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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, August 24, 2008
    Sunday snippets...

    The rain that falls today is very welcome to me. Nathan has just left for another semester of college, and though I know it's part of his growing up and leaving the nest, it still makes a mother's heart feel cloudy. Too, it makes me really look forward to the fall even though I am under no illusion that our summer here is over. But it does help in putting me in the mood for the start of another school year, always hard when it's still 103 outside.

    Everyone ready for the Democratic convention? I feel in my bones that there's going to be some surprise, some DemDrama in Denver that will make it worth watching. I hope so--I'm a political animal and I would love to see something other than a carefully choreographed pep rally. Let's have some real POLITICS, folks...the kind that made this country great!

    Many in our family have spent the week counting, cropping, and cataloging thousands of photos from vacation. We have mused about how different it is than the days when we'd lug home thirty rolls of film and still have to face the developing charges, knowing that half of them would be throw aways after they were paid for. How NICE to have these cameras that hold hundreds of photos and then delete and doctor to our hearts content...and then with the click of a mouse share them with all the people who care (and probably many who don't). A very nice way to wind down a lovely vacation...

    The Papa and I have both had physicals recently and have been delighted to find that our "numbers" are great, other than my persistently high fasting blood glucose number. My diabetes is under good control and getting better with increased attention to my diet, and John's cholesterol, hereditarily high, is responding well to changes in both diet and meds.

    The three girls who still live at Granny's House all start their college classes tomorrow morning. Have I mentioned we have four in college this year? Is this a record? For us it is!

    While away on vacation I did finish a couple of books: The Strangeness of Beauty by Lydia Minatoya, and Defining the World by Henry Hitchings. The first was lyrical and magical; the second was like an exquisite feast for a language lover, both in the subject material and in the writing style. I recommend both books.

    Wondering about preschool? President Obama will decide for you.

    Have questions about public schools becoming social service centers? President Obama's biggest supporters, the teachers' unions, will decide for you.

    UPDATE: The addition of XM radio to our car trip arsenal was WONDERFUL. Technology-wise, it didn't quite make up for the fact that my iPhone crashed, AGAIN, but it did make the hours between cities much nicer and gave us more choices than we knew what to do with.

    Not meaning to gush, of course, but I have in the past two weeks been reminded afresh of what a blessing I have in my husband and my children--those still at home and those with their own homes. They and their children have populated my life with sweet treasure that I don't deserve and cannot repay. God created this remarkable tapestry with no more raw materials than a couple of poor, naive kids in the early seventies... and this reminds me of His larger creative power and His infinite ability to sustain even the seemingly unsustainable. He is good. And yes, if it all falls apart tomorrow, He is still good.

    Well, the rain has stopped for now and I need to work on some chore charts and schedules for the new semester. Real life has come 'round again and I must participate. And for me, there's no substitute for seeing it all on a spreadsheet :-)

    Snip, snip, that's all folks!

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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...
    Uh...was anyone else creeped out by this?
    For Dee Dee and all those of you who are so curiou...
    So...many of you are just waking up to Obama's ch...
    Note...
    Ha! I thought it would be easy to come back and wr...
    There was a whole lot of Speed-Scrabble-in-Trainin...
    After horseback riding, a LOOOONG hike... Stoppi...
    Two of the big events of the week were the Family ...
    Now, as always, Peggy Noonan's take is worth readi...
    We are back home after the best vacation ever...I ...

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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!"