Mother – your art, your Letters, your photographs

This is me. One of the ways a woman can blossom before Mother happens.

How many ways are there for us to bloom, I wonder. For me, motherhood must be an expression of LOVE in art:

the little fingers and how they learn to pick up fat crayons, the words spoken and how they change trajectory, the stack of drawings you can’t throw away and how they timeline growth.

Do you know about the letters, the ones that Seth gathered for me that Christmas?

Those narratives have changed my life, the day-to-day that makes up a story and how your stories are also mine.

Several months ago, I picked them up newly, that stack over 600 pages high. When I received them I was a mother of three babies, but now I’m in a new phase with 4 boys – 3 growing gangly, piled up in a ruckus, and one rocking on hands and knees, trying to eat fuzz off the floor. I read because I need words of encouragement.

In turn, I write. I make art of my encouragement as best I can, and I document with images. I can whip out like nobody’s business because motherhood is art.

My good, good husband gathered letters that began, “Dear Mother,” and he had absolutely no intention of doing anything with them but to put them under our Christmas tree. These few years later, they are my treasure, the voices of truth in my ear claiming my right and beautiful and messy position as Mother. Together with Squee! we want you to have a small collection of those voices, too, and we want you to be a part of the book.

Would you join us as we Curate the Mother Art? Tag your own photos with #MotherLetters, sharing the mess and glory of motherhood, celebrating your own ART in your Life as Mother.


The Magic Moments {#MotherLetters}

The Moments a Mother Dreams {#MotherLetters}


When Dirt Makes You Cry {#MotherLetters}

 little side note: Y’ALL! Look how pretty the site is.
I’m just so honored to have such a husband as Seth 
and such real-life friends as Holley and Stephanie.
You mothers out there in this strange world?
You have proved to me the power of story.
Just thank you  thank  you  thank you.
And go on ahead and find me (@amberhaines) on
I’ll follow you back.
About me


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August 19, 2015
Condemnation on the Molehill
June 08, 2015
Tools for the Highly Sensitive Mother: An Introduction
April 27, 2015
The Uncouth: The Hormonal
May 12, 2014
What Mothers Me
April 01, 2014
Learning How to Eat (and a giveaway of Mom in the Mirror)
May 20, 2013
rambling (wo)man
April 05, 2013
A Haines Home Companion: Alter
February 22, 2013


Reply March 12, 2012

Amber, if we submitted a letter to the original
Project do you want us to submit a new one too?

    Reply March 12, 2012

    Absolutely. The first collection of letters being published are a small gathering of voices. Your original letter is amazing - how we met! But it's been 4 years. Think of how we've changed, even just in our email conversations?

Reply March 12, 2012

I LOVE this idea!! Is there any way I can participate without a smart phone? (Without instagram)

    Reply March 12, 2012

    Yes, Sara! Please do! Just tweet them using whatever avenue you have and make sure to hashtag #MotherLetters.

    It's already getting so fun to peak into mother living in that #motherletters stream.

Reply March 12, 2012

This is exciting. Excited about sitting down and browsing through my old instagram photos!!! And about the book, will definitely make sure I get myself a copy...sounds like a good Mother's Day gift to request!

    Reply March 13, 2012

    We're so excited about it, too! Even consider sending in your own letter if you want.

Emily @ The Pilot's Wife
Reply March 12, 2012

I love this (and you Haines people) times a million.

    Reply March 13, 2012

    Well you know the Haines people love the Carter people. Come Home!

LoveFeast Table
Reply March 13, 2012 more reason to switch to the iPhone. :)

    Reply March 13, 2012

    Well, yes, Kristin, if you need an excuse take this one, but actually you can just use Twitpic and upload photos from your computer, too!

Reply March 13, 2012

I am clueless about instagram, but I adore the photo of you and your 4 boys.....makes me wish to turn back time and add 2 more to my pair.

Reply March 16, 2012

I love this...however, I have to find my ipod touch to participate as I am a Droid phone user. Oh yes, I went there. I wish all this cool stuff was around when my almost 17 year old daughter was little. *sigh* maybe I can capture some moments before she gathers her wings and flies off.

    Lisa Easterling
    Reply April 12, 2012

    Dear Michelle, I can so relate. Our "baby" and only daughter after our four boys will be 17 next month. I can barely breathe to think how these years have shot by, Steve and me left here clinging to one another in wonder and anguish and pride as we watch them flutter and fly. I wish you love today and beyond.

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