I began this blog almost nine years ago as a love letter, of sorts, to my four boys. At that time, having recently lost my own mother, I quickly realized how much I never knew her. Her, as a woman in this world. What her life was like. What pieces made up her puzzle. What chapters made up her story. What words made up her poem.

And so, I wrote for my boys. I could leave them these parts of me. The stories of our lives together. Yet, also, the story of me.

Initially, photography and autobiographical writing were central to plainmama. Running, knitting, and cooking emerged as forms of self expression in those nine years. All of these arts, as well as drawing and painting are a central part of me.

However, the main focus of plainmama (aside from photography) has shifted.   Poetry has taken the place of autobiographical documentation. See, I was born a poet. I know that. I wrote poems from the young age of 6 or 7. Peaking in my teens and early 20s, I filled notebooks and journals with poetry.  I packed away those filled journals, along with most of my words.  I would visit them on rare occasion when the urge to write verse was too great to ignore. Awakening, I found my words. I opened the suitcase and released their presence back into my life. They are here to stay, never to be silenced again.

~amy abrew

14 thoughts on “about”

    1. 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. I really love your blog! and I too love takeing pictures. I will be back to visit your blog! Keep up the wonderful job!!

  2. 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.


  3. 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

    1. 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.

  4. Funny how things happen, have been thinking about you, Matt and the boys lately. Not sure if it was the fact that your birthday just passed or watching the years fly by but I knew I just wanted to get in touch, which brought me to your blog. Feels like a lifetime has happened since we last saw each other and I’m sure we all have changed so much, me definitely for the better. So good to see, you, Matt and the boys happy and healthy. Just wanted to let you know I was thinking about you all and seeing all your beautiful pictures and reading your post made me happy. Would be wonderful to hear from you sometime. Send my love to Matt…

  5. In reading your Home page you really have some great thoughts and ideas. I didn’t want go and ‘Like’ all of them. But I really like them all! Good luck to you in your PT blogging!

  6. I just came and read this for the first time Amy! I began blogging so that my grandsons would know who and what I was after I’m gone. I knew my mom because she lived to be 92, but my dad died at 52 when I was just 19 years old and there are so many things I’d loved to have asked him. As a child you really never think to get to know you parent as a real person and I would have wanted to know how he felt about things and what other than his family he really cared about and on and on. And I just didn’t want that to happen with my boys. We really are a great deal alike it seems. Love, N 🙂 ❤

    1. Exactly alike. I have lost my whole childhood family. And it was those questions that I can never have answered because even my brother is gone, which stoked the fire for this blog. I am so glad you are leaving your grandsons a part of you. They will cherish it. You are such a beautiful soul, it would be a shame if they never got to know the depths of you. Your daughter will love this too. Even though she knows you her memory will be sparked at every turn. It will warm her heart forever. Thank you for your constant encouragement Natalie. It means the world.


Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s