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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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  • Monday, September 08, 2008
    The Making of Fabulous Friday
    Laura reminded me in the comments yesterday that I hadn't yet said anything about our homeschool co-op which starts on Friday of this week. So I'm going to post here how it all came about and what we're doing, hoping it will be an encouragement to others who might have the ability to do something similar.

    Near the end of last year, when Dirk knew he wasn't going back to fulltime teaching this year, he decided he'd like to do a PE class on Friday afternoons for the homeschooled students in our church and HOPE group. Hey, I thought, I'm going to suggest that he do it here. We have a big yard and a big deck and and a porch to get under if it rains. Plus, that means *I* don't have to drive anywhere!

    Dirk, immediately seeing the genius of my plan, agreed. Maybe 10-15 kids who need to run off some energy and get some exercise every week, right?

    On hearing of the Friday afternoon PE class, CJ suggested that she teach a Latin class to the kids who weren't doing PE. And before long we'd decided to split the PE class in half, younger and older kids, and have TWO Latin classes running concurrently, younger kids during the older PE class and vice versa. CJ also made herself available to tutor students privately when she's not teaching Latin.

    Around the same time, Aubrey told me that Dirk was going to take his older boys (these are my grandsons, if you've lost track!) through an introductory logic course. "OOOH, OOOH," I said, waving my hands wildly. "Think he'd consider including my two boys on that?" In trying to figure out when to do it, we thought that maybe since he'd already be here on Friday afternoons he could just come an hour early and do the boys' logic then.

    LIGHT BULB! We could open logic up to others coming for PE and Latin--we have the makings of a co-op here! And then Shelley, who already had two piano students on Friday afternoons, asked if we might be interested in offering other Friday slots for piano during co-op.

    So...still unsure whether anyone would really take us up on all this, we sent out an email to our group, explaining the choices and telling them that they'd get first pick and then perhaps if we didn't have enough we'd open up the enrollment to friends who are homeschooling but aren't in our support group. And then we waited.

    But not for long. As fast as you can say "Fabulous Friday" we had 50 kids enrolled in the various classes! FIFTY! All of a sudden Granny is looking around and thinking, "What are we gonna do with 50 kids and their moms and all the little ones who come with the moms but aren't old enough for Latin?"

    Okay, breathe. We DO have three living areas, a separate dining room, a large front yard, large back yard, sprawling deck, moderately large covered front porch, even a very large front entry/hallway if we need to use that, and several bathrooms. If we choreograph everything carefully, we can do this. We can. Yes we can!

    Well, we'll see if we can! The funniest thing (and something I should pay attention to, I'm sure) is how excited all the MOMS are. Some of them are suspected of forcing their kids into PE because of Mom's need for exercise--SOCIAL exercise! We have moms coming (and in one case, signing up for Latin--yea!) who don't have kids old enough for classes but they just know THIS is going to be THE place to be on Fridays. Don't get me wrong--I'm thrilled about this and glad our moms and kids want to be together every week. I just hope the space we have here will contain it all and provide the kind of setting we're hoping for!

    If you think of us at 1 on Friday, I'd welcome your prayers :-)

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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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    "Were the whole realm of nature mine
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