#1,847 Laurel Folks + Jimmy Don + Kory.

I spent the entire day working feverishly on a promotional project for the city, and I was also compiling this little thing below. I talked to a couple friends in person, and asked people on facebook to text me videos telling me what’s special about Laurel to them. It makes my heart feel full hearing their words—some nervous, some practiced, some silly, and all with the same thoughts: We just really do love this town. Despite so many folks who were even born and raised here that have lost faith in Laurel, there’s a very real revival happening that’s getting bigger every day. I’m so tired of hearing unfounded rumors and perceptions about my little town from people who’ve never lived in it or who have a negative opinion about literally everything. I’m so over it.

And so, thank you so very much to James (from California), Jana, Mr. George (born here but lived in Rome and NYC for a long time), Ross (from Stringer), Aubrey (from Hattiesburg), Anicia (from California), Josh, Laura (from Stringer), Mr. Randy, Jessica (from Alabama), Lauren (from California), Lauren and a cool bunch of kids from Maddox Elementary who all call Laurel, Mississippi HOME.

And also, because he doesn’t have a blog but sometimes wants to tell y’all about the best thing about his day too, I’ll share some news from my hairier half: Jimmy Don, the man who does the custom metal work for Chip and Jo on Fixer Upper, called Ben this afternoon to shoot the bull. For over an hour they talked about Chevy trucks and Waco and Laurel, and now I think they’re planning to become blood brothers.

It was a fun day. A really fun one. The cherry on top? You remember our trip to NYC last Christmas with Kory and Beth?

Tonight we watched our old rock star travel buddy give J. Lo “goosies” and win a golden ticket on American Idol. I couldn’t be happier for he and Beth and I’m going to be praying tonight that amazing opportunities will be in front of them because these sweet people deserve it all. His name was trending on social media tonight! You can watch the entire clip of it here! #korywheelerfan


Wednesday, January 7th, 2015

Daily Journal

8 thoughts on “#1,847 Laurel Folks + Jimmy Don + Kory.

  1. I love reading your blog. I am so excited about the things happening for Laurel. It definitely gives me an itch to move home.

    • I'm not saying anything, but I'm just saying… This spring would be the exactly perfect time to buy a house in the historic district. Like.. Around March. Just saying.

    • Aahhhh!!!! That is so tempting!! The historical district has always been my favorite part, along with downtown. That is the part I miss the most. I would love to come jump on board and be a part of the revival. 🙂 If not right now, hopefully soon enough.

  2. Great video – I am looking forward to watching American Idol this season! I am from Tupelo and first heard of you and your beautiful house from Hooked on Houses. I have followed your blog since then but I have never commented before, I am somewhat ashamed to admit. Anyway, I just wanted to say hello and to thank you for letting me have a little vicarious sneak peek into your life. Oh, and I also love Fixer Upper – I was so excited to find out they have another season for me to watch! Here's hoping your HGTV deal comes to fruition soon – I'll keep reading and watching for news. Tasha

    • Awww Tasha! I'm so glad you finally felt compelled to say "hello!" We're in Tupelo quite a lot visiting Ben's parents. Such a great town.

  3. Awesome video! We’ve lived in Laurel since October and absolutely love it! I also love getting the opportunity to set the haters straight when I get a “Really?” after someone asks how we like it ?. So looking forward to the show!

Comments are closed.