#2,896 Our Last Solo Decorating.
by Erin Napier
It’s a rule: if we want something to get done it has to be on our calendar. Christmas decorating was no exception and somehow, with everything we’ve got going on, our house is already clean and decorated for Christmas before December even arrives. I think two years ago we barely got a tree up before December 24.
But this morning, we did a little before church:
A couple years ago we found a little cardboard house ornament like mama’s!
I spent the day feeling so aware of the fact that this may be the last time for the rest of our lives we will decorate alone. Next year, a toddler will be the reason the ornaments start halfway up, and in 18 years Helen will be home for Thanksgiving break, making sure she gets to hang her favorites first.
This will be her home home. And I feel a shiver at this thought, how life works in cycles.
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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!