#2,342 Hand + made.

It’s kind of unbelievable that 10 years ago hardly anything was open in downtown Laurel, and today was the grand opening of another new shop that’s inventive and thoughtful and is adding one more perfect piece to the puzzle of our town’s revitalization.  Hand + made is just around the corner from our shop, and inside you can do two things: make and paint your own wooden home decor pieces and soy candles or shop for locally made goods. Any place that cultivates art in a kid’s life is a valuable place. I’m proud of our neighbors Stephen and Deshawn […]


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It’s kind of unbelievable that 10 years ago hardly anything was open in downtown Laurel, and today was the grand opening of another new shop that’s inventive and thoughtful and is adding one more perfect piece to the puzzle of our town’s revitalization.  Hand + made is just around the corner from our shop, and inside you can do two things: make and paint your own wooden home decor pieces and soy candles or shop for locally made goods. Any place that cultivates art in a kid’s life is a valuable place. I’m proud of our neighbors Stephen and Deshawn […]


Erin

Tuesday, June 27th, 2017

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#2,341 The Big Bathroom Shuffle.

Wednesday morning is going to be demo day on our new bathroom addition, which means we’ve got to get ourselves ready for the next 6 weeks of living in a construction zone on top of rearranging our bedroom to accommodate the new doorway that will go into the en suite bath. Let’s look back and remember the bathroom the way she was: A perfectly good bathroom with the exception that Ben is enormous and struggles to get in and out of the very tall walled jacuzzi tub shower with that bum ankle he’s had since 2011, and the bathtub with […]


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Wednesday morning is going to be demo day on our new bathroom addition, which means we’ve got to get ourselves ready for the next 6 weeks of living in a construction zone on top of rearranging our bedroom to accommodate the new doorway that will go into the en suite bath. Let’s look back and remember the bathroom the way she was: A perfectly good bathroom with the exception that Ben is enormous and struggles to get in and out of the very tall walled jacuzzi tub shower with that bum ankle he’s had since 2011, and the bathtub with […]


Erin

Monday, June 26th, 2017

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#2,340 Sunday in the Country.

Today was Ben’s daddy’s last Sunday at his church before he goes into retirement (again), though I don’t imagine he’s done with the pulpit forever. We all came up to be there in the pews for him this morning and as always, I was in awe of his message: people with scars on their lives are the ones with the best opportunity to share the light of Jesus. Perfection is intimidating, but painful experiences draw us closer to God and make Him accessible to those who watch us go through it. I’m proud to call him my daddy-in-law and I’m […]


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Today was Ben’s daddy’s last Sunday at his church before he goes into retirement (again), though I don’t imagine he’s done with the pulpit forever. We all came up to be there in the pews for him this morning and as always, I was in awe of his message: people with scars on their lives are the ones with the best opportunity to share the light of Jesus. Perfection is intimidating, but painful experiences draw us closer to God and make Him accessible to those who watch us go through it. I’m proud to call him my daddy-in-law and I’m […]


Erin

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

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#2,339 Soybean Fields.

We came up to north Mississippi today to visit Ben’s family and I found myself mesmerized along the way, especially after all the rain Cindy has been dumping on Mississippi the last few days, turning every inch of land the most deep, living green. It makes me feel satisfied to drive past soybean fields and feel the click of perfect rhythm as we pass each perfect row. Any other obsessive folks out there relate to me? Also, my niece Ellie has a tiny little Dumbo that is so precious it makes me think of the movie and want to cry:


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We came up to north Mississippi today to visit Ben’s family and I found myself mesmerized along the way, especially after all the rain Cindy has been dumping on Mississippi the last few days, turning every inch of land the most deep, living green. It makes me feel satisfied to drive past soybean fields and feel the click of perfect rhythm as we pass each perfect row. Any other obsessive folks out there relate to me? Also, my niece Ellie has a tiny little Dumbo that is so precious it makes me think of the movie and want to cry:


Erin

Saturday, June 24th, 2017

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#2,338 Throwback Night.

Lately we’ve been in the mood for cheesy 80s and 90s comedies that remind us of being kids in the summertime, and tonight we indulged in a particularly stupid one after hearing about Mike Myers comeback on ABC’s new Gong Show.  Wayne’s World! Party time! Excellent! 


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Lately we’ve been in the mood for cheesy 80s and 90s comedies that remind us of being kids in the summertime, and tonight we indulged in a particularly stupid one after hearing about Mike Myers comeback on ABC’s new Gong Show.  Wayne’s World! Party time! Excellent! 


Erin

Friday, June 23rd, 2017

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#2,337 People.

Please excuse the late post! I fell straight to sleep on the couch last night and Big carried me to bed.  I can’t believe we’re included in People Magazine’s list of the 100 things to love about America. Y’all can find us at #32, unjustly beating American cheese singles, which are arguably better than anything on this list, when it hits newsstands June 23!


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Please excuse the late post! I fell straight to sleep on the couch last night and Big carried me to bed.  I can’t believe we’re included in People Magazine’s list of the 100 things to love about America. Y’all can find us at #32, unjustly beating American cheese singles, which are arguably better than anything on this list, when it hits newsstands June 23!


Erin

Thursday, June 22nd, 2017

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#2,336 Thomasville.

On the way home from Florida we decided to make a stop along the way in Thomasville, Georgia at the urging of two Instagram friends who are some of its proudest residents. Annie owns The Bookshelf, the local indie bookstore, and for years we’ve been Instagram friends who bonded over our love for good books, small town living and Kathleen Kelly. Her shop is such a dream. We each bought new books and I can’t wait to get cozy in my own bed for the first time in days and start reading while the rain taps on the window. Because […]


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On the way home from Florida we decided to make a stop along the way in Thomasville, Georgia at the urging of two Instagram friends who are some of its proudest residents. Annie owns The Bookshelf, the local indie bookstore, and for years we’ve been Instagram friends who bonded over our love for good books, small town living and Kathleen Kelly. Her shop is such a dream. We each bought new books and I can’t wait to get cozy in my own bed for the first time in days and start reading while the rain taps on the window. Because […]


Erin

Wednesday, June 21st, 2017

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#2,335 Rainy Wakulla.

It rained and it rained and it rained while a tropical storm system pushed across Florida, and it did not stop us from having a perfect day.  I like being here knowing this was my grandmother and her sisters’ summer place too. I’m trying to write the fireplace and Ivory soap smell of the halls on my memory, the crisp edge of the griddle cakes, the whippoorwills creaking at the edge of the springs, the cold muck of river sand and silt between my toes, to last me until next year. 


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It rained and it rained and it rained while a tropical storm system pushed across Florida, and it did not stop us from having a perfect day.  I like being here knowing this was my grandmother and her sisters’ summer place too. I’m trying to write the fireplace and Ivory soap smell of the halls on my memory, the crisp edge of the griddle cakes, the whippoorwills creaking at the edge of the springs, the cold muck of river sand and silt between my toes, to last me until next year. 


Erin

Tuesday, June 20th, 2017

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#2,334 Wakulla Getaway.

Just for a minute, to get away from the craziness in Laurel, we’re spending a day at Wakulla with the Mercantile framily. Every summer, we vacation in 1937: marble floors, no TVs. Every summer, when the rain pours on the red tile roof we open the windows to listen. It’s going to be storming all day tomorrow but that’s okay. I’ve got a good book.


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Just for a minute, to get away from the craziness in Laurel, we’re spending a day at Wakulla with the Mercantile framily. Every summer, we vacation in 1937: marble floors, no TVs. Every summer, when the rain pours on the red tile roof we open the windows to listen. It’s going to be storming all day tomorrow but that’s okay. I’ve got a good book.


Erin

Monday, June 19th, 2017

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#2,333 Father’s Day.

I got to spend a day at the beach with my daddy, who had amazing swim trunks in the 80s when we were little: He would carry me into the waves on his hip, always keeping my head above water, keeping me safe and showing me the world. These days, he’s into reading more than swimming, but so am I. I’m very lucky that I get to spend so much time with him now as a grown up. It’s good to be just 8 minutes down the road. Ben and I went down to the water for a few hours […]


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I got to spend a day at the beach with my daddy, who had amazing swim trunks in the 80s when we were little: He would carry me into the waves on his hip, always keeping my head above water, keeping me safe and showing me the world. These days, he’s into reading more than swimming, but so am I. I’m very lucky that I get to spend so much time with him now as a grown up. It’s good to be just 8 minutes down the road. Ben and I went down to the water for a few hours […]


Erin

Sunday, June 18th, 2017

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