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Name:
Cathi

Status:
Dreaming of the mountains...


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 - FAMILY PICTURES
  • 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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    Granny Cares
  • Care Calendar
  • Agape Pregnancy Help Center San Antonio
  • World Vision

  • Granny Cooks (and Eats)!

  • The Pioneer Woman Cooks
  • Once a Month Mom
  • $5 Dinners
  • Full Bellies, Happy Kids
  • A Year of Crockpotting


  • Granny's House (and yours!)

  • 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



  • Granny stays informed...
  • Real Clear Politics
  • Fox News
  • Drudge Report

  • Granny Thinks...
  • Al Mohler
  • Between Two Worlds
  • Blog and Mablog
  • First Importance
  • Equipping the Saints
  • Desiring God

  • Granny says you may go to...
  • PowerLine Blog
  • Michelle Malkin
  • SteynOnline
  • WSJ Opinion Journal Best of the Web
  • GetHuman
  • Home School Legal Defense Association

  • Granny goes to the movies...
  • Netflix
  • Rotten Tomatoes
  • ScreenIt.com

  • Granny is watching!
  • Blue Pencil Editing
  • SPOGG
  • Mighty Red Pen
  • Conjugate Visits

  • Granny smiles at...
  • Purgatorio
  • ScrappleFace
  • LarkNews
  • Sacred Sandwich


  • Monday, November 13, 2006
    I had occasion yesterday to do some serious thinking about...waiting.

    I'm not a good wait-er. I marvel at people to whom time means little, who can smile at the future and yet not strive for it, who can live fully in this moment without always longing for the next.

    I, on the other hand, am by nature impatient, impulsive, spontaneous.

    I think sometimes this is one of the reasons that God allowed me several years of pain, depression, and immobility. All of these mitigate against impulsiveness...life slows down to what can seem an agonizingly slow pace.

    But I want to run. Shoot, sometimes I just want to be able to walk.

    And God says, "Wait."

    In fact, he tells me in Isaiah 40:31 that it is only when I learn to wait that He will allow me to run without being weary, to walk without fainting. One of the beautiful, excruciating paradoxes of the Christian life.

    Even that isn't the whole story.

    This waiting is not a generic waiting, as in a line at the bank. It is waiting "on the Lord." It's not just waiting for something...it's a deliberate, an intentional slowing down to wait on Him and His answers in my life.

    I think I always expected that this would get easier with age, you know? That the years would bring a patience, a mellowness to life. In many ways I have mellowed, but not so much in the area of waiting.

    There are still things in my life for which I desperately long...desires and dreams that threaten to consume me if I let them. I look at the calendar and remember that I'm already in my fifties, and my heart panics. Barring a medical miracle, the number of years in front of me is smaller than those behind, and some of my longings, old ones and new ones, seem no closer to reality than they ever were.

    Wait.

    Wait on Him...yet the time seems the enemy. One more candle each year marches me to the end of life with the possibility that many of my longings will die with me.

    So where do I put those desires? Must I lay them all on my own Moriah, willing to let them go if God wills? Or do I cling to His promise that when I delight in Him, He will give me the desires of my heart? Someone told me years ago that this only meant that in delighting in Him, all my desires would change and I would only want what He wanted. Though I'm sure there's truth there, part of me feels like the child who's told not to focus on the birthday gifts he's waiting for...that he should just be happy with the meaningful things written on the cards.

    Wait.

    49, 50, 51, 52, 53....

    Wait.

    The hopes grow dim at times. I despair of ever seeing the things I long for. My tenuous grasp of God's plan for my life seems at time to weaken rather than getting stronger with the years. I believe in His matchless goodness...and yet my own impatience mocks me with the thought that I must be doubting that His goodness is for me.

    I come to the end of this page with no answers, only questions. And a deep, abiding hope that I will one day close my eyes on a life at peace with the paradoxes, content with even the longings I carry with me into the presence of the Father.

    has spoken at 11:35 AM
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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)


    Oxymoronica...

    "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...
    Yes, and wouldn't the world be so much better if E...
    F-F-F-F-Finally....w-w-w-winter's c-c-coming! Swit...
    Update on the aforementioned book-hater: Two cha...
    In which Granny lists a series of unfortunate even...
    If you know Arnold Ytreeide, author of this boo...
    It's one of those days when pain and lack of mobil...
    Tonight I finished the book Watching the Tree Limb...
    ~~Sticky note to self~~ Remember this surefire w...
    Last night I was mentioning to Lyric that I don't ...
    Well, my friends, all I can say tonight is that we...

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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!"