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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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    Granny Cares
  • Care Calendar
  • Agape Pregnancy Help Center San Antonio
  • World Vision

  • Granny Cooks (and Eats)!

  • The Pioneer Woman Cooks
  • Once a Month Mom
  • $5 Dinners
  • Full Bellies, Happy Kids
  • A Year of Crockpotting

  • Granny's House (and yours!)

  • Simple Mom
  • The Nesting Place
  • Between Naps on the Porch
  • The Inspired Room

  • Granny gets around...
  • A Holy Experience
  • MommyLife
  • Confessions of a Pioneer Woman
  • Preschoolers and Peace
  • Breathing Grace
  • theMangoTimes

  • Granny stays informed...
  • Real Clear Politics
  • Fox News
  • Drudge Report

  • Granny Thinks...
  • Al Mohler
  • Between Two Worlds
  • Blog and Mablog
  • First Importance
  • Equipping the Saints
  • Desiring God

  • Granny says you may go to...
  • PowerLine Blog
  • Michelle Malkin
  • SteynOnline
  • WSJ Opinion Journal Best of the Web
  • GetHuman
  • Home School Legal Defense Association

  • Granny goes to the movies...
  • Netflix
  • Rotten Tomatoes

  • Granny is watching!
  • Blue Pencil Editing
  • Mighty Red Pen
  • Conjugate Visits

  • Granny smiles at...
  • Purgatorio
  • ScrappleFace
  • LarkNews
  • Sacred Sandwich

  • Wednesday, December 31, 2008
    Feeling fairly certain that I will not finish any more books in the eight remaining hours of 2008, I am comfortable saying that this is my complete list. It was, as you can see, a very eclectic year: fiction, how-to, cookbooks, history, memoirs, devotional. There are a lot of mediocre selections here...not because I wanted it that way but because I can't always tell a book by its cover (or by its Amazon reviews). Nevertheless, there were some tremendous reads (and listens). Instead of giving each of them a number of stars as I did last year, I will put a large star by the ones I recommend without hesitation and encourage you to read in 2009. Absence of a star doesn't mean it wasn't thoroughly enjoyed, but the presence of one means "don't miss this one."

  • The Man Who Was Thursday, G. K. Chesterton

  • *Home to Holly Springs, Jan Karon

  • Suite Francaise, Irene Nemirovsky

  • I Am America (And So Can You!), Stephen Colbert

  • Mozart's Brain and the Fighter Pilot, Richard M. Restak

  • *Beneath a Marble Sky, John Shors

  • A Quest for More: Living for Something Bigger Than You, Paul David Tripp

  • Musicophilia, Oliver Sacks

  • The Fountainhead, Ayn Rand

  • The Power of a Woman's Words, Sharon Jaynes

  • iPhone: The Missing Manual, David Pogue

  • A Suitable Boy, Vikram Seth

  • Something Wicked This Way Comes, Ray Bradbury

  • Classical Music for Dummies, David Pogue

  • By Searching: My Journey Through Doubt Into Faith, Isobel Kuhn

  • America's Cheapest Family, Steve and Annette Economides

  • Barefoot Contessa at Home, Ina Garten

  • The Pillars of the Earth, Ken Follett

  • Wikinomics: How Mass Collaboration Changes Everything , Tapscott and Williams

  • *Into Thin Air, Jon Krakauer

  • The Westing Game, Ellen Raskin

  • *Left to Tell: Discovering God Amidst the Rwandan Holocaust, Immaculee Ilibagiza

  • The Spiritual Brain: A Neuroscientist's Case for the Existence of the Soul, Mario Beauregard and Denyse O'Leary

  • *John Adams, David McCullough

  • Far From the Madding Crowd, Thomas Hardy

  • *Peace Like a River, Leif Enger

  • *A Thousand Splendid Suns, Khaled Hosseini

  • *Stolen Innocence: My Story of Growing Up in a Polygamous Sect, Becoming a Teenage Bride, and Breaking Free of Warren Jeffs, Elissa Wall, Lisa Pulitzer

  • The Chopin Manuscript, Various authors

  • Dr. Atkins Diabetes Revolution, Mary C. Vernon, M.D.

  • Three Cups of Tea, Greg Mortenson and David Oliver Relin

  • 1776, David McCullough

  • Defining the World: The extraordinary story of Dr. Johnson's dictionary, Henry Hitchings

  • The Woman Who Can't Forget: Living with the Most Remarkable Memory Known to Science, Jill Price, Bart Davis

  • * (This one is in a class by itself) When I Lay My Isaac Down: Unshakable Faith in Unthinkable Circumstances, Carol Kent

  • The Strangeness of Beauty, Lydia Minatoya

  • Don Quixote, Miguel de Cervantes

  • Why We Buy: The Science of Shopping, Paco Underhill

  • The Mill on the Floss, George Eliot

  • The Shipping News, Annie Proulx

  • World Without End, Ken Follett

  • The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald

  • *The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky

  • *Cry, the Beloved Country, Alan Paton

  • Library: An Unquiet History, Matthew Battles

  • Standing in the Rainbow, Fannie Flagg

  • The Last Kingdom, Bernard Cornwell

  • The Price of Everything, Russell Roberts

  • Infidel, Ayaan Hirsi Ali

  • *Crazy Love: Overwhelmed by a Relentless God, Francis Chan

  • The Poisonwood Bible, Barbara Kingsolver
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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!"