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 ‘challenges’

How are you TODAY?

I once had someone very close to me serve time in prison. I learned a lot of things during that time. One of the lessons that has stuck with me, after more than 20 years, is that there is great wisdom in asking the question, “How are you TODAY?” In general, that person was probably […]

Hold the bubble

It’s so early into this thing, and I still don’t even know how to count the days. Is this Day 5? Day 3? What a crazy thing! Take a society that is used to everything at the touch of a button, at their very fingertips. Take a nation that is used to being on the […]


It’s been more than four years since I’ve written for this blog. I’ve been meaning to start back up, and I can’t think of a better time. Friends, this COVID-19 pandemic and the implications on our society are everything. It’s hard and necessary and unprecedented and inconvenient. It’s truly, truly hard to follow all of […]


Me, on a lighter night, coloring my hair and sending a silly selfie to a friend…. I could title this post any number of things. Over it. Living right. Can’t Erin anymore. All is well. ‘Roid rage. I’ve been all those places this week. And last. And maybe the week before. I’m on a 24-day […]

Hearing Himself

After nearly 18 months of advocating, calling, scheduling, speaking up, driving to Columbus for appointments, wondering, advocating, persisting, analyzing, persuading, and asserting myself on my child’s behalf, I’m happy to say that my dear Colby, who turned six last week, FINALLY has two hearing aids in his ears. After just a couple days, we can […]

The Last and the Baddest

I come in peace. I come with my palms up, in front of me, with slow measured steps and endless humility. I have no designs, no motives. I only wish to live and to live well. And I am. All is well in my life, but I have a story to tell you that will […]

Keeping My Head Above Water

I’ve been really overwhelmed by my motherhood lately. Mothering four kiddos is serious work. I mentioned all the sickness a couple of days ago. Now… hives. Why hives on two of four children? Why a weird, stubborn diaper rash on another? I have no clue. I was commiserating with some of my work buddies about […]

The Driver’s Seat

I often think about how “real” it would be if a reality show film crew would follow me around as I attempt to get myself and my four children out of the house to our various locations on the mornings that I work. Right now, that’s four days a week. And yesterday would have been […]

Learning Everyday

It’s been a very long week with some really ugly moments, but some beautiful ones too. I am very tired, very impatient for some time to myself and very happy that I’m not normally on my own with the kids, as I was most of this week. Ah, Deer Camp. You slay me. I haven’t […]

This Side of the Mountain

I have so much to talk about, but I am beat. So instead of posting all the gorgeous photos of holiday visits with family and friends and my best girlfriend’s wedding, I’m going to simply post this one. This is a photo of my four kiddos with the newest kid on the block, Mr. Quinten […]