{Letters from Darby Stickler of Fly Through Our Window}

Friday, April 22, 2011

There's probably no other blogger I look up to and respect more than Darby Stickler. She's a mama to three rovers, twin sister to Erika, supportive wife to Justin, and friend to about 15,340 people. She also has the cutest line of kids clothes that make Tim and I wanna throw our birth control out the window. Darby is like falling into a gigantic easy chair, and I couldn't be more honored and excited to have my sweet friend featured as our guest letter writer today. I love you, Darbs!


Dear Justin: you make me proud for so many reasons ... most recently for picking out a slam up rental house {without me} for your family, a house that makes us all really excited about the summer together ahead! Thanks for always encouraging me that it's okay to think outside the box and print armadillos on t-shirts, even though they are rodents with shells. As my editor-in-chief, I'm thankful that you can type in red and remind me that commas come after independent clauses. One day I'll surprise you and commas, will, be, all, over, the, place! Thanks for getting excited about Sugarland's "Stuck Like Glue," not because you love it, but because you know I do and because absolutely nobody knows me better. Maybe I'll make us a mix tape and we can dance on the dock this summer to Sugarland and I'll throw in a little Jakob Dylan's "Something Good This Way Comes" too! {A really good album!}. You can have your PBR and I'll take a UFO and we can dance into the night as the sun sets over the bay. Summer come quick! But between now and then the kids and I will be working really hard to learn directions according to the clock so when you say, "The dolphin's are at 1 o'clock!" they'll turn their heads to the exact spot! We'll also be working on scientific names of all Gulf Coast species of birds, trees, and fish since your preference is to identify them by such. I foresee a successful summer of slaying Paralichthys Lethostigma {or is it Paralichthys Albigutta?} from the dock this summer! And one more thing ... my ultimate identity is in Christ, but being your wife is an integral part of who I am and in the last several months I've learned that so much of what makes me tick is being your wife. I love you!


Dear Rovers: My goodness do I love life with you little creatures! Especially when it comes to impromptu post-bath dance parties in the kitchen to Mandi Mapes', "This Love." {Download the whole album on iTunes! It's a winner!}. You never cease to amaze me with your mad dancing skills and willingness to break it down to really loud music. Thank you for also reminding me that the Kingdom of heaven belongs to little people like yourselves. Morgan, I'm really proud of your super mad reading skills which has resulted in your willingness to tackle bedtime stories for Mommy! Paige, I'm really proud of you for being so brave and for being so squirrelly all at the same time. Rover, I'm so proud of your ability to do all your business in the potty ... except for the time this week in the library when the train table was apparently more important! I also love it when you turn your little chubby hands up in the air when I ask you a question that you don't know the answer to and say, "I don't know!" Morgan, Paige, and Rover, my love for all of you is the deep kind and I love you all of the time!


Dear Sister: I think you are a total rockstar! You are the most hilarious professional person I know! You have an amazing amount of talent that you are putting to good use and I still don't know how you juggle it all. Maybe it's that cortisone shot? If so, I'm going to see if I can get 2 or 12 in the morning. What kind of symptoms should I go in with? I love you and one day soon we're going to take a little trip together again so I can take a lot of pictures of you from behind. Be sure to bring your Ricolas, red bag, and yellow sweater so I can easily spot you. And I'll be sure to bring my camera so that everyone will know that I'm not a local.


Dear Mom & Daddy Boy: Life's too short to live 12 hours away. Today's high here: 90° with sunshine. Today's high there: 49° with scattered thunderstorms. I also know of 4 little grandchildren in the area. And mom, I know Rover says he "no love you," but I think he's just confused or playing hard to get, it happens a lot with 2-yr-olds. Please accept his apologies.

Love,
Darby

26 comments:

Lori said...

I love darby and I love her letters! I also love that you described her as a gigantic easy chair. That's exactly it!

Shay said...

I love this, too! Yay. :-)

J said...

I'm also a huge Darby fan, and I was so excited to see her featured here today. I love your blog and everything you and the hubs are working to accomplish. Keep up the good work, and the happiest of Easters to you!

*Julie

Amber Ashleigh said...

I've been waiting for this day to come! Darby + Today's Letters = best combo since Batman and Robin. Thank you for sharing your stories and the stories of other inspirational role models! You both are so wonderful! HAPPY EASTER! :)

danielle said...

I love Darby, Erika and their rovers!! They are so cute!

Ruthiey said...

I ABSOLUTELY LOVE two-year-old Rover! He makes my day every time I see a picture of him.

Julie@martajuliemaria.blogspot.com said...

Thanks for sharing about Darby! I am happy to discover another oh so inspiring blog.

yourstruly said...

All just seems right in the world when my two most favorite bloggers come together! I love it and I love you ladies!

Love Being A Nonny said...

Darby's blog is one of my all time favorites!!!!!!!!!!!

The Masons said...

Favorite guest post so far! Love me some Darby!

Darby said...

Could you be any nicer? No. I love you friend thanks for having me!!! It was mucho fun!

Ingrid @ thesunnyside.me said...

Along with today's letters...Darby is tip top! Real life that is richly blessed.

Tessa said...

I've read Darby's blog for a lOOOONG time. i still remember the first post of hers I read. she'd almost burned the house down sterilizing some pacis, the days before her fancy camera skills, and I was hooked. this was a fabulous post! thanks so much for being one of the bright spots in my day!

Tessa

The Mom said...

Oh my, I just about cried the whole way through this. So precious. So sweet. Her heart shines through. It was a nice Good Friday cry. Just the thing to get me ready for Easter. That and the Pioneer Woman's cupcakes which are awaiting the cream cheese frosting. Blessings and Happy Easter!

lauren said...

love these letters from darby. i have read her blog for quite some time now and always love what she has to say! ... and i am glad she has directed me over here to your site of letters. how neat is your blog! :) i will be back to read more!

Heidi said...

LOVE this guest!

Stephanie Sabbe said...

great blog, I have the same regards towards Darby, but I don't really know her:)

paige said...

that darby is amazing. makes me wish i could start over & try to be as cute as she is with my own little ones. all though on second thought, i do break it down with them despite their teenagerness on a regular basis :)

Anonymous said...

"a gigantic easy chair" - that's exactly it. I love Darby too. I love their family. I'd really like them to adopt me. They seem to be short a red head, so it seems like a good idea!
Janice

Meaghan said...

can i second allll of that?! i adore darby! i also would never have found your blog and i love it! cant'wait to read more :)

Elizabeth said...

I love Darby's blog too. I feel like she is a friend, even though we've never met. I love her stories about her kids and how she keeps it real. Her sense of humor cracks me up.

jodi @ back40life said...

beautiful - love it!

lauren said...

I'm so glad I know about Darby's blog now! And I adore yours as well!
I'm now following you! I hope you'll consider following me too :)
xoxo Lauren
 http://happylifeinnyc.blogspot.com/

lindsay said...

i kinda like it when I have two friends from two places in the one place!! ;o) Thank you Darbs and Emily for making the internet a more encouraging, joy-filled place!

Carol said...

Though I don't know either of you in real life, I think we would all be friends. Thanks for making reading blogs fun and encouraging. I look forward to what all you both will write next!

snekcip said...

Dear Darby: Never stop blogging! We HEART you! Sincerely FTOW blog lover!

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