#1,836 Rainy Traveling + Spreadsheet.
by Erin Napier
We slept in, then packed our bags and headed north to Ben’s parents to celebrate Christmas this weekend with all his brothers. It’s a long drive up there, but today it was so lovely, listening to the Neil Young Pandora station as we carried on past the cotton fields toward Tupelo in the cold rain.
We also listened to Rivers and Roads about a dozen times because I can’t get enough of it.
When we got here, we had vegetable beef soup, cornbread, and apple pie. Just a few of my favorite things. Afterward, Ben’s daddy and I sat down to create a really good spreadsheet for Napier Trucking (he and Tom own a trucking company) since Mallorie and our accountant, Laura, have taught me how to make formulas. Ben’s daddy is a math whiz and is no stranger to Excel, and I got to learn a lot more about how their business works. I’ve really never considered everything that has to happen in order for the things we buy to get from point A to point B, but it’s hard work, and long hours, and lots of time away from home. It was a nice way to spend a rainy evening. I think I especially enjoy spending time with Ben’s daddy because I can see so much of where Ben’s kindness and charm come from.
And, apparently, his inherited abilities as a baby whisperer. I mean, little ones ADORE these men.
It’s a wonderful thing to love your in-laws. I wish that for every one of you married folks.
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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!