#731 2011.

Once again I’m away from home on the last day of the year. Today finds me sitting in the sunshine on the front porch of a cabin in Oxford with a breeze that feels like April. I find it unbelievable that I’ve written this blog every single day for 2 years now. If you’ve been reading all along, I hope it’s been something positive for you. On January 1, 2010 my intention was to focus on only good things for 1 year, but it turned out to be life changing for me and now I can’t imagine going without writing about it all. It’s so hard to pinpoint the best days of my life out of 365, but it gives me closure to the year to try and list them. It’s wonderful to look back on another year of our life together all summed up in a little list. Isn’t it crazy how we can classify a life? These are the things that I will remember most about 2011:
Life after Christmas: #368 Normal Things
Toy Story 3 made me tenderhearted: #369 Bear, Chicken & Choco.
Annalee started working with me: #375 Co-Workers.
Life with Ben: #397 Best Friends.
A break from winter at the beach: #414 If It’s the Beaches, #415 Lovely Day.
Parental advice for the future: #424 Good Babies.
Our friends and family had big news: #432 Love, Marriage, Baby Carriage.
A little trip for Mallorie’s birthday: #437 Pirate’s Cove & Sand Mountain.
Mammaw’s front porch: #451 Car Saturday/Porch Saturday.
The biggest family dinner of the year: #452 Mammaw’s 88th Birthday.
A revelation while on my walk: #467 Exactly Like Myself.
Jesse’s college visit trip: #473 JCJC, #474 State, #475 Ole Miss.
Lucky Luxe got some great press: #489 Mississippi Magazine.
My best friend’s wedding: #541 Mr. and Mrs. Staples.
Lake Junaluska, of course: #546 Lake Junaluska.
Working on Lucky: #555 Volkswagen Acrobatics.
New England daydreams: #558 Decemberists & Sufjan Stevens.
A very big project for Laurel Main Street: #572 Visit us.
Spending a day in 1960s with mama: #577 Waukaway.
Guest speaker at Ole Miss: #580 Letterpress class.
Did artwork for the Goo Goo Dolls, then went to their show: #589 The Goo Goo Dolls.
A very special birthday: #607 Birthday girl.
Fall at mama and daddy’s: #623 Fall on the back porch.
I finally played a show: #625 Erin & Christy at the Loft.
Ben built us a beautiful dinner table: #631 Farm table. Finished.
Mitter’s 28th birthday surprise: #632 Surprise!
We bought a house! #621 The house.#639 Buying the Farm.
Guest blogging for Dawn on marriage: #629 Keep Love Alive.
Martha Stewart wrote about Anne & Josh: # 642 Martha Stewart Weddings.
Jim’s birthday weekend: #645 Cruisin’ the Coast.
Pumpkin season: #658 The Great Pumpkin.
Our niece was born: #660 Harper Faith Napier.
Our first trick-or-treating experience as homeowners: #670 Halloween on the porch.
We got Chevy, the sweetest Great Pyrenees on earth: #679 The Ad.#680 Chevy.#686 Fall dog.#709 Doghouse. Done.
First dinner party in our new house: #691 Party at the new house.
3 years as Mrs. Napier: #692 3 Years.
A birthday party for Michael: #710 Happy Birthday, Michael!
The perfect Saturday: #717 Saturday in Gardiner Park.
My first ever Christmas Eve Eve: #723 Christmas Eve Eve.
A new business venture: #728 Luther Luxe.
I hope you’ve all had a wonderful year. I know I feel blessed because you readers were a part of it, sharing my days. Cheers to 2012!


Friday, December 30th, 2011

Daily Journal

5 thoughts on “#731 2011.

  1. Love this!!
    What a great year!! You have challenged me to blog the good things in my days as well. This app on iPhone is so handy in being able to do that too!!! Cheers to another year filled with goodness!!!

  2. I hope you will! You have to do it even when you don't feel like it or it will lose importance to you, so don't quit! What app are you talking about? Is it a blogger app?!

  3. Great work Erin — one reason your blog is so successful is that it is succinct (a great journalism word). Combine that with the technical skill of using the right words and the right punctuation — add honest stories filled with emotion and you've got a fantastic blog! You don't preach and you don't have to TRY to make yourself look good. You just do! Love it.

  4. YES!! Blogger app. It's great. The only bad thing I've found about it is that you can't really arrange your pictures where you want them. Other than that, it is great for quick posts.

  5. Gosh, Mrs. Melinda—that's really sweet of you. I didn't realize any of those things, but I'm proud that you consider me a decent writer sometimes. 🙂

    Sam—gonna download for my iPad RAT now!

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