which includes a couple of the speed bumps (blessings) in Erika’s path to earn her degree. Her family has been a rock this entire time; supporting her, loving her, and cheering her on. While she did the work that earned her public recognition, they did the work that allowed her to achieve her dreams. They are fabulous!
Erika’s husband, Scotty, rearranged his work schedules countless times to fit her school schedule better. When she wasn’t home with their kiddos, he was. He’s her right hand.
Scotty and all six kids. They did a great job of letting their mom study, sleep in after a late-night study session, and picking up the slack around the house so she didn’t have as much to stress over.
The whole family.
All the kiddos – from oldest to youngest – Tymek, Benjamin, Konrad, Lillian, Kayleigh, and Kendric.
The oldest three boys – Tymek, Konrad, and Benjamin. The three older boys with Kendric, one of the twins.
Then came Lillian and the twins, Kayleigh and Kendric.
Finally, the twins, Kayleigh and Kendric.
Just for kicks, this picture of Benjamin. I love how you can see his eyes focusing on the frog, but only his sweet little hand and the frog are in focus.
So – if any of you ever run into my sister, congratulate her on a job well done. However, if you ever run into Scotty or any of the kids, thank them for being such a great support system for her that she was able to achieve her dream.