Lyrical Sparrow

Welcome to the Party (With a Prize)


Ultimate Blog Party 2013

It’s that time again. I do love the Ultimate Blog Party. Thank you so much for taking the time to stop by and mingle for a bit. At my home, I like to make one of my favorite desserts for my guests, Irish Cream Brownies. Enjoy, but be forewarned, they are addicting!


So, funny story – I actually used to work for 5 Minutes for Mom as their virtual assistant. It was such an incredible job. I have such respect for Janice and Susan and am so grateful for the time I got to spend working with them. I must say though, it is fun to go from a UBP party planner to a UBP party-goer. Sometimes, it’s nice to sit back, relax and just take in the fun. 🙂

This is one of my favorite pictures of the girls. When we hung out at conferences, there was always so much laughter. Those girls are the best.


wedSo a little about me. I am a wife and mom, in the most amazing blended family. There are five kiddos altogether. Audrey is 9, Isaiah is almost 7, Devin is 6, Christian is 5 and Averi is 3. Yes, it is crazy at times, very loud at times, but ohhhh sooo much fun. I am truly, truly blessed. Here are a few more pictures of my family. You can also read more about me here.

You’ll notice my blog is a little bare in the post department. I used to run a blog called 3 Little Sparrows, and had blogged since 2006. I am still confused about how it happened, but one day, with a click of my mouse, I lost pretty much my entire blog. It was really heartbreaking.

After that happened, I took a bit of a hiatus from blogging. I guess I was a bit discouraged. But, I have missed it so very much. I have especially missed the community and the friendships. So I’m back. I plan on blogging a lot about my family, my faith and my desire to really start making a difference in the lives of others. I will be sharing about charitable causes and ideas on giving back. Also, with 5 kiddos in my home, 9 and is definitely never a dull moment. They will be providing me with a lot of material. So, I do hope that you come back and visit again soon. I truly look forward to visiting each and every one of you.

Okay, I couldn’t resist. I had to put up a few more pictures. I hope you don’t mind. 🙂 My wedding was this past November, so you’ll have to put up with the wedding pics. They are the only good pictures I have of all of us as a family. With 5 kiddos, 3 of which are boys, it is quite hard to get decent family shots….well you know…where everyone is actually smiling and looking at the camera.

family2 family1

I do have a prize to give away. I recently read and LOVED the book, Kisses from Katie. So, I’d like to give a copy to one of you. To enter,  just leave a comment below. I will pick one winner at random on Friday, April 12th. (U.S. residents only, please).

kisskate“What would cause an eighteen-year-old senior class president and homecoming queen from Nashville, Tennessee, to disobey and disappoint her parents by forgoing college, break her little brother’s heart, lose all but a handful of her friends (because they think she has gone off the deep end), and break up with the love of her life, all so she could move to Uganda, where she knew only one person and didn’t even speak the language?

A passion to follow Jesus.

Katie Davis left over Christmas break of her senior year for a short mission trip to Uganda and her life was turned completely inside out. She found herself so moved by the people of Uganda and the needs she saw that she knew her calling was to return and care for them. Katie, a charismatic and articulate young woman, is in the process of adopting thirteen children in Uganda and has established a ministry, Amazima, that feeds and sends hundreds more to school while teaching them the Word of Jesus Christ.”

I hope you love the book as much as I did.

Thank you again for visiting. Feel free to follow me on Twitter. I will be stopping by to visit you soon.



45 thoughts on “Welcome to the Party (With a Prize)

  1. Wow. That story is so very scary. So very very very scary.


    So glad you are back to doing what you love! It’s so nice to meet you. I will definitely be friending you on twitter (just as you suggest).

    I look forward to getting to know you better!

  2. Oh Girl, those photos brought back such fun memories. What good times we had at BlogHer and the other conferences. I need a good laugh like that again soon.

    We miss you!!!! So happy you are blogging again.

    • Thanks for stopping by. I loved the pictures on your party post. When did all of the kids get so big?!?!?! Crazy! Jackson is almost 12???!?!? And Julia’s long beautiful hair. The photos are fabulous.

  3. Nice to meet you and what a beautiful wedding picture! The blog loss would have sent me into a depression for sure. Which reminds me I need to back up my posts…it’s like our hearts on the web! Ouch. The book looks great! I would hope my daughter might read it. Happy hopping!

    • Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂 Yes, please do backup your posts. That is what I SHOULD have done. I did lose quite a bit of memories. I was blogging instead of scrapbooking, with the plan of turning my blog into a book someday…..oops.

  4. Erica, it’s so nice to meet your from the UBP! I love your blog header. How fun it must be to have worked with Janice and Susan. I work alongside them virtually as I manage the Faith Lifts site. I cannot imagine loosing my entire blog. But I am thankful you are blogging again. I am following you along and hope we can become great blog friends! Happy hopping!

    • Hi Barbie – Janice and Susan were so much fun to work with…especially when I would get both of them on the phone with me. 🙂 I enjoy the 5 Minutes for Faith site. It is so nice to meet you. 🙂 Have a blessed weekend.

  5. Hi Erica, I’ve been so out of the loop this past year (twins!) that I didn’t realize you didn’t work for 5M4M anymore. Congrats on your wedding and I can imagine you life is a little bit like mine right now!
    I would love to read Kisses from Katie so please enter me!

  6. Stopping by from the UBP…

    I’ve heard so many good things about Kisses from Katie…

    What beautiful wedding pictures!

  7. Nice to meet you, and yes those girls can make you laugh. It is great that you can get back to blogging.

  8. it’s so nice to “meet” you! Your family is lovely, -love the wedding pics, and your kids are adorable! The story about you just losing your blog one day- yikes! -that is a big fear of mine. I pay extra to have backup with my host, but I’m a little foggy on how that actually works and how much is saved…something I should check into.
    the book you are giving away sounds fantastic.
    I loved visiting your blog, love your blog name!

    • Hi Jenn. It is nice to “meet” you too. I really should have been backing my stuff up better….lesson learned, that’s for sure. Thank you for visiting and have a fabulous weekend. 🙂

  9. I’m like you just now starting my blog over at Beauty by Design. I took a bit of a hiatus myself. Coming over from the UBP.

    • I am glad to hear that you are back to blogging. I think there is something relaxing and almost therapeutic about blogging. 🙂 Thanks so much for stopping by. 🙂

  10. Nice to meet you, and so sorry that you lost your entire blog in the past. I can understand why that would cause discouragement. Glad you are blogging again.
    I’m sure that you are learning new things all the time with your young family. Bless you for your sweet attitude.
    I hope you’ll consider linking up to my new blog hop starting May 3rd on Bible Love Ntoes.

    • Hi Gail. I would love to link up to your new blog hop and I will be stopping by soon. Thank you so much for visiting. Have a wonderful weekend.

  11. I am popping over from UBP13. I enjoyed my visit.

    (link #59)

    ps. I have my blog printed into a book each year … just in case the same thing happens to me. I am sorry you lost your blog.

    • Hi Glenda – Thanks so much for visiting. I should start making my blog into books..that would save me time from having to scrapbook too. 🙂

  12. Hello! Your family is absolutely beautiful! I am so sorry you lost your former blog. That is heartbreaking, but I’m glad you’re back! I’ll be following via rss, twitter, and pinterest.

    • P.S. I forgot to mention how much I would appreciate the book. I have been curious about it for a long time. Thanks for offering the giveaway. I look forward to hearing about the winner!

      • Hi Teresa – It is definitely an inspiring book. I would love to meet Katie and her adopted children.

  13. Hi! So glad you are back blogging. I can not imagine how that must have felt. I recently moved from Typepad to WordPress and feared I was going to lose years of blog posts but thanks to lots of help I had a seamless transition. You have a beautiful family! Congratulations! I look forward to chatting more. Amy

    • Hi Amy. Thanks for the visit. Are you liking WordPress, compared to Typepad? I am glad that it was a smooth transition for you. I hope that you have a fabulous week. 🙂

  14. Hi! I’m new to your blog – found you through the UBP13 hop 🙂 Your family is lovely! We have 2 biological daughters and we are a foster family, so at times we have more than our 2, and sometimes we are just a family of four. At the moment we are a family of five, and I’m enjoying it immensely! I’m adding you to my blog reader so I can follow your journey!

    • How wonderful that you are a foster family. When our kids are older, my hubby and I would like to take in foster kids. I will definitely be visiting your little spot on the web soon. Have a blessed week. 🙂

  15. Hi, visiting from UBP. Oh it must have felt terrible to loose all your blog info. It has happened to me with my computer. After I got over the shock, I thought perhaps it is a new season. So I began from scratched and never looked back. I am glad you didn’t stop blogging.

    • What a great way to look at it – a new season. That couldn’t be more true for me right now. Thanks for stopping by. I hope that your week is blessed.

  16. Wonderful pics! I’m dropping by from UBP and also hosting a giveaway at my blog. Enjoy the

  17. It is nice to “meet” you. I can’t imagine losing all my blog posts. I have been blogging since 2008. I do have a back up thankfully. I did start taking the personal posts that related to the kiddos and making Shutterfly picture books with them. I need to do another one. Then I will have the memories forever. 😉

    It was great getting to stop by in the UBP13 hop. I hope you have a blessed week. (I love all the great pics!)

    • Thanks so much for visiting. I love Shutterfly Photo Books. I too should start another one soon. Have fun party hopping and I hope that you have a splendid week.

  18. Thanks for a lovely visit via the Ultimate Blog Party 2013. Your family is lovely, and the book looks grand! I’m so sorry to hear about your first blog! I can’t begin to imagine how frustrating it was! Hopefully you’ll have no more problems going forward. Thanks again for a lovely and interesting visit.

  19. Hi Kaye – Thanks for taking the time to stop by. Have fun taking in all of the fun during the UBP. I hope that your week is wonderful.

  20. Hi there – I found you on the UBP2013. My sister and I have 9 kids (almost 10 as I’m pregnant) together – five each. YOu are right, never a dull moment. Anxious to check out your blog.

    • Wow. How fun that you and your sister have so many kiddos. It must be a blast! Thanks so much for taking the time to visit. 🙂

  21. It is nice to meet you.
    I’m also visiting from the party hop!
    Definitely a fun experience each year.

    Children are such a blessing and I can’t wait to have more! God’s willing.

    Thank you for sharing a bit about your family and those photos are adorable!

  22. Hi Erica! Love the little guys in hats and the girls are adorable. How cool that you worked for Janice and Susan, they were talking about virtual assistants at the G+ party – sounds like a great gig. I always fear I will lose my blog like that one time, I’m glad you decided to come back..have a great time being on the participating side instead of the planning side.

    • I was at the hangout…it was fun watching them. I miss working with them and it was definitely a blast. Thanks for visiting. 🙂

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