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September 2008 - One of Mommy's favorite photos showing Julieann's heart warming smile.

 

 

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.

 


December 2008

 

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

 

Farewell, Old Year!

With goodness crowned,

A hand Divine hath set thy bound.

Welcome, New Year

Which shall bring

Fresh blessing from

My God and King!

 

The old we leave without a tear;

The new we hail without a fear.

 

Because I know

That o'er it all

Rules He who notes

The sparrow's fall.

 

Author Unknown

 

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

 

Today after our afternoon school, Julieann helped Carolyn gather the eggs in the hen house.

 

MEDITATIONS UPON AN EGG

 

The egg's no chick by falling from the hen;

Nor man a Christian, till he's born again.

 

The egg's at first contained in the shell;

Men, before grace, in sins and darkness dwell.

 

The egg, when laid, by warmth is made a chicken,

And Christ, by grace, those dead in sin does quicken.

 

The egg, when first a chick, the shell's it's prison;

So's flesh to the soul, who yet with Christ is risen.

(excerpt by John Bunyan 1628-1688)

 

Monday, December 29, 2008

 

Julieann ready for her "girlie" bubble bath.

 

Two of our hot water heaters needed replacing over Christmas. Kenny's Christmas present to the family was a tankless water heater. Now we have an unlimited supply of hot water. For a family of 10, that is a blessing! Carolyn and Grace can finally use the upstairs bathroom again. They worked really hard cleaning and decorating the "girls'" bathroom and decided Julieann needed to join in on the fun.

 

Sunday, December 28, 2008

 

The Green family tradition after church on Sundays (we've been listening to Pastor Wayne on sermon audio until Julieann can return to church) is to play a family game of baseball.

 

Daniel awaiting Daddy's famous fast ball.

 

Defense is a serious matter to Carolyn.

 

Grace is notorious for her solid base hits.

 

Joseph waiting for his chance to bat.

 

Benjamin warming up his pitching arm.

 

Julieann is everyone's favorite ball girl.

 

Saturday, December 27, 2008

 

Tonight Carolyn and Grace took Julieann upstairs to their room to show her where she would sleep someday. She seemed to really like the bed! But for now, Julieann's crib remains in our room where we can monitor her day and night to see if the infantile spasms return upon waking and falling asleep. We continue to pray for her sleeping habits to be restful once again.

 

"The idea connected with sleep is "rest," and that is the thought that the Spirit of God would convey to us. Sleep makes each night a sabbath for the day. Sleep shuts tight the door of the soul and bids all intruders wait for a while, that the life within may enter its summer garden of ease. The toil-worn believer quietly sleeps, as does the weary child when it slumbers on its mother's breast." Charles H. Spurgeon

 

Friday, December 26, 2008

 

Do not let your harp hang on the willows, but take it down and strum with a grateful heart, bringing out its loudest music. Arise and declare His praise. With every morning's dawn, lift up your notes of thanksgiving, and let every setting sun be followed with your song. Surround the earth with your praises; circle it with an atmosphere of melody, and God Himself will listen from heaven and accept your music.

 

E'en so I love Thee, and will love,

And in Thy praise will sing,

Because Thou art my loving God,

And my redeeming King.

 

Charles H. Spurgeon

 

Mr. Tommy Burnley spent the afternoon at the Green house tuning our piano and Carolyn and Grace's harps. We also had a little fun listening to him play the piano and tell stories.

 

Mr. Burnley instructs Benjamin.

 

Joseph joins in on the banjo.

 

Julieann had her own ideas of a musical melody (using hands and feet).

 

Thursday, December 25, 2008

 

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A wonderful, memorable Christmas at the Green house!

 

The girls in a skillful game of chess.

 

Grace taking the time to play the melody harp for Julieann.

 

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The boys decided to try their amphibious tank on land and in the pond.

 

Christmas brings out the child in all of us! Daniel couldn't resist playing the little boys musical instruments when he thought no one was looking.

 

Wednesday, December 24, 2008

 

 

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace among those with whom he is pleased!"

 

When the angels went away from them into heaven, the shepherds said to one another, "Let us go over to Bethlehem and see this thing that has happened, which the Lord has made known to us." And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph, and the baby lying in a manger. Luke 2:13-16

 

Merry Christmas from the Green family!

 

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

 

The last two days have been too cold for the Green kids to spend a lot of time outside. The excitement of Christmas means children with LOTS of energy. It was so nice to see everyone calm around the table painting Christmas ornaments for our tree.

 

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Julieann enjoyed playing in the Christmas bows while Carolyn and Grace played dollie with her hair.

 

After naptime the agreed upon activity was riding the express train to Texas to see the Alamo. We've been studying the Alamo in our homeschool history and Texas is the place the Green kids want to visit next.

 

Monday, December 22, 2008

 

For the first time since her infantile spasms began in mid October, Julieann slept through the night!  Praise the Lord!  Please continue to pray that her sleep habits will return to normal.  Last night was very promising to us.

 

Sunday, December 21, 2008

 

OUT IN THE FIELDS WITH GOD

 

The little cares that fretted me,

I lost them yesterday,

Among the fields, above the sea,

 

Among the winds at play;

 

Among the lowing of the herds,

 

The rustling of the trees;

 

Among the singing of the birds,

The humming of the bees.

 

The foolish fears of what may happen,

I cast them all away

Among the clover-scented grass,

Among the new-mown hay;

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Among the rustling of the corn,

Where drowsy poppies nod,

 

Where ill thoughts die and good are born---

Out in the fields with God.

 

- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

Saturday, December 20, 2008

 

Home's not merely four square walls,

Though with pictures hung and gilded;

Homes is where Affection calls-

Filled with shrines the Hearth had builded!

Home! Go watch the faithful dove,

Sailing 'neath the heaven above us.

Home is where there's one to love!

Home is where there's one to love us!

 

Charles Swain

 

Saturday morning in pajamas listening to Christmas music!

 

 

 

 

Reading the mail and all the beautiful Christmas cards and pictures from family and friends!

 

Thursday, December 18, 2008

 

Spring picnics in December? Today was so warm and beautiful the girls wanted to treat Julieann to a tea party on the front lawn. The boys hung around for awhile, but decided tree climbing was more fun!

 

Benjamin is our little monkey when it comes to climbing trees.

 

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Thomas decided climbing in the muscadine vines was a little bit closer to the ground.

 

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

 

We spent an hour and a half with Dr. Billingsley today. We are very thankful we have a pediatrician that will take so much time with us. He looked at several videos of Julieann and thinks we shouldn't be too alarmed right now at what she is doing. He does think some of her behavior is odd, but he wants us to share our concerns with Dr. Park in January when we are scheduled for a visit. He told us to continue to monitor Juileann and call if we see the infantile spasms return. And so....... we leave all the doctor visits behind us, enjoy our baby girl for who God made her to be, and focus on the joyous holiday season. Kenny and I watched with awe tonight at how children are captivated by the simplest things. We all need to have that childlike wonder and faith, especially this time of year when we marvel at how God sent His son in human form to be our Savior.

 

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

 

Today we were restocking soap shelves and Julieann enjoyed sitting amidst bars and bars of soap. We were filling soap orders with little gift boxes, one of which Julieann was especially attracted to for a play toy.

 

Watching Julieann play with her "gift box" reminds us that she is a gift to us, a heritage, a reward. "Lo, children are an heritage of the Lord." Psalm 127:3. Please remember her in prayer tomorrow morning for her doctor's appointment.

 

Sunday, December 14, 2008

 

Getting ready for bed with her bear and prayer:

 

I know not by what methods rare;

But this I know: God answers prayer.

I know that He has given His Word,

Which tells me prayer is always heard

And will be answered, soon or late;

And so I pray and calmly wait.

 

And so we all wait, hoping each doctor's appointment will lead to more understanding of what is happening to our little girl. Julieann's joy and laughter are remarkable. We have much to learn from our daughter. Even though her nights are restless and her body is struggling, she seems so thankful for her happy times.

 

Saturday, December 13, 2008

 

Julieann loves music! We play her favorite calming cd's for her often. Grace has big plans for Julieann's future as a violinist (maybe cellist?).

 

 

Thursday, December 11, 2008

 

After a difficult night, we were thankful to see Julieann take a restful nap in Daniel’s arms.  We have an appointment with our regular pediatrician, Dr. Billingsley, next Wednesday, Dec.17th.  Please pray that he will look at our video of what Julieann does upon waking and falling asleep and help us answer some questions.

 

Tuesday, December 9, 2008

 

And God is very much like the wind,

Invisible as air;

I cannot touch or see Him, yet

I know that He is there

Because I glimpse His wondrous works

And goodness everywhere.

 

Rowena Bennet

 

For those who want to pray specifically for Julieann at the present time, there are several prayer requests:

1. Her behavior upon falling asleep and waking. She seems to shake her head and rock her entire body as if struggling somehow. With infantile spasms, we know they can return weeks after treatment, months after, or even years after. Please pray we will have the wisdom to identify them quickly.

2. Her lack of sleep. For a 7 month old, we know she is not getting adequate rest - no more than 3 hours at a time during the night and short cat naps during the day.

3. Her health during the cold and flu virus season. Please pray the Lord will keep our entire family well during this time. We are spending LOTS of time at home and limiting our exposure to the public. Kenny is being extra cautious at work and washing his hands frequently. We just want Julieann's immune system to have plenty of time to build up again.

4. Mommy and Daddy's strength and an ability to function on not too much sleep.

Thank you to everyone who remembers our family faithfully in prayer.

 

Monday, December 8, 2008

 

Throughout Julieann's illness, she has been treated like royalty from her brothers and sisters.

 

Nathaniel has the honors of performing the coronation ceremony.

 

Queen Julieann!

 

The queen sitting on her throne requesting toys from her subjects.

 

A delightful excursion around the house in the queen's padded carriage.

 

Sunday, December 7, 2008

 

Even though it was a chilly afternoon, Julieann wanted to be outside with all of her brothers and sisters watching them play baseball. Thomas takes a break after retrieving baseballs from the woods by spending time with his little sister. Loving faces and caring expressions have a calming effect on sweet Julieann.

 

Friday, December 5, 2008

 

I will both lay me down in peace and sleep: for thou, Lord,

only makest me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8

 

Our prayer for Julieann for the present time is for restful sleep. Her little body goes nonstop all day. She can rest

for only a short while and then awake needing comforting. We're hoping this is all a result of the medicine weaning process.

 

Thursday, December 4, 2008

 

We cannot change yesterday -- that is quite clear,

Nor begin on tomorrow until it is here.

So all that remains is for you and for me,

To make each today as worthwhile as can be.

 

 

Today was warm enough for Julieann to enjoy the fresh outdoors and to visit with our new baby goats!

 

Carolyn and Julieann inspecting the winter garden.

 

Watching the boys climb trees kept Julieann interested for quite awhile.

 

Foxy has always been so patient and loving towards all the Green children.

 

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

 

Your heart, I have no doubt, has blessed and cheered and delighted the soul of the mother who bore you, from the very first opening of your eyes upon the world, and that dear heart has gone on with that cheering influence from that time to the present, and it will go on cheering every body around you who has loved you.

 

General Wiilliam Booth (1829 - 1912), in a letter to his daughter

 

 

Our delightful Julieann enjoying the Christmas tree. Dr. Park has instructed us to wean Julieann from the klonopin. Please pray that everything will go well during this weaning period. We are continuing to be very careful by keeping Julieann close to home so as not to bring her any unwelcome germs. All of the other children have been busy decorating the house and playing Christmas music for Julieann. We truly look forward to this special time of year.