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A Few Letters & Sunday Is Coming

Good Good Friday to you friends! I am {literally} eternally grateful for today and rejoicing that Sunday is coming!

My friends Em & Tim over at Today’s Letters invited me to post over there today, I had a blast writing a few little letters to the people I love the most. Thanks for having me, friends! I don’t quite have my act together to post about our beach trip quite yet so here are just a few shots of some of the letter recipients…





And… one more for all the mothers of two-year-old’s who would like to commiserate with me. Thankfully his happy moments outweigh his not-so-happy moments. I think.


I can think of no better verse to accompany this picture and this post on Good Friday than Romans 5:8, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.”


Happy Easter weekend!

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  • Abbie
    April 22, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    The part about your kids needing to learn how to read a clock so they can understand your husband’s “look-over-there-at-1oclock” directions….hilarious! ha.

    Good letters!

  • JulieJ
    April 22, 2011 at 4:10 pm

    I read (scratch that…DEVOUR) “Today’s Letters” on a daily basis, and I was delighted to see you post over there today. I loved your letters! Blessings to you and yours this Easter weekend, Darby.

  • Jessica
    April 22, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    Love the pictures of your beautiful family…especially the last one of JM – but I loved your letters even more! πŸ™‚

  • Nancy
    April 22, 2011 at 4:35 pm

    I read your blog regularly but hardly ever comment. But I had to today for two reasons. First, the picture and the verse were a perfect match! I can relate to the fit and the humbling fact God loved me even before I threw the fit. And secondly, I clicked on over to read your letters and stopped and laughed for a minute at the clock related directions comment because when I watched your video, I thought, “WOW! Those kids know how to find something based on where it would be on a clock. I’m not sure my 8 year old could do that!” Thanks. I really needed that today. Happy Easter!

  • Nelle
    April 22, 2011 at 4:46 pm

    I love Today’s Letters too. Yours were fantastic. Thank you for letting us glimpse into your family lives and know all of the players. Hope you have a wonderful Good Friday.

  • Elizabeth
    April 22, 2011 at 5:44 pm

    Thanks for introducing me and many others to Today’s Letters a few months back, and thanks for sharing your life with us through your blog and your letters! πŸ™‚ Easter Blessings to you!

  • Joy
    April 22, 2011 at 6:04 pm

    Love it!! I especially love the last pic and the accompanying verse. The pairing of those two on this post is so perfect. Parenting teaches SO much about the heart of our Father, doesn’t it?

    Happy Easter!

  • dani
    April 22, 2011 at 6:53 pm

    Super cute!

  • mary katharine
    April 22, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    So glad you’re able to go to where Justin is this summer. You will have some amazing memories! And the gift of being able to be together is something I think too many overlook. Enjoy!

  • Melanie
    April 22, 2011 at 8:44 pm

    I can think of no better word to describe my son in these last few months other than bad. I hate to use that word for him, but it is true. He is my first. Does it get better? He turns three in July, so I am hoping this will all start to blow over soon, but I hear that 3 is the new 2?
    Happy Easter!

  • Jen @ Rambling Renovators
    April 22, 2011 at 10:13 pm

    Love those letters Darby. Describing you like a gigantic easy chair is so apropos… you make all your readers feel at home here. And I’m so glad to hear that the happy moments will soon outweigh the not so happy moments… my just-turned-two-year-old is still on the incline part of that curve πŸ˜‰

    Happy Easter!

  • Today's Letters
    April 22, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    D, Tim says he wants to be grafted into the family so J can take him for rides in the Starcraft. He also says he’ll offer his suturing skills in exchange for 1 blue crab and a PBR.

  • rhonda
    April 23, 2011 at 9:41 am

    Hey, I got our truck stuck almost exactly at the same spot your truck is at, last spring break! The good days will start to outweigh the tantrums very soon! Headed over to read your letters…

  • Ali
    April 23, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    I have a 2 year old son and just like your 2 year old son mine is the baby of our 3 blessings! There is something very special about 2 year old baby boys! I love mine and I know you love yours! Mine is such a ham and excited and passionate about almost everything! πŸ™‚

    I loved both the first pic of your totally smiley and happy 2 year old and the pairing of the last pic of your wiggling and upset 2 year old!

    Those 2 pics are classic 2 year olds! πŸ™‚

    Happy Easter to you and your sweet family!

    ~ Ali

    PS I’d love to buy my 2 year old son a size 3 green happy camper t-shirt! Any chance you’ll restock those?

  • cousin
    April 23, 2011 at 2:35 pm

    Love those babies! Especially the last one:) Loved your letters too! So sweet. The “1 O’clock” statement from Justin is so George as well. Boys are funny. I can not tell you how excited I am to come see you! Can not WAIT! Love you! XO

  • Carol
    April 23, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    As a fellow mother of a two-year-old and seeing that exact thing in my back-seat regularly, I appreciated that last picture and remembering that we are all sinners is such a good reality. Loved you over at Today’s Letters – thanks for introducing me to that blog and blogland in general – you were a great place to start!

  • Liz @ A Happy Haven
    April 24, 2011 at 7:55 am

    Darby, your blog is just the most precious thing. I loved reading your letters and hope some day to have a beautiful family like yours. I envy and look up to your adorable life and absolutely love reading your blog every day. Have a wonderful summer and happy, happy Easter! xoxo

  • anne
    April 25, 2011 at 10:09 am

    That last picture reminds me of a time at the Dr’s office. I was checking out, Brenna (I think) was on the floor in a pose similar to that last photo of JM and the woman next to me glanced down, looked at me and said”Is she two…by any chance?” haha

  • Kelley
    April 25, 2011 at 10:18 am

    I don’t know if this link will work, but your photo above on an unhappy Rover reminded me of my own 2 year old…


  • Kelley
    April 25, 2011 at 10:21 am

    It didn’t work…sorry for the extraneous post!
    Love the letters, love the photos!

    The photo I tried to post is one of my naked son strapped in his car seat. That child absolutely refuses to wear clothes, and when we have to be somewhere we have to be somewhere, clothes or no. I just cross my fingers that the wrestling match that ensues once we get there is quickly quelled by the lure of some bribe I’ve offered. Top notch parenting, right? We do what we have to do!

  • Tessa
    April 25, 2011 at 11:31 am

    Dear Darby, Your love letters were one of my favorite posts ever. I know we don’t know each other in real life, but I’ve read your blog for so long that you & your family seem like a part of my life. I still remember the first post of yours I ever read, you had almost burned down the house boiling JMs pacifiers on the stove. I had just discovered blogs, a day or two before, and found you through Erika’s and was hooked the instant I started reading. It was the days before your fancy camera skills and before you had a million other readers. But you’ve kept the same voice, despite your growing popularity. Your blog still feels very much like a journal capturing your life that you are graciously willing to share in a public way. Your voice has stayed so authentic. I thank you for that. I think it is hard to do in blogging.. So, that’s my very long winded way of saying thank you for being real, relatable and funny. Reading your letters to your family, made me realize how much I know about you guys b/c I understood the jokes. I hope you had a lovely Easter!


  • Emily
    April 25, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    Love your pictures always, but the last pic sums up my last year..hoping 3 is better than 2! πŸ™‚

  • Kate from Party Resources
    April 25, 2011 at 4:24 pm

    What a fabulous guest post! Thank you for sharing it with all of us.

  • mari
    April 25, 2011 at 4:31 pm

    I love your blog. I was wondering if you would one day write about what makes your relationship with Erika and your parents so close. What would you attribute it to — praying together? Family bonding time? A good sense of humor? Was there anything special your parents did to foster your sister relationship? I have a toddler and want her to be close to her future siblings forever. That’s why I’m curious! Thanks for sharing so much with others.

  • Julia
    April 25, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    man, I love the light on the Gulf coast

  • Amanda Wells
    April 26, 2011 at 9:19 am

    Love this! I need to write some letters to my kiddos. Have a giveaway on my blog for all of you Southerners (or Southerners at heart)

  • shannon reppard
    April 26, 2011 at 10:28 pm

    LOVE that last picture of JM. That is so much my life right now, too! What rascals! My boys are a tad younger than JM and are just entering into the refusal to wear clothes stage of the game . . . I keep telling myself that at least summer is near, right?! πŸ™‚

  • Michelle @ Lifewithacrazypup
    April 27, 2011 at 9:25 am

    Hi Darby,
    I read your blog each and every day. I even come on days that you don’t post anything just to look around and sometimes read older posts. I absolutely love your site. You really are such an inspiration to me. I’m about to get married in just 10 DAYS – and I love to read about other marriages that have flourished. I just wanted to stop in and say hello today, and hope to have made you smile as you have made me smile so many times! I hope you and you’re family full of Rovers have a wonderful day!

  • Katie@ Noodle and Boof
    April 27, 2011 at 6:47 pm

    Too precious! Hope y’all had a happy Easter!

  • Meghan
    April 28, 2011 at 6:41 am

    Thinking of you guys with all of the devastation in Alabama. I am praying you are all safe and sound. xxoo

  • Kate
    April 28, 2011 at 7:08 am

    Praying that you and your family our safe after yesterday’s devastating tornadoes!

  • Tiffany from HOLIDAY
    April 28, 2011 at 7:26 am

    I came here just to say I was thinking of you being in AL after the storms; praying y’all are OK.

    I happened to read Tessa’s comment above as I scrolled down to comment. I agree with her 100%! Your was one of the very first blogs that I got hooked on, and for a long time was the only blog I read. Funny enough, I met Tessa through your blog, too, and I adore her as well. I think you’ve done a lot in your blogging…you’ve provided tons of inspiration on many levels. So I thank you, too! It’s probably been a while since I’ve commented but your blog is still one of my all time favs and it’s so neat to feel as though we get to watch Morgan, Rager, and Rover grow up and to get a glimpse of the bond you share with Erika, who I adore as well.


  • elizabeth
    April 28, 2011 at 7:49 am

    Darby, you are the only person I know in Alabama and I thought about you and your family all night. Are you ok? Please pop in, even if it’s quickly and let us know…..prayers to everyone in your area.

  • Lisa Sheets
    April 28, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Oh my goodness…I love that picture of your kids on the beach..You are standing in front on “wallstreet”..and “Summer of 42” awesome beach houses..stayed there last August..for almost a month..Love it there…Lisa