Journal



Acts of the Heart

When the University of Mississippi Medical Center and the Manning Family Fund came to me about helping promote their mission, it was a no-brainer: who doesn’t love Archie and Olivia? Some would say they’re the First Family of Mississippi. Their website explains that in Mississippi, giving isn’t just something we do, it’s what makes us who we are. And when you give to the Manning Family Fund, you’re helping find new ways to treat and... Read More



A House Painted White

In last week's episode of Home Town, you saw me painting in my studio. What you could not see is my work desk built from all that is left of the demolition of my family's Victorian farmhouse. Today, my mother, Karen Rasberry, will tell you about that house in gorgeous detail. If you want to spend more time in her beautiful writing, you can shop her books by clicking here. – Erin   When remembrances of the old house... Read More



Family Photos

There’s a photo that hangs on my office wall that was collected from the local newspaper’s archives during a community history project.  It’s an old black and white, probably taken in the early 70’s of a group of older women, sitting in their lawn chairs, purses in their laps, laughing and waving as they wait for a fall parade to pass by.  Visitors to my office usually look over my shoulder and notice it immediately... Read More



The Secret to Great Home Design

As an accountant by trade, I find it very difficult to articulate my style. I also find it very difficult to understand why I'm an accountant but, hey, that's another story for another day!  Here lately, I've been forced to really think about what drives my choices with home design and I just couldn't put my finger on it until a few days ago.    Growing up in south Mississippi we are all raised, as natural as if... Read More



This is Why

Why do we do this?  Now, this could be viewed as some big existential question, but in this instance, I literally mean, “Why are Erin and I doing what we do?” We’re asked this question all the time. Our answer has always been something along the lines of shining a positive light on our town and our state. When our social media manager, Lindsay, reached out to me about writing for the premiere of Home... Read More



#2,497 Showering Helen.

Today was the big church shower for Helen! We’ve been overwhelmed by the thoughtfulness and love shown to this precious girl we’ve yet to even meet. Every gift was special, but the ones that made me feel tears coming were the antique bud vase from the late 1920s, a gift from my grandfather when he was an elementary school boy to his teacher, that was passed down to her niece, and today, to me and Helen: And the last gift of the shower from my mama, a letter to Helen that I couldn’t read out loud without crying so Mallorie did it Read More



#2,491 Our Last Solo Decorating.

#2,491 Our Last Solo Decorating.

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... Read More



#2,489 Time Traveling at the Napiers.

#2,489 Time Traveling at the Napiers.

Today we had to walk Jesse’s girlfriend, Lauren through all the greatest hits of awkward Napier family photos. But also the most adorable, in which I melted at the thought of Helen hopefully looking exactly like Ben, which would be the greatest thing ever, all chubby smiley cheeks and blonde curls...   Read More



#2,488 Thanksgiving.

#2,488 Thanksgiving.

It was amazing to see most of our family, to eat and laugh and watch Rudy like we always used to, to watch the Egg Bowl and listen to Walker’s conversations with Helen as he tried to show her his new Star Wars watch through my belly. Family is God’s greatest gift. Thankful doesn’t cover it for how I feel about them...   Read More



#2,485 Her Face.

#2,485 Her Face.

Today we unexpectedly got to see Helen’s face in an ultrasound image, when we also learned she’s growing very fast now. In the image we saw her left cheek, turned demurely into her left shoulder, both sufficiently chubby the way all babies should be. Her lips were parted, almost as if opening into a laugh. They are my lips, we recognized easily from the grainy images on the screen. Her feet are 2″... Read More