#2,394 Vanities.

On our last trip to Mobile when mama went along with us, we picked up 2 antique pine dressers with the intent to modify them to size for our bathroom vanities. With the renovation nearing the end(ish), we spent yesterday and this afternoon working on them. The guy on the left was 3″ too tall for a sink and the guy on the right was 6″ too short for a makeup counter: But now, they’re exactly the perfect height at 34″, ready for a 1″ slab of cool, creamy white marble and 1920s glass knobs. I’m in love. 


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On our last trip to Mobile when mama went along with us, we picked up 2 antique pine dressers with the intent to modify them to size for our bathroom vanities. With the renovation nearing the end(ish), we spent yesterday and this afternoon working on them. The guy on the left was 3″ too tall for a sink and the guy on the right was 6″ too short for a makeup counter: But now, they’re exactly the perfect height at 34″, ready for a 1″ slab of cool, creamy white marble and 1920s glass knobs. I’m in love. 


Erin

Sunday, August 20th, 2017

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#2,393 Lucy’s Fourth.

Today was Lucy’s 4th birthday party–Moana themed, of course. I say that as if I know something about Moana when I, in fact, have never seen it, but apparently it’s kind of A THING among the little kid demographic. Mallorie turned their backyard into a luau and the August sun relented for a couple hours and gave us a breeze that felt more like late September, and all God’s people said “AMEN.” How has it been 4 years? Happy birthday, baby girl!


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Today was Lucy’s 4th birthday party–Moana themed, of course. I say that as if I know something about Moana when I, in fact, have never seen it, but apparently it’s kind of A THING among the little kid demographic. Mallorie turned their backyard into a luau and the August sun relented for a couple hours and gave us a breeze that felt more like late September, and all God’s people said “AMEN.” How has it been 4 years? Happy birthday, baby girl!


Erin

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

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#2,392 Dinner Date.

Being dog tired is the current story of our lives, but today was our day off from filming so after a long, sweaty day in the woodshop working on the vanities for our bathroom together: We went out for dinner at our favorite, Tabella, with Jesse.  I know how very low key and uninteresting the journal is lately because the truth of it is we spend most days doing the same thing as the day before and we’ve got a couple secret projects underway that are wearing us out behind the scenes. Stay tuned though, I promise they won’t be […]


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Being dog tired is the current story of our lives, but today was our day off from filming so after a long, sweaty day in the woodshop working on the vanities for our bathroom together: We went out for dinner at our favorite, Tabella, with Jesse.  I know how very low key and uninteresting the journal is lately because the truth of it is we spend most days doing the same thing as the day before and we’ve got a couple secret projects underway that are wearing us out behind the scenes. Stay tuned though, I promise they won’t be […]


Erin

Friday, August 18th, 2017

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#2,391 Southern Living.

Well this was a huge and awesome surprise today! Click here if you’d like to read more about what my mama has taught me. Thank you, Southern Living for such a nice article! 


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Well this was a huge and awesome surprise today! Click here if you’d like to read more about what my mama has taught me. Thank you, Southern Living for such a nice article! 


Erin

Thursday, August 17th, 2017

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#2,391 Filming with Mama.

Mama and I got to film the most fun scene yet of season 2, over her sewing machine, where we laughed until we actually cried–even the crew. When the scene wrapped with a gorgeous custom pillow to show for it, the cameras went off and Elvis came on (because, of course, never forget) and she pulled out a huge spread of sandwich trays and fruit and chips and dips and cupcakes and fed all the boys who kept hugging her and making me feel grateful for a team who loves our people and for a mama who loves them back.


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Mama and I got to film the most fun scene yet of season 2, over her sewing machine, where we laughed until we actually cried–even the crew. When the scene wrapped with a gorgeous custom pillow to show for it, the cameras went off and Elvis came on (because, of course, never forget) and she pulled out a huge spread of sandwich trays and fruit and chips and dips and cupcakes and fed all the boys who kept hugging her and making me feel grateful for a team who loves our people and for a mama who loves them back.


Erin

Wednesday, August 16th, 2017

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#2,390 A Bath.

It’s been 2 months since we started the renovation, and it will be 2 weeks until we have our bathroom again. Soaking in the tub at bedtime has been my ritual since 5th grade and I’ve been missing it. We’ve been filming for 3 weeks, and I’ve never been so tired after being on my feet for 12 hour days. Tonight when we wrapped Big told me we were going to my parents’ for supper. I didn’t notice he packed my pajamas until we got there and he went to mama’s fancy bathroom and started making a huge, fluffy bubble […]


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It’s been 2 months since we started the renovation, and it will be 2 weeks until we have our bathroom again. Soaking in the tub at bedtime has been my ritual since 5th grade and I’ve been missing it. We’ve been filming for 3 weeks, and I’ve never been so tired after being on my feet for 12 hour days. Tonight when we wrapped Big told me we were going to my parents’ for supper. I didn’t notice he packed my pajamas until we got there and he went to mama’s fancy bathroom and started making a huge, fluffy bubble […]


Erin

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

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#2,389 Bedtime Reading.

Lately I’ve been reading Grace (Eventually) by Anne Lamott at bedtime, prompted by my friend Lisa who recommended her books when I realized I picked it up at a garage sale years ago and put it on the bookcase for someday. I find so much comfort in her raw, funny and honest writing. Her life in the past before she was a believer was rife with drugs and bad relationships, and while I can’t relate to those particular valleys, it’s easy to think of my own years as a rebellious teenager and as a lazy believer until halfway through college, […]


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Lately I’ve been reading Grace (Eventually) by Anne Lamott at bedtime, prompted by my friend Lisa who recommended her books when I realized I picked it up at a garage sale years ago and put it on the bookcase for someday. I find so much comfort in her raw, funny and honest writing. Her life in the past before she was a believer was rife with drugs and bad relationships, and while I can’t relate to those particular valleys, it’s easy to think of my own years as a rebellious teenager and as a lazy believer until halfway through college, […]


Erin

Monday, August 14th, 2017

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#2,388 Signs.

I went to the grocery store today. I saw this: I got stupidly, insanely, embarrassingly excited for fall that’s just a month away. 


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I went to the grocery store today. I saw this: I got stupidly, insanely, embarrassingly excited for fall that’s just a month away. 


Erin

Sunday, August 13th, 2017

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#2,387 Jesse.

Ben’s baby brother is living here in Laurel these days, learning all the ropes of the woodshop and trying his hand at full time carpentry. When he’s not in the woodshop he’s always looking for anything to make a little extra money on the side, and I’m grateful that he doesn’t mind when we keep him busy around here helping us at our house while we are filming long hours every weekday. The backyard and garage both look incredible, and I walked outside to find him washing my very dusty and dirty car this morning. It’s so good to have […]


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Ben’s baby brother is living here in Laurel these days, learning all the ropes of the woodshop and trying his hand at full time carpentry. When he’s not in the woodshop he’s always looking for anything to make a little extra money on the side, and I’m grateful that he doesn’t mind when we keep him busy around here helping us at our house while we are filming long hours every weekday. The backyard and garage both look incredible, and I walked outside to find him washing my very dusty and dirty car this morning. It’s so good to have […]


Erin

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

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#2,386 Sweet Celebrations.

The French bakery we love in Hattiesburg is closing. For years, Big has always made early morning trips to surprise me with almond croissants when I woke up on special occasions. Turning a year older, our anniversary. Today we had a morning meeting in Hattiesburg and stopped by for one last croissant. I bought the ones they had left for my freezer. This is what celebrating tastes like. Oddly enough, we celebrate my parents’ anniversaries and daddy’s birthday with his favorite dessert of all: cherry cheesecake. I called in an order of mini size ones from Sweet Somethings, our favorite […]


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The French bakery we love in Hattiesburg is closing. For years, Big has always made early morning trips to surprise me with almond croissants when I woke up on special occasions. Turning a year older, our anniversary. Today we had a morning meeting in Hattiesburg and stopped by for one last croissant. I bought the ones they had left for my freezer. This is what celebrating tastes like. Oddly enough, we celebrate my parents’ anniversaries and daddy’s birthday with his favorite dessert of all: cherry cheesecake. I called in an order of mini size ones from Sweet Somethings, our favorite […]


Erin

Friday, August 11th, 2017

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