Nancy: A number of our friends are going to be joining us for these True Woman Table Talk discussions.

Mary: Girlfriend time.

Nancy: Let me introduce you to the three guests who are with us today. On Mary’s left is Erin Davis. Erin is a wife and mom of two little ones. We have women in different seasons of life. I love that.

Mary, you have young adult sons, and Erin, you have little ones.

Erin Davis: Very little, yes.

Nancy: You’re our (I don’t want to say token, because that sounds like it’s not important), but we needed a younger woman. 

Erin: I’ll take it if you’re going to tell them I’m young.

Nancy: Enjoy it while you have it, because, as we’ve all learned, it doesn’t last.

Mary: It doesn’t last.

Nancy: But you have such a heart for teenagers, for young women. You’re passionate about that, and you’ve helped us be passionate about it, too.

Erin: That’s good, yes.

Nancy: And so Erin Davis, and then in the middle, Holly Elliff. Holly and I go back a long ways. We’re longtime friends, sisters, and you have eight children and six grandchildren.

Holly Elliff: I do.

Nancy: Then to my right is Dannah Gresh. Dannah, you have teenagers and young adult children, kind of in that age range.

Dannah Gresh: I still call them my babies. They’re always your babies.

Nancy: We had the privilege of writing together, Lies Young Women Believe. And what a journey that has been. I’ve learned so much from you and your heart for teens. And, by the way, what’s so neat about this gathering is that the Lord used you when Erin was a teenager.

Erin: That’s right. Dannah was my mentor when I was fifteen.

Nancy: Yes. And now you’re mentoring other young women, and we just see this whole thing of the beauty of true womanhood and legacy.

Now, I’m not married, and I’ve never had children, but all you ladies are moms. Can you remember, when you had that first child, did you all want to know whether it was a boy or girl? Did you find out?

Mary: There was no option when I had my kids.

Holly: When Mary and I had our first kids, probably . . .

Nancy: Okay, you’re dating yourselves. 

Mary: Okay . . . back in the day.

Holly: Back in the day when I was young. So the first half of my children, I didn’t know what was coming.

Mary: They never even did ultrasounds.

Holly: No. But the second half of my children, technology had caught up. So the first four I didn’t know. The last four I did know what I was having.

Mary: Well, I just got used to hearing, "It’s a boy!" "It’s a boy!" "It’s a boy!"

Nancy: Did you find out before your first was born?

Dannah: I did not want to know. I love anticipation.

Nancy: You wanted to know sooner or later—just not sooner.

Dannah: Yes. I wanted to know when that baby was in my arms, and I didn’t know until then. So that was fine.

Nancy: How about you, Erin?

Erin: I didn’t want to know. I had to find out with my first because he had a little medical thing, and so we found out with him. We were thrilled that he was a boy. But with my second, I was determined not to find out. So we had written in our birth plan, “No one can tell Erin except Jason.”

There were people in the waiting room. My aunt had a blue blanket and a pink blanket because they were waiting. Then I had the baby, and my husband’s eyes filled with tears. I’ll never forget it. He said, “It’s another boy!” I was so excited!

Nancy: Well, …