#2,424 Up With the Sun.

The hardest part about waking up early is getting ourselves in bed early. But the best thing about it is waking up with the sun when I’m taking my walks in the morning. Before it gets hot and before the cars and lawnmowers and saws fill the neighborhood with noise, it’s just me and the quiet padding of my footsteps and the sun so dim and new, you can look right at it.


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The hardest part about waking up early is getting ourselves in bed early. But the best thing about it is waking up with the sun when I’m taking my walks in the morning. Before it gets hot and before the cars and lawnmowers and saws fill the neighborhood with noise, it’s just me and the quiet padding of my footsteps and the sun so dim and new, you can look right at it.


Erin

Wednesday, September 20th, 2017

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#2,423 A Bath.

It’s dumb but I sorta feel like I might cry about how much I love our new bathroom. I want to show you everything but there are just a couple finishing touches left to do. In this season of life that’s so busy and intense, I can’t explain the joy of having this little paradise for a bath at the end of the day. The tub is a real showstopper. There will be a tour coming in the next few days! 


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It’s dumb but I sorta feel like I might cry about how much I love our new bathroom. I want to show you everything but there are just a couple finishing touches left to do. In this season of life that’s so busy and intense, I can’t explain the joy of having this little paradise for a bath at the end of the day. The tub is a real showstopper. There will be a tour coming in the next few days! 


Erin

Tuesday, September 19th, 2017

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#2,422 Tomorrow.

Tomorrow we will bring another family home for reveal #3. And tomorrow I just might be taking a bubble bath in our brand new bathroom for the first time. And I’m giddy beyond words. Fingers crossed!


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Tomorrow we will bring another family home for reveal #3. And tomorrow I just might be taking a bubble bath in our brand new bathroom for the first time. And I’m giddy beyond words. Fingers crossed!


Erin

Monday, September 18th, 2017

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#2,421 Shopping Trip.

Ben gave the bathroom door a coat of (oil based) paint and to get out of the fumes for the afternoon, we made a trip down to Hattiesburg to do a little shopping for fall even though it’s in the 90s again. I am choosing to be an optimist, henceforth I purchased 3 cardigans, a book, and got Ben to share a cup of cinnamon sugar pretzel nuggets with me because I couldn’t walk past the kiosk without buying them because of the smell that’s so wonderful it makes you think you might die without them. I didn’t get this […]


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Ben gave the bathroom door a coat of (oil based) paint and to get out of the fumes for the afternoon, we made a trip down to Hattiesburg to do a little shopping for fall even though it’s in the 90s again. I am choosing to be an optimist, henceforth I purchased 3 cardigans, a book, and got Ben to share a cup of cinnamon sugar pretzel nuggets with me because I couldn’t walk past the kiosk without buying them because of the smell that’s so wonderful it makes you think you might die without them. I didn’t get this […]


Erin

Sunday, September 17th, 2017

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#2,420 All My Favorites.

We got to spend the day making HGTV digital shorts with a tour of Laurel, the Mercantile, and Ben’s woodshop, meeting visitors from all over the country: You never know who we will run into on our baseball adventures!! ⚾️🛠🏡 #LaurelMS #HGTV #HomeTown #AdventuresOfMamaAndPoppa #MamaIsAMess A post shared by Heidi Allen Gatlin Smith (@heidifran) on Sep 16, 2017 at 8:41am PDT This. Just. Happened. 🙌🏻 Stopped in for some jerky and recognized the voices and then faces that could only belong to two of the kindest, sweetest people in #Laurel 💛 Ben & Erin you made our day! We love […]


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We got to spend the day making HGTV digital shorts with a tour of Laurel, the Mercantile, and Ben’s woodshop, meeting visitors from all over the country: You never know who we will run into on our baseball adventures!! ⚾️🛠🏡 #LaurelMS #HGTV #HomeTown #AdventuresOfMamaAndPoppa #MamaIsAMess A post shared by Heidi Allen Gatlin Smith (@heidifran) on Sep 16, 2017 at 8:41am PDT This. Just. Happened. 🙌🏻 Stopped in for some jerky and recognized the voices and then faces that could only belong to two of the kindest, sweetest people in #Laurel 💛 Ben & Erin you made our day! We love […]


Erin

Saturday, September 16th, 2017

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#2,419 Framily Supper.

After a long week of long hours, the framily got together (Amber came too!) for supper at the Blue Crab Grill and it felt good to laugh together (and steal crab legs off each other’s plates) for the first time in so many days.


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After a long week of long hours, the framily got together (Amber came too!) for supper at the Blue Crab Grill and it felt good to laugh together (and steal crab legs off each other’s plates) for the first time in so many days.


Erin

Friday, September 15th, 2017

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#2,418 Creeping Toward the Finish Line.

The first coat of paint is done in the bathroom! Surely this means we will be done by the end of next week? I can’t wait to show you everything when it’s done!


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The first coat of paint is done in the bathroom! Surely this means we will be done by the end of next week? I can’t wait to show you everything when it’s done!


Erin

Thursday, September 14th, 2017

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#2,417 Dressing House #2.

Tomorrow’s reveal is for a couple of dear friends and it was a joy to spend today padding around their house, dressing the dinner table, hanging the artwork, lovingly placing little surprises in every nook and cranny. Surprises like Candy the Crane. Whom Blake decided loves Jesus but still believes in ghosts. And I cackled.


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Tomorrow’s reveal is for a couple of dear friends and it was a joy to spend today padding around their house, dressing the dinner table, hanging the artwork, lovingly placing little surprises in every nook and cranny. Surprises like Candy the Crane. Whom Blake decided loves Jesus but still believes in ghosts. And I cackled.


Erin

Wednesday, September 13th, 2017

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#2,416 Soup Supper.

Before we ran out the door to our first reveal of the season this morning, we threw together vegetable beef stew in the crockpot and the smell was the best welcome home at the end of the day. Jesse and Lauren came over to eat with us with Sufjan Stevens on the radio and a cold breeze that made the wind chimes dance. Not surprisingly, I found myself (and my tired back) in my favorite spot on this earth–swinging under a cable knit blanket and Ben’s hand swaying me (almost) to sleep.


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Before we ran out the door to our first reveal of the season this morning, we threw together vegetable beef stew in the crockpot and the smell was the best welcome home at the end of the day. Jesse and Lauren came over to eat with us with Sufjan Stevens on the radio and a cold breeze that made the wind chimes dance. Not surprisingly, I found myself (and my tired back) in my favorite spot on this earth–swinging under a cable knit blanket and Ben’s hand swaying me (almost) to sleep.


Erin

Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

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#2,415 Reveal 1–Season 2.

Tomorrow is the first reveal of season 2 and my heart is full to bursting with thanks for our amazing team who always help us pull this thing off with our homeowners’ personalities and histories inspiring every decision. I can’t wait for you to see what’s behind me when it airs this winter!


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Tomorrow is the first reveal of season 2 and my heart is full to bursting with thanks for our amazing team who always help us pull this thing off with our homeowners’ personalities and histories inspiring every decision. I can’t wait for you to see what’s behind me when it airs this winter!


Erin

Monday, September 11th, 2017

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