I am Amy Dran Abrew.  I am a wife, mother, friend, daughter, sister, runner, home cook, writer, photographer, and, at times, a blogger. These are the things that define me. I have been married for 17 years.  While I have an education and significant work experience, I have been working in the trenches raising boys for 12 years.  My boys are: Marley (12), Brodie (10), Cale (8), and Perry (5). We share our home with our dogs Sadie and Fern, our cat Hobbes, and our bearded dragon Ziggy. Although Matt and I grew up together in Pittsburgh, PA and had 2 babies in the plains of Illinois, we now reside in beautiful Boise, Idaho.

I began running 7 years ago. Before that I couldn’t run a mile.  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.

Food is awesome.  I have had a complicated relationship with it, but in the end we have worked it out.  My mom and dad were both great home cooks. I inherited that zeal to create in the kitchen. I enjoy making things from scratch. By learning the science behind cooking and baking, my abilities have grown tremendously. It allows me to experiment with recipes.  Mostly that results in changing the traditional dish to a healthier, but hopefully just as tasty, one.

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.

If I have a quiet moment I often will sit and write.  Poetry has always been a passion of mine.  I can remember writing a snowman poem in second grade that impressed my dad so much.  I started writing then and never really stopped.  This passion grew even further in college.  I realized I could create and evoke emotion through my writing.  Just as reading could take me to new worlds, so could writing.

Blogging has come and gone in the 7 years since I started this blog. I blog to record my life. Sometimes that 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. 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

    • 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!


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