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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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  • Equipping the Saints
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  • SteynOnline
  • WSJ Opinion Journal Best of the Web
  • GetHuman
  • Home School Legal Defense Association

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  • Sunday, December 30, 2007
    Sunday snippets...

    It's the last snippet of the year...2007 is about to go in the memory books. A fresh new year lies ahead, and just like last, it holds both promise and dangers. We will have new joys, perhaps new sadnesses and lingering bits of old ones, and no doubt there will be surprises. I am privileged as a Christian to walk into the New Year with the surety that I have a God who will never leave me or forsake me. In 2008 I want to do a better job of conveying that truth to those around me, both with my words and with a more visible trust in the goodness of the Father...

    Some other things I'd like to do this year:

    A sewing project. Don't know just what yet, but I have missed sewing and don't want to lose those skills or the joy of creating something from fabric. Whether it's clothes or dolls or home decorating projects, I will try to resume a lifelong hobby.

    Frame some old cross-stitch pieces. I can't really cross-stitch any more--my eyes won't let me. Oh, I could put on strong glasses and do it anyway, but it would be so stressful that it wouldn't bring me the relaxation and enjoyment that it used to. I still have, though, between 15 and 20 pieces that I did as long as 20 years ago that have never been framed. I'd like to do a few for use here, and then have the rest framed so the girls will have plenty to divide when I'm gone.

    Finish the quilt I started before Bethany (now in college) was born. The quilt top is one that was pieced by John's grandmother during and right after WWII and I have it almost just needs the border finished. I want to leave that to my family in a completed condition.

    Redo all the shelving in our pantry. The shoddy job done by the builder here has left much of the shelving pulling out of the wall and I live in fear that I'll get up one morning and have a whole diner's worth of food on the floor. The master bedroom closet re-do from two years ago was so successful with Elfa shelving and drawers that we will probably go with that system in the pantry, too. One of the wonderful things about Elfa is that it only require holes up near the ceiling. Everything hangs from a master track. Plus, in January ALL Elfa stuff is 30% off and that makes a substantial difference! We may do it in three stages, but it all needs to be done.

    This week I finished the audio version of Umberto Eco's The Island of the Day Before. Earlier in the year I had started on the hard copy version and got bogged's very, very hard to read and I hoped that listening would be easier. But it's also very long, so I did something I NEVER do: bought the abridged version. Good thing. I just barely got through that. It does have some redeeming qualities--allusions to interesting parts of seventeenth century history, a weaving in of the fascinating story of the discovery of longitude, and some clever illumination of European philosophy along the way. But the tale itself is painfully tedious, and by the end, irritatingly ridiculous. I will put it down on my finished books list, but only by the skin of its teeth.

    Next up on the iPod was G. K. Chesterton's The Man Who Was Thursday, a novel nearly as improbable but so delightfully told (and narrated) and with so many twists and turns that it is immensely more pleasing to me than the previous suitcase of a book. I probably won't finish it until later in the week, so it will be first on my "Finished in 2008 list." (Sometime in the next few days I'll rate all the books from this year so if you're looking for something I highly recommend, check back.)

    And speaking of iPods: here's a story that has boggled my mind. I have bought very few songs to put on my iPod...99% of my music came from CD's that I had purchased and transferred to the iPod via my laptop. Now the RIAA, already pushing the envelope to make more and more of us criminals, wants to make it a crime (or contends that it already is, actually) to transfer YOUR OWN LEGALLY PURCHASED CD's to your computer. Hopefully soon, voices of reason will prevail and stop the music industry terrorism that has already exacted huge sums of money from people who crossed lines that shouldn't even BE lines. And if the RIAA would like to make me a test case, a granny who listens to worship music and James Taylor on her hot pink nano, COME GET ME. MAKE MY DAY. Sorry, but the whole intellectual property thing has just gone way too far. If you write a song that you don't ever want on my iPod, put it under your bed. Whew. I feel better.

    I wonder if the interest groups (some of whom I tend to agree with on some issues) who decry the exploitation of cheap overseas labor will be as quick or as loud in denouncing this:
    World Outsources Pregnancies to India

    Well, that's it for the Snippets for 2007. I need to finish cleaning out my closet!

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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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    Out of the mouths of the step-kids.
    I don't intend to be overtly political in this spa...
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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!"