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 ‘summer’

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 […]

Live Like a Puppy

My summer has bloomed in all ways. I’ve really taken the summer mentality to heart. In addition to not blogging much, taking trips without my kids and not caring one iota about the extra five pounds, I am not feeling guilty for any of it. Guilt is such a strange thing. It pulls you down […]

Present Day

Ah, happy birthday to this little man! My Colby is four today. I cherish the day of his birth. It was my best birth experience. He arrived around 6:30 p.m. on a gorgeous spring day, much like the one we had today. I still remember our first moments, with the sun streaming through the windows […]

I Want to Linger

As you might have guessed, I have had a little bit of crisis here lately. But I’ve gotten to spend some quality time with some amazing girlfriends, with my Kenmore sweeper and even down on my hands and knees with PineSol and Mop’n’Glo. When the tough get going, the tough get cleaning! I also finally […]

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 […]

Keep Calm and Carry On… and On

A lot of my regular readers probably won’t be able to read this post. Here in Southeast Ohio, we all learned a new vocabulary word this weekend. Derecho.┬áSay it with me… “de-REY-cho!” It’s basically a strong, widespread wind storm with fast-moving thunderstorms mixed in. Kind of like a tornado, only straight. And kind of like […]

Right Where I Need to Be

Ahhh, life. I’m happy, busy, stressed, tired, loved and blessed… usually all at once. I am holding on to my reasons, my job, my blog, my dreams. I trust that I am exactly where I need to be. Where I needed to be this past weekend was Lake Tweet. And the Waterford Fair. And, on […]

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 […]

This Is How I Do It

I have a confession to make. I don’t even know where my real camera is. I might as well keep going… I am way behind on organizing photos, and let’s not even talk about the kids’ scrapbooks. There has been clean laundry stacked in my glider rocker in my bedroom for weeks. I’ve been digging […]

Take Me Out

Every now and then, life reaches a fever pitch. Nothing major is happening in my corner of the world, but I can’t catch up, can’t get enough sleep, can’t feel like all is well. (But it is.) This week brings seven ballgames. Yes, seven. Lily (and her cousin Julia) are rocking it out on the […]