#2,389 Bedtime Reading.

Lately I’ve been reading Grace (Eventually) by Anne Lamott at bedtime, prompted by my friend Lisa who recommended her books when I realized I picked it up at a garage sale years ago and put it on the bookcase for someday. I find so much comfort in her raw, funny and honest writing. Her life in the past before she was a believer was rife with drugs and bad relationships, and while I can’t relate to those particular valleys, it’s easy to think of my own years as a rebellious teenager and as a lazy believer until halfway through college, […]


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Lately I’ve been reading Grace (Eventually) by Anne Lamott at bedtime, prompted by my friend Lisa who recommended her books when I realized I picked it up at a garage sale years ago and put it on the bookcase for someday. I find so much comfort in her raw, funny and honest writing. Her life in the past before she was a believer was rife with drugs and bad relationships, and while I can’t relate to those particular valleys, it’s easy to think of my own years as a rebellious teenager and as a lazy believer until halfway through college, […]


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Monday, August 14th, 2017

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#2,272 Resurrection Sunday.

I woke up this morning with one of my favorite hymns on my mind and it stuck with me all day: Up from the grave He arose, with a mighty triumph o’er His foes! We got to church early enough for a partial family portrait, though my parents who were visiting Methodists for the morning rolled in right on time for the service and missed the annual cross photo session. Not to worry though, I got this jewel after lunch! Later in the afternoon we celebrated the life of our dear friend Ross’s dad, Bit, and laid him to rest […]


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I woke up this morning with one of my favorite hymns on my mind and it stuck with me all day: Up from the grave He arose, with a mighty triumph o’er His foes! We got to church early enough for a partial family portrait, though my parents who were visiting Methodists for the morning rolled in right on time for the service and missed the annual cross photo session. Not to worry though, I got this jewel after lunch! Later in the afternoon we celebrated the life of our dear friend Ross’s dad, Bit, and laid him to rest […]


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Sunday, April 16th, 2017

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#2,647 Big Dreams.

Woah. I just reread my post from last night and it is painfully evident that I was barely lucid when writing it. Y’all. I really don’t remember ever being so tired in my whole life. “Wedding Tired” has now been surpassed by “Premiere Tired.” But today in the car on the way to a dinner we had a little opportunity to talk about the future and certain dreams and hopes for the Mercantile and for Scotsman Co. that we’ve not discussed before and it made my heart race–feeling so full of ideas after being so drained over the course of […]


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Woah. I just reread my post from last night and it is painfully evident that I was barely lucid when writing it. Y’all. I really don’t remember ever being so tired in my whole life. “Wedding Tired” has now been surpassed by “Premiere Tired.” But today in the car on the way to a dinner we had a little opportunity to talk about the future and certain dreams and hopes for the Mercantile and for Scotsman Co. that we’ve not discussed before and it made my heart race–feeling so full of ideas after being so drained over the course of […]


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Wednesday, March 22nd, 2017

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#2,645 The Last Normal Day.

I spent the day at the Mercantile with Mallorie and Emily, doing all we could to get the last kinks worked out in our brand new website before we gave the developers the greenlight to flip the switch. And now, here she is, our brand new online home. Soon, this journal will get a little makeover to go along with it, but for a little while it’ll stay the way it’s been. I’m excited to see it return to its old name that some of you longtime readers will remember: Make Something Good Today. But for now, there is this, and […]


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I spent the day at the Mercantile with Mallorie and Emily, doing all we could to get the last kinks worked out in our brand new website before we gave the developers the greenlight to flip the switch. And now, here she is, our brand new online home. Soon, this journal will get a little makeover to go along with it, but for a little while it’ll stay the way it’s been. I’m excited to see it return to its old name that some of you longtime readers will remember: Make Something Good Today. But for now, there is this, and […]


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Monday, March 20th, 2017

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#2,574 Choose the One Path.

This morning I woke up feeling troubled and a little anxious. I got dressed for church despite my desire to hide from the bitter cold in my fluffy warm bed, and I was handsomely rewarded by the feeling that washed over me sitting in the pew. The message was about how as humans we wish we could do it all, see it all, be anything we want to be… But it’s not possible. Time is short and we are too flawed and regular to do and to have every thing we want. We have to figure out that thing God […]


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This morning I woke up feeling troubled and a little anxious. I got dressed for church despite my desire to hide from the bitter cold in my fluffy warm bed, and I was handsomely rewarded by the feeling that washed over me sitting in the pew. The message was about how as humans we wish we could do it all, see it all, be anything we want to be… But it’s not possible. Time is short and we are too flawed and regular to do and to have every thing we want. We have to figure out that thing God […]


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Sunday, January 8th, 2017

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#2,572 First Friday.

Recently our church made the plan to start hosting a community prayer luncheon the first Friday of every month to pray for folks in our town who are trying to make an impact on the community and Ben and I were so honored to be the first guests today. Most of my family was able to come, despite our first winter ice storm in a long long time. I was feeling bit awkward at first because we like that the good we are doing is part of a bigger group effort and we struggle with being singled out, but to […]


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Recently our church made the plan to start hosting a community prayer luncheon the first Friday of every month to pray for folks in our town who are trying to make an impact on the community and Ben and I were so honored to be the first guests today. Most of my family was able to come, despite our first winter ice storm in a long long time. I was feeling bit awkward at first because we like that the good we are doing is part of a bigger group effort and we struggle with being singled out, but to […]


Erin

Friday, January 6th, 2017

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#2,566 Our Last Year of Normal.

In years past my year end reviews documented mostly small happenings that were deeply important to us, the long walks on cool days, the pasta for supper on the porch. There were flashes of greatness—moments bigger than ourselves that we could not see, at the time, connecting. But they were. They were all connecting and weaving this unbelievable story all along, right under our noses. This year was a little different from years past with huge milestone moments happening monthly that uprooted us from our routines and started to change what normalcy looks like for us. I don’t believe anyone ever […]


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In years past my year end reviews documented mostly small happenings that were deeply important to us, the long walks on cool days, the pasta for supper on the porch. There were flashes of greatness—moments bigger than ourselves that we could not see, at the time, connecting. But they were. They were all connecting and weaving this unbelievable story all along, right under our noses. This year was a little different from years past with huge milestone moments happening monthly that uprooted us from our routines and started to change what normalcy looks like for us. I don’t believe anyone ever […]


Erin

Saturday, December 31st, 2016

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#2,548 It’s A Wonderful Life.

Tonight we took the left over chicken noodle soup to my parents’ house to watch a movie together. Every year we do this, pick a Christmas movie to watch together and have dinner, just the four of us. This year we decided on It’s A Wonderful Life, and even though I’ve seen it a million times… Tonight I felt it more deeply than I ever have before. I felt my throat tighten and tears rushed to my eyes when Mary walks through the door followed by everyone George Bailey had ever been kind to in his entire life, there to help him in […]


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Tonight we took the left over chicken noodle soup to my parents’ house to watch a movie together. Every year we do this, pick a Christmas movie to watch together and have dinner, just the four of us. This year we decided on It’s A Wonderful Life, and even though I’ve seen it a million times… Tonight I felt it more deeply than I ever have before. I felt my throat tighten and tears rushed to my eyes when Mary walks through the door followed by everyone George Bailey had ever been kind to in his entire life, there to help him in […]


Erin

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016

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#2,545 Margie’s Wedding.

From 2005-2007, Ben began his work in student ministry at Booneville First United Methodist and we have the happiest memories of our time there. Tonight we saw two of those kids marry each other. Margie and Chase started dating when we were there, and tonight they became husband and wife. It’s a great privilege to spend years ministering to youth then watch them grow in faith and in their amazing careers and be there to see them marry their high school sweethearts. My heart could bust with love for Margie who was like my kid sister. I was only a […]


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From 2005-2007, Ben began his work in student ministry at Booneville First United Methodist and we have the happiest memories of our time there. Tonight we saw two of those kids marry each other. Margie and Chase started dating when we were there, and tonight they became husband and wife. It’s a great privilege to spend years ministering to youth then watch them grow in faith and in their amazing careers and be there to see them marry their high school sweethearts. My heart could bust with love for Margie who was like my kid sister. I was only a […]


Erin

Saturday, December 10th, 2016

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#2,536 Circle of Friends.

This sums up the the hours of hard work and excitement and disagreements and late night dinners and marathon business texts of the last 6 months. On May 13th of this year, we had an idea and made a plan. Today at the Mercantile, the 6 of us held hands with our first two employees, Ashliegh and Rob, and prayed together that it would be a blessing to our community and that He would lead us in every decision on this journey together. And we went to the town Christmas tree lighting with our friends Doug and Carly (remember them?) who are in town […]


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This sums up the the hours of hard work and excitement and disagreements and late night dinners and marathon business texts of the last 6 months. On May 13th of this year, we had an idea and made a plan. Today at the Mercantile, the 6 of us held hands with our first two employees, Ashliegh and Rob, and prayed together that it would be a blessing to our community and that He would lead us in every decision on this journey together. And we went to the town Christmas tree lighting with our friends Doug and Carly (remember them?) who are in town […]


Erin

Thursday, December 1st, 2016

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