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 ‘ebb and flow’

New Normal

There’s been a bit of a shift lately. I felt really great on Sunday. Like I was truly able to see this pandemic situation at face value. The answers seemed easier. I felt a settling in, a sense of calm. I’ll admit I’m not quite as zen after two full days of working at home […]

Give Way

So here I am. Actually, here I am with the littlest man, as adorable as he is ornery, and that says a lot. I know. I’ve been lost. Truly. It’s been one of those month-long ebbs, with occasional bursts of sunshine. Mostly, things just ebb and ebb, and nothing will flow. I’m not on sabbatical, […]

Tick Tock on the Clock

I am fully aware that this post’s title is lyrics to a popular pop song by Ke$ha or some such singer. Lily loves that song. I took a look at it on YouTube once, and vetoed it immediately. Call me a prude. Go ahead. But it’s been in my head for a couple of days. […]

Climbing Back Up

I have random happiness tonight. I’m not sure why it’s surfacing, but we don’t question brilliance now, do we? I am in awe of the weather, though I know rain is coming. I am in love with my children. I am making peace with my job. I am so blessed with amazing girlfriends, incredible relatives, […]


Surely, I have something to say. Some cute pictures to post. Some wit or fire or feat to share with you. (How about just one cute photo of Colby and Ava’s adorable new puppy, Faith?)  A feat? Oh yes. How about this? I keep forgetting to tell anyone that Max ate an American cheese single […]

Ebb and Flow

I had a marathon day yesterday, which seems to be par for the course lately. After getting Lily on the bus, dropping Max at preschool and doing some much-needed housework, laundry and cleaning of the van in the morning, I was a bit exhausted. I think sweeping out the van at 31 weeks pregnant in […]


I’ve come full-circle today. I woke up in a very different mindset and mood than I’m in now. I was moving in a fog. I was not myself. This week and its events all combined to make me feel a bit emotionally dead. Sounds terrible, but I think I was getting there. I have had […]

Hangin’ In (30 Weeks)

Well, my husband has finally reappeared this evening, but will be leaving again very soon. It’s been a long three days without him, but I’m hoping the next three will get better. I’m done with my work week, the house isn’t too shabby and there’s snow on the ground!!! (This, alone, makes me happy.) I’m […]

The Glass is Half-Full

I’ve been feeling short-changed lately, and that is not a feeling I want to have. Big things and little things have been piling up, trying to make me less than grateful for the million good things in my life. And I am not going to let them! Where did it start? Well, I had the […]

I Do and I Will

I can still remember the day we “met.” Although we’d been acquaintances before, the day we looked at each other in a new way was August 10, 1997. Hot day, good friends, free spirits, amazing music : Lilith Fair 1997. I was 19, and he was 25. Thirteen years have passed, and so much has […]