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 ‘memories’

Time is Love

Exactly a month ago, we took off for Cherry Grove Beach (SC) for a beach vacation. It was fantastic. I’ve been meaning to share some photos and reflections, but I guess sometimes it take a month to let it go. We love our trip to the beach. There was coffee on the balcony in the […]

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 […]

High School, Remembered

I’m feeling a blast from the past tonight. I spent some time this past weekend with about ten of my classmates from my graduating class. We were the class of ’96 at Waterford High. And, it ended up being true, “We never had it all together, but together we had it all.” I remember leading […]

The Cowboy in Me

I am indeed aware that I haven’t posted in nearly a week. It’s hot, my laptop is on the fritz, I’m busy, blah, blah, blah. Mostly, I’m feeling quiet. Actually, I think I’m making myself feel quiet so I don’t spout a whole bunch of negativity. It’s cyclical for me, these times of introspection. I […]

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 Mother Load

Please excuse my absence around here lately, but I have have been busy getting ready for a mammoth yard sale, among other things. I kid you not, in the past week, I have not only returned to work three days a week, but fed a newborn, gotten myself to the doctor for some antibiotics, survived […]

Everyday Magic

Last week was rough. Really rough. The four walls of my house were exerting such internal pressure that I nearly lost my mind. The weather was terrible. The kids were kids. It was maddening. And, somehow, we made it through. My Lily is so smart and active. She constantly needs an ear, a project, a […]

The Blessing of a Girlfriend

Today is my best girlfriend’s birthday. Happy Birthday, baby girl! I am thankful that 31 years ago a four-pound preemie made her early entrance into this world. I’m thankful she was a fighter and did well and grew up to play saxophone with me in the band. Saxes are sexy! I’m so thankful for all […]

Ugly Sweaters on Beautiful People

Ah, Christmas Eve Eve. How I love thee. I have always loved this day. It’s such anticipation, such joy. The last-minute details, the making of memories and, this year, an ugly Christmas sweater party with good friends and family! I made one last mad (kid-free!) dash around town this afternoon: nine stops in about three […]

More Than an Heirloom To Me

My mom and Randy: first cousins always after 30 years apart. Many of you know how much I value and cherish my family. I am quite certain that I would not be the person I am without the family I have. They are the color in my life and the people with whom I know […]