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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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  • A Year of Crockpotting


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  • The Inspired Room



  • Granny gets around...
  • A Holy Experience
  • MommyLife
  • Confessions of a Pioneer Woman
  • Preschoolers and Peace
  • Breathing Grace
  • theMangoTimes



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  • Real Clear Politics
  • Fox News
  • Drudge Report

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  • Al Mohler
  • Between Two Worlds
  • Blog and Mablog
  • First Importance
  • 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

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

  • Granny is watching!
  • Blue Pencil Editing
  • SPOGG
  • Mighty Red Pen
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  • Purgatorio
  • ScrappleFace
  • LarkNews
  • Sacred Sandwich


  • Saturday, March 17, 2007



    So I've told you before that I don't own a coat. That's fine, I got through even an unseasonably cold winter here without one. But a couple of days ago it occurred to me that I'd better get one! Girlfriend Getaway is almost here, and Lyric and I are hoping to go on a whale-watching cruise one of the days we're in Washington. The Puget Sound waters are c-c-c-cold in March and I'm not about to get trapped on a boat full of parkas with nothing more for protection than my Lands' End drifter!

    Oh. Wait. This is San Antonio, where coat-selling season lasts just under five days and then the swim suits come out. Aah, no problem, I'll just set out early Saturday morning and I'll find something. I should be able to find a great sale on coats at this time of year!

    Old Navy......Ross......TJ Maxx......Dress Barn.......oh, no, am I going to have to actually go to a...a.......mall?.......Target......Kohl's......all these people are looking at me like I've lost my mind......I'm wondering if I should chance it and buy one AFTER I get to Washington......deep breath, Cathi, where do you buy off-season coats? I called Lyric from the Target parking lot and said "Quick, Google 'Burlington Coat Factory San Antonio' for me and find out where the closest one is!" Oh....The closest one is at a..........mall. Okay, well where's the farthest one? (There are only two.) Halfway across town, but that's okay...by now I'm on a mission and I WILL find a coat and that's my story and I'm stickin' to it.

    Turned out to be a good plan and I wish I'd gone there first. Now the problem was, which one? Jacket or full-length? Parka good only for northern climes or a lighter one that I could wear here next winter? Hooded or not? Down-filled or wool? Red or black? Plain or with lots of bling? Maybe I *should* wait until Washington...maybe they'll have fewer choices to confuse me?

    More than an hour later I did leave with a coat. Now I'm looking at it and wondering if it will be warm enough and maybe I should exchange it for something heavier and then maybe I'd be sorry because it would hang in the back of the closet until some winter when I go visit Annie and Kristen and how wise is that and does it look too big on me but if I didn't get a really big one I wouldn't be able to layer sweaters under it and be comfortable and run-on sentences really bug me but this is how my brain is working today and do I really look that good in black but any other color might clash with my clothes but then even black wouldn't look good if I decide to wear brown shoes.....

    Can you tell I don't do this very often? As in maybe once every fifteen years? I'm worn out! It was easier when I MADE my coat! And yes. I did. A couple of times.

    And maybe it really wouldn't be the end of the world to get trapped in a cold wind for a few hours with only a drifter?

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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...
    "Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovere...
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    In the 90's it was divorce parties and showers......
    I've added a new widget to my blog, one that you...
    UPDATE: I'M DONE!!!!!! (No need to send out a sear...
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    WASN'T IT A GREAT PARTY?? Congrats to the gals a...
    And you thought your home was your castle.

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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!"