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.

 

January 2009

 

Saturday, January 31, 2009

 

Nathaniel has not felt well the past two days. He complained of his belly hurting this morning and carried his blanket and bowl with him at all times. We pray he will not share it with the rest of the family, especially little Julieann.

 

While Nathaniel was inside resting, the three middle Green children were enjoying each other's company.

 

Mommy and Daddy were able to make soap while Carolyn took care of Nathaniel.

 

Thursday, January 29, 2009

 

This is how we found Julieann during her nap..

 

While outside Benjamin skinned a "rabbit" in his lap.

 

Grace loves to tidy the playhouse floor.

 

And Thomas runs in and out of the playhouse door.

 

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

 

Today Mommy, Daniel, Thomas, and Nathaniel took goats to the stockyard.

 

Nathaniel enjoyed the ride.

 

Thomas watched Daniel ever so closely.

 

A LITTLE BROTHER FOLLOWS ME

 

A careful boy I want to be;

A little brother follows me.

I do not dare to go astray

For fear he'll go the selfsame way.

 

I cannot once escape his eyes;

Whate'er he sees me do, he tries;

Like me he says he's going to be---

That little brother following me.

 

He thinks that I am good and fine;

Believes in every word of mine.

The bad in me he must not see---

That little brother following me.

 

I must remember as I go,

Through summer's sun and winter's snow,

I'm building for the years to be

That little brother following me.

 

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

 

Story night! Daniel, Carolyn, Joseph, Benjamin, and Grace take turns reading their endings to a story starter. Everyone looks forward to this night once a week snuggling together in Mommy and Daddy's room.

 

How sweet 'tis to sit 'neath a fond father's smile,

And the cares of a mother to soothe and beguile!

Let others delight 'mid new pleasures to roam,

But give me, oh, give me, the pleasures of home,

Home, home, sweet, sweet home!

There's no place like home, oh, there's no place like home!

 

- John Howard Payne

 

Monday, January 26, 2009

 

 

Every morning lean thine arms awhile

Upon the window sill of heaven

And gaze upon thy Lord,

Then, with vision in thy heart,

Turn strong to meet thy day.

 

- Thomas Blake

 

Saturday, January 24, 2009

 

A CLEAN Saturday!

We spent the day cleaning out the winter wardrobe and organizing coats that were too small. Thomas was delighted to find "treasures" at the bottom of the wardrobe to add to his collection. Then the boys and Grace helped Daddy clean the shed outside so it can be used for a playhouse. Julieann spent time getting clean in a long, girly bath soaking and splashing. So needless to say, our Saturday theme was cleanliness.

 

"The hand that multiplied the loaves, that saved sinking Peter, that upholds afflicted saints, that crowns believers---that same hand will touch every seeking sinner and in a moment make him clean. The love of Jesus is the source of salvation. He loves, He looks, He touches us, and we live."

- Charles H. Spurgeon

 

Friday, January 23, 2009 - National Pie Day

 

For National Pie Day, everyone helped Carolyn make 6 pies to share with our neighbors!

 

All the Green children have certain jobs in the pie making assembly line.

 

After pie making, everyone enjoyed a "boootiful day" (Nathaniel's words) outside!

 

Benjamin is always "full of joy". Every now and then he'll just blurt out that phrase to the family. Oh, if we grown adults could always be so joyful!

 

Julieann was delighted to play outside in the fresh air!

 

Thursday, January 22, 2009

 

 

Today I am weary....... Nathaniel and Julieann were up several times last night, I'm still feeling the affects of the cold, the children have cabin fever and are ready to run and play outside again, and Julieann has been very clingy and fussy.

 

"O what blessedness accompanies devotion, when under all the trials that weary me, the cares that corrode me, the fears that disturb me, the infirmities that oppress me, I can come to Thee in my need and feel peace beyond understanding!"

 

PURITAN PRAYER


Wednesday, January 21, 2009

 

Mama now has the winter cold! My sweet children brought me this beautiful breakfast in bed this morning. After many a sleepless night with Julieann, now it's time for Mama to rest. Carolyn and Grace are making sure I have plenty of Vitamin C!!!!

 

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

 

Snow flurries on the farm!

 

Benjamin and Thomas enjoying the snow falling.

 

Grace trying to keep warm.

 

Enjoying snowflakes on the inside too!

 

 

Pretty little snowflakes

Falling to the ground;

Here is one, there is one,

Everywhere they're found.

 

See them fall so gently

Through the frosty air;

Every little snowflake

Has its beauties rare.

 

Happy little creatures-----

Do not reap or sow;

Yet the Master feeds them,

Even in the snow.

 

Monday, January 19, 2009

 

You have made summer and winter. Psalm 74:17

 

The flower beds are barren, lifeless.......

 

The fountain has ceased flowing........

 

Frost covers the pastures and............

 

seems to halt new growth in the winter garden.

 

And on the inside, Julieann's winter cold lingers.

 

Spurgeon writes, "...the Lord is the great Winter King and rules in the realms of frost, and therefore you cannot murmur. Losses, crosses, heaviness, sickness, poverty, and a thousand other ills are of the Lord's sending and come to us with wise design. Frosts kill harmful insects and restrain raging diseases; they break up the clods and sweeten the soul. O that such good results would always follow our winters of affliction!

 

How we prize the fire just now! How pleasant is its cheerful glow! Let us in the same manner prize our Lord, who is the constant source of warmth and comfort in every time of trouble. Let us draw near to Him, and in Him find joy and peace in believing. Let us wrap ourselves in the warm garments of His promises........."

 

Sunday, January 18, 2009

 

Everyone is still recovering from a cold today. After listening to our church service on sermon audio, the little ones asked Carolyn to make them scarves to snuggle with while they were ill.

 

Thomas resting by the fire.

 

Grace trying to get some rest too.

 

Julieann does not like runny noses!

 

Nathaniel suggling with his favorite blanket and the scarf Carolyn made him.

 

Everyone was kind of feeling down and tired of soup for dinner, soooooo.............nothing like a little monkey bread to pick everyone's spirits up for the night!

 

Saturday, January 17, 2009

 

A winter cold at the Green house.

Everyone's been feeling rather icky at the Green house. Last night, I believe, we went through a whole box of kleenexes. Please pray that Julieann will be able to breathe a little better tonight and get some rest.

 

Thursday, January 15, 2009

 

A Cold, Winter day at the Green house.

 

We spent the afternoon bird watching. We've been learning in school how the black-capped chickadee remains joyful even in the bleakest winter. The chickadee's cheerful song reminds us that we should be "exceeding joyful in all our tribulation" (II Corinthians 7:4).

 

Grace was the first one to spot an interesting bird.

 

Thomas wanted an up close view of the birds.

 

As evening drew near, Josph and Benjamin helped to start a fire. While everyone was toasty by the fire.....

 

Carolyn was returning from a chilly night of milking.

 

Carolyn and Joseph decided to play a game of chess before dinner.

 

Daniel took care of all the horses to make sure they had their feed and hay for such a cold night. When he came inside he played horsie, of course, with Julieann.

 

Tonight was our corn theme for dinner: corn chowder with.......

 

Corn bread.

 

Julieann settles in for a cold winter's night.

 

Scold, wind, scold,

So bitter and so bold!

Shake the windows with your tap, tap, tap!

With half-shut, dreamy eyes

The drowsy baby lies

Cuddled closely in her mother's lap.

 

Mary F. Butts

 

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

 

See that little sunbeam

Darting through the room,

Lighting up the darkness,

Scattering the gloom.

 

Let me be a sunbeam

Everywhere I go,

Making glad and happy

Everyone I know.

 

Tuesday, January 13, 2009

 

Dear God, I've had a happy day;

I tried to do my best.

And now I thank You for the night

When children all can rest.

Amen

 

Monday, January 12, 2009

 

It all started with the chair (Daniel's new tractor seat he received for a birthday present) which led to.......

 

this..... which led to........

 

this....... which led to ............

 

this...........which led to............

 

playing Buzzy Dent's barber shop!!!

 

Julieann seems to go along with anything her siblings want to play!

 

Sunday, January 11, 2009 - Happy 16th Birthday Daniel!

 

Happy Birthday to our firstborn, our leader, discerner, and always our little man!

We were able to worship at church this morning with Julieann! She seemed to be very happy sitting in our laps praising the Lord! After service, we came home to a birthday cake for Daniel's 16th birthday.

 

We spent the rest of our Sunday afternoon listening to the wisdom of Grandpa and Grammy (actually stories of how Charleston, South Carolina was the place to spend your childhood in the 60's with the drive-in movie theatres, tree-houses, firecrackers and the like).

 

Saturday, January 10, 2009

 

 

I am Jesus' little lamb,

Ever glad at heart I am;

For my Shepherd gently guides me,

Knows my need, and well provides me,

Loves me every day the same,

Even calls me by my name.

 

Henrietta Louisa von Hayn

 

Friday, January 9, 2009

 

This afternoon while Daniel and Joseph were at riding lessons, the other Green children found ways to occupy their time.

 

Carolyn decided to make oatmeal cookies for an after dinner treat. Thomas thought he would help by sampling the dough.

 

Joseph concentrating on his riding.

 

Daniel and Joseph heading to the barn after lessons.

 

Julieann posting today's update.

 

Thursday, January 8, 2009

 

A peek inside the Green house today.........

 

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Carolyn and I noticed Thomas' pocket bulging and asked him what was in it. Well, he began to show us all his treasures.

45

 

How did he get all of that in ONE size 4T pocket?

 

Grace and the little boys were playing so sweetly building a barn until.............

 

Someone got upset and angry and ...........

 

Grace's barn came crumbling down.

 

Grace then decided to play with an OLDER brother.

 

While all of this building and rebuilding was going on, Carolyn was crocheting Grace a scarf.

 

TADA........ the finished product!

 

And as the day came to a close, everyone decided to crawl in Mommy's and Daddy's bed to comfort sweet Julieann.

 

Wednesday, January 7, 2009

 

Today was a windy day at the Green house. We kept Julieann inside for most of the day except for our trip to Carolyn's piano lesson. We snapped this picture of Julieann staring at the wind through the trees when we arrived back home. Now we know why she was running a fever a few days ago, because as of yesterday, she has a rash on her body. We believe it is Roseola measles. Hopefully it will run its course soon. We appreciate all the prayers for her sleep disorder. Last night she seemed to get a little more rest.

 

Tuesday, January 6, 2009

 

 

A HUMBLE HEART

 

I would not ask Thee that my days

Should flow quite smoothly on and on,

Lest I should learn to love the world

Too well, ere all my time is done.

 

But I would ask a humble heart,

A changeless will to work and wake,

A firm faith in Thy providence;

The rest----'tis Thine to give or take.

 

- Alfred Norris

 

Monday, January 5, 2009 - MCG Visit

 

This morning was a good visit at Dr. Park's office. We learned that Julieann's repetitive, restless, nightime, sleeping behavior is a sleep disorder. Dr. Park will not put her on any medication for the behavior and we are thankful. We hope and pray she will outgrow it. For now, we cope with it the best we can, and wait and see what the future holds.

 

Dr. Park says Julieann is blessed that the infantile spasms have not returned thus far. He believes her case is a rare one where the medication worked. We will continue to monitor her to see if the spasms do reappear, and return to MCG on May 5th for another EEG.

 

Thank you for all of your prayers. Please continue to pray that Julieann will get the rest that a normal 8 month old needs (and also Mommy and Daddy).

 

Julieann enjoys having her blood pressure taken.

 

Julieann and Daddy have this chart memorized!

 

Sunday, January 4, 2009

 

Julieann is still not feeling well. Joseph and Grace spent time tonight trying to calm her. We have all of our videos ready for Dr. Park in the morning. We're off to MCG again........Please keep Julieann in prayer.

 

Saturday, January 3, 2009

 

The last two days have been restless for Julieann with little sleep. She started running a fever yesterday, and we're all taking turns comforting her.

 

 

Thursday, January 1, 2009

 

Some reflections for the Green family for 2009!

 

1

Be strong!

We are not here to play, to dream, to drift;

 

2

We have hard work to do,

 

3

and loads to lift;

 

4

Shun not the struggle---face it; 'tis God's gift.

 

Be strong!

Say not, "The days are evil. Who's to blame?"

And fold the hands and acquiesce--oh, shame!

 

Stand up,

 

Speak out, and bravely, in God's Name.

 

Be strong!

It matters not how deep intrenched the wrong,

 

How hard the battle goes, the day how long;

 

Faint not---fight on!

 

Tomorrow comes the song.

 

Maltbie Davenport Babcock