#1,786 Haters Gonna Hate + Mall Date.

So, here’s the thing.

I write this blog every single day of my life for a couple of reasons:

1. It’s hard for me to focus on the good things a lot of the time—this is an exercise in doing that.
2. I can Google keywords from days in our life together, and pull up a post to relive it.
3. I love this community of friends it’s somehow created, this tiny corner of the internet. Because of it, some of my most special friendships have formed.

I think it’s important to note that:

1. No one pays me to do it.
2. Some days I really don’t feel like it.
3. Some days the best thing that happened is crazy and huge, and too big to wrap my arms or my mind around.
4. Some days are downright rotten and it’s nearly impossible to think of something to write about.

Today, I found that there are some (apparently daily) readers here who are really annoyed by me, that I did this (because I can’t handle criticism and that’s “sad”), or talked about my friends’ cool apple orchard (I’m a corporate sellout). And you know—it’s totally okay for them to feel that way. Because there are about a million and a half other blogs out there that welcome anonymously tearing down people as if there are no consequences—but it’s not this one. I’m a real person, with real feelings, and a real life that I really enjoy and choose to share. This is not an advice column, a celebrity blog, a news source, or a how-to book. It’s my journal, and on its best days, a community for people like me who love Jesus, pancakes, old stuff, and long walks to talk to each other. If you’re not interested in being my friend, I’ll just keep deleting your inane comments and moderate my blog until you finally find someone else to bug. You, Anonymous in Ridgeland, Mississippi (thanks Google Analytics! Oops, corporate product placement?), are not welcome here.

I would just like to ask, kindly, that if you don’t like to see pictures of my family and stories about my (mostly boring) days, please. By all means. Find a new place to be a rain cloud, or even better—consider writing about the blessings in your own life. It might cure that desire of yours to smush other people’s happinesses.

Via The Year of Lettering

Now! Back to our regularly scheduled programming! After a delicious date night steak dinner:

We went to the mall. Where they were playing CHRISTMAS MUSIC AND WE WERE SO EXCITED!

And there was Christmas stuff everywhere!

Which means it’s coming soon!

Our new design, Eudora, made its debut in Southern Living’s sister publication, Southern Weddings magazine — in stores today! We’re so excited to see it in print!

Fittingly, it’s a design inspired by a peach orchard.



Friday, November 7th, 2014

Daily Journal

26 thoughts on “#1,786 Haters Gonna Hate + Mall Date.

  1. Don't let 'em keep you down! You and Ben are an inspiration and a breath of fresh air. Don't let the world get to you. Love God, Love People!


  2. I haven't commented here before. I am glad you realize someone always wants to rain on other people's parades. I love reading your blog every day. I really appreciate the wonderful view you have of Laurel and life. It has really helped me have a better appreciation for the small but fantastic things that happen in my life. Keep on keeping on!


  3. I don't understand why some people leave bad comments on blogs. If you don't like a blog…don't read it. I don't like every one that is out there that is for sure. I just stay away from those. Yours on the other hand is the first one I read every day. I like starting on a positive note. I like it that yours is not all DIY or product endorsement. I love your town. I hope that the tv show is a go even though I will never see it all the way up here in Nova Scotia, Canada. Ignore those negitive Nellies. I bet you are not the only thing they critique. I feel sorry for them that they are so unhappy.

  4. Really enjoyed the video! Also…I received my Glad Tidings of Great Joy cards this week and I LOVE them! Thank you so much! It's always interesting when people anonymously talk trash – and of course, that's what it is – trash. Glad you're above it! Deb

  5. I'm constantly amazed by people, in both good and bad ways. I, too, read your blog first and can't wait for the next installment! I appreciate your determination to find something good in each day and like the reader above stated, it helps me to remember to do that as well. You and Ben (and other young couples and families) are making a difference in our beloved Laurel. Keep up the fantastic work!

  6. Well said and well done! I LOVE your blog. You are the sweetest ,kindest , daughter , sister , wife and friend! Don't go anywhere. You're a breath of fresh air.

  7. Oh my goodness! Sad little life when all you have to do is hurt others. They need prayer and someone else to bother.
    You are, as others have said "a breath of fresh air". You have helped me to see how wonderful our big circle of friends are just by the way you appreciate yours. I love seeing them in your blogs and Mal looks amazing by the way – motherhood agrees with her. There are always going to be "those people" but there are fewer like you, who choose to see the best in life. You make us want to visit Laurel and I can't say it would ever be on my bucket list without your devotion and committment to talk about your special relationship with the home town you love and adore. Just keep doing what you're doing and ignore the negatives. Shake it off!! BTW, I am in Ohio and plan to visit the apple place you did the work for – see how small the world really is??? xoxo

    • This is amazing! I so hope that if nothing else, maybe the junk I write will make someone else think of how special it is to have great friends who are more like a family. And I'm so jealous you'll get to meet Brooke and her family at Quarry Hill in person! Aghhh!

  8. You Go, Girl!!! 🙂 Keep spreading the sunshine & contentment because it's working and it's contagious! I love your blog.

  9. I'm an old lady originally from your hometown but living elsewhere who loves your blog. Honey, you keep your chin up and keep writing your words for those of us who want to share your best days (and worst ones, too). You are a joy, an old soul in a young body and a delight I enjoy from the comfort of my home thanks to Al Gore (cause we all know he invented the internet!).

  10. The peach orchard wedding photos are a fitting end to the whole event…..and made me smile. Thanks for staying positive. Your gratitude helps me remember to be thankful for all the little good things in my life. And in the end, life is made up of millions of small things.


    P.S. I am trying to refrain from playing Christmas music yet.

  11. Erin I'm a reader from Australia and I just wanted to let you know that your blog brings me such joy. We're a million miles apart and lead very different lives but your words and your outlook on life are so inspiring, I always look forward to having time to look at your posts!

    It's such a beautiful thing that the blog can bring happiness to your own life and so truly special that it can brighten so many other lives, I hope the haters haven't weighed on your mind too long 🙂

  12. I am seriously jealous of all the Christmas stuff you can buy in the USA. Seriously. I want the same around here as well. Could you put in a good word? 😉

    I'm with all the good people above me here: haters gonna hate, as you put it yourself, don't let them pull you down. I think you did a great job by deleting and/or blocking them and come on, they should be old and wise enough to realise that if your life and the way you handle it is not what they want to read about, they should pick another blog. Ignore, I'd say. We're all fans!

  13. The cool thing about reading a blog (or ANYthing for that matter)….If you don't like it, you can move on and find something you do like. Perhaps an etiquette book.

    #team make something good

  14. The ones that have the need to write something negative-it's a statement about just how sad their own lives must be. They can't be too happy with themselves if they can't be happy for others. Keep on doing what you do. I ditto what others have said. You are a breath of fresh air, nothing phony. We'd be good friends if I knew you. Let's just say we are good blog friends.

    Your friend,
    Pat in Chicago

  15. If you can't say anything nice – don't say anything at all. Anonymous in Ridgeland, MS needs to "shut-it". I love your blog and can't wait to read it every day. Thanks for putting yourself out there. (((HUGS)))

  16. Just one or two bad reviews of your products, and one or two haters on your blog really shouldn't ruin your day! Rest assured they are in the minority. And just by glancing over all the positive comments and reviews you'll see the truth!

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