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 ‘life’

The Last and the Baddest

I come in peace. I come with my palms up, in front of me, with slow measured steps and endless humility. I have no designs, no motives. I only wish to live and to live well. And I am. All is well in my life, but I have a story to tell you that will […]

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 […]

Telling Stories

I’ve been in another world. A world where I could do whatever I wanted, at whatever hour. A world where I went to sleep without one ear and one eye open and without one foot on the ground, ready to soothe the one crying child who might wake the three others. A world where I […]

Tired Hamster on a Wheel

That’s me! I’m running on fumes this week, but running, nonetheless. Everyday feels like Groundhog Day. Wake up with headache, scramble around like a crazy woman, drop off kids in various places, go to work where I’m really productive, but stressed, come home, hang with kids, eat, clean, crash, repeat. And to make it even […]

Everyday Rockstars

While I’d like to think I’m a superstar mother for rushing to Aldi after work, gathering, purchasing and bagging $145 of much-needed groceries, and then loading them in the trunk, ALL IN LESS THAN 25 minutes, so I could hit the road to meet Lily at the end of her 4-H meeting, I know I’m […]

Virtual Reality

All thanks go to Jennifer Duskey of Jennifer Duskey Photography for this sweet sneak peek of our frigid outdoor photo shoot on Saturday morn. I can’t wait to see more, and I promise to share!  Life seems so real tonight. I am feeling a heaviness in my heart for others and contentment with my lot […]

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 […]

Kid Party

As perfect as these photos make last night’s bedtime look, it wasn’t so pretty in actual life. Daddy had gone back to work, the baby wasn’t going down without a fight, and I was just trying to get the snack and pajamas part of the process under way. The toothache I’ve been drugging all week […]

Be That Person

This post has been writing itself in my head this evening, begging me to share. And if it would please send its first line out, I’d get right on it. It’s something about a stream of consciousness, because that’s what this is going to be. I’ve had a good day off. I ran the preschool […]


The other day I promised on July 1 I would do a mid-year review of my New Year’s resolution, to “Do What {I} Love.” Well, I then went AWOL and returned, forgetting my plan to give myself a mid-year grade. I remember now. And I give myself a B. I am doing what I love, […]