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. =)


It’s been nearly a year and half since I’ve checked in here. I’m still in love with my hubby, the kids are growing, and new memories are made everyday. Life is good.

Yesterday I had a birthday. I’m 37. I have to say that I have fond memories from 7, 17 and 27, so I think this will be a fabulous year. I like to say my 70s are going to rock!

I took the day off work to spend it with my crazy kiddos. We were busy with a trip to the doctor for Luke, a game of bowling, cleaning the house and van, mowing half the yard and heading to a ballgame. In the midst of all of that, I did a lot of mothering and pleading with the kids to be good so I didn’t have to yell so much on my birthday.

I also took some time to take some shots on my new Canon Rebel DSLR. (Finally!) I think I got some decent pics of some amazing little people, who aren’t nearly as little as the last time you saw them on this blog.

Lilith, 11 1/2

Maxwell, nearly 9

Colby, 6

Lucas, 4 1/3

These are my reasons….

I didn’t get to see a lot of Shrek (my husband) yesterday, but we did manage to have a delicious homemade dinner together in the company of the gorgeous flowers he sent me.



There was also a little of this:


So, today, the birthday is over. But today is something special all by itself. Twenty-five years ago, on this day, I started a serious journal, and today I spent some time writing in #70. Five years ago, I started this very blog to celebrate that lifetime of writing and to explore what I might do with it.

I’m still writing. And I’m still exploring. The answers aren’t all clear. There is never enough time. But I’m still here. And I’m still rocking not only the motherhood/wife/daughter/sister thing but the employee/volunteer thing as well. And … again I’ll say it … I’m still writing.

I have so much faith that all will become clear. And I’m going to keep doing my thing on the way to the next. Life is so good, and I’m blessed.

Thanks for visiting!

4 Responses

  1. julie says:

    So glad you had a great birthday. So happy that you got that camera. And yes, you captured some great pictures. Carry on young warrior! !! Love your writings. Love your reasons!!!

  2. Patti says:

    So great to read your blog again, I so enjoy each and every one. Glad you had a great birthday, that you got the camera you’ve been wishing for and all of your reasons! They are all so very special little people who are growing up! You are going to have do much fun taking pictures and preserving those special moments!

  3. Janetta says:

    i love the journeys in writing to find answers. Thanks for sharing your writing!

  4. Jessica says:

    So glad to see you are back! 37, WOW!!! You just get better with age! Love ya! Great pics!

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