Erin Napier was in for a surprise when she and her husband Ben took on their newest building makeover.
On this week’s episode of “Home Town”, Erin found out that the historic apartment building they were working on actually has a close family connection.
Erin learned that her grandmother and her grandmother’s sister lived in the building. It was her grandmother’s home when she started dating Erin’s grandfather in the 1950s.
“I had never heard this is my life,” Erin said in shock. “My grandmother isn’t able to talk anymore, she’s lost her speech.”
Erin invited her uncle and grandmother’s sister to the apartment to learn more about the history behind the building.
“My grandparents met when she lived here. My story began here,” Erin said in a preview. “I’ve had so much fun renovating this house, but I had no idea I had a personal connection to it.”
“My grandmother and I were really, really close,” Erin added. “And I wish that she could see this.”
Erin’s grandmother has since passed away in May.
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My sweet grandmother went to heaven today. My grandfather passed in 2001, and for 19 years she lived without him. I’m so happy that he’s shouting “here she comes!” today, even if my heart is broken for us without her. My Mother Goose. ❤️ “I am standing upon the seashore. A ship, at my side, spreads her white sails to the moving breeze and starts for the blue ocean. She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until, at length, she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other. Then, someone at my side says, "There, she is gone.” Gone where? Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast, hull and spar as she was when she left my side. She is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port. Her diminished size is in me — not in her. And, just at the moment when someone says, "There, she is gone," there are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout, "Here she comes!" — Luther F. Beecher
“My sweet grandmother went to heaven today. My grandfather passed in 2001, and for 19 years she lived without him. I’m so happy that he’s shouting “here she comes!” today, even if my heart is broken for us without her. My Mother Goose,” Erin shared in an emotional Instagram post.
“Home Town” airs Wednesdays on HGTV Canada at 9 p.m. ET/PT.