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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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  • Between Two Worlds
  • Blog and Mablog
  • First Importance
  • 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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  • LarkNews
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  • Sunday, May 25, 2008
    Sunday snippets...
    The heat and steam have arrived to stay for half the year in our part of the country. The spring wasn't as cool or as wet as we would have liked, but at least we did have a few weeks of warm and fairly dry breezes. Now I may go a whole day without knowing how wretchedly hot and humid it is, because we're well sealed up against the onslaught of summer. Believe it or not, I'll have most of my Christmas shopping done by the time we open up the windows again...

    Do you know how many American World War I vets are left? Take a guess and then go read George Will's very touching article.

    Finished: audio version of The Spiritual Brain. Like most books I read on the brain, I was engrossed even when the discussion was over my head. Just sitting in on the discussion was invigorating. I give it four out of five stars. (I gave it five stars until the last 17 minutes of the book.)

    Started: the very LONG, unabridged version of David McCullough's John Adams. A remarkable man from a remarkable time, chronicled by a remarkable storyteller. It'll take me a month to get through it and I'll enjoy every hour.

    Our church family enjoyed a sweet morning and lunch together today...wonderful worship service with the highlight of Zach K.'s baptism. For a number of reasons it was a moving ceremony and everyone in the congregation who knows this great little guy and his family was in tears. This was all followed by a scrumptious baptismal feast with Italian food that was WAY too good...

    I love it when the contents of someone's diet becomes the topic of international conversation. Well, okay, it doesn't happen very often, but if Oprah tells us what she's eating, you can bet it's gonna be on tables all over the world. Sort of the edible version of Oprah's Book Club (which I happen to really like LOL). So this week we learned that Oprah's going to take some of those pounds off by going on a 21-day vegan diet that may or may not become permanent based on how it makes her "feel". And at the risk of your becoming envious of her ability to hire a personal chef and eat whatever she's brought, I give you this list of some of the morsels for the next three weeks: tofu scramble roasted tomato, grilled onion and sweet garlic aioli quesadillas with jicama slaw; strawberry rhubarb wheat-free crepes; steel-cut oatmeal with fresh blueberries, strawberries, chopped walnuts and a splash of soy milk and some agave nectar; and chunky mushroom soup with wild rice and pecans.

    (Okay, no cutting in line. I'll get to you as soon as I finish my BLT and milkshake.)

    In keeping with our family's characteristic forward-thinking mindset, I wish to announce that we are the owners of two, TWO Suburbans, this week's combined market value $750. Which will buy a tank of gas for each.

    Just as I feared, we've seen an explosion of manufactured outrage this weekend over Hillary's comments about the primary timeline. And of course, it would have to be on (or maybe because of?) a very slow long weekend. I can't wait until Tuesday when there's bound to be something new to talk about. At least I'm not alone in my take of how ridiculous this whole thing was!

    We finished school on Thursday of this week. It's been a great year, in my opinion, and an especially profitable one for our 6th grader, who finally decided that school wasn't prison and that grammar is so fun he may keep doing it all summer long whether he has to or not. Don't expect that one to last long, but it was nice to hear!

    And now, it's time to get the plans finalized for the fall. Most decisions are already made, but I haven't done any of the fine-tuning or scheduling yet. I'll be taking a break for a few weeks to reorganize supplies and books, get rid of a lot of our elementary curriculum, and work on some other projects that have been crying for my attention for years all year long.

    Ending the Snippets with lyrics from this morning's hymn...

    Never a trial that He is not there
    Never a burden that He doth not bear
    Never a sorrow that He doth not share
    Moment by moment I'm under His care.

    from "Moment by Moment," lyrics by Daniel W. Whittle, 1893

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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
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  • 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!"