#2,269 Like Going Home.
by Erin Napier
As we do every spring, we made our trip to Oxford to speak to the art department about our rambling career journey to here. I look forward to this every year. And every year I meet new faces who are feeling equal parts ready to begin their post-graduate lives / terrified of post-graduate life. Today, my message was a little different than years past. I told them their plan was probably a good plan. But their plan would change, and that’s okay. You have to learn to embrace it when the plan changes, because it’s what creative hearts were made to do. I thought letterpress would be my career forever, but my creative pursuits kept growing and changing. And I’m thankful for it.
I learned how to be critical of my work, and how to give myself grace when it wasn’t quite what I wanted it to be… Yet. I learned from the best and made dear friends who became professionals and colleagues as each day put more space between us and our time as college kids. This is where I grew up with Ben holding my hand along the way. Today I was fighting tears remembering it and feeling incredibly thankful for that experience and how my 21-year old plans changed the way they did. I never could’ve dreamed this is what 30 would look like. It’s a good thing I’m not in control and my Heavenly Father is.
It always feels like going home. I hope we will always be welcome there in Meek Hall.
And we rushed home as fast as we could to celebrate Mallorie’s 30th birthday at a surprise party Jim threw for her. I forgot to take pictures because there was so much talking to do! She took her piece of cake straight to Lucy so she could blow out the candle.
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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!