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. =)

Joy Multiplied

With my help, my three-year-old spread a lot of joy via Facebook today. I shared photos of his orneriness–His Holy Orneriness, perhaps–and I think everyone who saw them got a good laugh to start the weekend. Some of you don’t see my debauchery on Facebook, so I’ll share some snaps here for you…

Colby gave himself a new ‘do, much to my dismay. He’s my redhead. My curly-haired, “fliptop-accented” kiddo. (But that’s another story.) He got ahold of Shrek’s beard trimmer and carved a remarkably steady, straight path almost exactly down the center of his head. Classic.

I knew he was upstairs. The big kids were home from school today, and I thought he was in Lily’s room with her. She thought he was with me. Turns out, he was opening his own barber shop here on Main Street.

And, in spite of those big pouty lips above, I am not terribly crushed. The kid’s hair grows full and quick, and it will be back in no time. And it’s just protein.

So I whipped out my own hair cutting arsenal and got to work. I ended up cutting Luke’s and Max’s hair as well. Granted, Colby’s is the shortest by far and definitely not perfect, but it will do. Here is his “after.”

So, we have recovered. We have a shorn Colby, a great story and lots of joy multiplied across the interwebs. Love wins.

Life is rolling right along. I am well. Busy. Perhaps a little unfocused–but only because I have my focus on so many things. There are new babies to love and friends who are passing out of this world soon. I am here and present, living and loving. I am so aware of the bigger picture, and I am so thankful my frame is so wide.

In that vein, today we celebrated a birthday in the family. Happiest of birthdays to my nephew Jud, the honorary brother of my sons. Here’s to life!

5 Responses

  1. Randall Beardsley says:

    Love the family entertainment. I like his claim to independence and individuality. thanks for sharing.

  2. Randall Beardsley says:

    Corrected email address

  3. Karen Rutter says:

    Everyone should be like Colby – he’s happy when he has a reverse mohawk and he’s happy when he has a buzz cut. It doesn’t matter, it’s just hair and he’s just happy! The fact that you just roll with it speaks volumes for your character, also. It’s just hair. Hair that did indeed bring smiles to enough people to make it well worth sharing. 🙂

  4. Colby gave you some great blogging material to work with! That was probably the worst case of self hair cutting I have ever seen. I loved it! Your guys are so creative! Guess they get it from their mom! The fact that you didn’t freak was from your mom. Laughter is the best way to handle these little mishaps!

  5. Patti Miller says:

    So incrediably funny! I loved it, the story, but most of all your reaction. Classic- Don’t sweat the small stuff. I wish I had been more like you and your mom in your reaction to lifes mishaps. I’m afraid I didn’t see enough humor in things that really weren’t that big of a deal in the big picture! For all you young moms, take a lesson from Erin and just roll with the punches and enjoy your little ones and their antics. They will grow up and when you look back you too will see that it really was funny or not that bad at least. The lesson in how they will react is priceless,though, in how they will handle themselves as parents. “Children live what they learn.” Love it when you spread the joy most of all.

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