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 ‘appreciation’


It’s that magical time of year when spring blooms all around us. Every day, a new flower or type of bush is blooming. I typically commute to work for hours each week, and I mark the weeks by what is blooming: the forsythia, then the ironwoods and redbuds and so on. This year, I feel […]

Wonderful World

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 […]


In an alternate universe, I am very fit. I wake early to stretch and run before coffee. Later in the day, I do a fitness class for fun. I sweat until I can’t see. I reward myself with a hot shower. In an alternate universe, I have a lot of time. My house is organized, […]

A New {Old} Perspective

I just spent some time reading old journals, first from Colby’s infancy and then even older ones from my college days, my early days with the man I now call my husband. And while there was strife, I closed those notebooks with a giddy happiness. We made it. And I wish I could tell that […]

My Lucky Day

We have a kids’ book we just love in this house. It’s called “My Lucky Day” by Keiko Kasza. It’s a funny, well-written and beautifully illustrated book about the triumph of an underdog: a pig who tricks a fox who wants to eat him into giving him a warm, sudsy bath, a home-cooked meal complete […]

Playing Myself

I said something in conversation to my mom on the phone this week that stuck with me. I was telling her how yes, my morning was ok, yes, I voted. While trying to get my photo ID out for the poll worker, I flipped open my wallet and a lot of receipts, checks and cash […]

We Dance

I wake up to miracles today. I start this morning snoozing cozily in my bed. My olders are up and half-ready for school. Lily keeps coming in to turn off my snooze for me, carefully updating me with the time every ten minutes. My littles are finally both soundly sleep beside me in my king-size […]


Lucas has spent the past week looking like a real bruiser. He took at hard fall and changed the color and shape of his face. No joke. Thankfully, nothing was broken, and I think he’s well on his way to looking the way he did before. Actually, this is a cute before photo, above, and […]

Our Hair Samples

I’m a ball of energy, a force to be reckoned with. I am flying right through my days, my August, my life. I am in motion nearly all the time, moving into the next moment while picking up mementos along the way. Since last week, I’ve had a lot of moments I would have liked […]

Growing Pains

We’re getting a bit tight in this house. But, compared to some, we’re doing just fine. Alas, it was time to switch up some bedrooms, and possibly buy some more time in this house in the process. Miss Lil now has a room of her own. And the three boys are together in the bigger […]