Saturday, December 7, 2019


But at the first club meeting, Haniel's found out he's the only one in the club so far. 

Thursday, December 5, 2019


Professor Paggie McSmith uses two wands, too, so she recruited Haniel for her club.

Wednesday, December 4, 2019


Feeling confident, Haniel tried again and made one tree double the size.  

Tuesday, December 3, 2019


Haniel cast a spell for one tree, but got two! Each wand made one! His wizarding skills are improving. 

Monday, December 2, 2019


The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us and we beheld his glory, the glory as of the only begotten, full of grace and truth. 

-John 1:14

I purchased this nativity set in a pewter shop in Boston.

It's time to catch the Pigblemish Undeviating. Haniel casts a self-image to his communal medium.  



han_the_man Evanesco, Muggles!



Sunday, December 1, 2019


Haniel Padcliffe was half the wizard he wanted to be, so he thought to make up the difference by using twice the wands.

"I do not understand the Incarnation. I rejoice in it."

-Madeline L'Engle, Bright Evening Star: Mysteries of the Incarnation

Norah made this nativity set, adding pieces each year.

Friday, November 29, 2019


I'm still doing phonics with my youngest.  We are in that tough phase where it feels like we aren't making progress and she doesn't like reading. But I stay consistent with practice, so as not to let her regress. If anything, she is learning to sit still, focus, that mom believes she can do it, that reading is important, etc. This is the third child I will have taught to read, so this is quite familiar territory. The other girls were at different ages when they went through this, but it was the same process. We seem to stay in short vowels forever, then we pass into long vowels and special sounds, and at some point, it all becomes a blur and I can't keep them from the easy readers and then the easy chapter books and then that's it- they can read anything! And they read everything! So I know that will happen in time. I keep a positive demeanor and try to snuggle up and keep our sessions short.  I remember I was not always this confident about teaching reading.  But what I lacked in confidence years ago, I made up for in zeal and determination.  It feels much better to be confident and at rest.  I can remember when I dreamed of teaching my children to read. By God's grace, I have/ I will.  Thank you, Lord.

Thursday, November 28, 2019


Our neighbors gave the girls bags of treats for Halloween.  We feel so blessed with our neighbors.  The girls keep all their Halloween candies in the dining room cabinet, eating one piece after lunch and another piece after dinner. It lasts for months, usually until Easter, when it gets restocked by the candy from Easter baskets and various egg hunts, etc.