Welcome!

My blog, Real Humans Being, is about home and family and my spiritual journey. Like me, it is a work in progress, and those topics cover a lot of ground, so some clarification may be in order.

First, the thing I most enjoy writing about is my spiritual journey. It’s been a long road getting to where I am today, and I’ve discovered many things along the way. You may not agree with much of what I have to say. Or maybe you will! Regardless, I hope you will read it thoughtfully and at least consider it. You see, I am a Christ follower and I am an anthropologist. I was not raised in the church or with much formal spiritual training. I came to my faith in my twenties through finally reading the Bible for myself, instead of simply accepting or rejecting what others had to say, and realizing that, regardless of where in the world you live, what language you speak, the details of your worship practices, most people believe there is a God, and when you get beyond the rituals and down to the lessons of the various religions, we’re all essentially talking about the same thing, but each from our own perspective. I’d done a lot of thinking about the pagan beliefs I was initially drawn to, studying of various other world religions on my own and while earning my degree, and realized that many Christians – many people of whatever religion or lack thereof – were brought up without any of that context, just ‘this is what we believe, because this is who we are.’ And that’s important! Our differences are what make the world an incredible, beautiful place, and we’re all telling parts of the story of creation. But our stories are way more similar than they are different, I’ve found. God is too big and beautiful to be just one thing and we each are too small and finite to wrap our minds around everything God is.

A word of caution: I like to think outside the box, and I have some really scary questions about the Bible to which I’m seeking answers. Many Christians may think me wrong, misguided, or even heretical for the way I think and write about God, because it wasn’t how they were taught to think about those things. Many non-Christians who pride themselves on their sense of logic or their scientific worldview may be challenged by what I have to say, because maybe they’ve never read the Bible for themselves and didn’t realize it says that or says it in that way, and, whoa, that actually makes sense and doesn’t contradict my understanding of how the world works! Cognitive dissonance sucks. That’s what happened to me when I finally started reading. Believe me, I don’t claim to be any kind of authority on scripture or anything else, but I do love to read and think about the Bible and the world we live in, so regardless of where you fall on that spectrum, I hope you will read with an open mind and decide for yourself. We may not agree, but I promise, if we ever sit down to talk over our favorite beverages, I will be excited to hear what you have to say and you will feel nothing but love and respect from me with regard to your worldview. Unless you’re just mean. Kindness is pretty important to me, too.

I also occasionally write about home and family. I’m a homebirthing, homeschooling, homemaking homebody, who is looking for her forever home. Home is a pretty big part of my life, and it’s my word for 2017.

If you have questions or comments, if something I’ve written resonates with you or completely clashes with what you know to be true, reach out! I’d love to hear what you have to say.