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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 30, 2008
    Sunday snippets...

    Some slightly crazy people in this family did the 4am Black Friday thing. Not me. I did finally get out at 1 or so to timidly check on a special at Kohl's. Alas, it was gone before I got there and even if they'd still had what I was looking for and were giving it away for a dime I wouldn't have waited through the nearly two-hour line to check out. No thanks, I'm doing just fine online.

    Good thing I did a thorough cleaning/purging of the refrigerators before Thanksgiving because there's sure no room in there now!

    Thanksgiving Postulate #6: There will always be one fewer salad/dessert fork than you need. Corollary: You will find some later on the deck. The sterling silver ones.

    Another good thing: I bought my first roaster oven this fall and used it to cook one of the two turkeys for Thanksgiving. Now I'm wondering why I didn't do this years ago! I got the biggest one I could find and it claimed to hold a 24lb. turkey. Mine was 22.88 lbs and fit comfortably in the oven, which is really sort of an oversized slow-cooker. The advantages were numerous: the turkey stayed incredibly moist (and the leftovers are STILL moist); it frees up a LOT of oven space; it eliminates the spattering mess in the oven; and one that I hadn't expected: after we got most of the meat off, I poured hot water over the carcass and turned it back on and it simmered for a couple of hours to make great stock. I usually do this the next day in a stockpot and it's a messy affair, but this made it simple and can be done right away so that it doesn't just sit out at room temperature making a playground for bacteria. I know I'll find lots of uses for this appliance (chili for a crowd, etc.) but if this was its only use I'd be very happy I got it!

    Also very useful was the oven in our new outdoor grill! Extra ovens are always welcome, right?

    Thanksgiving Theorem #22: The deviled eggs always go first.

    Tomorrow, The Papa leaves us again for a couple of weeks...we're all kind of getting tired of this but at least it's the last trip of the year so we'll grit our teeth and get through it. We'll postpone our Tree Night this year until he gets home, shortening the total time we will get to enjoy the Christmas trees but making sure he's with us for the event...

    I finished Cry the Beloved Country on Friday. There's little way to describe how moving this book was to me, and I highly recommend that if you never read it or if it's been many years, that you work it in next year between some of the newer fiction on your list. Whether your interest is in history, intergenerational family relationships, Africa, race relations, children, or faith and forgiveness -- you'll find much here to savor and to appreciate.

    Thanksgiving Guideline #12: It helps if the tablecloths are roughly the color of jellied cranberry sauce.

    If you're like me, you'll be tempted to go see Australia. No, I probably won't be able to convince you not to, but just don't say you weren't warned. I've been waiting for this one for a year...which is about how long it seemed to last. And I could've spent the year and the ten bucks in a lot better ways. One reviewer says, "Baz Luhrmann’s Australia isn’t a history of the penal colony turned commonwealth, but Luhrmann’s absurd, cliché-ridden filmmaking ought to be a jailable offense." I concur. If you must see it, wait for the DVD. Don't be swayed by any talk of having to see it on the big screen for the the theater you won't be able to multi-task to dull the pain. I had hoped it was going to be a new Out of Africa. All I wanted was Out.

    I'm looking over my always long list of books that are patiently waiting for me to read them...I have one month left in the year and more books than I can read in three years, with new ones popping up all the time. But as I look over my "Books Read in 2008" list, I'm quite satisfied with the amount of reading/listening I've been able to do and with the breadth of material--fiction and nonfiction, light and heavy, new and old, long and short. And just having the list and watching it grow has encouraged me to keep reading...if you haven't started keeping a visible list, make a New Year's resolution to do that in 2009!

    Thanksgiving Theorem #1: The likelihood of all dishes being ready to serve at the same time is inversely proportional to the amount of time spent planning toward that goal.

    Stephen Curtis Chapman, always a class act, has written a moving tribute to President Bush as he leaves office and turns over the reins to Barak Obama. Chapman has had an excruciatingly painful year, but rather than retreating from life he proves that his contributions to our lives are far from over. Go listen: Goodbye Mr. President. (hat tip: Lyric)

    Today is the first Sunday of Advent, a solemn time of looking back at the time of waiting for the Messiah, a joyful time of contemplating the gift of the Savior, and a hopeful time of preparing our hearts for the coming fulfillment of every future promise. So I close today with these beloved lyrics:

    Come, thou long-expected Jesus,
    born to set thy people free;
    from our fears and sins release us,
    let us find our rest in thee.

    Born thy people to deliver,
    born a child, and yet a king,
    born to reign in us for ever,
    now thy gracious kingdom bring.

    By thine own eternal Spirit
    rule in all our hearts alone;
    by thine all-sufficient merit
    raise us to thy glorious throne.

    ~Lyrics by Charles Wesley (1707-1788)

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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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    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!"