"joy" to me still!
I laugh and tell Erica that she was our "experiment", as we really didn't know what we were doing. I was very very serious about parenting and studied every book I could get my hands on. I watched Dr. Terry B. Brazelton on tv and respected his teaching and style. I made homemade baby food for Erica. I fed her cottage cheese or yogurt when she was old enough and they were daily favorites! I even had a schedule for her toys and play so that she wouldn't become bored. I read to her every single day, from the day we took her home. She would listen raptly to me as I read Mother Goose nursery rhymes and other delightful things to her. She still loves to read.
I love you, Erica Joy, and I am so glad that God loaned you to us. I thank God for the opportunity to parent you. I know that I made countless mistakes and I pray you can forgive me for all my errors. I love you and I always will....unconditionally, no matter what! You are a lovely young woman and I am so proud of the woman you have become! XO