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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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  • Sunday, September 26, 2010
    Sunday snippets...

    Well, we have just a snippet of time left before CJ and Tony's big day. I was startled to see her Facebook status today saying that she's getting married NEXT WEEK. Okay, still 13 days, but it is technically next week. So we have essentially one week for everything major and then the crazy wedding week begins :-)

    Who'd have thought we'd triple the amount of coffee we drink in this house with the arrival of the Keurig? Making coffee is so much fun that even Tim has decided to join in. And don't even get me started on the hot chocolate!

    Dave and Kristen have signed a rental agreement on a house in Fort Worth, so they'll be moving shortly after the wedding. I'm actually glad about the timing...I wanted them here during all the activity and not just popping into town the day before the wedding. But I'm glad they have a new home secured and can start the next stage of their lives without being too far away from us. (For those of you who aren't familiar with the relative distances up and down I-35 in Texas, it's about 275 miles, or 4.5 hours by car.)

    A real serendipity is that the house where the Slaughters will be moving is two doors down from one of my brothers and right across the street from another brother and his young family. They'll also be within five minutes of lots of other extended family, including The Papa's parents. So settling in should be easier than in a neighborhood of strangers, and it should make for some fun family dinner nights!

    Are you registered to vote?

    Forgot how much I love REAL ranch dressing. Well, you know, the kind you make from the packets. I can actually eat it without salad, though I'm not sure I should. Can we just call it cold soup?

    Up this week from Netflix: Into the Arms of Strangers, Princess Kauilani, and Up. And I'm going to stream a series on China.

    Food for thought as we wend our way through the maze of important decisions on how much public spending there will be on health care: How much is a life worth?
    This article discusses a new drug for end-stage prostate cancer that costs $93,000 for roughly four months of extended life expectancy. That's $775 dollars a day. Would you pay for it? Would you insist that your insurance company pay for it? Would you expect the government to pay for it? Just asking.

    I will be going to see Waiting for Superman. And no, I'm not Waiting for DVD. 

    I'm not too happy with the new WYSIWYG editor in Blogger. Lots of bugs, and some of the changes don't make any sense to me...they make things more and not less complicated and intuitive. But then, how many people are still blogging? Maybe they just don't care.

    And how about Eddie Long? I'm sure he's just misunderstood.

    Okay, short language rant, since I can't hold some of this in: Folks, you're not bias or prejudice about're BIASED or PREJUDICED. (Unless you hail from a town with under 300 people, and then you're hereby excused and you can be bias about anything you want.) You don't get orientated, you get ORIENTED. There is no such word as irregardless, no matter how many dictionaries have caved. DON'T.DO.IT. And vaccinations are part of PREVENTIVE health care, not preventative. ALL RIGHT is TWO WORDS, as is A LOT. Whew....all right, that's relieved enough pressure that I can last another week.

    This week I gave Tim, 13, a writing assignment. I told him that it had to be at least 300 words and that it could go up to 750. He asked for some leeway and it ended up being around 850. Then he asked if he could do another one along the same lines and if I'd allow him time in the school week to write it. "Sure," I said, nonchalantly as I could manage. So without waiting for the new school week he started in on it, and as of this writing it's 5,547 words. We'll be contacting a publisher  ;-)  (And yes, this is some success and enthusiasm I chalk up to our new writing program!)

    This week will see the turn to October and we'll be headed for the holidays. If that comes with cooler weather, great. If not, I'll have a really hard time getting into things. I'll be cranking up the air conditioner and driving everyone in Granny's House into hoodies.

    The Snippets will see you next month :-)

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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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  • Majestic Theater
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  • 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!"