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 November, 2010

Tightening My Cape

Well, it’s that time again. In the midst of all these happy holidays is a week I really don’t love: Deer Season. This is a snap of my husband’s hunting group. I believe they call themselves the Young Buck Buckmasters. Several of you readers are in the same boat I am: that is, you’ve got […]

Giving Thanks

I love Thanksgiving. It’s family, food, gratitude. It’s no pressure, a cuppa coffee with dessert and the meeting of the women when we try to come up with a Black Friday plan and simultaneously plan a Christmas gathering for 80. It’s my Vera Bradley apron and the matching one I bought for Lily but that […]

The Glass is Half-Full

I’ve been feeling short-changed lately, and that is not a feeling I want to have. Big things and little things have been piling up, trying to make me less than grateful for the million good things in my life. And I am not going to let them! Where did it start? Well, I had the […]

Losing and Finding My Mind

Ava and her beautiful momma…. So I told my mom tonight during my day-end report that every day I lose and find my mind several times. It’s true. I couldn’t seem to get Max out of the house today. While he’s getting better, it’s baby steps, baby steps. Oh, unless you’re a baby I know […]


Wow, it sure has been a rainy, lazy kind of day. It’s fall slipping away, and the holidays settling in. I’m still home from work with Max, who is doing better. He’s getting harder to understand, though, if that is possible. And he’s just now starting to feel well enough to have a slight attitude. […]

On a Prayer

My big boy giving thumbs-up pre-surgery. My little man Max had his tonsils and adenoids taken out yesterday. I wanted, selfishly, for the doctor to confirm it was the right decision after the surgery, and he did. He said Max’s tonsils were, indeed, very large. In fact, they were larger than those of the nine-year-old […]

27 Weeks :: Movin’ Right Along

I don’t have much energy left, but wanted to check in tonight. Exhaustion has been a theme this week. I do well throughout the day, but tend to crash around 8 or 9 p.m. I’ve got some aches and pains here and there, and some nights the heartburn kills. But by and large — no […]

Happy Birthday, Baby Girl!

Miss Lilith turned seven today. My baby, my first baby and my only girl, is seven. I can’t tell you how the last seven years have changed me, how I have become the person I was supposed to be by becoming a mother. I can’t tell you how many kisses I’ve given and been given, […]

Sounds of the Season

I’m not afraid — at all — to admit that I already have about a month, or even six weeks, of Christmas music in my system. That’s right, folks. I think I heard my first strains of my absolute favorite Christmas album — “Home for Christmas” by Amy Grant — in the last couple days […]

It Takes a Whole Village to Raise a Child

Or, say, six children. This is what my sister and I have come to know is true. We are both working mothers. She works full-time, but locally, whereas I work part-time an hour from home and an hour and a half from most of our doctors. (If, of course, you time the path I have […]