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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. =)

Wonderful World

Roberts Snow
My reasons

Ah, where to start? It’s been a long break from this blog, but I return to you in this space. I can’t say for sure that I’m rested or more inspired, but I’m more me.

My children have grown just a little bit more. My motherhood has been rich with hugs, kisses and funny conversations. My home has been full of life and love and laughter. And, my goodness, what else could I want?

We’ve had a couple of those amazing weather days. I walked a quick twenty minutes on my lunch break today at work. Long strides, fresh air, sun on my face. Just amazing. And, I kid you not, I thought to myself, “What a wonderful world.”

It has been such a process to learn to just be. Remember, all you busy, modern people, we are human beings. Not human doings. It’s okay to sit on a bench and stare into space. It’s good to put that phone down and not pick it up for minutes and hours. It’s very good. It’s okay to say, “No, it’s time we spent some time as as a family. I’m sorry I can’t ….”

Between Colby’s hearing journey (which continues and is a post in itself) and my own little health scares recently, I feel like I’ve been in doctor’s office waiting rooms a lot lately. One of those waits stands out. There was an eccentric older woman waiting with me in an office recently. She wasn’t comfortable with the whole “let’s-politely-ignore-each-other” thing that strangers typically do these days in waiting rooms, elevators and, frankly, entirely too many places.

No, this woman wanted to talk. And I, while sometimes quite the “over-sharer,” wasn’t really so chatty that day, as luck would have it. But this woman says to me, “Do you realize that stress is not a physical thing? It’s not found in the body, you can’t touch it or see it. It’s entirely made up. Let it go.”

And damned if she isn’t right! I’ve thought of that statement in my tightly wound moments, through stress headaches and bad days. I can control the stress that I feel and the ways in which I can expend that energy in more positive ways.

So, tonight, while I freely admit to brain cloudiness and midweek fatigue, I am going to leave it at that. Stretch your legs a little further on your next purposeful walk. Laugh at yourself when you make a fool of yourself. Look up to the sky at any hour to remind yourself how small you really are…. Be a human being.

Take time to think to yourself… it’s a wonderful world.

3 Responses

  1. Julie Mayle says:

    Thank you, Erin…thank you!!

  2. Renee says:

    Very Nice!!!

  3. Jess says:

    Amen! We are like fine wine…better with age. It is a busy life, no doubt, but I am getting better at pausing and appreciating all the little moments that mean SO much. Thanks for sharing:)

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