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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. =)

Present Day

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Ah, happy birthday to this little man! My Colby is four today. I cherish the day of his birth. It was my best birth experience. He arrived around 6:30 p.m. on a gorgeous spring day, much like the one we had today. I still remember our first moments, with the sun streaming through the windows of our birthing suite at the hospital. I treasure the pictures of him with his older siblings, all clean and shiny in their big sister and big brother shirts. And I cherish every moment since, some of them not so good, and yet perfectly a part of the quilt of his life.

This boy is a blessing. He’s funny and true. He’s a joy and a presence. And I am so lucky to be his momma.

I am planning a carnival birthday party for Colby and his big brother Maxwell, who turns 7 on June 16. Ironically, the party is on my birthday on Saturday, June 1. The chance of rain that day has quadrupled since yesterday, and I can’t seem to organize my supplies to figure out what else is needed.  Ah, I’ve decided all will be well. After all, I can cry if I want to, right?

I have many irons in the fire, as usual. I spend most evenings at ballgames, most weekends at Lake Tweet. I have planned several summer trips. I have undertaken the challenges of overhauling both my eating and my exercise. I am also in the midst of reading three books, which is laughable, since I have time for none.

I am loving summer. But I often have the feeling of fogginess, of not quite being in the present. And that’s what bothers me. I have too much going on, of that I am sure. And so, this writing is good for me, and writing in my journal would be even better.

I am finding my way. And reminding myself that I’m right where God wants me to be. And I am just fine.

Every day is a gift, and that is why we call it the present.

4 Responses

  1. Patti says:

    Happy Birthday, sweet Colby. He is such a joy, a ray of sunshine! You are so right. We need to slow down, esp. you and all the young mothers out there. Enjoy each day as a gift and fill your memory with all of lifes goodness, esp. your children. It goes by quickly. Don’t live with regrets, all those things we think are important, in the end don’t really matter, so take a breath, and enjoy the present!

  2. Jessica Yost says:

    Colby brings us all joy. I showed the boys his picture and Josh said “He looks happy.” Nick replied “He’s always happy.” What a sweet boy you have! His smile is contagious. We can’t wait to celebrate with you on Saturday! Let me know if you need any help:)

  3. Happy Birthday to Colby!!!! That’s what he kept singing at my house on Tues. I remember his “birth” day as well. It was a good one! Yep, Erin, you are too busy! There never seems to be a down time, come on vacation!!!! Love you!

  4. Karen Rutter says:

    Oh, I’m sorry I forgot to say Happy Birthday to Colby! :( But, late happy birthday, Colby!

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