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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, December 09, 2007
    Sunday snippets...

    This week I started driving again, after more than a month. It felt good to be a little independent again, if slightly slow. My progress continues to be encouraging...I still have some muscular pain, sometimes quite intense similar to a charley-horse in the muscle closest to the incision, but much more important is the sense I have that the surgery has corrected the bulk of the problem that was causing my chronic pain. I won't know for sure until all the pain from the procedure itself has faded away, and I don't know if some of the original pain will remain, but right now things are looking very good and I'm filled with hope!

    I'm paying closer and closer attention to all things election lately. I mentioned a few months back that I'd be for Huckabee except that he didn't really have a chance. Well....HUCKABOOM! I shouldn't have spoken so soon! Disclaimer: there are a couple of things about Mike Huckabee's positions that concern me, but then there's no one with whom I'm in complete agreement. On the other hand, some of the concerning things that I've checked into turn out to be either fabrications or perversions of the media or his opponents, so I'm learning to be very careful about who shapes my political leanings!

    I've started listening to the audio book Song of Saigon and think it may turn out to be one of my favorites of '07. That is, if I get it finished in '07!

    And I'm already compiling my list of Books to Read in '08. Have any suggestions for me? I will read just about everything but romance novels, which I don't consider to be real books. So if you've got a favorite, old or new, fiction or non, long or short, tell me!

    To update my computer saga: my old new computer is in the box and DHL will be picking it up tomorrow. A very patient young man at Dell in OKC helped me in two long phone sessions to get everything transferred from the lemon Inspiron to the replacement, and now everything seems to be just peachy. Well, everything but the nasty Windows Vista, which I'd ditch in a heartbeat if I could. Not that there aren't a few new features I like, but I'd trade them for the comfort and the stability of my XP without hesitation. Even though I can't switch to a Mac, I am SO enjoying Apple's TV campaign making fun of Vista and all the people who are trying to "downgrade" back to XP!

    So we're waist-deep in the delightful project of filling out and submitting FAFSA forms. I didn't think I'd ever fill out financial forms more confusing than the ones the IRS dreams up. But I was wrong! Did I mention that in January we'll have three kids in college? Yeah, it's gonna be interesting :-)

    One of the sites I've used to come up with some GREAT deals this Christmas season is Pinching Your Pennies, specifically the Screaming Deals Online forum. Over half of the gifts I've bought this year, including almost all of the toys and electronics, are ones I found through this forum and I got a lot of deals that beat anything I'd imagined. I'll be checking it often through the year, for birthdays and for buying ahead for next year!

    How many of you are reading one of the Arnold Ytreeide Advent trilogy books this year? We're reading #2, Bartholomew's Passage, and enjoying it as much as ever. For those of you who have tried to locate one of these books and can't find anything but a $400 used copy (NO, I'M NOT KIDDING), I'm hearing whispers that they'll be republished in '08. I'll broadcast it when I hear for sure, and then I'll be urging everyone to grab them while they can, just in case it turns out to be a limited run!

    Snip, snip...that's all for the snippets. Have a wonderful week!

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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...
    Okay, so eloquence isn't everything.
    Dialing for HOPE
    I am watching with interest and amusement what's ...
    Uh, yeah...
    And all she got was probation???
    Today is the last day of school for us before the ...
    Aren't they sweet?
    Welcome, Judah Knox Welty born 12-6-2007 6 lbs....
    UPDATE: slooooooooow labor. If they weren't in the...
    This one is deliciously good...you are gonna love ...

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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!"