#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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#2,395 Rose Colored Glasses.

So much happened today that I want to tell you about, but it’s just not time. Suffice it to say the eclipse occurred on a day when I was seeing through rose colored glasses for the first time ever. And life will never be the same.


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So much happened today that I want to tell you about, but it’s just not time. Suffice it to say the eclipse occurred on a day when I was seeing through rose colored glasses for the first time ever. And life will never be the same.


Erin

Monday, August 21st, 2017

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#2,393 Lucy’s Fourth.

Today was Lucy’s 4th birthday party–Moana themed, of course. I say that as if I know something about Moana when I, in fact, have never seen it, but apparently it’s kind of A THING among the little kid demographic. Mallorie turned their backyard into a luau and the August sun relented for a couple hours and gave us a breeze that felt more like late September, and all God’s people said “AMEN.” How has it been 4 years? Happy birthday, baby girl!


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Today was Lucy’s 4th birthday party–Moana themed, of course. I say that as if I know something about Moana when I, in fact, have never seen it, but apparently it’s kind of A THING among the little kid demographic. Mallorie turned their backyard into a luau and the August sun relented for a couple hours and gave us a breeze that felt more like late September, and all God’s people said “AMEN.” How has it been 4 years? Happy birthday, baby girl!


Erin

Saturday, August 19th, 2017

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#2,387 Jesse.

Ben’s baby brother is living here in Laurel these days, learning all the ropes of the woodshop and trying his hand at full time carpentry. When he’s not in the woodshop he’s always looking for anything to make a little extra money on the side, and I’m grateful that he doesn’t mind when we keep him busy around here helping us at our house while we are filming long hours every weekday. The backyard and garage both look incredible, and I walked outside to find him washing my very dusty and dirty car this morning. It’s so good to have […]


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Ben’s baby brother is living here in Laurel these days, learning all the ropes of the woodshop and trying his hand at full time carpentry. When he’s not in the woodshop he’s always looking for anything to make a little extra money on the side, and I’m grateful that he doesn’t mind when we keep him busy around here helping us at our house while we are filming long hours every weekday. The backyard and garage both look incredible, and I walked outside to find him washing my very dusty and dirty car this morning. It’s so good to have […]


Erin

Saturday, August 12th, 2017

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#2,357 Ellie is Ten.

We had a speaking engagement on the coast this afternoon that made it possible to stop by Sam and Lyn’s for our niece Ellie Claire’s birthday lunch. It’s not every day you turn 10 years old so we surprised her! And we’re so grateful we were given the opportunity to be part of the Mississippi Economic Development conference today, speaking on telling your story to tell the world about the towns we all love. 


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We had a speaking engagement on the coast this afternoon that made it possible to stop by Sam and Lyn’s for our niece Ellie Claire’s birthday lunch. It’s not every day you turn 10 years old so we surprised her! And we’re so grateful we were given the opportunity to be part of the Mississippi Economic Development conference today, speaking on telling your story to tell the world about the towns we all love. 


Erin

Wednesday, July 12th, 2017

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#2,340 Sunday in the Country.

Today was Ben’s daddy’s last Sunday at his church before he goes into retirement (again), though I don’t imagine he’s done with the pulpit forever. We all came up to be there in the pews for him this morning and as always, I was in awe of his message: people with scars on their lives are the ones with the best opportunity to share the light of Jesus. Perfection is intimidating, but painful experiences draw us closer to God and make Him accessible to those who watch us go through it. I’m proud to call him my daddy-in-law and I’m […]


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Today was Ben’s daddy’s last Sunday at his church before he goes into retirement (again), though I don’t imagine he’s done with the pulpit forever. We all came up to be there in the pews for him this morning and as always, I was in awe of his message: people with scars on their lives are the ones with the best opportunity to share the light of Jesus. Perfection is intimidating, but painful experiences draw us closer to God and make Him accessible to those who watch us go through it. I’m proud to call him my daddy-in-law and I’m […]


Erin

Sunday, June 25th, 2017

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#2,319 Family Reunion Lunch.

And once again, the Napier family reunion weekend has come and gone. I will always feel thankful to be part of Ben’s family. My own family is small enough that every birthday or holiday is a family reunion, so it’s cool to be part of a huge family on his side.


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And once again, the Napier family reunion weekend has come and gone. I will always feel thankful to be part of Ben’s family. My own family is small enough that every birthday or holiday is a family reunion, so it’s cool to be part of a huge family on his side.


Erin

Sunday, June 4th, 2017

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#2,318 Family Reunion Supper.

If you’ve been reading here for more than a year you know what the first weekend in June means… Napier family reunion! And Lyn and I accidentally wore almost the same outfit.  Tomorrow is when it really gets crunk.


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If you’ve been reading here for more than a year you know what the first weekend in June means… Napier family reunion! And Lyn and I accidentally wore almost the same outfit.  Tomorrow is when it really gets crunk.


Erin

Saturday, June 3rd, 2017

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#2,314 Memorial Day.

It’s become my family’s tradition to gather at mama and daddy’s house on the back porch to watch Saving Private Ryan while daddy and Clark smoke ribs. I’m so glad to see Uncle Dale recovering from his leg aneurysm surgery that gave us all such a scare. Porch parties are infinitely better with him there. Later, we play cornhole and listen to old country songs and songs that remind us of the ones who gave their lives for us all, like Dress Blues. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=euVyT0Qbl0k And I swear I can’t hear it without crying.


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It’s become my family’s tradition to gather at mama and daddy’s house on the back porch to watch Saving Private Ryan while daddy and Clark smoke ribs. I’m so glad to see Uncle Dale recovering from his leg aneurysm surgery that gave us all such a scare. Porch parties are infinitely better with him there. Later, we play cornhole and listen to old country songs and songs that remind us of the ones who gave their lives for us all, like Dress Blues. https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=euVyT0Qbl0k And I swear I can’t hear it without crying.


Erin

Monday, May 29th, 2017

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#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 […]


Erin

Sunday, May 14th, 2017

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