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Who is Granny?

I'm the incredibly blessed mother of 9, "Granny" to 16, and wife of "The Papa," the knight-in-shining-armor whose loving support has made it possible for me to stay home and give my life to mothering, homemaking, and 26 years of homeschooling. Life at Granny's House is full of laughter, friendship, books, music, lively debate, writing, and good things to eat. My days are made even more meaningful by coming alongside other moms, giving them the support and encouragement that I lacked as a young mother and helping them to network with each other in ways that strengthen homes and families. A few times a year I board a plane to visit my "away" kids, to attend the birth of a grandchild, or to enjoy some lazy days with my best friend, but I always love coming back to...Granny's House.

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On Granny's Calendar
  • August 15 - SAC Day begins
  • August 16 - Sam is 7!
  • August 20 - Kristen's birthday
  • August 30 - THE WELTYS ARRIVE!
  • Sept 3 - Chris' birthday
  • Sept 5 - Henry is 9!
  • Sept 7 - Isaac is 10!
  • Sept 17 - The Papa's birthday
  • Sept 23-30 - Granny and Papa go to Hawaii
  • Sept 26 - PawPop is 88!
  • Sept 29 - Tim is 15!
  • Oct 2 - Cheyenne's birthday
  • Oct 4 - Liam is 5!
  • Oct 7 - John Caleb is 17!
  • Oct 18 - Tony's birthday

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    Granny Cares
  • Care Calendar
  • Agape Pregnancy Help Center San Antonio
  • World Vision

  • Granny Cooks (and Eats)!

  • The Pioneer Woman Cooks
  • Once a Month Mom
  • $5 Dinners
  • Full Bellies, Happy Kids
  • A Year of Crockpotting

  • Granny's House (and yours!)

  • Simple Mom
  • The Nesting Place
  • Between Naps on the Porch
  • The Inspired Room

  • Granny gets around...
  • A Holy Experience
  • MommyLife
  • Confessions of a Pioneer Woman
  • Preschoolers and Peace
  • Breathing Grace
  • theMangoTimes

  • Granny stays informed...
  • Real Clear Politics
  • Fox News
  • Drudge Report

  • Granny Thinks...
  • Al Mohler
  • Between Two Worlds
  • Blog and Mablog
  • First Importance
  • Equipping the Saints
  • Desiring God

  • Granny says you may go to...
  • PowerLine Blog
  • Michelle Malkin
  • SteynOnline
  • WSJ Opinion Journal Best of the Web
  • GetHuman
  • Home School Legal Defense Association

  • Granny goes to the movies...
  • Netflix
  • Rotten Tomatoes

  • Granny is watching!
  • Blue Pencil Editing
  • Mighty Red Pen
  • Conjugate Visits

  • Granny smiles at...
  • Purgatorio
  • ScrappleFace
  • LarkNews
  • Sacred Sandwich

  • Sunday, November 05, 2006
    MY LIST.

    I started to call it "Things I'm thankful for." And then it morphed into more than that...things and people and ideas that make my life better or make me smile. Random.

    I saw somewhere where someone had made a list of a hundred, and I thought, "No way could I ever come up with that many."

    And then I couldn't stop.

    Here they are, just like in my notes, no caps.

    There are more than a hundred. If you want to wade through them all, wonderful. Mostly it was just for me. A nice distraction, a nice reminder of how many good things there are in life. Sometimes, we need a reminder.

    Stick five or so of yours in the comments and add to my joy :-)

    front porches
    new books
    sean hannity
    my laptop
    eleven years of grandchildren
    amazon prime
    new white rockers
    clothes my mother gives me
    sending flowers
    john denver and the muppets for christmas
    cornbread with honey
    pink. yeah, pretty much anything
    featherbeds and down comforters.
    kids who love each other. except on days when they nearly kill each other.
    dental floss
    teaching a child to read
    the crowd at thanksgiving
    baby wipes. for all us babies
    graph paper
    aubrey's apple crisp
    granny science
    dave's decaf. just dave in general
    lang calendars
    pei wei
    remembering grandma's lemon tree
    dave barry
    heavy-weight sheet protectors
    working with lyric
    dirk's bowtie pasta
    schoolhouse rock
    old books
    kristen's pear cream pie
    HOPE moms
    memories of mt. lebanon
    google earth
    cj's bread
    knowing i raised a kid who can tutor algebra
    peggy noonan peggy noonan peggy noonan
    fuzzy socks
    cracker barrel
    my hubby's omelets
    just about anything steph k. does
    fiddler on the roof
    christmas puzzles
    no more vhs
    wholehearted mother in february
    nathan's feet not growing in two years
    covenant of grace
    a china teacup you can see through
    dee dee's christmas letters
    williamsburg in the late fall
    anything in the late fall
    cup holders
    pottery barn catalog
    monrovia street fair
    doilies. especially ones i made
    claire burke original
    mannheim steamroller
    tim's christmas list
    chicken and dumplings
    my singer featherweight, circa 1946
    finding just the right map
    southwest airlines
    writing a really good paragraph
    a really sharp knife
    taylor hicks
    meeting christine at starbucks
    sam's club
    josh groban
    a great key change
    hand-written thank you notes
    john caleb's sense of humor
    the netflix queue
    cheez-its. get your own box
    days when my legs don't hurt
    bethany's way with children
    jan karon
    children's books
    looking forward to vacation
    michael reagan
    a kerosene lamp
    being forgiven
    trish, eighteen years later
    a great pedicure
    the history channel
    candace's smile
    good bible markers
    my notre dame sailing sweatshirt
    hymns. especially, but not exclusively, pre-1850
    a cello solo
    shelley's blog
    hilton honors points
    a fire in the fireplace two days in a row
    michael card
    new jammies
    loaning out homeschooling books
    getting them back when i had forgotten about them
    elisabeth elliot
    people who stretch me
    labor and delivery
    the beach at bellows, even if it's cold
    teaching a child to sing harmony for the first time
    an empty dishwasher
    my knight-in-shining-armor

    UPDATE: Did I REALLY forget...

    diet coke
    la madeleine, especially the french lessons in the ladies' room
    the smell of freshly mowed grass
    mary engelbreit
    the b&w photos on my dresser

    And I did warn you it was random, right? No special significance to the fact that "labor and delivery" came right after "people who stretch me" :-)

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    Granny's Mission Statement
    "...Tell to the coming generation the glorious deeds of the LORD, and his might, and the wonders that he has done....that the generation to come might know, even the children yet to be born, that they may arise and tell them to their children."
    ~Psalm 78:4-6

    My Focal Passage for 2011...
    Philippians 2:5-11

    5 Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus,

    6 who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped,

    7 but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men.

    8 And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross.

    9 Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name,

    10 so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,

    11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

    ~Philippians 2:5-11 (ESV)


    "The vanity of being known to be trusted with a secret is generally one of the chief motives to disclose it."

    ~Samuel Johnson

    [Oxymoronica, n., A compilation of self-contradictory terms, phrases, or quotations; examples of oxymoronica appear illogical or nonsensical at first, but upon reflection, make a good deal of sense and are often profoundly true.]

    Books on the iPhone, the Kindle, or on the nightstand...

  • The Good Husband of Zebra Drive, Alexander Mccall Smith
  • The Valley of Vision: A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions, Arthur G. Bennett, editor

  • Books finished in 2011...

  • Oxymoronica, Mardy Grothe
  • Some Sing, Some Cry, Ntozake Shange, Ifa Bayeza
  • English Society in the Eighteenth Century, Roy Porter
  • One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are, Ann Voskamp
  • His Word in My Heart, Janet Pope
  • The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, Rebecca Skloot
  • Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide, Nicholas D. Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn
  • Reading Lolita in Tehran, Azar Nafisi
  • Think: The Life of the Mind and the Love of God, John Piper
  • Moonwalking with Einstein: The Art and Science of Remembering Everything, Joshua Foer
  • Blue Shoes and Happiness, Alexander McCall Smith
  • The Red Queen, Philippa Gregory
  • Bonhoeffer: Pastor, Martyr, Prophet, Spy, Eric Metaxas
  • The Confessions of Saint Augustine, St. Augustine
  • Complete Poems and Selected Letters of John Keats, John Keats
  • Unfamiliar Fishes, Sarah Vowell
  • Words That Work, Frank Luntz
  • NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children, Po Bronson and Ashley Merryman
  • Poke the Box, Seth Godin
  • Why We Get Fat: And What to Do About It, Gary Taubes
  • A Patriot's History of the United States, Larry Schweikart and Michael Allen
  • Song of Saigon: One Woman's Journey to Freedom, Anh Vu Sawyer
  • The Artistic Mother: A Practical Guide for Fitting Creativity into Your Life, Shona Cole
  • The Politically Incorrect Guide to English and American Literature, Elizabeth Kantor
  • The Greater Journey: Americans in Paris, David McCullough

  • Oh, the thinks you
    can think...
  • Tapestry of Grace
  • Anatomical Charts
  • America's Library
  • George Washington's Mount Vernon - Virtual Mansion Tour
  • Thomas Jefferson's Monticello - Virtual Mansion Tour
  • Hurricane Demo

  • Oh, the places we'll go...
  • The Alamo
  • Majestic Theater
  • The MAiZE
  • Magik Theatre
  • Sheldon Vexler Children's Theatre

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    For several years it's been the tradition in our e...
    reed wuth caushun
    Well, it looks like Sen. Kerry will be left with a...
    And now the GOOD news on stem cells. This breakthr...
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    Grace Notes

    "Were the whole realm of nature mine
    That were a present far too small...
    Love so amazing, so divine
    Demands my soul, my life,
    my all!"