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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 22, 2009
    Sunday snippets...

    Where did the past week go? It's one of the times when I'm sure I must be the lead character in a Truman Show-type movie and someone edited a whole week on the cutting room floor and didn't tell me!

    Next year will be our 25th "anniversary" year of homeschooling. I'm mulling over some ways I might like to mark the year with some special activities, both in the family and in writing... (And yes, Anne, I know that makes you feel very old.)

    Our house has seen a resurgence of interest among our kids and grandkids in the classic game "Battleship." I remember being astounded when the first versions came out, because my father taught me to play when I was a child and we did it with pencil and paper! It was kind of a sophisticated tic-tac-toe and we spent hours at it...now I smile at how my kiddos think that Hasbro invented the game!

    And of course I have to report that the new trampoline is already about the most popular thing at Granny's House, right after the water in the door of the refrigerator. We've seen a lot less computer and X-box use and a lot more outdoor play (and sunbathing, LOL) since getting the tramp replacement up and bouncing!

    Once again this week I've been amused at how many people (okay, me included to some extent) waste time and key strokes complaining about the latest changes on Facebook, as though we all have some kind of stake in the piece of real estate there. Technology is a funny thing.

    I love it. As we get closer and closer to spring recitals, I hear more and more lovely music in this house.

    Yes. Avocado Potato Salad works. And then you don't need dessert. Except that Orange Pound Cake doesn't hurt either :-)

    REGARDING ATLAS SHRUGGED: This week, having started through the book again, I decided I should write a bit of a disclaimer. Sometimes you can read a very long book and absorb the magnitude of the themes and the plot and forget other things that might be hanging around the edges. After re-reading the first quarter of the book (and even that is a feat, huh?) I want to add a caveat or two. Ayn Rand was not only not a Christian, she was blatantly immoral and even her economic and moral philosophy (commonly referred to as "objectivism") included a hostility to some things Christians hold dear. This comes through in her work, although not as much in this book as in The Fountainhead. Her characters are sinful human beings who many times act quite sinfully; occasionally Rand's description of the sin is a little more graphic than I am comfortable with so I can imagine the clucks it was met with in the 1950s! And it makes me wonder about the wisdom of the teacher who recommended it to me in the 9th grade...I certainly wouldn't recommend it to your children or anyone that young. What I would recommend is that YOU read it for the unsettling mirror it holds up to what is happening in our country in a new millennium and for the timeless observations of human nature, and then discuss the themes with your kids. You are, of course, free to skip over passages that might be objectionable. You'll get the gist of what's happening without reading every word.

    And from this morning's worship...

    E'er since by faith I saw the stream Thy flowing wounds supplied
    Redeeming love has been my theme, and shall be 'til I die!

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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...
    Well duh....
    Okay, for those of you reading Atlas Shrugged or j...
    Is it just me, or is it hot in here?
    Saturday morning reading.
    You may be aware that I'm nearly always keenly int...
    I don't know whether to laugh or cry. Ultimately t...
    NEWS FLASH Audible.com is running a special sale...
    God saves no man to his harm. And God saves none ...
    MILWAUKEE -- The bitter cold and record snowfall...
    While I generally hold military leaders in high re...

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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!"