Happy Birthday To Me!

Okay, since I’ve posted on all of my kid’s birthdays, I felt like I should post on my own. Now, I’m definitely not telling you all which birthday it is, but let’s just say it’s a big one and I’m trying to avoid it. ‘Nuff said.

But, in attempt to be a good sport, I thought I’d share some things about myself that you might not know, so here goes:

1. I’d give up chocolate, but I’m no quitter!

2. I never thought I’d homeschool…as a matter of fact, I think the words “I’d NEVER homeschool” actually came out of my mouth at one point.

3. I swore I’d never drive a mini-van (Ahem, did any of you participate in last year’s Mini-Van Express with us?)

4. I swore I’d never marry anyone younger than me or from my hometown. (Let me introduce my wonderful husband, who happens to be 5 yrs younger than me and, yep, you guessed it from my hometown! We actually went to the same high school, but due to the age difference we never met. And don’t think I can’t hear you laughing because I can.)


5. I’m deathly afraid of rattlesnakes (and we’ve killed 5 since living here! I now have what we lovingly refer to as “Mom’s snake shovel” and all my kids have “snake boots” to wear outside!)

6. I’m Italian! (I know, the blonde hair throws everyone)

7. Okay fine, I’m not really blonde ;o) See, it all makes sense now!

8. I swore I’d never wear bell-bottoms…let’s just say my Dad laughed hysterically the day I walked in with “boot cut” jeans. Clearly they’re a totally different style!

9. I told my grandpa that I would never get married or have kids. (I think my blog and the 4 kids at the top kind of answers what happened with that plan.)


And #10: Prior to last year, I tried starting a blog a few times but could never keep up with it! So if you’ve learned nothing from me yet, I say this:

Never say Never!

Proverbs 19:21
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the LORD’s purpose that prevails.



  1. Happy Birthday Erica!xxx

  2. Happy Birthday! You and your husband look great together and your kids are simply adorable! So true about never say never…I think most homeschoolers never planned on homeschooling.

  3. Happy BIG Birthday to you! Enjoy it driving in your mini van with your younger hubby & your four kids!!!!

  4. Happy Birthday! I hope you have a fantastic day! Today is my Mama's birthday too!!!

  5. Happy, happy birthday!!

  6. Have a wonderful birthday! I am with you on Never say Never! I remarried years after my 1st marriage, also married a man (10 yrs my younger), have 3 awesome kids with him, homeschool and blog…all these were NEVERS in my book too! Rock on momma!

  7. You are TERRIFIC Erica! Happy Birthday!I've learned that saying never is a sure way to get God's attention! It's like He has fun proving us wrong! lol Thank God He knows better than us!

  8. Happy Birthday! Thanks for sharing about yourself, it's nice to see who's "behind the scenes". Beautiful family!

  9. Happy Birthday! My birthday was last Sunday, too!

  10. Happy Birthday from a fellow Scorpio.I too said I would never marry someone younger than me without a college degree. My wonderful hubby is 1.5 years younger and has no degree. I still won't admit that I drive a mini-van. I hope your day is great!

  11. Happy Birthday, Erica! I hope you enjoy this day celebrating the wonderfulness that is you. God bless!

  12. hehe! Great post and big birthday wishes! From your photo and it being a "big" birthday, I thought you must be 30. But with your husband 5 years younger, that would put him at 2O when you married…so now I'm just confused and will just say HAPPY BIRTHDAY!Don't birthdays stink when you know your husband will NEVER catch up with you? My dh is 4 years younger.

  13. Happy Birthday and God Bless You!

  14. Happy Birthday! I'm sure glad you went against all your nevers, had those wonderful children and started blogging your fabulous ideas 🙂 Here's to a year of health and happiness.

  15. Happy Birthday Erica! Hope you all enjoy the day and the snow.

  16. Happy Birthday!! A big one huh? I guess 25! 🙂

  17. Happy Birthday! I hope you have a great day!

  18. Happy Birthday Erica!! Although you may have said never to many things, you amaze me in all that you do 🙂

  19. Happy Birthday! I also said the words "I'll never homeschool!" Ha! Ha! If only I knew!!!=) Hope you have a great day! Thanks for all the work you put into the blog! I've been able to make our homeschool a better school for it!=)

  20. Happy Birthday Erica!!!!!!!!!! You are truly one blessed mama!!!

  21. Happy birthday 🙂

  22. Gosh! Happy Birthday, and Happy Marvelousness of You Day….I hope all you birthday wishes come true!

  23. God has a way of teaching us things doesnt He? I have many of those NEVERS too. Happy Birthday Erica you are an inspiration!

  24. Happy birthday to you!

  25. Your honesty is such an encouragement and your blog is such a blessing! I'm just a couple of years behind you, with my 1st child in 1st grade and my 4th on the way, so I love to read your blog and steal all of your awesome ideas! Thank you, and Happy Birthday!

  26. Happy (I am guessing how old in my heart) birthday! Great post!Amy @ Missional Mama

  27. Happy Birthday Erica,Great made me laugh hysterically, can I just copy of few of yours because they are so on point. Thanks for sharing.

  28. Thanks everyone!

  29. Happy birthday. Thanks for sharing. You have been such a blessing to my family!

  30. Happy birthday Erica! May God continue to bless your socks off! 🙂 Thanks for all you share w/ us via your blog. You are a blessing!

  31. Happy Birthday Erica.

  32. First, happy birthday! Second, I totally used to say the same thing about not dating someone younger than me. I think God got a big kick over the fact that he knew I would actually marry someone younger than me. Pretty sure he got good chuckle on that one.

  33. You are such a delight! and I'm glad you decided to do the things you said you'd never do because you are being used by God to encourage many! Happy Birthday!!

  34. Happy Birthday! I love your blog and check it every day. You are such an encouragement and full of fantastic ideas! Thanks so much for all you provide on your blog! One day I would love to be able to have a blog too, but like you, I feel like I could never keep up with it. Never say never. Maybe I will try again.Happy Birthday!

  35. I nominated you for Babble's 50 top mommy blogs!♥

  36. Ha ha! What a fun post! I hope you had a great birthday.

  37. Happy Birthday! Hope you had a wonderful day! I know what you mean about never saying never. I thought I'd never homeschool too!!

  38. Happy birthday! I love your blog. Thanks for sharing!

  39. Hi,I am a silent reader of your blog. I'm also a year older today (11th Nov) and I'm half Italian – my mother is Sicilian. You actually do look very Italian.

  40. Happy Birthday to you!Indeed, we should not say Never, because we don't know what morrow may bring :)btw, my husband is also younger than me 🙂 if that is a consolation 🙂

  41. Happy Birthday, I am with you on the top 3:). Glad you didn't quit on the blogging I love reading your blog

  42. J and B Learning Is The Johnson Tribe says:

    What a neat idea. Happy Blessed Birthday! I understand not staying with blogging do to Have crazy kids, house, husband, errands etc. But I am really trying to post more so others can see why I home school and do the things I do. I am not as creative with words but PICTURES help! And I know you know what I mean. * WINK WINK * Hope you have an awesome day as well as an beautiful week!

  43. What a sweet post. Thank you for sharing and Happy Birthday.

  44. Happy Birthday! Hope you have a blessed day. I share a few of your never say never, especially the homeschooling one.

  45. Happy Birthday! I was never going to marry someone younger than me either – my husband is four years younger than me 🙂

  46. Happy Brithday!! I just found your blog last week. It's already one of my favorites.

  47. Happy Birthday! What a fun post!!

  48. happy birthday erica . you have been a great inspiration to me as a mum and homeschooler . thanks . love and God's blessings to you and your family. Viv

  49. Happy Birthday! You are so terific and I love your blog! I have said many of these same things as you – and I planned to never get married, I have a younger husband, drive a mini-van, homeschool, and (ahem) color my hair! (or else I'd be mostly gray – probably from the homeschooling LOL)I hope you had an awesome day!!

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