76 In Life

They’re Back: DDoll, Rodents & Crazy Love

Today the sun is shining, which makes me glad. But yesterday the sun was not shining and that made me sad.

So I first took to a tissue…

Then I took to the couch…

Nothing like a new ‘do, a new book, with an appropriate February “theme” and a bag of kisses to start February off right. This book is about God’s love and yet, for a while, I kept thinking of my husband because our first dance was to Crazy Love by Bob Dylan & Van Morrison {you should add it to your itunes}.

While I was thinking about my husband {whom I love deeply and who is an archaeologist} I thought it was an appropriate time to share this…

And considering he has the youth of Favre I hope it’s true. Especially if he’s still jumping couches at 70 and I more closely resemble an artifact.

Before I polished off the kisses I stopped myself and remembered that I had to make some Valentine’s rodents with them.

So, rodents we made and giggle we did and it turned our frowns upside down.


If you were around last year, you may remember, we made them last Valentine’s Day too…. this year we made one minor modification; we used a a small punched heart instead of cutting out foam and just used tacky glue instead of sticky squares. It was much easier this way!


Rodent you be ours?

** Mouse idea originated from Family Fun Magazine online but can’t locate the link.

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  • Downtown Southern
    February 10, 2010 at 11:16 am

    Just stumbled across your blog recently and I have to say I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it!!! You’re so clever and your pictures are great! The ddoll is hilarious!! Have a great day!

  • Cousin
    February 10, 2010 at 11:28 am

    You’re hilarious! I love Darby Doll and her new “do!” Thanks for making me laugh;) Love you!

  • Kate
    February 10, 2010 at 11:42 am

    That doll is killing me. I cannot look at my daughter’s American Girl without nearly peeing my pants.

    The rodents are cute, for rodents. Fun project for a snowy day! Thanks for all the laughs!!

  • Megan
    February 10, 2010 at 11:44 am

    I LOVE these entries! As always, fabulous pictures!

    Valentine’s Day is right around the corner….. good for you!

    Off to start a load of laundry…. and cook up lunch!

    Cheers to Wednesday!

  • Amy
    February 10, 2010 at 11:47 am

    I love it all!!! The “rodents” are just in time for Tuck’s preschool party tomorrow. I’m going at lunch to pick up the material. SO EXCITED!!!! Thanks so much for sharing your creativity!

  • rachel
    February 10, 2010 at 11:49 am

    oh the life of the darby doll! love it!

    crazy love has been my all-time favorite song. i made a playlist for february on itunes and it played right as i read your post – craziness! i remember searching forever to get the version w/ dylan & morrison. ( :

  • Katie
    February 10, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Darby Doll always makes me smile! :o) CUTE RODENTS!

  • Jessica {lovely jubbly london}
    February 10, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    the picture of Darby Doll reading is hysterical!!

  • Alice
    February 10, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Darby Doll makes me happy! Truly gives me giggles! I hope Darby Doll has an awesome Valentine’s Day!

  • Tara Carmichael
    February 10, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Cute as a button. LOVE Darby Doll.

  • Mandy
    February 10, 2010 at 12:26 pm

    LOVE the Darby Doll posts! : ) Also, I read Crazy/Love with the Bloom online bookclub with Angie Smith, hope you’ll share your thoughts when you are done! Happy Wednesday!

  • Jennifer M
    February 10, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Darby Doll has me giggling again…the chocolate face is hysterical! I wish we were neighbors so I could help you pose her…I’d have some good ones due to the fact that I’m a bit stir crazy today. The kids are all home for a snow day, and I even have a few neighbor kids over playing, too. Fun but tiring!

  • lauren
    February 10, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    Bonus points for the smears of chocolate all over DDoll’s face. too funny!! BTW I think I am going to start a collection of Darby crafts and I am going to print them out and store them in a book so when I have kiddos maybe, just maybe I will be half as fun as you!! Those are defintaly the cutest rodents I have ever seen. Blessings to your family!

  • Meredith
    February 10, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Isn’t Crazy Love amazing??? We are reading it with our small group through church. I just really love and admire Frances Chan!! What an amazing story he has!

  • Jen
    February 10, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    How funny! What a good book. Man does it hit you to the core and make you think. I am about to start ‘Same kind of different as Me.’ Waiting on it to get here from Amazon. I didn’t know rodents could look so cute!

  • Kristi
    February 10, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    I love the Darby Doll! You crack me up with it. By the way I didn’t know if you knew or not but the past few times I have looked at your blog your picture slide show doesnt always show up. I dont know if its just me but sometimes its there sometimes its not. Thought you would like to know!! Have a great day and if you could tell that Sun that West Virginia sure does miss her!

  • emily
    February 10, 2010 at 1:16 pm

    darby — we read your blog often, but never comment. today, I had to! first of all, crazy love is one of my favorite books of all time! it is extremely challenging and convicting! it gave an entirely new perspective on being “in love” with God. second, “crazy love” was my husband and my first dance song at our wedding. we still love that song and request the band to play it at every wedding we go to!

    and… i’m a teacher and just might have to make those little rodents for my students this week!

  • Sarah Craig
    February 10, 2010 at 1:22 pm

    oh my goodness gracious. i nearly spit my coffee out of my mouth looking at that first picture. i could not contain the laughter. poor sad little darby doll. 😉

  • Melissa
    February 10, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    Those rodents are super cute!!

  • Londen
    February 10, 2010 at 1:57 pm

    LOL! You are so funny! I love the little mice, we will have to give them a try next year. And your little framed sign is too cute!

  • the domestic fringe
    February 10, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    Creative post!

    Those rodents are absolutely adorable. I want to make them next year.

  • Jennifer
    February 10, 2010 at 2:25 pm

    The doll has been cracking me up! Love that your kids thought she looked like you. Yesterday, our 15 month old daughter saw a drawing of a GRANDMOTHER (with tons of wrinkles) in a book and kept pointing and saying, “Mommy Mommy Mommy” – that’ll make you feel good. 😉
    Keep hearing of Crazy Love – will need to check this out.

  • E @ Oh!Apostrophe
    February 10, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    HA! Too bad I ate all of the Valentine kisses I bought or I’d be making some rodents too 🙂

  • b
    February 10, 2010 at 2:42 pm

    Darby you are the best. You don’t need to have giveaways on your blog to keep your readers interested, just keep doing what you are doing. Now that there is a Darby Doll will there be an archeologist doll? HA D ‘N A dolls. Good reading during a snow blizzard.

  • Jennifer
    February 10, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    You crack me the heck up. Just love you DDoll! 🙂 Those rodents are uber cute too. 😉 Happy V Week Darby! YOU are certainly a rare and precious find…I don’t care how old you are. 🙂

  • Cait
    February 10, 2010 at 3:19 pm

    Oh I love those Valentine’s rodents! Too cute! We are planning on doing a small group with “Crazy Love” this summer. Looking forward ot reading it!

  • G hebert
    February 10, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    This doll make me laugh till my stomach hurts! I so see myself in it.
    Thanks for all the laughs!!!!

  • Mott @ The Courtyard Gate
    February 10, 2010 at 3:55 pm

    Who knew you looked so good in everything you ate??? Love it, DDoll!

  • Melanie Gore
    February 10, 2010 at 4:05 pm

    Okay, this baby scares me and makes me laugh all at the same time:) I don’t know what to be first!

    Love the little mice. How cute!

  • katherinemarie
    February 10, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Serious SMILES after this post!

    My kinda RODENT!!!

  • Sarah
    February 10, 2010 at 4:24 pm

    Really fascinating that your husband is an archeaologist! The framed phrase is perfection but I’m sure you knew that already.

  • Meredith
    February 10, 2010 at 4:27 pm

    love Crazy Love! Reading it right now;)

  • Wynne
    February 10, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    darby – I just had to tell you how much I enjoy your blog. one of my best friends from college sent it to me {I think you are friends with her older sister – they are from auburn} and I just love it! I too am involved in Community Bible Study {the one for high school kids} in Texas & just finished crazy love. great book! just wanted to say hi & I love reading!

  • arre
    February 10, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    gah i love this doll-you. i literally burst out laughing every time i see her now. thanks for that!

  • Robyn
    February 10, 2010 at 5:18 pm

    I love Darby Doll! She makes me smile, and I like her pony tail too!

  • b
    February 10, 2010 at 5:20 pm

    An apology my words may have seemed too strong — you don’t need —

  • jennifer page
    February 10, 2010 at 5:38 pm

    I love, love , love the rodents. I was in Hobby Lobby today trying to remember the items I needed to make them, for my sons 1st grade Valentines. Did you get how I said “I would make them” to much of a perfectionist; 3 kids (under 6) glue and sissors = crazy momma!!! anyway I am trying to say thanks you for the idea. I am sure it will be a hit!

  • Robynne {Mrs. ATC}
    February 10, 2010 at 5:42 pm

    I get such a kick out of DDoll’s daily adventures!

    The rodents kinda creep me out though. But Kisses, yummy. Pass me a few!

  • Stephanie
    February 10, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Love the Darby Doll Sagas! Just realized from the little rodents that I have been reading your blog for over a year now! Wow! Crazy Love is one of the best songs ever written!! Great choice.

  • Melissa
    February 10, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    So cute! What, exactly, does an archiologist do all day?

  • Hillary @ The Other Mama
    February 10, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    Poor Darby Doll. It sounds like she has a tough life. 🙂
    And I have Crazy Love on my night stand. I heard Francis Chan in November at the National Youth Workers Convention and he was amazing. Well, you know… God was amazing… through him [add appropriate wording here], but he was super inspirational.
    And love the rodents!! That Family Fun magazine… they are making us look smart, aren’t they? 🙂 Love it!

  • Lisa
    February 10, 2010 at 8:26 pm

    We (who am I kidding?)…I mean, I made some really cute Valentines out of Family Fun Magazine. Adorable. Much like your rodents. Very cute.


    Pssst….don’t forget to wipe the chocolate from your chin, Dolly.

  • Melise
    February 10, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Perfect! I love the rodents idea, I’d forgotten you did that. I’m having a Vday play date at my house and was looking for a project! You rock!

  • Whitney
    February 10, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    So we had to go to the doctor today (both kids are sick- yuck!) and they gave Finley a Barbie sticker since she was such a good girl. We hard as this may be to believe (considering she is Anne’s niece and Anne worshipped Barbies until high school) Fin has never seen nor heard of a Barbie. All afternoon she was walking around, talking about her “Darby” sticker, saying she wanted a “Darby” doll. All I kept thinking of was the doll version of you and laughing!!!

  • Whitney
    February 10, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    ps- I think you should make matching outfits for you and Darby Doll!!! It would be quite entertaining!!!

  • mag
    February 10, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    That Darby doll kills me!! Did Daddyboy like our little Illinois earthquake this morning? Woke me up at 4 a.m.!

  • Lindsey
    February 10, 2010 at 10:43 pm

    thanks for making me laugh! you will be a hilarious artifact!

  • Jen
    February 10, 2010 at 11:47 pm

    We just finished a bazillion of similar kiss-y rodents, then I saw your pictures – so fun!

  • Sara D.
    February 11, 2010 at 12:10 am

    Our small group is reading Crazy Love…I’m only two chapters in, but am really liking it and forcing myself to slow down and not read it all at once, as I like the chapters to be fresh in my mind as we discuss it. I’m excited to see where it’s going!

  • Jess
    February 11, 2010 at 12:11 am

    You make me laugh, the Darby doll is an awesome way to narrate your story! Love, love, LOVE it!

  • Becky
    February 11, 2010 at 12:46 am

    I love Darby doll and her new “do” looks great. I also love your whole blog. I believe it is my favorite. Your kids are so precious. Their Christmas verses were wonderful! and I love your recipes. I’m usually not so complimentary, but it’s true.

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  • Shannon
    February 11, 2010 at 2:11 am

    I recently got married and I walked down the aisle to Crazy Love. That song has a special place in our hearts too.

  • Laura
    February 11, 2010 at 8:19 am

    I love the adventures of Darby Doll…thanks for making me laugh this morning!

  • Nancy
    February 11, 2010 at 9:31 am

    I just love your Darby Doll. It reminds me of those Old Navy mannequin ads… except yours is not creepy! 🙂
    Thanks for the morning smile.

  • Laura
    February 11, 2010 at 9:56 am

    We are reading Crazy Love with our church small group. I love it!
    What a cute story of the Darby Doll!

  • Ann
    February 11, 2010 at 10:11 am

    Love the Darby doll and rodents. Is there anything you can’t do? You are so creative. You really inspire me. If I could just get off the computer I might get something done!!!

  • Lauryn
    February 11, 2010 at 10:36 am

    I love Darby Doll. 🙂 And the mice are cute!

  • Bailey
    February 11, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Such a cute easy craft! I have ALWAYS loved that quote, but know not a single soul who is an archeologist, until now! Happy Valentine’s Day!

  • Analia
    February 11, 2010 at 11:40 am

    I love your blog. It brightens up my day. The doll posts are SO funny. I love that Valentine’s Day idea, I might just try it.

  • jessica
    February 11, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Oh, Darby Doll is so charming. I’m still not kidding, you should sell prints of those things.

  • Susan
    February 11, 2010 at 11:54 am

    Darby doll is so cute! Love the “rodents”, such a cute idea!

  • kristen
    February 11, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    loving darby doll..and the rodents, adorable. crazy love was my and my husbands first dance song almost 7 year’s ago..it’s a good one! Happy Valentine’s Day to you and your sweet family!

  • Becca~TimeWellSpent
    February 11, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    love it love it! so very clever.

  • mamawalker
    February 11, 2010 at 3:07 pm

    Hi darby,
    i don’t think i have ever left a comment but have been a long time reader of your blog. i could just kiss up the cheeks of your babes, but mine would get jealous. anyhow, i am compelled to leave a comment because of the book you are reading. we are supposed to read it for book club. i only got to chapter 2 1/2. i couldn’t handle his tone. i am a learning, growing, sinner and child of god just like him and was not at all comfortable with his writings. i even appreciate brutal honesty. he was beyond!!!

  • janet
    February 11, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    You crack me up with this Darby doll thing! I totally enjoy , and am actually waiting for her next appearance, to see what she has been up to lately. I think you have a calling…….” The Adventures of Darby Doll”. You are a hoot and a half Ms.Darby!

  • Bonnie
    February 11, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    CRAZY LOVE… great book! My hubby is a pastor and had the everyone in church read it. You will enjoy. Keep up with the Darby doll… it makes me laugh, even when she has tears!

  • stephanie
    February 11, 2010 at 3:47 pm

    Darby you are so funny! Your kids must think your a hoot when you get out the doll and the camera:)
    The little mice are adorable!!!

  • JJ
    February 11, 2010 at 5:27 pm

    Great post! Did I see on the news that you are getting snow way down south?!? The snow in the north…ugh!!!! Maybe you won’t get that much.

  • Tiffany Radtke
    February 11, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    I laughed out loud at the picture of Darby eating chocolate kisses. Hilarious! I’m actually listening to Crazy Love on my ipod. I’d love to see you do a post on your thoughts after you finish the book. I’m only on chapter 4 and it is already rocking my world! Love your blog. 🙂

  • Malerie
    February 11, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Oh how I just love Darby Doll. I thought of her today when I saw this pattern at U-create: https://kari-youcanmakeit.blogspot.com/2010/02/doll-shirt.html

    I agree, I will always giggle when I see an American Girl doll now!

  • stephanie
    February 12, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    i was going to make those rodents, but the moms at the daycare will probably throw rotten tomatoes (or snowballs) at my car since the kids are little over a year old!

  • b.a.
    February 16, 2010 at 1:54 pm

    if you like crazy love you’ll love his next book, forgotten god. wow. our small group started it a few weeks ago and it’s really transforming.

  • Courtney Walsh
    February 17, 2010 at 9:59 pm


    I cannot get enough of the Darby Doll. It literally makes me laugh out loud. The tears on her face, er, I mean, YOUR face, on that first photo are too much!!

    Cute rodents!

  • Colleen
    February 25, 2010 at 7:14 am

    Hi, I love keeping up with your blog, and although this post is not that recent, I just had to comment because it seems that we have one thing for sure in common…Crazy Love! That was my first dance with my husband as well. It’s the best song and I had never heard of anyone else using it, too. Thanks for the inspiration!