Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Sweet Gentry Rose Dress Fundraiser

I just added a beautiful vintage inspired rose print dress to the site today. There is even a matching doll dress! 100% of the sales of this dress will go toward Gentry Rose's therapy expense. She is in therapy 5 days weekly. Her family needs your help and your prayers to make it thru this trying time. Her mom is a very talented photographer who has done work for the website.
You can read more about her story here. Please help!
We are all pilgrims on the journey, helping share each others the load.
"One thing remains constant, and that is our belief that there are no surprises to God. He created Gentry Rose both beautifully and wonderfully -Psalm 139:14 "

Monday, June 22, 2009

Washington DC

View of Capitol from Newseum
Granny B made the trip to DC last week. It was a super fun but fast trip. I flew out one day and returned home again the next night. Talk about high speed, broadband internet is not the only thing that moves fast! The event was held at the Newseum on Pennsylvania Ave which is between the Capitol and the White House. The Newseum has great views of the Capitol from its balcony.

Here is part of the news article from Grant Gross, IDG News Service06.17.2009, which ran in several news magazines.

"Without broadband, Becky Collins would be out of business.Collins, owner of GrannyB's
, said she was able to leave her job filing out Medicareforms and
start her own children's clothing business because of broadbandavailability in
Homer, Louisiana, population 3,800. Collins, who started outselling dresses to
friends, left her Medicare paperwork job in 2006.Collins, speaking at a
broadband policy forum sponsored by the InternetInnovation Alliance (IIA),
called on U.S. lawmakers and private groups tocontinue to push for broadband in
rural areas. "Our downtown is virtually dead,"Collins said. "If I opened a
business in downtown Homer ... maybe five people aday might come into my store.
Now, I have customers from around the world."

I got to stay in the Hotel Monaco, a luxury boutique hotel in the heart of downtown DC. It was beautifully restored historical building. Check out the leopard bathrobe on the bed!
I had a great trip and enjoyed meeting everyone is Washington.
Now its back to work. Christmas and Halloween designs are on my mind. I have new fabrics in and I am ready to get something cut out using them. I also am ready to start on the new line of reversible a-lines.

This week you can use discount code RLS1 for $5 off your order from Granny B's.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Prayers for Gentry Rose

Gentry Rose is the precious daughter of a friend who just happens to be the very talented photographer for some of the photographs on Granny B's . My heart is heavy today. She has just been diagnosed with Autism . Her father is a pastor and her mom is the sweetest person you will ever meet. I can no imagine the heartbreak she feels right now. In her words:

The future is unknown for our daughter. Questions every parent of a child with disabilities wonders... Will she have friends? Will she ever be able to have conversations with us about deep subjects as she grows? Will she go to college? Will she get married? Will she live at home for the rest of her life? Can she ever truly understand and express love-love from us, her peers, and even our Heavenly Father? If I allow myself the indulgence of self pity-I could keep going with a much longer list. But what good would that do? What she needs is early intervention-help today-The Lord holds her future in His hands. Our responsibility is to simply trust and obey.
The heart of every parent longs to see their child thrive and be given the opportunities to learn and grow.

Her father's insurance at the church does not cover the cost of her therapy which will be more than $6000 a month. Please visit her blog and read her story. Pray with me for healing and recovery, for strength for her parents to face unsure days ahead. To God be the Glory!

Sunday, June 7, 2009

A Lazy Sunday Afternoon

Some afternoons you just feel lazy, like lying around just doing nothing at all. Today was that day for me. After church and lunch Granny B just took the rest of the day off. Doing nothing at all.
My mind started thinking about my sweet B who is on vacation this week in Texas. Then I just had to get up and look at some pictures. All grannies have their favorites. No matter how many time you look at them you never grow tired of seeing that sweet face.
I thought I would share some of my favorites with you. They are all pictures from B's own Aunt Sa, my youngest daughter. She is a wonderful photographer.
Have a great week!

Tuesday, June 2, 2009


Today is my 25th Wedding Anniversary. Take a look at us way back then. We look so young, and Mark has so much hair!
Today I was thinking about what a really big deal this year is for me. Earlier I hit the big one: 5-0, and have been married 25 years. I think it makes me feel even older that my daughter turns 30 this year. But the most celebrated anniversary this year is 10 CANCER FREE years! Wooooo HOOOOO!
This year seems to be packed full on special dates. And there is one more, I am getting my 1st grandson later this summer!

Monday, June 1, 2009

Granny B goes to Washington

I have been invited to speak at the IIA symposium in Washington DC. IIA (Interned Innovation Alliance) a broad-based coalition of business and non-profit organizations that aims have every American broadband Internet.

Check out this post on their blog:

Developing a National Broadband Strategy: Deployment, Adoption and the Stimulus
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Newseum, 8th floor Washington, DC
The symposium will be a half-day conference examining broadband demand, bringing broadband to unserved and underserved communities, content as a driver of broadband adoption, and the stimulus dollars set aside for broadband deployment. Keynote address by West Virginia Governor Joe Manchin III.
Governor Joe Manchin III, State of West Virginia
Sylvia Aguilera, Director, Hispanic Technology and Telecommunications Partnership
Becky Collins, Small Business Owner
John Horrigan, Associate Director, Research, Pew Internet and American Life Project
Howie Hodges, SVP of Government Affairs, One Economy Corporation
Craig Settles, Industry Analyst, President of Successful.com
Scott Wallsten, Vice President for Research & Senior Fellow, Technology Policy Institute

There I am listed in the group of speakers. Gee! You just never know where Granny B is going to show up.

You can read the rest of the article here: