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I am Amy.  I am a wife, mother, friend, daughter, sister, runner, home cook, knitter, photographer, and, at times, a blogger. These are the things that define me. I wouldn’t know how to not be them or who to be without them. I have been married to my best friend for 14 years.  While I have an education and significant work experience, I have been working in the trenches raising boys for the past decade.  My boys are: Marley (10), Brodie (8), Cale (6), and Perry (3). We share our home with our dog, Dink, and our cat, Hobbes. Although Matt and I grew up together in Pittsburgh, PA, we now reside in the plains of Illinois.

Running is my newest form of self-identification. I began running just about 5 years ago. Before that I couldn’t run a mile straight or in under 12 minutes.  One day as I plugged away on the elliptical I saw a girl running on the treadmill. So free. So effortless. So fluid. That’s what I wanted. So I began. I ran and I ran. Somewhere in all those miles I found a part of myself. A part that I don’t know how I ever lived without. Now I run and I run freely, effortlessly, fluidly …at least some days.

I come from two great cooks. My mom and my dad were both fabulous home cooks. I inherited that zeal to prepare good home cooked comfort food. I enjoy making dishes from scratch. Learning the science behind cooking and baking has enhanced my abilities tremendously. Not to mention allowing me to break free of the recipes typed in front of me. I can use my palette and knowledge to create something delicious. Most times it is just Matt and I eating these creations since my boys are as picky as they get.

If I have a quiet moment or a specific gift I want to give, then my hands will be busy knitting. Shortly after having my first son, Marley, I wanted to learn to knit. So I taught myself. Each project I have made I push myself to learn something new. I now consider myself a fairly knowledgable knitter. I can pick up any pattern and produce the desired outcome. I can also adjust patterns to develop my own creations. I wish I could spend more time knitting, but sedentary is not my life right now and knitting requires a certain amount of it.

Photography. It is my most challenging and rewarding creative outlet. I never feel my art is good enough. I am always looking to improve, push myself, become more technically savvy, more adventurous, more open, more honest in my art. I feel like I could never master this part of me. That’s challenging and intriguing.

Blogging has come and gone in the 6 years since I started this blog. I blog to record my life. Sometimes life gets in the way. However, I am still committed to documenting the days and experiences I share with my boys. It is to provide them a glimpse of who I am, what we did, and how I experienced their childhood. I want to leave them with some account of our family and of me.  This is my humble attempt.

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    • Hi Erin! I would be glad to be included on your blog :) Thank you so much for all your nice comments and interest in my blog. Photography is a passion of mine and I love to write. I started my blog almost 2 years ago in an effort to challenge myself to master aspects of photography. Most importantly I do it for my boys. I want them to look back and read these blogs entries and remember all the things we did and really know who I am, as a person more than just their mother. Anyway, I do love blogging and feel very honored that you would want to feature me on your blog.

  1. Hi Amy –

    Didn’t know any other way to contact you (feel free to delete this once you read it) but I wanted to write you about the Edible Birdhouses since you mentioned you might make them with your boys. I have found at times the edible glue tobe frustrating to work with and not holding the seed as well as I’d like it to. Sooo, I’ve been experimenting and found that by adding some natural peanut butter (the kind with the oil separated on the top) to it in different ratios to work MUCH better.

    For this to work, you need to remove as much oil from the PB as you can. I drain off what I can from the jar (I bought a small store-brand jar for $2.99) THEN place a rolled up paper towel on top and shut the lid. Flip the jar over and allow the oil to drain into the paper towelling. You can do this several times. The resulting PB will be very think and dry. That’s a good thing. :-)

    Then, when ready to use, mix up the PB with some of the edible glue. For things like the roof where I have used nuts and heavier items, the ratio is probably 1:1. For the walls, you can add less PB so maybe a 2:1 ratio (glue:PB) or even 3:1 or 4:1 ratio (I am still experimenting). Then, schmear the mixture on thickly with a flat wooden stick or a spatula, dump on the seeds and press them in.

    Tracy

  2. Amy,
    I love reading your blog. I’d love to talk to you again – will try to call you late some evening – if that is ok with you. The boys are adorable.

    Take care of yourself. Jo

    • Definitely call. Sometimes the best time is around 1 or 2 in the afternoon while Perry is asleep. I will try you some time this week to see if you are around.

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