#1,064 Everyone's Here.
by Erin Napier
After Sunday lunch on the porch in what felt like springtime weather, I napped on the porch bed while Ben and Jesse talked, working out all the problems of the world. I don’t remember ever being so comfortable outdoors in my life, lying in a mountain of pillows with the breeze instead of air conditioning. We left the porch doors open with the Dave Matthews Band Pandora station playing, and before I knew it the afternoon became evening and it was time for church. It was a fantastic way to waste a day. When I came to from my porch nap haze, I had a text message from Emily telling me she and Josh are home and they’re coming over to watch The Walking Dead after church. It’s such a happy surprise when they come home because we never give any notice. One day they live in Pennsylvania and the next day they’re home for 2 weeks and the neighborhood feels complete.
So after church, I, Ben, Jesse, Jim, Mallorie, Emily, Josh and Amber came over and squeezed onto both sofas, the armchair and the floor to watch the show. It feels good when everyone is in town. Isn’t it wonderful when friends feel just like family?
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I’m Erin Napier, co-owner of Laurel Mercantile Co. and Scotsman Co. with my husband, Ben. I’m an artist and he’s a craftsman and we help people moving to our town find and restore old houses on HGTV’s Home Town. In an effort to count my blessings, this journal has documented only the good things that happen on each and every day of my life since January 1, 2010. I am a wife, a daughter, a homebody, a bubble bath lover, a book reader, a sentimental, stressed out, slightly obsessive southerner. Welcome!