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erin

I'm Erin Jo. I'm thinking, writing, dreaming, mothering, loving, living, praising, BLESSED to be Fiona to my Shrek and Mommy to my four amazing kiddos.

dave

dave

Shrek is "like an onion with many layers" but has a heart of gold. He's my husband and my friend, and we just get better all the time.

lily

lily

Lily is my first baby and only girl. She's smart, funny, tall and kind. Keeping up with this girl is a challenge and a joy. She's terrific!

max

max

Max is one part ogre, two parts lover and all boy! Our little man has a temper but gives the best hugs of anyone I know!

colby

colby

Colby is as ornery as he looks. He flirts shamelessly, even with strangers. He's all mouth and curls and the loudest by far.

luke

luke

Luke is the baby of the family, but holds his own. He's happy and adorable. And he's a terrible sleeper. =)

Five Years of Sweetness


I see a fire in this boy that tells me he’s going to make positive changes. It’s not an inferno or a flicker, but something in between. It’s a slow, steady burn.

Today is Maxwell’s fifth birthday. I still smile when I remember how hard I fought for a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) during my pregnancy with him and how proud I was to actually do it. Shrek and I were told it would be optimal for our second babe to be born during the business day while all hands were on deck in case I had to go to a C-section. I was pushing by 3:30 or 4, but feeling awfully sick, tired and weak. Shrek got right in my face, and said, “Let’s do this, baby. We gotta get this baby out!” At 4:59 p.m., right on time, Maxwell David came into the world, and we all cried.

Since then, I’ve learned that my firstborn boy can be incredibly sweet. He’s also shown the “Shrek” side of himself, but if we keep him fed, juiced and well-rested, it can be managed. While he has always been very emotionally intelligent, it’s just been within the past two months that he’s also become extremely interested in numbers, letters and putting pencil to paper. Like a light switch flipped, our Max has gone from barely coloring to writing out his own, very neat birthday list, which he insists hang on our fridge with the “5” magnet from the Leapfrog set.

He’s a friend to all. He has one speed, and it is not fast. Daddy says he wishes he could ever be as cool as Max, who saunters through life with natural blond highlights in the summer, a carefree look on his face and a “hockey smile” with only one front tooth.

He’s crazy about Transformers, Power Rangers, Monster Trucks and…. baking. He’s awesome with the baby and indifferent to what he wears. He’s an amazing little man, and I am so enjoying watching him grow up.

Happy birthday, baby boy! You are a huge part of mommy’s sunshine and one of her favorite reasons. I love you so much, it hurts.

One Response

  1. Anonymous says:

    Hello Erin…..You may not remember me but my name is Chassity Williams and I went to high school with you in Waterford. Anyway I read your blog all of the time and it is very empowering. Although I only have one child to care for I share your sentiments in watching them grow up. Reading your posts is very enjoyable and sometimes helps me to put things into perspective. Anyway Happy Birthday to your little one and god bless you and yours. :)

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