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 ‘family’

Never Bored, Always Blessed

This is the hopeful pile I carry around the house with me. My new favorite magazine, my new journal (number 74, I kid you not,) and my Kindle. I am somewhat amazed but not really surprised that even after nearly three months of this quarantine-style living, I have not run out of things to do. […]

The Family Happy Hour

So this is the best thing that happened to me today: my brilliant cousin in Denver suggested we hold a Family Happy Hour tonight, and, in the span of two hours, 48 different family members logged on and shared their faces, their jokes and their situations. (And, also, their pets.) What a blessing! I thought […]

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 […]

Joy Multiplied

With my help, my three-year-old spread a lot of joy via Facebook today. I shared photos of his orneriness–His Holy Orneriness, perhaps–and I think everyone who saw them got a good laugh to start the weekend. Some of you don’t see my debauchery on Facebook, so I’ll share some snaps here for you… Colby gave […]

Living the Dream

I think two weeks is plenty long enough not to blog. And don’t you think these pictures call for a celebration? In the midst of all the craziness, I managed to get my family slightly color-coordinated and in front of the lens of a fantastic photographer on a mild, sunny December Sunday morning. Cue the […]

Channeling Holiday Spirit

Maxwell, Christmas morning 2010 All of the sudden, it’s winter. There is no doubt. My feet are cold, I’m wrapped in a blanket and the furnace is roaring. Baby, it’s cold outside! I have to admit that I was not really believing it was time for the holidays this time last week. While cruising around […]


There is so much to write about, but for now, I think I’ll write about how I was a part of history today when I got to see President Barack Obama speak at Ohio University, my alma mater and employer. Obama was the eleventh sitting president to visit campus and the first since Lyndon B. […]

Footprints in the Sand

The Roberts family went to the beach, and it was amazing. Really. It was everything I wanted it to be and more. I am so glad I finally convinced Shrek to do it. Going to the beach with babies is supposed to be so much work. But you know? It wasn’t really that bad. We […]

A Good Life All the Way

We humans are such a funny lot. We are intelligent, and yet we act foolishly. We are logical but often only after we’ve had the chance to be emotional. What we might do in one situation is not what we do in the next. There’s a heavy logjam in my brain right now. I’m having […]

Moments We’ll Remember

Rainy days and Mondays always get me down. Not really, but wasn’t today a doozy? Both rainy and a Monday? I tell you what. My weekend life is so near perfect that I get down every Monday. Oh, but it won’t be long, because these weeks are flying by. Soon it will be Wednesday, when […]