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Dreaming of the mountains...

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

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  • Purgatorio
  • ScrappleFace
  • LarkNews
  • Sacred Sandwich

  • Sunday, June 17, 2007
    Sunday snippets...
    This is not the kind of day I envisioned. My family has just left for church, and I'm sitting in a recliner, surrounded by all the things that will eliminate the chances that I'll have to get OUT of the chair. Oh, I had plans for today. It's Father's Day, it's my Shelley's 15th birthday, and it's SUNday for heaven's sake. I was going to go to church, come home and finish a ham and scalloped potatoes dinner and then bake a cake for our birthday/Father's Day celebration later this evening. Trouble is, I got out of bed and realized I couldn't even make it to the shower, let alone to church. Two days ago I fell, something that I live in constant fear of, and the fall jarred my bad leg and the resulting pain and instability is worse today than it was on Friday. I am hoping now that this will be the turning point and that tomorrow I'll be back on my feet. In the meantime, I sit here fighting the blues...

    Last night we were privileged to attend the graduation ceremony/celebration of Nicole, one of our favorite friends. Her home was full to overflowing with the friends, young and old, who have accompanied Nicole on the last few years of her homeschooling was a delightful evening of fellowship and rejoicing (and eating!). Congratulations to Nicole and best wishes as you begin the next season as a college student (on music scholarship) at the Univ. of Texas at San Antonio!

    During the past two weeks I've re-read the classic autobiography The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom. I read it when it was first released in the 70's and was encouraged to pick it up again by a friend who has read it over and over. She was right: there are nuggets of gold in there that strike you differently when you're in your fifties (as was Corrie during much of the book) than they did in your twenties. One of those nuggets, which I seem to often need, is this bit where Corrie is recalling the words of her precious older sister, Betsie:

    There are no "ifs" in God's kingdom. I could hear her soft voice saying it. His timing is perfect. His will is our hiding place. Lord Jesus, keep me in Your will! Don't let me go mad by poking about outside it.

    The house is still a wreck. Most of the walls on the first floor are already painted, with about one more day's work to go, but the trim hasn't been started yet and so the furniture is for the most part still not replaced and things not replaced on shelves, etc. The good news is that the walls look fabulous! After rehanging some of the pictures yesterday I'm extremely glad I didn't succumb to the Green Monster and paint those walls green. I adore the new khaki color and everyone who's seen describes it as a very restful atmosphere.

    Please contact me if you want to know who NOT to deal with in San Antonio about carpet. I would have followed this with an "LOL"...but I'm not laughing.

    It's time to start Christmas shopping. No, I'm not kidding. When your list includes nine children, three sons-in-law, thirteen grandchildren, and quite a few other family members and friends, you don't wait until the first of December. Nope, THIS year I'm starting early. As a matter I've already decided on gifts for two grandsons and I'm busily watching eBay listings for these. For years now I've done most of my gift-buying online and I'm always on the lookout for new and interesting sites. If you've got a favorite for Christmas shopping, click on "Talkbacks" and let me know!

    Check out this interesting report on the study of a possible link between vitamin D and cancer prevention.

    I wrote earlier in the week about the boys' adventures in The Dangerous Book for Boys . On Friday they worked with tying various knots, a skill that boys used to learn routinely. I even remember that tying some of those knots was something *I* had to learn as part of the requirements for one of my Girl Scout badges in the 60's. It's pretty much a forgotten art now, but seeing their faces as they worked through the diagrams and produced the beautiful knots convinced me that it's something we shouldn't overlook. There are still uses for this skill, even if that doesn't include tying your horse up outside the local saloon!

    Grandson David has kept me busy this week by borrowing and returning books at a furious rate. David is 9, and after getting a late start in reading he's now burning up the shelves at his house and at Granny's! Currently he's racing his way through the Little House on the Prairie series at the rate of roughly one a day, coming up only for air and a meal or two. Good going, David!

    Shelley returned yesterday from a fabulous week with friends in Hawaii. Her suitcases were packed full of souvenirs and Hawaiian treats we've missed, including a custom-made batch of butter mochi from Auntie Debbie. Oh my, is there going to be mochi in heaven? I hope so!

    And on Tuesday, Bethany will leave for Virginia, for a nice long visit with Kristen and Annie and their families. When she returns, she'll have granddaughter Molly, also 9, with her. Molly is going to go on our family vacation with us to the mountains of New Mexico. Molly, we can hardly wait!

    From my chair, with my feet up and munching on mochi, I send Lord's Day greetings to all of you and wish you a wonderful week!





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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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    Ever have a package to mail and wanted to know how...
    Words fail to express my sadness this evening on...
    My heart is heavy as I've heard the news just no...
    A part of my childhood died today.
    This summer, The Papa is taking our two youngest b...
    Well...yesterday I finalized the carpet decisions ...
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    Well, isn't FOX news fun today! Did you think you'...
    Okay, that's it. Tomorrow morning I'm back on the ...
    Today's cogent quote, from Maggie Gallagher: Magg...

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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!"