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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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  • Between Two Worlds
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  • Equipping the Saints
  • Desiring God

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  • Michelle Malkin
  • SteynOnline
  • WSJ Opinion Journal Best of the Web
  • GetHuman
  • Home School Legal Defense Association

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  • Purgatorio
  • ScrappleFace
  • LarkNews
  • Sacred Sandwich

  • Sunday, October 07, 2007
    Sunday snippets...

    So this afternoon was our first official fall clothes shopping trip. Took Shelley for sweaters at Old Navy and she found some really cute things. (I'd love to think she's going to get as much good out of them as we got last year, but come on, two real winters in a row? I don't think so.) Bethany will be next, and then it will be the boys' turn...

    When I was a senior in high school I wanted to go to ORU in the worst way. My parents said no, not if they were paying for it. I was kind of bummed and I wrote a letter to the school asking that they pray that there would be a way that I could attend there. My young and naive mind got a real shock when I got back a form letter that they send everyone who writes with a prayer request, and it had nothing to do with anything I had said. From that day on I had a sour taste in my mouth about that place. And through the years I have thanked God for parents who had the sense to tell me no. Watching the unfolding scandal that now engulfs ORU, I continue to be grateful. What a shame.

    Half of our bedroom is now an office. But both The Papa and I are very happy with it and think it is going to streamline our lives a lot. This afternoon I'm going to sit on the floor and transfer our files to the new filing cabinet and then just smile at how organized my life is. It's nice that I'm only feeling the need to keep about 10% of the hard copies I used to, so filing is becoming less and less of a chore. The other nice thing is the pungent smell of new wood in here :-)

    Finally, finally, our beloved Fighting Irish won a game, and what a game! We went in 0 and 5 to play a team (UCLA) that was 4 and 1, and we beat them 20-6. So I'm wondering, if we win every game from here out, could we still make a bowl? (Hey, USC lost to Stanford yesterday, so miracles happen!)

    The Amazon boxes full of Christmas presents started arriving this week. This is the time of year when my UPS man thinks about just bringing a sleeping bag and setting up shop in my house since he's here so much. Well this year, not anxious to repeat the total disaster of last year, I asked the Papa to do some prep work before we stored the boxes in the usual place: the bathtub. I know, I know, but since I'm not really able to crawl in and out of a tub and since it's very large and keeps things out of the way, I use it for storing Christmas presents. I wasn't going to use it at all this year since I'm still scarred by the losses last year, but Lyric suggested that we duct-tape the plug in the tub and then line it with plastic trash bags. This might be the only time in my life I've ever said yes to duct tape.

    I have found some neat software for organizing bulk cooking days...I'm still on a trial run and I'm finding bits of time here and there to try and teach myself how to use it. But it has some fabulous features...lets you print out different reports for your cooking day, like how many and what kind of containers and freezer bags you will need based on your recipes that particular day, prints out separate lists of ingredients you need for cooking day vs. the ones you will need when you actually prepare and serve the thawed dish, makes lists of which small appliances you'll need, and has a feature that will make the calculations automatically for doubling, tripling, or even making 16x a recipe. It does have a bug or two--I quadrupled the size of a recipe (just playing around with the software, not actually in the kitchen) and it told me to bake it in a 52x36" pan LOL. However, on the container report it correctly said "4 13x9 pans". Anyway, if I successfully use it, I'll do a real write-up and link for those of you who might be interested in trying it out.

    Happy Birthday to John Caleb, our 8th (and next to last!) teenager. I love having teenagers so am glad to have another one in the house. 'Course I loved him when he was 12, too! John Caleb is very attentive to his mother and is the first one, after The Papa, to bring me a cup of tea or hold the door open for me or check to see if I need anything when I'm sick. Gals, he's gonna make a great husband! For now, he's a joy to have around the House.

    Snip, snip, time to get on the floor and get at those files! Happy 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
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  • 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...
    My new home office....
    My new home office furniture is being delivered to...
    Granny's mad.
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    Oh my. I can't even imagine.
    Here's a topic we've discussed before, but of cour...
    Don't let your kids see this.
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    Ever anxious to encourage those of you who have o...
    We interrupt this blog for a purely provincial pos...

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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!"