#2,463 Protectors.

We went to see Mammaw today at her nursing home. She’s been declining, I’m sad to say. She’s sleeping most of the day and night and has mostly lost her appetite, but insists she’s feeling “good, good.” When we walked in this evening, she was sound asleep in bed with her supper on the tray in front of her, untouched. We woke her up gently and asked if she was hungry. She said no, but I started to spoon feed her soup and she said it was actually “pretty good.” One bite of of her sandwich was “plenty” and half […]


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We went to see Mammaw today at her nursing home. She’s been declining, I’m sad to say. She’s sleeping most of the day and night and has mostly lost her appetite, but insists she’s feeling “good, good.” When we walked in this evening, she was sound asleep in bed with her supper on the tray in front of her, untouched. We woke her up gently and asked if she was hungry. She said no, but I started to spoon feed her soup and she said it was actually “pretty good.” One bite of of her sandwich was “plenty” and half […]


Erin

Sunday, October 29th, 2017

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#2,459 Together.

We are in the midst of the most grueling schedule of our lives and we’re prioritizing things we’ve never had to before: clean clothes, dishes, family, the Mercantile, our friends. Those things used to be the given that everything else moved around, but because of Helen’s impending arrival, season 2 that we were going to have 6 months to make is being packed into 4.5 months. Which changes your life, and the things you’ve always done and took for granted now seem luxurious. It’s harder on our entire amazing, talented, gracious team, and we are only a small part of […]


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We are in the midst of the most grueling schedule of our lives and we’re prioritizing things we’ve never had to before: clean clothes, dishes, family, the Mercantile, our friends. Those things used to be the given that everything else moved around, but because of Helen’s impending arrival, season 2 that we were going to have 6 months to make is being packed into 4.5 months. Which changes your life, and the things you’ve always done and took for granted now seem luxurious. It’s harder on our entire amazing, talented, gracious team, and we are only a small part of […]


Erin

Wednesday, October 25th, 2017

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#2,451 Things I’ve Relished.

We’ve had several months of the sweetest secrecy and radio silence about the most important thing that’s ever happened to us. I’ve relished so much about it, but most of all, the way Ben has been caring for Helen and me every minute of every day. From the moment we found out, he’s been so conscious of my every move—so cautious. As it turns out, I do have a condition that puts me at risk for pre-term labor, and his awareness of this has made him into the sweetest protector. He holds my hand, always. He helps me into and out […]


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We’ve had several months of the sweetest secrecy and radio silence about the most important thing that’s ever happened to us. I’ve relished so much about it, but most of all, the way Ben has been caring for Helen and me every minute of every day. From the moment we found out, he’s been so conscious of my every move—so cautious. As it turns out, I do have a condition that puts me at risk for pre-term labor, and his awareness of this has made him into the sweetest protector. He holds my hand, always. He helps me into and out […]


Erin

Tuesday, October 17th, 2017

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#2,425 Sickness and in Health.

It’s kind of hilarious that in the same week, Ben and I have both gotten down in our backs: for him, a sudden twist of his back with a lot of weight at the gym ended up with a snap-crack-pop and a swollen disc. For me: my sciatic nerve is being weird again, and I never know when it will strike. Today it’s shooting paint in my right leg when I take a step, yesterday it was my left. The great news is: we had a half day of filming today and no filming tomorrow through Sunday when we get […]


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It’s kind of hilarious that in the same week, Ben and I have both gotten down in our backs: for him, a sudden twist of his back with a lot of weight at the gym ended up with a snap-crack-pop and a swollen disc. For me: my sciatic nerve is being weird again, and I never know when it will strike. Today it’s shooting paint in my right leg when I take a step, yesterday it was my left. The great news is: we had a half day of filming today and no filming tomorrow through Sunday when we get […]


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Thursday, September 21st, 2017

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#2,414 Sorting Laundry.

I read this poem in my high school AP English textbook and even though I was too young and inexperienced to relate to it, it made my heart seize and I imagined in that instant the feeling of having a life with someone like that. Sunday nights, Ben lugs the clean laundry baskets into the living room and we sit side by side, watching Parenthood, folding and sorting together, putting it all away so we have clean clothes for the very busy week. “Sorting Laundry” by Elisavietta Ritchie Folding clothes,  I think of folding you into my life. Our king-sized […]


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I read this poem in my high school AP English textbook and even though I was too young and inexperienced to relate to it, it made my heart seize and I imagined in that instant the feeling of having a life with someone like that. Sunday nights, Ben lugs the clean laundry baskets into the living room and we sit side by side, watching Parenthood, folding and sorting together, putting it all away so we have clean clothes for the very busy week. “Sorting Laundry” by Elisavietta Ritchie Folding clothes,  I think of folding you into my life. Our king-sized […]


Erin

Sunday, September 10th, 2017

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#2,413 Dating.

Lately, we have been so content to spend all our time together, just the two of us. In the years since we’ve been together, we seemed most often to find ourselves spending dinners that went late into the night with our dearest friends, talking about everything and nothing–an unending real life Seinfeld episode, just the way we liked it.  But these days we’ve found ourselves staying home more, making a date for two on the quiet nights we are away from set or the wood shop. The busier life gets, the more I’m drawing in to home and to Ben, […]


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Lately, we have been so content to spend all our time together, just the two of us. In the years since we’ve been together, we seemed most often to find ourselves spending dinners that went late into the night with our dearest friends, talking about everything and nothing–an unending real life Seinfeld episode, just the way we liked it.  But these days we’ve found ourselves staying home more, making a date for two on the quiet nights we are away from set or the wood shop. The busier life gets, the more I’m drawing in to home and to Ben, […]


Erin

Saturday, September 9th, 2017

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#2,404 My 32nd Birthday.

Today I am 32 years old. At 6:45 am I ate the best almond croissant of my life, warm out of Sweet Somethings’ oven because Big didn’t want our birthday tradition to die just because the French patisserie closed. Mrs. Jamie went and learned the recipe from the baker so she could master French pastries, too.  There was another surprise tonight, but I couldn’t think of a thing in the world that I wanted.  But true to form, he topped himself. He built a cedar caddy for my fancy new almost-here bathtub and has started the new coffee table with […]


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Today I am 32 years old. At 6:45 am I ate the best almond croissant of my life, warm out of Sweet Somethings’ oven because Big didn’t want our birthday tradition to die just because the French patisserie closed. Mrs. Jamie went and learned the recipe from the baker so she could master French pastries, too.  There was another surprise tonight, but I couldn’t think of a thing in the world that I wanted.  But true to form, he topped himself. He built a cedar caddy for my fancy new almost-here bathtub and has started the new coffee table with […]


Erin

Wednesday, August 30th, 2017

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#2,390 A Bath.

It’s been 2 months since we started the renovation, and it will be 2 weeks until we have our bathroom again. Soaking in the tub at bedtime has been my ritual since 5th grade and I’ve been missing it. We’ve been filming for 3 weeks, and I’ve never been so tired after being on my feet for 12 hour days. Tonight when we wrapped Big told me we were going to my parents’ for supper. I didn’t notice he packed my pajamas until we got there and he went to mama’s fancy bathroom and started making a huge, fluffy bubble […]


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It’s been 2 months since we started the renovation, and it will be 2 weeks until we have our bathroom again. Soaking in the tub at bedtime has been my ritual since 5th grade and I’ve been missing it. We’ve been filming for 3 weeks, and I’ve never been so tired after being on my feet for 12 hour days. Tonight when we wrapped Big told me we were going to my parents’ for supper. I didn’t notice he packed my pajamas until we got there and he went to mama’s fancy bathroom and started making a huge, fluffy bubble […]


Erin

Tuesday, August 15th, 2017

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#2,380 Date Night.

We had to run an errand in Hattiesburg after wrapping for the day which of course landed us at Tabella, our favorite, for a date night. We shared salads and meatballs, talking about the first week of filming (so tired) and how it felt to be back in the swing of things (like we never stopped). Earlier this week, we were talking about Darling magazine with Lindsay, about how cool their mission is to make content for women that’s uplifting and encouraging. And Ben told her his thoughts on feminism I suppose you could call it: "I guess because I […]


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We had to run an errand in Hattiesburg after wrapping for the day which of course landed us at Tabella, our favorite, for a date night. We shared salads and meatballs, talking about the first week of filming (so tired) and how it felt to be back in the swing of things (like we never stopped). Earlier this week, we were talking about Darling magazine with Lindsay, about how cool their mission is to make content for women that’s uplifting and encouraging. And Ben told her his thoughts on feminism I suppose you could call it: "I guess because I […]


Erin

Friday, August 4th, 2017

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#2,312 Handyman.

We’ve recently started doing lots of odd jobs around our own house that we put off all those months during filming season one and the press tour that followed this spring. Now that we have some time at home, we’ve been so busy fixing this and that. It makes me especially thankful that Big is handy in so many ways–he always knows how to do what needs to be done, and I feel a swell of pride seeing his work. After sweating through the morning and eating lunch out at my parents, we came back into town for another swim. […]


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We’ve recently started doing lots of odd jobs around our own house that we put off all those months during filming season one and the press tour that followed this spring. Now that we have some time at home, we’ve been so busy fixing this and that. It makes me especially thankful that Big is handy in so many ways–he always knows how to do what needs to be done, and I feel a swell of pride seeing his work. After sweating through the morning and eating lunch out at my parents, we came back into town for another swim. […]


Erin

Saturday, May 27th, 2017

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