#2,426 Magic Mother Goose.

After weeks of visiting my grandmother only to find her sleeping day and night, virtually unresponsive, our family and the doctors assumed she might have had another mini stroke and feared the worst. Even if we could wake her, she would gaze at us blankly, not sure why we were there. Mama and I were shocked to walk in to her room this morning to find her sitting up in a chair, lights on and sun shining through the windows, mostly back to her old self, as if nothing had happened all this time. Her hair was wild with sleep, […]


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After weeks of visiting my grandmother only to find her sleeping day and night, virtually unresponsive, our family and the doctors assumed she might have had another mini stroke and feared the worst. Even if we could wake her, she would gaze at us blankly, not sure why we were there. Mama and I were shocked to walk in to her room this morning to find her sitting up in a chair, lights on and sun shining through the windows, mostly back to her old self, as if nothing had happened all this time. Her hair was wild with sleep, […]


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Friday, September 22nd, 2017

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#2,413 Dating.

Lately, we have been so content to spend all our time together, just the two of us. In the years since we’ve been together, we seemed most often to find ourselves spending dinners that went late into the night with our dearest friends, talking about everything and nothing–an unending real life Seinfeld episode, just the way we liked it.  But these days we’ve found ourselves staying home more, making a date for two on the quiet nights we are away from set or the wood shop. The busier life gets, the more I’m drawing in to home and to Ben, […]


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Lately, we have been so content to spend all our time together, just the two of us. In the years since we’ve been together, we seemed most often to find ourselves spending dinners that went late into the night with our dearest friends, talking about everything and nothing–an unending real life Seinfeld episode, just the way we liked it.  But these days we’ve found ourselves staying home more, making a date for two on the quiet nights we are away from set or the wood shop. The busier life gets, the more I’m drawing in to home and to Ben, […]


Erin

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

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#2,409 Big is Home.

After three days away helping his parents get started on a laundry room renovation, Big finally came home today. I stood in the driveway at my parents’ house waiting for him and my heart leapt when I saw his old Chevy turn the corner. We had ribs and potatoes and green beans at my parents with Clark, Amanda and Walker: And now my world is back on its axis, at home with Ben, folding the laundry together.


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After three days away helping his parents get started on a laundry room renovation, Big finally came home today. I stood in the driveway at my parents’ house waiting for him and my heart leapt when I saw his old Chevy turn the corner. We had ribs and potatoes and green beans at my parents with Clark, Amanda and Walker: And now my world is back on its axis, at home with Ben, folding the laundry together.


Erin

Monday, September 4th, 2017

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#2,404 My 32nd Birthday.

Today I am 32 years old. At 6:45 am I ate the best almond croissant of my life, warm out of Sweet Somethings’ oven because Big didn’t want our birthday tradition to die just because the French patisserie closed. Mrs. Jamie went and learned the recipe from the baker so she could master French pastries, too.  There was another surprise tonight, but I couldn’t think of a thing in the world that I wanted.  But true to form, he topped himself. He built a cedar caddy for my fancy new almost-here bathtub and has started the new coffee table with […]


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Today I am 32 years old. At 6:45 am I ate the best almond croissant of my life, warm out of Sweet Somethings’ oven because Big didn’t want our birthday tradition to die just because the French patisserie closed. Mrs. Jamie went and learned the recipe from the baker so she could master French pastries, too.  There was another surprise tonight, but I couldn’t think of a thing in the world that I wanted.  But true to form, he topped himself. He built a cedar caddy for my fancy new almost-here bathtub and has started the new coffee table with […]


Erin

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

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#2,401 Grocery Surprise.

1. These are very hard to find around here so I was delighted to bring home a bag from the Laurel Kroger today: 2. I’m having sciatic nerve pain this weekend that’s got me down and Big has been taking such gentle care of me. He helps me up and down, and all around when he’s not in the woodshop making some surprise for my birthday that’s coming up Wednesday. 3. I’m thinking of our friends in Texas who are facing so much after the hurricane. I remember coming home to Laurel from Ole Miss 2 weeks after Katrina and […]


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1. These are very hard to find around here so I was delighted to bring home a bag from the Laurel Kroger today: 2. I’m having sciatic nerve pain this weekend that’s got me down and Big has been taking such gentle care of me. He helps me up and down, and all around when he’s not in the woodshop making some surprise for my birthday that’s coming up Wednesday. 3. I’m thinking of our friends in Texas who are facing so much after the hurricane. I remember coming home to Laurel from Ole Miss 2 weeks after Katrina and […]


Erin

Sunday, August 27th, 2017

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#2,390 A Bath.

It’s been 2 months since we started the renovation, and it will be 2 weeks until we have our bathroom again. Soaking in the tub at bedtime has been my ritual since 5th grade and I’ve been missing it. We’ve been filming for 3 weeks, and I’ve never been so tired after being on my feet for 12 hour days. Tonight when we wrapped Big told me we were going to my parents’ for supper. I didn’t notice he packed my pajamas until we got there and he went to mama’s fancy bathroom and started making a huge, fluffy bubble […]


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It’s been 2 months since we started the renovation, and it will be 2 weeks until we have our bathroom again. Soaking in the tub at bedtime has been my ritual since 5th grade and I’ve been missing it. We’ve been filming for 3 weeks, and I’ve never been so tired after being on my feet for 12 hour days. Tonight when we wrapped Big told me we were going to my parents’ for supper. I didn’t notice he packed my pajamas until we got there and he went to mama’s fancy bathroom and started making a huge, fluffy bubble […]


Erin

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

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#2,380 Date Night.

We had to run an errand in Hattiesburg after wrapping for the day which of course landed us at Tabella, our favorite, for a date night. We shared salads and meatballs, talking about the first week of filming (so tired) and how it felt to be back in the swing of things (like we never stopped). Earlier this week, we were talking about Darling magazine with Lindsay, about how cool their mission is to make content for women that’s uplifting and encouraging. And Ben told her his thoughts on feminism I suppose you could call it: "I guess because I […]


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We had to run an errand in Hattiesburg after wrapping for the day which of course landed us at Tabella, our favorite, for a date night. We shared salads and meatballs, talking about the first week of filming (so tired) and how it felt to be back in the swing of things (like we never stopped). Earlier this week, we were talking about Darling magazine with Lindsay, about how cool their mission is to make content for women that’s uplifting and encouraging. And Ben told her his thoughts on feminism I suppose you could call it: "I guess because I […]


Erin

Friday, August 4th, 2017

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#2,316 Egg McMuffin.

I said recently how much I love an egg McMuffin. How it’s been years since I had one. This morning when I woke up, Big surprised me with a homemade one: He even toasted the muffins. Isn’t it funny how the littlest thing can make a day so much better?


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I said recently how much I love an egg McMuffin. How it’s been years since I had one. This morning when I woke up, Big surprised me with a homemade one: He even toasted the muffins. Isn’t it funny how the littlest thing can make a day so much better?


Erin

Thursday, June 1st, 2017

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#2,312 Handyman.

We’ve recently started doing lots of odd jobs around our own house that we put off all those months during filming season one and the press tour that followed this spring. Now that we have some time at home, we’ve been so busy fixing this and that. It makes me especially thankful that Big is handy in so many ways–he always knows how to do what needs to be done, and I feel a swell of pride seeing his work. After sweating through the morning and eating lunch out at my parents, we came back into town for another swim. […]


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We’ve recently started doing lots of odd jobs around our own house that we put off all those months during filming season one and the press tour that followed this spring. Now that we have some time at home, we’ve been so busy fixing this and that. It makes me especially thankful that Big is handy in so many ways–he always knows how to do what needs to be done, and I feel a swell of pride seeing his work. After sweating through the morning and eating lunch out at my parents, we came back into town for another swim. […]


Erin

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

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#2,307 Swing.

For my birthday, several years ago, Ben made me a porch bed that I loved dearly. It’s served us well, even though the mattress became a haven for the neighborhood cats and it started to scratch the porch floor every time we rolled it aside to clean. After Bill and Jody’s episode aired I told him how badly I wanted him to make us a swing like theirs, and today I got my wish. I can’t wait to see it finished with cushions from our friend, Adam Trest! It feels so fancy and… glidey if you know what I mean? 


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For my birthday, several years ago, Ben made me a porch bed that I loved dearly. It’s served us well, even though the mattress became a haven for the neighborhood cats and it started to scratch the porch floor every time we rolled it aside to clean. After Bill and Jody’s episode aired I told him how badly I wanted him to make us a swing like theirs, and today I got my wish. I can’t wait to see it finished with cushions from our friend, Adam Trest! It feels so fancy and… glidey if you know what I mean? 


Erin

Sunday, May 21st, 2017

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