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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, September 28, 2008
    Sunday snippets...
    It was a slow Sunday morning for me. I wasn't able to make it to church this morning so I'm alone in a quiet house, nursing my hurting legs and drinking good coffee and reading.

    Someone emailed and expressed surprise that I hadn't commented on the debate Friday night. I guess I don't have much of anything to say...honestly, I was bored to tears. And whereas I usually enjoy the post-debate commentary, this time it gave me a headache and I turned it off early. The move in the polls concerns me...I'd like to say I don't understand Obama's appeal, but sadly, I do. The kind of voter we are producing in this country is moved by emptiness, by faulty logic, by promises of something for nothing, by centralized government control of the economy (read: everything), by the idea that it's right to take away your money and give it to me, and most disturbingly, by disregard for precious human life before and after birth. Why wouldn't they like Obama? What's not to like?

    And didn't you love the ad claiming that McCain is probably going to die of cancer while in office? Or the one that claims he doesn't know how to email, when the truth is that pain and immobility from war wounds keep him from using a keyboard? Weren't those great?

    Well, moving along to happier thoughts...we're even closer today to the recovery plan bailout plot that will keep us all from knowing, for a couple of years, just how dangerous it is to have government involved in helping deserving people buy homes they can't afford. It's been a house of cards that has stood high for way longer than it would have except for the cloak of secrecy and deception that has protected it. Now we can go on down the road with our blindfold securely in place, since Congress is going to shield us from the unpleasant consequences for a bit. Until it gets worse. But hey, if both Bush and Obama are in favor of it, it must be right, huh?

    I think at one point I gave Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth a very high recommendation. I won't be doing that for the sequel, World Without End. The graphic and completely gratuitous sensuality, combined with an attempt to project a 21st century "sensibility" of feminism into 14th century England is pretty nauseating. It still has a lot of good material on the medieval church, social customs, feudalism, and economics...but not good enough to wallow through the mud for. Skip this one and go for Barbara Tuchman's A Distant Mirror.

    We're the proud owners of a new basketball goal, for maybe the third time. It's a visible testament to the fact that our two youngest are boys and that we have five grandsons who live in town, not to mention lots more boys who frequent our driveway...and if I had to guess I'd say there's a good chance that some of the girls who are here on Fridays are going to enjoy it too!

    In the meantime, I've been checking out season tickets for the San Antonio Symphony. I'm torn between being cautious, given the uncertain economy, and the desire to indulge myself in this rare pleasure. This year's concerts look almost too good to resist....and this on top of the fact that we have one of the most delicious theatres in the country in which to enjoy them!

    If you're interested in the continuing problem of reverse discrimination and inequities in hiring, especially in academia, read Marty Nemko's post, This I Believe.

    Since it was a day that I missed hearing a sermon, I particularly appreciated running across this quote this morning. Seems that since the fervor experienced by The Passion of the Christ has worn off, many folks are looking for a "cleaner," more "positive" theology. Mark Driscoll, in his book Listening to the Beliefs of Emerging Churches, reminds us:

    The curious paradox of the atoning death of a bloody Jesus rising above the plane of human history with a mocking crown of thorns is that he is offensive in an attractive way. It is the utter horror of the cross that cuts through the chatter, noise, and nonsense of our day to rivet our attention, shut our mouths, and compel us to listen to an impassioned dying man who is crying out for the forgiveness of our sins and to ask why he suffered. Tragically, if we lose the offense of the cross, we also lose the attraction of the cross so that no one is compelled to look at Jesus. Therefore, Jesus does not need a marketing firm or a makeover as much as a prophet to preach the horror of the cross unashamedly.
    Amen.

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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...
    Some of our Fab Friday parents get worn out here. ...
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    I cringe to think that by Monday we will have sad...
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    Think I'm stickin' with the Blue Bell.
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    God's Clean-up Operations
    UPDATE: After I and hopefully thousands of others ...
    Oh yeah, baby, here's what we need: NEW YORK (CBS...
    Ah, Granny loves to read the Canadians...and espec...

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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!"