by Erin Napier
Like the incredible handmade Field Notes wallet and keyfob that Chad gave to Ben. He’s starting a new company making these beautiful leather goods:
The aquamarine and gold birthstone ring my grandfather gave Mammaw on their 2nd anniversary in 1949, that Mammaw has now given to me. Today I picked it up at the jeweler who shined it up and fixed the loose setting. I nearly cried when he handed it to me and I slipped it on my finger. I can’t stand to take it off, even to sleep, because it’s like having them both with me. A tiny hug from the two of them. Pappaw couldn’t have chosen a prettier ring.
The weather is right. It was time to switch from my 2000 Beetle to my 1971 Beetle. We drove on country roads to see mama and daddy.
And I thought to myself today that life is very, very good. Our Father gave us a beautiful gift in springtime, didn’t he?
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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!