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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, April 22, 2007
    Sunday snippets...
    First, before I tell you about how the 40-Clove Garlic Chicken Turkey turned out, an update. I went in to get it all in the slow cooker last night and realized that I hadn't bought a small turkey after all, I had in my haste picked up a fairly large turkey breast. So...we had all white meat! The only real deviation I made in the recipe (other than a different bird LOL) was that I added an onion cut in chunks along with the celery in the bottom of the pot. And I stuffed some of the garlic cloves under the skin of the turkey breast like I had seen Ina Garten do when she made this. I also cooked a pot of fresh green beans and new potatoes last night, ready to reheat today while making the cream sauce for the turkey.

    So...the verdict is in and the turkey was wonderful! Almost felt like a holiday! For me, a dark meat lover, it was not as great as it would have been with a nice plump roaster chicken, so next time I'll take a little more care to find the perfect one for the slow cooker. The cream sauce made a perfect gravy and will make a delicious base for the soup I'll make later in the week. And I squeezed two garlic cloves onto my sourdough bread and I have no description for how heavenly THAT was!

    (The kids thought it was a holiday not because of the turkey but because I cooked fresh green beans!)

    A Century of Broadway was a rousing success, all three nights! I got to be there for two of the three and would have been back last night if the week's schedule hadn't finally caught up with my body. Until I saw it all together, I hadn't even realized what an ambitious undertaking it was, even though I worked on a lot of the music with the kids. Of course, OUR kids were the very best assertion that I'm quite sure is being made in about fifty families today :-) The bad thing is that the company did not have rights to video the production other than one copy for archival purposes, and there was no flash photography permitted. My non-flash pictures were all pretty blurry, so we'll be relying on shots taken pre- and post-production. I'll post a few in the coming week as they trickle in.

    (I'm happy to report that the kids, who didn't get in from their cast party until nearly 2am, were all up and at church this morning LOL)

    So now it's time to get back to the real school year. Wait...what was that again? Well, whatever it is, we're returning to it for a few weeks before we finish for the summer...

    It's also time for me to get a handle on the finances again. I've been so lazy the past couple of years, and I've really let it become a mess. To regain some discipline, not necessarily in spending but in keeping TRACK of what we're spending and making some better decisions as far as savings, investments, etc., I'm going back to Mvelopes. If you don't know about this service, I'd recommend that you go and read about it on their site and view the demo. They offer a 30-day free trial, which is plenty to get a feel for whether it could be useful for your family. I'll be devoting some time to getting back on track while The Papa is in Australia next week...

    Everyone give a nice shoutout to my newest sidebar link, the Longenblog! And check out Tiffany's pregnancy ticker--she is almost there!

    We would all appreciate prayers for Annie. She is now 7 weeks pregnant (with baby #2) and she has taken a real dive into pregnancy nausea. Last time she lost nearly 20% of her body weight in the first trimester, and we are so hoping and praying that this doesn't happen again. But...she had a wonderfully healthy daughter, so God protected that little one in those delicate months even though we were afraid Annie wasn't taking in enough nourishment to sustain a flea. Please pray for an easing of the nausea and for the emotional strength to get through this time.

    It's been a very cool spring here, for which I'm quite thankful...we've probably saved $500 in air conditioning costs over a normal spring. But now I'm finally getting the bug to go buy porch plants and some other things to dress up the front porch for the summer. I'm not a big-time gardener, but once a year or so I enjoy getting my hands into potting soil and putting together some pots of geraniums and impatiens to liven things up. 'Course here in San Antonio they've usually bitten the dust by late June, but oh well. I've just learned not to spend too much on them!

    Well, now for a nice Sunday afternoon nap...Kristen, HOW many more months until football????

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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

  • Granny always says...
    I saw this recipe over at Living to Tell the Story...
    COLOR UPDATE: Okay, we're making headway. The gr...
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    For Trish...

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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!"