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Recent Randomness


Hello, this will likely be a long post full of a variety of random items from the “blog” section of my brain! If you are a fan of a table of contents, today’s would look something like this:
“T” party
paci-free Rover
a weekend away
Jesus Calling, again {iPhone ap giveaway!!}
DaddyBoy’s new ride

My friend Jenn recently posted about their hot air popper and since then I’ve not been able to get it out of my mind. We used our Presto air popper growing up until microwave popcorn became the latest fad, then there really was no looking back… until now. I was apparently nostalgic forΒ  the popcorn of my youth because I hunted one down, and it wasn’t even a tough hunt. Did you know Walmart still sells hot air poppers for $19 in the small appliance aisle!? I believe we eat $19 worth of microwave popcorn easily in a year… and with that microwave popcorn we also have been consuming lots of sodium, artificial colors, flavors, and plenty of hydrogenated oils. Now we just get popped corn… and to that we, of course, add other goodies, but at least we know what they are… BUTTER & SEA SALT!


The girls have also been very entertained by our new popper.


Nearly every day at 3 pm we treat ourselves to big bowl of fresh popcorn! It is SO much better than microwave popcorn. After I eat microwave popcorn my tongue has this strange film on it and all I can think about is how incredibly thirsty I am, and how greasy my fingers are from the “butter flavored grease”… I don’t believe we’ll be looking back to microwave popcorn any time soon! So, consider yourself informed, hot air poppers are really fun, healthy, entertaining and make DELICIOUS popcorn! Do you see the built in butter-melter on top!? It’s perfect!


Last week Paige had a “T” party in her classroom! I prayed so much for her this summer leading up to preschool, she is really silly at home but really shy at school. Well, she has done incredibly well and we are not only thankful but so proud of her for being such a brave big girl. The “T” party overwhelmed her just a tad but to see that she would even participate was a big step for her. She kept her head on her shoulder most of the party but no tears were shed and she did what was asked of her!!! The boys and girls learn manners and do a little dance, she got to dance with her good friend Mary Alice, which I’m sure helped! I am thankful to see a boost in her confidence and a decrease in her fear, praise the Lord!




I also took the Rover’s paci away last week… he has been 9 days PACI-free! I’m not sure what made me do it, it was a very spur of the moment decision and all I can say is take it away at age two… don’t wait ’til age three! We waited too long with Paige {3} and it was so much easier this go around. It was a little sad to deprive the little man of something that he loved so much but he’s done remarkably well and hasn’t woken in the night once since we took it away. Naps and bedtime are a little harder, but I’ve been able to rock him some and that is fine by me. I miss holding a still, sweet, sleepy baby so rock we will, if rock we must! He falls asleep so fast and drools down my arm and it makes my heart melt into a puddle. He used to rub his hair and suck his paci, and I now cherish this little picture of his old routine… because I’ve learned that without his paci, he doesn’t rub his hair. πŸ™ Speaking of his hair, I’ve been trimming it ever since Mom and I did his big cut at the beach. It is what I call the progressive hair cut. Bless his heart, I can’t seem to get it right, and he really doesn’t care for hair cuts. Tonight he had a bowl of ice creamΒ  topped with sprinkles and hair while I trimmed away. I worked on it last weekend too because he was looking like Yanamamo again, I will likely try again in a couple days. If I keep it up he’ll be bald in a few weeks.


I got to sneak away this weekend with 6 girls for a weekend of R & R at Calloway Gardens! My friend Lindsey was so gracious to put the weekend together for us. In my quest to get great pictures while we were there I made sure I had a full charge on my camera battery and then took off and droveΒ  all the way to Calloway with my battery still plugged in in our kitchen, it’s really hard to take pictures without a camera battery! Dang it! We laughed a lot, talked a lot,Β  and cried a little. I love women who can be real and vulnerable and share what the Lord is teaching them, it is such an encouragement to me. I can’t speak for the others, but I left refreshed, encouraged, and challenged. I’m grateful for my time away and for these ladies who can welcome a stranger {or two} into their circle of friends!!

September 20th {Monday} I opened Jesus Calling and I was pretty sure that the Holy Spirit intended this to penetrate my heart, and penetrate it did…

When little things don’t go as you had hoped, say “Oh, well.” This simple discipline can protect you from being burdened with an accumulation of petty cares and frustrations. If you practice this diligently, you will make a life-changing discovery: You realize that most of the things that worry you are not important. If you shrug them off immediately and return your focus to Me, you will walk through your days with lighter steps and a joyful heart… You may even reach the point where you can agree with the apostle Paul that all your troubles are light and momentary, compared with the eternal glory being achieved by them. {Proverbs 20:24; 2 Corinthians 4:17-18}

Powerful and true, isn’t it? As I mentioned a week or so ago, there’s also an app for your iPhone. The developer of that app graciously sent me a handful to share with friends, if you’re an iPhone user and interested in a free copy of the app, leave a comment and I’ll randomly pick 4 folks! I generally don’t do giveaways because I don’t really think they’re great, but I do think Jesus Calling is great and because I think y’all are great I’m sure y’all would love a free copy of it!

I also think Radical is great… and hard, and revealing…


Our Sunday school class is reading through and studying Radical. I mentioned a few months back when I had chance to worship at The Church at Brook Hills how encouraged and challenged I was by David Platt andΒ  how evident it was to me that their congregation is “living out the gospel” in the most tangible ways. I’ve only read through chapter 4 of Radical but I am here to tell you that it has really convicted me, challenged me, and revealed things about me that I’d rather not have been revealed. My eyes have been opened to my own selfish desires to live very comfortably and I can see clearly the church’s tendency to make the gospel what we want it to be rather than what it reallyΒ  is. Our Monday night small group is made up of couples from our Sunday school class so our discussion has continued on Monday nights and I’m so thankful for a small group where we can share our hearts, including the ugly parts, and encourage one another as we trudge through Radical. It’s full of really hard stuff {isn’t that deep and theological?}. It’s telling of our nation’s priorities, more specifically my own. On page 56, Platt writes, “God delights in using ordinary Christians who come to the end of themselves and choose to trust in his extraordinary provision. He stands ready to allocate his power to all who are radically dependent on him and radically devoted to making much of him.” Do you know how hard it is to come to the end of your self, to get over yourself, your comforts, your pride… to be in this world and not be of it? It’s what keeps most of us from living our lives for the Kingdom of God {I’m very much speaking to myself here}. Speaking of the Kingdom of God, so much of what I’ve read reminds me of the Sermon on the Mount in which Jesus clearly calls us to live our lives in complete contradiction to how the “world” tells us to live our lives. In my own strength living radically would be completely counterfeit and achieve absolutely nothing for His kingdom, it’s only by His power and strength that we could ever live radically for Him.Β  I hope I will not be the same when I finish this book, and I hope it’s the Gospel that changes me, not Radical. I also have lots of thoughts on blogging… but I better not get started. I remind you, I have a love hate relationship with blogging.


And last but not least, I really love my dad. But earlier this week I contemplated schedulingΒ  him a mental health screening when he sent me a picture of his new car and told me it needed a name. I said, “Ha ha funny, you didn’t buy that, did you?” He said it was a steal… I told him they had better paid him to take it. I could only think of two names for his new Chrysler… Oscar or Cousin Eddie. This is what happens when he is left alone for the weekend, I am confident of four things 1} Mom will never not join him at a car show again, 2} he had buyer’s remorse on Monday morning , 3} if he reads Radical he’ll sell is “real” car and drive this one! {Please no one give him a copy until he sells this car!!} and 4} if he could find some spinners and a good bass system Coolio could use it for Fantastic Voyage II.


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  • Marlena
    September 22, 2010 at 2:26 pm

    Sorry to be such a girl, but I just had to comment on your daughter’s beautiful dress. I love the pearl detail on the collar. Do you mind sharing where you got it. Thanks.

  • grace happens
    September 22, 2010 at 2:28 pm

    there is nothing i love more than reading your random posts! ps. love cousin eddie hehe.

  • Tippy
    September 22, 2010 at 2:29 pm

    I so look forward to your updates! First, my little one has the same dresses as the girls…love that line. Also, I want an air popper now. And lastly, Paige melts my heart! Oh, no…lastly…”oh well”. Love that!

  • Katie
    September 22, 2010 at 2:35 pm

    Hey Darby,

    My small group in Georgia is going through radical. I agree, It is a hard read. Tough to hear sometimes, but thankful for the wisdom it gives. I am only on chapter 5 but all week long 4.5 billion and counting has been ringing in my ears, heart, head, spirit, etc. 4.5 billion and counting lost people in the world. It has challenged me so much. I have been a blog stalker for quite some time. Haha…I love reading your blog and have shared it with many. Have a great day.

  • Ashley
    September 22, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Random Posts= my favorites!
    Love the popcorn popper! Haven’t seen one like that in ages! πŸ™‚ so fun!

  • Jenna Gilfedder
    September 22, 2010 at 2:38 pm

    Darby, I love Jesus Calling. I got the devotional soon after you recommended it. I keep wanting the app for days I don’t have the book with me, and to just read it over throughout the day, because they are such an encouragment, but won’t let myself buy it because I already own it πŸ™‚

  • Meg
    September 22, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Hey Darby,
    Would love a copy of the IPhone App. πŸ™‚ Enjoy this day!

  • Beth
    September 22, 2010 at 2:44 pm

    Loved the random blog and tell Daddyboy he needs some hydraulics on the hooptie!!

  • codi
    September 22, 2010 at 2:47 pm

    that popcorn popper sure is tempting! David Platt came to Auburn and spoke a few weeks ago. I had never heard of him (though I had heard of brookhills and underground church). It was very convicting, I think I need to read the book, maybe I can get our small group to do it!

  • Nelle
    September 22, 2010 at 2:50 pm

    Your Daddyboy’s car is a big ugly green car. If it were blue, it would be a Big Ugly Green Car in Disguise. My mother says this about any old car and it suits for this one for sure. I kinda love it though. I also love your blog so much. You are such an inspiration to so many.

  • Leigh
    September 22, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Love your posts, thoughts, and advice Darby. Would love a Jesus Calling iphone app too!

  • samantha
    September 22, 2010 at 3:02 pm

    Thanks for the Jesus Calling bit. That was exactly what I needed at this moment! I love your blog. I like it when God works like that. I would also love the Iphone App you mentioned so I hope I get randomly chosen. Thanks!

  • Elizabeth
    September 22, 2010 at 3:05 pm

    I just took the paci from My Little Max who is 2 1/2 and he loved it and he also had a lovie that he carried and rubbed as he sucked his paci and now that I took the paci away he has nothing to do with his lovie bear!! So sad!! I have to rock him at nap time and night time too and it is so such a sweet time!! Love your blog!!

  • Amanda
    September 22, 2010 at 3:10 pm

    This post was perfect! I’ve got a worrisome day coming up next week (PhD defense) so you bringing together those pieces of scripture really resonated with me. Jesus Calling is definitely an app I need to look into getting. Thanks again!

  • Mackenzie
    September 22, 2010 at 3:14 pm

    I would love the iPhone Jesus Calling App! The little bit you shared was inspirational. Thank you!

  • Adriana
    September 22, 2010 at 3:16 pm

    Lately I’ve been trying to grow more in my faith. I’m 22 and I’m guessing this is the age where you are “discovering” yourself. As part of this, not only have their been tears and laughter, but I’m proud to say there have been tears and laughter while listening to God speak in my life. It’s hard sometimes, especially in a university setting, but I’m getting there. My mom has “Jesus Calling” and I’m planning on reading it right after I finish the other book I’m reading now. It’s called “Content to Be Good, Called to Be Godly.” I think you would like it.

  • Jennifer
    September 22, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    Table of contents for this comment:
    1- dying laughing at your comment about your Dad’s new prop from Coolio’s Fantastic Voyage video.
    2- On Amazon now checking out Radical.
    3- Thanks for the inspiring words from Jesus Calling-EXACTLY what I needed to hear today.

  • Emily
    September 22, 2010 at 3:18 pm

    I hardly ever post, but I love your blog, and I just gotta say I LOVE that car. Of course, this is coming from a girl whose dream cars include an International Scout or a ’66 Chevy Nova (black, of course). Or maybe I just have bad taste, which is entirely possible. πŸ™‚

  • Lindsey
    September 22, 2010 at 3:21 pm

    firstly, yay for paige and jm! secondly, exactly what i prayed for the weekend. and what great words from jesus calling and radical. i took it from steven’s nightstand on monday and moved it to mine:). hope you are having a good week!

  • E @ Oh! Apostrophe
    September 22, 2010 at 3:22 pm

    Hi Darby!
    Would love a copy of that app… sounds good!

  • rhonda
    September 22, 2010 at 3:24 pm

    Okay, so the car is cracking me up, but if ANYBODY can make it halfway cool, I am convinced that somehow your family can. Rocking my girls to sleep was the sweetest moments of my life…I miss having those limp toddler bodies curled up in my lap- RELISH those moments. And between Radical, and the compassion bloggers latest trip- I am convinced of my unworthiness (but we have a previously planned and paid for trip to disney next week- how is that in terms of irony?!) Trying to sort it all out…Oh, and you can pop popcorn in a dutch oven if need be…That’s what we do. πŸ™‚

  • Kelly@TearingUpHouses
    September 22, 2010 at 3:33 pm

    I like the car! Such a throwback!


  • Melissa Richie
    September 22, 2010 at 3:38 pm

    what a fun post!

    i grew up eating white popcorn made on the stove with just a tad of oil in the bottom of the pan. have you ever tried white popcorn instead of yellow? it’s so, so much better. or maybe that’s just the way i was raised πŸ™‚ my mom is a popcorn snob.

    i have to eat popcorn while drinking orange juice, too. it’s my #1 comfort food.

    been meaning to pick up radical. thanks for sharing…have you read the ny times article able platt? here’s the link…


    happy wednesday!

  • Melissa Richie
    September 22, 2010 at 3:39 pm

    um, that was supposed to say “about platt”. that’s what happens when i don’t proof read πŸ™‚

  • Jessica
    September 22, 2010 at 3:44 pm

    lol thats too funny about your dad’s car! I’m pretty sure my parents had something similar….in the 70s. πŸ˜‰

    Now, I need to get a popcorn popper!

  • Lauren Fortney
    September 22, 2010 at 3:46 pm

    i love Jesus Calling! it has been a lifeline for me in the past few months. i was too cheap to pay for the iphone app πŸ™‚ i also have been meaning to read Radical, but i have a feeling it will require some radical change. i am a long time blog stalker!

  • Susan
    September 22, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    So proud of Miss Paige. Shyness is so hard to overcome. Congrats on Rover’s achievement, too! I am pulling out my air popper and putting it to good use. Love your blog.

  • Stefanie Shultz
    September 22, 2010 at 3:51 pm

    I own the same air popper and love it! Look for cool popcorn toppings at TJMaxx or Marshall’s, my favorite is jalapeno cheddar, yum! FYI, I LOVE the car…saweet! I used to rock my little boy to sleep everynight, he’ll be 11 next month πŸ™

  • hill
    September 22, 2010 at 3:58 pm

    i adore your blog.
    i simply adore it.

  • jennifer
    September 22, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    We too are doing Radical in our small group. I definitely will not send DaddyBoy a copy until he gets rid of the sled. πŸ™‚
    And yes, I’m commenting in hopes of the free app. I know, shameless.

  • kat
    September 22, 2010 at 4:02 pm

    Your dad’s new car is “as big as a whale and it’s about to set sail”!
    I would love to be entered into the iPhone App giveaway.
    The hot air popper also totally reminds me of my childhood.

  • julia
    September 22, 2010 at 4:08 pm

    I totally forgot about those air poppers – I remember being so impressed with how they melted butter.

    Why do guys always do things in such a big way? Girls buy a piece of pottery or something, boys buy a car. So funny.

  • Melanie Mixon
    September 22, 2010 at 4:13 pm

    I would love the app. I plan to check out the Radical book. Sounds good!

  • andi
    September 22, 2010 at 4:19 pm

    Hey! I enjoyed catching up with you guys via the blog! πŸ™‚

  • Karen
    September 22, 2010 at 4:25 pm

    Hi there, the application sounds like a blessing! I’d love to have it and have it interject some “wisdom” on those days that I feel like I’m drowning in life’s daily and petty concerns.


  • Arielle
    September 22, 2010 at 4:53 pm

    Reading your blog as we’re getting ready to leave for small group- where we will be discussing Radical too! It’s rocking my world in such a great way. It’s kind of scary how we’ve morphed the Bible into what we think it should say. It’s also kind of scary to think about living the way that God really calls us to live! Praying for you as He reveals more of Himself and His plan for you!

  • Whitney Walker Alexander
    September 22, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    I would love, love, love to have a copy of Jesus Calling for my iPhone! I’ve so been wanting to buy it since you wrote about it on your blog a few weeks ago.
    Thank you for your openness on your blog. Your values in motherhood inspire me every time I read your blog. Thank you!

  • Cousin
    September 22, 2010 at 5:07 pm

    I want
    a. an air popper
    b. your dad’s new ride
    c. the iphone app
    d. your strength and maybe just one of those precious babies!!

    Love you, Cousin

  • Sara D.
    September 22, 2010 at 5:09 pm

    I would love that app…and could REALLY use it. A daily reminder to remain in him would be helpful!

  • Jennifer
    September 22, 2010 at 5:26 pm

    Yea! I am so glad you love your air popper! We are still crankin’ out a few bowls of it every Sunday night! And several afternoons a week, too. Good stuff!

    Btw, love the photo of you and your daddy! Precious!

  • lauren
    September 22, 2010 at 5:28 pm

    i think i may have to go buy a popper. it looks great!
    i’d love the free app. thinking about going to get the book as well.

  • Melia
    September 22, 2010 at 5:50 pm

    I would love the app and I hope to check out the book soon.

  • Marissa
    September 22, 2010 at 6:42 pm

    First I love that popcorn maker. I have the old crank over the stove version from my mother-in-law that I am pretty sure her mom used years ago. I might just need to treat myself to a new kitchen toy!
    Second, I would love that iphone app!!! Thank you for the giveaway!

  • k. chock
    September 22, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    love the hot air popcorn!!

  • Dee G
    September 22, 2010 at 6:58 pm

    I’d love a copy of the iphone app…just what I need right now!!

  • Heather
    September 22, 2010 at 7:32 pm

    your random blogs are BY FAR my favorite.
    heading to McBeach next weekend … can’t wait.

    Jesus Calling has meant more to me in my spiritual life than anything other than the Bible. it’s always JUST what i need to hear.

    thanks for sharing your life.
    Heather (Ohly) Heaton

  • ali
    September 22, 2010 at 7:43 pm

    Amy and I used to take art lessons once a week and eat tons of the air popped popcorn! The pictures take me back to such fun memories. Did a photoshoot today in a poolhouse that Phoebe Howard decorated. Couldn’t stop thinking about how much you and Erika would love it!

  • Katie @ Katie Beth Interiors
    September 22, 2010 at 7:53 pm

    I have been following your blog for awhile now and I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy your pictures and insight into the world. You have a beautiful family and I truly enjoy getting to read about all of your experiences.

  • Julie
    September 22, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    What a fun post. I will have to read the Radical book next. It is one I have seen pop up a few times. Recently finished Crazy Love and reading Forgotten God, and I think they may all have a simliar tone. Anyway.
    Will surely be buying a popcorn popper. We pop ours in a pot with oil, but the airpopper, oh the memories.
    Would love an app of Jesus Calling, you have talked so highly about it.
    As always, love your blog!

  • Holly
    September 22, 2010 at 8:12 pm


    Check out http://www.marlataviano.com

    She is a christian author who is doing a reading club with the RADICAL book. It is simply amazing how many people are reading/posting at the same time! πŸ™‚

    I so enjoy your pictures and stories!


  • Sarah
    September 22, 2010 at 8:20 pm

    Just got the iPhone4 today! Would love a devo app!!!

  • Tara
    September 22, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Thanks for letting me know about the Jesus Calling app. I don’t have an iPhone, but my husband does, and he actually loves that devotional as much as I do.

    Too funny on your dad’s car. I’m going to have Fantastic Voyage stuck in my head all night! πŸ™‚

  • Brittany
    September 22, 2010 at 8:25 pm

    Would love the app!!!

  • Dianne
    September 22, 2010 at 8:39 pm

    Paige is an angel. Her shyness is part of her charm. Love her!
    I think Daddyboy either loves to have fun or can’t refuse a good deal. Perhaps both?
    I so enjoy your blog. Don’t have a love/hate relationship with it…you are reaching and witnessing to so many. God bless you!

  • Laurin Maddux
    September 22, 2010 at 8:55 pm

    I want the app!!!

  • Stacey
    September 22, 2010 at 9:04 pm

    I am a reader who’s never commented, but I have to now: I went out and bought Jesus Calling after you recommended it, and I absolutely love it! I’m a few days behind (oops) so I hadn’t read that quote you posted.. yet again, just what I need to hear. πŸ™‚ thanks for recommending it!!

    also, I’d been desperately trying to decide which kind of dslr to buy, and recently I took the plunge and got a canon rebel xs. I love your pictures so I actually came over here to see what kind you had–sold! love it!!

  • chrystal senter
    September 22, 2010 at 9:20 pm

    I keep hearing great things about “Jesus calling” and its in my amazon card waiting to buy! I do have an iphone and would love this app! thanks Darby! I am always so encouraged by your blog, thanks for sharing!

  • hannah fields
    September 22, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    hey darby, I LOVE air popped popcorn. I stole my moms from her basement. The kids love watching it pop.
    Also, Radical is on my book list. I will tell you i am a little scared to read it. He is a little intense. I may end up in a hut in Africa. Dale and i want to visit one of their secret church services.
    I also want to tell you that you are constant encouragement to me. your love for the Lord and your family is contageous. Wish we lived closer πŸ™‚

  • Michele
    September 22, 2010 at 9:38 pm

    Thanks for the random thoughts. It’s easy to relate to. I also had to do a progressive hair cut on my first son. He just wouldn’t sit still. Now I put the portable DVD player in the bathroom and he watches cartoons while I cut his hair. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on your faith. It is encouraging.

  • Laura Beth
    September 22, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    I would love the new app! Love your blog by the way, too. I have fallen off my blog wagon lately, and don’t check people’s as much as I used to. . . BUT, I always scan to see if you or Erica have posted! Love, love, love the blog(s) and your kiddos!

  • Kristi
    September 22, 2010 at 9:41 pm

    I love your blog and I would love the iphone app. I haven’t had a chance to purchase the book yet, but I plan to. Thanks!

  • Mott Smith
    September 22, 2010 at 9:44 pm

    You have a precious little brood there and Paige looks just like you except for the blonde hair! Couldn’t you just eat them up when they’re sleeping? I could still see “the baby” in my boys when they were asleep for the longest time. I remember going into their rooms and my heart would melt as I watched them sleeping. They are 28 and 34 now! Where does the time go?

    You do great things through your blog and I thank you for that! I will be getting that book this week (Jesus Calling), will put Radical on my list to buy/read, and would love the chance to own the iPhone app. Thank you for sharing so much of yourself with all of us! God bless you!

  • Meaghan
    September 22, 2010 at 10:08 pm

    How encouraging it is to read your post and all the comments about small groups around the country reading Radical. My husband and I are members of Brookhills and for almost 2 years we have been living out the call to be radical for Jesus Christ. How freeing it is to write a blank check before God. It makes me so giddy to see glimpses of the plans/promises He has for His people. Thank you for this encouragement!

  • Leslie
    September 22, 2010 at 10:36 pm

    Hi Darby! I am from Dothan and now living in Birmingham. I love your blog and am friends with a couple of families in your small group and with some of your Birmingham friends! Your comments about Radical compelled me to comment. David is our pastor and God has used him to change the focus of our lives for sure! Thanks for sharing about it and your life with your readers!

  • Lori
    September 22, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    Am now craving air popped popcorn…had SO forgotten about the little butter melter! Come payday, I’m heading to Walmart!
    Would LOVE the Iphone app! What a wonderful thing to receive that post in the middle of a day of teaching third graders!
    Thanks for sharing and being open with us. You love your children completely and it makes me miss my big teenagers’ childhood even more!

  • gina stanfield
    September 22, 2010 at 11:09 pm

    car name: the green eyed monster ( i know deep down you are green with envy for it!) i think it is a really cool looking car!
    you are such a celebrity and don’t even know it. i was telling someone about your blog about the auburn stuff and she said, “i love reading darby’s blog!” i was so surprised she read you too!

  • Allie L
    September 22, 2010 at 11:32 pm

    Darby, you should read Sarah Young’s other devotional “Dear Jesus”… equally as awesome. I have also read Radical– very tough and challenging book for me, but so true! Jesus does not call us to be comfortable and I often forget that. Thank you for this great post!

  • Lara
    September 23, 2010 at 12:31 am

    Hi Darby,

    My husband is reading Radical, and I am a little afraid to. Well, definitely putting it off. Although from what he says, it seems to follow the Gospels closely…which makes me think, am I putting off the Gospels too?

    I hear you on the love/hate relationship with blogs. They are so fun to read, but I find myself sometimes spending too much time in a world that isn’t my true reality…sometimes they also make me discontent. Anyone else relate?

    But I do love reading your blog, and I love that you are honest.

    Grace to you!

  • eringianni
    September 23, 2010 at 2:38 am

    i’m so happy for paige!!! you know i can really relate to the super timid girl going to school thing… it is frightening and heartbreaking and nearly had me homeschooling stella last year! it can take time, but i think with the right support, loving teachers and well, i guess a good dose of luck, it can become a beautiful experience for mom and shy daughter alike! if it’s any consolation stella, after three years of not digging the school thing, now wakes up every morning with a huge smile excited about first grade!!! i don’t know what happened but it’s a real blessing!

  • Brittaney
    September 23, 2010 at 7:05 am

    This summer I left my battery charger at home when we went on our east coast road trip. We ended up having to buy a new one when we reached DC because my battery was going dead. Oh, and I left my battery for my camera at home last weekend when we went to the Auburn game. I felt like I was missing a part of me! Maybe one day I’ll learn!

  • Renee Ford
    September 23, 2010 at 7:08 am

    Hi Darby…
    I love your blog. Thanks for sharing a piece of yourself with us. I would love the iPhone app for Jesus Calling. Have a great day.

  • Sue
    September 23, 2010 at 7:18 am

    Gosh, I remember the air popper from when I was little. What I remember most was how LONG it seemed to take to pop. Watched pots and all that…

    Would love to be included in your iPhone app give away for Jesus Calling!

  • KYNIcole
    September 23, 2010 at 7:50 am

    I have an iphone and would love the app. I am going to check it out now!!!

  • Annie
    September 23, 2010 at 8:16 am

    I’ve loved your blog for a while now, but have maybe commented only once or twice. I just wanted to say thank you! After reading about “Jesus Calling” on your blog a few weeks ago, I went ahead and purchased it, and it’s just been just what I needed to get my quiet time back on track. Not every day is perfect, but each day when I sit and read those verses and Sarah’s interpretations, I feel convicted. Somehow, they’re always exactly what I need to hear. Thank you!

  • Wendy
    September 23, 2010 at 8:22 am

    I don’t usually comment….althought I love your blog….but I had to once I saw your Dad’s car. What year is it? I think that is the same car that my Mom somewhat coerced (tongue in cheek) my Dad with when she wanted another baby (ME)!! I am 10/8 years younger than my sister and brother. My Dad thought the family was complete, so to convince him otherwise, she told him he could have his new car if she could have another baby! At least that is how the story was told to me by my grinning Dad. And here I am!!

    You are right about the popcorn…popping it fresh is soooo much better than the microwave type!!

    I can understand your love/hate relationship with blogging. I don’t blog, but often wonder about the people who do it every day and how much time it is taking away from their families. I think you have done it exactly right by blogging about once to twice a week about important/funny/enlightening events. Please don’t stop. I learn a lot from your blog and find it very uplifting.

  • Michaela
    September 23, 2010 at 8:33 am

    Hi Darby! I’ll echo many who say…I love your blog. I hardly read blogs anymore, but as a wife who is currently working (though I love my job), and patiently waiting til she can stay home and have babies (when husband is done with school!)…you are a constant encouragement for me. πŸ™‚

    Also, I wouldn’t mind the iphone app. πŸ˜‰


  • Diana
    September 23, 2010 at 8:37 am

    Thank you for sharing the reminder of “Oh, well”. It is so easy to get caught up in the here and now and forget to keep what is really important in the forefront of our hearts, thoughts and minds. I loved the randomness of today’s blog. I also appreciate that you are one of the few bloggers who not only share your ideas and family with us, but also share your faith.

  • Flower Patch Farmgirl
    September 23, 2010 at 9:25 am

    The Gospel, presented with such clarity in Radical (we listened to the series online) changed our lives forever. I walked around feeling ill for a few weeks. I couldn’t stop thinking about it. And then God started to direct us and we started to listen and nothing could be better than that.

  • Kristin
    September 23, 2010 at 9:29 am

    I got one of those air poppers for Christmas last year after remembering them with my mom. Best popcorn ever. We were out of popcorn and butter the other night and resorted to microwave, and it was just like you said, greasy, and left a film in my mouth. I will not be running out of the good stuff again. πŸ™‚ Thanks for the book recommendations, we are always looking for good material for our bible study.

  • Robin
    September 23, 2010 at 9:35 am

    OMG, that is the exact same car my grandparents gave to us when I was little. I hated it and was so embarrassed to be seen in it that I would have my Mom drop me off on the corner before we got near school. And the doors are so big and heavy, it was impossible for a kid to close them. Ha, ha, ha…. Your Dad is too funny!

  • heather
    September 23, 2010 at 9:57 am

    Hey Darby, I’d love a copy of the Jesus Calling app. I’ve looked at it a few times but I’m a grad student and just can’t bring myself to spend the $.

  • Lindsey
    September 23, 2010 at 10:07 am

    I have never commented before, but I always look forward to reading your blog! Your family is adorable, and you inspire me! I was recently married and very much look forward to having kids sometime soon, you are such a great mom and role model πŸ™‚

  • Emily
    September 23, 2010 at 10:18 am

    Ohhh, I need that popcorn (popper?) that sounds redundant – but I need it! I gave up the microwave stuff because of all of the bad ingredients – this is the perfect solution! Thank you! Little Paige is so sweet and shy! I am surprised she’s like that even with her mommy there. So adorable. And I like your daddy boy’s car. I think he should name it Kermit. It’s not like all the other classics – it’s got a little edge to it. I like it. πŸ™‚

  • Debbie
    September 23, 2010 at 10:25 am

    I love your random posts! They are my favorites. I just bought Jesus Calling on your recommendation and love it! I would love the app for my phone. Thanks

  • Kelly
    September 23, 2010 at 10:37 am

    would love the Jesus Calling app!

  • Deann
    September 23, 2010 at 10:49 am

    I looove your blog! I always feel so encouraged when I read it! I would love the app for my phone! Blessings to you and yours!

  • Kathy
    September 23, 2010 at 11:28 am

    I love this post. My favorites are when you speak openly of your faith. It truly encourages me. And the rest of it is just plain fun! I think I need a popper from my youth, too. If I were to win the Jesus Calling I would give it to my husband. Maybe I will get it for him if don’t win, I never win anything!

  • Erica
    September 23, 2010 at 11:42 am

    We too are studying Radical in Sunday School! It is very challenging and just what I and the church needs to hear!

  • themonogramswap
    September 23, 2010 at 11:43 am

    someone else just told me about the book Radical. i feel like it keeps popping up. maybe that’s a little hint that I should read it:)

    My vote for naming the car is definitely Cousin Eddie. Love it.

  • Ali
    September 23, 2010 at 11:44 am

    I need that app! “Oh, well”..I needed that too! Thank you!
    The car cracks me up, if he loves it, that is all that matters! It totally reminds me of Ramone, from the movie CARS!!! If he adds some hydraulics, and a little gold paint, he could totally impress the preschool-kindergarten set!!

  • Melanie
    September 23, 2010 at 12:18 pm

    When I saw your “table of contents” I immediately scrolled down to Rover w/o a paci. I have waited until the age of 3 and wow! has it been hard. My little girl is on day 5 and it has been a rough week so far. I don’t think I’ve ever prayed for more patience in my life! πŸ™‚ #2 is on the way in December and we have vowed that the paci will be gone in the first year. Thanks for all your posts.

  • Mary
    September 23, 2010 at 12:29 pm

    I love your blog… do tell where you purchased Paige’s pretty white dress (I have three girls who could wear those for Easter)!!!

  • lauren
    September 23, 2010 at 1:05 pm

    hi darby! been reading for a while and LOVE your blog! first time to comment…i’m a blog stalker; i know. πŸ™‚ started jesus calling this summer and almost commented when you mentioned it the first time. now i have to comment because i would LOVE the app! πŸ™‚ thanks for sharing your life!

  • kathy
    September 23, 2010 at 1:47 pm

    I didn’t take time to read all the comments so someone else may have already said it,… but you can pop popcorn in the micro in a brown paper bag or in a speical micro dish that allows you to have just popcorn, no additives, but with the conveneice of the micro. You don’t have to buy yet another small appliance to store some where in the kitchen.

  • Caroline
    September 23, 2010 at 2:07 pm

    we had the same popcorn maker when i was a kid!

  • JuliAnne
    September 23, 2010 at 3:00 pm

    Hey Darby!

    When you first posted about Jesus Calling I immediately wrote down the passage on the back of several of my extra wedding invitations. I have been dealing with a few health issues and I was trusting that God would reveal to me what they were prior to my wedding on October 16th. I have carried that first passage with me in my purse, and it reminds me that no matter what I am doing Jesus is with me and going before me. The doctors were finally able to figure out what was going on & it is nothing major (praise the Lord) but I have continued to read my Mom’s copy of Jesus Calling through all of this! I would LOVE LOVE LOVE an iPhone App, since I have yet to buy the book and will be moving out in just 3 weeks!

  • michelle hoard
    September 23, 2010 at 3:43 pm

    exactly what i needed to hear today! thank you! i would love a iphone app to do just that…daily!! πŸ™‚

  • kasey
    September 23, 2010 at 4:55 pm

    Did your dad happen to get his “car” at the antique car auction here in St. Charles?
    We were there…and i almost…i tell you almost…drove home in one.
    alright…not really…but i did want one.

  • kasey
    September 23, 2010 at 4:57 pm

    p.s. my fin could use a good influence like your paige in his life.
    just sayin’

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    September 23, 2010 at 4:58 pm

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  • Cary
    September 23, 2010 at 5:10 pm

    I would be thrilled to get the app!
    I love DaddyBoy’s new ride. What a character!

  • jessica
    September 23, 2010 at 5:33 pm

    I would love the iphone app! I lost my phone & am using a used one my bf gave me. This app would be a great addition. πŸ™‚

  • HannahJ
    September 23, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    You are fabulous! Thank you so much for taking the time to share your life and thoughts with us readers! I gave a you a little shout-out in my blog today! Keep up the inspiring posts!

  • Dorothy Thompson
    September 23, 2010 at 8:07 pm

    Love Jesus Calling! And love love love the book Radical….so challenging and eye opening!

  • McKenzie
    September 23, 2010 at 9:09 pm

    I’ve heard so much about Jesus Calling… AND I just bought an iphone a few days ago! How perfect πŸ˜‰

  • Cristie
    September 23, 2010 at 9:40 pm

    Oh my goodness. This is my first time leaving a comment. But I laughed so hard that I cried when I read about your son’s haircut and how he had ice cream topped with sprinkles and hair. It just made me giggle and giggle.

    My little guy is turning 2 next month. I need more details on how to take away the pacifier! We tried about 6 months ago and it was awful so we gave it back at 2am after he cried for a solid 2 hours. It’s messing with his teeth though and affecting his speech. I really wish we had taken it before age 1. Send the details!

  • Lynn
    September 23, 2010 at 10:32 pm

    Maybe he should name the car “Radical.” πŸ™‚

  • Kim
    September 23, 2010 at 10:45 pm

    I’ve been reading your blog for months and love seeing what wonderfully creative things you’re up to. I just gave a copy of Jesus Calling to my 15 year old daughter on her birthday last week. It’s her fave. I would love the iPhone app for my very own! I think an air popper is in my future.

  • karen
    September 23, 2010 at 11:12 pm

    Hi Darby,
    Really enjoying your blog! Just randomly connected to it through another blog and have been a faithful follower the last several months – I think my daughter Darcy is a perfect Roverette – she’s a few months behind Rover and just as busy and loves her paci – thanks for sharing all your adventures and the Jesus Calling book/app! I would love to get the app!

  • Tiffany
    September 24, 2010 at 1:40 am

    I’d love the app! More importantly, I’m so excited to hear about Radical! I’ve reserved it at the library. My husband and I have made some major changes in our lives this year when we realized we were pursuing the “American dream” but it wasn’t OUR dream – or God’s dream, for that matter. I’m hoping to be further challenged by the book. Thank you for sharing!

  • Aimee
    September 24, 2010 at 7:05 am

    Oh, holy smokes! I must tell you that I am laughing hysterically at your dad’s car!!! That very car is what my mom drove when I was a very little girl. It had power windows that were so fast you’d better not have an appendage hanging out of one and the sweetest black leather seats a body could ask for…and that a soft little-girl leg could NOT ask for in the Texas heat! Ours was even that color, although it didn’t have the black top and it, of course, was four-door. Did I mention that my three brothers and I could fit very comfortably in it…as well as half the neighborhood?! My seat was the armrest in the front since we didn’t have seatbelt laws back then and I wanted to see out of the windshield. I have to say, thank you so much for the memories even if it is the ugliest car on the planet! πŸ˜€

  • Jennie
    September 24, 2010 at 9:45 am

    Oh my goodness I would love to get that iphone app! And thanks for the great book recommendation.

  • Sarah
    September 24, 2010 at 10:26 am

    haha I LOVE that you are able to reference Coolio’s Fantastic Voyage. Hilarious.

    I’d really love to read more about your love/hate relationship with blogging actually … I have a rather love/hate relationship with reading blogs, and I wonder if your perspective on writing them parallels my perspective on reading them.

  • Karen
    September 24, 2010 at 11:19 am

    Hi Darby!

    I have so enjoyed Jesus Calling. I am a new mom (3 weeks!) and it has been such a blessing to have a little devotional to keep beside me during feeding times. Thanks for sharing the devotional with us. I would definitely be interested in the iphone app as well.

    Thank you!

  • Becky
    September 24, 2010 at 1:23 pm

    I love the car! He should name it “Soup.”

  • Courtney
    September 24, 2010 at 1:24 pm

    Thanks for this “dump” post. I totally want an air popper now, and I’m so excited about the Jesus Calling iPhone app. I’ve had multiple friends tell me about Jesus Calling, so it is on my book store wish list. Also, I took my son’s paci away earlier this summer, and it was just as you described. Sad to see him growing up more.

  • nicky
    September 24, 2010 at 2:55 pm

    This post made me go to WalMart yesterday to buy the exact same popper! I cannot wait to try it out this weekend!!
    Love your posts!!

  • Teresa
    September 24, 2010 at 3:11 pm

    We haven’t had a microwave for about four years and so have always popped in oil on the stove. Since moving into graduate student housing last month we now have temperature control burners (yuck) that don’t get hot enough for popcorn popping. (I discovered this after 45 minutes and I was left with half a cup of toasted but un-popped kernels last weekend.) After reading your post I grabbed my purse and ran to the store. An air popper was on our household items wish list and I was inspired to cross it off. Tonight is going to be a popcorn night πŸ™‚

    Thank you!

  • Anna
    September 24, 2010 at 3:17 pm

    I think I’m going to have to buy Radical tonight. I’ve heard so many people talking about it and I’m so excited to read it. I love your blog. It’s such an inspiration!

  • Page
    September 24, 2010 at 8:57 pm

    Yes, “Radical” is definitely a life-changer!! It is certainly causing a powerful stir around here. Thanks for sharing your thoughts on it…my husband and I have been praying about what it really looks like as we think about starting a family to wholeheartedly follow Jesus, without hesitation. The Jesus Calling App sounds awesome – I’ll have to check it out! Loving the tees…so happy for your successful new business. πŸ™‚

  • meggie42
    September 25, 2010 at 12:03 am

    This is my birthday month…the last day to be exact…so I celebrate the whole month because it feels extravagant and it just makes me feel special. It has been a very difficult month. Many highs…many lows. I had a very difficult day yesterday-several things happening that just didn’t seem right or that I could handle. I found myself “blaming” God rather than thanking him for the opportunity to grow and to put my old ways behind me to become a better version of me. It would be great to win the Jesus is calling App especially during the month of my birth. It is on my birthday list for sure. I just love your blog and how you live what Jesus is calling you to do. You have inspired me on many occasions to love Him more everyday.

  • emily
    September 25, 2010 at 6:34 pm

    Just wanted to tell you that I can relate to your incredibly shy child! I was exactly the same way, up until I graduated from college and had my first salaried job. Then, I didn’t have choice. Sometimes shyness still rears its ugly head. Just make her feel special and important and give her lots of opportunities to meet new people in comfortable environments. I’m in my mid 30s and my mom is still so surprised how far I’ve come!

  • Lindsey
    September 25, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    I’d love to win this app! If I don’t win it, I’ll purchase it because now it feels like a “must have.”

    Thank you for suggesting this book too.
    Another I’m adding to my must have list!

  • Vanessa
    September 25, 2010 at 11:35 pm

    Just finished Radical and although I am so excited about what changes God will bring about for me and my family I haven’t had a great night sleep since I started reading it…anxious about what the change will actually look like (mostly thinking of my childrens safety as we’
    ve decided to go on a missions trip to the Dominican Republic over Christmans). Does God REALLY want us to put him before our little babies? That was the hardest part of the book for me “anyone who loves their family more than me…”.

  • Mrs. B.
    September 26, 2010 at 9:42 am

    My mom recently suggested “Radical” to me and gave me a little info about the topic of the book. I’m looking forward to reading it…sort of. πŸ™‚ With a little hesitancy because I know it will change me in ways I’m not sure if I’m ready to accept yet.
    I feel a curious thing about blogging too. About how simple it would be if I didn’t…about how empty I would feel if I couldn’t bare my soul in writing.
    Lots of thoughts swirling around in this head of mine…

  • Natalie
    September 26, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    Thank you for this post. I have been reading this biblical quote everyday since at work. When I am feeling low, this just lifts me right back up. You have no idea, really.

    Secondly, I spent a leisurely Saturday going to a few yard sales and what was I able to pick up but a popcorn making for FIVE BUCKS. I couldn’t run to check out fast enough. It’s never been used (or taken out of the box).

    I hope you had a wonderful weekend with your family. And please keep the jesus calling quotes that move you coming. They are reaching and changing people.

  • Mandy
    September 27, 2010 at 6:51 am

    hope I’m not too late for the app give away! Thanks for the book rec.

  • Suzanne
    September 27, 2010 at 11:13 pm

    Oh my! That last picture brought back memories! My dad used to drive a car like that…it’s name was “Old Green”. Thankfully we sold it probably 20 years ago (when I was about 10)! I don’t know what I’d do if he brought another one home!

  • Kathy
    September 28, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Thought you should know…I am popping corn with an air popper (and loving it) and reading Radical. Oh, boy so much to ponder. It goes well with my BSF study of Isaiah. You do the blogging world proud.

  • Stefanie
    September 28, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    Hi Darby!
    I love your random post! πŸ™‚ I have very fond memories of eating air-popped popcorn at my grandparents house as a child. I’ve recently been eating the microwave kind, but it’s so terrible for me (even though it tastes delicious). I’m going to have to see if my grandma still has hers….
    Ohhh, the Jesus Calling App would be lovely! Hopefully I’m not too late for the giveaway!
    Love the sweet pictures of Paige at school! My son just started this year and I was afraid he’d be shy and reserved as well. Thankfully he’s done well, just as you say Paige has.
    Blessings to you! xoxo

  • Missye
    September 29, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Too late for the contest but did want to let you know that we bought our popper this past weekend and have used it over and over again! The kids love it…the adults (me) too!!! Thanks for a great “old school” idea!

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