Journal



#2,495 December First.

And just like that, it’s December already. Somehow.  This year flew past faster than any year has before. Our last childless year. Tomorrow, Pancake Day, will be the one year anniversary of our opening the Laurel Mercantile. It’s been a year filled with so much surprise and hard work and magic.  I wonder what magic we will find when we become parents next month. Read More



#2,494 Tree Lighting.

I’m so glad we finished work in time to make it to the town Christmas tree lighting. We barely made it in time! Read More



#2,482 Holiday Special.

We spent the day with our director Jim from season 1 putting together the super fun Home Town holiday special that’s coming in a few weeks! I’ll keep y’all posted on air times as soon as we know. Now I hope we will see you at The Market Beautiful tomorrow (today, if you’re reading on Saturday) when we speak at noon and have a meet and greet inside the Mercantile from 2-3 pm.  Read More



#2,476 Birthday Day + Mimmo’s.

Today was magical, beginning to end.  I’m so tired from having fun from sun up to sun down whilst growing a baby girl, so I will let the pictures tell you the story of the day we went to Sam’s 3rd birthday party at Josh and Em’s when it was brisk and smelled like logs on the fire : Then Walker’s Star Wars 4th birthday party at my brother’s house where mama and I happened to be accidental twins... Read More



#2,475 Pearl’s.

Our friend Josh (Ben’s college roommate and 1/3rd partner in the Mercantile whom y’all have gotten to know on Home Town) has invested so much of himself in downtown Laurel and today we got to enjoy the fruits of it. I can’t believe we have a place like The Pearl Diner for lunch with the best mac and cheese on the planet! And I can’t believe there is a toy store and a men’s store right across the... Read More



#2,472 Me and Baker.

After filming wrapped, Ben went to the gym to lift weights but all I wanted to do was take a long walk to make my heart beat fast. He worries about me and Helen going alone anywhere these days. Then we remembered he’s not the only protective man in my life, and my 150 lb. pup escorted me on an adventure while Chevy stuck around the house–not much on walking for long like his brother. I talked to... Read More



#2,447 When the Smoke Clears.

This afternoon at 1:00, I stood in shock with our friends and neighbors watching as Cafe La Fleur–one of Laurel’s most beloved longtime downtown restaurants, along with our friends’ upstairs apartment was burning, smoke billowing from the windows. I never felt so helpless in my life. Watching Landon and Matt, hands over their mouths each staring at something different–one his home and the other... Read More



#2,445 Lee’s for Supper.

For years Lee’s Coffee and Tea has been the center of the universe for downtown Laurel at lunch but they always closed at 4:30 which meant it was never a supper option… Until now. And all I wanted in this whole great big world for supper tonight was Lee’s chicken salad on a croissant. I was at the studio getting a little work done when Ben decided he wanted to grab coffee, so we walked downstairs... Read More



#2,451 Loblolly 2017.

Even with a hurricane bearing down on us, nothing could stop the Loblolly Festival. For the first time ever, we filmed a scene there! Ben was dressed as the lumberjack, as he is ever year, but this time y’all will all get to be there for it. How fun is that? Read More



#2,443 Country Living.

So do y’all remember last November when I wrote about the Friendsgiving supper we had downtown? We had some very special guests in attendance that I couldn’t share at the time. Country Living magazine! I can’t believe the 10-page spread about our little corner of the world and am so grateful for it. Y’all pick up a copy of the November issue and it’ll be just like coming home to Laurel! Read More