#2,646 Season 1 Premiere Party.

In a roundabout way, I’ve been talking and daydreaming and wondering what today would be like for the last 2.5 years, and now it’s happened. It’s up there with our wedding day, and best of all—I heard so many other Laurelites say the same thing today. Because it’s not just happening to me and Ben, but to our entire hometown. This is what it looked like. I’ve never ever ever been so tired or so thankful: It was a big, emotional day for my parents. Mama and Kit, the owner of our production company, had a good hug about it this […]


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In a roundabout way, I’ve been talking and daydreaming and wondering what today would be like for the last 2.5 years, and now it’s happened. It’s up there with our wedding day, and best of all—I heard so many other Laurelites say the same thing today. Because it’s not just happening to me and Ben, but to our entire hometown. This is what it looked like. I’ve never ever ever been so tired or so thankful: It was a big, emotional day for my parents. Mama and Kit, the owner of our production company, had a good hug about it this […]


Erin

Tuesday, March 21st, 2017

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#2,645 The Last Normal Day.

I spent the day at the Mercantile with Mallorie and Emily, doing all we could to get the last kinks worked out in our brand new website before we gave the developers the greenlight to flip the switch. And now, here she is, our brand new online home. Soon, this journal will get a little makeover to go along with it, but for a little while it’ll stay the way it’s been. I’m excited to see it return to its old name that some of you longtime readers will remember: Make Something Good Today. But for now, there is this, and […]


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I spent the day at the Mercantile with Mallorie and Emily, doing all we could to get the last kinks worked out in our brand new website before we gave the developers the greenlight to flip the switch. And now, here she is, our brand new online home. Soon, this journal will get a little makeover to go along with it, but for a little while it’ll stay the way it’s been. I’m excited to see it return to its old name that some of you longtime readers will remember: Make Something Good Today. But for now, there is this, and […]


Erin

Monday, March 20th, 2017

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#2,644 Lay of the Land.

My dad woke up craving grilled hot dogs and decided it would be a good night to grill if he could only convince his loving daughter and son-in-law to bring him a pack of Nathan’s and some buns over tonight. Of course we obliged, but we also started dreaming about something we’ve wanted to do forever, to build a nice garage for keeping our car collection in one spot, and we went out exploring the land where it would work best. I’ve been wandering these trails for so many years, and never really saw the magic of it until I […]


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My dad woke up craving grilled hot dogs and decided it would be a good night to grill if he could only convince his loving daughter and son-in-law to bring him a pack of Nathan’s and some buns over tonight. Of course we obliged, but we also started dreaming about something we’ve wanted to do forever, to build a nice garage for keeping our car collection in one spot, and we went out exploring the land where it would work best. I’ve been wandering these trails for so many years, and never really saw the magic of it until I […]


Erin

Sunday, March 19th, 2017

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#2,643 Precious Things.

Today I stayed home because I wasn’t feeling great. Ben took me for a ride in the country to get some fresh air with the windows down and the sunroof open and while it didn’t take away the rumbly feelings in my stomach, it made me feel so deeply in love with him, holding onto  his arm, thick as a tree trunk, listening to David Gray and Chris Stapleton sing songs that we love. We got back home after singing in the car. It’s been so so so very long since I sat at my piano and played a song. […]


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Today I stayed home because I wasn’t feeling great. Ben took me for a ride in the country to get some fresh air with the windows down and the sunroof open and while it didn’t take away the rumbly feelings in my stomach, it made me feel so deeply in love with him, holding onto  his arm, thick as a tree trunk, listening to David Gray and Chris Stapleton sing songs that we love. We got back home after singing in the car. It’s been so so so very long since I sat at my piano and played a song. […]


Erin

Saturday, March 18th, 2017

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#2,642 The Yard Cleanup.

Thanks to the Laurel Board of Realtors, the yard next door to the Mercantile where the premiere party will be on Tuesday night is looking like a million bucks. This seems like small potatoes to anyone reading, but y’all just have no idea what a huge relief this is for us as we are nearing the finish line of a long to do list preparing for next week. “Thank you” doesn’t cover it! P.S.– We made a short little documentary about the restoration of my Ouida Wagoneer for any of you old car lovers like me and Ben. Click here […]


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Thanks to the Laurel Board of Realtors, the yard next door to the Mercantile where the premiere party will be on Tuesday night is looking like a million bucks. This seems like small potatoes to anyone reading, but y’all just have no idea what a huge relief this is for us as we are nearing the finish line of a long to do list preparing for next week. “Thank you” doesn’t cover it! P.S.– We made a short little documentary about the restoration of my Ouida Wagoneer for any of you old car lovers like me and Ben. Click here […]


Erin

Friday, March 17th, 2017

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#2,641 Hometown Heroes.

At 5:58 pm today, the 5 of us got a text message from Jim: For an event our local newspaper was throwing at 6 pm honoring “Hometown Heroes,” local folks making an impact on our community. We figured we somehow forgot to put it on the calendar and were scattered all over south Mississippi. Jim, Ben and I were the only ones able to make it and as we were walking through the door (late, no less), they were calling our names and handing us awards and we were a little more than shocked to say the least. I wasn’t […]


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At 5:58 pm today, the 5 of us got a text message from Jim: For an event our local newspaper was throwing at 6 pm honoring “Hometown Heroes,” local folks making an impact on our community. We figured we somehow forgot to put it on the calendar and were scattered all over south Mississippi. Jim, Ben and I were the only ones able to make it and as we were walking through the door (late, no less), they were calling our names and handing us awards and we were a little more than shocked to say the least. I wasn’t […]


Erin

Thursday, March 16th, 2017

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#2,640 Keyless Entry + Small Town America.

We made it home safe and sound from Atlanta and went straight to AS&H to pick up my Jeep from Russ, who has been working on the electrical stuff inside my doors to give my 1988 ride keyless entry. It took a month of trial and error…. But it’s done! ​ I couldn’t wait to take it for a ride in the country to see my parents who wanted to hear all about our upfronts adventure. And tonight after dinner we stopped by the Mercantile to fluff the new window display. Ben was on the phone this afternoon with a […]


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We made it home safe and sound from Atlanta and went straight to AS&H to pick up my Jeep from Russ, who has been working on the electrical stuff inside my doors to give my 1988 ride keyless entry. It took a month of trial and error…. But it’s done! ​ I couldn’t wait to take it for a ride in the country to see my parents who wanted to hear all about our upfronts adventure. And tonight after dinner we stopped by the Mercantile to fluff the new window display. Ben was on the phone this afternoon with a […]


Erin

Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

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#2,639 Our First Upfront.

I. Am. Spent. For an introvert like me, there are few things harder than meeting and greeting a room full of folks, but tonight there were so many amazing, warm people making us feel welcome and like they’re excited to see Home Town (one week from tonight!), that the night flew by and I’m only realizing how exhausted I am, now, in the quiet coziness of our hotel room. The upfronts are where advertisers come to see what TV networks’ show lineup will look like for the coming year and some of the folks from the programs are there, meeting […]


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I. Am. Spent. For an introvert like me, there are few things harder than meeting and greeting a room full of folks, but tonight there were so many amazing, warm people making us feel welcome and like they’re excited to see Home Town (one week from tonight!), that the night flew by and I’m only realizing how exhausted I am, now, in the quiet coziness of our hotel room. The upfronts are where advertisers come to see what TV networks’ show lineup will look like for the coming year and some of the folks from the programs are there, meeting […]


Erin

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017

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#2,638 Date with BPF.

On a quick jaunt to Atlanta doing promotion for the show, of course we had to get together with Brian Patrick Flynn for shopping and supper! We ate with he and Hollis at Bantam and Biddy where I tasted a contender for the best Mac and cheese ever. And a quick stop by Madewell was made much better by getting to shop with Hollis who is a wardrobe designer for TV and movies! He helped me pick just the right top and necklace for tomorrow and I feel much more confident about things now. And now, early to bed, early […]


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On a quick jaunt to Atlanta doing promotion for the show, of course we had to get together with Brian Patrick Flynn for shopping and supper! We ate with he and Hollis at Bantam and Biddy where I tasted a contender for the best Mac and cheese ever. And a quick stop by Madewell was made much better by getting to shop with Hollis who is a wardrobe designer for TV and movies! He helped me pick just the right top and necklace for tomorrow and I feel much more confident about things now. And now, early to bed, early […]


Erin

Monday, March 13th, 2017

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#2,637 Long Walk on a Cold Day.

We started walking after lunch and we just couldn’t stop. It was too much springtime perfection to take it all in. None of these photos have a filter on them. If you can catch the azaleas in Laurel for the 2 weeks they bloom, it’s breathtaking!


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We started walking after lunch and we just couldn’t stop. It was too much springtime perfection to take it all in. None of these photos have a filter on them. If you can catch the azaleas in Laurel for the 2 weeks they bloom, it’s breathtaking!


Erin

Sunday, March 12th, 2017

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