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Day 108 – Horrible Histories & Stations of the Cross

I was recently informed by a fellow homeschool mom of a book series titled, “Horrible Histories.” She explained the series as a retelling all of the “gruesome and gory” parts of history. Since I have a daughter who loves both a)history, and b)gross things, I figured I should investigate.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered that Horrible Histories is also a BRITISH television series. Think comedy sketch-style show for kids in the same vein as Monty Python. It is amazing. It is gross, gruesome, a little irreverent at times, and completely hilarious, of course. Josh and I are hooked.

Be warned: There is blood–skits of what medieval medicine would have looked like, gore–fake limbs detached during battle, and plenty of potty humor–think Nickelodeon style slime falling on people, except it’s brown…and it’s supposed to be falling from balcony “Tudor toilets.”

The girls laugh and shriek and cover their faces…AND they already know the difference between the many King Georges after listening to the King George Boy Band perform, “Born to Rule Over You.” They can also name the wives of Henry the VIII, thanks to the catchy little ditty, “Divorced, Beheaded, and Died.” You must really listen for yourself:

So do yourselves a favor, screen Horrible Histories to make sure it will not traumatize your children, and then watch, laugh, and thank me later.

Now that I have your attention, allow me to switch gears entirely. And by entirely, I mean we will now be discussing Lent, Holy Week, the Crucifixion, and Easter (I was pretty serious about the switching gears).

In the sanctuary of our church we have paintings and art displays hanging up around the room signifying the different stations of the cross. A couple of Sundays ago, our children’s pastor requested artwork from the children to replace these pieces for this year’s lenten season.

Sera chose and worked on Station #9: “Jesus meets the women of Jerusalem.” She worked on her painting today:


She became very frustrated trying to paint a face on the woman. She is a wonderful artist, but paint is not her preferred medium (she would have used colored pencils, but we didn’t realize that was okay to do). Finally she smeared the face and left it blank. She did this over and over again, every time she felt she “messed up.” At one point I looked at the blank face and it evoked such strong emotion that I called Josh over and told him how beautiful I thought it was. I couldn’t figure out what I loved so much about the blank face, but then Josh told Sera that one element of art is about how it makes the viewer feel–and that this blank face can make any of us feel like we were there with Jesus. I realized that is exactly what I had felt. We told Sera that she should do what she wanted with the painting, and in the end she did decided to leave the face blank. I think it looks lovely and haunting up on the church sanctuary wall:


Amelie was at a sleepover at her dear friend R’s house, and because R’s brother was also doing a painting for church, Amelie and R painted as well. Back home, Sera spent a lot of time outside watching Josh build rain barrels and enjoying (and trying to communicate with) the birds.

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It was a very full weekend of learning history, making art, and enjoying the good (finally!) weather.

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