#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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#2,636 Day out with Mama.

It’s been nearly a year since I last had a manicure so mama and I went to the nail salon today to treat ourselves as Ben and I have some press stuff coming up this week that’s really exciting and I need to look like I take care of my hands once in a while. A really weird thing happened while he was painting my nails. They keep it on HGTV all day in this salon. And I heard our voices. And lo and behold… And it was WEIRD. Afterward, we went to Bath and Body Works and proceeded to buy […]


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It’s been nearly a year since I last had a manicure so mama and I went to the nail salon today to treat ourselves as Ben and I have some press stuff coming up this week that’s really exciting and I need to look like I take care of my hands once in a while. A really weird thing happened while he was painting my nails. They keep it on HGTV all day in this salon. And I heard our voices. And lo and behold… And it was WEIRD. Afterward, we went to Bath and Body Works and proceeded to buy […]


Erin

Saturday, March 11th, 2017

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#2,616 Mama Walks + The Idea.

It’s becoming a Sunday afternoon ritual for mama and I to take a 3 mile walk together, which reminds me of the day I began this journal, except today it was 82 degrees. She wore a tank top. I wore shorts. We both were sweaty 10 minutes into it. As much as I enjoy these walks, I would enjoy just a few more weeks of cold weather if we could get it! And then tonight at dinner with the Mercantile framily, we got into this conversation about what our biggest and wildest dreams for this company are, and how it all […]


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It’s becoming a Sunday afternoon ritual for mama and I to take a 3 mile walk together, which reminds me of the day I began this journal, except today it was 82 degrees. She wore a tank top. I wore shorts. We both were sweaty 10 minutes into it. As much as I enjoy these walks, I would enjoy just a few more weeks of cold weather if we could get it! And then tonight at dinner with the Mercantile framily, we got into this conversation about what our biggest and wildest dreams for this company are, and how it all […]


Erin

Sunday, February 19th, 2017

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#2,580 False Spring + Mama Mimmo’s.

It looks like this week is going to fake us out and feel like late April with highs in the upper 70s, which means I did the only thing I could do this morning on the way out the door. Boots would not do. We spent a few hours at the Mercantile greeting the Saturday visitors, then headed home to do some very serious backyard maintenance. It’s an understatement to say we’ve been a little busy since the leaves started to fall back in October. And, well, maybe we never got around to doing something about our yard that looks as […]


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It looks like this week is going to fake us out and feel like late April with highs in the upper 70s, which means I did the only thing I could do this morning on the way out the door. Boots would not do. We spent a few hours at the Mercantile greeting the Saturday visitors, then headed home to do some very serious backyard maintenance. It’s an understatement to say we’ve been a little busy since the leaves started to fall back in October. And, well, maybe we never got around to doing something about our yard that looks as […]


Erin

Saturday, January 14th, 2017

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#2,555 Christmas Lunch at the Y.

In Laurel, we don’t have a YMCA. No, we have something much fancier and sweeter. We have the YWCO. And besides the famous Pancake Day on the first Saturday in December, they also host a delicious lunch every Tuesday from 11-1 that my aunts absolutely LOVE attending. Today mama and I joined them for the annual YWCO Christmas Lunch, and we had turkey, dressing, and sparkling conversation about topics including bunions, leggings, and Pearl Harbor. It is important to note we are all working with fluorescent overhead lighting in this photo. #havemercy It tickles me to spend time with these […]


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In Laurel, we don’t have a YMCA. No, we have something much fancier and sweeter. We have the YWCO. And besides the famous Pancake Day on the first Saturday in December, they also host a delicious lunch every Tuesday from 11-1 that my aunts absolutely LOVE attending. Today mama and I joined them for the annual YWCO Christmas Lunch, and we had turkey, dressing, and sparkling conversation about topics including bunions, leggings, and Pearl Harbor. It is important to note we are all working with fluorescent overhead lighting in this photo. #havemercy It tickles me to spend time with these […]


Erin

Tuesday, December 20th, 2016

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#2,507 Walking + Saying Goodbye.

It was our first day back in the real world without cameras to capture it, and it felt so good to not put on makeup until lunch, to take my time this morning being at home. Mama stopped by the house this morning and we ended up spontaneously taking a 3 mile walk all over downtown together. It’s been a long time since she came and went for a walk with me and it felt so good to tell her every little thing that’s on my mind, and what’s happening with the Mercantile. Which happens to be a LOT, today. […]


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It was our first day back in the real world without cameras to capture it, and it felt so good to not put on makeup until lunch, to take my time this morning being at home. Mama stopped by the house this morning and we ended up spontaneously taking a 3 mile walk all over downtown together. It’s been a long time since she came and went for a walk with me and it felt so good to tell her every little thing that’s on my mind, and what’s happening with the Mercantile. Which happens to be a LOT, today. […]


Erin

Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016

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#2,493 Girl Time.

I got to spend the morning with my mama and Mallorie hanging wallpaper and it was amazing to learn the process from mom and share that with my best friend. Mama wrote a column once about how there are friends, good friends, and wallpaper friends. Those are the forever friends in our lives who endure anything. Even windows that are 5 inches from another wall. 


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I got to spend the morning with my mama and Mallorie hanging wallpaper and it was amazing to learn the process from mom and share that with my best friend. Mama wrote a column once about how there are friends, good friends, and wallpaper friends. Those are the forever friends in our lives who endure anything. Even windows that are 5 inches from another wall. 


Erin

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

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#2,444 Late Bird + Family Supper.

We got to sleep in late this morning. And it was GLORIOUS. I ate cereal, leisurely, from a mug, and then walked the dogs. I really needed a slow morning so badly after being sick and hustling through these reveals this week. One more for block 2 to go tomorrow! And at 6:30 as I was knee deep in move-in day craziness my mama texted and asked, “When are y’all coming?” I had completely forgotten she was making lasagna for supper tonight and so we ran out to their house for dinner with them, Clark, Amanda and Walker. Her lasagna is […]


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We got to sleep in late this morning. And it was GLORIOUS. I ate cereal, leisurely, from a mug, and then walked the dogs. I really needed a slow morning so badly after being sick and hustling through these reveals this week. One more for block 2 to go tomorrow! And at 6:30 as I was knee deep in move-in day craziness my mama texted and asked, “When are y’all coming?” I had completely forgotten she was making lasagna for supper tonight and so we ran out to their house for dinner with them, Clark, Amanda and Walker. Her lasagna is […]


Erin

Wednesday, August 31st, 2016

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#2,329 Mama’s Day + Cleanup.

We had a huge spread for Mother’s Day lunch at Jim’s parents’ house after church, and I tried my best to restrain myself from the pans of dressing, fried chicken, and cherry pie… with dismal results. It was so delicious, and therefore, worth skipping supper for. I got to share it with my little mama, my tiny twin, our cheering section, who gave me my tender heart and a level head, who taught me how to make a house a home by filling it with our family’s history, who loves us all so well and counts Ben just like he were her own, […]


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We had a huge spread for Mother’s Day lunch at Jim’s parents’ house after church, and I tried my best to restrain myself from the pans of dressing, fried chicken, and cherry pie… with dismal results. It was so delicious, and therefore, worth skipping supper for. I got to share it with my little mama, my tiny twin, our cheering section, who gave me my tender heart and a level head, who taught me how to make a house a home by filling it with our family’s history, who loves us all so well and counts Ben just like he were her own, […]


Erin

Sunday, May 8th, 2016

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#2,124 Happy Birthday, Mama.

Quietly and without fanfare or freak out, my sweet little mama turned 60 years old today. In my mind’s eye, she’ll never be older than 35 years old, when I remember spending every afternoon doing crafts, making things (usually involving glitter and glue), writing the alphabet with my tiny fingers in the soapy bubbles on her back in the bathtub, letting her guess the letters. She’s always been a nurturing mama, but not the kind to make us feel too proud of ourselves, either. If we messed up, we were responsible, and even as adults when something isn’t going right […]


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Quietly and without fanfare or freak out, my sweet little mama turned 60 years old today. In my mind’s eye, she’ll never be older than 35 years old, when I remember spending every afternoon doing crafts, making things (usually involving glitter and glue), writing the alphabet with my tiny fingers in the soapy bubbles on her back in the bathtub, letting her guess the letters. She’s always been a nurturing mama, but not the kind to make us feel too proud of ourselves, either. If we messed up, we were responsible, and even as adults when something isn’t going right […]


Erin

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

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