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 ‘hopes and dreams’


In an alternate universe, I am very fit. I wake early to stretch and run before coffee. Later in the day, I do a fitness class for fun. I sweat until I can’t see. I reward myself with a hot shower. In an alternate universe, I have a lot of time. My house is organized, […]


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 […]


I’m just not sure what to say about the fact that I’m posting a photo from September. It’s one of my favorites from last year. And, really, last year is a bit of a blur. But we made it! I talk about this all the time–out loud, in my head, to my mother, to my […]

Follow the Course

So long, so sorry. But not, on the other hand. Because I have been very pensive lately, and I’m working on not feeling so guilty for not being perfect at so many things, for not pushing myself to the absolute limit in every facet of my life. I’ve been busy with my family. There was […]

Progress Report

Ah, let’s see. My weekend started about five hours ago, and I am so glad. I have been a busy woman, and it’s time to dial back, or at least time for the business to be family-related. I want to be the kind of mom who cuts her own kids’ hair. Oh, well, look at […]

Feed That Fire

I don’t know about all of you, but this New Year’s has me feeling a little anxious. I’m not sure how best to explain it. It started last night with the promise of my first day back to work in twelve days. I checked Facebook just long enough to get an eyeful of ambitious resolutions […]

Five Years of Sweetness

I see a fire in this boy that tells me he’s going to make positive changes. It’s not an inferno or a flicker, but something in between. It’s a slow, steady burn. Today is Maxwell’s fifth birthday. I still smile when I remember how hard I fought for a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) during […]

The Best is Yet to Come

I am wrapping up a blessed weekend. Shrek took the older two on a special trip, and I had the “babies,” as I often call Colby and Luke, by myself. We stayed busy, but we also took time to do things like take a two-hour nap on Saturday afternoon, watch traffic from our comfortable and […]

Holding On and Letting Go

It seems I am becoming too busy to blog. I haven’t posted in a week! All I have to say about that is that I have been busy. I think I will be busy the rest of my life. But I’m not hanging this up. I am going to be wise enough to know when […]

When Life Gives You Mud

…make mud pies. So. I’m back to work. Life is different, for sure, but we’re okay. But I must admit, I am a bit grumpy tonight. Most of the first day back at work was fueled by adrenaline. It was almost fun. I over-prepared. There were organized piles all over my house, ready for packing, […]