Sunday, December 17, 2006

Inspiration



Since the inception of my little blog, I have fielded TONS of questions about the inspiration "behind the name" ... Mississippi Girl. And yes, the most famous of all "Mississippi Girls" ... Faith herself, did have an influence on the name. I do love that song! And yes, I have been to Star, Mississippi (for the record, it is located about 20 miles from our capital city, where I lived for several years). And yes, my dear college friend S. did have a boyfriend whose babysitter was the beautiful Ms. Hill when he was younger. And yes, my friend L. has seen her "ride her kids piggyback". And yes, I have driven by the beautiful new home she has built for her parents. And yes, I love her music... (well, most of it, anyway).
But I just felt this "Mississippi Girl" moniker described ME. I'm a 10th generation Mississippi girl... from a long line of Mississippi Girls I hope to emulate each and every day. I admire their strength, their courage, their faith. Faith that withstood losing husbands in wars and children in tragedies. Lives that have inspired me, encouraged me, and touched me. Hands that have taught me. Young and old, some here and some gone, I remain the sum total of all that these "Mississippi Girls" have made me. So this name is, in a way, for them too.
I have a deep and abiding love for her... this state of mine. I love the soft southern twilight, the humid nights, all the breathtaking beauty of this moss hung, magnolia scented state in which I am so privileged to live. And I wouldn't change it for the world. She is my Mississippi. And I am most definitely her girl.
*** Crank up those speakers and have FUN with this video!!
Happy Sunday and
Much Love,

13 comments:

Vintage Wine said...

Hi,

I found your blog through the Boomama home tour (by the way, your home looks beautiful) & I loved this post! It so beautiful and it really says it all... I almost feel like wanting to be a Mississipi Girl after reading your post :-)

I love the song & I`m enjoying the sound of it as I write this.

Merry christmas,
Elisabeth

Sarah said...

Cooool song. I do love the country style.

The email I sent you got returned undeliverable, I'll try again.

Love and hugs
Sarah (Mrs Blythe)

Susan P. said...

Jennifer, you do your state proud!!
What a great post!

lrlwreath said...

I love this song!!!!!!

Tammy said...

Loved the video and so beautifully written, Jennifer!
And I always immediately thought you were describing yourself with the title. Although I'm a northwestern girl, I've always had a fondness for the south. (If I simply hear a southern accent for more than 5 minutes, I will accidently start speaking with one!) :)

Blessings!
~Tammy

Tammy said...

Ooops, forgot this doesn't link me...
http://familydoins.blogspot.com/

Big Mama said...

I've always loved that song and I loved the way you wrote about your home state. I understand how you feel, I've always been proud to be from Texas and can't imagine calling anywhere else home.

Ribbon Rock Star said...

I just found your blog by browsing all the homes. I am a MS girl also! We live in Desoto County....mins from Memphis!

Teeny Tiny cabin said...

Although I am a Northerner (and I do love the North too), having spent a lot of childhood in the South , a part of my heart will always be there. Thanks for your post!

Karen said...

Love this song!! I am not from Mississippi, however I can understand the love you have for your state. I feel the same way about my home here in South Carolina. I wouldn't want to be anywhere else.

Merry Christmas and Have A Blessed New Year!!

Karen

Mrs. Monise said...

Hey Jennifer, what a nice post and I watched the video and I liked it, Faith is a good singer. I have family in Mississippi on my husband side. I was raised up North but people always think I am from down South because I have that Southern Charm (smile). Thanks for the post I enjoyed it and your comments while listening to the music of the video was very heartfelt.

Michelle said...

Well, Hey Mississipp Girl! you will forever be known as that by my girls(heehee) when we were getting Andy's package together I would speak of Jennifer's husband and they would always come back with you mean Mississippi Girl !
I see that you mailbox has been set up and it looks really pretty!
Hope you are having a great day!
Michelle

Julie said...

Since the inception of my little blog,

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