91 In Life

It’s Now or Never


I tend to get this mental block if I don’t blog about something within a few days, so, without enough coffee or sleep I’m going to attempt to recap our wonderful weekend away!

Justin’s parents have a fabulous house tucked away in the Blue Ridge Mountains of  western North Carolina. The house and scenery are both beautiful and we decided this time we’d bring along some friends for fun and fellowship, and we are so glad we did! Seeing as how I was somewhat in charge of the invite list I decided to shake things up and invite some people we know really well and some I’ve only met once! And of course, to make matters slightly stressful, I did a BIG no-no and invited ex’s! Nothing like stressing your friends out before they even come.  They were all pretty good champs about the circumstances and we decided if Tommy was there and things were awkward he could either magnify the awkwardness or be a total distraction from it! Boy, we were right and I’m not even sure which of those he did. But the weekend was great and the only thing you could cut with a knife was the smoke {that was supposed to be going up the chimney}.


There are just a few things I’d like to subtly mention about Tommy, he loves the Lord, is a champ for spending the weekend with married couples,  is hilarious, and one more thing…


Much to our surprise we arrived to about 10 to 12 inches of snow.


And 10 to 12 inches of snow meant we had to SLED. In case you didn’t know, I’m a total WEENIE! Even when it comes to something as harmless as SNOW SLEDDING. Especially on day one, you would have thought I was on the luge… my brakes were down every run. Poor LA got all the snow spray straight in her face.


We’d get to the bottom and she’d ask, “Darby, did you keep your feet down?” I would immediately reply,”No way, I’d never do that!”

I’d dare to estimate that 85% of our runs ended like this…


You may recognize her from the February issue of Southern Living, the one Sister was featured in for doing her dad’s house! They left their 9 month-old baby at home and she wouldn’t take a bottle all weekend– I think I would have left immediately, not LA she’s a champion and her brave mother syringe-fed the stinker all weekend so LA & Andy could stay!

More friends arrived Friday night and we enjoyed spending the evening in, eating and laughing really, really hard, mostly about what we were eating.



Somehow the laughing never did stop, even at 8 am Saturday morning after staying up until 3:30 am. I’m sure the coffee and homemade bread helped get us moving!


I can’t help but notice that Tommy is still wearing his high school “French Club” t-shirt the next day too. And I’m certain Andy is reassuring LA in the corner that Briley will be well nourished taking breastmilk from a syringe even if she is 9 months old. Or they might just need to get a room… but I couldn’t say that because they shared one with us, which meant the laughing continued until the wee hours of morning— pretty much right before the sun came up.

We headed out early Saturday morning to take to the slopes. As you can see here sledding is a dangerous sport, not only for those on the sled but the innocent bystanders as well.


In my defense, we weren’t exactly sledding on bunny slopes. In my opinion, these are the black diamonds of sledding hills.


Attention single bloggging women: Tommy would love to capture you on your digital camera.


And I can’t help but notice how overly sympathetic the men were.


And if you’ve never sledded down a giant hill…


And landed on your face…  


you may not know just how bad it really hurts. Take my word for it… sledding {in your 30s or close to it} is not for the faint at heart.

I couldn’t help but notice in the beginning the girls were a little more conservative in their sledding styles.


While the men tried to kill themselves.





We {girls} also attempted something a little more daring and after a few rougher runs we called it a day. I don’t have a pictures of our more daring runs, but Abby {who recapped HERE} captured this one and this one {which you can’t even see me in because I was on the bottom and too terrified to even show my face!}. After those runs we complained of busted lips, sore necks, heads, shoulders, and coccyxes and retreated to the cabin at {3 o’clock p.m.} for jammies, hot rice bags, wine, chocolate, Advil, and Balderdash.

 With a little help from the men we were able to get out Satruday night for dinner at The Orchard, a fabulous little cozy restaurant in town with wonderful food!




If I can remember correctly, Jeremiah {above} was asking Abby if she brought her glasses with the one broken lens because he wanted to wear them on their drive home.

Thankfully she remembered to bring them.


We had an absolute blast and I think it will take me at least a few weeks to recover, first from staying up until 3:30 in the morning two nights in a row listening to the guys play, laughing, singing, and maybe a hint inpromptu dancing which was thankfully not captured on camera…


and second from doing this about 100x in 2 days…


I can’t even gather my thoughts about how wonderful our weekend was. I was shocked that we were all able to pull it off. As a group we left 14 small children at home with grandparents to take care of them {and syringe feed them}. It was so good to just be together in a beautiful place {thank you, in-laws}, laugh together, sing praise songs together, and just spend time together! Maybe one day we’ll include our kids… or maybe not because that’d mean we’d have to share our sleds with them!

It was fun friends, let’s do it again!!

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  • duchess
    February 24, 2010 at 6:17 pm

    How fun!! What a wonderful “cabin” in the mountains – simply beautiful. Glad you had a good time & I’m sure those rice bags(& wine) came in handy – ouch.

  • Jennifer
    February 24, 2010 at 6:33 pm

    I applaud your bravery in sledding! I only made it down a small hill in front of our house….I’ll have to find a bigger one next time :-). Glad you had a fun time!!

  • angela
    February 24, 2010 at 6:37 pm

    I’m a NC girl…I LOVE Cashiers! The Mast General Store, the snow, the fall leaves, the gorgeous homes. Your weekend away will always be in your memories. There is something very special about spending a weekend with dear friends. There is a bonding that goes on as you share and talk and laugh. Good for all of you…getting away for a time of laughter and sledding!! Good for you!

  • Christy
    February 24, 2010 at 6:38 pm

    Love it! We did a similar thing a few weekends ago with friends (& kids), 16 of us total & it was such a blast! An annual trip to the snow for sledding, food, fun & games.

    I think we were pretty tame compared to your tricks. Looks like everyone had a total blast!

  • Sarah's Fab Day
    February 24, 2010 at 6:49 pm

    Maybe I should try something similar with my adorable single sister-in-law. Think she’d kill me if I posted a singles ad on my blog? Your friend Tommy is adorable and if we lived closer I’d suggest a meet up with our two prospective singletons.

    Glad you had a great weekend with friends. It’s always fun to recharge with adults.

  • E @ Oh! Apostrophe
    February 24, 2010 at 6:55 pm

    So fun! We are doing a ski weekend with friends soon… I hope we have as much fun (and snow!) as it looks like you did 🙂

  • Sunshine Burns
    February 24, 2010 at 6:56 pm

    OK- you’re gonna need to do a Tommy post, or send me a private email! If He really is such a great guy who truly loves the Lord, is living for the Lord and is looking for matchmaking let me know! I have a gorgeous, successful, super fun, loving the Lord sister…. A man of true integrity is very rare!

  • khaliah
    February 24, 2010 at 7:20 pm

    Oh my wish I were there really…..I’d love a get away like that.

  • Lillian
    February 24, 2010 at 7:26 pm

    SO MUCH FUN! And I love that I spy your amazing boots in your group photo – they look fantastic!

  • Amanda
    February 24, 2010 at 7:29 pm

    How fun…and what a gorgeous house! I used to live in Boone, NC and just loved it. It’s so pretty up there…I miss it a lot!

  • Megan
    February 24, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Oh my goodness, that looks like a trip you remember and talk about FOREVER!

  • misc.alaina
    February 24, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Oh how I miss Western North Carolina (where I was born and raised and my parents still call home) after looking at your photos. What a beautiful house and view! Looks like a wonderful time was had by all!

  • natalie @ our old southern house
    February 24, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    oh darby, i want to be your friend!! (in a totally non-stalker way, of course–haha) looks like so much fun! my in-laws have a cabin in highlands, nc and my sorority sisters + babies are heading up there in two weeks–i hope we have as much fun as you guys!

  • Jessica
    February 24, 2010 at 7:55 pm

    I busted out laughing of that picture of you after your crash with your sunglasses half hanging off your face and full of snow. I wasn’t even there but if I had been I think I would laugh at that for years. You’re too fun

  • Courtney Walsh
    February 24, 2010 at 7:57 pm

    I agree there are sooo many amazing memories here…and I also am completely overcome with jealousy. I know, not much like Jesus! Those friends look like the kind you keep for a very long time!! 🙂

    Fun stuff, Darby! And the house is gorgeous! 🙂

  • Stacy
    February 24, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Well, I can identify with Tommy–I’m a single gal who loves the Lord who will be spending the weekend at the Isle of Palms with three married couples!

    I’m glad y’all had such a good time–memories of times with friends are some of the biggest blessings in life!

    Hope your Rovers are feeling better!

  • Lindsey
    February 24, 2010 at 8:13 pm

    oh darby! so thankful you did the big no-no or else we might not have been invited:). and if you could only see my coccyx now… praying the kids are feeling better and rest is in your near future! much love!

  • Allison McLendon
    February 24, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    FUN! There is just something about being with your closest friends and just having a ball:) Love the one of the snow in your face. My little girl, Lawson totally did that the other weekend!

  • alison g. (brazil)
    February 24, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    I’m absolutely serious when I say I can FEEL the fun and fellowship in these images. What a wonderful weekend!

  • Megan
    February 24, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    We live soooo very close to these mountians.

    We, too, have special memories here…laughter…oh, the laughter.

    Cheers to a great rest of the week!

  • Jessica
    February 24, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    That looks like SO much fun!! How awesome that you all could get away for a weekend and make those memories! 🙂 How funny that Briley did that – what a little stinker! Way to go LA for sticking it out anyways…and how nice of her mama to syringe feed her! LOL

  • shannon
    February 24, 2010 at 8:27 pm

    i live so close to western north carolina….sooo close. just a hop, skip and a jump away in upstate south carolina. i love western NC. asheville has a special little place in my heart.

    i’m glad you had so much fun. what a wonderful time. thanks for sharing 🙂

  • Melise
    February 24, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    Oh I applaud you for pulling that off. We have several friends like that and attempting to pull off a ‘kid free’ weekend…..well, let’s just say I applaud you!

  • Cora
    February 24, 2010 at 8:37 pm

    Loads of good clean fun! Looking across the photos I have spotted our niece and nephew…Lindsay and Stephen!! Wow… Small world.

    Hope you all had lots of fun…looks as if you did.

    I read your blog often after Paula at Simple Unique told me about you. I live in Ozark. I am married to Lindsay’s dad’s brother…if you can figure that one out! haha…like my best friend’s 4th cousin’s second wife of the ex-husband’s mother-n-law….
    Have a good evening.
    Blessings to you.

  • Sara
    February 24, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    That looks like such a fun group of people, I am glad to hear you had such a great weekend! And your pictures just keep getting better and better, you have a lot of raw talent!

  • kristi
    February 24, 2010 at 8:45 pm

    Kids??? Are you kidding? I love my kids but going with kids is a “trip”, the good times and bad. Going without them is a “vacation”. What you just experienced is a “vacation”.

  • Anne
    February 24, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    I wish I was going sledding! Looks like a blast!
    Hope everyone is feeling better.

  • Susan
    February 24, 2010 at 9:01 pm

    Darby, what a fun time!! So glad y’all got to do that. My cousins have just finished building a gorgeous mtn home in NC, and have invited us to come. We need to do that!! Thanks for the reminder. I love the pictures!

    Thought about you today in Lifeway. I was browsing over the AW Tozer books and remembered that you had mentioned one ya’ll did…but I couldn’t remember which one it was! Mercy…it’s sad to get old!


  • Bailey
    February 24, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    1 Your photography gets better and better with each post. I like.
    2. This looks like SO MUCH FUN. Makes me want to call all of my besties for a weekend in the wild. Also makes me think I should enjoy this snow instead of cursing at it every day. SO glad y’all were able to pull it off! Hope the rovers are feeling better today.

  • Lauren Sheehan
    February 24, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Tommy is super cute…while I am sure he is looking for a very special Christian woman, I can’t imagine that many would turn him down! I sure wouldn’t!

  • the domestic fringe
    February 24, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Looks and sounds like you all had a wonderful weekend. Love the sledding photos. Looks like a black diamond hill for sure.


  • katie
    February 24, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    what a fun looking Trip!!!

  • Sarah
    February 24, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    looks like y’all had a great time with lots of fun and fellowship, thank the Lord for special friends.
    my hubs turns 32 on Monday and i don’t have near as much fun planned….great job wifey!

  • chesley
    February 24, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    looks like such a fun weekend with friends who know how to have a great time! great photos!!

  • Becca~TimeWellSpent
    February 24, 2010 at 9:58 pm

    Sounds like a perfect weekend and your pictures depict it well! The place you were at is gorgeous!
    I just learned to ski last week in my mid thirties, looks like sledding would be hard too. I was SORE the next day. Did you have to walk back up the hill? That’s a workout for sure!

  • Sherrie
    February 24, 2010 at 10:02 pm

    What an awesome vacation home. I love that you all went sledding. How fun!

  • katiep
    February 24, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    wow! this looks like so much fun and makes me wish i could’ve done that will my friends over the weekend! love this post 🙂

  • Ashley H.
    February 24, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    SMALL WORLD!!! Was just looking through your pictures and I recognized LA’s face!!! I worked with her about 6 years ago at Kids Across America Camps in Missouri. It was the summer that she had lost her brother. So weird that you know her! 🙂

  • Amber E
    February 24, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    What a great weekend! Looks like you have a great group of friends. I’m all for parents having a little “kid free” time, it really does help keep us sane!

  • laura
    February 24, 2010 at 10:51 pm

    Did you notice that in the pic your glasses were full of snow, and mine were snow-free? That’s what happens when you put your head down! hahaha! Many laughs. Thanks a latte.

  • Brooke G.
    February 24, 2010 at 11:02 pm

    That weekend looks like SOOOOOO much fun!!! Great photos 🙂

  • Kate McPherson
    February 24, 2010 at 11:20 pm

    Hey Darby! I’ve been reading your blog for the past couple of months and love it! I know who you are from Auburn, because we were the only McPhersons in the Glom! I have two older sisters that were there too. You have such a cute family! Just wanted to say hello! War Eagle!

  • Beth Goff
    February 24, 2010 at 11:26 pm

    Tommy was supposed to have a date 🙂 Natalie and I tried! I have only been on one trip with Tommy… Salt Lake City, and I can say I have NEVER laughed so much in my life!! I am sure that you had an amazing time and made wonderful memories! What a blessing!

  • Lindsay Lee
    February 24, 2010 at 11:41 pm

    How fun! It was like a couples retreat. LOVE IT! Every couple should do this sometime! 🙂

  • emily
    February 24, 2010 at 11:56 pm

    what a fun vacation!!! and seriously . . . what a beautiful cabin!!!

  • Adriana
    February 25, 2010 at 12:22 am

    This is the smallest world ever! My family vacationed in the blue ridge mountains this past december and we stayed really close to this house! My family drove by it one day and I looked at it and was in awe at how beautiful it was! Who knew I would come to know who it belonged to.

  • Hillary @ The Other Mama
    February 25, 2010 at 1:08 am

    Hysterical. Jeremiah’s glasses own me. The whole weekend looks like a blast and I’m glad y’all had a great time!

  • Kristen
    February 25, 2010 at 1:32 am

    Darby, this looks like so much FUN! How awesome that you got to take a trip up there with so many friends! Also, saw the sweet boots with the jeans tucked in, too cute! P.S. Your first picture with the coffee and the steam is amazing.

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  • Stefanie
    February 25, 2010 at 2:28 am

    Wow!! That sounds (looks) like SO much fun! And the house and surrounding areas are absolutely gorgeous!

  • beth
    February 25, 2010 at 8:31 am

    looks like you had so much fun!!

  • Kellie
    February 25, 2010 at 8:42 am

    What a fun time, with such wonderful people! Thanks for taking the time to share it with us all!

  • jade
    February 25, 2010 at 8:44 am

    wow! i love the title, in more ways than one. i am so inspired that you were all able to leave the kids behind and go. we would do it in a heartbeat, just would need other folks willing to do the same. 🙂 looks like such a fun time!

  • mommasis
    February 25, 2010 at 8:53 am

    what an amazing weekend. so deserved and looks like you made the most of it! I love you and wish we could have joined you!! xoxo

  • Katie
    February 25, 2010 at 9:07 am

    That looks like SO much fun! Oh my word, I’d give my “I” teeth to have a big bunch of friends like that. Y’all are blessed! Gorgeous cabin! (Love your boots…)

  • Katie
    February 25, 2010 at 9:09 am

    Y’all are so much fun! 30’s or not, you guys were troopers! Great way to make the most of a weekend without kiddos!

  • Abby Maddox
    February 25, 2010 at 9:18 am

    I have laughed and laughed and LAUGHED at this post!!!! It is just perfect. You captured it so well. And the picture with Tommy screaming about being available, has tickled me to distraction!! Then that picture with the sunglasses, Oh My! Hilaraious and even more great memories. Thanks again for having us!!!

  • Champagne Maker
    February 25, 2010 at 9:19 am

    Ok, can I just volunteer to be your ugly friend? You don’t have any! And as it appears to the folks you don’t know that stalk your blog (me and my daughter) you need an ugly friend to shake things up! You people are beautiful, I was already obsessed with your family…now you’ve thrown the NC mountains in on top. Wondering if you were near Asheville? It’s my favorite town here in NC! Thanks for sharing your life!

  • Jen
    February 25, 2010 at 9:24 am

    Looks like so much fun! It’s great to get away for a couples’ weekend like that. And, I can’t believe your buddy is single – I bet after this post, there will be plenty of ladies crawing out of the wood work!

  • Teresa
    February 25, 2010 at 9:31 am

    What a fun weekend!!! I am single, love the Lord and spend lots of time with married couples. Too bad I live in Charlotte, NC or I’d want to meet that cute Tommy!

  • Jill Cribb
    February 25, 2010 at 9:35 am

    Looks like y’all had a fabulous time. I am jealous! Mountains, friends, snow, wine, music – Glad y’all got to get away and enjoy. Hope the little ones are feeling better. The mountain house looks awesome. You know the most people with fabulous homes! Thanks for sharing your pictures with us.

  • Carrie
    February 25, 2010 at 9:48 am

    It’s hard to beat a weekend full of laughing, and sledding!

  • Mandy
    February 25, 2010 at 9:54 am

    So fun….I am jealous…hope you are able to rest and recover this week….Now you need a girl’s weekend get-a-way there to sew and craft for the Spring/Easter, drink coffee, sit in your pjs, go to bed at a decent hour and read by the fire…oh and drink some wine:) Can you tell I need a vacation? Have a good week! Mandy

  • Laura
    February 25, 2010 at 10:01 am

    Looks like y’all had a blast! Your pictures are fabulous. From this single girl in NW GA…sure wish lower AL was closer!

  • Maribeth
    February 25, 2010 at 10:15 am

    Hi Darby, I have been following your blog for a few years and never have commented but have always wanted to! I have gotten several friends to follow your blog. We talk about you like you’re our BFF. 🙂 I loved this post! What a wonderful time to fellowship with friends! I am loving some Tommy!!!!! I am always the single girl who goes on all the couples retreats! I hope your kiddos are getting well!! Have a great day!

  • Katie
    February 25, 2010 at 10:48 am

    The cabin is gorgeous! Looks like a fab time!

  • Tara
    February 25, 2010 at 10:58 am

    What a blast. You had me laughing, I totally understand that 30 is too old to sled. We went once this season and after using our hard plastic sleds this couple offered us their Innertube one, oh It was so much better, we flew, and it didn’t hurt the whole was down. What a blessing that your family has a place you can enjoy with friends.

  • Carrie
    February 25, 2010 at 11:28 am

    looks like so much fun! you don’t know me and i have only commented a few times, but two of those couples are sweet sweet friends of ours from college!(salters and refroes) jealous you got to spend the weekend with them, but glad you are getting to know them as well!

  • eringianni
    February 25, 2010 at 11:37 am

    That looks like a load of fun!!! And I hear you on the sledding. Pietro had me try it down a HUGE mountain last year with kids… we are talking a whole mountain that people also ski down. It was mixed, some easy, some steeper parts. I’ll just say what takes a normal person 45 min to get down with great ease took me an hour and a half… I literally ‘breaked’ the ENTIRE way down. I am not made for speed. And just so no one laughs too much… I actually know a woman who ripped her ACL this winter sledding with her kids, she had to have a 2 hour surgery and 3 nights in the hospital! So it’s not so innocent after all!

  • Sara Jane
    February 25, 2010 at 11:37 am

    You can go ahead and give Tommy my #. 🙂

  • D
    February 25, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Makes me miss Southwest VA and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

  • Melissa
    February 25, 2010 at 11:56 am

    Looks like an amazing time was had by all! And that cabin is gorgeous! I am insanely jealous. Can I be your friend?? Maybe I can be Tommy’s date – ha. Good for all of you for taking time to be couples away from children.

  • amy
    February 25, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    i love that first pic. all of them really.
    looks like you had a blast. i’m off to plan a beach trip–just looking at that snow was making me COLD!! 🙂

  • Kaela
    February 25, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    fun, fun, FUN!

  • Alison Todd
    February 25, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Darby…I LOVE this post!! It looks like y’all had such a fabulous time. What great pics!!

  • Lexi
    February 25, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    Um, you never told that that Justin’s parents were winners of the HGTV Dream Home, is that “cabin” for real? You and your friends look like a J Crew add, seriously, how awesome to have such great friends and a nurturing weekend!

  • sherry
    February 25, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    love the pictures and the post! looks like so much fun! isn’t it great to have friends to laugh and have fun with?

  • Kim Kosek
    February 25, 2010 at 4:01 pm

    Hello Darby…Amy Norris told me about your website. It’s so cute…what a fun read! Looking forward to keeping up with your blog!

  • Blossoms and Vintage
    February 25, 2010 at 5:00 pm

    Ok, it’s a really small world! I was going to tell you that I do know your friends Missy and Kevin at MSU….had met them before, and then I just recently spent a Saturday with them at a little day retreat on Marriage and Family! I told her that I had found your blog. I enjoyed getting to know them a little more, especially since we’re working along side each other here. 🙂
    And, now, I totally know Andy and LA! We all lived in MO at the same time and they were in the Kanakuk Institute with my husband, Matt Jolley. Crazy small world! Now I just saw someone else knew them from KAA.
    BTW, thanks for the ad info…..hopefully soon!!
    I loved the pics in this post!

  • Jennifer
    February 25, 2010 at 5:08 pm

    How absolutely, positively, 100% fabulous. What an inspiration, makes me want to gather a group and do the same myself!! I’m glad you had fun and hope your kids are feeling better and you are able to catch up on sleep VERY soon!

  • Jenna
    February 25, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Oh, Darby, that looks like SOOO much fun! I am so grateful that the Lord gives us friends to laugh and cry and worship and fellowship with. Friends are a true blessing, aren’t they. 🙂

  • Chrissy
    February 25, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Oh my gosh, your pictures of this trip are amazing!! What a fun group of friends! It looks like you guys had a total blast!!!!! I hope you guys do get to do it yearly!

  • Amanda @ Serenity Now
    February 25, 2010 at 8:30 pm

    I think that cabin is nicer than my house. 😉 Can’t believe you were all able to get away from home at one time. That’s amazing! I am so envious…we’ve had a hard time making couple friends, especially ones we can go away with. Our Sunday School class is great, but everyone is so busy….Love the photos. Hope you find someone special for Tommy. 😉

  • Montye
    February 25, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    All I can say is…. That looks like such fun!!!

  • Anya
    February 25, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    Wow, Tommy is so good looking! And such a great laugh first thing in the morning! I wish I lived closer!

  • katherine
    February 25, 2010 at 10:44 pm

    so fun!! glad you all had such a great weekend! feel free to share more pics of that “cabin” … looks divine!

  • Brandi
    February 25, 2010 at 10:48 pm

    What a great post Darby! Looks like so much fun. What a blessing to have a bunch of friends that you can still find time to share and grow with. You’re a lucky woman. The home is gorgeous!

    I wouldn’t be surprised if these women wanted to meet Tommy just to get to you 🙂 You look like the most fun friend to have! It would be a great benefit to say the least.

    Many blessings to you and your family.

  • Angie
    February 26, 2010 at 10:00 am

    Oh my goodness. I know Tommy. What a small world. My husband and I used to live in Dothan, AL where we worked for YoungLife. We were friends with Tommy, his brother and his parents. What a small world. He is such a great guy!

  • Emily Jones
    February 26, 2010 at 11:45 am

    Hey Darby!
    Are you serious about setting Tommy up? To be subtle like you were :), I am available too and would love for you to pass on my email to him. It’s emilyelizabethjones@gmail.com. From everything you said, he’s definitely my type!

  • Beth
    February 26, 2010 at 9:35 pm

    Looks like a fun weekend! I live in SC about 45 minutes from Cashiers, so we’ll have to try the Orchard! We love Cashiers and Highlands. You have to take your kids to little sliding rock in Cashiers in August- when the water is barely warm enough for me!

  • Jennifer Womble
    March 8, 2010 at 4:03 pm

    Hello Darby! War Eagle! I loved this post…we got some great snow in Nashville a few weeks back and enjoyed some sledding fun as well…until I crashed! I wrote a short blog post about the whole crazy deal – https://bit.ly/9Ctade. Thanks for such a great blog.
    PS – I tried the homemade heating pads you posted…and I love them!