what i generally write about:

being an expat

being mother

being redeemed

about me:

it's my husband, two girls, our english springer spaniel, and me.  we live as expats in the middle east, being pulled out here by a wonderful job for ben. i’m coming to find the beauty in the desert and learning to notice the goodness of this growing season god has for me.  

so, why the blog?

well, after a full year in pittsburgh after moving from wisconsin, we became pregnant!  we phoned our families the good news, and subsequently; all of our interactions would be from a distance.  the pregnancy, birth, and rearing of a child would occur in a place that we both loved, but was absent of our families.  so we created a blog in order for our geographically-distanced families to share in the experience.  and with the first post of announcing our pregnancy, this little blog will be six this summer!

and, what's with the blog's title?

i love the story of the velveteen rabbit (and here is one of our favorite quotes).  and as we started out on our parenting journey first by recognizing there was life inside my body, we grappled with how it could be real...how is this tiny thing of life real to us?  but more than that, let's swap out the word "real" and place in the word, "love."  because before something or someone can be real, like the abstract craziness of life inside one's body, there was a love.  a love for a babe we didn't even know. and then there was real.  realness of hearing our daughter's heartbeat. the realness of her movements in utero. the realness of pain bringing her into the world.  the realness of cradling her tiny body.  the realness of neediness.  the realness of worry.  the realness of desire.  the realness of time and its speed.  the realness of mothering.  of fathering.  it was all real.  and we continue to experience how real these two kiddos are every day.  and it lasts for always.