#2,485 Her Face.

Today we unexpectedly got to see Helen’s face in an ultrasound image, when we also learned she’s growing very fast now. In the image we saw her left cheek, turned demurely into her left shoulder, both sufficiently chubby the way all babies should be. Her lips were parted, almost as if opening into a laugh. They are my lips, we recognized easily from the grainy images on the screen. Her feet are 2″ long. Today made it seem very real and her arrival seem imminent even if the calendar tells me we still have time. It doesn’t feel like it.  […]


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Today we unexpectedly got to see Helen’s face in an ultrasound image, when we also learned she’s growing very fast now. In the image we saw her left cheek, turned demurely into her left shoulder, both sufficiently chubby the way all babies should be. Her lips were parted, almost as if opening into a laugh. They are my lips, we recognized easily from the grainy images on the screen. Her feet are 2″ long. Today made it seem very real and her arrival seem imminent even if the calendar tells me we still have time. It doesn’t feel like it.  […]


Erin

Monday, November 20th, 2017

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#2,484 Framily Supper + Vol. 2.

It’s been so long since we all had a night to get together for supper and it felt good to catch up on Mercantile plans beside Josh and Emily’s fire, snapping and crackling while Billie Holiday provided the soundtrack.  Cold weather is a welcome guest around here. I’m also really excited to tell y’all Laurel Mercantile Family Recipes and Stories Vol. 2 is available now! My mom wrote lots of short stories on southern cooking and our family traditions and you’ll find more favorite recipes from all of our families’ tables. It’s small and handy to keep in a drawer by […]


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It’s been so long since we all had a night to get together for supper and it felt good to catch up on Mercantile plans beside Josh and Emily’s fire, snapping and crackling while Billie Holiday provided the soundtrack.  Cold weather is a welcome guest around here. I’m also really excited to tell y’all Laurel Mercantile Family Recipes and Stories Vol. 2 is available now! My mom wrote lots of short stories on southern cooking and our family traditions and you’ll find more favorite recipes from all of our families’ tables. It’s small and handy to keep in a drawer by […]


Erin

Sunday, November 19th, 2017

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#2,483 Ashliegh’s Married.

Sweet Ashliegh, one of our first employees ever of Lucky Luxe, who was then a design assistant on Home Town, then one of our first employees at the Mercantile, married  Myrick tonight and when she began to cry saying her vows, I struggled not to cry with her. I love weddings! I had the perfect vantage point of Myrick watching her walk down the aisle: And Ashliegh watching him. And of course, the only photo I managed to snap of us all dressed up is a selfie. 


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Sweet Ashliegh, one of our first employees ever of Lucky Luxe, who was then a design assistant on Home Town, then one of our first employees at the Mercantile, married  Myrick tonight and when she began to cry saying her vows, I struggled not to cry with her. I love weddings! I had the perfect vantage point of Myrick watching her walk down the aisle: And Ashliegh watching him. And of course, the only photo I managed to snap of us all dressed up is a selfie. 


Erin

Saturday, November 18th, 2017

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#2,482 Holiday Special.

We spent the day with our director Jim from season 1 putting together the super fun Home Town holiday special that’s coming in a few weeks! I’ll keep y’all posted on air times as soon as we know. Now I hope we will see you at The Market Beautiful tomorrow (today, if you’re reading on Saturday) when we speak at noon and have a meet and greet inside the Mercantile from 2-3 pm. 


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We spent the day with our director Jim from season 1 putting together the super fun Home Town holiday special that’s coming in a few weeks! I’ll keep y’all posted on air times as soon as we know. Now I hope we will see you at The Market Beautiful tomorrow (today, if you’re reading on Saturday) when we speak at noon and have a meet and greet inside the Mercantile from 2-3 pm. 


Erin

Friday, November 17th, 2017

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#2,481 Dinner with the Market Folks.

Tomorrow (today, if you’re reading this on Friday morning) the Market Beautiful kicks off again in Laurel for their vintage fair down by the Mercantile on Front and Oak Streets for the weekend. Saturday Ben and I will be speaking and hanging out at our shop and I hope we get to meet some of y’all there. Just like before, they invited us over to their Airbnb for dinner tonight with their friend Andrew making a four-star Japanese meal in the kitchen, and just like before, we stayed way too late and ate way too much. In June it was […]


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Tomorrow (today, if you’re reading this on Friday morning) the Market Beautiful kicks off again in Laurel for their vintage fair down by the Mercantile on Front and Oak Streets for the weekend. Saturday Ben and I will be speaking and hanging out at our shop and I hope we get to meet some of y’all there. Just like before, they invited us over to their Airbnb for dinner tonight with their friend Andrew making a four-star Japanese meal in the kitchen, and just like before, we stayed way too late and ate way too much. In June it was […]


Erin

Thursday, November 16th, 2017

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#2,480 Letters From Lisa.

My friend Lisa lives in Indiana. We met because of this journal, right here, many years ago. Before TV and all that craziness. We became dear friends via snail mail letters as she recovered from cancer and she has been a prayer warrior for us every step of this wild journey we’ve been on. She scribbles notes on her lunch break that are Anne Lamott-Ernest Hemingway-Elizabeth Berg level brilliant. She throws more good writing in the trash than I have written here over these 8 years.  Today my letter from Lisa was exactly the thing my heart needed to hear […]


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My friend Lisa lives in Indiana. We met because of this journal, right here, many years ago. Before TV and all that craziness. We became dear friends via snail mail letters as she recovered from cancer and she has been a prayer warrior for us every step of this wild journey we’ve been on. She scribbles notes on her lunch break that are Anne Lamott-Ernest Hemingway-Elizabeth Berg level brilliant. She throws more good writing in the trash than I have written here over these 8 years.  Today my letter from Lisa was exactly the thing my heart needed to hear […]


Erin

Wednesday, November 15th, 2017

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#2,479 Teamwork.

Home Town season 2 would be impossible without these folks right here: Georgia and Sarah spent their morning down on the floor prepping a project for me to do on camera since bending down is getting harder and harder with my growing belly. They never complain, they only laugh and tell stories that make me laugh with them. Tim, our beloved camera man gives everyone a big hug first thing every morning and last thing when we wrap, always asking how I’m feeling. Patrick, our director, makes up crazy characters and voices that make me laugh when I’m so tired […]


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Home Town season 2 would be impossible without these folks right here: Georgia and Sarah spent their morning down on the floor prepping a project for me to do on camera since bending down is getting harder and harder with my growing belly. They never complain, they only laugh and tell stories that make me laugh with them. Tim, our beloved camera man gives everyone a big hug first thing every morning and last thing when we wrap, always asking how I’m feeling. Patrick, our director, makes up crazy characters and voices that make me laugh when I’m so tired […]


Erin

Tuesday, November 14th, 2017

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#2,478 Cotton.

Cotton is the most interesting flower, I think. It’s all I wear, which I can’t say about any other flowers, it’s textural and odd looking and when you see it filling a vast expanse of field like the one Ben stumbled upon today, it kind of takes your breath away. Also, shout out to autumn for making long days on set feel like a dream.


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Cotton is the most interesting flower, I think. It’s all I wear, which I can’t say about any other flowers, it’s textural and odd looking and when you see it filling a vast expanse of field like the one Ben stumbled upon today, it kind of takes your breath away. Also, shout out to autumn for making long days on set feel like a dream.


Erin

Monday, November 13th, 2017

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#2,477 Helen’s First Shower.

Tonight we had a little baby shower with just our closest friends and my heart is completely overflowing with love for this support system God saw fit to give Ben and I. Helen is already so loved and she hasn’t even taken her first breath. She’ll be here soon!


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Tonight we had a little baby shower with just our closest friends and my heart is completely overflowing with love for this support system God saw fit to give Ben and I. Helen is already so loved and she hasn’t even taken her first breath. She’ll be here soon!


Erin

Sunday, November 12th, 2017

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#2,476 Birthday Day + Mimmo’s.

Today was magical, beginning to end.  I’m so tired from having fun from sun up to sun down whilst growing a baby girl, so I will let the pictures tell you the story of the day we went to Sam’s 3rd birthday party at Josh and Em’s when it was brisk and smelled like logs on the fire : Then Walker’s Star Wars 4th birthday party at my brother’s house where mama and I happened to be accidental twins (and I will NOT stop wearing this perfect comfy sweater, like, every day): Then we dropped by the store and it […]


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Today was magical, beginning to end.  I’m so tired from having fun from sun up to sun down whilst growing a baby girl, so I will let the pictures tell you the story of the day we went to Sam’s 3rd birthday party at Josh and Em’s when it was brisk and smelled like logs on the fire : Then Walker’s Star Wars 4th birthday party at my brother’s house where mama and I happened to be accidental twins (and I will NOT stop wearing this perfect comfy sweater, like, every day): Then we dropped by the store and it […]


Erin

Saturday, November 11th, 2017

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