Melissa McCrory Hatcher, Ph.D.

~ Children's Literature {Adjunct} Professor
~ Charlotte Mason Classical Homeschooler
~ Cheerful Contemplative

My life is a good book, and stories that are true and beautiful are filled with love and loss. I am married to my high school sweetheart. We've lived all over the country, and we've stuck over 25 pins in our world map. Our oldest son was adopted from Korea, and we're waiting to be reunited with him in heaven. Our second son was born the old-fashioned way. We were then sent two more biological surprises in quick succession - a daughter and a son. We're currently adopting again (because Love > Fear), and we're pursuing a domestic infant adoption of a baby girl with Down syndrome.

I earned my Ph.D. in English, specializing in Children's Literature. Now I teach literature at the college level, and while the babies nap, I write. My Advent and Lent books are available now. I've also created a poetic grief memoir about losing our 3 year-old son called The Cleansing Flood, which incorporates work from liturgical artist, Hillary Asbury.

My blog title comes from Madeleine L'Engle's Time Quintet (See excerpt below). While everyone else my age associated with the feisty Meg in A Wrinkle in Time, I wanted to be Mrs. Murry, the glamorous scientist who wrestled with important ideas from home. She won the Nobel Prize while cooking her children oftentimes foul-smelling stews on her Bunsen burner. And here I sit - in my home, thinking big thoughts, with kids on the floor and dinner in the crock pot.

Here is my space to discuss important things - children's books, grief, homeschooling, and sometimes dinner.

You can follow more of our adventures on Instagram and YouTube.


"Over a Bunsen burner bubbled a big, earthenware dish of stew. 'Don't tell Sandy and Dennys I'm cooking out here,' she said. 'They're always suspicious that a few chemicals may get in with the meat, but I had an experiment I wanted to stay with."

- From A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L'Engle 

"The work counter with the stone sink functioned as well for holding lab equipment as it had for milk and eggs. There was now a formidable-looking microscope, some strange equipment only their mother understood, and an old-fashioned Bunsen burner, over which, on a homemade tripod, a black kettle was simmering.

Sandy sniffed appreciatively. "Stew."

"I think we're supposed to call it boeuf bourguignon.""

~ From Many Waters by Madeleine L'Engle

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