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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, September 09, 2007
    Sunday snippets...

    Yesterday I had
    one of those experiences that's relatively new to the world: a MIRL (meeting in real life) with someone I've only known from the blogosphere. I met Grafted Branch from Restoring the Years for breakfast at La Madeleine, and our breakfast turned into 3+ hours of sitting and getting to know each other. By the time we got up from our table, everyone around us was having lunch!

    We realized a few months ago that we really had met before, sitting next to each other at a ballet performance last year. It took a while for us to put this all together and figure out that not only did we live in the same city, but our "circles" occasionally intersect. Sitting over hours of coffee we discovered several acquaintances in common and that brought us smiles.

    For those of you who read GB's blog (and if you don't, you should), she is just as delightful in person as she is on the screen. She is intelligent, thoughtful, and funny and was a lovely breakfast companion. I'm looking forward to meeting her whole family!

    After leaving my MIRL, I went shopping for furniture. This time it's home office furniture I'm looking for...something to organize my life and all the paper and supplies that fuel it. Right now I have a mishmash of stuff that isn't working for me. Plus it doesn't look very nice in my fresh, newly-painted room. Alas, my room is also rather strangely shaped and doesn't lend itself to easy solutions, so it's taking me a while to find what I want and decide if will "fit." I came home after several hours having ruled several options OUT, but not yet settling on just the right things. Stay tuned.

    Okay, so I don't usually do product reviews. But sometimes I can't resist. A couple of weeks ago while packing to go visit my mother, I forgot to pack my toothbrush. So once there I ran out to the drugstore and grabbed one of the first ones I saw, along with a couple of makeup items, and hurried to the cash register. It was only after I got to the car that I looked at the receipt and realized that I'd paid about twice as much for the toothbrush as I'd expected to and I mentally chastised myself for not paying closer attention and went on back to the house.

    But when I opened the clamshell (with wire cutters and a blow-torch, of course...who packages those things??) it was clear that this was no ordinary brush, but a battery-powered contraption. I was so irritated with myself...until I turned it on and put it in my mouth. It took me about five seconds to know that I might never again be able to return to a normal dead toothbrush.

    Apparently there's some research about how much better this brush is at removing plaque, stimulating the gums, etc. I don't care. All I know is that when I use this brush it feels like I've just been in to get my teeth cleaned and I love it. You could tell me that it doesn't do as good a job and I still don't think I'd be able to give it up. I'm hooked. No, I'm not crazy about the fact that you can't replace the battery, but then hopefully it will last about as long as I'd use a regular toothbrush anyway. So run right out and get yourself an Oral-B Pulsar. And you can buy 'em in 3-packs. I'm looking to buy 'em by the case.

    I'm listening to the unabridged Atlas Shrugged on the iPod. It's another one of those books that I thought I "should" read...but it's SOOOO long and I was sure I'd be bored. NOT. I find myself enthralled by the characters and can hardly wait for the next time I run out of eggs so I can make an unscheduled trip to the grocery store and get another 40 minutes of listening time. At this rate I might be taking it with me to the nursing home, but I'm gonna be a happy old lady. I'll probably finish it the same month Dirk finishes preaching through Genesis.

    For the record, my 15-, 17-, and 20-year old daughters are just the best. They're involved in a project that, while I can't detail right now, is evidence of their love for their family and their spirit of joyful cooperation. Girls, you make me proud.

    All right, I'm off to print out assignment sheets for tomorrow. Yes, we're finally going to start school.

    Unless I have to call a snow day.

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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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    Why you need me....
    For those of you who might have missed a recommen...
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    "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!"