I’ve been loving the interaction we’ve had this week sharing about our families! One mom said that she has loved sharing about one child at a time because too often we group them together and forget to “call out” their uniqueness.  I so agree!

Erica is my third child. She and Kendall will celebrate their third anniversary in September.

Erica has been my strong-willed, challenging child. I shared (with her permission) about that journey at one of our Hearts at Home conferences. She was the prodigal that we prayed would return to her foundation of faith.

And she has.

If you have a prodigal, may this encourage you.  Parenting Erica was, well…exhausting. God has redeemed that hard season, though. I wrote about that in my “Bonus Year” post last year.

Erica is a musician, an artist, and a photographer. She also is an active blogger. You can find her blog here, where she talks about sewing cloth diapers and saving money.

Erica and Kendall live in Killeen, TX, where Kendall is stationed with the Army at Ft. Hood. They are also the parents of my third grandchild born this past Saturday 7 weeks early. Weighing in at 4lbs. 11oz, Marie Isabella is having a challenging start at life, but she’s strong and so are her mommy and daddy.

Erica’s “strong-will” is now carrying her through the difficult beginnings of motherhood. I knew that strong will would be put to good use at some point in her life!

I will be heading to Texas in a few weeks to help Erica and Kendall after little Marie comes home from the hospital. They expect her to be in the NICU for several weeks. It’s so hard to be so far away in such a time of need!  However, I plan to be there for two weeks when it’s the best time for me to help.

If you have three of more children, I’d love to hear about your third child, today! (If you are reading this in email, you can leave a comment here. Simply click and then scroll down to the bottom of this post and click on ‘comments’ to share!)

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