It’s December 31 and I’m on a youth trip, writing these words in the middle of a room of screaming, laughing teenagers, which means it’s almost a new year and time for another review of my favorite things about the last 365 days.
When people talk about JFK, they think of a number—1963. The year. The same with any important life event. I was married in 2008. My mama was born in 1955. We attach numbers, these years, to the moments that count for us. And I wonder what will make me say, “Yeah! That was in 2013!” In the years ahead. You know? I won’t ever forget 1995 is the year I turned 10 years old (double digits), and I wonder what 2013 will be forever tied to in the book of my life?
This began as a resolution on January 1, 2010 and I’m shocked that I stuck with it so long beyond that first year. It wasn’t my intent, actually, but it’s been a really good thing for me. There have been lots of nights when I didn’t feel like the day was notable enough to write about, but if you lose sight of the good in even one single day, it gets slippery. You forget to count your blessings. I do, at least. It’s important to me that life be a beautiful adventure. Even the hard things can be beautiful—and usually are the most beautiful in the end. In this way, by blogging, I can freeze those beautiful things. And so I keep doing it, day after day, an electronic scrapbook of our life and the small and big and good and difficult things—because the sum of their parts are the blessings. All of it. I’m not ready to leave my post just yet. I’ll carry on in 2014, leaving these little snapshots of life along the way to wherever we’re going. And I swear I feel like 2014 could be a big one. Isn’t every year, if you’re keeping up with it?
These are the things that I remember loving the most in 2013:
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!