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 ‘growing up’

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 twenty-third anniversary of journaling and the third birthday of this blog passed rather quietly last week, a day after my birthday. I kept thinking I would write, but time is so fleeting. I have been wasting post ideas by not letting them grow anywhere but inside my head. And, sometimes, it can’t be helped. […]

Going to “Cool”

It’s a week past the first day of school, but these are my memories and my snapshots. It was a hectic morning, as most mornings are, but the kids were eager to go. And not just these two, who were cleared for school: But this little, spunky three-year-old wanted to go too… (“I go cool! […]

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 […]

Don’t Miss Your Life

Last night while driving home from the lake by myself after dark, I heard Phil Vassar’s new song. “Don’t Miss Your Life.” Best thing about the song? I could hear every word on the first listen. This is rare for me. I have marked hearing loss in my left ear. If I turn to my […]

"Mink" Farewell

Where have all the binkies gone? Please don’t tell Colby, but they’re hiding in a bowl on the kitchen counter. It’s amazing how many we have accumulated over the years. Because Luke is not a fan, this is goodbye–one of our first true finales of the baby days. I’m not sad at all that Colby […]

Teaching Moments

Having four kids means I get a physical and mental workout every day, sometimes every minute of every day. I still picture myself in motion. When I think of the dance I do through this life, right now, I imagine I’m something like a spinning top or even the ball in the arcade-style ping ball […]

The Golden Rule

So last night was our annual Back-to-School Feast. This year’s theme: “The Golden Rule, Treat Others As You Want to Be Treated.” I admit I put some time, with Lily’s help, into preparation for the event, getting the table just so, making some gorgeous paper decorations to complement the whole deal, making dinner and a […]

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 […]