The Scoop on Granny

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, August 26, 2007
    Sunday snippets...
    Okay, so yesterday I spent ten hours working in my room, replacing the rest of the furniture and hanging pictures, decorating the shelves that Dirk so expertly installed, and cleaning as I went. I even climbed a ladder several times, which should be a strict no-no for me but sometimes you just gotta do what you gotta do. And even though today I've had to stay off my feet to recover, it's sure been worth it.

    Here are a few pictures. The wall color in some of the shots is truer than others. It really is not the bright purple that it looks in some of these!

    The picture over the bed is just sort of a "placeholder." I am going to frame two very large pieces of cross-stitch that I finished in 2005 and hang them over the bed.

    The picture below is a much better representative of the wall color!

    And this is on the wall with the darker color.

    These milk-glass lamps are treasures from my mother's home...not sure if they were also my grandmother's but they are certainly her "style" and make me feel as if I were at her house. I've just now brought them to mine.

    Another treasure I brought home from mom's is this old kerosene lamp which I simply adore. It sits on the chest of drawers that John's grandparents bought when they first married, around 1920.


    And the bathroom...again, not quite the true color but in real life the new towels go nicely :-)

    Still trying to find the right light fixture for the bathroom, so that part is yet to come.


    So...that's all the pictures for a while. The house will be a work in progress for years, I'm sure, but we've made genuine headway this summer. A special thanks to Dirk for his hard work, patience, and willingness to work around our schedules and his mother-in-law's color-challenged decision making.

    This week on the trip to Fort Worth, I finished the audio book A Long Way Gone by Ishmael Beah, the heartbreaking autobiography of a young boy in Sierra Leone who is captured and forced into service as a child soldier in the civil war there. Despite a rather unsatisfying and unceremonious ending, the book was more than worth the time and gives a painful window into realities that are far removed from our own.

    Then on the way back, I listened to the first half of God's Equation: Einstein, Relativity, and the Expanding Universe by Amir D. Aczel, an author I've read before (The Mystery of the Aleph: Mathematics, the Kabbalah, and the Search for Infinity; The Riddle of the Compass: The Invention that Changed the World; Pendulum: Leon Foucault and the Triumph of Science; Fermat's Last Theorem: Unlocking the Secret of an Ancient Mathematical Problem--all fascinating and well-written). A combination of astronomy, theoretical physics, mathematics, and philosophy, God's Equation has thoroughly captured my imagination and attention. I hope I don't die before I get all of Aczel's books read (or listened to!) Well, okay, he has some on obscure areas of business statistics that I may skip, but...

    Bethany starts her first college classes Tuesday. Never mind the fact that we just brought her home a year or two ago and that she just lost her first tooth last week I think, here she is getting her first checking account and buying college texts. You'd think that on #6 of 9 we'd have gotten used to it. Nope.

    And our forecast shows rain for the next seven days. When I opened the water bill last night and it said $29, I once again smiled at all the ways this very gentle, wet summer has benefited us. It's nearly September, and I never really felt summer hit us. No complaints...unless it decides to come late and steal our fall...

    Whether you're starting school this week, already in the middle of it, waiting until after Labor Day, or whether your late summer is spent in work and other pursuits, I hope the coming week will be one full of God's mercies and loving surprises. Have a lovely Sunday evening!

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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...
    Be thankful that you live in a free country. Life...
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    SO...Today....
    School House Rock....
    It's comforting to know that Americans aren't the ...
    If you live in my area this won't be news to you, ...
    Permissiveness is the principle of treating child...
    Okay, I could think of quite a few uses for this! ...

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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!"