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Twins? Um, not so much.

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I have officially worn out my favorite jeans. I bought them just before Christmas a year ago. And I have probably worn them 300 of the last 365 days. No exaggeration. They fit perfectly and are very comfortable. So naturally I decided to buy an identical pair to replace them-


Same size, brand, cut, color, and everything. What do you think? Not exactly identical now are they? The new pair, which is in theory the same size as the first pair, are a good 2 inches smaller around the waist. I can barely pull them up! (The color difference is okay considering how many times the original pair have been washed.)

Ridiculous!

So do I return them (via Amazon) or make these my new "goal pants?" I'm very actively dieting and attempting to lose weight right now. I could use these as my incentive...

In other fashion industry of Erin's closet news- I bought a pair of jeans a few weeks ago (also online- what can I say? Shopping is really limited in Roanoke.). The same size as the je…

Best Calling Ever

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I can barely express how much I love working with the youth at church. I've been involved with the teen program at our church in different capacities for several years now. For the past 1.5 years I have had the joy and privilege of working in the Young Woman's Program. I served as the Personal Progress Adviser in my old congregation, and again now in my current congregation. I've also served as the Girls Camp Leader (last summer), and I will be serving again this upcoming summer.
Personally, I think Girls Camp Leader is pretty much the best calling ever.
This week I've had a few moments where I've woken up and realized just how much I love my girls. At our activity last week, we had a fairly simple activity planned for the night. Our oldest girl turned 18, and we had a birthday party for her. We had a few ideas for goal oriented activities following the cake and ice cream, but we didn't have to do them. We played a few games, laughed riotously, and just enjoye…

How Erin Got Her Groove Back

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Just before leaving town 2 weeks ago my life had started to take on a new shape. What had at first been a potentially good situation with a writing job had changed into a much more firm and reliable writing job. And then a second writing and editing position had landed in my lap that would also keep me busy. Suddenly, completely out of the blue, I have work and income!
But then I took off for South Carolina and focused on other things for 8 days. Eight really awesome days.
Now that I'm home and rested, I'm getting into a new groove. (How many times this year have I had to stop, erase, and start a new groove all over again?? I've completely lost count.) But I'm excited about this new routine and these opportunities. I actually got a paycheck (the day I left town) and I'm going to get another one! The idea is so foreign to me I can barely accept it!
If you've known me for long, or read this blog more than 4 years ago, you know that I love being busy. I used to …

Happy Birthday to Our Little Man!

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Whether my nephews realize it or not, they each have a different nickname from me. Tell was the Little Dude, now just the Dude. Dallin is our Favorite Guy. And Porter, the baby of our family, and all that is boy, is the Little Man.
Happy Birthday Little Man! I wish I could be there for your birthday! I hope you have a very fun day! I love you lots and lots!

Happy Birthday, Dad!

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Happy Birthday, Dad! I'd write you a much more eloquent and elaborate post, but I know you would prefer that I stick to writing jobs that pay today. Also, you should be sure to check out my column on Meridian when it publishes in 8 hours. Why? Well, just between you and me, we both know that I would be the person in that article if it wasn't for you. 

Campaign Carolina Complete

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This was a long and crazy week. Yesterday alone felt like I had lived a lifetime before lunchtime. We didn't get to take home the win, but we gave it our all, and have no regrets.
More later. Now? SLEEP!

Campaign Life

Today is/was my 37th birthday. I had been planning on completely ignoring it and staying 36 forever. It is an unglamorous and uninteresting birthday to say the least. And being on the campaign trail, away from all of my friends and family, (but making plenty of new friends) it didn't seem relevant this week. But Facebook has a way of making birthdays a dozen times better. After working a 14.5 hour day, and coming back to my hotel room completely exhausted, I turned on Facebook to find 115 (and counting) birthday greetings! Talk about feeling loved!
Other things that made me feel loved today were all of the fun texts and phone calls. And the very entertaining happy birthday serenades. My favorite had to be from two of the young women in my ward, who didn't know I am out of town, and went to my house to bring me a cupcake. When I didn't answer the door they called to find out where I was. When they found out I wouldn't be home for a while, I insisted that they send me a…

Greetings from South Carolina!

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A few days ago I got a phone call asking if I wanted to return to my roots and get back into politics. Three days later, I'm in South Carolina, volunteering for the Mitt Romney for President Campaign. I'll be here till the primary next Saturday. I'm very excited to get involved here. I've worked on presidential campaigns, Capitol Hill, and for a lobbyist in the past. I've just been out of the game for a while.
This week looks to be completely busy and crazy. I can't wait. I'll probably blog more of the political side of this experience over at my other blog- http://swingstatevoter.blogspot.com.
I'll save this blog more for my personal thoughts.
For starters, I stopped and bought some new music CD's on my way out of town. (Employee discount + Buy 2 get 1 free sale= awesome deal!) I know I'm a little tardy to the party on this one, but I LOVE the Adele 21 CD. I think I've listened to it ten times in the last 700 miles. Love it. I also picked …

Remembering Haiti

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I've been thinking a lot about Haiti this week, and wondering what story or picture to share on the actual anniversary of the quake. Today is January 12, the second anniversary of that horrible event. And my heart misses Haiti more today than ever before.
I went back through my old posts and my personal writings and found an experience I had mostly forgotten. It happened at the beginning of my trip, and just got buried in my memories. I originally wrote about it here- Days 2-5 In Country- Croix de Bouquets. It was written and posted while I was still in Haiti, and happened roughly 3 weeks after the actual first earthquake. Due to the circumstances I wrote it under, it isn't my best work. (Did I really write 'site' instead of 'sight' that many times?) I'd like to retell the story now, and add in a few thoughts.

The background-
I was working with the construction team in a town just outside of Port au Prince called Croix de Bouquets (roughly translates to &q…

Book Review and GIVEAWAY!

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Looking for a good book to read? A fun story with a great plot based on real-life events, with good morals and values? It is time to read Agencyby Shantal Hiatt!
Part romance, part modeling adventure, this story will catch you early and never let go. From learning that she has what it takes to become a professional model to the fast-paced, sensuous ending, Michelle experiences everything from the most traditional elements of her religion to the wild and urbane city scene in which she must live in order to work. Add to that a handsome and charismatic returned missionary who falls hard for her and wants to pull her back, and you have a love story in the midst of it all. As she struggles to maintain her independence, she tries to keep her balance between the exciting life that beckons in front of the camera and her conflicting values system. She discovers that exercising her agency--a word she has heard all of her life--is not so easy. This story is loosely based on Shantal Hi…

Remembering Haiti Part 2

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Some of my memories of Haiti are still hard to talk about. Each day brought challenges and scenes out of a nightmare. Don't be fooled by the smiles in the pictures. Oftentimes we were smiling out of exhaustion, or out of nothing but love and faith. Or simply just because it is a habit- there's a camera, you smile.
One of the more other worldly experiences came on the day we were invited to go to a camp at a golf course. We had been hearing about a golf course that was providing shelter, food, and medical care to anywhere between 5,000 and 75,000 people. As with many things in Haiti, the reports were confusing and we had no idea what to expect. But off we went, to see what we could see, and serve who needed to be served.
Somewhere along the way I was either too tired to compute everything I was hearing, or maybe I was just never told the whole story. But after 2 weeks of hearing a lot of Creole and French, I was just fine hearing words that made no sense to me and going with i…

Remembering Haiti (part 1)

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On January 12, it will be the 2 year anniversary of the devastating earthquake in Haiti.
For the past few weeks my life has been overwhelmed with studying politics and the stock market. But for the last few days all I have thought about is Haiti. I still think about what I saw and experienced there. It was a life-changing experience for me. I'd give anything to go back again. I want to see the progress (or lack of it) for myself. I'd give anything to find some of my old patients. And my heart just aches to see the orphanage we helped build.
I can't remember the name of the girl in this picture. I remember so many things about her. We were close in age. Her chart said she weighed about 60 lbs, or maybe it was kilos? She was slowly and quietly dying from HIV and malnutrition, among other things. If you look closely you can see I'm holding a plastic baggy of water. I'd squeeze it into her mouth every few minutes. After she had managed to get a few mouthfuls down, she…

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