#2,449 Our Secret.

I woke before Ben on May 14.  It was earlier than usual, still a little dark outside. I had gone to bed at 8:30 pm the night before. I worried I was coming down with something as I unpacked my suitcase from the most whirlwind week of our lives because I felt tired in a way I had never felt tired in my life. In the 7 days leading up to that morning, we had spoken all weekend at the Mississippi Mercantile event and operated our second store location there. The next day, Ben and the guys watched our friend […]


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I woke before Ben on May 14.  It was earlier than usual, still a little dark outside. I had gone to bed at 8:30 pm the night before. I worried I was coming down with something as I unpacked my suitcase from the most whirlwind week of our lives because I felt tired in a way I had never felt tired in my life. In the 7 days leading up to that morning, we had spoken all weekend at the Mississippi Mercantile event and operated our second store location there. The next day, Ben and the guys watched our friend […]


Erin

Sunday, October 15th, 2017

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#2,448 A Ghost Story.

It’s October, so we have to watch a few requisite Halloweeny movies, don’t we? Last night it was Signs which I’ve not seen in years and is one of my favorite Mel Gibson roles ever. Tonight, the quiet and melancholy A Ghost Story, that moved slowly and was so subtle, I suspect most people don’t give it a chance even if it has a haunting and sweet ending. It’s a love story above all else, if a little one sided, but an interesting angle to take for a movie about life after death. Lately I’ve moved over to Ben’s couch […]


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It’s October, so we have to watch a few requisite Halloweeny movies, don’t we? Last night it was Signs which I’ve not seen in years and is one of my favorite Mel Gibson roles ever. Tonight, the quiet and melancholy A Ghost Story, that moved slowly and was so subtle, I suspect most people don’t give it a chance even if it has a haunting and sweet ending. It’s a love story above all else, if a little one sided, but an interesting angle to take for a movie about life after death. Lately I’ve moved over to Ben’s couch […]


Erin

Saturday, October 14th, 2017

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#2,447 When the Smoke Clears.

This afternoon at 1:00, I stood in shock with our friends and neighbors watching as Cafe La Fleur–one of Laurel’s most beloved longtime downtown restaurants, along with our friends’ upstairs apartment was burning, smoke billowing from the windows. I never felt so helpless in my life. Watching Landon and Matt, hands over their mouths each staring at something different–one his home and the other his business, as fire fighters rushed in and out working frantically to stop it. I cried walking back to the car, feeling so heartbroken for them as they watched their losses happening in an instant, without […]


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This afternoon at 1:00, I stood in shock with our friends and neighbors watching as Cafe La Fleur–one of Laurel’s most beloved longtime downtown restaurants, along with our friends’ upstairs apartment was burning, smoke billowing from the windows. I never felt so helpless in my life. Watching Landon and Matt, hands over their mouths each staring at something different–one his home and the other his business, as fire fighters rushed in and out working frantically to stop it. I cried walking back to the car, feeling so heartbroken for them as they watched their losses happening in an instant, without […]


Erin

Friday, October 13th, 2017

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#2,446 A Cool Morning.

With such hot days when we’re so ready for cold weather, the cool morning God gave us today was a gift. And just enough to keep us hanging on to hope that we too may get to wear long sleeves in the afternoon… Eventually.


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With such hot days when we’re so ready for cold weather, the cool morning God gave us today was a gift. And just enough to keep us hanging on to hope that we too may get to wear long sleeves in the afternoon… Eventually.


Erin

Thursday, October 12th, 2017

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#2,445 Lee’s for Supper.

For years Lee’s Coffee and Tea has been the center of the universe for downtown Laurel at lunch but they always closed at 4:30 which meant it was never a supper option… Until now. And all I wanted in this whole great big world for supper tonight was Lee’s chicken salad on a croissant. I was at the studio getting a little work done when Ben decided he wanted to grab coffee, so we walked downstairs and around the corner just as easily as if we were in New York City.  And I had the best little dinner. Right here […]


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For years Lee’s Coffee and Tea has been the center of the universe for downtown Laurel at lunch but they always closed at 4:30 which meant it was never a supper option… Until now. And all I wanted in this whole great big world for supper tonight was Lee’s chicken salad on a croissant. I was at the studio getting a little work done when Ben decided he wanted to grab coffee, so we walked downstairs and around the corner just as easily as if we were in New York City.  And I had the best little dinner. Right here […]


Erin

Wednesday, October 11th, 2017

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#2,454 The New Bathroom.

The master bathroom renovation has been a journey to say the least. Demo began on June 28 and the bathroom interior was complete yesterday, October 9, when the shower glass was installed, though that hasn’t stopped us from loving using it since the day the plumbing fixtures went in a couple weeks ago. We’ve wanted a separate tub and walk-in shower for so long, I guess since Ben destroyed his ankle way back in 2010 when he realized how tricky it is getting in a tub when you’re his size and injured. It’s going to be something we’re glad we did […]


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The master bathroom renovation has been a journey to say the least. Demo began on June 28 and the bathroom interior was complete yesterday, October 9, when the shower glass was installed, though that hasn’t stopped us from loving using it since the day the plumbing fixtures went in a couple weeks ago. We’ve wanted a separate tub and walk-in shower for so long, I guess since Ben destroyed his ankle way back in 2010 when he realized how tricky it is getting in a tub when you’re his size and injured. It’s going to be something we’re glad we did […]


Erin

Tuesday, October 10th, 2017

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#2,453 Block 2.

And somehow, we’re halfway through season 2 and today was the first day of shooting the second block of houses. We have 2 real estate days in the bag, which means only 3 more to go! We’re picking up steam now!


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And somehow, we’re halfway through season 2 and today was the first day of shooting the second block of houses. We have 2 real estate days in the bag, which means only 3 more to go! We’re picking up steam now!


Erin

Monday, October 9th, 2017

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#2,452 The Luxury of Sundays.

Sunday. The only day of rest we get in a week, and we savor it, every last crumb of it, soak it up into our bones to last us through the week, when we are running on fumes by Friday afternoon. And I want to always keep it this way, the day we pray and worship and fold the laundry and wear pajamas in the afternoon. Because these days it’s the best luxury of all: time and rest. I wish I could buy it but I can’t, which makes me all the more grateful for it when it comes along.


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Sunday. The only day of rest we get in a week, and we savor it, every last crumb of it, soak it up into our bones to last us through the week, when we are running on fumes by Friday afternoon. And I want to always keep it this way, the day we pray and worship and fold the laundry and wear pajamas in the afternoon. Because these days it’s the best luxury of all: time and rest. I wish I could buy it but I can’t, which makes me all the more grateful for it when it comes along.


Erin

Sunday, October 8th, 2017

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#2,451 Loblolly 2017.

Even with a hurricane bearing down on us, nothing could stop the Loblolly Festival. For the first time ever, we filmed a scene there! Ben was dressed as the lumberjack, as he is ever year, but this time y’all will all get to be there for it. How fun is that?


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Even with a hurricane bearing down on us, nothing could stop the Loblolly Festival. For the first time ever, we filmed a scene there! Ben was dressed as the lumberjack, as he is ever year, but this time y’all will all get to be there for it. How fun is that?


Erin

Saturday, October 7th, 2017

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#2,450 Beholden.

Before long, we’ll get to show you the beautiful issue we had the honor of guest editing for Good Grit Magazine, and the theme of the issue for Thanksgiving and Christmas is Beholden. We got to read the proofs today and it made our hearts swell to see so many familiar faces and stories on its pages. I wish I could show you a sneak peek now, but it’s not quite time. If you subscribe before October 10, you’ll get a copy of the issue! Just click here to sign up. 


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Before long, we’ll get to show you the beautiful issue we had the honor of guest editing for Good Grit Magazine, and the theme of the issue for Thanksgiving and Christmas is Beholden. We got to read the proofs today and it made our hearts swell to see so many familiar faces and stories on its pages. I wish I could show you a sneak peek now, but it’s not quite time. If you subscribe before October 10, you’ll get a copy of the issue! Just click here to sign up. 


Erin

Friday, October 6th, 2017

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