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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

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

  • Sunday, July 01, 2007
    Sunday snippets...
    Two years ago next week, Bethany, then just barely 15, was on her way to Scotland on a mission trip with Royal Servants. Just hours after they passed through London on their way to Glasgow, four bombs hit the London subway system, killing 52 and injuring hundreds. We waited, trembling and in prayer, for news that the team was safely on the other side when the bombs hit. Later that day, we were reassured that they were all okay and "safely" in Glasgow.

    Yesterday morning I recalled those anxious moments and also the words of those who wanted us to believe that Glasgow was out of the danger zone and we could "rest easy" that they were far from the terrorists. But yesterday, Glasgow WAS the danger zone. Yesterday we were reminded that none of us is ever out of danger, and that the only way we can "rest easy" is to rest in the cleft of the Rock of Ages. We, and our children, are in His hands and are untouchable unless God which case we are still safe in Him. We will surely have kids that will go out again on mission trips if He provides the opportunity, and I will probably always tremble a little, especially now. May I always be aware that my hands cannot protect them. Only the Hand of Almighty God can preserve them, the same Hand in which I rest.

    I'm beginning to think that San Antonio has been shoved up to the Pacific Northwest, with all the rain we've had! It's raining again! Delightful!

    Today our church family had lunch together after morning worship, and it was a lovely time. I'm going to include a few pictures I took...I delight in seeing the fellowship that takes place during these meals and wanted to share my joy by posting photos. You might see someone you know :-)

    The Line. At our church, girls and women go first; then men and boys; then Charlie.

    Lauryn isn't going to wait for her food much longer.

    The Sabo little ones are ably cared for in the absence of Mommy, who was feeling queasy this morning.

    Folks, it's ALL about Rowan.

    The men in the back are dutifully waiting their turn, waiting to see if there'll be any left for them.

    Little girls' table...

    The big girls' table (AKA The Horse Club)...

    I notice that boys are conspicuously absent from the the time they were assembled I was deep into my plate! I'll have to make sure I include them next time.

    VACATION WEEK IS FINALLY HERE! Bethany and Molly arrive here tomorrow, just in time to repack their suitcases for Red River. Despite what the ticker at the top says, we won't leave until Thursday. Wednesday we'll have a 4th of July cookout with the San Antonio family. Then Thursday morning we'll head to Fort Worth to meet the north Texas family and pick up Annie, Caleb and Erin who are flying in from Virginia. And Friday morning we caravan to Red River, NM, for a wonderful week of visiting, hiking, fishing, shopping, and just generally enjoying each other in the mountain air. I'm sure I'll have pictures to share. I don't expect to have internet access in the mountains so I'll take a blogbreak for a few days and tell you all about it later.

    While we're gone, Dirk will do the last stage of the first floor painting. Now that the carpet is in, he will paint and install the baseboards and then we'll finally be able to move all the furniture back in place. Pictures of the finished rooms are coming, too, so stay tuned.

    By the time we return, our Tapestry of Grace Year One should be here and I will buckle down to the next phase of school planning and scouring for the supplemental books we need. I see that we already have a LOT of what we need from our previous studies of the ancient world. It's exciting to take the kids through a study we've done before and see how much more they comprehend than four years ago, as well as how their interests become more specialized as they grow. I'm looking forward to the year's study and only hope that MY specialized interests don't get us lost on the rabbit trails or we'll never get Rome to fall!

    Hope you're having a peaceful, joyful Sunday...

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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...
    Yesterday in the middle of the carpet installati...
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    We are currently "chilling" while the workmen take...
    Here are some of the pics as we prepped and cut ou...
    UPDATE: The carpet installers are here and working...
    Okay so I'm confused. Does this include Comet,...
    Wake up and smell the....bacon?
    You know what this picture spells? N O . C A ...
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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!"