#2,429 That Parenthood Episode.

In January I made a plan to slowly make my way through the entire Parenthood series one episode at a time as I walked 2.7 miles on the treadmill each morning. It was the first time I had ever watched a TV series without Ben, and I found myself thinking of these characters as if they were real people I knew and cared about, and it was weird that Ben didn’t know them! A month or so ago, we hit play on the pilot together and have been watching one each night at bedtime so he can know the Bravermans […]


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In January I made a plan to slowly make my way through the entire Parenthood series one episode at a time as I walked 2.7 miles on the treadmill each morning. It was the first time I had ever watched a TV series without Ben, and I found myself thinking of these characters as if they were real people I knew and cared about, and it was weird that Ben didn’t know them! A month or so ago, we hit play on the pilot together and have been watching one each night at bedtime so he can know the Bravermans […]


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Monday, September 25th, 2017

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#2,428 Birthday Boy.

Today he turned 34 years old. I have been his girl since he was 21 years old. It feels like yesterday! After breakfast, he opened his little gifts. Books, of course. And a new coat, exactly like an old coat he had. The week before our wedding I bought @scotsman.co the brown coat as a wedding gift. I picked it specifically because I imagined him putting his wedding band inside that zippered pocket before working on saws or engines. Keeping it safe, against his heart. This winter we did so much traveling doing publicity for Home Town, the coat went […]


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Today he turned 34 years old. I have been his girl since he was 21 years old. It feels like yesterday! After breakfast, he opened his little gifts. Books, of course. And a new coat, exactly like an old coat he had. The week before our wedding I bought @scotsman.co the brown coat as a wedding gift. I picked it specifically because I imagined him putting his wedding band inside that zippered pocket before working on saws or engines. Keeping it safe, against his heart. This winter we did so much traveling doing publicity for Home Town, the coat went […]


Erin

Sunday, September 24th, 2017

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#2,427 Ben’s Surprise Trip.

Tomorrow Ben turns 34 so this morning when we woke up I told him he had until 4:00 to work in the woodshop, then we were hitting the road for a surprise trip for the evening. I punched the address into GPS and let it navigate while he drove, no clue where it was leading.  He started to realize we were heading to the coast… But until we pulled into Long Beach Harbor and he saw the antique car show on the beach, he didn’t get it. And until we were parking and all his brothers and dad were there […]


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Tomorrow Ben turns 34 so this morning when we woke up I told him he had until 4:00 to work in the woodshop, then we were hitting the road for a surprise trip for the evening. I punched the address into GPS and let it navigate while he drove, no clue where it was leading.  He started to realize we were heading to the coast… But until we pulled into Long Beach Harbor and he saw the antique car show on the beach, he didn’t get it. And until we were parking and all his brothers and dad were there […]


Erin

Saturday, September 23rd, 2017

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#2,426 Magic Mother Goose.

After weeks of visiting my grandmother only to find her sleeping day and night, virtually unresponsive, our family and the doctors assumed she might have had another mini stroke and feared the worst. Even if we could wake her, she would gaze at us blankly, not sure why we were there. Mama and I were shocked to walk in to her room this morning to find her sitting up in a chair, lights on and sun shining through the windows, mostly back to her old self, as if nothing had happened all this time. Her hair was wild with sleep, […]


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After weeks of visiting my grandmother only to find her sleeping day and night, virtually unresponsive, our family and the doctors assumed she might have had another mini stroke and feared the worst. Even if we could wake her, she would gaze at us blankly, not sure why we were there. Mama and I were shocked to walk in to her room this morning to find her sitting up in a chair, lights on and sun shining through the windows, mostly back to her old self, as if nothing had happened all this time. Her hair was wild with sleep, […]


Erin

Friday, September 22nd, 2017

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#2,425 Sickness and in Health.

It’s kind of hilarious that in the same week, Ben and I have both gotten down in our backs: for him, a sudden twist of his back with a lot of weight at the gym ended up with a snap-crack-pop and a swollen disc. For me: my sciatic nerve is being weird again, and I never know when it will strike. Today it’s shooting paint in my right leg when I take a step, yesterday it was my left. The great news is: we had a half day of filming today and no filming tomorrow through Sunday when we get […]


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It’s kind of hilarious that in the same week, Ben and I have both gotten down in our backs: for him, a sudden twist of his back with a lot of weight at the gym ended up with a snap-crack-pop and a swollen disc. For me: my sciatic nerve is being weird again, and I never know when it will strike. Today it’s shooting paint in my right leg when I take a step, yesterday it was my left. The great news is: we had a half day of filming today and no filming tomorrow through Sunday when we get […]


Erin

Thursday, September 21st, 2017

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#2,424 Up With the Sun.

The hardest part about waking up early is getting ourselves in bed early. But the best thing about it is waking up with the sun when I’m taking my walks in the morning. Before it gets hot and before the cars and lawnmowers and saws fill the neighborhood with noise, it’s just me and the quiet padding of my footsteps and the sun so dim and new, you can look right at it.


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The hardest part about waking up early is getting ourselves in bed early. But the best thing about it is waking up with the sun when I’m taking my walks in the morning. Before it gets hot and before the cars and lawnmowers and saws fill the neighborhood with noise, it’s just me and the quiet padding of my footsteps and the sun so dim and new, you can look right at it.


Erin

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

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#2,423 A Bath.

It’s dumb but I sorta feel like I might cry about how much I love our new bathroom. I want to show you everything but there are just a couple finishing touches left to do. In this season of life that’s so busy and intense, I can’t explain the joy of having this little paradise for a bath at the end of the day. The tub is a real showstopper. There will be a tour coming in the next few days! 


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It’s dumb but I sorta feel like I might cry about how much I love our new bathroom. I want to show you everything but there are just a couple finishing touches left to do. In this season of life that’s so busy and intense, I can’t explain the joy of having this little paradise for a bath at the end of the day. The tub is a real showstopper. There will be a tour coming in the next few days! 


Erin

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

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#2,422 Tomorrow.

Tomorrow we will bring another family home for reveal #3. And tomorrow I just might be taking a bubble bath in our brand new bathroom for the first time. And I’m giddy beyond words. Fingers crossed!


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Tomorrow we will bring another family home for reveal #3. And tomorrow I just might be taking a bubble bath in our brand new bathroom for the first time. And I’m giddy beyond words. Fingers crossed!


Erin

Monday, September 18th, 2017

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#2,421 Shopping Trip.

Ben gave the bathroom door a coat of (oil based) paint and to get out of the fumes for the afternoon, we made a trip down to Hattiesburg to do a little shopping for fall even though it’s in the 90s again. I am choosing to be an optimist, henceforth I purchased 3 cardigans, a book, and got Ben to share a cup of cinnamon sugar pretzel nuggets with me because I couldn’t walk past the kiosk without buying them because of the smell that’s so wonderful it makes you think you might die without them. I didn’t get this […]


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Ben gave the bathroom door a coat of (oil based) paint and to get out of the fumes for the afternoon, we made a trip down to Hattiesburg to do a little shopping for fall even though it’s in the 90s again. I am choosing to be an optimist, henceforth I purchased 3 cardigans, a book, and got Ben to share a cup of cinnamon sugar pretzel nuggets with me because I couldn’t walk past the kiosk without buying them because of the smell that’s so wonderful it makes you think you might die without them. I didn’t get this […]


Erin

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

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#2,420 All My Favorites.

We got to spend the day making HGTV digital shorts with a tour of Laurel, the Mercantile, and Ben’s woodshop, meeting visitors from all over the country: You never know who we will run into on our baseball adventures!! ⚾️🛠🏡 #LaurelMS #HGTV #HomeTown #AdventuresOfMamaAndPoppa #MamaIsAMess A post shared by Heidi Allen Gatlin Smith (@heidifran) on Sep 16, 2017 at 8:41am PDT This. Just. Happened. 🙌🏻 Stopped in for some jerky and recognized the voices and then faces that could only belong to two of the kindest, sweetest people in #Laurel 💛 Ben & Erin you made our day! We love […]


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We got to spend the day making HGTV digital shorts with a tour of Laurel, the Mercantile, and Ben’s woodshop, meeting visitors from all over the country: You never know who we will run into on our baseball adventures!! ⚾️🛠🏡 #LaurelMS #HGTV #HomeTown #AdventuresOfMamaAndPoppa #MamaIsAMess A post shared by Heidi Allen Gatlin Smith (@heidifran) on Sep 16, 2017 at 8:41am PDT This. Just. Happened. 🙌🏻 Stopped in for some jerky and recognized the voices and then faces that could only belong to two of the kindest, sweetest people in #Laurel 💛 Ben & Erin you made our day! We love […]


Erin

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

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