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Happy Saturday & Not So Happy Rover

Good Saturday morning!

We took Rover for a haircut earlier this week. To say it didn’t go over very well is an understatement! I’ve mentioned before that I’ve always had a hard time trimming Rover’s hair. My aunt is a wonderful hairstylist so we took him in on Thursday for a little trim, I thought for sure he’d do better for her. Well, I thought wrong. He took one look at her and decided he wanted nothing to do with her chair, her cape or her scissors.





Believe it or not, we actually got a little length off the frontΒ  but next to nothing off the back! I eventually got in the chair with him to console him, although it didn’t exactly work that well. And after all that excitement the Raiger decided she wanted to cut off her long locks… no more dreams of ponytails for her! All three have new ‘dos just in time for the new school year.


When we got home to the farm a young teenage boy was there cutting grass and weed eating. JM grabbed his weed eater as quick as he could and followed him around. My heart melted.





That night we went up town to Mom & DaddyBoy’s office and watched the annual Ag Days fair that was going on on the streets below.




I sat and watched from the window too. I haven’t been in the company of teenagers lately and as I watched the young girls below and was appalled by what I saw of their clothing {or lack thereof}. If you are a teenager can I encourage you and tell you that you can dress conservatively and still look really cute!

We’re in Chicagoland now, ready to hit Ikea and a few other hot spots while we’re here! Hope you all have wonderful weekends!

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  • Stephanie
    August 7, 2010 at 11:17 am

    Darby – i feel your pain with the little boy haircuts! it has taken my rover over a year and a half of bribing to get to pain free haircuts. match box cars work wonders! have a safe trip! thanks for all the updates, am loving living vicariously through your camera lens!

  • Abby @ abby & her boys
    August 7, 2010 at 11:32 am

    My son hates haircuts so much that once he cried so hard he got sick. It’s always a battle. But at least you got FABULOUS pictures! πŸ˜‰

  • Melissa (melissab74)
    August 7, 2010 at 11:35 am

    So sorry you have trouble with Rover and haircuts! Luke and Matthew have always done well with haircuts, except for this last time that Luke got one. Cried, tried to climb out of the chair, you name it. I was worn out when we finished! I feel your pain! As far as what the teenagers are wearing (or rather, not wearing), I feel your pain on that too. If we didn’t have a dress code at school, I think some of them would come to school in bikinis! Enjoy the weekend!

  • Melissa (melissab74)
    August 7, 2010 at 11:36 am

    Oh, and some of the worst (to me at least) are the pants with writing plastered across the seat! I can’t STAND that!

  • Meredith
    August 7, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Can I amen the need for modesty! I’m just past my teen years and I promise you can still be modest AND cute!!

  • michelle
    August 7, 2010 at 12:07 pm

    Darby – you are not kidding about the clothes! We went to a middle school graduation in June, and I was astounded at what mom’s let their daughters wear to school these days. Did I mention it was a MIDDLE SCHOOL graduation…take care, michelle

  • Katie
    August 7, 2010 at 12:32 pm

    Oh those big tears!! BLESS HIS HEART!! Oh!

  • shireen
    August 7, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Yeah, I was watching a country music video the other day and told Russell how “appalled” I was at the attire, or the lack thereof, of the female singers! Those are the exact words I used, and it’s sad that it’s catching on to all the young people…kids, even! So, I know you were coaching your girls, “Now, girls, you do NOT need to go around dressed like that! That’s wrong. Okay? I want to hear you say, ‘Yes, ma’am.'” πŸ™‚
    Yall have fun in Chicago!!

  • Holly
    August 7, 2010 at 1:18 pm

    So cute!! Are you still going to post the recipe for that fruit pizza you showed a few posts back? Looked delish.

  • Katie
    August 7, 2010 at 1:20 pm

    Oh, Darby, I KNOW what you mean about the teenage girls clothing. Doesn’t your heart just break? What a tremendous responsibility we have in training our girls up in the admonition of the Lord. The world would say the odds are stacked against us!

  • Cat from iBlog
    August 7, 2010 at 1:25 pm

    Love the pics and the haircuts. And, the photos of Rover and his weed eater — melt my heart too. πŸ™‚

  • I Lover Pretty Litle Things
    August 7, 2010 at 1:41 pm

    Oh My Goodness! Your little Rover could NOT be any cuter than he is! I have a son, who is now 18, who looked just like Rover at his age. That hair! It makes me miss my baby who is now tall, hairy and very man-like. Maybe someday he will have a little blondy of his own?
    Enjoy these little kid days,

  • Jennifer
    August 7, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    I am so glad you took that opportunity to encourage young girls to dress modestly. Thank you!

    Little Man doesn’t care for hair cuts either. For a while T would hold his arms and legs while I held his head and tried to trim a little here or there…I’m happy to say he does much better now!

  • Andrea
    August 7, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    Very cute pictures! I love it when our 2 year boy gets out the lawn mower to cut the “gas” while daddy is doing it. Boys are so fun!

  • Sylvie
    August 7, 2010 at 3:25 pm

    My girlfriend at work was SO thrilled when her childrens’ school issued a new dress code. She said she’s actually looking forward to back-to-school shopping this year – she’s had lots of problems in the past with the girls packing “other” clothes in their backpacks to change into once they got to school!

  • mary katharine
    August 7, 2010 at 4:00 pm

    Hey we have that Dora book!!:)

  • Chrissy
    August 7, 2010 at 5:32 pm

    Our son was a nightmare for hair cuts. We would just shave his head b/c there wasn’t a way to safely get near him with scissors. With shaving, I could hold him while my hubby did the honors. Cole’s head would be sweaty from the screaming, we would all be deaf and then … Cole would finish off the experience by vomiting. SHOCKINGLY, we would hold off on hair cuts until we couldn’t take it anymore and HAD to cut his hair!! We tried everything. Bought at least three different sets of clippers to find the quietest or the one that made the least vibration. We bribed him with candy, put a movie on. He watched my dad and two of my brothers SHAVE THEIR HEADS. I tried just using scissors once while he was watching TV. He still screamed like bloody murder and I did such an awful job, we had to shave it off anyway. THE ONLY THING THAT WORKED??? “Cartoon Cuts”. He was still really, really nervous but seeing his sister go first (while watching Spongebob) and seeing other boys get their hair cut … it convinced him it was okay. PLUS, he really, really, really wanted the elephant to wash his hair!!! The nearest one to us is at least 30 minutes away but it’s been a life-saver. I’ll pay money to have someone else cut his hair as long as it isn’t an awful experience for all involved! Good luck … I hope this passes for you guys!! (Cole’s first great experience was this year … he was 5 at the time. Was it his age? Doubtful since he would still get hysterical if his dad pulled out the clippers. I really think it was the Cartoon Cuts store! We’ve been back twice now and he’s still doing well!!!)

  • Sarah
    August 7, 2010 at 6:40 pm

    We did haircuts today at lollipop cuts. They get to choose a cool car and pick a cartoon to watch on there own flat screen (over the top, perhaps). My 3 yr old loves it, finally but my 2yr old cried the entire time. Luckily he let Lynn finish. We go every 10 weeks which helps (sometimes). Your parents farm is beautiful. Enjoy Chicago,

  • Kerri H.
    August 7, 2010 at 6:41 pm

    Enjoy your time in Chicago! If you want to give it another try, the Cookie Cutters in Geneva Commons is really, really great. Their chairs are actually little cars and airplanes, so Rover might enjoy steering one while watching a DVD?

  • Lauren
    August 7, 2010 at 11:54 pm

    Love those pictures of JM with his weedeater. I seriously sat here and laughed when I saw those. How precious is he!

  • Cami {Cami's Paperie}
    August 8, 2010 at 9:01 am

    Oh, he’s so precious! I love the pics and I love how you always capture the most perfect moments. Such an awesome blog you have :)) I always look forward to your posts.

  • ellen
    August 8, 2010 at 11:27 am

    The haircut pictures are too precious. His face is priceless.

    Have you heard of the book Five Conversations You Must Have with Your Daughter? I’ve been reading it and even though it’s geared toward moms of preteens and older, I have been really encouraged about little ways I can already begin to teach my daughter (who is five) to be modest and godly and set apart. I’ve also been super sensitive to what she sees around her, too. It’s a great book to put on your list.

  • Lis
    August 8, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    The haircuts are adorable… and I must agree about the teenagers, it’s quite disturbing really. I hope I can teach my boys to have more respect for women than to support immodest dress like that. And if I ever have a girl to teach her that respecting yourself and others around you is really what is most important.

  • Shan
    August 8, 2010 at 1:53 pm

    I have been following your blog for a few months now. Can i just tell you how much i love it and how adorable your kids are! I have a 21 month old little girl, i haven’t had to cut her hair yet but i am not looking forward to it. πŸ™‚ Thank you for sharing your life, stories and beautiful photography! I find you so inspiring.

  • Sherrie
    August 8, 2010 at 3:12 pm

    I remember my youngest son getting a haircut and I finally had to sit in the seat with him as you did. I was sweating my butt off and getting hair all over myself. Not fun. The things we mommies do for our kids! πŸ™‚

  • julia
    August 8, 2010 at 4:59 pm

    I don’t know why it’s so cute when somebody else’s child cries.

    Love the rick rack dress.

  • mary katharine
    August 8, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    Okay, so I have another comment … thought really …
    I was thinking about this post and how amazing your family is. It really is. Not many families are true families anymore. They are out there, but they are not the norm nowadays. It is always encouraging to see one. Also, I was thinking about your trips out to the farm. What a blessing! When we lived in NC several years ago, I actually paid money for my girls to go to a camp that was simply just a week at someone’s farm. Every morning I’d drop them off at a local private school and then they’d drive out to this farm and stay there all day just hanging out. Then I’d pick them back up at the school at the end of the day. The camp was called “A Day at the Farm” and Momma laughed when I told her I did this. She grew up picking cotton and said that what I was paying for them to get to do, was what she just DID. It was one of my oldest two’s favorite weeks ever. Your children are very fortunate!!

    And finally, about the dress thing. What I’ve noticed is that I’m seeing many of these teenagers now, except they are just 7, 8 and 9 (and sometimes younger). I loathe the word “tween.” All I can say is, well, what do we expect from a teenager when we force “fashion” on them before they are able to discern better??! I’ll admit, it can be a little pricy to dress modestly, or it can be a little more work to look for cute, stylish, and affordable modest clothes, but it’s worth it and we have to remember that we are training little hearts and minds and what a girl does as a teen rarely comes out of left field.

  • Justine
    August 9, 2010 at 12:57 am

    Just love the photos of your parents farm – and love the dresses Morgan and Paige are wearing. Did you make them?

  • MandyLou
    August 9, 2010 at 7:28 am

    Hello Darby! I have been reading your blog for a few weeks and am loving it. I actually stopped my husband and made him come to the computer so that I could show him your amazing photography, and tell him “Look at these pictures, I need this camera!”. With our five kiddos we have always had a one year milestone that marked the first hair cut. Even though my two boys weren’t totally thrilled with it they took it better than I did. I had to leave and go to the car because the tears were just rolling down my face. All the while my husband was laughing at me for being so sentimental. I miss them being little babies and I long everyday to go back in time and do it ALL again! Enjoy all those frustrating times because those are the moments you will remember and laugh about the most later on. Also, I know what you mean about the lack of clothing. While dropping my kids off at school one morning the high school girls volleyball team was there to help with carpool and we had the misfortune of witnessing the majority of them swapping outfits in the parking lot, standing around giggling in their bras and panties in front of an entire neighborhood. I immediatly called the school office and complained.

  • Julie
    August 9, 2010 at 7:54 am

    My heart dropped when I read this line “JM grabbed his weed eater as quick as he could” I was expecting the worst. I have just been hearing too many accident related stories about kids and machinery this summer. Enough to make me pause. I’m glad all are ok.

  • Caroline
    August 9, 2010 at 9:32 am

    LOVE the ones of him and his weed eater. So cute!!

  • Becky
    August 9, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Your post about girls and their clothing rings so true to me! Makes me glad I don’t have daughters….need to figure out how to keep my boys from bringing girls like that home! It sure won’t be pretty if they do!

  • gail mitchell
    August 9, 2010 at 10:14 am

    Precious!!! I love the new hair-cuts! Please check Abby’s post today. My heart is in prayer for them…Seattle isn’t a great place….

  • Melissa
    August 9, 2010 at 10:37 am

    Oh my goodness poor little Rover with the haircut. That would break my heart even though he is obviously fine. I totally understand the teenage girl part as well!

  • Tara McClendon
    August 9, 2010 at 11:44 am

    Amen, sister! If I’ve preached to Bethany that it’s best to leave a little to the imagination once, I’ve preached it a hundred times. I think it’s sinking in…finally!! Hope you’re having a blast!!

  • jenna
    August 9, 2010 at 12:13 pm

    thank you for encouraging young girls to take pride in themselves and wear clothes!! I can’t tell you how many times i walk down the street and see young girls in skimpy shorts, I think why doesn’t {she} just wear her underwear out?!? It’s quite heartbreaking actually!

    rover is the sweetest! I hate to see pictures of him crying but they are just as cute! adorable!

  • Bailey@peppermintbliss
    August 10, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Oh it has been way too long since I checked in with your cute bunch. Have fun in Chicago!! Maybe I’ll bump into you guys on the street πŸ™‚

  • Casey@HelloLove
    August 10, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Oh my gosh, those haircut photos are heartbreaking and adorable at the same time! Enjoy Chicagoland – I’m a former Chicago girl myself! πŸ™‚

  • michelle
    August 11, 2010 at 12:34 am

    Oh goodness, this has to be the most darling photo essay ever! Too classic, those salon chair tears! He’s so darling with his weed eater, too! I have a little cousin who is 3, he is in love with vacuum cleaners. Like, obsessed with them! His mom took him to Walmart once and they turned the corner and there it was……the vacuum isle. The child froze and stared up at all the vacuums….his mouth open in awe! πŸ˜‰

  • Melanie
    August 11, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    That picture of the 3 babies standing in the window is SO cute!

  • Jill
    August 26, 2010 at 1:48 pm

    D- are you sure he’s not just crying because ya’ll are reading him a DORA book? A VALENTINE’s Dora book??? πŸ™‚

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