My name is Rebecca, though I’ve gone by the nickname “Reb” for years. I’ve been on the internets in one form or another since 1996 when I made my first horrific homepage, complete with marqueeing text and some kind of animated gif of a spinning globe (I called the site “Reb’s World”). Since then, my web presence has gone through various incarnations (you might remember me from such websites as nathair.com, paved-paradise.com, and chewbecca.com) and this one is the most recent. I can’t seem to stop myself from blogging.

I grew up in Minnesota (with summers in Wisconsin), but currently live in Colorado with my husband, E, our son, B, and our daughter, C (as well as a cat named Camilla). Though I have a degree in art history, right now I fill the role of stay-at-home-mom as well as virtual assistant with a hobby on the side of photography. I have dreams of one day moving back to the midwest, or to Ireland, an island with which I have a strange infatuation and the place where my heart seems to reside.

Here are the rest of the characters you’ll see here:


E. E and I got hitched in November of 2004. He was born and raised in Buffalo, New York and graduated in 2001 from a prestigious engineering school (which is something I am endlessly proud of) with a chemical engineering degree. He is my best friend and I am so honored to be his wife. Someday he’d like to write a novel.


B. B came to us in August of 2010 and has been improving our lives ever since. He enjoys cuddling, singing whatever made up song that happens to pop into his head, and taking out every.single.one of his toys at the same time. Next to E, B is one of my very favorite people on the planet and I’m so thankful I get to spend my days with him.

C. C came to us in January of 2014 and completes our little family quite nicely. She enjoys nursing, snuggling, calmly looking around, smiling at everyone and everything in sight, falling asleep and then starting it all over again. She is amazing already and we all adore her very much.


Camilla. Camilla came to live with E in 1999 when a friend of his asked him to watch her for a semester while she went back to school. He hasn’t heard from said friend since. Camilla enjoys eating, sleeping, repeating these things many times throughout the day, and being histrionic. She is very much loved. Someday she’d like to be an opera singer.

And, in memory…..

Muse. We brought Muse home from the Cat Care Society in September of 2003 after Koshka, my cat of six years, passed away earlier that year. She enjoys making lots of noise, running around the house, and chasing laser pointer lights. She is also very much loved. Someday she’d like to be a professional soccer player. (ETA…. We said good bye to her on May 9, 2014 after she was diagnosed with advanced heart failure. We miss her tremendously.)

The Blog. I’ve been blogging somewhat regularly since 1999 and as often as I’ve tried to quit and be done with it, I keep coming back. This is a personal site. I’m not skilled at offering advice or how-tos or even coming up with my own recipes from scratch. This is just my life. My view. I do talk about a few topics quite often, though, and these include my relationship with God, parenting, food, and photography. But anything else is up for grabs as well and you’ll probably see a little of everything here.

I do use affiliate links on some of the posts to offset the costs of hosting and, well, living in general. :)