#2,505 Soaked.

These days, when my back is aching and I feel so sluggish it’s a chore to get up from a chair, I actually live for the salt soaked bath Ben draws for me at the end of it. Sconce light only. And a tall glass of grape juice.


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These days, when my back is aching and I feel so sluggish it’s a chore to get up from a chair, I actually live for the salt soaked bath Ben draws for me at the end of it. Sconce light only. And a tall glass of grape juice.


Erin

Monday, December 11th, 2017

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#2,504 Traditions.

I will always love how committed we are to our traditions. To remembering the years that came before. The Christmas lights. Going to Sonic for cheese sticks. And it’s so hard to believe that this is the last year we will celebrate these things alone. Next year, Helen will be in a car seat in the back, going along with us. And over the years we’ll teach her why traditions are important to our family.  What a special and powerful responsibility parents have.


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I will always love how committed we are to our traditions. To remembering the years that came before. The Christmas lights. Going to Sonic for cheese sticks. And it’s so hard to believe that this is the last year we will celebrate these things alone. Next year, Helen will be in a car seat in the back, going along with us. And over the years we’ll teach her why traditions are important to our family.  What a special and powerful responsibility parents have.


Erin

Sunday, December 10th, 2017

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#2,503 First Date.

You know how sentimental we are about this week so I won’t apologize for my journals about it each year. It is like Christmas in that we feel the spirit of it each year in the weeks leading up to the anniversary of when we met and tonight we celebrated our first date 13 years ago by having dinner in Hattiesburg: Stopping for peach Nehi on the way home: And stopping at the same 4-way stop for a kiss.  Or two. Or three.  I think an important part of why we are more crazy about each other 13 years on is […]


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You know how sentimental we are about this week so I won’t apologize for my journals about it each year. It is like Christmas in that we feel the spirit of it each year in the weeks leading up to the anniversary of when we met and tonight we celebrated our first date 13 years ago by having dinner in Hattiesburg: Stopping for peach Nehi on the way home: And stopping at the same 4-way stop for a kiss.  Or two. Or three.  I think an important part of why we are more crazy about each other 13 years on is […]


Erin

Saturday, December 9th, 2017

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#2,502 White Christmas.

For the first time since January 2014, we woke up this morning to a blanket of snow covering the whole world. And it was our next to last reveal day. And it was magical. With tomato bisque and grilled cheese sandwiches for supper, it was the perfect snow day. Even if it didn’t happen on the 25th, it’s the closest we’ve ever had. I’m calling it our first white Christmas ever.


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For the first time since January 2014, we woke up this morning to a blanket of snow covering the whole world. And it was our next to last reveal day. And it was magical. With tomato bisque and grilled cheese sandwiches for supper, it was the perfect snow day. Even if it didn’t happen on the 25th, it’s the closest we’ve ever had. I’m calling it our first white Christmas ever.


Erin

Friday, December 8th, 2017

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#2,501 13 Years.

Today was meaningful for a couple of reasons. It’s the 13th anniversary of the day Ben and I really met, which makes this the beginning of ‘love week.’ If you’ve been coming here for any amount of time, you know the story. I had a crush on him, the most popular guy at our little college, and as the yearbook design editor I was heading up the story on him, voted unanimously one of the most interesting people on campus. You can read the whole story here, by clicking through the archives (starting at the earliest entry). What’s extra special […]


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Today was meaningful for a couple of reasons. It’s the 13th anniversary of the day Ben and I really met, which makes this the beginning of ‘love week.’ If you’ve been coming here for any amount of time, you know the story. I had a crush on him, the most popular guy at our little college, and as the yearbook design editor I was heading up the story on him, voted unanimously one of the most interesting people on campus. You can read the whole story here, by clicking through the archives (starting at the earliest entry). What’s extra special […]


Erin

Thursday, December 7th, 2017

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#2,500 Same Team.

Tonight we felt like we were hitting our limit on what we can manage all at once, like we were juggling and realizing we have to drop something to keep doing what we do well. But as most things are, I was cured by crying about it and Ben was cured by talking about it, and when he headed to the woodshop to spend tonight there doing whatever it takes to get the last and most important build of season 2 across the finish line without a bite to eat, I did the only thing I could to help him: […]


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Tonight we felt like we were hitting our limit on what we can manage all at once, like we were juggling and realizing we have to drop something to keep doing what we do well. But as most things are, I was cured by crying about it and Ben was cured by talking about it, and when he headed to the woodshop to spend tonight there doing whatever it takes to get the last and most important build of season 2 across the finish line without a bite to eat, I did the only thing I could to help him: […]


Erin

Wednesday, December 6th, 2017

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#2,499 Room Plans.

Today I got busy working on the design plan for Helen’s room and that makes it feel very real, doesn’t it? I’m excited to finally make that room we’ve never given any attention to feel thoughtful and like the rest of our home. Collected and layered. It won’t look like a baby’s room, because after all–Helen won’t care what it looks like and when she’s old enough that it does, it will be so much fun to spend time together designing it just the way she wants. Here is a tiny peek of some bits and pieces that are inspiring […]


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Today I got busy working on the design plan for Helen’s room and that makes it feel very real, doesn’t it? I’m excited to finally make that room we’ve never given any attention to feel thoughtful and like the rest of our home. Collected and layered. It won’t look like a baby’s room, because after all–Helen won’t care what it looks like and when she’s old enough that it does, it will be so much fun to spend time together designing it just the way she wants. Here is a tiny peek of some bits and pieces that are inspiring […]


Erin

Tuesday, December 5th, 2017

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#2,498 A Closing Scene.

We’ve got one more week of filming, but today we shot one of the very last scenes of the season. I can’t believe how lucky we are to do this for a living and I’ve been praying that this circus will be a normal part of our daughter’s childhood experience as she watches from behind the cameras. I think of some day a long time from now when we’re gone, she’ll always have these episodes to spend time with us whenever she wants. And that’s a very special gift. 


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We’ve got one more week of filming, but today we shot one of the very last scenes of the season. I can’t believe how lucky we are to do this for a living and I’ve been praying that this circus will be a normal part of our daughter’s childhood experience as she watches from behind the cameras. I think of some day a long time from now when we’re gone, she’ll always have these episodes to spend time with us whenever she wants. And that’s a very special gift. 


Erin

Monday, December 4th, 2017

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#2,497 Showering Helen.

Today was the big church shower for Helen! We’ve been overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness and love shown to this precious girl we’ve yet to even meet. Every gift was special, but the ones that made me feel tears coming were the antique bud vase from the late 1920s, a gift from my grandfather when he was an elementary school boy to his teacher, that was passed down to her niece, and today, to me and Helen: And the last gift of the shower from my mama, a letter to Helen that I couldn’t read out loud without crying so Mallorie did it […]


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Today was the big church shower for Helen! We’ve been overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness and love shown to this precious girl we’ve yet to even meet. Every gift was special, but the ones that made me feel tears coming were the antique bud vase from the late 1920s, a gift from my grandfather when he was an elementary school boy to his teacher, that was passed down to her niece, and today, to me and Helen: And the last gift of the shower from my mama, a letter to Helen that I couldn’t read out loud without crying so Mallorie did it […]


Erin

Sunday, December 3rd, 2017

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#2,496 Pancake Day 2017.

If you order a copy of Good Grit here you can read all about Pancake Day: Laurel’s sweetest annual tradition that we’ve all been doing for decades. Everyone you’ve ever known your entire life comes to the old YWCO and gets in line together to have all you can eat pancakes and sausage before the Christmas parade starts. Every year, the photos are the same, we all just look a little older and wiser. This is how Christmas begins in our hometown. This year was an especially good one, since we are celebrating the one year anniversary of opening the Laurel Mercantile Co. This […]


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If you order a copy of Good Grit here you can read all about Pancake Day: Laurel’s sweetest annual tradition that we’ve all been doing for decades. Everyone you’ve ever known your entire life comes to the old YWCO and gets in line together to have all you can eat pancakes and sausage before the Christmas parade starts. Every year, the photos are the same, we all just look a little older and wiser. This is how Christmas begins in our hometown. This year was an especially good one, since we are celebrating the one year anniversary of opening the Laurel Mercantile Co. This […]


Erin

Saturday, December 2nd, 2017

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