CAST OF CHARACTERS
Haus Frau: that’s me, your hostess. Unashamedly proud of my husband and our wonderful children. A domestic engineer going for my doctorate in cooking, laundry, and general organization, I am putting my real degree to use by homeschooling our children. In a bundle of letters stashed out of the kids’ sight, letters once delivered to my college mailbox (and some that appear even now) I was referred to as “Luthien.” (See: What is Tol Galen”)
Haus Meister: my husband, my hero. He’s my knight who goes bravely forth each day to face the world and earn a living to keep us all safe and secure in our little haven. I could get really sappy here. We laughed when we checked on the translation of “haus meister.” The “dated” translation would be home-owner, the current is janitor. Depending on the level of chaos of the day, he could be both. No matter what, he’s the Man of the House. And of course, he’s the “Beren” of our tale. Would he have wrested a jewel from the iron crown to win my hand? Yes, but luckily it never came to that. 😉
THE RESIDENT HOBBITS:
Trooper: our firstborn son, age 18. He’s a special kid. He was born at 24 weeks gestation, a “micro-preemie.” We stood by him for those four months he spent in the hospital fighting to live. We stand by him now as he continues to deal with developmental delays, cerebral palsy and the autism spectrum. His joy for life inspires us, his smile charms us, his capacity to transcend his obstacles never ceases to amaze us. He loves math, his Faith, Audible audio books, music, and he also loves trucks. Lots of them.
Rascal: Age 16. He’ll be the first to help if someone is hurt, upset, or crying. He built Mandalorian-themed armor costumes for himself and three siblings last Halloween. He has many favorite projects, and is willing to share with you his ideas about life, robots, animals, or anything else. Design Engineer in the making.
Squire: Age 15. Used to be known as ‘Dino/Dinosaur” on the blog because I began it when he was 3. We used to call him our strong, silent type, but then he started talking. He’s the actor of the family, believe it or not. He and Rascal are inseparable buddies. Voted most likely to be a fiction author. Or a Shakespearean actor. But he’s not going to live in our basement playing computer games, no matter how good he is at them. 😉
Princess: age 13. Artist, Nurse, or Cake Decorator, she has many dreams for her future. She is definitely a redhead, but a sweetheart nonetheless. As a toddler, she taught the guys not to mind all the pink in the house, which is Providential since we have had daughters ever since….
Sunshine: age 12. She is busy, but so happy. She dreams of becoming an astronaut. She is an ADHD-impulsive, ASD, late blooming, lovely bundle of, well, sunshine!
Miss Munchkin: age 10. Also known by me as “Miss Spunkitude,” she lights up our life. That being said, she keeps me on my toes, and she thinks she’s a year older than what she truly is. In truth, she can sometimes be more help to me around the house than the big kids–and she does so voluntarily! She’s also quite the budding artist.
Posey Pie: age 9. She arrived on Pi Day, hence her nickname. She’s a dancing dreamer who still loves to change her dress about six times a day.
Little Bit: 7 and FEISTY. She’s our farm girl! Sometimes mistaken for being a twin of Posey Pie, she holds her own nevertheless. Loves to read!
Dibbun, aka “Rosebud”: 5; storyteller, drama llama, and stand-up comedienne of the household. She has a story about everything, and most bad things can be blamed (for reasons unknown) on “The Vikings.”
Bright Eyes: 4! Sidekick to the Dibbun, usually more cautious but also incredibly curious. She is the first to have more memories of this house than any other we’ve lived in, mainly because she was only 7 months old when we moved! She loves to boss around her big brothers (who are totally wrapped around her little finger)
Pipkka: 1: our youngest reheaded bundle of spitfire and sweetness
Docena: the 2022 model; the most adorable baby of the family at present. Docena is Spanish for dozen and she is the 12th living baby of the family! ❤️
FOREVER IN OUR HEARTS:
Our little Saints in Heaven, noted with their given names as the world can no longer hurt them…
Jacob Dominic, stillborn at 23wks, October 12, 2004
John Sebastian Josef, miscarried at 10wks, December 17, 2018
Claire Avila Jane, miscarried at 6wks, September 19, 2019
Brendan Patrick Ryan, passed at 9wks, August 28, 2020, fraternal twin of our Pipkka.
So here we are. Hope you enjoy the show.