by Erin Napier
It was our ginkgo tree. Our first home, the loft we renovated together, had a postage stamp of grass and this tree that would drop its leaves overnight, like it had changed clothes by morning. 10 years ago today, we gathered up these leaves into little paper bags and tied string around the tops. Two days later, they were thrown up into the air while we left our wedding reception in Oxford. I found a yellow leaf tucked inside my shoe when we got to the hotel room. Every year on this same week, the ginkgo tree puts on this show for our anniversary.
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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!