#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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#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 […]


Erin

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 […]


Erin

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 […]


Erin

Friday, April 14th, 2017

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