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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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  • Sunday, November 09, 2008
    Sunday snippets...
    The Papa is home! After an eight-hour flight from Hawaii (he didn't have the benefit of a stopover like I did) he stumbled off the plane and straight into bed this morning. He'll be rested and ready, though, for tonight's Great Socialist Capitalist Hawaiian T-Shirt Handout, a benefit program instituted for the appeasement of friends and family of men who claim frequent "business" trips to Hawaii. Yes, folks, he actually had to buy an extra suitcase to hold the 30+ shirts and other assorted goodies he has for The Handout. It's especially important this time, as he's trying to avert a threatened mutiny over his announcement that in six days he will be leaving again....for Hawaii.'s the post-election week settling in at your place? For me, it's meant a 75% reduction in the amount of news I watch and read. I don't need to hear Rahm Emanuel's bio and I don't want to hear any more about how many executive orders O plans to overturn in his first hours in office, especially ones that will cost babies' lives here and abroad. It's now done, and while I wait with eagerness to see what God will do, I'm sick of the media's take and all the fawning and chills up the leg and Messiah talk.

    I'm not liking papaya withdrawal. And I'm not sure, but I THINK that the fruit Eve succumbed to was papaya. I mean really, would an apple tempt you if there was papaya? The only thing is, she would have to have had the help of a very tall man to get it down so never mind.

    HOW is it just two and a half weeks until Thanksgiving? I need to get busy! I haven't even bought the turkeys yet!

    Yes, I had to return to the MouseTales at Granny's House. So far, one mouse down and we don't know how many to go. Monday the exterminator will be called, and this week I will probably have to break my pledge of never having another cat again in my life. Felines are definitely less undesirable than rodents. But only by a sliver.

    Laundry. Lots all at once. That's what happens when two people come home from two weeks away and haven't washed a thing. I don't like doing laundry. I'm so glad that The Papa helps :-)

    I'm 4/5 of the way through The Brothers Karamazov. It's meaty, complex, confusing at times, and captivating. It's certainly slowed down my reading pace, but it's worth it. I'll have to pick a few short ones after this!

    This weekend Lyric and I watched The Other Boleyn Girl. I am intensely interested in the history of that era in England, and even though this particular novel and movie are partly fictional, there's enough real history there to make it more than just a good story. After the movie we went online and looked up some of the controversies and disputed bits about Anne Boleyn, her siblings, and their place in the court of Henry VIII. Despite some rather wide liberties being taken with the characters and events, it's a moving and sobering look at court life and at how young women were used as means to the desired political and economic ends of their fathers, brothers, uncles, husbands...and sovereigns. Shelley tells me that there are major differences between the book and the movie, and I may put the book on my list for next year. much to read.

    I'm in the mood to make a pumpkin pie. If I weren't suffering the effects of jet lag I'd probably get in the kitchen and do that right now. But I can see one in my immediate future.

    I left in October, and returned in November to see the perfect new calendar page after my visit with Lyric. Yes, our food was great, but...

    I love it.

    Hopefully my jet lag fog will cleared in the next few hours and I'll be able to post something more interesting than papaya and laundry. Until then, get a great start to your new 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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  • America's Library
  • George Washington's Mount Vernon - Virtual Mansion Tour
  • Thomas Jefferson's Monticello - Virtual Mansion Tour
  • Hurricane Demo

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  • The Alamo
  • Majestic Theater
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  • 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!"