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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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  • Thursday, January 01, 2009
    Things my 2009 will include:

    A new Bible, any day now. I have been using the IISB (NASB) as my primary Bible for ten years now, and for nearly fifteen years before that it was The Open Bible (NASB). I'm ready for a change. About five years ago I got a nice study Bible in NKJV and could never get used to it or feel like it was "my own," so I'm a little nervous about making a choice. I have narrowed it down and when I take the plunge (read: hit the "Buy Now" button) I'll let you know which one I'm getting...

    A re-reading, after many years, of Oswald Chambers' My Utmost For His Highest. I have the 1963 hardcover edition from the library of my mother, printed when I was just nine years old. The book is copyrighted 1935 (18 years after Chambers' death) and has become almost the definition of a classic. It's already on my bedside table, ready for tonight's first reading.

    Hopefully, another 50 books. I managed 51 in 2008, just short of one per week. About half were in audio form. This year will include Crime and Punishment and the next few #1 Ladies Detective Agency volumes, a biography of John Calvin in this 500th anniversary year of his birth, and several others already sitting in my left-hand sidebar.

    A purging of our library. It's gotten messy, unwieldy, and therefore un-useful. I want it to continue to be valuable to us and our extended family and friends, and so I need to get it in shape.

    Increased use of the public library for our school needs. We go through a massive amount of books in a school year, and because I'm no longer buying books for a stair-step line of younger kids, it's time to put the money elsewhere (college bookstore?) and use the library when I can.

    Trimming of my blog feeder. I don't need to read all the ones I've subscribed to and don't need to feel guilty when I see at 11pm that I have "297 unread" blogs or news sites. About a third of what I have on the list is valuable; the rest is clutter.

    So far, everything has to do with reading. So...

    A purge of our files. They, like our library, are bloated, messy, and outdated. I mean, do we really need electric bills from 2002 and notice that my dental cleaning was paid for by insurance in '04?

    Headway on planning, if not actually "building," a new kitchen. This must start, by virtue of a looming crisis, with the reshelving of the rest of our pantry that we started in January of '08. One wall down, two to go.

    Revival of my sewing skills and my 27-year old sewing machine to make at least one piece of clothing or home decor item. I've been tempted a few times to replace the machine, but since it's only been used for mending and sewing on of Awana patches in the past few years, I need to determine if there's enough fire left in me to invest in a new one.

    Increasing my knowledge of HTML, web design, and other helpful computer skills. This will include an expanded use of Google Docs, which my daughters and I have learned to rely on for multiple uses in the past year.

    Scrapping and replacing of our fairly new but despised Dell printer/copier. If you have an extra, oh, $400 a month to waste on ink and would like our printer, sign up here. Or not.

    A new vacuum cleaner. I did treat myself to a new Roomba with some gift money, but I haven't unpacked it yet and am not under any illusion that it will replace the human-powered version. As I've noted before, we are the world's unluckiest family when it comes to vacuum cleaners, and the last two were no exception. Not sure if it's the volume of vacuuming we do or some gigantic cosmic curse, but we can't run a machine for longer than two years and many times it's been six months. Oh wait, that was the one I tried to use to vacuum up live geckos. Never mind.

    Repainting of the exterior trim of the house and replacing of all the porch railings. Don't even get me started.

    Better control of meal planning and grocery buying. I have several tools at my disposal to accomplish this and just need to muster up the will to use them better!

    Have you decided on any projects, personal or otherwise, for the new year?

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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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  • George Washington's Mount Vernon - Virtual Mansion Tour
  • Thomas Jefferson's Monticello - Virtual Mansion Tour
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  • 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!"