37 In Life

Safe, Sound & Thankful


Good Thanksgiving Morning, rovers! I hope this finds you well. We are safe & sound at the farm in chilly, rainy southern Illinois. It’s been so good to veg for a couple days, especially after you all tried to kill me over the weekend with your t-shirt orders. 🙂 Seriously, thank you for all your support of the shop. I’ve {obviously} have a hard time estimating inventory and how much to order, etc. You all can clear it out in no time flat and I hope to improve my estimating skills soon! I reordered the same day I updated the shop with the new Christmas tees. They should be waiting for me when I return so if you missed out, please check back.


Our drive up was uneventful, except for a little noise from the Rover. We braved it without a DVD player; ours has a missing power cord and I couldn’t bring myself to buy another one just because we were missing a power cord so we did the 11 hour drive without. My phone {thanks to a sweet little Kindle ap} kept me sane, and when things got insane in the backseat I hit up YouTube and Kipper clips to keep the rovers happy in the backseat!


And… around here, like I mentioned earlier, COLD & RAINY! Erika and I have been doing a lot of nothing, besides sipping coffee, tea, and keeping ourselves curled up with blankets, books & magazines. And Erika keeps us all posted on the forecast…



The kids are having an absolute blast and Rover has been so sweet to Sloane.






I showed you the Camp House this summer and it’s still under construction… Daddy Boy wouldn’t want his son-in-laws to be bored while they were here!




In the spirit of giving thanks…

I am thankful for…

my loving Heavenly Father & His unmerited grace!


my loving husband!


my sweet, sweet children!


and their health!


my sister!


my parents!


and for all of my family & friends!

And… I am thankful for all of you! You are such a source of encouragement to me and a wealth of knowledge! I hope and pray that you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving in the company of those you love!

We urge you, brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone. See that no one repays another with evil for evil, but always seek after that which is good for one another and for all people. Rejoice always; pray without ceasing;in everything give thanks; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. 1 Thessalonians 5:14-18

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  • Sharlotte
    November 25, 2010 at 10:06 am

    Good Morning Darby!
    I’m a quiet follower and enjoy every single post. Your pictures are just inspiring and your family is precious!! I hope you have a wonderful, restful Thanksgiving!

  • Amy
    November 25, 2010 at 10:23 am

    Happy Thanksgiving Miss Darby and to your beautiful family! We received our HB Tees in the mail yesterday and wore them last night to our city’s Fantasy of Trees. We got LOTS of compliments on them! My husband even wore his (navy long sleeved vintage grand wagoneer with tree on top) and got the most compliments of all! They’re a huge hit! Thank you Darby for using your gifts and talents to inspire all who read your blog. We are thankful for you too!

  • Melissa (melissab74)
    November 25, 2010 at 10:31 am

    Looks like you’re having an absolutely WONDERFUL holiday! Happy Thanksgiving to you & yours! And thank YOU for all the ways you inspire your readers!

  • Tessa
    November 25, 2010 at 11:04 am

    Thankgsgiving greetings from rainy and chilly southern Ohio! Your blog is such a little happy place and a source of encouragement to me as a stay at home mamma with two “rovers”. It reminds me to be grateful for the sweet little moments we share with our children and have to a sense of humor about the less glamorous ones. Enjoy the time with your sister & parents. Happy Thanksgiving!!

  • Megan Ayers
    November 25, 2010 at 11:20 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your sweet family!

  • Melissa
    November 25, 2010 at 11:41 am

    …Happy Thanksgiving Day to you and your family!

  • Perfecting Pru
    November 25, 2010 at 12:00 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving Darby.
    Sending you lots of love from chilly London. Wrap up warmly!

  • paige
    November 25, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    so glad i can call you friend.
    you always make me smile

    have a fabulous time iwth your increbible fam.
    ps-don’t think i’m a weirdo commenting at noon on thanksgiving. i’m actually at work..sniff sniff..until three & then i’m home to celebrate thanksgiving iwth my fam.

    love to you darby
    big raiger

  • Jessica
    November 25, 2010 at 1:01 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving, Darby!! Looks like you’re having a great day with family! 🙂 I wish we could wrap up in blankets…I’m sweating in my kitchen while I have my food baking!

  • martha-caknitter
    November 25, 2010 at 1:31 pm

    Have a wonderful Thanksgiving with your family!

  • CarrieBeth
    November 25, 2010 at 5:03 pm

    i adore the picture of one of the pages in your bible. so well-worn, used, and loved 🙂 happy thanksgiving to you!

  • Melanie
    November 25, 2010 at 6:43 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving! Sounds like y’all are having a great time and I know the grandparents are glad to see those babies!

    Safe travels home.

  • sloan
    November 25, 2010 at 7:02 pm

    What a lovely post, Darby – Happy Thanksgiving!

  • kathleen
    November 25, 2010 at 8:11 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving to the Sticklers, McPherson and Powell clans. War Damn Eagle. Beat Bama in the Iron Bowl.

  • april
    November 25, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    my grandma’s entire family is from mt carmel, illinois and most still live there! i always thought nobody had ever heard of the tiny little yet wonderful place! my great uncle owns farm land and my cousins teach at the school there! enjoy your time there in the cold mt carmel!

  • Laura
    November 25, 2010 at 11:57 pm

    Beautiful post! Beautiful family!

  • Melanie
    November 26, 2010 at 12:19 am

    We are in Mt. Carmel too! Just got in tonight. Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Cat Moore
    November 26, 2010 at 8:12 am

    These are some of my favorite pictures ever! You are a brave woman! I would have stopped and bought a cord! Ha! Your Bible looks sort-of like mine….

  • Dianne
    November 26, 2010 at 8:29 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family Darby! I loved this post. We’ve had a full weekend too. The newlyweds are home visiting. Have a safe trip back down south. Poor Rover, that is a long time in a car seat. xoxo

  • Emily
    November 26, 2010 at 8:49 am

    I LOVE Constant Comment Tea! Happy Thanksgiving, Darby!

  • Meredith
    November 26, 2010 at 11:31 am

    Happy Thanksgiving! Love reading your blog!..Random question..my husband is looking for a new coat, and I noticed the one your husband is wearing and was wondering the brand? It looks like something he’s looking for..

  • Katherine @ Grass Stains
    November 26, 2010 at 11:41 am

    Happy Thanksgiving to you, Darby, and thanks for being such a bright spot on the Internet. Much love to your whole family from ours in Birmingham!

  • ashley
    November 26, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    looks cozy! happy thanksgiving! not sure how you did 11 hours. we drove 2 1/2 hours which felt more like 11……….so glad our family does not live one minute further or the children would have lost it!!!

  • lisa
    November 26, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving! You are definitely blessed, such a beautiful family. I have to ask – what kind of car do you drive that you can get three kiddos in a row in the backseat, all in car seats? We just found out we’re expecting #3 (yippee!) and I had just assumed we were on the road to minivan land, which I am so not ready to embrace. You can email me if you’d prefer – bright-designs AT hotmail DOT com.

  • stephanie
    November 27, 2010 at 11:03 am

    love your blog and your adorable, adorable family!

  • Tonia
    November 27, 2010 at 12:33 pm

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • Sherri Cassara
    November 28, 2010 at 2:38 am

    I love that you showed your Bible so beautifully highlighted and marked up. Your blog is precious as is your family – I always smile when I read your posts 🙂

  • Cami {Cami's Paperie}
    November 28, 2010 at 7:58 pm

    Thanks for always making me smile. I love your blog and your pics are always so great! Hope you had a great Thanksgiving 🙂

  • Lisa Groves
    November 29, 2010 at 8:46 am

    Just found you on TCB! What a treat. Absolutely love your photography style..although having such an adorable family makes it quite easy to take great shots. Thanks for sharing a glimse into your wonderful life. Blessings…

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    November 29, 2010 at 11:05 am

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  • Megan C
    November 29, 2010 at 11:53 am

    I love the pictures! Looks like such a cozy Thanksgiving! Hope it was wonderful and restful 🙂

  • Suzanne
    November 29, 2010 at 12:10 pm

    As always…beautiful pictures! What a great place to go visit and hang out with family! I love that your husbands are busy helping your dad with his project. I gotta ask…where did he find that stair post. I love love it! We are renovating and I would love to find something like that!

    Happy belated Thanksgiving!

  • Jen
    November 30, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Do you know Melanie (bigmama)? I swear ya’ll have to be related. Not only could she pass as your older sister. Your personalities (humor) are so similar!!!

  • Darlene
    November 30, 2010 at 7:30 pm

    I adore your Thankful list.

  • abby
    November 30, 2010 at 10:31 pm

    hi! just wanted to tell you….i just stumbled upon your blog and it’s fabulous. your family is gorgeous, you entries are inspiring and the shirts in your shop are ah.doh.rah.ble! so happy to find your blog.

  • Sara
    December 1, 2010 at 7:00 pm

    Looks like you all had a beautiful & fun Thanksgiving 🙂

  • In his name
    December 2, 2010 at 12:31 pm

    I’m glad Rover finally got a ‘boy’ car seat!!!:)