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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 02, 2009
    Sunday snippets...

    Is it August? Is that possible? Where did my summer go? Ah...traction. Surgery. Drugs. Physical therapy. Nights in a recliner and days trying to catch up from the lost sleep in the recliner. Okay, now I remember. And as much as I hate having had to go through it, I know it was part of God's plan for my life and I'm trying to mine it for all it's worth...

    My mother and step-father have "downsized" from their sprawling 6000 sq. ft. Tudor into a 2200 sq. ft. penthouse condo in downtown Fort Worth. This has meant her needing to give away some of her treasures, so this week Nathan and John Caleb drove up and returned with a load of paintings, silver, crystal, teapots, etc. It's been bittersweet going through them...I'm honored to be the next owner of these sweet things, but the very thought that she needed to "shed" them as they make their final move is sobering.

    It's been very good to have The Papa back home after two weeks in Hawaii. I tell ya, I'm gonna have to make one of these trips with him again soon. Souvenirs only go so far!

    So, once again our "appliance curse" has hit. After not quite three years, our fairly high-end Whirlpool dishwasher quit working and the repair estimate was pretty much equal to the original price. So for the umpteenth time in eight years I am shopping for ANOTHER major appliance. I HATE THIS! (In the meantime, warn us if you're dropping by, okay?)

    Annie and fam have been with us for a month now, and, for me at least, it's flown by. Still no word on whether they'll stay here in town or be offered a job somewhere else, but either way we will always treasure these weeks of summer...

    I've been pretty amused that Barney Frank got caught on camera this week admitting that the famous "public option" part of the health care reform bill is just the first step toward getting a complete single payer, socialized medical system. I hope the Republicans burn up the airways this fall with commercials featuring this clown and his now-not-so-subtle plan to remake society one sector at a time...

    This week, since I'm walking a little and can stand for a few minutes without pain, I'm going to work on putting our room back together. A couple of weeks ago we rearranged the furniture but I still have four or five laundry baskets worth of books, stationery, office supplies, pictures, and knick-knacks to replace or find other homes for. Also, I'll be finalizing homeschool details for my three remaining students. Not to mention all the other summer things that I now have to pack into August :-)

    What a joy it was to be worshipping IN PERSON with my church family this morning. I haven't been to church (or much of anywhere) since the end of May, so it felt like a celebration today. Nevertheless, the hymn lyrics which struck me the most this morning were not the ones that sound like celebration, but ones that made me think deeply about how little I deserve and how much God gave for me:

    Therefore, kind Jesus
    Since I cannot pay thee
    I do adore thee
    And will ever pray thee
    Think on thy pity
    And thy love unswerving
    Not my deserving

    --from "Ah, Holy Jesus, How Hast Thou Offended", lyrics by Johann Heermann, 1630

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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...
    There's a lot of talk these days about the death ...
    Great, isn't it? PORTLAND, Ore. (AP) - How much a...
    We pause for this Granny moment...
    Granny's mad again.
    In case you were wondering...
    I guess it was inevitable? The Green Bible
    As I understand it there are still several jobs op...
    From the files of "Life Imitates Art"
    1984 all over again.
    An inconvenient truth...

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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!"