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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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  • theMangoTimes

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  • Real Clear Politics
  • Fox News
  • Drudge Report

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  • 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
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  • Blue Pencil Editing
  • Mighty Red Pen
  • Conjugate Visits

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  • Purgatorio
  • ScrappleFace
  • LarkNews
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  • Sunday, October 14, 2007
    Sunday snippets...

    Evidently I've overdone it a bit with my leg this week, so I'm paying today. Didn't make it to church since I could barely make it to the bathroom sink this morning. I've rested and written a bit, worked with new software and made some school plans...all things I can do whether I'm mobile or not.

    Okay, call me crazy. While all of you are blogging about your favorite reality TV shows and House and Office and Grey's, I'm waiting with baited breath for tomorrow's debut of the Fox Business Network. I know, I'm hopeless. Helpless. It's not just my age, I don't think, and it's certainly not my interest in all our personal wealth LOL...I am just fascinated by Wall Street, by the economy, by the Fed, and okay, by Dagen McDowell and Stuart Varney. I will try and resist the urge to give you weekly updates.

    One update I will give you: I am smitten with my new home office system. It has helped me work better, faster, smarter, cleaner, and enjoy it a lot more. I'm talkin' everything from homeschooling to photo organization to correspondence to bills to work assignments. My kids love how they can come in and sit across the desk from me with their work and have plenty room to spread it out (and I'm getting better at reading upside down). The old computer chair I'm using isn't very comfortable or good for my leg, so that's one of the next things I'll be replacing, along with a nice high chair for John's new elevated project table/desk.

    I've noticed the kiddos, both first and second generation, sneaking into my bathroom to see how fast the bathtub is filling up. (See last week's Snippets.)

    I'm still toying with my trial period of the bulk cooking software. I made up a sample cooking day from several of the recipes I used in August, and when I printed out the ingredient list that you take to the store, it said I needed a total of 288 teaspoons of mozzarella cheese. Huh? Maybe this software is still in Beta? I have two more weeks to decide if it's worth buying. My initial read is yes, if I can work out enough of the kinks that I won't be driven to insanity by measuring frozen shredded hashbrowns in tablespoons...

    I've been encouraging the Papa to nurse our ancient van and Suburban along with monthly nickel-and-dime repair bills (okay, $400) and to wait to buy anything new until next summer before our road-trip vacation. I've never been one to be chomping at the bit for a new vehicle as long as we have ones that will get us where we need to go, and especially when we don't have any car payments. Yeah, well this morning I saw this, and all of a sudden I am very impatient to go looking. No, I don't THINK I would ever succumb to buying a Ford, but they sure are out front on this as far as I can tell.

    And what is this nonsense about it being developed for Generation Y, which includes all of my B team kids but none of the A team? Hey, I'm about Generation K.2, I think, but I don't think any of my teens would be any more excited about Sync than I would!

    Am I the only one who's thankful to shop with my fingers instead of my feet? Every few months I find a new reason (parking problems, sore feet, extra taxes, high gas costs, crowds, rude clerks) to stay out of stores and malls, and better ones (my sweet UPS man who swears I keep him employed, easy comparisons, shopping carts that stay full until I decide to hit "purchase", Amazon Prime) to shop from my laptop. So when I saw this story about increasing attempts of stores to harrass customers avoid shoplifting and other crime, I just smiled. All I have to worry about is beefing up my passwords...

    Snip, snip, that's all for today. Have a great 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

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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

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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!"