#2,300 Mama.

She encouraged me to be creative when other mamas encouraged doing what it took to be the most popular. She is tender hearted and smart and never told us we were better than anyone. She’s a writer with a southern voice that reminds me of Fannie Flagg and Lewis Grizzard, my biggest encourager who made art with me after school and sat beside me on the bus to Washington DC in 6th grade when no one else would. I call her 3 times a day to tell her everything and nothing, and we share large Chick-Fil-A fries over lunch a […]


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She encouraged me to be creative when other mamas encouraged doing what it took to be the most popular. She is tender hearted and smart and never told us we were better than anyone. She’s a writer with a southern voice that reminds me of Fannie Flagg and Lewis Grizzard, my biggest encourager who made art with me after school and sat beside me on the bus to Washington DC in 6th grade when no one else would. I call her 3 times a day to tell her everything and nothing, and we share large Chick-Fil-A fries over lunch a […]


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Sunday, May 14th, 2017

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#2,288 Carson Table.

Tonight the Carson episode aired and we were finally able to share the chef’s table Ben built this season that was so beautiful we made 2 more that we use for the checkout counters in the Mercantile.  Oh, I wish you could all touch it and see what fine craftsmanship went into it! P.S. If you think of it, please say a prayer for my uncle Dale (aka Ole Miss’s lucky charm against Bama). He’s in the hospital after undergoing emergency surgery for an aneurysm and we all love him dearly and hope he has a speedy recovery. He and […]


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Tonight the Carson episode aired and we were finally able to share the chef’s table Ben built this season that was so beautiful we made 2 more that we use for the checkout counters in the Mercantile.  Oh, I wish you could all touch it and see what fine craftsmanship went into it! P.S. If you think of it, please say a prayer for my uncle Dale (aka Ole Miss’s lucky charm against Bama). He’s in the hospital after undergoing emergency surgery for an aneurysm and we all love him dearly and hope he has a speedy recovery. He and […]


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Tuesday, May 2nd, 2017

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#2,285 Out in the Woods.

It was a beautiful morning on the porch. But I found myself craving the country and a trip out to mama’s, so we did. And when we got there, we headed onto the trails in the woods to see what daddy was clearing with his tractor. Afterward, we told Jerry Clower stories and laughed until we cried (“Just shoot up in here amongst us—one of us has GOT to have some relief!”) and had a fresh grilled dinner on their back porch while fireflies flickered (and lovebugs prodded) around us, the frogs croaked, the crickets creaked. I know our days […]


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It was a beautiful morning on the porch. But I found myself craving the country and a trip out to mama’s, so we did. And when we got there, we headed onto the trails in the woods to see what daddy was clearing with his tractor. Afterward, we told Jerry Clower stories and laughed until we cried (“Just shoot up in here amongst us—one of us has GOT to have some relief!”) and had a fresh grilled dinner on their back porch while fireflies flickered (and lovebugs prodded) around us, the frogs croaked, the crickets creaked. I know our days […]


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Saturday, April 29th, 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 […]


Erin

Sunday, April 16th, 2017

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#2,270 The Sam Napiers at the Beach.

Sam and his family just happened to be coming down here with Lyn’s parents today by some wonderful coincidence, so of course we had to have a cookout. Sam and Lyn’s dad enter BBQ competitions and win every time, so I requested their famous grilled chicken. We learned about why Mr. Charles has 9 fingers and 9 toes and screamed laughing at Ben and Sam’s stories of getting in trouble and the inevitable whoopins that followed. My mama hasn’t ever gotten to spend much time with them and I loved the chance for our families to spend a few hours […]


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Sam and his family just happened to be coming down here with Lyn’s parents today by some wonderful coincidence, so of course we had to have a cookout. Sam and Lyn’s dad enter BBQ competitions and win every time, so I requested their famous grilled chicken. We learned about why Mr. Charles has 9 fingers and 9 toes and screamed laughing at Ben and Sam’s stories of getting in trouble and the inevitable whoopins that followed. My mama hasn’t ever gotten to spend much time with them and I loved the chance for our families to spend a few hours […]


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Friday, April 14th, 2017

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#2,262 Late Morning + Day at the Store.

We slept in this morning since on Tuesday nights we stay up waaaay too late, too wired to sleep. When we woke up, Ben’s mama was working at her laptop in the living room sipping coffee and watching the news. I found the mountain of clean laundry I’ve been putting off for a week had been folded and separated and I stood there feeling grateful for a mama in law who would never guilt or criticize us for this and who eats red bell peppers dipped in ranch with me. I got lucky marrying into Ben’s family who have always […]


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We slept in this morning since on Tuesday nights we stay up waaaay too late, too wired to sleep. When we woke up, Ben’s mama was working at her laptop in the living room sipping coffee and watching the news. I found the mountain of clean laundry I’ve been putting off for a week had been folded and separated and I stood there feeling grateful for a mama in law who would never guilt or criticize us for this and who eats red bell peppers dipped in ranch with me. I got lucky marrying into Ben’s family who have always […]


Erin

Thursday, April 6th, 2017

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#2,624 Day Off with Sam and Lyn.

Ben’s big brother and his family are out of school for the week for Mardi Gras so we spent today with them, hanging around Laurel and the Mercantile then we followed them south to Hattiesburg on their way back home for dinner at Tabella. We only have days like these spent with Sam, Lyn, and the kids once in a blue moon and  they’re always some of my favorite times with them. Ellie has asked to be a checkout girl at the Mercantile for her spring break in a few weeks, which I’m tickled to death about. Today she followed […]


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Ben’s big brother and his family are out of school for the week for Mardi Gras so we spent today with them, hanging around Laurel and the Mercantile then we followed them south to Hattiesburg on their way back home for dinner at Tabella. We only have days like these spent with Sam, Lyn, and the kids once in a blue moon and  they’re always some of my favorite times with them. Ellie has asked to be a checkout girl at the Mercantile for her spring break in a few weeks, which I’m tickled to death about. Today she followed […]


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Monday, February 27th, 2017

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#2,609 Sunday Dinner.

This morning we had the honor of participating in a short film that will be part of the Museum of Mississippi History later this year. They wanted to capture a Sunday dinner, to talk about how Mississippi’s stories are important to its future, and the making of such a spread meant we weren’t able to make it to church this morning. I thought about the Sunday dinners we had growing up, always around my grandparents’ table, and I knew I wanted today to feel like that. Mammaw isn’t able to cook these days, but that didn’t mean her traditions couldn’t […]


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This morning we had the honor of participating in a short film that will be part of the Museum of Mississippi History later this year. They wanted to capture a Sunday dinner, to talk about how Mississippi’s stories are important to its future, and the making of such a spread meant we weren’t able to make it to church this morning. I thought about the Sunday dinners we had growing up, always around my grandparents’ table, and I knew I wanted today to feel like that. Mammaw isn’t able to cook these days, but that didn’t mean her traditions couldn’t […]


Erin

Sunday, February 12th, 2017

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#2,601 Clark’s 40th.

Next week, my big brother will turn 40 years old. Look at us—we haven’t aged at all, right?! For a milestone year like this, we decided to surprise him at mama’s house! There was an Italian feast—my spaghetti and meatballs and mama’s lasagna and 2 kinds of salad: Before Ben said the blessing, he announced we would all tell our favorite story about Clark. Daddy, Uncle Dale, Mr. Gordon  and Jim were the only ones who went before we decided we were too hungry for sentimentality and got busy eating. Our handsome boy is a BIG FAN of spaghetti and meatballs. […]


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Next week, my big brother will turn 40 years old. Look at us—we haven’t aged at all, right?! For a milestone year like this, we decided to surprise him at mama’s house! There was an Italian feast—my spaghetti and meatballs and mama’s lasagna and 2 kinds of salad: Before Ben said the blessing, he announced we would all tell our favorite story about Clark. Daddy, Uncle Dale, Mr. Gordon  and Jim were the only ones who went before we decided we were too hungry for sentimentality and got busy eating. Our handsome boy is a BIG FAN of spaghetti and meatballs. […]


Erin

Saturday, February 4th, 2017

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#2,599 Pappaw and Walker + Moving.

My daddy rarely visits me at work–he’s just too busy seeing patients to drop what he’s doing and get lunch with me during the weekdays. But mama and my nephew John Walker come by all the time. It makes my heart sing to hear him playing with the wooden toys under the hatchet case, making “vroom” sounds as he pushes Uncle Big’s truck across the rugs, while mama and I share Chick-Fil-A French fries and talk about who came in that morning. But today was special. Emily saw him walking past the windows and said, “Oooooh John Walker, you won’t […]


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My daddy rarely visits me at work–he’s just too busy seeing patients to drop what he’s doing and get lunch with me during the weekdays. But mama and my nephew John Walker come by all the time. It makes my heart sing to hear him playing with the wooden toys under the hatchet case, making “vroom” sounds as he pushes Uncle Big’s truck across the rugs, while mama and I share Chick-Fil-A French fries and talk about who came in that morning. But today was special. Emily saw him walking past the windows and said, “Oooooh John Walker, you won’t […]


Erin

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017

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