With Grit & Grace: Rise Up & Worship

Kurtis and Brittany were ready to welcome little Emmett Allen into the folds of their family. They were excited. They were imagining how Emmett would fit into their family dynamic. They were making plans for moving the rooms of their other 3 children so that there was room. Let's be honest, they were making plans for how their King bed could hold another kid. They were ready to spread and share their love to another little soul, to another part of them.

He’s My Person….For Better, For Worse

You know that clip in Gray's Anatomy when Yang says that Meredith is her person? They're sitting at a bar after work discussing why Yang told Meredith about being pregnant in the first place when Cristina reveals that Meredith was the person she put down as her emergency contact person. Later on, when Burke is … Continue reading He’s My Person….For Better, For Worse

Building My Own House

This week I was blessed enough to go out to dinner with some friends and enjoy time just being Erica. You know what I mean, right? For a full two and a half hours, I wasn't Mom. I wasn't Wife. Heck, even though I was with fellow educators, I wasn't even Mrs. Wyatt. I enjoyed my time out with friends and headed home in the best of moods to see my husband whom I'd barely seen the previous three days due to work and friends. 

When I walked in the house, he was snuggled up in the double chair with our youngest. He was fast asleep. I walked upstairs to put my things away and came back. I leaned over the chair thinking of how much I missed him so I could give him a kiss on the cheek. 

"Oh my gosh! Get off of me. Just leave me alone!"

Yep. Those were the words I was met with when I tried to lean in and kiss my husband whom I missed so much. To say I was perturbed may be an understatement.

"Really? Whatever. I'm going upstairs," I replied as I made myself not stomp up the stairs

Looking Back to Look Forward

Ten years ago on Father's Day 2008 she gave this shadow box to Bro. JD with fishing lures from his grandfather, the newspaper clipping about that grandfather, and a note from her. The note talked about how JD has a motorcycle but isn't a biker, has a black belt but isn't a fighter, writes all the time but isn't a published writer, has tools but isn't a mechanic or carpenter, and has fishing gear but isn't a fisherman. Instead, she said, he is a fisher of men. His pleasing personality is the lure I'm certain. She then recounted Paul's words in 1 Corinthians to illustrate JD through her eyes.

1 Corinthians: 9:20-23

"To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win Jews; to those under the law, like one under the law - though I myself am not under the law - to win those under the law. To those who are without the law, like one without the law - though I am not without God's law but under the law of Christ - to win those without the law. To the weak, I became weak, in order to win the weak. I have become all things to all people, so that I may by every possible means save some. Now I do all this because of the gospel, so that I may share in the blessings."

In Memory of Pam…

I also remember meeting Wade’s mom, Pam, for the first time. I was so incredibly nervous. My friend, Kim, and I had been discussing in detail how nervous she was to meet her boyfriend’s mom, and it had rubbed off on me. In fact, my good friend, Chasity, did not attend my school. In order to “pass notes” back and forth to each other - this was before texting….yes, I’m realizing I’m THAT old - we kept shared journals. We would each write about things that had gone on during the week, exchange journals, comment, and write back. It was our own antiquated version of Facebook Messenger 😉 It was in that journal to Chasity I had written about meeting Pam for the first time.

…like Jimmy and Verne

Let’s see…. Where did I leave off? James Wright and Laverne Ross were married the following October. They remained married from October 3, 1953 until Granddad passed away on Mother’s Day, May 9, 2004. Those 50+ years held some amazing memories, gave them 8 children, many grandchildren, and several great grandchildren. Now, Mamaw’s mom and … Continue reading …like Jimmy and Verne