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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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  • The Pioneer Woman Cooks
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  • Full Bellies, Happy Kids
  • A Year of Crockpotting

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  • 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

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  • Real Clear Politics
  • Fox News
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  • Al Mohler
  • Between Two Worlds
  • Blog and Mablog
  • First Importance
  • Equipping the Saints
  • Desiring God

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  • PowerLine Blog
  • Michelle Malkin
  • SteynOnline
  • WSJ Opinion Journal Best of the Web
  • GetHuman
  • Home School Legal Defense Association

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  • Sunday, December 07, 2008
    Sunday snippets...

    I guess this is the first month that I've really taken a hard look at the possibilities for the economy in the coming year or more and wondered what a massive round of job layoffs would do to our little "world." In a deep and lasting recession, even those who might still have jobs will be affected by needing to help family, friends, and church members who don't. So I'm trying to take a look at all our expenditures from two sides: what would we do if we were left unemployed, and how can we leave ourselves in the best position to help others if we're blessed enough that The Papa keeps his job. I'd encourage all of you to do the same and share ideas and even contingencies with each other so that we're not caught off guard.

    And on a similar note, I recommend the book The Worst Hard Time. The tragedy of the Dust Bowl was rooted in a long-gone agrarian economy and so it seems pretty far removed from anything that might happen in our high-tech age, but we're not guaranteed that we won't face challenges just as immense, so it's an important read. Read it alone or with your families as a way to understand and appreciate our history and our possible future.

    It's nearly too good to be true that the congressman who was caught with $90,000 wrapped in foil in his freezer has finally been ousted. True, the postponement of the election in the wake of Hurricane Gustav probably affected the outcome, eliminating the Obama coattails that would have helped him, but at least the poor guy can now be free to concentrate on his defense and not have to worry about incoming bribes from Nigeria. (And it's similarly delightful that the man who ousted him is our first Vietnamese-American in congress, arriving here after the fall of Saigon in 1975.) By the way, anyone know what's the safest way to thaw $90,000? And if it's once thawed accidentally, can it be refrozen?

    Bravo (can you believe I'm saying this??) to the president-elect for choosing Eric Shinseki to head up the VA. Shortly after Shinseki's forced retirement as a result of his very prescient warnings about the need for hundreds of thousands of troops in Iraq, he was vindicated...and many military men and observers grudgingly agreed that he'd been not only right but courageous. Despite the vindication, he was never really rewarded for telling the hard truth. Let's hope this 2-time Purple Heart recipient will bring the same kind of sanity to the VA that he tried unsuccessfully to inject into the war effort.

    Our "little" homeschool co-op experiment this semester will wrap up this week. I don't think any of us suspected that it would be so successful and so well-received as it's been, and despite the weekly Thursday night rush around Granny's House to get everything ready, it's not been near as difficult as I feared. Most of the 50+ kids we began with ended up seeing the whole semester through, and I think almost all of them enjoyed it as much as the moms who got a chance to visit for a few hours every week!

    What a nice surprise to see gas in the $1.50's this week. Even if you're in a higher cost of living area, you're no doubt seeing a reduction, a welcome relief for all of us!

    I was disappointed to see that a movie I've been looking forward to for months, The Soloist, has been shelved until sometime next year. Never mind that it's all ready to's become a hostage to some new policy of the studio to release only 20 movies a year. So now we have to wait until at least April. In the meantime, you can read more about the true story on which the film is based here.

    This will be our last week of school around here before the Christmas break. I'd like to stop now (and my students concur) but we got such a late start this year that I really don't feel good about too long a vacation. Besides, you can't take a break a week before Rome falls, can you?

    A few weeks ago I mentioned a switch in our math curriculum and said I'd give you an update. Well, after three weeks the reviews are GREAT for all three of our math students (Pre-algebra, Algebra 1, and Geometry). Of course, liking a curriculum and getting good results long term are two different things, so we'll reserve complete judgment. But what I can tell you now is that we are all, including me, enjoying the format, the instruction, and the understanding we're getting from Teaching Textbooks.

    The only Christmas shopping I've got left is stocking stuffers and my kids' ornaments, which I usually have done long before this. But these two categories of things are the hardest for me to do online, hence this year's delay. So as soon as my two femurs calm down from physical therapy, I'll have to hit Target and a couple other places to finish up. And this week, the wrapping marathon begins!

    Speaking of Christmas, put Kristen's blog on your Bloglines or Google Reader for an almost daily short reflection on the wondrous season of Advent. She's pulling together some great material...

    May this second week of Advent bless and quiet your heart as you prepare for the coming celebration of our Savior's birth...

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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

  • Granny always says...
    Reported today in Truemors: Reason #48173972 to ...
    Okay, if I could walk more than five steps today, ...
    So again today I gave up. My second round of phys...
    Most of us are no longer surprised about female in...
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    When the mountain seems too big, the sorrow too de...
    Does this scare you as much as it does me? (Not th...
    When peace, like a river, attendeth my way, Whe...
    You knew it had to happen.
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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!"