53 In Life

And we’re off…


We’re leaving this morning for my parent’s farm in Illinois… a short little 12 hour trip that will hopefully be nothing but pleasant! If you’re traveling down I-65 you won’t be able to miss us, we have an ENORMOUS blow-up water slide bungied to the back of our car {it is deflated but still very large}! I already can’t wait to be there and I’m not even in the car yet! John Martin has promised to be a good little boy in his car seat and the girls have been packing for days so hopefully we’re not short on any form of entertainment.


This picture reminds me that I forgot to pack a stroller. Better go do that… and drink some coffee! And pack my tooth brush.

See you when we get there.

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  • Hannah
    July 29, 2010 at 6:24 am

    Summer trips are the best! Can’t wait to hear your adventures!

  • Janice
    July 29, 2010 at 6:32 am

    Love a good road trip! Have a safe one! Can I ask a favour? While you are there, could you ask your folks if they would please adopt me? I’m 46, so well past the teen years and financially able to support myself. I love your whole family.

  • paige
    July 29, 2010 at 6:49 am

    have fun
    i love your fam farm photos maybe most of all

  • Yevette
    July 29, 2010 at 7:03 am

    I echo the farm photos comment above-please post lots of them : )

  • Cat Moore
    July 29, 2010 at 7:07 am

    Awww, have fun! I’m guessing that red barn in the background is at your parent’s??? BEAUTIFUL! Can’t wait to see pics!

  • Laura
    July 29, 2010 at 7:10 am

    Hope you have a safe and peaceful journey! Can’t wait to see pictures of your parent’s beautiful farm.

  • Melissa
    July 29, 2010 at 7:28 am

    Have a great trip!

  • Angie J.
    July 29, 2010 at 7:50 am

    Can’t wait to see the pictures. I found your blog last year when you were visiting the farm and fell in love….

  • Kendall Boggs
    July 29, 2010 at 7:52 am

    Have SO much fun and be safe!!!

  • Jill Cribb
    July 29, 2010 at 8:01 am

    Praying for safe travels for your family….loved your pictures & post from your trip there last summer – can’t wait to see this years! Have fun!

  • Lauren
    July 29, 2010 at 8:13 am

    I’m sure ya’ll will have a pleasant time! Have a safe and fun trip!

  • Christina
    July 29, 2010 at 8:19 am

    Sweet!! I loved these posts from last summer. Looking forward to this years. Have a safe trip!

  • Mandy
    July 29, 2010 at 8:24 am

    Have so much fun and safe travel! I wish I could run off right now…long week:) Can’t wait to see pictures and hear reports of good times! Mandy

  • Amanda
    July 29, 2010 at 8:27 am

    Where did those adorable dresses that the girls have on in the top picture come from?

  • Melissa
    July 29, 2010 at 8:31 am

    12 hours and three kids – YIKES! You are braver than I. But so worth the drive to be on the farm.Enjoy.

  • Julie @ Connell Tales
    July 29, 2010 at 8:35 am

    You and your little people are just so beautiful! Love reading your blog. 🙂

  • Sara
    July 29, 2010 at 8:40 am

    Have a great trip! I made the trip home to IN earlier this month by myself with four kids. I was so proud of myself! Enjoy the midwest. There’s no place like it, right?

  • Leah Gray
    July 29, 2010 at 8:53 am

    Have a wonderful trip! We just finished a few weeks of traveling with our three kids to visit family. Even the long hours in the car (twelve for us too) were fairly easy and worth the time spent with family! Be safe!

  • K. Brennan Viets
    July 29, 2010 at 8:58 am

    My friend just sent me your blog and I have to say, you are one of the most talented individuals I’ve never met! :). Honestly, your interior design, ‘vision’, and sincerity are evident in every post, your family is beautiful and I commend your daily recognition of living for God. Cheers to you and can’t wait to read more!

    – Brennan

  • Whitney Walker Alexander
    July 29, 2010 at 9:19 am

    So jealous. I need a get away!

  • Tory
    July 29, 2010 at 9:37 am

    Have a great time in the Midwest!

  • tyne
    July 29, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Hope you have a great trip- I always love seeing the pics of your parents’ place. We are about to jump in the car and do 1300 miles round trip with four under five! Should be a great time, when my kids are cranky on those long highway stretches I will think and pray for you, too!

  • Chrissy
    July 29, 2010 at 9:47 am

    Love road trips, especially to see the family! My husband and I are off to his parents’ home today! Can’t wait. Have fun!

  • Jen
    July 29, 2010 at 9:56 am

    Safe travels! Perhaps my parents will pass you on their way home to Indiana today.

  • Krissy
    July 29, 2010 at 9:59 am

    Safe travels! We are leaving on an equally “short” road trip tomorrow to Florida! Have a blessed time with your family – can’t wait to see hear about your trip!

  • Becky
    July 29, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Hope your drive is as uneventful as it can be with three little ones! Enjoy your family in the beautiful country!

  • pam
    July 29, 2010 at 11:18 am

    safe travels darby! have fun at the farm! pam

  • Sarah
    July 29, 2010 at 11:40 am

    Darby-take lots of pictures! I’ve always enjoyed all of your photos from the farm.

    I’m saying this to you and I don’t know you and its both odd and great at the same time. Hope yall have fun.

  • Whitney
    July 29, 2010 at 12:09 pm

    I don’t think I have ever left a comment,but I am 25 year old Charleston,SC girl who adores every blogpost you ever submit. You have a beautiful family,an admirable faith, and adorable taste in everything I see. This post prompted me to comment because I am actually headed to Illinois as well. I will keep an eye out for the ginormous water slide!

  • Nealy
    July 29, 2010 at 12:15 pm

    Have fun in the good ol’ midwest! 🙂 And good luck w/ the family car ride.


  • Tessa
    July 29, 2010 at 12:23 pm

    Oh…12 hours in the car…with 3 little ones…will be thinking of you! Have a wonderful time with your parents!

  • alison g. (brazil)
    July 29, 2010 at 12:25 pm

    Happy and Safe Trails to You!
    Can’t wait to see pics!

  • Kristen {a little ditty}
    July 29, 2010 at 12:30 pm

    Have a great Trip, Darby! Can’t wait to see the pictures, its so gorgeous at your parent’s farm from what I’ve seen!

  • Amanda @ Serenity Now
    July 29, 2010 at 12:38 pm

    Good luck, girl! I don’t ency you for the 12 hours in the car. We did that for Thanksgiving last year, and I would have jumped out onto the highway if not for the portable DVD player. I don’t know how my parents did it when I was little…except we didn’t ride in car seats in the 80s.

  • Patricia
    July 29, 2010 at 12:41 pm

    I just love that pic of your kids and the red barn doors!!

  • Abby Maddox
    July 29, 2010 at 12:44 pm

    Hope your kids get taken by the same sweet drug that ours were on for the road trip. Saying a prayer right now… I prayed it would be good quality time for you and Justin, because those three babies are being so sweet in the backseat that you don’t even know they are there. He’s a big God, right?! 🙂 It hurts to be so far away…miss yall

  • angela
    July 29, 2010 at 2:12 pm

    Have fun! Can’t wait to *go on this trip with you!*

  • rachel
    July 29, 2010 at 2:27 pm

    Just love reading your entries. Thanks so much! Have a delightful rest of the summer!

  • Melanie Gore
    July 29, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    Have a great time. We just got back from vacation and while it was fun, I was happy to see my bed again:)

  • kayce hughes
    July 29, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Love your photograph. I hope that you have a wonderful trip and vacation!

  • martha-caknitter
    July 29, 2010 at 4:40 pm

    Have a safe trip!
    btw, your kids are adorable. 🙂

  • Mott @ The Courtyard Gate
    July 29, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    We’ll hold the fort down for you here in D-town! Hope you and your little family have a wonderful time! I’m sure y’all will! Happy trails!

  • Michelle
    July 29, 2010 at 7:54 pm

    Have a safe trip! I’m sure you all will have such a blast when you get there! Take lots of pictures (I’m sure you will though!)

  • farah
    July 29, 2010 at 8:50 pm

    I hope you have a wonderful blessed trip. Enjoy your family…there is nothing like family time.

  • Dianne
    July 29, 2010 at 10:19 pm

    The children have grown so much since these pictures from last year!
    Have a safe trip and a wonderful time. No place like home!

  • Sarah
    July 30, 2010 at 2:51 am

    Have a great trip! 12 hours is a long journey, I hope it goes smooth and safe.
    BTW, I am having a great giveaway at my blog https://aspoonfulofdish.blogspot.com, make sure to stop by to enter.

  • Liz Relwani
    July 30, 2010 at 4:30 am

    Have a safe trip. The photos of your family are amazing. Thank you for sharing

  • Justine
    July 30, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Hooray for roadtrips! And I love that big red barn in the background of the first picture. Is it a garage? Equipment shed? stable?

  • Melanie
    July 30, 2010 at 9:02 pm

    I am so thrilled to have found your blog! I was referred to your sister’s blog from a friend today, which brought me to yours. I just got a Canon Rebel T1i, and it has been quite a project for me trying to figure it all out. I have so enjoyed reading your friend Marla’s advice and suggestions. I look forward to following you.
    all my best,

  • Jenn K.
    July 31, 2010 at 12:12 pm

    Have fun!

  • wendy
    July 31, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Hi Darby,
    I am a faithful follower of your blog. I love your wit and your children are adorable.
    Now, I don’t know that I’m posting this in the right spot, but i am looking for a recipe that I found on your blog last week and now it seems to be restructured and gone…it was for roast beef sandwiches (a rump roast in the crock pot). Any chance you can help me out with this? It looked super easy and I wanted to try it!
    Thanks in advance for your time!!

  • Betsy
    August 1, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    I love your blog. I think one of my favorite post was last year when you were at your parents and you and your mom went to the auction….I still tear up hearing you describe your feelings when you went into the basement and saw all those canned goods…..soo touching….cant wait to see what this trip brings…have a good time, and oh how i remember how fun it is to travel with kids…trust me it does not get any better….my teenagers are still a hand full to travel with…hehe

  • andrea
    August 1, 2010 at 10:49 pm

    Have fun! Can’t wait to see the pix! The farm is so beautiful. The kids must have so much fun. It’s so inspiring to see the great times you guys all have together. God bless!