfulness of God to them… because they were all sinners. Not one was perfect and almost every one planned to take their matters into their own hands. Yet inspite of themselves, God was still faithful to guide each of them.  Just as He is to us today.

And last but not least… this has nothing to do with resolutions. But I often wonder what Justin and I used to do before we had children. I think we were probably more sane and this will likely prove it. So, Sunday night we were he was watching the Vikings/Saints game and of course Brett Favre came up in conversation and how he can still keep it all together at 40 years old. Then we laughed because Justin will be 32 next month but looks every bit of 22 and I told him that he’ll be like Brett Favre when he’s 40 and then we started laughing about how we compared him to Brett Favre and started brainstorming about what mad skills he has and we came up with this one.




You must look closely or you’ll miss him. He’s so incredibly stealth-like. I was certain he was going to kill himself in the process and we’d end up in the ER with a broken ankle, wrist or tail bone… but because he’s like Favre nothing knocks him down.

We laughed really hard, uncontrolably. I thought I was going to have an asthma attack. And then we woke the children {Raiger sleeps in her clothes and even wears them the next day— she’s so easy like that!}. We refrained from getting Rover up, because Rover would think he needed to do this… ignorance is bliss.

Ok, children gather round and watch Brett Favre Daddy jump over the sofa 10 times.


“Ok, girls. Now go get back in bed while Mommy takes pictures of Daddy jumping over the sofa!” They must think we’re either way fun or totally nuts!

Update on other things: My grandfather had his first round of chemo today and didn’t tolerate it well. He wound up being transferred by ambulance to the hospital and only received a little over half of the first dose. He’s scheduled to have his port put in tomorrow… I am so grateful for your continued prayers for him!!

I’m listing my things on Craft Hope {not my etsy shop} I’ll let you know as soon as they have them listed.

My friend,  Christina’s baby boy Austin continues to thrive and surprise the doctors! He was born at 26 weeks weighing 1lb 9oz.


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  • Devon
    January 26, 2010 at 12:18 am

    D, I’m sorry to hear about your Grandpa and am thinking about you and your family.

    Thank you, thank you for posting the picture of Austin. Because I’ve been thinking about him and wondering how mom and baby are doing. Let me tell you, he is stinking adorable. Someday, when he’s 6’5″, he’s going to wonder what all the fuss was about when he was born. 😉

    Your husband’s talents belong on TV. I’ve been trying to talk my husband into learning a Britney Spears dance routine after the kids go to bed–no luck thus far. Darn it.

  • carrie @ brick city love
    January 26, 2010 at 12:25 am

    I love that you woke your kids up so they could see. Best parents ever. So fun!

  • Becca~TimeWellSpent
    January 26, 2010 at 12:41 am

    What a funny and thought provoking post! Don’t you love how our kids see us!
    I’m going to have to get that book, your thoughts on it made me want to read it.
    Your husband jumping and then getting the kids up to see was just hilarious!
    Hope your grandpa is doing better!

  • monique
    January 26, 2010 at 12:43 am

    i will absolutely be praying for you and your family. thank you for the updates.

    also thank you for sharing your heart and what you are reading. that book sounds very interesting. my husband is in seminary currently {we too are presbyterian} and i do the same thing with books. i have to know everything about the author before i can read it. the pride sometimes gets in the way of being reminded of the basics–the gospel–even though i need that everyday.

    love your blog!

  • Lisa F.
    January 26, 2010 at 1:06 am

    I can’t remember quite how I found your blog (perhaps Ohdeedoh?), but I’ve been following it for a few months now and love it! Your children are absolute dolls & you guys always seem to be having so much fun!

    That picture of Austin touches my heart. I just had our son James in August, at 34 weeks. He had growth restriction and was only 3 lbs. He ended up being in the NICU for almost 12 weeks due to a bowel infection, surgeries, etc. So I know that NICU picture all too well! I was a preemie myself…born at 26 weeks & weighing 1 lb 14 ounces…way back in 1975! I had some very close calls early on, but no long-term effects or problems. Hopefully that can be an encouragement to your friend. Miracles DO happen!

  • Jennifer
    January 26, 2010 at 1:11 am

    I love the self portrait! It made me laugh out loud! That and the Brett Favre skills! Thanks for inspiring me spiritually – I’m a believer but haven’t been seeking Him or reading scripture lately. I am inspired and I’m going to go start reading right now!

  • grace
    January 26, 2010 at 1:15 am

    omg that doll is a trip!

    and your girls watching their daddy jump over the sofa has got to be the cutest picture ever. They definitely think y’all are WAY COOL!
    i’ll continue to pray for your grandpa and sweet baby austin.

  • Champagne Maker
    January 26, 2010 at 1:35 am

    I don’t know where to start, but to say I’ve been stalking your blog and am so in love with your family! I’m sure I’m not the only one out here who thinks your children are over-the-top beautiful as are their parents, aunts and uncles, grandparents etc. My son, now 18, looked like your son’s twin!

    In addition to my Stitch Poet blog (https://champagnemaker.blogspot.com), I re-blog on an inspiration blog (https://crushparty.blogspot.com) of stuff I find out there in cyber space that charges my batteries. I reblogged the cheerio mess the other day, but I’m writing today to ask permission to reblog, with links of course, photos that actually have your kids in them…I know some folks may not want that, but after I’ve pondered this for a bit, I figured if you had a problem with their photos on the internet, you wouldn’t put them out there yourself…am I right? I certainly will not get my feelers hurt if you’d rather I didn’t, but your family, just the sight of it, inspires me over the top! Thanks for sharing it!
    Many clicks, “Champagne” Maker

    January 26, 2010 at 4:15 am



  • alison g. (brazil)
    January 26, 2010 at 5:24 am

    Oh my – I’m CRACKING UP over that doll! I also know I can’t share this post with my husband, as he’ll feel the need to prove his “Favre-ness,” too, with some antic, and he IS 40 years old!

  • Cha Cha
    January 26, 2010 at 5:38 am

    I am so sorry about our Grandpa, I will continue to pray, and also for the sweet little blessing your friend has been given. I wish you could understand how precious you are. I have been following you for awhile and I’ll be honest it was your decor that sucked me in, but your heart is why I have stayed. The Holy Spirit in me is moved by The Holy Spirit in you. I have to get this book thanks you for offering your toughts on it. I feel the Spirit moving me towards changes to be made and this was such a conformation and I feel the book will help put something into words that are floating around in my head. I have been reading the Bible for too long and not living it, and let me tell you most of the time my reactions are not pretty. I love that you are willing to wake up your children and live life with them, I have been much too legalistic to ever do that, but I have a feeling that part of me is slowly dieing away also, because just the idea of it appealed to me on a level I can not explain. I know I have rambled must be the ADHD, or lack of Diet Coke. You are a blessing, thank you for sharing so openly from your heart.

    Cha Cha

  • Mama Faith
    January 26, 2010 at 6:19 am

    I have a feeling that if my son were older than 20 months and had dolls he would tell me my hair looked about the same! Thanks for sharing the little bits from the book. Sounds very interesting!

  • barbara
    January 26, 2010 at 6:28 am

    thank you for posting the update on austin, i have been thinking of him and his parents and was wondering how he went. i hope your grandfather gets better soon.

  • The Monogrammed Mrs.
    January 26, 2010 at 6:35 am

    Ok, it totally was funny enough that A) Justin was jumping over the couch and B) you were egging him on and C) taking pictures but you D) work the kids!! That made me LOL! Too funny. Just wait until they tell their friends what “daddy can do”. LOL.

  • edie
    January 26, 2010 at 7:07 am

    I guess I’m gonna have to confess my Brett Favre crush. My husband knows all about it and completely understands the fascination. I mean, who doesn’t love Favre? And of course, being hard core Vikings fans even before Favre, we’re praying he comes back next year. I’d definitely put Justin right up there, with his sofa-jumpin’ skillz—and I don’t give out Favre-love easily. Y’all are too funny.

    I’m intrigued by the book. I’m like you, highly critical of authorship, what theological training/background they have and what agenda might be at work. I’ll definitely check into it. I’ve been on a ‘read the Bible in 3 months’ schedule and am completely in awe of how different it is from just reading select passages—or even in reading the bible through in one year. There’s something very wonderful about getting the ‘whole’ picture of a story. I’m loving it although it takes about an hour a day so there’s not much time for other reading. That’s okay too. I’ll be right in the center of the bible during Lent so that’ll be good timing. Thanks for giving up a peek into the book!

    So sorry to hear about your grandpa. The girls and I will pray for him today.

    Have a beautiful day my friend!
    hugs and lots of love,

  • duchess
    January 26, 2010 at 7:38 am

    What a post full of good inspiration, Darby. I may have to go back & re-read it seeing as how it’s 7:32am and I haven’t had my coffee yet. I’m sure I missed something. I’ll definitely be looking for that book. Now, onto the Brett Favre discussion – my hubby & I were having the exact same one the other night. Ours didn’t end with anyone jumping the sofa (too funny, btw) but we so admire him. We’re proud of him simply for the fact that he’s representing the 40 is the new 30 crowd. I was getting a little ticked off when all of those Saints were being so rough with him – I didn’t like him limping off – but he kept coming back for more.
    Thanks for getting my morning off to a good start & making me want to reach for my Bible along with my coffee.
    (Congrats on the Southern Living shout-out – you’re so famous now.)

  • Donna
    January 26, 2010 at 7:43 am

    Thanks for sharing…I agree that so many Christians get caught up in this sort of thinking – myself included! Many times we get stuck on the “man made” ideas of what being a Christian looks like – say this, read that, do this, don’t do that – it seems we place our “rituals” above His word…and on and on it goes! Bottome line…it is really about a personal relationship with Jesus Christ – am I walking with him daily? depending on him for my every need? and realizing that he has already equiped me to accomplish His purpose for my life!?! I love that you share your beliefs so freely and without judgment on anyone else (non christian, different denominations, etc..) You are light and salt to those reading this blog! God Bless!

  • Julie
    January 26, 2010 at 7:58 am

    I’m sorry to hear about your grandpa. The couch jumping is hilarious! I love that you woke the girls up to show them — they must think that’s what goes on every night when they’re asleep!

  • Laura
    January 26, 2010 at 8:10 am

    I must start by saying you are such an inspiration. It is easier to act like a Christian than to react as one – WOW! And I do think we too often let our heads get in the way of our hearts. Wonderful thoughts to start the day with! Oh, and I love the look of wonder on the girls’ faces as their daddy jumps the sofa – yep, y’all are definitely WAY COOL!

  • Donna
    January 26, 2010 at 8:30 am

    By the way, I forgot to mention that I LOVE your doll hair!!! And I will be praying for your sweet grandpa! So tough to see the ones we love suffer! Many blessings!

  • Kim
    January 26, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Loved your comments on the book. Makes me want to go by it. I must say it made me think.I do get bogged down by how little I knonw and how little I retain when I’m at Bible Study and after years of Bible Study. It is refreshing to think that it all comes down to just these simple things. Love your blog!

  • nicole smith
    January 26, 2010 at 8:40 am

    thank you for the great laughs i had at the beginning of this entry, for your info on the book and lastly, for the funny pics at the end. you r blog always inspires and brings smiles to my day when i read it. i know i am not alone in this crazy world of motherhood
    Nicole in florida

  • Bailey
    January 26, 2010 at 8:50 am

    Miracles Miracles Miracles is what I think everytime I look at baby Austin, thank you for keeping us stalkers up to date. Continued prayers for your Grandfather as well.
    Reading your “Primal” quote-a-thon (I liked it) this particular one stood out to me:
    “… it’s much easier to act like a Christian than it is to react like one. Anyone can put on an act. But your reactions reveal what is really in your heart.”
    I have always been a “Christian” (was baptised, went to Sunday school etc.) and have always believed in God. But for some reason my heart always had a hard time accepting God through Religion, if that makes any sense at all. I think it had a lot to do with a misguided youthful rebellion, and stubbornness. Well anyway, as I have gotten older and especially as I have begun to explore this institution of marriage I am about to enter into, my heart has cracked wide open. Long long personal story short, I think I have long “acted” like a Christian, and so far in this young year I have really sought to REACT like a Christian. When it is hard and your feelings are hurt. To react with love and compassion. It REALLY isn’t easy but I am trying, and sometimes succeeding.
    That was long, do you even read these? I get excited when I get one comment, I can’t imagine 100 long beautiful comments with words from strangers. Anyway, I think Justin Favre and you are a blast. I hope Pete and I are jumping over couches in 10 years.

  • Leslie
    January 26, 2010 at 8:50 am

    First, great quotations & thoughts!

    Second… glad to see someone else’s husband jumps over their living room furniture. I thought I was alone in watching my hubs hurdle our chairs and couch.

  • mommasissy
    January 26, 2010 at 8:59 am

    baby austin is such a doll. i want to snorgle his tiny little lips.
    love the book. will order so i can read it too.
    justin, you are lucky you didn’t crack your head open! i’m glad you got mad hurlding skillz, bc it looks very dangerous.

  • Lisa @ lists in my pocket
    January 26, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Hi Darby! I am a believer as well and it is very encouraging to read fellow bloggers that put their spiritual life out there. Too often I am guilty of separating my “spiritual life” with “the rest of my life.” It’s important to keep Christ at the center of everything and have him be a part of hobbies like blogging and reading blogs! The book sounds interesting and I will definitely check it out. Another one I would recommend is “Searching for God Knows What” by Donald Miller. It is different but I was encouraged by its simplicity.

    I’m glad to see you and your hubby doing silly things 🙂 You’re never too old!

  • beckyBrodbeck
    January 26, 2010 at 9:17 am

    I have read some Mark Batterson before and my pastor bought us Primal for Christmas. I knew it was going to be a good read and you have really wet my appetite! Thanks for sharing what God is showing you! That Darby doll is too funny:-)

  • Haley
    January 26, 2010 at 9:24 am

    I totally agree with Batterson’s comment on how being analytical hinders our ability to act compassionately. I work as a nurse and my job involves going to people’s homes and teaching them things so that they stay healthy and keep themselves out of the hospital. I was at one family’s home and noticed that things were in total disarray; the mother was weeping because she was so stressed out; my patient, her daughter, was in horrible pain because of the surgery she’d had, and the husband was fighting for his life in a hospital nearby. I could tell by our conversation that their financial situation was not so good. I asked her if there were a few things she needed, and she replied, “Shampoo, laundry detergent, and a toothbrush.” So my analytical mind makes my analytical mouth start rattling off about how my Bible study group would love to get together and take up money and blah-blah-blah, and next week we’ll deliver the money, blah-blah-blah, so you can buy the things you need… And when I got in my car, I was like, “You are such an idiot! There is a Dollar General right up the street! You don’t need a SYSTEM to get this lady what she needs!” I felt so stupid and so convicted at that moment, and I guess I can credit that to the Holy Spirit. I drove to DG and got her what she needed and drove it back to her house and apologized; of course she didn’t really understand what I was apologizing for, but I did. SO YES, our analytical minds DO get in the way!

  • Tonia Hobbs
    January 26, 2010 at 9:33 am

    I must say your blog is like a letter coming in the mail (which is almost a thing of the past, but such a treat!). You dont post everyday, so when you do my eyes light up! Anyways, the nuggets from your book are very thought provoking and motivating. I am a Christian, and I am moved the most by “anyone can act like a Christian, but its the reaction”. . . I have always said to myself. . . what comes out of my mouth is what is in my heart. I think being Christlike isnt an automatic. We must be in constant training. Constant training. Stay focused. Just like the Bible refers to “the race”.

    I love your blog.
    You make me smile.

  • Whitney Walker Alexander
    January 26, 2010 at 9:36 am

    You don’t know me, but my cousin told me about your blog. I’m from AL, too, and my husband and I now live in KY where he is attending Seminary. Anyway, I get so excited when one of your posts is on my reader. It absolutely makes my day! I think I’d have to say you are my favorite blogger. Without a doubt!
    I love what you said about the book you’re reading. It was really uplifting to me. I also want to applaud you for still reading and being dilligent in spending time with the Lord even with three kids! That’s impressive. As someone who doesn’t yet have kids (but wants them badly!), this is a quality I hope to strive for when I am a mom. So, I just wanted to tell you thanks for blogging, and thank you for seeking the Lord. You are a breath of fresh air!

  • Karen
    January 26, 2010 at 9:40 am

    I have wanted to comment about a thousand times, but I’m going to act instead of keep on thinking about acting! 🙂 Just a word about The Message…I do tend to pull out one of those “real” versions when working a Bible study, but I will tell you that there have been so many times that The Message speaks to me in so beautiful a way that I cannot describe. One example: Phillipians 4:6-7…”Don’t fret or worry. Instaed of worrying, pray. Let petitions and praises shape your worries into prayers, letting God know your concerns. Before you know it, a sense of God’s wholeness, everything coming together for good, will come and settle you down. It’s wonderful what happens when Christ displaces worry at the center of your life.” (The Messsage) Those were exactly the words I needed when I was diagnosed with breast cancer. (I’m fine.) Love love love this blog. And the couch jumping is most impressive.

  • Laura
    January 26, 2010 at 9:48 am

    Darby – This is so encouraging. Thank you for sharing! I knew the name Batterson sounded familiar. I’ve visited his church here in D.C. and really enjoyed it! This makes me want to purchase his book. I love the first excerpt you listed about reacting. I recently had a conversation with my uncle about becoming “unoffendable” like Christ, and it’s made me so much more aware of my reactions to others’ behavior. There is so much yuckiness in my heart! But it’s been good to have God examine my heart and show me areas He wants to work on. Bless you for sharing!

  • Heather
    January 26, 2010 at 9:51 am

    Great post. I recently ran into a similar situation with the book, The Shack. I had heard so many passionate opinions on the book I wanted to read it, but I had also heard from a close friend, that it might go against some of my beliefs. In the end I decided to read the book, but as silly as this might sound I firmly declared to myself “this is not the Gospel” as I read. Although there were some things that didn’t set well with me as far as how God was represented in The Shack, I was able to enjoy the overall story and theme. I’ve ran into the same thing with other book as well.

  • Alisha
    January 26, 2010 at 10:04 am

    I will be thinking and praying for your family! My Mom was diagnosed with breast cancer this fall, but thankfully hasn’t had to do any chemo! But I can understand what you are going through! I really enjoyed the excerpts from the book you’ve been reading! Especially the one “Most of us let what we cannot do keep us from doing what we can.” I love the Lord, and enjoy growing in Him every day. (usually:) Let me know how the rest of the book is! Keep up the great work!

  • Lauren
    January 26, 2010 at 10:08 am

    Hey Darby, I have been reading your blog for awhile now. I am a new mother and I love the pictures of your children! I also think it’s great how you and your family spend so much time with each other and share your life with others ~ so much to be proud of! Love the Darby Doll – by the way. Have a great day!

  • Brittaney
    January 26, 2010 at 10:10 am

    LOVE the sofa jumping pictures- and the fact that you woke your girls up to see!
    Sorry to hear about your Granddad. My stepfather was diagnosed with brain cancer a year ago and was only given 6 months to live. A year later he is still going strong and taking chemo each month. Prayer is a powerful thing! Your Grandad will be in our prayers.

  • Shar
    January 26, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Oh you two! What a happy couple/family you have. I love that you woke up the girls to come watch. Love and prayers for your grandfather. I have heard chemo is rough. Hopefully it will get better.

  • Leslie
    January 26, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Very fun post Darby! Loved your hubby’s mad skills. That is ver good for 32…Kane and I are 32 also and I KNOW he could never do that! But it might be funny if I can get him to try! Hehe

  • Jessica
    January 26, 2010 at 10:28 am

    I bet Morgan meant the color of Darby Doll’s hair was just like yours–bc whenever you show us pictures of yourself it looks great! I think those shots you got of Justin jumpin’ over the couch are hilarious!

  • Rachel Ridd
    January 26, 2010 at 10:30 am

    Thanks for the encouragement and humor! It has been so nasty and rainy here that I needed something to give me a good laugh.

  • rebecca
    January 26, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Hi Darby, this post was the perfect balance of inspiration and laughs. Several of the books excerpts really hit home with me and I am grateful for you sharing them. I think I am going to get my hands on a copy of that book and read further.

    Your husband is a nut…but really…all of the good ones are. Mine included!
    have a wonderful day and please keep us posted on your grandfather. My thoughts are with your family.

  • rhonda
    January 26, 2010 at 10:32 am

    I’m so sorry about your grand-dad. I had been wondering how he was doing….I will continue to keep him in my prayers.

  • MommaRa
    January 26, 2010 at 10:39 am

    Love the self portrait and the couch jumping. That is awesome. Those will be the moments your girls will remember and giggle about when they are older. I can still remember when we moved to PA from La and we saw snow for the first time. It had to be 1am when we got in town but, my dad jumped out of the car and made snow angels in his clothes we all just laughed and laughed. I might have been 6 or 7. Good Times. That book sounds great I am interested to see what you think when you are done. It’s always a welcome breath of fresh air when the Lord speaks to us through life. Reading a book or talking with a friend. The line about it’s so much easier to act like God than react like him. Is something I am working on this year, My wordalution is Thoughtful. I am trying to think before I react.

    🙂 Easier said than done

  • Janice
    January 26, 2010 at 10:46 am

    My two wonderful dils directed me to your blog over Christmas and I’ve been a devoted reader ever since! I’ve especially enjoyed reading about the renovation of your home. I’m a p/t elementary computer teacher (K-6) and my 5th and 6th graders have been having a blast following your pic-tutorial of how to create labels in MS Word. This is a great way to learn the Drawing Toolbar! Please know I’ll be praying for your grandfather as he goes through chemo. I watched and cared for my mother during her treatments and it’s tough on everyone. I’m PCA and have felt the same about The MSG…NIV and ESV reader myself. However, I’ve read references from it in books from time to time and find it to speak clearly. Batterson’s book is something I’d like to read. Your family is wonderful. Thanks for sharing them with your readers. God bless and War Eagle!

  • mag
    January 26, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Those pictures of Justin are just cracking me up!! Raiger is the opposite of my daughter (who is the same age), she puts on her pajamas every chance she gets. Comes home from school, strips and the jammies are on!

  • Christie
    January 26, 2010 at 11:30 am

    One of my resolutions this year is to really get into my Bible to get to know God better — and not to know the Bible better. Like da Vinci’s quote in Primal, I think I do tend to go through life looking without seeing, etc. With the busyness of our everyday lives, it is hard not to!

    I will continue to pray for your grandfather and that sweet baby boy.

    It is funny that Paige sleeps in her clothes — my daughter, Sanders, puts her pjs on the moment she gets home from school! (But then she proceeds to change 52 more times before bed…)

  • Joy
    January 26, 2010 at 11:43 am

    I loved this post! Well, I love all your posts really but I think the sofa jumping is what forced me to comment. That is hilarious. Isn’t it fun to laugh hysterically with your husband?! I don’t do it often enough, especially now as a mom. Keep us updated on your granddad! Oh, and I loved the insights from the book. I love to know what people are reading! Blessings 🙂

  • karlene
    January 26, 2010 at 11:43 am

    so, I don’t have time to read all of the comments, but LOVE this post. I too, am purposing, resolving to be disciplined as you in my relationship with God. I have been following Mark Batterson for some time, love his writing style and often go to his blog https://evotional.com/ for periodic inspiration. He is so logically on point. And did you know, I think he is Favre’s #1 fan, so I couldn’t resist bringing his attention to your blog, so maybe he will visit. Your husband’s talent (and this is coming from a Minnesotan) definitely parallels Favres! If Favre retires? Maybe he could work on his ball skills? oh, and fyi, I am sure your hair rarely looks like Darby Dolls, maybe only in the morning. 🙂

  • Brittan
    January 26, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Girl I have 2 little ones with the stomach bug so I have been purging all day! Feels great! But you are right, the hard part is keeping it like that. The quote about reacting like a Christian was just used in our sermon a couple of weeks ago, I like that one too. Your hubby and mine would be great friends. Tommy is all the time doing back flips into the pool etc…I try to tell him he’s the provider to not get hurt! He says, Jesus is…Have a great day! 🙂

  • Ashley Buchanan
    January 26, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    Love the Darby doll-that made my day! I also love the ghost like pictures of Justin-hiliarious!

  • pam
    January 26, 2010 at 12:21 pm

    darby, i was patting myself on the back for purging and organizing ONE kitchen drawer (the junk drawer) this weekend. and you did the whole kitchen?!?

    praying for your grandmother and baby austin.

    justin’s a nut. pam

  • Ali Bonner
    January 26, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Hi Darby,
    I have been reading your blog for many months now and I just LOVE IT!! You are so adorable and would be so fun to have around for a friend. I get so excited when you post and this is one of my favorites! I also got a kick out of that post of you describing your son sleeping next to you all night and you barely slept for thinking he was falling off of the bed—i am the same way so it was funny to me the way you described it. I must get this book!! I love that you share your faith on this blog.

  • Mandy
    January 26, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Hey…Thank you for the encouragement. As a beliver myself, I do think we complicate every thing to the point of no action. I am so guilty of this and my real issue is making sure it is all perfect before I act and then I never get around to acting…ugh…the plight of the human! Anyway, thank you. I love the jumping over the couch scene…my husband and I do crazy things like this especially when we are at a kid centered activity…we like to see if we still have ‘it’! Have a great day…thanks for the post and I can’t wait to see your things you post for the Haiti fundraiser. Love, Mandy

  • Jenny
    January 26, 2010 at 12:51 pm

    Darby, this post could not have come at a better time. Nearly ten years after I stopped going to church I’ve decided to start really considering religion rather than just listening to sermons. The issue of faith has been on my mind a lot this past year and one of my new years resolutions was to really read the bible for the first time since confirmation class. i’ve been hesitant to start it, it feels a little overwhelming, but the quotes you pulled from Primal struck me to the core. I think I may begin with that book as a way to get started with the big book. 🙂

  • Maggie @ Living the Life of Riley
    January 26, 2010 at 12:59 pm

    This post is like all of your posts–many things at once. I love the book recommendation. I am going to check it out. First I am going to have to wipe down all of the coca-cola I just spit at my computer after looking at the pictures of your husband jumping over the couch. Hysterical. That is sooo funny. I plan on seeing what talents my husband might have tonight. Ha! By the way, your kids think ya’ll are normal. Everyone else is just boring to them.

    I will pray for you grandfather and his healing. I hope that future treatments go better than the first.

  • Emily
    January 26, 2010 at 1:00 pm

    Oh my goodness, I’m LOL at Darby Doll!!! Too funny!! I appreciate your transparency with your resolutions – it reminded me to look back at mine and see how i’m doing. btw, i just love your blog! thanks for allowing us a glimpse at y’all living life! p.s. almost forgot – a while back you mentioned that y’all love ham and cheese quesadillas – i seriously cannot get enough! so easy and incredibly tasty! it’s become one of my go-to dinners for this busy single gal! thanks for the tip!

  • the domestic fringe
    January 26, 2010 at 1:03 pm

    Well, this is my first time visiting your blog and my first post to read, but I love it. I’m hook and am subscribing to your RSS feed. I enjoyed hearing your thoughts on the book. It sounds like an interesting read. I also heart your photos. Don’t know how you took them, but they’re awesome!

    Thanks for a great read.

  • Terri
    January 26, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    Darby-I’m keeping your cute little grandpa in my prayers. Chemo is no picnic–my niece Nora was diagnosed with leukemia at 2 and is now a healthy, happy 5 year old. She had a lot of chemo complications but is thriving now. It is good your grandpa has a very treatable form of cancer. Please remember–I’m sure you know–that the Lord will be with him and all of you throughout this. He was with my family and my niece and brought such comfort and peace. I know he will do the same for all of you.

  • Molly
    January 26, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    the quote about our reactions, moreso than our actions, revealing our heart was exactly Paige Benton Brown’s point in her talks at our church this weekend. She took us through Saul and David’s stories to illustrate her point. When Saul saw his sin he tried to cover it, blameshift, etc, etc. Then David, a man after God’s own heart, well, it’s not that he didn’t sin, he committed adultery, lied, murdered, etc. But when faced with his – well, just look at Psalm 51. GREAT talks – go to 2PC.org to download them for free. You won’t regret it. Promise. Especially if you’ve never heard Paige speak. She was on staff with RUF at Vanderbilt when I was there. Count it as a book for next month:)

  • lisa
    January 26, 2010 at 1:43 pm

    hey Darby … have been reading your blog for a while & really enjoy! I also totally enjoy Mark Batterson! Haven’t read PRIMAL … yet! Thanks for the excerpts, all good. The one snippet I got stuck on and will undoubtedly “chew” on today was ‘analysis paralysis’. I am a mother of 3 little ones and boy do I get stuck over-analyzing things. It’s exhausting! thanks for the great blog today ~ I am joining you in my own prayer to be more sensitive and not ‘ignore’ the Holy Spirit!

  • Sarah
    January 26, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    I’m loving your blog. I stumbled upon it a few months back and I’ve really enjoyed it! I have three little ones myself and even though the oldest is only 5 I can’t remember what we did with our time before them.
    I always have a resolution to read more but I always come up short. Primal sounds very good, I should add it to my list. I so often get caught up in the whole is this author Reformed or not, does their doctrine line up, that I end up missing all that I could be learning. I’m resolving just to pray for others more. I always complain that I have no time but I can pray right. I’m reading Broken Down House by Tripp and I find myself saying, Amen! Amen! Amen! all the time. Wow I really rambling. Thanks for the picture of baby Austin, he and your grandfather are in my prayers.

  • Alli
    January 26, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    What a great post!! I’m right there with you on starting 4 books at once and not finishing any of them! You’re husband reminds me a lot like mine, great pictures!

  • Melise
    January 26, 2010 at 2:30 pm

    I love “You never know where or when or how God will invade your life, but He can show up anywhere, anytime and any way. And that ought to fill us with holy anticipation.” Holy anticipation! Cool!

  • Lee Ann
    January 26, 2010 at 2:40 pm

    I laughed SO HARD at the pictures of the dolls. Totally unexpected–and hilarious. The jumping over the couch is pretty amazing too. Very challenged/inspired by the quotes–thanks for sharing.

  • Christi
    January 26, 2010 at 2:45 pm

    I have thoroughly enjoyed your blog for months and months! I am encouraged by your transparency and your love of Christ. Wish I could ask you over for coffee and talk about such things. The book you mention has piqued my interest! I know what you mean about looking into what an author believes….does it line up with what I believe, etc…. I heard a friend of mine say, “Eat the fish and spit out the bones.” I like that. We can take the good from a lot of people/literature and spit out what we may not agree with. — I recently read a great book title, Feminine Appeal. The author’s last name is Mahaney. It was an easy read, but a great book!

    Thanks again for being real. You are a breath of fresh air.

  • Wendy
    January 26, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    What a beautiful post! I had to giggle at the pictures of your husband leaping over the couch ~ hilarious! Are husbands not the best? I mean I could never picture myself leaping over our furniture. But my hubby? Heck yah!
    I also want to send you prayers for your Grandfather for his health, for strength for you and your family and for your friend’s amazing little Austin may he continue to grow and thrive.

    Oh, and I really like your hair 🙂

  • Anne
    January 26, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    It’s a bird (low flying but fast) it’s a plane…it’s Brett Farve it’s JUSTIN! Glad he landed safely! haha

  • Brandi
    January 26, 2010 at 3:49 pm

    Great post Darby. I must say… you are really getting good with that camera, you can almost make Justin disappear into thin air! lol. Love that you got the girls up to see their silly daddy. It’s the memories they will love. The book sounds very interesting. Thanks for giving us a sneak peek. I send prayers to you and your family that your gramps will have positive results with his therapy.

  • Chris, the Blog Butler
    January 26, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Funny – Ruth and I don’t remember what life was like before we had kids either. Can’t remember what our days were like, how we handled meals, etc. It’s all blur. The kids erased us!

  • Chris, the Blog Butler
    January 26, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    I like even numbers best so this is comment #70

  • kc
    January 26, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Gosh how we act vs. react so true! So convicting… the book sounds great maybe i will add it to my list of the 4 others I’m reading as well. Yes I have that same problem. Your Etsy shop??? What is the name… I would buy lots of your stuff Im sure bc I LOVE everything you make… so fun! Will you post a link to your shop or tell us the name?? Thanks!

  • Amanda
    January 26, 2010 at 4:31 pm

    I am a blog stalker that rarely comments, but wanted you to know how glad I am to hear about the Mark Batterson book. I have done one of his studies and it was wonderful.

    So glad to hear about the baby!

    Come see me – http://www.shamelesslysouthern.blogspot.com

  • Shireen
    January 26, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    My new year’s resolution is seeking each morning anew to walk with the Spirit. 🙂

  • Valerie
    January 26, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    I really enjoyed this post. It doesn’t get much better than spiritual encouragement and sofa jumping. 🙂

  • kendall boggs
    January 26, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Love the hair, but can’t imagine yours ever looking like that!

  • Abi
    January 26, 2010 at 6:13 pm

    I came across your blog a month or so ago, and very much enjoy it! It is so nice to see the name of the Lord Jesus Christ mentioned here where so many can read it–keep being a testimony for Him, Darby! He is coming soon! Thanks for your very encouraging post.

  • Mandy
    January 26, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Too funny! I don’t think I would have been able to hold the camera b/c I would’ve been laughing too hard!

    Great book insight! Thanks!

    Good for you too for donating to Craft Hope. I still hope to be able to get some things over to her.

  • Katherine
    January 26, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    I love to read—thanks for sharing—you may have already read it, but “The Help” is wonderful—especially for those of us who live in the South—I just finished it and think you might enjoy it as well!

    Love your blog—as soon as I get home everyday, I check to see what’s up and am always just a little bit sad if there’s nothing new. I’m investing soon in a Canon camera thanks to you! I think you’re a great mom and a real inspiration! Keep up the good work!

  • Jenn
    January 26, 2010 at 7:10 pm

    1) The American Doll picture caused me to laugh out loud, 2) I want to read Primal now (I also drink Diet Coke to keep me awake in order to finish page-turners), 3) your grandfather is in my prayers, and last but certainly not least, I really enjoy your blog. I ran across it about a month ago and have followed it ever since. What a great mix of humor, faith, and inspiration. Have a great day!

  • Kathy Reece
    January 26, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Sounds like a great book. I too, would have wanted to check it out on Challies.com. Thanks for diving in. I will put it on my must read lists. All of the quotes you listed were things God has been showing me lately. I think I have been missing out on a lot.

  • Courtney Baker
    January 26, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    Thanks for the insights from Primal…. I’ll be on the lookout for it after I finish the Beverly Lewis series I’m reading just now (who knew books about the Amish could be so sweet and encouraging!) And… I just can’t believe your hair EVER looks like the American Girl doll, it’s just simply NOT possible!

  • taylor
    January 26, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    1) Love the rainboots and darby-doll. awesome.

    2) I’ve gone through a lot this year and something that was nagging at me the whole time is how ridiculously hard it was to “react like a Christian.” I felt like I was putting on an act and rightfully so. I am 100% saved by my Jesus but I haven’t meditated on the word and “digested” it. Need to dive into scripture and really comminicate with Father again. Also looks like I need to grab Primal!

    3) I will never be able say thank you enough for shining your love for Christ through your blog!

    4) cool moves (your hubby)!

  • Julie M.
    January 26, 2010 at 8:12 pm

    I’ve been thinking about baby Austin. Thank you for posting an update. My prayers continue to be with him. That book sounds very intriguing. Please continue to share your thoughts on it!

  • Anna
    January 26, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Darby-I enjoyed reading the quotes, and your comments, from the Batterson book. It puts forth some practical ideas as to how to incorporate the meaning of Christianity into our everyday lives. I plan to get it. Thank you!

  • Sara in SF
    January 26, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    Love your blog!!! Perfect post.

  • alston
    January 26, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    hilarious! i love this post — the hair, the couch jumping — i wish i could’ve been at your house today!

  • Stefanie
    January 26, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    I’m a newer reader of your blog, but had to comment because I *loved* this post. My husband and I have been talking recently about starting to go to church again and this post really spoke to me (especially the quotes you posted from the book). Thank you for sharing.
    I love that you and your husband laughed uncontrollably at his jumping over the couch; it had me cracking up at the computer while my son looked at me totally confused! 😉 So great that you woke the girls and let them watch, too! Such fun parents!
    Will be praying for your grandpa…

  • Mott @ The Courtyard Gate
    January 26, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Loved everything about your post today! When I first saw the picture of what turned out to be Justin jumping over the couch, I studied it to see what it was. I thought it was a double exposure at first. Turns out it was ‘Superman’! Bet the girls loved it. Also bet they get Daddy to do it for the Rover, too! I cannot imagine being that agile at any age. That’s why they have us…so we can take the pictures! Will continue praying for your grandfather and friend’s precious baby. We serve a mighty God!

  • rustic rooster interiors
    January 26, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    I think I just peed in my pants laughing so hard… THANKS I needed that!

  • Kelli
    January 26, 2010 at 11:24 pm

    Thank you so much for the book review. I am also cautious about what I read, so I appreciate you opening up about that. This book sounds wonderful and a lot of what you posted hit home…like need to put them on post its around the house hit home. I also love the jumping over the couch and how cool that you woke the kids up to see!

  • Stacy
    January 26, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    I just had to let you know that you just made my husband and me laugh really hard:) The pictures of Justin jumping over the couch are hilarious!!!!

  • Katherine @ Grass Stains
    January 26, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    “Darby Doll,” I’m pretty sure you’ve never written a post I didn’t like! I just love the glimpses at your life that you share with us. Thanks for keeping us updated on your grandfather and baby Austin. They are still in my prayers! And thanks also for the couch-jumping photos. THAT was a great laugh for the night.

  • Hillary @ The Other Mama
    January 27, 2010 at 12:39 am

    1) Loved the Reaction/ Action idea. So terribly true that I need to have it tattooed so I can rememeber it. {Hypothetically, of course; I don’t own any tattoos.} I think it was a Beth Moore study where we talked about being offended as a sin and that always stuck with me. Not to the point of making me react perfectly every time, but enough to make me feel remorseful when I didn’t! But I’m working on it.
    2) Sofa jumping must be an Olympic sport soon. I dare not tell Jason b/c he will be all over that like white on rice. These old men.
    3) The hair is awesome. Spot. On. 🙂

  • Aimee
    January 27, 2010 at 8:05 am

    Okay, this is stinkin’ hilarious and as a former track coach, I notice that Justin has great long jump form in one of the pictures- his arms just need to be a little more in front of his body! LOL! My husband and I are doing crazy stuff like this all the time, too…I think the last thing he tried was the skim board. Man, he hit hard! ;o)
    Austin looks so sweet! I have a friend whose twins were delivered at 26 weeks and are now normal, energetic 4 year olds and are proof that God does work miracles. We marvel at how our world was caught up in their little lives and now they are so far removed from how their lives began that it’s surreal. Prayers continue.

  • WendyLou
    January 27, 2010 at 9:54 am

    We’re studying Genesis in CBS, too. The one thing that God keeps gently saying to me is to obey. Obey by taking the first step that He shows. I like to have a plan – to know how it’s all gonna play out. But He doesn’t usually show that part. He just says obey.

    So glad you shared your heart today! Always encouraging!!

  • lizziefitz
    January 27, 2010 at 10:22 am

    hilarious! not only is your honesty with every post refreshing it is life saving. i can’t tell you how many perfect blogger posts i have rwad and felt like such a failure. thank you!!!!!!!

  • amy
    January 27, 2010 at 11:16 am

    I cracked up reading your post! I must tell you that I know Mark Batterson, he is the pastor at my church!!! And, your husband will be happy to know that he is a die-hard Brett Favre fan…and would love to read this posting in its entirety.
    Thanks for the laughs

  • Devin
    January 27, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Do you have an etsy shop of your own? I have looked for a link to it on your blog in the past and couldn’t find one.

  • Amanda Thrasher
    January 27, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    I think you are WAY fun! So cute—all of you.

  • Sarah@Clover Lane
    January 27, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    I will have to get that book…sounds right up my alley.
    I would die for your hair…even if it does look like that dolls.
    Don’t you love those moments when you laugh hilariously together?

  • DrayaAnn
    January 27, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    At first I thought you took bad pictures (which I dont think is possible) then I realized I was just missing it. Those were so funny…especially since you woke the girls up to see it all. I sometimes like to use my foot stool at a hurdle but I dont always have a pretty landing.

  • Claire Adare
    January 27, 2010 at 6:16 pm

    Hi – The funny thing is is that I was at Mark Batterson’s church this past Sunday! My daughter, son-in-law, 3 yr old son and twin 10 mon. old boys all go there – and – I was raised an evangelical, fundamental Presbyterian church. The church meets in the basement of its coffee house, Ebenezer’s, because they lost their lease at the theater in Union Station. If I lived in DC this is the church I would (I wrote “attend” first) become a part of – I am re-reading his book, In a Pit with a Lion on a Snowy Day and you can hear him preach at their site: theaterchurch.com.

    I love your blog and became a fan when you did the video of your garage.

    The Lord bless you and your family.

  • Frugal Coupon Living - Ashley
    January 27, 2010 at 9:31 pm

    Darby, loving the hair. Not sure why you didn’t do a side by side comparision.

    We are praying for baby Austin. So tiny and precious!

  • Amy
    January 27, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Love your blog! Love your children and more than anything your honesty. Question…….when it looks like you have written on a picture, like hand written….. how do you do that? Also, I am in the camera buying mode and have been looking at the Nikon D90….any info on it, or would you suggest the one you have. I have a canon now, but I am really needing one to take to ballet recitals and football games. If you can, I would love to hear your thoughts. Thanks and keep blogging….it’s better than going to the mailbox!

  • Staci
    January 27, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    I’ve been checking out your blog daily – sometimes several times a day! I love your style! I especially like the look of your pictures. I’ve just purchased a Nikon D90 and I love it! But, I’m a novice when it comes to taking pics with it besides point and shoot. I enjoy getting ideas from you. Keep blogging and thanks!

  • Sarah
    January 28, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Hi Darby!

    I found this on another blog and thought of you! It looks like something that you could do since you are so crafty! If you do make them, I want to buy one!! (I have no idea how to sew!)


  • Jennifer
    January 28, 2010 at 10:34 am

    that is SO my husband, too. crazy men! 🙂
    great review of the book; i’m glad you are enjoying it! i love the little nuggets that i’ve pulled from it-there are SO many of them! i’m ready to re-read it again (for the 3rd time!)
    jennifer (AMO DEI-that is pretty much summing up my mission right now!)

  • Jen
    January 28, 2010 at 11:09 am

    Love how your hubby entertained the girls with his acrobatics – we do similar things with our kids. Too funny! By the way, saw that you and your sister were mentioned in the latest issue of Southern Living. Congrats!

  • Courtney Walsh
    January 28, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    Considering that you have 106 comments, I’m not sure you need me to tell you that the doll analogy is hilarious. I have some pretty funny pictures that my kids have drawn of me…always interesting to see yourself through their eyes!!

    If it makes you feel any better, my hair is always wild and nuts in the green crayon on their pictures too!

    I am also amazed by how many people in the Bible who were so so flawed were able to capture the heart of God. Through their faithfulness and through their mistakes, they still managed to live righteously. People like King David, a murderer, adulterer, liar.. and yet, “a man after God’s own heart.”

    God has a huge capacity for forgiveness.

    We are so blessed for it!!

    Oh, and finally… I have some photos of my husband getting airtime while jumping off of our living room chair. OVER, we’ve never tried, but now I’m inspired. 🙂 Looks like a blast!!

  • Jennifer
    January 28, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Yay for you for thinking through the theology you absorb! Reformed Baptists do that, too 🙂

  • Rachel
    January 28, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    LOL!! First, I laughed SO hard OUT LOUD, your pictures and commentary on Jusin’s mad skills brought tears to my eyes!!! Second, your thoughts on the book you’re reading make me want to read that book too! Wildwood is really getting into being a “missional” church and it is filtering down into Bob’s sermons and small group studies. We just started a book called, Crazy Love by Francis Chan. I can’t articulate it justly but basically, Bob has been teaching that if we REALLY loved people the way Christ loved us it would totally change the way we treat people, react to people/situations (kind of like what you were saying), what we do with our money, ect. I also wanted to say, thanks for sharing your new years resolutions, you have inspired me and encouraged me.I wrote mine down, debating on whether to share them on my blog or not? I guess sharing keeps you accountable, right? 🙂 SO glad your friends baby is doing so well! Also, sorry to hear your grandfather’s chemo did not go so well 🙁 Will be praying for him. love, R

  • Lindsy
    January 28, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Okay….seriously….I laughed so hard at your hubby jumping over the couch that I almost wet myself (well the fact that I have had a baby doesn’t help my case when almost urinating during laughter occurs). Anyways…I digress – HILARIOUS! Thanks so much for sharing that.

    Lastly, what is the name/make of the boots – I love them. Maybe I will try to find them on ebay! =)

  • Melissa B.
    January 28, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    This was the first time in a long while that I literally LOL’d at a blog – that doll was cracking me up!! Probably b/c all of our dolls look just like that, and they definitely resemble me on most days!

    Second, you guys have fun at your house. Such passion for life!

    Third, your comments about starting one thing and then getting caught up in another reminded me of this little story someone forwarded me. I am pretty sure someone has been spying on me and wrote this in response to the way my days go every.single.day. (Sorry if you’ve already seen!)
    If You Give A Mom A Muffin
    Original Author Unknown

    If you give a mom a muffin,
    She’ll want a cup of coffee to go with it.
    She’ll pour herself some.
    Her three-year-old will spill the coffee.
    She’ll wipe it up.
    Wiping the floor, she’ll find dirty socks.
    She’ll remember she has to do laundry.
    When she puts the laundry in the washer,
    She’ll trip over boots and bump into the freezer.
    Bumping into the freezer will remind her she has to plan for supper.
    She will get out a pound of hamburger.
    She’ll look for her cookbook (“101 Things To Do With a Pound of Hamburger”).
    The cookbook is sitting under a pile of mail.
    She will see the phone bill, which is due tomorrow.
    She will look for her checkbook.
    The check book is in her purse that is being dumped out by her two-year-old.
    She’ll smell something funny.
    She’ll change the two year old’s diaper.
    While she is changing the diaper, the phone will ring.
    Her five-year-old will answer and hang up.
    She’ll remember she wants to phone a friend for coffee.
    Thinking of coffee will remind her that she was going to have a cup.
    And chances are…
    If she has a cup of coffee,
    Her kids will have eaten the muffin that went with it.

  • Jennifer
    January 28, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    I love the pics of the your husband and the couch! Have you ever tried a pan-motion shot? It takes a little practice but it would look awesome with him jumping over the couch!

  • Pam
    January 29, 2010 at 1:52 am

    Hi, I have been enjoying your blog for awhile. Our local Christian radio station had a interview with Mark Batterson this morning. I didn’t catch it all but 1 thing that stuck with me was how he said the Bible is not to be read as much as it is to be meditated on. Thanks for your thoughts on it, now I want to go pick up the book

  • Melanie Gore
    January 29, 2010 at 8:25 am

    That was too funny. It is something that my husband would do;) He is going to be 42 next month but you would think he was 32. Men never do grow up. LOL! I could see my husband and son doing this and thinking they are the bomb for being able to do it. Thanks for the good laugh.

  • Mike and McGee
    January 30, 2010 at 10:07 am

    Thanks Darby. Now my husband wants to see if he can leap over the sofa too.

  • Leah Gray
    January 30, 2010 at 11:49 am

    I came upon your blog through my sister-in-law and love it! I love how you can share from your heart, encouraging scriptures, etc. as well as highlight the joys of motherhood. Praying for your grandfather. Love the doll comparison and my favorite was your husband jumping over the couch and you all waking the kids! My husband is 32 as well (we have three little boys) and these are still the kinds of things that go on in our homes. So important to still be able to be a kid as well as enjoy our own! Thank you for sharing your daily stories! I haven’t figured out how to raise three boys, keep up with all my project and have a blog as well but I enjoy yours. Leah

  • Jan
    January 30, 2010 at 2:21 pm

    Greetings. Am new to your blog for a few weeks and I do enjoy it for many reasons. Am just stopping to comment regarding your brief reflection on “The Message”.

    I’m an educator. Because not all students learn in the same way, it is my responsibility to jump through hoops to find ways that will help all students learn, not just the ones who like the subject I teach or the text I use. Some will learn by doing. Some will learn by hearing. Some will learn through music. Some will learn by coming through the back door. Some just need a book at a different reading level. Because I want them all to learn, because learning XYZ can transform their lives, I will meet them where they are. I will happily jump through the hoops and I will rejoice when some obscure, informal method I try makes the light bulb go off for just that one. Jesus meets people where they are. Jesus used parables, songs, direct teaching and more so that all might one day hear and understand. And because he did, lives are transformed.

    Not everyone is at the same reading level. Not everyone gets it in the same way. Isn’t it wonderful that there are so many back doors that may one day allow all to hear and understand? A life may be transformed because The Message allowed them to understand something the KJV or NIV couldn’t?

    Thank you for a great blog. Gonna look up that book.

  • missy
    February 2, 2010 at 12:55 am

    Still just laughing out loud at the self portrait. And that she specified the hair too. I am by myself at the computer laughing.

    Love your blog. Found it through your sister’s. Such a boost to my day:)

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