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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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  • Between Two Worlds
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  • 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, September 20, 2009
    Sunday snippets...

    The week was long and difficult. Nearly every day I was at one of the two hospitals taking care of issues from bone density scans, flu shot, pain management, and blood draws to troubleshooting my PICC line. These trips out exhaust me since I have so little stamina, and all I can do when I get home is fall in my chair and drift off to sleep. The good thing is that the week ended well--great report from the doctor who saw me on Saturday and 24 hours nearly pain-free. Maybe I've turned a corner!

    Reading has been slow going the past few months. You'd think with all this time on my hands I'd have read twice as much as last year, but instead it's more like half. Time is not the problem; motivation sometimes is. Pain, disappointment, drugs, and schedule disruption are, for me, the enemy of a desire to read. With the sweet encouragement of friends who are still recommending, bringing, or sending me good reading material, I have managed to keep my mind and soul fed with the very things God knows I need. This week, Lyric sent Parting the Waters: Finding Beauty in Brokenness by Jeanne Damoff, and as much as I might have resisted another "brokenness" book, her explanation of why she sent it grabbed my heart and I devoured it in nearly record time. Now it's clear why God had this on my list...and I can say that it is second only to Carol Kent's When I Lay My Isaac Down: Unshakable Faith in Unthinkable Circumstances in the quality of the story and the storytelling. And as far as illustrating a vibrant and authentic theology, Parting the Waters is superior. Put both of them on your list.

    Our 25th year of homeschooling has begun almost without me. The Papa and the girls have stepped into the significant gap left by my injuries/surgeries and have made sure that Shelley and the boys are not lacking in any of what they need this academic year. Together we've cobbled together a mixture of online classes, local co-ops, music lessons, college dual credit classes, and a few things here at home, ensuring that their transcripts will never reflect the craziness and uncertainty of the past few months. This isn't exactly what I wanted for our silver anniversary year in homeschooling, but it's very much in line with how God has helped us get through many years when it looked like things should fall apart. So maybe this is only fitting...our brokenness, His faithfulness!

    I was able to order Christmas cards this week and get started on a few tasks that look forward to the coming holiday season. I had to do some things to get me "unstuck" from thinking that since I didn't really experience much of summer this year, it was somehow still here!

    Several things conspired this year to make our annual International Talk Like a Pirate Day a day later than usual. So as we speak, Granny's House is full of pirates and wenches and outrageous costumes and happy kids :-)

    Did you catch that Obama is now open to a newspaper bailout? So now we're not just going to bail out industries that have fallen on hard times as a result of recession or mismanagement; now we're going to bail out industries that are dying of their own longer really wanted or needed by the vast majority of Americans. Next we'll be bailing out the slide rule industry. Oh, wait...

    I'm researching exercise equipment, something that will allow me to get a good non-impact workout here at home once I've exhausted my home physical therapy benefit. My outpatient physical therapists make great use of the Total Gym and so I'm considering that but also open to alternatives. Let me know if you have used something similar and are aware of a good source to buy these, used or new.

    As the weather finally cools a bit and we drink in the first bits of rain to come our way in two years, I'm thankful for the onset of fall. By far my favorite time of year, it's truly delicious this year since it sweeps away what has been a painful season. May God be glorified in whatever the next season brings...

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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
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  • 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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    "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!"