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Welcome to Let Why Lead, a place for the purposeful wife and mom. I’m Erica, and I'm passionate about living fully and filling my family with love and belonging. For regular reminders of the whys of your life, I hope you’ll keep coming back.
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10 Simple, Easy-to-Miss Pleasures of Home Life that You Can Be Grateful for Today

One of my goals for this year is to devote at least a bit of time every night to filling myself back up. Fewer late-night sessions packing lunches and filling out kindergarten registration forms (oh wait, I did that on Sunday night) or binge-watching Downtown Abbey Season 5 (uh…did that last night!). Clearly, I’ve got some work to do, but it’s only…


Adding Affordable Art to Your Home | 6 Etsy Artists You’ll Fall For

With a house full of empty walls, I’ve got art on my mind. I thought I’d mix things up and share some of my very favorite Etsy artists with you today. I absolutely believe that what’s on our walls seeps into the hearts of our families. Art prints on Etsy are usually pretty affordable, and shopping through them means supporting a mom, wife,…


20 Kid-Approved Acts of Kindness You Can Do THIS Week

“How far you go in life depends on your being tender with the young, compassionate with the aged, sympathetic with the striving, and tolerant of the weak and the strong, because someday in your life, you will have been all of these.” George Washington Carver | botanist, agricultural chemist, inventor, educator At the beginning of the year, my husband and…


This Is Our Love Story (And Maybe Yours Too)

We’re a decade into our love story. It started with a boy who appeared on my doorstep during my sophomore year of college. Last night, that same boy snuck into our sons’ bedroom and made valentines with one son while the other snoozed soundly in his bed. That same boy who proposed with two dozen white roses is bringing home my…


20 Things You Can Do to Reduce Friction in Your Home Life

Shoes on the stairs, misplaced phone chargers, lost homework folders—these everyday annoyances add up, keeping us from living the calm, present lives we’re all chasing. (There’s some irony in chasing a calm life. But sometimes that’s just how it feels, right?) When we moved to our new home, all I cared about was setting up systems that would eliminate some of…