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.