Journal



Mother's Day

Mother's Day

As many of you know, Mother’s Day is never quite the same after your mother passes away. Just as my own mother did, I do not make a big deal of the holiday or expect to be lavished with gifts from Clark and Erin. The best present they can give me is just to drop by frequently so we can spend some quality time grilling, talking and laughing out on the deck. Once you become... Read More



Creating a Kid-Friendly and Well-Designed Home

Creating a Kid-Friendly and Well-Designed Home

We move frequently. In our short seven years of marriage we’ve moved a total of nine times. I wouldn't say it’s an ideal situation but, for us, it’s been a necessary part of the journey. An endless quest to capture timeless design.  Nowadays, our adventures in homebuilding are shared with our three boys, whose constant energy and sheer physicality put our design ideas through their paces. To work for everyday life, our home needs to... Read More



Helen's First Easter

Helen's First Easter

After 3 months spent with Helen, I'm finally easing back into journaling here. I've been working on her baby photo book from Artifact Uprising since she was born, trying my best to take more Polaroids and print more tangible photos. I'll write about what it's been like becoming a new mama one day, but for now: Helen's first Easter. I'm so thankful for our girl this year, who will make holiday completely new. It's like we get to... Read More



Legacy

Legacy

Our family tree is largely populated with average people. They were mostly poor, tough, Scotch-Irish frontier people on my side. We just missed some famous people. My tree boasts Belle Starr’s half-sister and Daniel Boone’s second cousin. Lisa’s side has a lot of hard-working Germans and three Mayflower passengers. These are salt of the earth people. When you think about it, what would it really mean for us to be directly descended from the most... Read More



Daddy

I am going to announce something that will be pertinent only to people who have never met me: I am an only child. Though there were probably a few days during the summer of 1978 when I wished for a brother or a sister; I have never really felt like I missed out on anything. I reveled in my only child-ness and enjoyed most every minute I spent growing up in small town Alabama with... Read More



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