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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


  • Sunday, March 11, 2007
    Sunday snippets...
    It's a drizzly, drippy Sunday here in the southlands. Oh you know, that weird weather where it's not really warm enough to need air conditioning but you want it on just to take the humidity out of the air. Not my favorite weather, but I'll take it for now over the coming steam bath and high electric bills!

    Okay, BIG MOVIE RECOMMENDATION! Last night Trish and I went to see Amazing Grace. The rest of the family had already seen it, so it was just the two of us. Oh my...I can't say enough good things about this film. The word "compelling" doesn't even begin to do it justice and yet I don't know how else to describe it. Amazing Grace is the story of William Wilberforce, the British politician and crusader who devoted his life to the abolition of the slave trade. Also pulled in is a part of the story of John Newton, captain of a slave-trading ship and the writer of our beloved hymn "Amazing Grace." That performance by Albert Finney is alone worth seeing this movie for, and yet it's just one of the stellar performances by actors both well-known and less so. This is definitely one that will become part of our personal collection and will be part of the way we teach our children and grandchildren that one person CAN make a difference. If you haven't seen Amazing Grace yet, please go see it. Yes, you can wait for DVD, but this one is just bigger than that, both in the visuals of the cathedrals and the slave ships, and the emotional value of seeing it "larger than life." I give it as many stars as is legally possible :-)

    Our pastor is preaching a wonderful series of sermons on the Resurrection from 1 Cor. 15. This, as well as the vivid word picture of one Lenten candle being snuffed out each week as we watch, are powerful reminders of the hopelessness we experience as fallen humans until we are made aware of and personally encounter the truth of Christ's resurrection. Only then can we experience the comfort that no matter what this life holds, we too can be resurrected to an eternal life in Him. Hallelujah!

    Hurray...Rudy's BBQ for Sunday dinner!

    It's Mother-Biting-Her-Nails weekend here. Nathan and two other (male) late-adolescent friends have DRIVEN to Colorado for a few days. How come moms don't get a say in whether their baby boys can just get in a car and drive across the country, huh? Oh, being a mother was so much easier when I was changing drool bibs and mashing carrots.

    I'm thoroughly engrossed in my latest books, one on audio (Back When We Were Grownups, Anne Tyler) and one in hard copy (The Historian, Elizabeth Kostova). I may have mentioned here before that my biggest fear in life is that I will die before I get everything read. So I'm trying to keep myself healthy :-)

    This week I need to buckle down and make some carpet choices. If you have any great advice, I'm all ears! We're planning to do the entire downstairs this spring, and oh did I mention, I'm SICK of berber? I want something that feels really cushy and is the color of the dirt right outside our doors!

    Time for a long winter's nap. Hey, it's still winter, isn't it?

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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...
    Granny says....
    WASN'T IT A GREAT PARTY?? Congrats to the gals a...
    And you thought your home was your castle.
    Attention International Visitors...
    Okay, talk about a party!!
    Today was my appointment with the new orthopedic s...
    It's Party Week....
    Sunday snippets...
    P A R T Y ! ! !
    How Not to Talk to Your Kids: The Inverse Power of...

    Granny used to say...
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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!"