Rare and Beautiful Treasures, which I began writing in 2008, is a journal of faith and motherhood.
I am a Believer, photographer, writer and dreamer, “chronicling the decidedly lovely life” from the foot of North Carolina’s Brushy Mountains.
  • 1 Mr. Marvelous
  • 2 wild little boys and 1 dreamy baby girl
  • 3 acres and a historic fixer-upper
  • 3 silly egg-laying ducks, 1 Clover bunny and a Fluffy rescue cat




  1. I’m new here and would love to read your story through your suggested posts, but all the links in your about page are broken. Probably collateral damage from your renovations 🙂

    • Hey Sherry! Thank you so much for letting me know, I believe they are fixed now! And yes, collateral damage from the big move!

      So glad you are here!

  2. Hi Erin, I am new here also. I found your site from The Lettered Cottage. I am off to read your story. We have also just bought a fixer upper beach house. We are 7 miles to the beach but it is a lot closer than our previous 700 mile trip.

  3. Hi Erin. Found you the other day through The Lettered Cottage. Love your style of writing, your pictures, and your way of living. I think I’ll become a follower and let the inspiration rub off on me.

  4. Hi Erin! I’m here from the Lettered Cottage, too. I am amazed that we “share” someone in common besides Layla… Amanda and Nate of Turtle Pond! I gasped when I saw their old logo on your beautiful photo. They took our wedding photos six years ago and we just loved them. Your story is beautiful and I can’t wait to keep up with your progress on the Beach Cottage. I grew up in Indiana, but am originally from Michigan, too. 🙂 Take care!

  5. Hi Erin,

    I am visiting from TLC. Love your blog and can’t wait to continue reading. We live ‘Up North’ here in Michigan and I completely love your cottage ideas!!

  6. Erin! I CANNOT stop reading your blog! Every time my boys go down for a nap I rush to the computer to read it! I LOVE what you have to say about the beauty of motherhood! Thank you so much for opening my heart. Sometimes it’s hard to remember the PRECIOUS and MOST important calling a woman will ever have in her life (raising her children). The world really does tell women it doesn’t matter. Sometimes I listen to the world…only for a bit, and then feel grounded again when I read stuff like this. I love you and I don’t even know you. YOu had me bawling like a baby last night over reading a lot of your posts. Thank you! YOu are so inspiring and amazing! Last thing…I loved how you mentioned when you had a hard day with the kids, that you got down on your knees and all prayed. I always forget to call on God when times are hard like that. Thank you for the reminder. xo! P.S. So excited about the vintage stories you’re doing. I ADORE spending time with older people and learning about their experiences…especially in regards to motherhood! xo Amber

  7. Erin…. I am friends with your mom and dad in law and live near you. Love this site~~ love your pictures and love watching you transform your N.C. home! I so enjoy the stories Mary tells me about Wynn and James~~

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