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Sisterhood & Motherhood

Happy Friday, Rovers! The sun is shining here which makes me very happy. My teeth are also very clean for the first time in many years. I won’t tell you how long it had been since I had been to the dentist… but a lot.ย  I was totally convinced every tooth in my head was rotting out but thankfully I left with a good report of no cavities! Although I do have to get my wisdom teeth all yanked soon {all are in & I should have had this done about 10+ years ago} and then after they’re out I’m probably going to get braces on the bottom. Just what I wanted for my 30th birthday! ๐Ÿ™‚

I’m not here to talk about my teeth but my sister, first, then my kids. Because I love both my sister and my kids to the core of their beings from the core of mine. I’m not sure if you’ve ever had the pleasure of opening a major magazine and seeing your sister’s face plastered across several of it’s pages but for me it was thrilling and most definitely blog-worthy. I’m thinking about having the articles matted and framed to hang around my home…. that’s how proud I am!


I feel certain she doesn’t like me to brag on her but what kind of sister would I be if I didn’t mention this? Coastal Living magazineย has featured 3 of her fabulous kitchens in their March issue {which I think is in bookstores now and coming to newstands soon!}. I’m thrilled because I think she’s the most talented & deservingย person currently exisiting on our planet, she’s stinkin’ hilarious, and she shared a womb with me for the first 9 months of our lives and a room with me for the first 20-something years of our lives

I talk to her at least once a day, usually 5, and we are also online chatters. Our online conversations are always very serious and in most of our chats we try to solve the world’s problems. Like this one from last week that I pirated from gmail …

Erika: do you watch 30Rock on NBC on Thurs
Erika: it is so funny
me: no
Erika: they talk about YouFace
me: i don’t watch anything
Erika: when you have a free minute go watch it online you can watch online
me: except celebrity rehab
Erika: it is so funny
me: on VH1
Erika: i love celebrity rehab
me: and it makes me cry and not sleep at night
Erika: and intervention
me: because those people are so lost
Erika: it is so awful but so good i know. it’s sad
me: especially dennis rodman ugh
Erika: maybe you could invite him over sometime to make a heated rice bag or something
me: and then thereโ€™s this new girl who’s aย brat
Erika: or some mice kisses now THAT would make for some good blog material
me: theres no doubt i could win him over with a mouse kiss or dishmat
Erika: Darby & Dennis Rodman

Ok, so pick up the March issue of Coastal Living… it’s slammed full of beautiful inspiration {and my sister too}!

Ok, before I move on… I need to clarify something from the last post.


If it were we would not have shared a room with another couple. ๐Ÿ™‚ Don’t get me wrong, their house is fabulous in every way, just a little bit smaller way.

We are still running an infirmary here at the house. The kids are all feeling better but to be safe we’re taking the entire week off from preschool and other routine things. Which has unfortunately resulted in cabin fever and slight agitation from all members of the family. As of yesterday, the kids had climbed the walls for 4 days straight.

John Martin found my purse and my gum…ย and was convinced he was hiding it in his mouth so well that I’d never know he had it.

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Don’t worry, much to his dismay, I quickly fished the gum from his jaws.

Yesterday, to relieve us of our cabin fever, we met Justin for a quick field trip to the great outdoors.







It was just what the doctor mother ordered. The fresh air and sunshine wore them out! We came home and had a few desperately needed haircuts last night…

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And for the first time in many, many, many nights…. everyone slept ALL NIGHT {including me}! Thank you, Lord!

Have a good weekend… Rover sends a slobbery gum kiss your way.

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ps- If you’ve inquired about advertising for March and not heard from me please email me again I had a few email issues earlier this month ads@flythroughourwindow.com !

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  • Jennifer
    February 26, 2010 at 12:08 pm

    Yay for Erika! I’m going to snatch that issue up asap. I was completely bummed because my Southern Living subscription was done the issue before the one she was in, and you just can’t buy Southern Living in Maine! (And currently no cash for a renewal; we have a heating system to purchase!)
    Glad the family is feeling better; those are great outdoor pics!
    Have a wonderful weekend,

  • kasey
    February 26, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Congrats to your sister. That is great. I enjoy reading your blog and see all the neat things you do with your family.

  • Janna
    February 26, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    That is so great! Congrats to your sister!

    I have identical twin boys (almost two) so when I read about your relationship with your sister, I got a little teary-eyed…

  • Autumn
    February 26, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    That is awesome for Erika! What great publicity on how talented she is… Your kids are so stinkin’ cute!

  • Bailey
    February 26, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    As always…the pics of your babies break my heart they are so sweet.
    Yay Erika! I can’t wait to pick up the issue! If I had a mommasissy as talented as Erika I would brag about her all day!

    Your gchat seriously cracks me up. Picturing you having a Come to Jesus with Dennis Rodman. He’d be all “Naw Darbs, you don’t understand. I got this. Drinkins’ what I do. Now can we reheat my rice pack? My achin’ bones are gettin’ cold”

  • Karrie
    February 26, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    I just recently subscribed to Coastal Living and hope I receive this issue! I have loved everything that I’ve see by Erika so far (she designs rooms that are not only pretty but look so comfortable!). Both you and your sister are very talented ladies!

  • erika (mommasissy)
    February 26, 2010 at 12:42 pm

    Um hello. I cannot believe you. You bless me to tears. Thanks for loving me. And for plastering our private gmail chats on the www. I love you. You know there are much funnier chat logs than that one… less appropriate too perhaps. ๐Ÿ˜‰ I love you sister. Miss you!!! XOXO

  • Jacci
    February 26, 2010 at 12:43 pm

    Hi, Darby!!! We’ve been potty training around here and my online time has been dramatically decreased, but after a day or two of DRY britches, I decided to splurge and check a few blogs. I smiled when I saw your had posted ๐Ÿ™‚

    Your sister is a rock star. For reals. First Southern Living (totally bought it) and now Coastal Living. I am SOOOOOO glad she’s getting so much publicity!! Hooray!

    Your weekend looks like it was a total blast. Had me coming up with some scheme to do something similar soon before a few good military friends head out for their next assignments. Thanks for the potty break!

    ~Jacci in Ohio

  • Tara
    February 26, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Congrats to Erica! I’m such a dork – I want to run out and buy a copy of that magazine right now. I already get Southern Living and it was so fun to see the house she did for your friends. What an amazing talent.

    Such a fun blog post! Thanks for keeping me coming back for more! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Tara
    February 26, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Oops – I meant Erika with a K!

  • Jill Cribb
    February 26, 2010 at 12:55 pm

    Oh goody! Another magazine featuring Erika! I am going right now to pick it up. The Southern Living Fearure was great! Congratulations to her! I know you are proud of her. She is so talented, as you are too. I am proud of her and I don’t even know her, except in the blog world. Glad everyone is feeling better.

  • Lisa @ lists in my pocket
    February 26, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Congrats to Erika! She is definitely deserving.

    So glad your rovers are feeling better. I love the girls’ little quilted jackets – where are they from?

  • Christina
    February 26, 2010 at 12:57 pm

    Congrats to your fabulous sister! You’re both so amazingly talented. That photo with your husband’s wedding ring and your son’s foot melted my heart. Looks like you had a really fun weekend (previous post) and it made me want to plan a getaway with our friends.

  • Sarah
    February 26, 2010 at 1:08 pm

    Love the little pic of your sisters kitchen- I want to go to there:) Funny that you posted that the house wasn’t your in-laws because I was thinking aw man- I got to get to know this girl and get invited to a weekend away-Beautiful! (Though I’m sure their house is just as beautiful:) Glad everyone is feeling well. Thanks for posting about your life, I always enjoy flying through your window while my rovers nap:) I’m a DORK!

  • Kelly
    February 26, 2010 at 1:10 pm

    I was gonna say the cabin looked more like a lodge to me… Love Coastal Living Magazine!!! That is so cool that your sis is in it! Your outdoors look amazing… you don’t appreciate things until there gone, AZ has a lot of gravel yards and tons of cactus. So your crisp winter trees look really inviting!
    Living in the Valley of the Sun,

  • Mott @ The Courtyard Gate
    February 26, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    So glad you have happier news! Hated to hear the babies were sick. That’s always so hard on a mom when you’re cooped up with them and they don’t want to be there. Mine are grown but I do remember! ๐Ÿ™‚ Congrats to your sister and your pics here are amazing! Thanks for sharing! Oh and Bailey’s comment {5th one} totally cracked me up about the conversation you and Dennis Rodman would have! LOL

  • Kim Kosek
    February 26, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Great, great pictures during your outside adventure! I can’t wait to get my coastal living and see your sister’s work!

  • Mandy
    February 26, 2010 at 1:15 pm

    I picked up Coastal Living at the airport a few days ago and was so excited when I opened it up on the airplane and saw her in the article! Her article made it totally worth paying $5 for the whole magazine! Between CL and SL, it’s no wonder she got back to working so soon after the baby was born!

  • rhonda
    February 26, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Yeah for Mommasissy! Love, love, love the perspective on rover’s shoe and daddy’s hand! Great shot there! And the girls little green coats are sooo cute! Glad yall are feeling better!!!

  • Lane
    February 26, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Can’t wait to get the March issue of CL! John Martin’s hair cut is sooo adorable! I’ve been waiting for my son’s hair to grow out so he can sport that same ‘do! My son got stitches on his forhead three weeks ago and it’ll be a good scar hider too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • pam
    February 26, 2010 at 1:32 pm

    ooooh, can’t wait for my march cl!. the girls in the green coats/pink hats are beyond adorable. and…. my sister got braces for the first time at 44 to straighten her lower teeth. easy peasy. pam

  • Leslie
    February 26, 2010 at 1:36 pm

    The picture of your husband holding your son on his shoulders is so precious! What a great shot :).

  • Carolyn
    February 26, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    I like seeing you and your sister’s gmail convos! Looks like mine with my sisters. I have three..ages 34, 27 and 17! (3 brothers too…yes, we’re Catholic) I’m your age. And living in Austria..I miss them TERRIBLY! You and your sister are so cute and are good sister role models! And I’m Aunt Coco, but loving the name MommaSissy!

  • Jennifer
    February 26, 2010 at 1:51 pm

    All I can say is…I love you. Seriously. I know that I don’t REALLY know you…but I love you. lol P.S. I am married…to a man. ๐Ÿ˜‰ And let me clarify…you are just all things that I feel are RIGHT with this world. I feel that we need A LOT more Darby’s on earth…and preferably within my 610 area code. You’re my hero! P.S. I am so blessed to have an Erika in my life as well…only her name is Julie…and she is not my twin…but she IS my best friend and like you, I am so unbelievably blessed to have a sister. It is one of God’s greatest gifts…I am sure of it. P.S.S. She loves you too. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • jesslee
    February 26, 2010 at 2:10 pm

    wow. amazing. love it. going to get mine. now.

  • Katie
    February 26, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Congrats to Erika! That’s awesome! Love the gum-filled-juicy mouth pics! So cute! Hope y’all have a great weekend!

  • Ellen
    February 26, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    Must say I was ready to run out and buy the mag that Erika is in, til you said Coastal Living, and now I just have to wait for my subscription to arrive. I love the girls pink and green coats, care to share where they came from?

  • Katie
    February 26, 2010 at 2:20 pm

    congrats to Erika! that is amazing. and your love for your sis reminds me of how i love mine (both of ’em!)!!

  • beki
    February 26, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    Yay for Erika! I wish I had read this a few hours earlier, like before I went to B&N. I guess I’ll be making a return trip:-) Oh, and don’t feel bad about your teeth. I went for the first time in many years a few years ago, but my report wasn’t so good. I had a ton of cavities and I need to have my wisdom teeth out. Most of the cavities are taken care of, but I’ve been putting off that appointment with the oral surgeon (ugh!). When those are out, I want braces too, but just on top.

  • Sara
    February 26, 2010 at 2:39 pm

    Congratulations to your family, that’s so exciting about Erica! I’ve followed her blog now for some time and am always impressed by her talent. Sorry to hear that the kiddos are still sick, hope they feel better soon.

  • Sarah@Clover Lane
    February 26, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    One of the first things I noticed about you is what incredibly perfect teeth you have. I thought they were maybe those fake celebrity teeth! Really! Braces? No way!
    Hope everyone gets better quickly!

  • Dianne
    February 26, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    I am so happy for Erika. One of the highlights of my art career was having my paintings in one of the Coastal Living Idea houses a few years ago. Bravo Erika!

  • Lori
    February 26, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    oh my goodness – hilarious gum pictures!!! Congrats to your sisters – I enjoyed her SL article.

  • sherry
    February 26, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    i agree with sarah’s comment about your teeth, i’ve always coveted your beautiful white teeth and pretty smile!

    your rover is toooo cute!

  • Erin
    February 26, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    Okay, that does it! I just have to leave a comment. I have been biting my lip, wringing my hands, hemming and hawing because it would pain me to think about you never even noticing it. But I don’t care, I must get this off my chest. I love your heart! And I am absolutely sure that if we lived near each other we would be good friends, the kind of friends who meet on Friday afternoons eating Twizzlers, drinking diet coke, loving on each other’s children, discussing the most recent Celebrity rehab (LIVE for it, love Mackenzie Philips..please, please tell me that that they will invite her to be the new in-house counselor..she would be SO GREAT! As for that new little girl…not so sad to see her go), sharing what God has been revealing to us through our lives, books, fellowship, children, etc. Last week I was SO CLOSE to finally responding because you mentioned two of my favorite authors: Tozer (Knowing God just expanded my finite view of the infinite God we love) and Brother Lawrence (my mom introduced me to him through Devotional Classics when I was a senior in high school and he has been such a dear friend to me ever since). Also, considering your recent inspiration/revelation about the sacredness of all we do each and every day I have a wonderful book that I read in high school and reread every few years. Let me warn you, the title may sound..corny…but fear not! It is a delicious read with the premise being that as God is a Creator and we are made in His image we are called to be creative in all we do (as moms) with our homes, families, meals, etc. The big reveal now: The Hidden Art of Homemaking by Edith Schaeffer. Easy read, so applicable, inspiring, and refreshing. It is NOT a formulaic how to raise a Godly home type of book. Okay, what else do I need to cover with you before we can be good friends? 1. I am not a stalker. 2. I am a mom of two gorgeous red heads, Henry and Sadie, and wife to the gorgeous Peter Lima, Jr. We live in Boston right now. It is our 8th home in our 11 years of marriage. 3. I so appreciate your vulnerability, honesty, humor, and unabashed/unjaded excitement about Jesus and what God is doing in your life. Thank you for being real, and thank you for reading this. I hope your family has a wonderful weekend, enjoy the sunshine! ….4. I’m so stoked to check out your sister’s article in my Coastal Living. It is downstairs on my coffee table but I’m saving it for my flight next week. CAN’T WAIT!

  • Katherine
    February 26, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    Get those wisdom teeth out ASAP! I was 32 and had three taken out at once (I didn’t have 4….genetic freak!) The best part was the sleeping gas…I remember talking and the next thing I woke up and it was all over…..the worst part was waiting until I was 32 to have my wisdom teeth out…the older you are, the worse the recovery is (hate to break it to you, but someone has to!)

    As always, I love your blog…your family is adorable, I love your sister too and can’t wait for my issue of Coastal Living to get here! Glad everyone is feeling better!

  • Andrea
    February 26, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    I just made a dentist appointment today for the first time in years and all I could think was “ahh they are going to tell me all my teeth have rotted and are going to fall out”. You have instilled a sense of peace so I am won’t stress out too bad before I get in there to have them clean up my pearly whites!

  • Laura
    February 26, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Running out now to get a copy of CL because Erika is sooo talented and deserves every bit of your bragging! As always your pictures capture such sweet details and it seems that the personalities jump through my screen. The picture of the girls hugging in their matching coats is so sweet. And Rover…priceless! By the way, Erika isn’t the only talented one – you are are too…and hilarious! Wish you were closer so we could be real, in person friends!!

  • Courtney Walsh
    February 26, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    The slobbery gum kisses made me laugh out loud…

    Congrats to your sister on her success! I can’t wait to check out that magazine! ๐Ÿ™‚ woohoo!!

  • cassidy
    February 26, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    First, today I was counting how many years since the dentist for me(WAY to many) and then thought of the fear that all of my teeth would have to get fillings. Second, Your sister deserves some sisterly bragging, what an awesome accomplishment. I will have to go to B&N to look at it. Thirs,I almost peed my pants reading ya’lls chat. And I do agree with her, you should watch 30 rock. So stinking funny. Ok, I have to know, where did you get your girls’ precious cowboy boots?? My girlie needs some pronto!

  • Amanda @ Serenity Now
    February 26, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    How cool to have a sis featured in Coastal Living. Your mom and dad must be so proud to have two talented daughters. ๐Ÿ™‚ I think you and I must be about the same age…my bday is in April and I will be (gasping, hyperventilating) 30. But I tell everyone “twenty-faux.” ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • Devon
    February 26, 2010 at 5:57 pm

    Another well-deserved spread for Erika. That’s wonderful.

    Loved your post Darby! I’m lucky enough to have a sister and always appreciate how your posts remind me how special our relationship truly is. Although today we were im’ing about vaccinations for kids vs. trashy TV. I really need to change our focus back to discussing the cover of US Magazine. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • jenn
    February 26, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    Hooray for Erika!!! That is fabulous! Rover cracks me up…and I am so happy for you that you ALL slept through the night! How absolutely wonderful!

  • alison g. (brazil)
    February 26, 2010 at 6:25 pm

    Simply can’t wait for my new CL to arrive – and probably won’t, because I’ll finally be in the States, and can go pick one up! I’m so excited for E’s publications – first the Southern Living, now Coastal Living – you’re certainly not the only person who feels she deserves it.

    OMGosh – WHEN did Rover morph from baby boy to little guy? It seems to happen so quickly with little boys – my daughter’s good friend, Michael did the same thing – we went away for three weeks at Christmas – when we left he still resembled a baby a bit, when we returned, he was all “big” boy. {sigh}

  • Kelly
    February 26, 2010 at 7:07 pm

    I have a twin sister and we talk multiple times a day! We are best of friends and sometimes worse enemies. ๐Ÿ˜‰ But we are always there for each other. That is so sweet of you to brag about your sis…she definitely deserves it! Congrats to her!! I love Coastal Living…I love to pretend that one day I will have a beach house and can use all their great ideas on decorating.

    I love seeing your pictures and following your posts. Thanks for keeping it real! BTW, where did you get the girls adorable green jackets? Love them!

    Have a great weekend!

  • amanda
    February 26, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    i subscribe to coastal living and could not wait to get in bed this week w/ my new issue…have a house full of flu bugs here (now me too!) so it was a major treat to see erika, you are so stinkin lucky…a sister…a cool, decorator sista!!! LOVE jm and the gum!!!

  • AshleyB
    February 26, 2010 at 7:56 pm


    Love, love, love your site! I always enjoy reading what’s going on. Congrats to the sister. I know that you are so proud of her. Hope that great things keep coming your way!!

  • T.J.
    February 26, 2010 at 8:09 pm

    The chat made me laugh out loud. Hilarous! Thanks for sharing. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Hannah
    February 26, 2010 at 9:12 pm

    First, I love your blog! It brightens my day when I see a new post to read. Second, Your children are too stinkin’ cute. And last but not least, Im in the same dental boat as you are! It had been years since my teeth were cleaned and the first thing my dentist asked was when I was planning on having my wisdom teeth extracted! Well, my wizzy’s were finally pulled last friday. It was a piece of cake…I was up and running the very next day(two were impacted..not good)! Braces for my bottom teeth are also in my very near future. Not so thrilled about that…being 22 and single doesnt mix very well with a mouth full of metal! But I keep reminding myself that the end result will be worth it!

    Ps. Can’t wait for my March issue of Coastal Living to arrive….your sister is incredibly talented!

  • Katie
    February 26, 2010 at 9:27 pm

    Hearing (reading) your conversation with your sister reminds me of what the convos between me and my sister sound like. We talk every morning for about an hour…it is referred to (mostly by our husbands) as the morning talk show. Ha! But y’all’s conversation sounds just like our “scripts.” Speaking of sisters….that precious sister hug between your girls…ohhh. ;o)

  • Amanda Thrasher
    February 26, 2010 at 10:59 pm

    Run, don’t walk. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200. Go straight to a photography contest and enter with your red tennis shoe on daddy’s shoulder and coffee from last post. You are a talent! can’t wait to see Erika’s as well—getting it tomorrow. I’m trying to save my pennies to hire her. Gosh knows with all this good PR though she’s probably quickly getting out of my price range. xoxoxo–A

  • Cheryl @ a pretty cool life.
    February 27, 2010 at 2:49 am

    You give me hope. I haven’t been to the dentist in 18+ months and am positive I have a cavity in each one. I also need to have all of my wisdom teeth pulled…not something I’m looking forward to, so no news is good news.

    Sad thing is my dad is my dentist! :O

    Great pics as always. The one with the red shoe is really awesome.

    Have a great weekend.

  • Tonia Hobbs
    February 27, 2010 at 7:09 am

    I will pick up the March Issue. . . you and your sister are gorgeous! It should be a crime! LOL!

  • Lauryn
    February 27, 2010 at 10:01 am

    this post makes me laugh! thank you for that! This week has been stressful. I also hereby request more play by play phone conversations with your sister. Might be my favorite part of the post. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • khaliah
    February 27, 2010 at 10:37 am

    OMG where did you get the girls green jacket with the flap in the back. Those are to die for. Did you make it.

  • Annmarie
    February 27, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Well, I have the March “Coastal Living” in my hot little hands!! My next door neighbor subscribes – so those issues have already landed in the Northeast! IT IS STUNNING!!! SIX pages of glorious kitchens, beautiful photography, and little Erika Heads!! It is chock-full of resources and real tips from the Queen herself! Congrats to all – your family must be very proud!!

  • Julie Marie Portraits
    February 27, 2010 at 6:32 pm

    Congrats to your sister you bothare so talented. I, too, have a twin sister and our relationship seems so much like you and your sister’s.

  • edie
    February 27, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    dearie sweetie darby,
    oh i have so many things i want love to chat with you about. can’t we just meet at starbucks?
    first, when are we meeting up in real life? if you can make it to knoxville tom night, our local presbyterian church is hosting an ‘evening with c.s. lewis’. i’m so excited and i’ll most certainly think of you. just haul the sickies on up here and i’ll tend them back to wellness and we’ll cook and sew and talk and make cupcakes and plant a seed garden.
    second, i’m in love with everything erica does. her work is amazing. you two are so blessed.
    third, the rice bags are so much fun—-and my hilarious children make them even more fun than they were originally intended.
    fourth, if i told you how long it’s been since i’ve had a pap smear, you would chastise me all the way to the gynecologist and back. let’s see, the littlest one is 7……so yeah, 8 years!! yikes. i know, i know. i pinky swear i’ll go soon. and good for you on the ‘no cavity’ report.
    and lastly, thank you for sharing your sweet and sacred moments with us. i’m really grateful and want you to know that what you do makes a difference in the lives of others.
    lots of love to all the fam!

  • the domestic fringe
    February 27, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    Your family is SO beautiful! Congrats to your sister for her awesome work. You’ve much to be proud of.


  • Marcie
    February 27, 2010 at 10:46 pm

    Darby, I feel like I know you…I LOVE reading your blog and my favorite picture ever is your JM’s red keds with you husband’s hand on his leg……love it. You are so talented. I would love to hire you to take photos of my own three..keep up the good work…

  • Lizziefitz
    February 28, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Stop reading this comment and go frame the red Ked wedding ring on dad picture now! I don’t think I have ever seen anything more darling !!!!

  • Julie Ann
    February 28, 2010 at 10:56 am

    I stumbled across your site via b*spoke and feel it was providential. I just got my C.Living in the mail and loved your sister’s rooms. Was pulling pages to add to my idea book.
    I also must add you are a HOOT! I thought my friends setting me up with unemployed, just out of re-hab, no driver license men- living in their parents basement, and who just need a good woman like me to take care of them kind of men was funny. I mean really, seriously (can you hear the SNL sarcasm?), do they not know me?!?!?!! But you posting your single friend with I’M AVAILABLE across his chest for all your readers to see made me laugh and just think…Now, there is love! You are a good friend! I also thought; Now Lord, there is a man who is set-up worthy.
    You have been bookmarked. Can’t wait to see what tomorrow brings. Thanks for being a kindred spirit.

  • Sandi
    February 28, 2010 at 12:54 pm

    I just LOVE your blog (and mamasissy’s too)…yes I am a blog-stalker! Thanks for being such a real person, the South must be full of great people…makes me want to move there. Bless you for your open and honest views and for making me LMAO at some of your posts. Have a blessed and beautiful day!

  • sloan
    February 28, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    glad to hear you guys are on the mend, that must’ve been a tough homecoming from your fabulous weekend away (btw, loooved those photos, you have such talent behind the lens!) … what beautiful words you shared about erika, isn’t the bond between sisters amazing – you two are so blessed to have one another!

  • Emily
    February 28, 2010 at 8:41 pm

    What a sweet post! Thank you for bragging about your sister’s article! I’m beyond obsessed with her design – I love her blog – that’s how I found yours! Now I follow both! Glad you got out in the nice weather!

  • Amy
    February 28, 2010 at 8:54 pm

    So I have been reading your blog for awhile now and I L to the O to the V to the E it! The pictures of the gum chewer are a little bit better than fabulous.

  • Melise
    February 28, 2010 at 9:21 pm

    CONGRATS to Erika!!! Awesome! And PS- me and my sis have the same exact chats! She’s been in Breckenridge for the last week and I’ve missed our chats!! This makes me miss her even more!

  • krista
    February 28, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    What a fun post!! I could actually hear you and Erika in my head when I read your chat! Congrats to Erika, I need to scoot over to her blog and tell her how AWESOME she is!!! Costal living sooooo fun!! BTW you go watch you some 30 rock, you will laugh your pants off, one of my favorites!!! Oh, jm with the gum, too cute!!

  • Montye
    February 28, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    So excited for your sister… she has such a gift. As for your wisdom teeth post… I too had mine out (all four) when I turned 30 and then got braces. Not fun, but you’ll be pleased with the results in the long run.

  • Stefanie
    February 28, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    So exciting for your sister! I’m always looking for great inspiration pics, in the event that I’m lucky enough to remodel my kitchen one day, and can’t wait to spend an hour digging into that issue!
    Sorry the kids are still under the weather. ๐Ÿ™ Hope they’re feeling better now!

  • Mary Frances
    February 28, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    I was at Barnes and Noble last night, and when I saw Erika’s picture I squealed, “I LOVE HER!!!!” I startled the poor folks standing beside me! I gobbled up the great issue…these homes were sooo different than the home she did in Southern Living, but still sooo Erika. I was delighted to hear you had no cavities…I had my first, and so far, my only one at 37 (I’m 49)…but I had my wisdom teeth out ONE at a time…OUCH!!! We moved a lot when I was younger…my son and daughter both had them out in their late teens, early twenties…ask for a steroid medi-pac to prevent swelling…it made all the difference for my daughter. A short plea to Edie! Please, please get a pap smear yearly!!! I have only had one sexual partner, no HPV, but unfortunately cervical/uterine cancer runs in my family. I was the youngest to be diagnosed with in situ cervical cancer at age 34…I had a cone biopsy, radiation, but no hysterectomy, even though I had had a tubal ligation. I will be fifty in October, still have a regular 28 day cycle, and am not on hormone replacement. Most importantly…I was around to finish raising my children, who are now 23 and 25!! Make an appointment TODAY!!!
    Mary Frances

  • Kelly@TearingUpHouses
    February 28, 2010 at 11:21 pm

    Congrats to your sister! How exciting! She does great work.


  • Stacey
    March 1, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Congrats to your sister! Hope the family starts feeling better soon!

  • beth
    March 1, 2010 at 11:20 am

    wow!! congrats to your sister!!

  • AMY
    March 4, 2010 at 3:01 pm

    How funny! I picked up Coastal Living yesterday, and I recognized your sister before I read your post! Wow! She is very good at what she does. No wonder you are proud. Aren’t sisters wonderful? (-:


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