52 In Life



Happy Birthday, Justin! You don’t look too happy in this picture– but I love it and I love you a lot, a lot, a lot. And I love you for a lot, a lot, a lot of reasons…

a few of which are {but not limited to}:
you love the Lord & wrestle with Scripture, you look really good, you work very hard, you play mean guitar and can build a mean fire, you know there is freedom in Christ, you tell me you love me at least 5x a day, you love history, you love nature, you love Galatians 1:10 and Blue Moon {and are not ashamed of either}, you make my coffee, you take me for drives on the weekends, you hang light fixtures, build shelves, shovel poop and change poop, you paint walls, you love fresh fruit and birds, you’re always willing to read my posts before I post them and catch most of my grammatical errors, always hug me and kiss me when you get home, you love your Rovers and wrestle with them every night and always tuck them in, and you are the one to go check on them when they cry out at night. I love you because you are intelligent; because you love to learn, love to read, love to study… and you bring me home ice {not ice cream– ice– our ice maker is broken} and pizza. And, of course, on occasion you have been known to drive me crazy… but much greater than that is the crazy love that I have for you! I can’t wait to spend a long weekend with you and friends and no children! Speaking of children, Rover just pooped a birthday surprise for you… I think I’ll go wake you up and see if you want to change it– this will be an official test of your love for me! 🙂

Happy Birthday, Justin! I love you!

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  • Sarah
    February 18, 2010 at 9:47 am

    This is so sweet!

  • Susan
    February 18, 2010 at 9:58 am

    Wishing you a very happy birthday!

  • beth
    February 18, 2010 at 9:59 am

    that was such a special post for your husband! So great to see that marriage is valued 🙂

  • Savannah Garcia
    February 18, 2010 at 10:01 am

    what a wonderful love and example of a Christ-like marriage. Happy Birthday Justin!

  • paige
    February 18, 2010 at 10:03 am


    your family loves well!
    you inspire you young mama!!

  • Alexandra
    February 18, 2010 at 10:13 am

    Ahhwww….what a wonduful loveletter! Happy Birthday Justin!! Have a huge cake and all the best for the years ahead!

  • Bailey
    February 18, 2010 at 10:18 am

    NO WAY!!!!! Justin and I have the same Birthday!! It really is a wonderful blessed day, proud to share it with your hubs!
    p.s. I received something called a “blog award” the other day. I am entirely unsure of what it means, but it brightened my day nonetheless. Anyway, I was instructed to pass it along to the 8 blogs that brighten my day, and sooo, you’re up lady! It is posted on my blog if you do want to pass it along, but I know you are a busy lady, so don’t worry about it. Just know you’re a bright spot of sunshine in my morning routine!

  • emily
    February 18, 2010 at 10:42 am

    That was really sweet. Aren’t we blessed to have men who love God, love their children, love their wives and are real men? It makes me thankful for my husband too. Have a great birthday weekend.

  • grace
    February 18, 2010 at 10:52 am

    so, so sweet darby. happy birthday justin:)

  • Lisa @ lists in my pocket
    February 18, 2010 at 10:53 am

    What a sweet ode to your hubby. 🙂 Happy birthday Justin!

  • Connie @ Sogni e Sorrisi
    February 18, 2010 at 11:03 am

    What a wonderful post! Happy Birthday to your husband!

  • Sara
    February 18, 2010 at 11:29 am

    I swear, Justin has not changed a DAY since high school. He still looks 18 years old. Must be nice! This was an awesome post. It’s amazing that we can feel how much you love Justin through this blog. You guys are great together!

  • Emily
    February 18, 2010 at 11:52 am

    what a very sweet post!! i long to meet my justin some day!! 🙂

  • Christina
    February 18, 2010 at 12:02 pm

    What a sweet post. It made me even more thankful for my husband.
    Happy Birthday!!

  • Shannon
    February 18, 2010 at 12:58 pm

    This is such a nice post. Hope he has a great birthday!

  • Ashley Williams
    February 18, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    Sweet Justin! Loved reading this! SO SWEET! You have a good one! & he does too! Happy Birthday, Justin!!!

  • Allyson
    February 18, 2010 at 1:17 pm

    Oh my – Y’all are sweet! Sweet, sweet post. Loved it. Happy Birthday to your husband (who you origianlly like for those legs of his 🙂 – I think that’s sweet, too)!!

  • kari
    February 18, 2010 at 1:27 pm

    very sweet.

  • Jacci
    February 18, 2010 at 2:14 pm

    Happy Birthday, Justin! 🙂

    By the way, at least two Reformed Baptists in Ohio unapologetically dig on some Blue Moon, too.

    Hope you have a GREAT weekend with your woman!!!

    ~Jacci and Sam in Ohio

  • Tyne
    February 18, 2010 at 2:33 pm

    Happy Birthday!

  • Bon
    February 18, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Happy Birthday Justin. You are a HOT 32 year old! You also have a HOTTIE wife 🙂 All the best. Cheers

  • Anne
    February 18, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    Happy Birthday! I remember when you were born! (I wasn’t Aunt Anne yet. 🙂 )

  • Tippy
    February 18, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    this made me smile. as most of your posts do. lately i’ve had a blog addiction but am super picky about which ones i read – i guess i’m a blog snob. yours & your sisters are in my top 5 for sure!!!

  • alston
    February 18, 2010 at 3:08 pm

    a husband who brings home ice is a good one for sure [our ice maker is broken, too]! i hope you guys have a fantastic weekend. happy birthday, justin!

  • E @ Oh!Apostrophe
    February 18, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Awww, you are too sweet. Happy Birthday Justin!

  • Dianne
    February 18, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Happy Birthday Justin. God bless you both for nurturing a good marriage and bringing up your children to know the Lord. I hope you have a lovely evening together celebrating this special day.

  • khaliah
    February 18, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Happy B-Day big Rover….32 wow I’ll be 31 next month…and I’m freaking out…..

  • Amee Love
    February 18, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Such sweet words for your husband on his birthday! Truly, this is a meaningful gift to him. I am very sure the words in this post mean more to him than you will ever know. All I can say is “wow”. Happy Birthday to Justin! :0)

  • Kellie
    February 18, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    Happy Birthday Twig!!!!

  • Megan
    February 18, 2010 at 5:40 pm

    A. Happy Birthday to cousin Justin 2. I want some marshmallows

  • Melise
    February 18, 2010 at 5:44 pm

    How precious! I love it! My hubby too loves Gal1:10 and Blue Moon although he’s a bigger Yuengling fan! Happy Birthday Justin and thank God for wonderful men like you (and mine) raising beautiful girls and Godly men!

  • Mott @ The Courtyard Gate
    February 18, 2010 at 9:49 pm

    What a sweet post to your hubby! It’s love like that that keeps the embers burning. No one ever said it was easy but it can be oh so worth it! Happy birthday, Justin!

  • Cami
    February 19, 2010 at 9:07 am

    So sweet and heartfelt. I love it. Such a cute hubbie, too.

  • JennSimp
    February 19, 2010 at 9:11 am

    Happy Birthday SUPERMAN! Haha! I remember when you first brought Justin to good ol’ Hollifield in that t-shirt! Now he’s proven to be your Superman for life! Love you! (and Justin! Happy Bday!)

  • Tara McClendon
    February 19, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Happy Birthday to the youngest 32 year old I know, besides my husband who has just purchased a motorcross bike today….and I know that if we lived closer Justin would somehow be in on the fun! Hope you have a super fabulous birthday weekend get away!!!!

  • kristen
    February 19, 2010 at 10:21 am

    happy birthday to your husband and how FUN..a get away, so jealous right now!! soak it all up!!

  • Cam
    February 19, 2010 at 11:03 am

    So sweet! And what a great husband. Happy birthday to Justin!

  • Ann
    February 19, 2010 at 11:17 am

    So Sweet, Happy Birthday Justin!

  • beki
    February 19, 2010 at 1:13 pm

    sweet post, Darby! Happy Birthday Justin!!

  • Amanda Jones
    February 19, 2010 at 4:18 pm

    What a sweet post! Happy birthday to your hubby!!

    Darby, when you have time (ha!), I would love another post about your camera. I just bought the same one, and although I haven’t had a lot of time to play with it, I’m just trying to find that perfect setting…is there one?? All of your pictures are soo wonderful, which is the reason I bought a camera just like yours 🙂 Hopefully I’ll be a pro before long!!

    Have a great weekend!!!

  • Lisa
    February 19, 2010 at 5:01 pm

    Sounds like an amazing man…with an amazing wife. Happy Birthday to your husband. And many more birthdays for the two of you to share.


  • Cousin
    February 19, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Happy Birthday Justin! What a great scripture, so very true. Hope you have a wonderful weekend! Love you!

  • amanda
    February 19, 2010 at 10:25 pm

    We share the same birthday…except I turned 37 (sigh) and I also received a very sweet love letter from my Bryan…he is the love of my life. Love notes are the best! Wish I was alone with Bryan this weekend instead I am alone with the babies…Bryan is a chaperone at our Church retreat – I miss him. Have a wonderful weekend celebrating!

  • allison
    February 20, 2010 at 2:27 am

    You guys are so cute!

  • Kristi
    February 20, 2010 at 3:06 am

    awww Happy birthday to your awesome hubby and daddy! 🙂

  • b
    February 20, 2010 at 5:30 am

    Beautiful. Happy Birthday Justin.

  • Jade
    February 21, 2010 at 2:43 am

    I just found your blog…through google analytics actually, because someone referred to my site through yours somehow. I’m glad I found it! I find it so encouraging, and it’s refreshing to read about families who love the Lord like you do. I’ll be back lots! Happy belated birthday to your husband!

  • Lindsey Petersen
    February 21, 2010 at 6:09 pm

    Wow! A man so handsome AND a good father AND who loves the Lord! I think you hit the trifecta!!!
    Lindsey Petersen

  • Erin Ratliff
    February 21, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    How Sweet! Your husband seems like a total package! I posted something on my blog about you. I hope you will check it out! http://www.erinandwesley.blogspot.com! I love everything you post about and look forward to each new post!

  • sherry
    February 22, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    Precious! Love your blog!

  • Susan
    February 22, 2010 at 8:29 pm

    Off the subject but didn’t know how else to go ’bout it. Was looking forward to making your chocolate eclair dessert but the title links to the recipe for white queso — OOPS!

  • Marianne Strong
    February 23, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Hi Darby,

    I just wanted to say this post was what I needed today. I love that you and Justin have a relationship together in Christ and today I needed the reminder that Galatians gives us.

    And of course Happy Birthday Justin! (a day late!)