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. =)

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Never Bored, Always Blessed

This is the hopeful pile I carry around the house with me. My new favorite magazine, my new journal (number 74, I kid you not,) and my Kindle. I am somewhat amazed but not really surprised that even after nearly three months of this quarantine-style living, I have not run out of things to do. […]

The Blessing

So yesterday I woke up early, on my own, at about 6 a.m. This was not normal. I laid in my bed for a bit before getting up for my coffee and the sunrise. The extra time allowed me to finish the prayers I had fallen asleep on. It was a blessing. After working a […]


So, how are you doing in this brave, new world? I am so lucky to have a bevy of other moms and women to ponder this question with over wine on Wednesday nights. This week’s crew came to the screen from various hiding places (cars, garages, closets) and with several guest starring children, who made […]

The Family Happy Hour

So this is the best thing that happened to me today: my brilliant cousin in Denver suggested we hold a Family Happy Hour tonight, and, in the span of two hours, 48 different family members logged on and shared their faces, their jokes and their situations. (And, also, their pets.) What a blessing! I thought […]

Hearing Himself

After nearly 18 months of advocating, calling, scheduling, speaking up, driving to Columbus for appointments, wondering, advocating, persisting, analyzing, persuading, and asserting myself on my child’s behalf, I’m happy to say that my dear Colby, who turned six last week, FINALLY has two hearing aids in his ears. After just a couple days, we can […]


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. […]

A Christmas Message

I started this post on the eve of Christmas Eve, while wrapping, baking cookies and trying to find that one missing present that just had to be here somewhere. I felt peaceful and less busy than I had been and hopeful for the holiday. Friday’s snow was just the thing I needed. It was the […]

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! […]

Big Science and a GIVEAWAY!

Our family had quite the treat on Wednesday at COSI (Center of Science and Industry) in Columbus. I received a very kind note about six weeks ago about my blog with a special invitation to enjoy COSI’s Early Childhood Workshop and tons of other perks as part of a Mommy Blogger event. Well, YES! And […]


I know I haven’t posted much this month. I bought a new gorgeous journal, #69, and have only written in it twice–once on May 6 and once earlier tonight. My fingernails aren’t painted, and my toenails are in need of a redo. I lose things. I forget things. I might be a train wreck much […]