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 part of my summers in Wisconsin where most of my family lives), but currently reside in Colorado with my husband, E, our son, B, and our daughter, C (as well as a 20-year old cat named Camilla). Though I have a degree in art history, right now I fill the role of stay-at-home, homeschooling mom to two. I have dreams of one day moving back to the midwest, or to Ireland, whichever one happens to pull me the most.
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 drawing pretty much anything that pops into his head, building forts, digging up the yard, and having anything read to him. 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 looking at books, putting puzzles together, snuggling, asking a LOT of questions, and petting the cat. She is amazing already and we all adore her very much.
And, in memory…..
Camilla. Camilla came to live with E in 1999 when she was two years old and 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. She is now twenty years old and enjoys eating, (mostly) 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. (ETA…. We said goodbye to Camilla on November 6, 2017. She was [approximately] 20 years and six months old. She was very loved and her absence has left us pretty heartbroken.)
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 (including homeschooling using the Charlotte Mason method), books, 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. 🙂