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August 18, 2011 / Lindsey Davis

Darby Jane Designs

Let’s see, it’s been about 3-4 months so my internal blog clock started ticking.

First things first…I finally semi-launched Darby Jane Designs!  I had someone put a blog together in blogger but I still have yet to figure out the tabs and links.   Mom and I had several bags & coasters just laying around, though, so I really felt the need to go ahead and send something out to some friends & family so that we could at least give those things an opportunity to sell.   We only have 2 bags left out of the 6 that we originally listed, several sets of coasters sold & a few custom orders placed!  I was really encouraged by feedback & creative input we received, too.  Recently I was inspired by a tote that one friend brought over, so I tried making a couple and think they are going to be a great addition!  I can’t wait for y’all to see them.

Just a few things…DJD started because mom and I love to sew and wanted to combine that passion with our love of Anchor of Hope, a ministry that ministers to street children in Rwanda.  I’ve been on the board of this precious ministry since 2005, after I took a couple of trips to Rwanda, D.R. Congo & Burundi.   When someone buys a bag or tote we will cover our costs and donate the proceeds (approximately $10 per item) to Anchor of Hope. 

Our bags are made out of 100% cotton, the most current designers, fully lined…and fully washable.  The pockets are deep and generous and I’ve found are great for a mommy/toddler bag, as they easily fit all mommy supplies as well as an extra cloth diaper, wipes, snacks & sippie cup.   The original bag is made to just go over the shoulder (like a normal purse) but we also make messenger-style that have even easier access.  Check out the blog for the available bags, as a couple of these have already sold (we are also in process of making more):

And coasters.   They are just too cute, practical, affordable & make great gifts!   Each coaster is lined with insul-brite which is absorbent and reflects the heat/cold back to it’s source. They are washable & paired with a sweet mug they are perfect for a tea or coffee lover.  I love them, can you tell?  This is just a sample, so click on our blog if you are interested in seeing more designs.

Thanks for reading & participating in our efforts! 


April 21, 2011 / Lindsey Davis

18 Months

Yesterday was Darby’s 18 month birthday.  Wow!  It feels like just a few weeks ago that I posted her one year letter. It’s been a while since I’ve written out Darby happenings, and this seems like the perfect time.

Darby loves Elmo, which comes out like “Memah” which conveniently sounds like “Mama”.  I get confused all the time on who she wants but I try not to take it personally 🙂  I recently purchased the most adorable, wonderful shoes she’s had so far in her life & she grew out of them.  By recently I mean four weeks, which wouldn’t be a big deal were it not for the fact they were $37 (on sale).  Ouch.  Call me crazy but I’m a little sensitive about her tootsies.

From about 12-17 months she really didn’t have a favorite toy.  I feel like for the most part her favorite things were books & walks and me, that is until Elmo came along.  Just recently she’s really played well independently in her playroom, especially with her tea set where she blows on the “hot” tea and makes swishing sounds as she pours the tea into the cups.  She is also loving the Mega Blocks that Miss Claire Bishop gave her.  Still though, her most favorite activity is walking outside along our sidewalk hoping that we run into her best friend Sandy (a gorgeous retriever mix) and her owner, Don.  On a normal day at least one neighbor will pop their head out to say hello and we fall in love with our little neighborhood each time this happens. 

Recently we’ve started finger painting & markering 🙂 

We are still meeting with our little playgroup that started from Square One (a first-time mom’s ministry at Watermark).  What a blessing these kids & moms have been to us!  One of the mom’s has a gorgeous home with a breath-taking backyard where she hid Easter eggs for the kids & they all had their first hunt!  It was pretty precious. 

Now that I’ve had 4 posts in a week I’ll see y’all in another 6 months!

April 15, 2011 / Lindsey Davis


The other day I was mentioning to someone that I thought we were supposed to have a mild summer because we had such a cold winter.  And she reminded me that no, in fact, a cold winter means a hot summer.  To me a hot summer is worse than a cold winter.  Regardless, it triggered my memory of the below pictures & I might as well embrace this belated blog-posting mania anyway.

I mean, look at it.

Best daddy ever.

But she didn’t like it.  Can you tell?

The after party…safe & warm watching daddy through the window run laps in the wintry bliss.  Too bad I don’t have pics of that!

Overall Darby wasn’t a fan of being in the snow but she loved it through the window 🙂  So far in her life she’s only known a white Christmas, and that’s a fun memory to have (for me at least).

April 13, 2011 / Lindsey Davis

Be Mine

It’s shameful that I haven’t posted pictures of Christmas OR Valentine’s Day.  Just shameful!  My mom planned the most wonderful Valentine’s tea party for Darby…ever.  She used fabric from Darby’s 1 year birthday party & turned it into a fabulous tea party set and then made her famous iced sugar cookies, hearts with a pink glaze.  You can put away 10 of those babies in no time at all.  I should know.

Peeking in the bag. (I know, genius play-by-play here.)

Wow, cups.  That’s great Grandma.

Do you see the darling napkins with the pink pom-poms?  Melt me!

We moved the party into the play room to have cookies.  She liked.

Sittin’ pretty with Grandpa. 

Happy belated Valentine’s Day to you all!

April 4, 2011 / Lindsey Davis

Something New

I was about to start this post with “it’s been a while…” but then I feel like every post should begin like that these days.  It has been a while, though, but I’m going to focus on getting ONE thing on here and try try try to follow-up with some other fun things.

Many of you know that my mom & I dreamed up a little business venture a few months ago.  Based on our mutual love for sewing & craze for pretty fabric, our desire to hone in on a skill (in this case a pattern) and our ability & passion to serve we decided to…you know…start something!   So far we have spent hours upon hours picking out fabric, choosing a logo, getting labels & lamenting about interfacing!  I keep telling myself that even if this  “thing” doesn’t happen we will have made a memory & of course I’m proud of any memory I make with my mom.   So here’s a sneak peek at the logo:


I’ll have a separate blog for Darby Jane Designs that will have pictures of the items, and if I can’t get that up & running soon I’ll at least post pictures of the products here so that you can get an idea of what we’re doing.   Mom and I fell in love with the Lickety Split bag from made-by-RAE and that bag, along some really great fabric coasters, is what we’ll be selling.  Mom and I have really been diligent to strategize & try different ways of making the bag and coasters so that they will provide utmost quality & cuteness. I am really proud of the products!  Both of us have been carrying the bag & using the coasters for a few months, so it’s really given us insight into the features & quality.  We love them & hope you will too!

I’ll follow-up with more info on the blog and products soon.   Thanks for reading & Happy Monday!

December 20, 2010 / Lindsey Davis

Thanksgiving at the Farm

We went to the Farm for Thanksgiving & I’ve been dying to post some pictures of our time there.  It was warm when we arrived and blistering when we left.  The Farm belongs to Polly, Judson’s maternal grandmother and is located near Nacogdoches.  It’s 350 acres of magical beauty and though it wasn’t her first trip, it was Darby’s first time to really experience it.  As you drive in this is what you see atop a small hill.

First time riding in a Radio Flyer.

Crisp Vineyards is new!  Check out this little storehouse Judson’s cousin built.  A lot of love has gone into this vineyard already.  I can’t wait to see it in full bloom!

A girl should always know how to operate her tractor.

Can you see her ripping off her hat?  The same with bows, clips, what-have-you.  Well I’ll be honest in saying I’ve never even tried a bow but honestly, would you?

At first she took it all in without much expression but you could just see the delight in her eyes.

Chili & Champ were sure to crack a smile.

A chilly adventure awaits!

I won’t be starring in any Pantene commercials with this do, but I feel like this picture captures a lot 🙂

While we play, Judson works…don’t feel too sorry for him.  He gets to be all manly & stuff & chop wood & break branches…oh yeah, it’s called “clearing the land”.  What do I know?  This is the spot where Crystal wants to build her bungalow.  We can’t wait!!

At night we roasted our faces marshmallows in front of this beauty.

The hat’s gone 🙂

It was a great time surrounded bya loving family & a gorgeous landscape.  Thanks Crisp family for hosting another fantastic time!

November 24, 2010 / Lindsey Davis

Darby, you’re a whole digit!


You are one year now!  The day you were born was one of the best days of our lives.  I’m going to do my best to review this year with you, sweet girl.  And you are sweet, Darby.  Such an incredible blessing to your Mommy & Daddy.

The day you were born you came out screaming!  The nurses tried to weigh you right away but they couldn’t hear each other above your heart-wrenching cries.  I laughed out loud and then held you to my chest and I was so swollen with love I thought I would burst.  I did my best to comfort you but the change from womb to world was too overwhelming.  I was elated and terrified because you were ours and there was no turning back.  You were  gorgeous, so beautiful and holding you was like holding my heart.*  Your Grandma, Grandpa & Go Grammy waited anxiously for your arrival outside the room (and your name, we kept that a surprise!) — you had taken your time and if I could imagine, if I could guess, you resisted the process with everything you had.  But there was too much love waiting for you.  Some of mommy’s dearest friends came to visit you.


When we brought you home we dressed you in a white gown with pink rosebuds and it makes me want to cry just thinking of how it swallowed your tiny body.  You curled up your legs and hands inside it so that I could not find them to put you in the car seat.   Your daddy buckled you up and I knew he was a natural right then and there — we are two very lucky girls, Darby, because your Daddy is one of a kind.  Pride could not escape his smile, which he gives about as generously as you.  When we pulled up to our house your Grandma, Grandpa & Go Grammy were waiting inside with dinner simmering, candles burning & “Blueberry Hill” playing in the background — the first song on a CD “For Darby” made with careful love by your Uncle Grady.  Outside, our porch was adorned with pumpkins & beautiful mums and a sweet pink bow signaling to our street, our world, that you were coming home.

During one of our nightly visits (we had many) I listened to a message by Matt Chandler where he referred to infants as a “beautiful nightmare”.  Baby, I hope that doesn’t hurt your feelings…..but the first few months were hard on both of us!  We tried so hard to figure each other out and your daddy was there every step of the way.   While much of the world was peacefully asleep, I watched videos promising miracles and read books on how to master you as you swung in a pink swing with butterflies howling with your eyes closed because you were so tired but sleep would not come.  I swaddled you for the one hundredth time but you were Houdini and would not be caged.  We were quite a pair. 

Things changed quickly; you changed quickly.  I tried to keep up, and as the days & nights started to become separate entities again I regained some sanity and you cooed and smiled and sang sweet songs that filled me with joy.   We took a class together and I realized I needed to get you out of the house more often!  You observed every mother & child in that class so astutely, without a smile, and miraculously, without a sound.   At four months you were so happy.  I think you decided you liked us.   

Months 4-7 I thought I had things figured out.  I would rock you in your chair and read you books and you smiled and turned the pages like you’d been doing it for years.  I had dinner ready when your daddy got home, a clean house & even learned how to sew.  But then you started crawling and bedtimes changed and again, I realized how much you and I are alike even though your face is your Daddy’s.   You were always giving me a hard time with naps but you played, and when you started getting your legs stuck constantly between the slats of the crib and yelling for dear life for me to come rescue you I realized a video monitor was a necessity.  So we got one and now I know your tricks and I see myself in you every time you get hyper when it’s time to lie down. 

You quickly wanted to walk, for crawling was mastered and boring.  Mommy’s finger did the trick so for 3 months I walked you around the house and your favorite activity was an index finger and any one of those would do.  You grew steady very quickly but letting go wasn’t an option and you made your opinions quite clear on that matter.  You adore your Monkey and we do too, for it is your first Lovie and those can never be matched.  

And now…you do not need my finger anymore and swat it away reminding me that change is inevitable and “letting go” is part of growing up.   You love sitting in shopping carts and when I stroll you through the aisles of JoAnn’s you hold out your hand to feel each fabric as we pass by.  You still have a serious disposition but love attention and when it is lavished you delight in it fully.  You love music and love to dance; we appropriately call it your shimmy.  It gets me every time.  You are actually sleeping better than you ever have!   You are cautious, but on the playground you are adventurous and daring, attempting to climb up slides and master the steps on your own.   We take walks together up and down the sidewalks in our neighborhood and you charm each passerby and stand completely still when you hear a dog bark or a bird chirp.  You give pause to the acorns and leaves and you take time to consider which ones you will clutch in your hand for the remainder of the walk.  Your favorite will make it all the way back to our house.  Two days ago you said “dog” and I know it was your first word, I am sure. 

Darby you have taught me so much.  We have prayed many things for you & about you, but I think a constant theme for this first year is for you to one day know that you are wonderfully created by your Father in heaven (Psalm 139).   For if you were not created what purpose is there?  No, you were not by chance, even though the world will try to convince you otherwise.  We are entrusted with you now but our love is not perfect.  I’m sure by this time next year you will understand that quite clearly {wink}!  But in fact, you have a Heavenly Father, who does love you most perfectly and he created you purposefully (Ephesians 2:8-10) & clothed you with strength and dignity (Proverbs 31:25) & crowned you with glory and honor (Psalm 8:5). These are truths that can never be taken from you.   His love is never-failing, always the same yesterday today & tomorrow (Hebrews 13:8).

Happy First Birthday, dear Darby!  Your Mommy & Daddy are so proud to be your parents.

* I wrote this line in part from quote I heard by Elizabeth Stone:  “Making the decision to have a child is momentus.  It is to decide forever to have your heart go walking around outside your body.”