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Sweet and Lovable, a Delight to Everyone
Julieann, the eighth of the Green children, was born May 2, 2008. A delightful baby from the beginning, Julieann quickly stole the hearts of Mom, Dad, brothers and sisters. In late October 2008, our precious girl was diagnosed with infantile spasms, a rare form of epilepsy. As her illness unfolded, we began documenting her progress on this page so that friends and family would know specifically how to pray for her. We are so thankful to the Lord that her outcome so far is very good. For now, Julieann is seizure-free. We know that the seizures could return tomorrow, or in 10 years - so please continue to pray for her.

 

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Tuesday, May 26, 2015

 

Yesterday we reflected on those who have sacrificed greatly for the freedoms we currently possess. We spent Memorial Day enjoying a simple hamburger cookout,

 

a leisurely football game with cousins,

 

and serious conversations.

 

Charles enjoyed playing with the chickens and mimicking the rooster's crow.

 

I'm not quite sure what this "look" was all about, but I think he wanted to climb through the fence to follow the chickens across the horse pasture.

 

And the weather was glorious for an evening stroll around the farm.

 

Monday, May 25, 2015 - Happy 9th Birthday Nathaniel!

 

Yesterday we celebrated Nathaniel's 9th birthday. After church and our fellowship meal, Nathaniel enjoyed Caleb's visit to relax and play board games with the rest of the Green family.

 

Friday, May 22, 2015

 

This evening was wonderful for kayaking,

 

canoeing,

 

bicycling,

 

and frolicking with the goats.

 

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

 

Back home indulging in ice cream cones,

 

feeding the farm animals,

 

and collecting weeds from the garden..

 

Everyone's glad to be home,

 

working together for some fresh, garden veggies this summer.

 

Friday, May 15, 2015

 

After a delicious breakfast at The Jekyll Club,

 

the Green family took a morning stroll,

 

out to the front lawn for a game of croquet. .

 

Charles enjoyed taking his turn first with the mallet and ball.

 

The game was very relaxing

 

and enjoyable for all.

 

Thomas

 

and Nathaniel both played like pros,

 

and were happy to see Benjamin finish in first place.

 

Rosie took this picture of Autumn Faith and me on the sidelines cheering for all the players.

 

At the end of the game, Julieann and Nathaniel took time to teach Anna Rose all the rules of croquet:)

 

Thursday, May 14, 2015

 

Thomas had fun peeking at the shrimp while Daniel fished for shark and flounder.

 

And the other Green kids played with Caitlin in the warm tidal pool.

 

Charles enjoyed a few sips of his Daddy's sparkling lime water.

 

At the Tidelands Nature Center some of the younger Greens experienced crabbing for Blue Crabs and Snow Crabs.

 

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

 

Autumn Faith's favorite beach activity this year has been to ride the waves on an innertube.

 

The Green children brought an exceptional kite to fly on Jekyll's windy beach.

 

Everyone took turns holding the string,

 

but the favorite part was watching the kite fly like an actual butterfly.

 

Bicycling,

 

Ocean bingo,

 

and word games late into the night have been wonderful memory making activities.

 

Tonight the Green family enjoyed the Low Country Boil.

 

We're looking forward to adding little James beside Daniel, Caitlin, and Charles next year :)

 

After dinner and pictures, we enjoyed watching the little ones play.

 

But the best part for me was watching the big boys watching the little ones play.

 

Sometimes you just have to stop and sit a spell.

 

Charles coordinated with Aunt Grace's outfit tonight.

 

And a good way for Charles to end the evening was looking at a big truck in his Daddy's arms...

 

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

 

Everybody enjoyed "just being" on the beach today.

 

Joseph seemed to have a little fun tubing.

 

And while some of the Greens rode bikes, others rode on the "Red Bug" to...

 

the new yogurt shop.

 

Monday, May 11, 2015

 

Our annual trip to Jekyll Island!

 

And the book that Autumn Faith "borrowed" for the ride home last year...

 

found its place back on the book shelf at the beach rental home:)

 

Thomas is relieved to breathe the salt air,

 

and Julieann found the first sand dollar.

 

The little girls enjoyed watching Grace come within a few inches of the island deer.

 

And this little fellow LOVES the water! To him the ocean is one big BATH, BATH!

 

So far everyone is having lots of safe, fun...

 

thanks to Daniel's job as lifeguard.

 

Chocolate milk,

 

tube rides,

 

and Green kids in the sand, have been the forms of entertainment.

 

Friday, May 8, 2015

 

Ready for the beach!!!

 

Saturday, May 2, 2015 - Happy 7th Birthday Julieann!!!

 

Today we celebrated Julieann's 7th birthday with a picnic and ice cream cake,

 

and a little "hopscotch fun"!

 

Friday, May 1, 2015

 

Everyone seems to be enjoying Joseph and Benjamin's new bow and arrows, especially Carolyn.

 

Pretty good shot...

 

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

 

"I wear my sunglasses at night"...

 

Saturday, April 25, 2015

 

After playing in the mud puddles, Charles needed a bath. At the Green house, a baby's bathtime is indeed a family affair.

 

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

 

Picking honeysuckles...

 

and sampling the nectar.

 

Two little monkeys climbing in the dogwood tree after dinner.

 

Monday, April 20, 2015

 

The end of labor

 

is to gain leisure.

 

---Aristotle

 

Tuesday, April 14, 2015

 

"Children of the same family, the same blood, with the same first associations and habits, have some means of enjoyment in their power, which no subsequent connections can supply..."

 

---Jane Austen

 

Saturday, April 11, 2015

 

A weekend of pizzas,

 

flowers,

 

and dandelions.

 

Thursday, April 9, 2015

 

The younger Green girls got a little inventive cleaning the golf cart today...

 

Monday, April 6, 2015

 

The Green family gathered for a family picture this past Sunday.

 

After church, the Green and Fanning families met at our house, changed into comfy clothes, and enjoyed a delightful afternoon together.

 

I believe Grammy received a "workout" swinging the girls in the oak tree.

 

And this little fella was content just walking around and picking up an egg here and there.

 

Meanwhile the older children were running around trying to see who could fill their basket first.

 

Charles thought maybe next year he would be able to compete with the others,

 

but he seemed to enjoy the company of his aunts.

 

Grandpa and some of the grandchildren spent time swinging from vines in the woods. Grammy enjoyed watching all of the "entertaining" videos.

 

And even though there was a lot of activity, Charles patiently anticipated sweet, doggie kisses.

 

As everyone said goodbye, I caught Rosie in the dogwood tree savoring the aroma of the flowers: a perfect ending to a very enjoyable Sunday afternoon.

 

Saturday, April 4, 2015

 

Today was FULL of Appalachian Mountain Music. We began at Railroad Days in Camak, GA before lunchtime.

 

The next stop was the Tour of Homes in Washington, GA.

 

Kenny took the little Greens on a stroll along downtown Washington while the older Greens entertained in the Town Square.

 

Our final destination was a fundraiser in Lincolnton, Ga for a local Bluegrass Festival with Little Roy Lewis and Lizzy Long.

 

Mr. Dave and the Green children performed wonderfully at the pig pickin' fundraiser event.

 

We enjoyed visitng with Little Roy Lewis and Lizzie Long and meeting one of the original Oak Ridge Boys.

 

But this picture really sums up how we all felt after such a LONG day...

 

Friday, April 3, 2015

 

Reviewing a soap order before delivery.

 

Tuesday, March 31, 2015

 

In a hole in a tree there lived a boy.

 

In a hole in another tree there lived the boy's younger brother.

 

Now, these holes were not dirty, dark holes with cobwebs and snakes, for both boys assured their mother that the inside walls were sanded, every leaf was removed, and the floor thoroughly raked to gain her approval.

 

On the opposite side of one of the handcrafted doors was a window-covering made from the finest fabric borrowed from their sister's sewing supplies. This window-covering could be pulled back to allow ample sunlight to shine through their comfortable homes.

 

And so these dwellings provided an enchanted place where the boys and their siblings could meet in the pleasant spring afternoons to be merry in a thousand ways.

 

At the end of the day when the sun lingered on the horizon, the children bid their "holes-in-the-tree" a very fond farewell,

 

and reflected upon memories that would forever remain "precious"...

 

Monday, March 30, 2015 - HAPPY 15TH BIRTHDAY, JOSEPH!!!

 

We spent a very pleasant afternoon celebrating Joseph's birthday. Of course Charles was eager to spend time with his Uncle Joe.

 

I believe barefoot children are the happiest!

 

And the most enjoyment of birthday celebrations is always sitting around talking and watching the little ones play. It truly is the simple things in life which are worth more than gold...

 

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

 

"Childhood...we didn't realize we were making memories. We just knew we were having fun."

 

---Unknown

 

Monday, March 23, 2015

 

"What a grand thing, to be loved!

 

What a grander thing still, to love!"

 

---Victor Hugo

 

Thursday, March 19, 2015

 

"Go back to your books,

 

and your armchair.

 

Plant your trees,

 

watch them grow.

 

If more people valued home above gold,

 

this world would be a merrier place."

 

---Thorin Oakenshield from The Hobbit, Battle of the Five Armies

 

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

 

Carolyn spent this past Saturday beginning her training as a tutor for Dyslexic students struggling to read . She is happy to offer her volunteer service for a Dyslexia Reading Program at a Christian school in Augusta. As an added benefit, Thomas gets to tag along with his sister as one of her students once a week using the exceptional curriculum materials. So proud of them both!

 

Monday, March 16, 2015

 

Fun with Aunt Julie and Aunt Rosie...

 

Saturday, March 14, 2015

 

"Master those books you have. Read them thoroughly. Bathe in them until they saturate you. Read and reread them...digest them. Let them go into your very self..." ---Charles H. Spurgeon

 

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

 

"Cooking is LOVE made visible." ---Unknown

 

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - HAPPY 12TH BIRTHDAY GRACE!!!

 

Today was a beautiful day to celebrate Grace's 12th birthday.

 

A picnic outside under the magnolia tree was a perfect birthday luncheon.

 

And everyone enjoyed Grace's birthday balloons,

 

especially this little girl.

 

I caught Benjamin just "being" in the swing out front,

 

and I loved watching Grace with her flower bouquets.

 

I believe everyone felt exactly like Rosie when the party was over...

 

Saturday, March 7, 2015

 

The little girls enjoyed sitting in a sea of daffodils this afternoon,

 

and playing "see-saw" on half of a hay ring.

Thursday, March 5, 2015

 

FUN WITH THE BABY GOATS

 

 

 

 

 

Monday, March 2, 2015

 

"Laughter is the sun that drives winter from the human face." --- Victor Hugo

 

Thursday, February 26, 2015

 

"The lark is up to meet the sun,

The bee is on the wing;

 

The ant its labor has begun,

The woods with music ring.

 

Shall birds, and bees, and ants, be wise,

While I my moments waste?

 

Oh, let me with the morning rise,

 

And to my duty haste." ---William H. McGuffey

 

Saturday, February 21, 2015

 

Look who's One Year Old! Today we celebrated Charles' 1st Birthday(which was actually yesterday) at Daniel and Caitlin's new house in Lincolnton. Charles was a very happy boy...

 

especially when he was served his own "personal" tractor cake by his Mommy and Daddy.

 

And Grandma and Grandpa were very happy to be a part of the celebration.

 

Friday, February 20, 2015

 

With the cold weather and some of the Greens recuperating from the cold virus, Benjamin made stilts to "entertain" the little ones inside the house today.

 

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

 

Trying to keep everyone comfortable during this yucky cold virus that has swept through the Green house.

 

Saturday, February 14, 2015 - HAPPY VALENTINE'S DAY AND HAPPY BIRTHDAY CAITLIN!

 

Today was filled with Valentine chocolates,

 

rose gummy candies,

 

Valentine window clings,

 

and LOTS of LOVE...

 

Thursday, February 12, 2015

 

"We do not remember days,

 

we remember moments." ---Italian poet

 

Monday, February 9, 2015

 

Snapped this picture of the little girls resting after an enjoyable walk to the river after church service Sunday.

 

Saturday, February 6, 2015

 

Today we moved Daniel, Caitlin, and Charles from the "little house" to their new home in Lincolnton. I believe all of us felt mixed emotions. We were sad to see them go, but are thankful for all the wonderful memories the Lord has blessed us with over the past 2 years. Caitlin wrote this "ode" before they left:

 

"Ode to our first house---Two years in this house is long enough for these walls to have many stories to tell. They have witnessed a new marriage, bending and changing to learn new ways. They have also seen a new life created and born. They know every breath he has taken for his first year of life. Imprinted in these walls are his first bath, first smile, first roll, first time sitting up, first word, first steps, and so many more firsts. They have even begun to watch our second new life forming inside of me. They say that trees have rings for every year of their life in them, I hope there are 2 rings covered with every second of our 2 years here that will forever be etched in the trees surrounding us. Our last day here is bittersweet and leaving the memories that made this place home is hard but making new memories and growing in a home that is ours through sweat and tears, makes it worth it. And so I say goodbye forever and never forget our six hundred and eighteen days of life here."

 

Thursday, February 5, 2015

 

Although the Green kids were sad to see them go, all of the puppies now have new homes.

 

Wednesday, February 4, 2015

 

Nathaniel journaling at Joseph's new wall desk.

 

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

 

A first sign that spring will be here soon...

 

Joseph has been working on his "wall desk" that he made out of wood from an old 1800's upright player piano. The boys will mount it in their room and store all of their secret treasures inside.