39 In Life

weekends are good

I find such solace in the weekends! This past weekend was wonderful in so many ways.

Saturday was downright COLD. Sunday was downright WARM. That’s how the weather is where we live… and a cold Saturday will really make you appreciate a warm Sunday.

Saturday Justin’s high school baseball team {which happened to be the 1993 state champs} played his high school’s current baseball team… and the “old” men {all 5 of them} smoked the high schoolers! It was fun to watch, despite the chilly weather, and the kids loved cheering for daddy!

I didn’t see Justin play in high school, but if I were a betting woman, I’d bet that he’s just as good now {or better} than he was 16 years ago.



His parents were there too and oh my goodness do my children love their grandparents and the feelings are quite mutual. This picture {below} tickles me because it is the perfect representation of how they all feel about each other. Do you see Paige’s feet completely off the ground?


 The kids loved watching, especially little Rover, even though he had a hard time finding daddy on the field. {For the safety patrol readers– his face was only through the fence when there were no pitches being thrown or hit!}


He didn’t, however, have a hard time finding the girl’s Sour Skittles, nor did he have a hard time shoving them in his mouth as fast as he could.


 Here are the men and their coaches {for any Raider grads who might be wondering who showed up}! I don’t know why the fact that they are holding up #1’s cracks me up but it sure does. I guess that’s what state champs do, even if it has been 16 years!


 Sunday was a lot of fun too… just in a much warmer way. And I’m going to let the pictures speak for themselves. Except this… I love to watch my children imitate and try to please their father.







Be back soon… with some grass!

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  • Abby Maddox
    March 1, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    Oh my goodness I love this post!!! First of all, as a Raider grad, I’m all for holding up those #1s. Second, Justin, I love that your sporting the “real deal” outfit, shirt tucked in and all (and for the record I like the 3/4 pants so much more than the long ones!) Did yall go to Silver Lake?! The pictures are PERFECTION…and I’m really jealous 🙁 Could we maybe move the commune there 😉 And one more thing in this already too long COMMENT–Darby, I want to kill you for introducing me to Pirate’s Booty!!! My booty is currently holding onto an entire package.

  • Ashley
    March 1, 2010 at 8:01 pm

    My favorite picture is the grandmother picture, and I am super jealous of that warm weater!!!

  • Aura
    March 1, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Dearest Darby- Can I just say I love you for dressing that little Rover in all those colors? I love when parents feel confident enough to explore gender roles in children with a more neutral approach. So thank you for those yellow jumpers and pink striped hats with incredibly boyish little outfits. Too cute.


  • Sara
    March 1, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Wow, it really was a huge difference in the weather between the two days! As always, I just love all the pictures, especially the delight in the faces of your girls in the picture with their grandmother. Would you please share the settings of your camera for the picture with Rover sticking his face through the fence? It is just lovely!

  • Alli
    March 1, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Beautiful pictures of your family!! send some warm weather our way!!

  • Tori
    March 1, 2010 at 8:28 pm

    oh darby I love you and your pictures make me so jealous it is so cold in utah! maybe I will get some wishful thoughts looking at your pictures! p.s. love your kiddos so sweet! 🙂

  • The Starr Family
    March 1, 2010 at 8:38 pm

    Even your cold day looks divine… we’ve been bitterly & constantly buried in Ohio snow! The sand seems worlds away, how good is our God to give us such sights!

    And ps… my nubby is a former HS/college baseball player, do you not just love to see them don those old baseball pants?

  • The Starr Family
    March 1, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    I am dying here… I typed ‘nubby’!! Absolutely and totally meant to type hubby! Ha!

  • Megan
    March 1, 2010 at 8:44 pm

    ooo that Rover!

  • Lillian - Domestic Simplicity
    March 1, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    OH MY GOSH :::THOSE DRESSES::: So sweet I can barely stand it!

  • Sara
    March 1, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    As a Raider grad, I LOVED seeing this post. I remember getting out of school early so we could attend all the State play-off baseball games. I know I always say it, but Justin hasn’t changed a BIT since high school. In fact, he’s 1 of the 2 people I recognized in that picture…Tim being the other one. =)

  • Rachel
    March 1, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    I’m a new reader, but I’ve seen it asked in the post below . . . those green quilted jackets are absolutely adorable! Where in the heavens did you find them??

  • Christie
    March 1, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    Looks like a fun weekend! I am so ready for that nice, sunshiny weather to stick around!!

  • Lindsey
    March 1, 2010 at 9:28 pm

    beautiful pictures darby! i’ll vote for the commune to be there too! how i miss the ball park days… i was there when they won that #1. glad to hear justin’s still got it in him. miss you guys!

  • Susan
    March 1, 2010 at 9:34 pm

    Darby, Darby,Darby! How precious can they be??? Oh, I love the one of their grandmother, and the one of Justin on the side of the picture with the little ones in the background, and of Rover yawning. You have the gift from God of seeing the details in life through the camera lense. Love these!!

    We have snow predicted tomorrow–after school, and then temps in the 60’s by the end of the week! Track season starts Sat., so it’s time!!

  • Sally
    March 1, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    Hi! I’m a blog-stalker! 🙂 Just wanted to say THANK YOU for the Martha Stewart Pom-Pom link. I was inspired and I made the flowers for Betsy’s second birthday party. They were cheap, easy and fabulous! Thank you!

  • Bailey
    March 1, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Their little sunday outfits are just precious!

  • Laura
    March 1, 2010 at 10:29 pm

    oh my goodness, was that Coach Hale next to Justin’s dad? That is so fun they did that, and Justin does look exactly the same! He needs to market whatever youth tonic he’s drinking! Also, I love the picture of Morgan looking at the lake…would be an amazing watercolor too!

  • college gal
    March 1, 2010 at 11:36 pm

    ab.so.lutely precious. you live a blessed life

  • Natalie
    March 2, 2010 at 12:23 am

    Your photography is getting seriously awesome! I love the photo with the water mid-toss. Have you gotten any new lenses lately?

  • Hillary @ The Other Mama
    March 2, 2010 at 1:51 am

    All the pictures, as always, are breathtaking! You really do have an eye through the lens of a camera, Darby.
    And I can’t say enough good things about that baseball team. We had such a wonderful time cheering them on and were all so proud of them. We felt like it was a victory for all of us- even though they did all the hard work. And it looks like the old guys still have it! 🙂
    We have some friends who recently asked where I grew up, etc… and the dad happened to play for one of the teams that our team beat that year. Let’s just say he’s started to cut me off in the pre-school drop off line. 😉

  • Grace
    March 2, 2010 at 4:02 am

    Darby, once again it’s a delight to read your blog. Sounds like you had a fantastic weekend! The photo of Morgan (I think) – the first ‘warm weather’ photo you posted is just breathtaking. I’ve commented this before and I’ll say it again – PLEASE consider a 2nd career in photography (I know you have a full life now, as it is, so maybe the present isn’t the right time, but maybe down the road?). 🙂 You truly have a gift and I know you would bring so many people joy by capturing precious moments in their lives on ‘film’, just as you do for us through your blog. I can never wait to see what photos you’re going to post next!

    Anyways, thank you for your blog – it brings a little more sunshine to my day when I read it!

  • Fran
    March 2, 2010 at 6:12 am

    Beautiful pictures. Your photographs are amazing – truly inspirational. Looks like it was a fun weekend!

  • Meredith
    March 2, 2010 at 7:42 am

    Loved this post! We are really itching for warmer weather here in North Carolina! What lake is that?

  • Amy
    March 2, 2010 at 8:07 am

    I could just squeeze your kids sweet little faces! I love to see your photos! We are not in the warm season in Tennessee – I can hardly wait though. I’m not a fan of cold weather! My babies NEED to be outside!

  • Jen
    March 2, 2010 at 8:34 am

    “safety patrol readers” baaaaaaahahahahaha. I don’t know why that tickles me so much but I think it is hilarious. You seem like a really great Mom to me…I don’t think I’d question your baby rearing judgement.

    looks like one great weekend! i love the pics of the beach and dock….they are darling!


  • Sara Jane
    March 2, 2010 at 9:00 am

    hahaha I love JM’s face with the skittles in his mouth. The picture of Morgan(?) on the dock in that blue dress looks like something out of a storybook!

  • Melissa
    March 2, 2010 at 10:03 am

    Oh, that pic of a sleepy little Rover is just too precious! Darby, you really have an eye for photography! My boys love their grandparents too. Even Luke, at 2, has started telling me when he wants to go to Granddaddy’s house!

  • Christina
    March 2, 2010 at 10:16 am

    Wonderful photos!! The kids are adorable, as usual. Justin looks like Huck Finn in the Lake ones.

  • Christine
    March 2, 2010 at 10:22 am

    Darby-your photos continue to get better and better with each post. They are really breathtaking. 🙂

  • Jen
    March 2, 2010 at 11:09 am

    The pictures at the Lake are beautiful. They kinda look ‘old timey’ and I love that! I don’t know what it is but they are so sweet. I love your all the little rovers outfits as well! I have been hard at work on sock monkeys.. haven’t tried the bunny yet. Your right once your start you just can’t stop.. I have added pearls and tutu’s on my girl monkeys! So much fun!

  • Angela
    March 2, 2010 at 11:26 am

    I have been reading your blog for several months and love it! I am a Raider grad! I thought your husband looked familiar, but he was a little older than me.

  • Katie
    March 2, 2010 at 12:48 pm

    Love the old school team beat the kiddos! Love the lake pics. Gorgeous sunshine!

  • Lauren
    March 2, 2010 at 4:06 pm

    Looks like you had a wonderful weekend!! We had beautiful weather here on Saturday and spent the whole day outside and at Lowes 🙂 Spring is coming!! Will you be planting a garden this year?? Ours was a dud last year and I would love to hear some ideas from you. Your little ones are adorable as always!! Kids are so fun to photograph.

  • jill williamson
    March 2, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Darby, great to see you! fun pics!

  • jill williamson
    March 2, 2010 at 5:23 pm

    Darby, great pics of the guys and that cold day!

  • Melise
    March 2, 2010 at 8:19 pm

    I know people say this all the time but you have the most precious family!! I LOVE that grandparent picture! What a treasure!!!!!

  • Brittaney
    March 9, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Darby, have you heard of iheartfaces? If you haven’t, they do weekly photo contests and this weeks contest is called “Jump for Joy.” You should definately enter the picture of Paige jumping in the contest!

  • sarah
    March 18, 2010 at 8:02 pm

    I love the dress morgan is wearing at the lake. I’m actually in the process of making one similar for my daughter. it’s a children’s corner pattern…jenni leigh https://www.childrenscornerstore.com/ccpattern4.html
    It’s adorable. Hopefully I can finish it before it’s too small for her… 🙂 Is this what morgan’s wearing?