65 In Life

There’s No Place Like Home {& Rome}



Mornin’ Rovers! I’ve missed y’all. Thanks, Marla for being a rockstar step-in for me, I loved your advice and selections!

This is a post that will likely be a quick dump of my fried brain.

I woke up at 3:30 am this morning ready to take on the day. I would like to tell you what I think about jet lag but every word that comes to mind has 4 letters in it, so, I’ll refrain. It took us nearly 24 hours to get home from Italy… 16 of which were in one plane and 4 of those were on the runway.Β  Erika had the pleasure of sitting next to a priest {for allΒ  16 hours} who would occasionally do a big cough and then spit the treasure into a napkin, only missing the napkin once. If you know Erika and her tolerance for things of this nature you will find this amusing.Β  Sister, I’m sure Father CoughsBigLoogies sends his condolences. I also have a new name for Erika… Waldo. I took about 1,500 pictures in Italy and Waldo {or Waldo’s backside} is in about 1,498 of them. We looked through my pictures {slide-show style on the tv} last night and I would refer to her as Waldo. Paige asked me if that was MommaSissy’s middle name. But I can confidently assure you all of the travel torture was worth it, both getting there and arriving home to the little rovers. They all grew 5 inches and hardly missed me at all! While my body tries to figure out what I’ve done to it I’m going to edit those pictures and see if I can find Waldo in all of them.

Be back soon…



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  • Brooke G.
    June 23, 2010 at 8:15 am

    Oh my goodness!
    I can’t wait to see the rest πŸ˜€
    Sounds like a fabulous trip…… WALDO and all – HA!

  • Emma
    June 23, 2010 at 8:20 am

    Welcome home Darby. I bet you had a fabulous time. What a lucky sister you are. I can’t wait to hear about it all in your own wonderful style.

    Maybe you can start a comp for Where’s Waldo!

    Glad you made it home safely,

  • Tessa
    June 23, 2010 at 8:21 am

    Welcome back! Looking forward to hearing about your trip. That first pic of you & your sis is beautiful! You always manage to crack me up. Father Coughsbigloogies..very funny! πŸ™‚

  • Lauren Autrey McDaniel
    June 23, 2010 at 8:25 am

    Darby I can’t believe this is the first time I am commenting on your blog. I read it daily and love to see your beautiful children. Looks like y’all had an amazing time. We honeymooned in Italy 3 years ago next week…. seeing your picts makes me wish we were back in Rome (can’t wait to see more). Hope y’all had a happy birthday!

  • Melissa (melissab74)
    June 23, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Welcome home!!! Will be anxiously awaiting the recap! Love that pic of you & Erika!

  • Stephanie
    June 23, 2010 at 8:39 am

    Glad you had a safe trip! Seeing your photos makes me pine away for the month that I had in Italy years ago… I can’t wait for the full trip recap!

  • Alexandra
    June 23, 2010 at 8:51 am

    So nice to see that you had a lovely trip! I thought of you when you where on my side of the globe. Love, A.

  • Cath
    June 23, 2010 at 9:00 am

    Ciao Darby, dΓ  il benvenuto a casa!
    After seeing just two photos, I want to go back more than ever.

    I am with Erika and I’m a nurse! GROSS
    I’ll be looking for more photos after you snuggle with your family.

  • Katherine @ Grass Stains
    June 23, 2010 at 9:03 am

    Welcome back! I missed you like a Blog Reader Who’s Never Met You in Real Life but Feels like You’re Neighbors! So glad it was a wonderful trip … can’t wait to hear more.

  • alison g. (brazil)
    June 23, 2010 at 9:05 am

    So glad you had a wonderful (and memorable!) time! Welcome home, we’re happy to have you back, safe and sound!

  • Susan
    June 23, 2010 at 9:14 am

    Welcome back! Glad you and Erika made it back safe and sound. Now, we are all waiting for DETAILS! Rest up, you know all of us inquiring minds have a need to know all about your trip.

  • Emily
    June 23, 2010 at 9:16 am

    Welcome Home! I can’t wait to hear all about your trip and what your kids were up to while you were away. Hopefully they didn’t get into too much trouble! Looking forward to your pictures.

  • Lauren
    June 23, 2010 at 9:27 am

    It looks like you had a wonderful time!! Love the story about the priest…I would have been grossed out too!! πŸ™‚ Do you still use the editing software that came with your camera?? I love your pictures!!

  • natalie @ this old southern house
    June 23, 2010 at 9:36 am

    so glad y’all are back safe and sound! from the few pictures it looks amazing! can’t wait to see the rest. πŸ™‚

  • Rhonda
    June 23, 2010 at 9:36 am

    Oh Wonderful!! Just the few pictures you posted have me drooling. And the priest…well, at least he didn’t get air sick, right? πŸ˜‰

    (there’s always a silver lining)…

    Great to have you back!

  • Jennifer
    June 23, 2010 at 9:40 am

    so glad y’all are back safely! can’t wait for more updates; hope the jetlag subsides soon. Erick had a whirlwind trip to California last weekend and it is literally kicking his backside; he is in such a fog, and that was just traveling across the country, so I can imagine what you feel like!
    Get some rest, if you can!

  • HannahJ
    June 23, 2010 at 10:13 am

    So glad you are back safely! I’ve been looking forward to the recap all week (bizarre and sad as I don’t “really” know you and just follow your blog like glue:)

  • julie
    June 23, 2010 at 10:36 am

    tell waldo she has a “hot” backside!! glad you two got to have a long, awesome bday celebration!! i know the gianni’s enjoyed your company!!

  • jesslee
    June 23, 2010 at 10:42 am

    I hope you recap some must sees and fabulous eateries -ya know just in case i am ever in those parts.

  • Stephanie
    June 23, 2010 at 10:47 am

    Glad to hear you’re both home safely anf that your trip was wonderful. I can’t wait to see the pictures and convince my husband we need to go NOW! =)

  • Laura
    June 23, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Welcome back! Can’t wait to hear about your adventure and see more of your amazing pictures.

  • pam
    June 23, 2010 at 11:11 am

    welcome home darby! oh no, poor erika. i was gardening out front last night and the construction worker across the street kept doing the coughsbigsloogies thingey and leaving his treasure in the street. he did it 3 times before he got “the glare” from me. poor erika! looking forward to photos! pam

  • Mandy
    June 23, 2010 at 11:17 am

    oh Rome….one of my favorite places in the whole world, just can’t seem to get enough of that city. something about the ancient ruins juxtaposed against the hub of modern life there always makes me a little giddy. good luck in your transition, jet lag is noooooo fun. can’t wait to hear more of your adventures, at home and abroad! : )

  • Shireen
    June 23, 2010 at 11:55 am

    Hey, girl,
    Well, welcome home! I abhor jet lag, too! Takes days to recover! On top of catching up with real life. πŸ™‚ Loved the welcome home to the real world sign! πŸ™‚ Had to be Justin’s!! πŸ™‚
    Well, I’ve missed you, and I hope you girls had a wonderful time TOGETHER!!!

  • jessica define
    June 23, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Glad you’re back! Marla took care of us. πŸ™‚ That picture of you and Waldo is great.

  • Cat Moore
    June 23, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    You don’t know how excited I got when I signed on and saw your post! I was like a child on Christmas morning. Ha! πŸ™‚ (now you’re really going to be making this note to self: delete blog. too many stalkers out there) πŸ™‚
    I’m so exxcited to see more pics!!!! I know that editing is the hardest, most time consuming part. So, take your time…but hurry up! Glad you had a good trip and glad you’re home safely with your rovers.

  • Jill Cribb
    June 23, 2010 at 1:59 pm

    Welcome Home! Glad y’all had a safe trip & have been looking forward to hearing all about it.

  • Jennifer
    June 23, 2010 at 2:13 pm

    So glad you’re home safe and sound! Those pics make me want to go back!!!

  • Kristen {a little ditty}
    June 23, 2010 at 2:16 pm

    Haha, your Waldo comment is cracking me up. Can’t wait to see the rest of your pictures from the trip! Welcome Back!

  • Payton
    June 23, 2010 at 2:18 pm

    I am with Waldo. Gross. I don’t know if I would have survived all the spitting without a little spitting something up myself! Can’t wait to see all of your pictures. I love the sister trip and I think I will call mine right now and start planning.

  • Isabella
    June 23, 2010 at 2:34 pm

    Bienvenida a Casa!!!

    Darby so glad you are home!!! Have a breather, enjoy the baby lobsters and then please sit down and go bit by bit, I mean, I want to know all about your trip the moment you stepped into the curb of the airport.


  • debra
    June 23, 2010 at 2:37 pm

    Darby…welcome home! I can not wait for your pictures! I so wish to return to Italy one day. It has been 10 years for me and I still am so in love with all things Italian. Enjoy your kiddos!

  • Lauren
    June 23, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Welcome home! Can’t wait to see more pictures and hear about your trip to Italy! I am sure you had fun!

  • Tamara
    June 23, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Welcome Home!!!!!!!!!!

    Can’t wait to hear and see the pictures of your trip.

    You are my hero, Darby, I just looooooooooooooooove your blog.

  • WALDO (mommasissy)
    June 23, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    i couldn’t lose you.
    you followed my backside everywhere.
    even when i ducked into shops.
    even when i looked at the beach.
    love you and can’t wait to go back again!!
    ps- coughsbigloogies also had cat scratch fever.

  • martha-caknitter
    June 23, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Been following your blog for a while now and love it.
    Welcome home and can’t wait for the pictures. πŸ™‚
    I feel for waldo. I would have giggled all the way home every time Fathercoughsbigloogie went into action. lol

  • Alli
    June 23, 2010 at 4:33 pm

    glad to hear you made it home safely! i bet your kiddos are so happy, and your hubby too!! cant wait to see your pictures from the trip. you girls are so cute!

  • Talysa
    June 23, 2010 at 5:05 pm

    Welcome back! Those notes on the door are precious. And your hubby seems to have the same sense of humor mine does. πŸ˜‰

    Your photos are gorgeous…can’t wait to see more.

  • Starla
    June 23, 2010 at 7:05 pm

    Love your blog! Feel like I know you in a strange way. My man thinks its especially strange when I talk about you like you’re one of my friends or something. We are planning a trip to Italy in the fall and would love any flying tips you may have (i.e., it’s better to leave at night so you can sleep on the plane,etc.)because i’m concerned about jet lag. I told my man I was going to ask you and he said, “seriously???”. So, if you get a minute I would appreciate the advice and the chance to tell him we “talked”. πŸ™‚

  • shannon
    June 23, 2010 at 7:19 pm

    Welcome back! What a wonderful opportunity for you & your sister. Can’t wait to see some pictures. I love that in the two you posted your sister has different purses! So fashion savvy! Love it! Forget travelling light! We have to match :). Before I had a family, I travelled the world. So fun. If it’s the Lord’s will, I will get to travel again one day, but until then it’s fun to life vicariously through you. Thanks for sharing!

  • Jacque Holley
    June 23, 2010 at 7:33 pm

    That was so hysterical! I really did laugh out loud (I refuse to LOL)!
    Ya’ll are too cute!

  • Melise
    June 23, 2010 at 7:34 pm

    Uggg! Jet Lag does SUCK {that was your four letter word right! πŸ˜‰ } I can’t wait to hear all about it!!! Father Coughsbigloogies….HA! Poor Erika!

  • Michele
    June 23, 2010 at 8:15 pm

    Welcome home Darby! Missed your posts but so glad to hear you enjoyed and that you are back home with your sweets! Looking forward to living vicariously through your upcoming posts, once the jet lag subsides of course πŸ˜‰

  • elizabeth
    June 23, 2010 at 9:46 pm

    welcome back! we’ve missed you too!

  • Joy
    June 23, 2010 at 9:48 pm

    So glad you are back. Can’t wait to hear about the trip

  • tara
    June 23, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    I can’t even get my sis to go to Target with me, you are lucky. And I’m sure you got some Beautiful Pictures! You will be so glad you took 1500, but I bet your sis said you looked too much like a Tourist! haha Just a guess. Can’t wait to see them.

  • Ashley
    June 23, 2010 at 11:51 pm

    Oh my…. looks like a fabulous week!! Can’t wait to see more pictures!

  • Stefanie
    June 24, 2010 at 12:11 am

    Welcome home! I absolutely CANNOT wait to see more of your pictures!

  • Janice
    June 24, 2010 at 7:34 am

    Welcome home! I missed you! Can’t wait to see and hear more about your adventure! Were on on the plane I read about on the news that sat for four hours before they would let you off? I might have gone postal if I’d been there.

  • Amee Love
    June 24, 2010 at 7:44 am

    Welcome back to the “real” world….:0) love it. That would 100% be something Alan would say too. :0) I am glad y’all made it back safely. I am sure y’all had a wonderful time! Can’t wait to hear about your trip. Talk to you soon!

  • Lindsey
    June 24, 2010 at 10:19 am

    Can’t wait to read all about your trip and see your beautiful pictures! Hope you are sleeping past 3:30 now!

  • Whitney
    June 24, 2010 at 2:32 pm

    LOVE Waldo’s Cardinal and Straw outfit in the last picture!

  • Melanie Gore
    June 24, 2010 at 5:02 pm

    Welcome home! I can’t wait to see and hear all about it:)

  • Isabella
    June 24, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Darbita, (ita is little in spanish)

    I totally see you and Waldo having their own show, have you checked this:



  • Jennifer
    June 24, 2010 at 9:03 pm

    Oh look at the beautiful wonders the Lord has created. Your pictures are beautiful. And how exciting to get to travel and see such beauty!

    Can’t wait to hear more!

    I have tried to post a comment about 15 times now and I can never see where it shows up.. maybe I need some lessons?

  • mary katharine
    June 25, 2010 at 6:22 am

    Dittoing all the above … welcome home, glad you’re back, can’t wait to read the commentary:). You two are such a blessing!

  • Jen
    June 25, 2010 at 9:12 am

    The pictures are beautiful! Doesn’t the Lord just have an eye for beauty. His wonders are amazing!

    Can’t wait to hear more about your trip!

  • Jen
    June 25, 2010 at 9:16 am

    your pictures are beautiful! The Lord has an eye for beauty. His wonders are amazing. How wonderful to get to travel and see. Love seeing your pictures and can’t wait to hear more!

  • kelly
    June 25, 2010 at 1:12 pm

    oh. i love the welcome home greetings!


  • Cami {Good Craft Day}
    June 25, 2010 at 6:48 pm

    Welcome Home and I can’t wait to hear about your adventures in Italy. While you were jetsetting, I loved your Father’s Day post and the pictures that went along with it. So glad you’re back and can’t wait for more.

  • Katie
    June 26, 2010 at 9:26 pm

    So happy that you and MommaSissy Waldo had a good time. Can’t wait to see more pics of y’all’s adventures! Welcome home! πŸ™‚

  • melissa stover
    June 27, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    you’re so lucky to have a sister to pal around with in italy, even if she appears like waldo in all of your pics. glad you had a fun time.

  • Bailey@peppermintbliss
    June 28, 2010 at 7:58 am

    So glad you and Waldo had a wonderful time and returned safe and sound. Can’t wait to hear more about the adventure!

  • Laura
    June 30, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    hi! i feel like we should be friends! love your blog. so jealous of your trip & can’t wait to see your pics.

    where, oh where, did you find your bright yellow wreath on your door??? thanks!

  • Laura
    June 30, 2010 at 1:14 pm

    hi! i feel like we should be friends! love your blog. so jealous of your trip & can’t wait to see your pics.

    where, oh where, did you find your bright yellow wreath on your door??? thanks!