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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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  • Friday, March 23, 2007
    Showers of blessing

    Do you have a special memory of your grandmother's house? The kitchen perhaps, or the fireplace? Maybe the back yard, or her piano, or the room where you always slept when you visited?

    I have lots of great memories of the house where Grandma lived. And dwelling on those memories makes me eager to give my grandchildren the same kind of sweet things to look back on.* But little did I dream that one of those would shower.

    Every grandmother has had the experience of having an unexpected "accident" at her house. And most of us grannies have learned to stay prepared with extra diapers, pull-ups, wipes, and plastic bags. (If you don't know what the plastic bags are for, it's been too long since you had a little one around :-) ) But there are times when the caliber of accident outguns every wipe and washcloth you can find, and you need to make use of stronger measures, just this side of a power washer.

    Well, at some point granddaughter Abby had one of those. And the only solution was to take her to Granny's shower.

    Background: Six years ago when we were building this house, we made a few changes to the floor plan that would allow for my disabled father to be able to stay here a little more easily. One of those changes was a 3 1/2 x 5 foot shower stall, glass on two sides, with room for a stool and plenty of room to turn around with a walker. (Little did we know that he would die before he'd ever get to use it and that I would be the one who would need it instead.)

    As it turned out, that shower has had uses never envisioned by its designers. Seems that to a two-year old there's nothing with quite the appeal of a glassed-in stall the size of a small room with WATER in it! Abby forgot that she was being made to take a bath--she was enthralled with the whole experience! And thereafter, nearly every time she came for Family Dinner Night at Granny's House, she begged to take a shower in Granny's shower. That's been roughly 2 1/2 years, and it's still a ritual. She brings her jammies and she gets a fresh towel and her favorite lavender baby lotion out of the closet and takes her shower. She's four now, and little two-year-old brother Sam has also discovered the pleasures of crawling around in the water, squealing with delight, and he too goes home in his jammies. And Granny, feigning slight hesitation about it each time the children beg for their shower, secretly exults in providing these memories for them.

    You know, there are some things I do for my children and grandchildren that I've planned with care just because I know they are ripe for being stored away as treasured memories...our annual Cookie Day, egg coloring at Easter, tea parties in bed. But there are some gems that just sneak up on me and end up providing the sweetest memories of all because they are the stuff of ordinary life in an extraordinary place.

    Your grandchildren will be coming along before you know it, if they're not already here. You may have already started thinking of special things you want to do with them and that's important. But don't forget that much of the chest of memories you'll give them will be "accidental"--cutting off the crust from a sandwich when their own mother wouldn't dream of doing it...stopping to brush her cheeks with blush and showing her the result...letting him hammer nails with you in the garage...reading the same book for the fifth time tonight. They add up, you know? Someday that little one will tell you about a very special memory she has of her time with you, and I can almost guarantee it'll be one you would never have guessed.

    And don't be surprised if it has SOMEthing to do with water.

    What's your favorite memory of Grandma/Granny/Nana's house? Share it in the comments!

    *For you grammar sticklers, watch this blog for my upcoming post on the prepositions we end sentences with :-)

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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

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  • America's Library
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  • Thomas Jefferson's Monticello - Virtual Mansion Tour
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  • The Alamo
  • Majestic Theater
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  • Magik Theatre
  • Sheldon Vexler Children's Theatre

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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!"