About Me

(This page was last updated on October 23, 2021.)

Hello! Thank you for visiting my blog and swinging by my “About Me” page.  So… about me….

My name is Rachel. I’ve been married to Tim since December 2005. I’m a dog mom to a six(ish)-year-old rescued (adopted on July 22, 2020) Pit Bull named Jaxx.

I’m an employee relations professional who works remotely from home. We lived on the Kitsap Peninsula of Washington state for 5.5 years, but we bought a new home and moved in May 2021. We now live in the farming/prairie region of south Puget Sound in Thurston County. Our property is on 4.5 acres about 18 miles from Olympia and 70 miles south of Seattle. Mt. Rainier towers over the area where we live, and it’s always a thrill when “the mountain is out!” We are beginning our journey as small-time farmers, so stay tuned for that! We will begin a small farming operation in 2022 to grow a lot of own own food.

Religiously, I have been on a life-long journey. Faith, and a connection to the Divine, has been a focus of mine since I was in my early 20s. Honestly, I sometimes wish it wasn’t so important to me, but it is. Connecting deeper with God has been the goal, and it has taken me down some very different roads. I was raised non-denominational Christian, converted to Roman Catholicism in 2006, left Catholicism in 2009 for Protestantism (specifically, United Methodism), and left Christianity completely and began practicing Judaism in 2015. I officially converted to Judaism (via Reform Judaism) in 2017 after practicing Judaism for two years. I thought I had found my “spiritual home” in Judaism, and while I was satisfied in Judaism for a while, I became really frustrated and disillusioned during the pandemic. I went from happy and satisfied to miserable and feeling like God was so, so very far out of my reach. Through some deeply personal, private experiences that have occurred in the past eight months, I have since realized that I made a lot of really, really poor choices based on my anger with Christians. Because of the disgusting, completely misguided support of Donald Trump (that opinion is a hill I will die on) from so many Christians and a complete lack of actually knowing WHO Jesus was (fact: I had never even read the New Testament), I not only rejected the religion but Jesus Christ. I have since realized that I will never be happy living Jewishly and I no longer consider myself Jewish. Instead, I am in the process of returning to Christianity. Specifically, I am working toward returning to full communion with the Roman Catholic Church (the church I never should have left in the first place). I have a long way to go, but righting my wrongs and correcting my mistakes takes time.

I am still in a weird transition in my life that is the result of my father dying in July 2017, my mother-in-law dying in September 2017, and my younger brother dying in August 2018. These deaths have rocked me to my core and changed me in ways with which I’m still coming to terms. I wear grief like a cloak – it’s become part of who I am.

I am also in a weird place politically. I have been, for the most part, pretty liberal, although I am becoming more conservative all the time as the world moves farther to the left. I was raised in the Midwest and grew up Republican, but time, experience, and education changed me (in more ways than just my political views). My political views are continuing to evolve. While I currently feel pretty conservative, I reject everything those who wear the GOP, Republican, or right-wing labels stand for because they are just mouthpieces for Trump, who is an evil, horrible man. (And it’s not up for debate.)

My favorite place on earth is amongst the trees of the Pacific Northwest, wherever I can find them. Those tall trees are my chapel, and the wind blowing through them is the voice of the Divine.

17 thoughts on “About Me

    1. Sorry I’m just now seeing this comment! But obsessed is probably the more honest word, because when I love something, I LOVE something!

  1. I love your work. Especially how you write smuckleberry. I recently found your new story about puck crashing a jet and reconnecting with rachel. It was really good. I saw on your blog that you’re going tro come back to seattle in aug. That’s my town! seattle’s awesome. ANyways, I hope you keep writing puckleberry. you write them so well. Just saying. 🙂

    1. Puckleberry will always pop back up. They are the shipping love of my life, so I’m not sure I’ll ever leave them behind for good!

  2. Great writing and a true joy to read! Thanks for putting it out there for the rest of us to devour and enjoy!

  3. You are truly an interesting person. I just read where you now live near Seattle. I love the northwest. My parents lived north of Seattle in Stanwood for about 30 years so I’ve been out there many times. Well, I’m going back to reading more of your writing…

  4. Rachael…great to meet a fellow blogger who shares a passion for writing. Interesting about your fondness for the forties era…perhaps you lived a previous life during that time and it was cut short. Thank you for visiting and following my blog…I am thoroughly enjoying reading my way through yours! Merry Christmas from Canada!

    1. Thank you! If you scroll back far enough, you will see my entry about the haunted radio! And you might not be far off about a past life in the 40s. Sometimes I feel like I miss it!!!!

  5. Strange to see from all those trinitarian faiths you did not come ot accept Jesus as the way to God , him being the Messiah, but choose for a faith where they still look for the Messiah, except when you would have chosen for Messianic Jews or Jeshuaists.

    May we do hope you consider your quest for the God of Israel and come to see that in Christianity there are many groups who worship the Only True God of Israel and not a Trinity. If you would like to become a Jew, why would you not become one who accepts Jeshua as their Messiah?

    1. Because a true Jew does not see Jesus as the Messiah. And I do not see Jesus as the Messiah. You do, that’s great. But my studies have shown my otherwise, which is why I rejected Christianity and chose the path I did. Have a nice day.

  6. Raised Protestant, marrying a Catholic and first converting to that trinitarian faith we do not know if the Anabaptist church you attended for a while was a trinitarian or a non-trinitarian one.

    Pity you never really believed the Jesus story. but good to see that what you believed about God resided within Judaism, because there is the base of everything, also of the real Christian faith (= non-trinitarian faith). Lovely to hear that after a long conversion process under the tutelage of a rabbi, you entered the mikveh and emerged in a new way of thought and of life.
    Having gone to the basic faith of People of God we can only hope that you shall come to see that rebbe Jeshua was a special man who opened the way to God for all people.

    We noticed you had already some good conversation with some Jehovah’s Witnesses and do hope you also shall meet other true christians who believe in the Only One true God, the Elohim Hashem Jehovah. We also do hope you shall be able to meet other Jews who have found that Jeshua (Jesus Christ) is the way to God. It would not be bad to have a look at the thoughts and teachings of real Messianic Jews (the non-trinitarian Messianics) and real followers of the Jewish master teacher Jeshua, the Jeshuaists for example.

    In any case we wish you a blessed life with lots of opportunities to grow in the faith God wants you to have (because in the end it is always He Who calls His people).

    1. I’m only approving this comment so that I can reply. I understand that you’re trying to “make believers of all nations,” but:

      1) I don’t need to be evangelized. I don’t come to your site to talk to push my beliefs on you, and I’d appreciate the same respect from you. I was a Christian for my entire life until a few years ago. I’m WELL-VERSED in both trinitarian and non-trinitarian Christian beliefs. I’m highly educated and have been a student of religion for most of my adult life. It’s not a lack of understanding that led me away from Christianity – it was discovering the truth through study that showed me that Christianity is false.

      2) “Jews that have found Jeshua” as you put it are not Jews at all. Messianic “Jews” are Christians who use Jewish practices as part of their worship, but the Jewish world does not recognize them as Jewish. Anyone who sees Jesus as the Messiah is a Christian, not a Jew. They can claim Judaism as their own all they want, but it is not true.

  7. Hey Rachel. My name is Sherry Lott Hays. If you look in Capt Pete, you will find my dad’s name, Ellis Lott. He was the Asst Tank Commander. I was very lucky and got to talk to your Great Uncle at length. He actually came down to Louisiana and visited with my father. My dad had so much respect for CPT Pete. He even was in contact with his wife. Did you know that their tank was featured in Popular Mechanics while they were at Fort Knox. I have pictures and my brother actually has the magazine. Dad was captured and spent 813 days as a POW. What an amazing and great generation.

    1. I guess I missed it, sorry. I went back and looked the only things I see are 3 messages, including this one, about following 14th and Oak,

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