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This Week & New Tees

{What a unique title!}


I’m feeling some bullets this Friday morning… this is our week in bullet form.

  • After a mere 7 days with us my mom left on Tuesday morning. I was so very sad to see her go but so thankful for the time she was with us. She took Bird Brown, PhD home with her, too.


  • We love the Nutty Professor and were sad to see him leave too, I think Rover was playing barnyard animals on his back. He probably wasn’t too sad about leaving.


  • I suspect we did Mom in. One night she was supposed to be reading to the kids but Morgan apparently let her off the hook by taking over that responsibility. When I walked in, I found her sleeping soundly at the foot of the girls’ beds. I can’t really blame her, I’ve been known to do the same thing. The days are long and exhausting in a home with three little ones.



  • Justin spent some time this weekend working on bee “stuff”… we’re hoping for a good spring harvest this year. These new frames are where the bees store the honey inside the super. They have a thin sheet of bees wax between the frames.


  • Last night I had the pleasure of having a girls night at a fabulous little spot in Troy, AL…

Mossy Grove1

  • Mossy Grove is an old schoolhouse turned restaurant tucked under massive trees laden with Spanish moss in Troy, AL. They have good down home cooked food. It was so good to be in the company of these friends. I’m going to briefly tell you about the three of them and you will see why I left encouraged & renewed. Delta: mother of 4 little boys, she and her husband BK are raising their family in an impoverished and disadvantaged neighborhood in downtown Montgomery. Their ministry is Common Ground Montgomery, you should check it out. Laura: also a mother of four, is a special education teacher in a public high school; to hear both her and Delta speak of their work alwaysΒ  encourages me of their selflessness and the impact they both are making in the lives they are ministering to. Lindsey: My chauffeur and dear friend {who now lives 5 minutes from me as opposed to 3 hours} is a homeschooling mother of 3, whom I’ve loved having nearby. She is a genuine and supportive friend that I’ve found myself thanking God for bringing her closer to me. It was an awesome night of much needed fellowship… and I hope we do it again soon!



It’s also been a super busy week at Honey Bee Tees and we are almost completely restocked on all your favorites with a couple new designs in the mix. Thank you for your feedback and overwhelming support of raglan tees! I hope to introduce them soon! In the meantime, here’s what’s new and in stock:

new Katie Koi for girls
new Big Wheels for boys

Happy Camper Thermals
Bug Jars
Just Cruisin’

Would you also look at Rover’s hair in that picture above. It looks like I cut his hair with a hedge trimmer. Have you ever tried to cut a 2-year-old boy’s hair? It’s nearly impossible… but after seeing that picture I’m going to attempt to do a little blending on that side of his little head!


This is precisely why cutting his hair is nearly impossible… he’s too busy being a little warrior. And as you may also see, he’s sporting a new Honey Bee Tee… a monster truck. A classy {can you call a monster truck classy?} and simple monster truck for little rovers {like Rover} who love monster trucks! It’s on a moss green tee that goes great with khaki or camo shorts {which is always his preference}.

And… now I must go… but I’ll be back soon, hopefully to report on a fun girls weekend at the beach that I’ve been looking forward to for a while now… most of the girls will be running a half marathon and I’ll be their moral support! πŸ™‚

And one more thing, several folks asked about my cake carrier/tin in this picture and I wanted to let you know I got it at Hobby Lobby.

And one last thing, I went to the dentist yesterday.


To my untrained eyes my teeth looked cavity free… they’re not, I may have shed a few tears over this. And, I’ll leave you with that… word to the wise: go grab your floss and get busy!

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  • Kate
    March 4, 2011 at 10:50 am

    I thought this might make you smile…I was at book club this week and your friend Linley Paske was there. I live in Raleigh NC and LOVE your blog. Most of my friends read it as well. There were about 20 women at the book club, and we started talking about our favorite blogs. Most people knew your blog and Linley said “I know her!!!” What a small world, but how fun for you that a group of random women in North Carolina were talking about you! Can’t wait to order some tee’s. have a great weekend. Kate

  • Samma
    March 4, 2011 at 10:53 am

    I pass Mossy Grove on the way to Watercolor, and I have always wanted to stop! It’s so charming from the outside.

  • Melissa
    March 4, 2011 at 10:56 am

    If it makes you feel any better I ended up with 9 cavities at my dentist visit last month. Yikes!

  • Chelsea
    March 4, 2011 at 11:09 am

    Received our sweatshirt and t last week and love love love them! too cute! so thank you. and omg so hilarious that your mom fell asleep on the bed with the lights on and kids all around.

  • kate schroller
    March 4, 2011 at 11:19 am

    I have read your blog for some time and have been blessed. I can hear your sweetheart as you post. Wanted to pass on this blog to you. I know you will be blessed. https://kissesfromkatie.blogspot.com/ You can read the timeline of her ministry here. amazima.org

  • Lis
    March 4, 2011 at 11:23 am

    That place in Troy looks magical!

    A note from a loyal reader and Honey Bee Tees customer (okay, my two little boys… not me per say) but please oh please oh please can you restock some Bird Dog tees :).

  • Taylor@WiseFamilyLiving
    March 4, 2011 at 11:30 am

    So glad you had a good week! I wanted to let you know we had a great week with Bette and got lots of good news (but she is still deaf, so not that kind of good news) and we get her hearing aids next week! Thank you for your prayers! God is always so good.

  • Suzann
    March 4, 2011 at 11:36 am

    Hi Darby – love your blog so much. I feel like I’m so much older than you (46, with two daughters, 19 & 15)but I learn so much from you! Your wisdom is amazing – wish I had it when my kids were young like yours. You cherish all that is really important in life – our family, our health and our faith. Without those, we have nothing.
    Secondly, I have been a dental hygienist for 25 years here in California (I could see your cavities on your bitewing x-rays πŸ™
    Hopefully, your hygienist told you to start using a fluoride mouth rinse to help prevent future cavities – and arrest any that are in the very beginning stages. Crest Complete mouthwash is a good one, or ACT by Johnson & Johnson. An easy thing to do before you go to bed at night. And, sadly, yes. We all need to floss to prevent those cavities in between our teeth (and gum disease). Your cavities are in between your teeth from what I can see.
    Have a great girls weekend! I’m off to Disneyland with my girls – mom & daughter(s) weekend for us <3

  • Carrie
    March 4, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    darby-very jealous of your time with those 3 girls!!!! they are sweet sweet friends! and mossy grove…YUM! and i feel you on your dental woes! i have had them too and have shed many tears in the dentist chair!!!

  • becky
    March 4, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    That picture of your mom asleep is too funny! I very clearly remember my mom yawning and dozing while reading us bed time books and now I know what she was feeling and catch myself doing the same from time to time!

  • Stephanie
    March 4, 2011 at 1:24 pm

    NYC is very nice, but that cafe under the trees makes me long for the South. Love the new tees!

  • Kathy
    March 4, 2011 at 2:18 pm

    I, too, love your blog. I really do. I wish we were neighbors. I am not a reliable flosser and am trying to do better! I rinse with the stuff the hygienist recommended. I intend to leave this world one day with all my teeth! Have a beautiful weekend.

  • Helen
    March 4, 2011 at 2:56 pm

    Darby! My Wells is just over 2, and up to now I have “cut” his hair. But my last experience did me in…imagine this….Wells ~ sitting in the sink playing with tooth paste, hand soap, makeup, etc. Me ~ Standing there trying to cut and be patient with him. My little little (will be 1 March 11 ~ they are almost 15 months apart) ~ grabbing my legs, pulling my pants, trying to get into the toilet and crying for me to pick him up. In the end, Wells looked like he had bald spots on the side of his head, and the little one was in histerics. When my husband got home he just looked at him and asked what happened!?!?! I am no longer allowed to cut the boys’ hair. =) You are not alone!!


  • Rachel
    March 4, 2011 at 3:09 pm

    I usually read your blog during my lunch break after my kindergarten students leave. I also shed tears over some cavities last month and have started keeping floss in my desk at work. Looks silly, but I am hoping maybe I’ll remember to use it more!! You inspire me. Sending you a little smile from the Bay Area, CA!

  • Becca~CapturingSimpleJoys
    March 4, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    love your mom crashed out at the end of the bed, i too have done that many a time! off to shop at honey bee tees. the kids and i have loved wearing our longsleeved tees this winter and i realized i need to get us all something for summer. the monster truck looks perfect for my son!

  • Lindsey
    March 4, 2011 at 3:45 pm

    the picture of mossy grove is great! enjoyed our time last night too. those pictures of jm are awesome. maybe next time i come over, i’ll bring a couple bottles of crest complete for us to swig on after dinner. hope you have a fun, restoring weekend!

  • Sara
    March 4, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Hi Darby
    I give my little boy a lolly pop while I cut his hair. Sometimes, yes, he gets hair on it. But if he keeps it mostly in his mouth, we’re good, and he stays still long enough for me to cut. You get better as you go, and using clippers on the sides and scissors on top give these little blondy-boys a really cute cut. (you know, a tad longer on top)
    Also, brush his teeth after the pop!

  • Sarah
    March 4, 2011 at 4:26 pm


    Ahhh! I cannot believe you went out with Delta last week!! I have been following your blog for a few months and absolutely love your photography and style…..you are so talented!

    You are right — Delta is awesome. Thanks for talking about Common Ground here and shedding light on the unbelievable work she is doing in Mobile.

    In Christ,

  • Kim
    March 4, 2011 at 4:28 pm

    beautiful restaurant!

    Also…I have to say, I just love your name. My sister just had a little girl and named her “Darby.” I never knew any Darby’s growing up…now I know two! (Well, I guess I sort of know you…I read your blog everyday πŸ™‚

  • elizabeth
    March 4, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    hi darby! i’m sorry to hear about your teeth. my advice for you is to get an electric toothbrush. i started using one 5 years ago & haven’t had a cavity since. i rarely floss, but do brush twice a day. hope that helps!

  • Jessica Z
    March 4, 2011 at 6:15 pm

    I stumbled upon your blog today and love it! it has flair, color, photogrpahy, little ones, Southern charm, etc…. i live in Fairhope, Alabama and it is nice to see another blogger from Alabama!!

  • ked
    March 4, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Hello from Troy, Alabama. I am also friends with Laura. My children are friends with her kids and she lives just down the street from me. I can only imagine how much fun you girls had last night. I always leave conversations with Laura uplifted and with plenty to ponder regarding our Saviour. Also, Mossy Grove is a staple around these parts. Their endless beans, hushpuppies and relish are deeeelish!!! They were actually featured in Southern Living a few years ago. (small note… my grandmother and grandfather actually went to school there as children. Also, there is a cool historical cemetery next to it…also covered with mossy trees where most of my relatives are buried) It truly is a historical spot with a real Southern flair. Troy is on the way for lots of people on the way to the beach. It is worth a stop.

  • alyssa
    March 4, 2011 at 8:57 pm

    Just wanted to let you know that we love your tees! They are my sons favorite things to wear by far! I think we now have four of them, and a baby gown for new baby sister! Thanks for making something so comfy, kid-friendly, yet so darn cute at the same time!
    Also, don’t feel bad about the cavities. I had the same thing happen to me. In fact, my dentist didn’t even want to tell me how many I had. I held it together until I got in the car and called my husband. I wept as if I had to get dentures!
    Hope you have a great weekend, and can’t wait to get our newest tee in the mail(which always comes incredibly fast…thanks!).

  • Mandy
    March 4, 2011 at 9:12 pm

    I love reading your blog. You have a beautiful family! I just had to comment on your Dentist visit today. Looking at the picture of your x-ray (sorry, I am a Dentist lol), you do have a few cavities πŸ™ But don’t worry. I am sure that your Dentist will keep you comfortable πŸ™‚ I am sure your Dentist went over ways to prevent cavities, but just in case…lol. Try limiting the amount of sugar you are taking in. What is more important is to limit the frequency of sugar each day rather than how much you take in. Cavities tend to form the fastest when someone sips on soda, sweet tea, and coffee with sugar all day. Good luck with your Dentist appointment πŸ™‚

  • Melise
    March 4, 2011 at 9:46 pm

    Cute tees!!! The last time I went to the dentist I had 4 cavity!!! Yikes!!! How can I be cavity free and 6 months later have 4? My teeth are getting brittle….yet another perk of my 30+ years!

  • Sarah
    March 4, 2011 at 9:53 pm

    What a small world! I grew up with Delta’s cousins, what a wonderful ministry they have in Montgomery, it was fun to read about all that they are doing in and for their city.

  • Katie
    March 4, 2011 at 10:12 pm

    Any chance in the world that you will bring back the Reading Rabbit totes? {Pretty, please!?!} πŸ™‚

  • cat from constant in chaos
    March 5, 2011 at 8:37 am

    AH! just looking at that last picture gave me the hibby jibbies. πŸ™‚ Love the pics of Rover and I think his hair looks cute. The picture from Troy is absolutely beautiful! I would love to know what time of day that way, what ISO, speed, etc. Please, tell us your secrets. You’re such an awesome photographer. πŸ™‚ Glad you got a girl’s night out and sounds like you have some wonderful friends. Don’t you just love wonderful friends?! Have a great weekend at the beach!

  • angela
    March 5, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Mentioned you on my blog post today.

  • Katie
    March 5, 2011 at 3:47 pm

    You have the sweetest little boy ever!! We just recently gave our son his 2nd haircut at age 1 and lets just say blending is not an option at that age πŸ™‚ Your photos on your blog are amazing…. I hope to someday become a better photographer! Happy Saturday!

  • Michelle
    March 5, 2011 at 7:12 pm

    That little Rover is the cutest thing! I have always cut my now 17 year old son’s hair. When he was Rover’s age and didn’t want to sit for long I would tape blue painters on a paper towel and then to his forehead. Underneath that paper towel was a delicious Tootsie pop sucker that stayed hair-free. I could cut all around his head and just remove the towel to trim bangs. Very effective! Good luck!

  • Karol
    March 5, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    Oh how I love Mossy Groves. I went to Troy in the late 80’s and that was the “fancy” place to eat…. hush puppies, west indies salad, and fried dill pickles… ohhhh the memories… The outside hasn’t changed a bit! Thanks for sharing

  • Alissa
    March 5, 2011 at 10:08 pm

    Love your blog. My son is 2 and I’m going to order some t’s. Does Rover wear the xxs-2 or xs-4?

  • Erica
    March 6, 2011 at 1:36 pm

    I have been to the Mossy Grove Schoolhouse:) My parents live in Troy, and they love going there to eat. I adore the moss covered trees.

  • Kelly
    March 6, 2011 at 5:09 pm

    Hello Darby,
    I’ve been a follower of your blog for some time now, but hardly ever comment. I’ve decided to change that and let you know how much I look forward to your blog posts. I find you so relatable. I have two little girls about the same age as Paige and Morgan, and my oldest loves seeing pictures of them and I tell her about what they got to do that week. You keep it real with what life throws at you and manage to get thru it. Thank you for finding the time to blog with everything else you have going on, a marriage, 3 kids, an adorable t-shirt business, and bees.

  • Amy
    March 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm

    Oh no, I went to order my little boy a Monster Truck tee and his size is all sold out! Bring back more SOON!!!!

  • Cozy Friedman
    March 7, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    I know how hard it is to keep a toddler still while you cut their hair. Here’s the solution in one word- DISTRACTION!!! At my salons, we’re set up so that kids watch DVDs or play video games while they get their hair cut. We have balloons, bubbles, lolly-pops & plenty of fun toys. Get your distractions ready at home and see if it makes things any easier. Good luck!

    Cozy Friedman
    Founder & CEO,
    Cozy’s Cuts For Kids
    So Cozy Hair Care For Children
    Author, Cozy’s Complete Guide To Girls’ Hair

  • Amanda
    March 7, 2011 at 6:24 pm

    Hey Darcy!!! I am an Alabama native and live in Alabaster, south of Birmingham. We have Spring break next week and I am taking my 2 boys to the Montgomery Zoo. After seeing your pic of the Mossy Grove restaurant I think we will go there for dinner. Is it kid friendly? I hope so, I have to eat there. It is so beautiful. I love all the character in that old school house. Thanks for sharing!


  • Lisa
    March 8, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    Love the cake carrier, I checked out Hobby Lobby (in Dothan) this weekend and they didn’t have one. If you see one somewhere else please post. Thanks, you have a beautiful family, and you are so talented.

  • Katie@ Noodle and Boof
    March 8, 2011 at 4:25 pm

    Gosh that restaurant is gorgeous!! I love the pic of your Mom asleep at the foot of the girls’ bed. πŸ™‚

  • patty
    March 9, 2011 at 11:17 am

    this was a sweet, serendipitious find… on this rainy morning here in the southeast. i clicked here from somewhere and am so happy to have stumbled upon you. i think i’ve been here before. rover is precious. your photography is yum-mee. and i think you must have a heart of gold for that most recent post i read. broke my heart. i will keep in prayer.

  • patty
    March 9, 2011 at 11:19 am

    oh! i have been here… my friend edie loves you!

  • Emily
    March 9, 2011 at 3:36 pm

    I love these little glimpses into your sweet world! Your kids and mama are so adorable! Fingers crossed for your bees! We lost a hive over the weekend and my heart is still broken. πŸ™ Our girls! They were so strong all winter…can’t help but think I must have done something wrong and let them down.

  • Becky
    March 10, 2011 at 5:18 pm

    1.) JM looks a lot like your dad in some of these pictures. it’s in the eyes. what a precious little thing.
    2.) Mossy Grove is the awesomest. I hope you tried their broiled shrimp. i miss college.
    3.) you lift me up with your positivity. it is beyond tiring with 3 little ones around all the time. even if our “ugly” comes out sometimes, thank you for bringing us the “pretty” here. it’s a ministry to us other mamas.