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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, November 14, 2010
    Sunday snippets...
    UPDATE BELOW


    It was a lovely weekend...we were able to drive north to Fort Worth to attend a family wedding, and this time we didn't have to do a thing but go and enjoy it. Fall has advanced a bit farther up there than here, and we loved the nip in the air and the changing leaves as we watched Jarrett and Crystal start their life together! It was also the always welcome opportunity to visit with dozens of family members who live in the (almost)-frozen north...

    Hotel beds are better than they used to be. Not just the bedding...the beds.

    Finished reading Atlas Shrugged yet? Just checkin'...

    This week we got all the professional pictures back from CJ's wedding. If you haven't already seen them on Facebook, check back here in the next few days and I'll give you a look!

    Hotel "free breakfasts" have NOT gotten any better. In fact....

    What fun it was to see the newlyweds this weekend, attending their first wedding as a married couple. I look at them and I see us, though they have a lot more going for them than we did after a month of marriage :-)

    24 HOURS AFTER I WROTE THIS, WE GOT THE NEWS THAT THEY ARE EXPECTING!

    So tomorrow is the 15th. Do I now have to admit that it's officially mid-November? My Christmas cards are calling my name...Christmas shopping is about half done, which is more than I thought I'd have completed by now, given the nature of our fall so far.

    The visit with my mom was discouraging. Her Parkinsons is advancing faster than any of us anticipated and it's so hard to see her this way. It's hard to know how much she understands of the recent changes. I almost hope she doesn't see how much she's declined in the past months. Of course, it made this girl smile to hear her talk about how much reading she's still doing, because I think all the time how I'd rather lose control of my body than my mind.

    Note to self: keep the reading list up to date. Someday someone else will have to bring me the books or load the Kindle, and I want to have the list accessible.

    And yes, we had to buy yet another computer this week. The one the boys use for schoolwork was destroyed by a virus or a collection of viruses and gave up the ghost. Happily, we found a nice deal on a small desktop for the kitchen desk and it will be here Monday. But I'm thinking we need an IT department on retainer.

    At Granny's House we get a lot of laughs every week from things the grands are saying. This week was no exception and this one takes the (wedding) cake...6-year-old Sam was explaining to a neighbor boy why he doesn't like barbecued chicken. I'm going to paste here his mother's (Aubrey's) frantic typing out of what he said, afraid if she didn't get it down in a hurry she'd lose it. A couple notes in background: "Dok" is the kids' pet name for CJ, our October bride. The wedding, of course, was at our home...around 200 people and we had the reception dinner catered and served on our driveway. This is how it must have looked through the eyes of a little guy...

    "At my Dok's wedding, people were getting hungry and Granny did NOT have enough food in her pantry for everyone because SOOO many people showed up.  TONS of people came.  We DID NOT know all of them.  They just showed up. So, Papa called a RESTAURANT to come and bring us food! LOTS OF FOOD! They brought it in a restaurant truck with lots of people and food in it and bad iced tea. I think Papa had to pay them a MILLION dollars for all that food! But they let Granny keep the food that we didn't eat and then we ate it for Family Dinner Night. And now I don't like barbeque chicken because I ate too much."
    Smiling at the thought of grand #15  #16 on the way...life through a child's eyes is a wonderful thing.


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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 things just make me laugh.
    Sunday snippets...
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    VOTE!
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    Working hard? Hardly working?
    Have you voted yet?? If you're in an early voting ...
    Coming soon to a country near you...
    I hope that all of my readers, including my 2.6 li...
    Obama inherited, Obama inherited, blah blah blah.....

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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!"