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 ‘children’

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 […]


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 […]

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 […]

The Next Thing on My List

Well, I, for one, think it’s high time I got back to blogging again. My life has reached a whole new level of busy-ness. I’ve picked up another day a week at work. I’m doing well in my new Origami Owl business. I’m playing volleyball again on Tuesday evenings. I’m teaching kindergarten and first grade […]

Vacation Eve

Ah, Vacation Eve. It is finally here. Tomorrow we take off in the new ride to travel half of our five hundred miles to enjoy a day with family. Another half of the journey on Saturday will bring my children’s first looks at the ocean. I thought I might blog from the beach, but I […]

I Want to Linger

As you might have guessed, I have had a little bit of crisis here lately. But I’ve gotten to spend some quality time with some amazing girlfriends, with my Kenmore sweeper and even down on my hands and knees with PineSol and Mop’n’Glo. When the tough get going, the tough get cleaning! I also finally […]

Imagine Dragons

Well, I only have about seven different posts in my head. I’m not sure how this is happening, but I seem to have less and less time lately. Admittedly, I can’t blame my lack of blogging all on my lack of time. Instead, I’ll own up to a lack of spirit, a lack of blogging […]

Happy Exhaustion

We took four kids to the Zoo today. (The picture above might be my favorite.) I had a 6:45 a.m. wake up call courtesy of the baby, who also woke me no less than three or four times last night. Traveled 240 miles roundtrip to zoo. Packed four sippy cups, two bottles, snacks, two extra […]

Never Grow Up

It’s a constant theme, and yet I keep learning it. It’s not that I forget, really, but somehow, I have to be reminded. These days are precious. There will always be dirt, but these kids won’t always be little. We had a great weekend of camping with friends at Wolf Run. There were way more […]

Love in Child Form

It’s been said that babies are a wonderful way to start people. It’s true. Babies are really wonderful. I’ve always been a baby person. As one of the older grandchildren, I spent many nights with my aunts and their newborns. At 14, I mothered like you wouldn’t believe. I’ve always found my peace in babies, […]