Ericka J

Just days after graduating from Auburn University, Ericka took a trip to Africa that changed her life forever. She discovered two unexpected things there: a passion for orphan care, and her husband Rusty! Together they founded The Sound of Hope, and have spent the past 10+ years working to provide holistic care to vulnerable children around the world. Though her heart (and time) is divided between other countries – she’s proud to call Birmingham, Alabama home! When Ericka & Rusty decided to grow their family through adoption, they never guessed it would take five heart-wrenching years to get their daughter home from Thailand. These days Ericka tries to soak up every moment of long-awaited motherhood to their beautiful little girl, Kate. Their Thai darling is growing up way too fast, and Ericka is mildly obsessed with over-documenting it all on Instagram and her blog! In addition to managing The Sound of Hope, Ericka and her husband run a video & photography business called RJackson Media. In her “free time" (do moms have free time?!) Ericka enjoys gardening, decorating, and DIY projects. She also loves singing, dancing, and acting – and was cast in her very first musical theatre role last year. She firmly believes that you’re never too old to try something new!

Documenting Your Family Vacation :: Easy Apps for Memorable Videos

Traveling with our daughter (even on short trips) has proven to be one of the best memory makers and bonding experiences. We love exploring and going on adventures together! And as professional photographers and...

Mending Little Hearts (When Mama Loses Her Cool)

It had been a hard day . . . a hard week . . . a hard season. My six-year-old daughter was struggling (for several good reasons). It was almost dinnertime, and my husband...

Behind the Mask of Social Media

"Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a battle you know nothing about."* The successful “working mom” you sat next to at the PTA meeting at school had a panic attack in the parking...

3 Hurtful Things You’re Saying to Adoptive Parents (Without Even Realizing It)

It's a good thing my husband and I are generally "open book" kind of people because our privacy really took a hit when we became an adoptive family. You may not realize this, but...

5 Simple Tips for Taking Better Photos of Your Kids

The first day of school is just around the corner – and you know what that means! Your social media newsfeeds will soon be full of “back to school” photos from every single mom...

Cultivating a Heart for Charity in Your Children

When we were decorating our daughter’s room, I knew I wanted one important quote on the wall: “Have courage and BE KIND.” No matter what she becomes in life, the one thing I want...

Finding Myself at 33 :: How Theatre Taught Me to Dream Again

“I think I’m going to try out for Beauty and the Beast next week. You should do it with me!” It was 11:00 p.m. on a Friday night – and auditions were the next...

Your Neighborhood Needs a Block Party!

When we got ready to buy a house a few years ago, the biggest thing that drew us to Crestwood was the incredible sense of community. Our neighbors are known to put together fun...

5 Ways To Support Your Adoptive Mom Friend (Post-Adoption)

Your friend is bringing home her adopted child! Her wait is finally over and you are thrilled. You supported her through all the heart-wrenching months (or years) of her adoption process – and now...

Birmingham Moms Blog :: Introducing Ericka

Birmingham Sweet home Alabama is where my story begins . . . but it took a few trips around the world before I realized that Birmingham was exactly where I needed to be. I grew...