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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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  • Saturday, September 05, 2009
    Update from CJ
    Hello everyone! It's Cathi's favorite daughter again! (CJ, duh!)

    You have probably noticed Mom's absence from this blog in the last couple of weeks. As she is unable to right now, let me give you the rundown of what's been going on down here.

    Early last week, Mom began to notice a significant increase in her pain levels in her right leg. We thought it might have been from the vigorous physical therapy schedule she was on, so we didn't worry too much about it at first. She tried to stay off of her feet as much as she could and we alternated bringing in ice packs and heating pads to help with the pain. But each day the pain became worse and worse until last weekend it got so bad that she could not stand or walk at all without major help. The weekend got worse and by Saturday she was not sleeping and even millimeters of movement was described by her as the worst pain she has ever felt. (If you know what she's been through in the last 9 years, you know that was a pretty powerful statement.)

    On Monday morning Dad realized he had done all he could to try to control the pain at home and since absolutely nothing was working, he took her into the ER. I met them there and we waited a surprising 3 hours to see a doctor. (Surprising in a good way...this is military medicine, after all.) Their first inclination was that this could be some sort of infection in or around her bones so they did some blood work, took xrays, and a few other tests. After 8 hours in the ER with no answers, they admitted her to the hospital so her fabulous surgeon could take over her care.

    Over the next few days Dr. Keeney worked tirelessly to get Mom some answers. For those of you who don't know, Dr. Keeney is a strong Christian and an incredible orthopedic surgeon. He has performed the last 3 or 4 of Mom's surgeries and is intent on finding the answer to Mom's ongoing problems. Finally, on Thursday, he came into her room and told us that a few of the cultures they ran from the fluid around her hip implant seemed to indicate an infection. So, surgery was scheduled for the next day.

    On Friday they took her into the OR, opened up her whole leg and were surprised to find numerous problems to fix. I am not an orthopedic expert, so I won't attempt to explain everything that they did...I'll let Mom do that when she's back at home. But I can tell you that they cleaned out the infection, tightened up the ball/socket hip implant, secured the shaft's implant to her femur (it's not going ANYwhere), and chiseled off some bone fragments that were causing discomfort. Dr. Keeney said that the surgery was a success and we're all anxious to see if it really did take away the awful pain from the last few weeks.

    Even though she had major surgery yesterday, she actually got up out of bed today and walked a few steps around her room--something she couldn't even think about doing the day before the surgery! The plan is to keep her in the hospital until the end of this next week just to make sure the infection is completely gone. After that, we'll move her back home and restart the physical therapy that she's so good at now. :)

    It's been a tough couple of weeks around here and even though "we're used to it", it doesn't make the waiting and the uncertainty anymore fun. We like to say that we have plenty of practice in the area of trusting our Lord through fiery trials, and we pray that every trial He has us walk through only serves to strengthen that trust in His plan and sharpen our eyes to see Him better.

    Mom specifically asked me to thank you all for praying for her and for us during this. Please continue to pray for her that she have a quick and complete recovery from this surgery and that the Lord would give her strength and energy to start therapy again to regain the use of her legs.

    That's all I have for now! Either Mom or I will update you in a few days and let you know about her progress.

    CJ for the Warrens

    "For I know whate'ver befall me, Jesus doeth all things well!!"

    has spoken at 6:51 PM
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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!"