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.



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



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

Archive for October, 2010

Carving Out Memories

Well, I suppose this is a good time to admit that if I hadn’t been so %$#&)^%# frustrated while letting the kids help me ice a kajillion sugar cookie ghosts last night that I might have really liked to have taken a photo of them to go with this post. Ah well. This still photo […]

These are My People

“Call it a clan, call it a network, call it a tribe, call it a family. Whatever you call it, whoever you are, you need one.”– Jane Howard Well, I can’t believe it, but I don’t have a group photo of my family women this past weekend. I’ll have to add one when I get […]

Living My Real Life

For starters, I can’t believe how much laundry this family makes! I’ve spent the better part of two days hauling, washing, drying, folding and putting away about 10 loads of laundry. Hmm, another baby into the mix? No problem! While I fold and carry and trip over random toys, my boys have been playing together […]

Hitting the Brakes

I have been absolutely clobbered by how fast life seems to be going lately. My little girl, who will be seven in a couple of weeks, is less than a foot shorter than me! And I’m not short. Max is becoming a little man and teaching me the names of farm machinery we see working […]

A Photo Tease and Appreciation

Well, I’ve spent way too much time editing awesome photos of my kids from today’s fall photo shoot and really haven’t left time to write. (I promise to share more images this week!) It was a great weekend, and I’m feeling on the upswing. THANK YOU to all who read, commented on and shared Friday’s […]

About 128 Pounds of Heart

It occurred to me today that about 128 pounds of my heart live outside of my body. No wonder I have been heavy-hearted this week! With Lily around 56 pounds, Max at 46 and Colby at nearly 26, I live my life, truly, with 128 pounds of vulnerability outside my body. As vital to me […]

The Baby of the Family

I’ve been really busy lately. I’ve been organizing clothes, shoes, toys, papers and all kinds of random items in my house. It’s been about a week of spurts of focused activity, and the place is looking amazing. I’m happy to be free of clutter! I’ve also been really busy trying to cherish my kids, to […]

Me, In a Cape

I admit, I have a picture problem. As in, I can’t seem to capture the right images to make my blogging life easier and more meaningful. For instance, today I’d like a photo of myself looking tired and very pregnant, but in a cape. Because I feel a bit like a tired, very pregnant superhero […]

My Ship is Sailing Into the Sunset

Wow. Am I ever tired. This is going to be a lame post, so here’s a recent photo of my reasons to get you through it! I have had a couple busy, productive weeks at work. A huge press conference today was the climax, and I’m pleased to say it went very, very well. Yea, […]

A Lifetime is Not Too Long To Live As Friends

One of the amazing things in my life has been SEARCH for Christian Maturity, a nondenominational, but Christian program for high school youth. I made SEARCH in the fall of 1993, at 15, and last attended a weekend retreat in my area as a college freshman. Aside from all the knowledge, maturity and faith gained […]