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 h earts 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.

 

February 2009

 

Friday, February 27, 2009

 

Rainy days are good for restocking the soap and lotion shelves.

 

Thursday, February 26, 2009

 

Take my life and let it be

Consecrated, Lord, to Thee.

 

Take my moments

 

and my days---

 

Let them flow in ceaseless praise....

 

Take my hands, and let them move

 

At the impulse of Thy love;

 

Take my feet, and let them be

Swift and beautiful for Thee.......

 

Take my voice and let me sing

Always, only, for my King;

 

Take my lips and let them be

Filled with messages from Thee.....

 

Take my silver and my gold----

Not a mite would I withhold.

 

Take my intellect and use

Every power as Thou shalt choose.

 

Take my will, and make it Thine----

It shall be no longer mine;

 

Take my heart----it is Thine own,

It shall be Thy royal throne....

 

Take my love----my Lord, I pour

At Thy feet its treasure store.

 

Take myself----and I will be

Ever, only, all for Thee.

 

- Frances Ridley Havergal

 

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

 

We've always said Grace reminds us of my grandmother Grace who passed away last Easter. When we took this picture of Julieann we immediately knew who she reminded us of as a child, Kenny's grandmother Lucille. Gram left us almost 10 years ago, but it looks as though she'll always be with us.

 

 

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

 

"Lord, help me to enjoy the common things of my everyday life. I often find myself saying that nothing happened today, when in fact the ordinary events of my life make a rich pattern, but they are so familiar I hardly notice them. Lord of Life, help me to recognize the joy of simple things." - Frank Topping

 

 

The simple things---brothers and sisters finding joy in spending time with one another. We are so thankful our children have time to enjoy each other's company daily instead of going in so many different individual directions. Even when music may not be an interest to one sibling, he or she is naturally drawn to encourage the other.

 

 

Monday, February 23, 2009

 

After our adventure in the mountains, we came home to a broken well pump. We have been using jugs of water since Sunday. The well drillers came out this afternoon, and hopefully tomorrow we will all get a nice, warm bath! Our well is a very old, shallow well - 30 ft. deep. The well drillers couldn't believe we never go dry, especially with a family our size. They suspect our well is over a spring.

 

..".the rain of His grace is always falling; the river of His bounty is ever-flowing, and the wellspring of His love is a constant tide." - Charles Spurgeon

 

Saturday, February 21, 2009

 

A day in the North Georgia mountains looking at hunter/jumper horses.

 

Thursday, February 19, 2009

 

May there always be work for your hands to do.

 

 

May your purse always hold a coin or two.

 

May the sun always shine upon your window pane.

 

May a rainbow be certain to follow each rain.

 

May the hand of a friend always be near you.

 

And may God fill your heart with gladness to cheer you.

 

- An Irish Blessing

 

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

 

Green isn't just our last name!

 

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

 

 

In works of labour or of skill,

I would be busy, too;

For Satan finds some mischief still

For idle hands to do.

 

In books, or work, or healthy play

Let my first years be passed,

That I may give for ev'ry day,

Some good account at last.

 

Isaac Watts

 

Monday, February 16, 2009

 

 

 

O God, who gives the day for work and the night for sleep, refresh our bodies and our minds through the quiet hours of night, and let our inward eyes be directed towards you, dreaming of your eternal glory.

 

- L. Sacramentary

 

Saturday, February 14, 2009 - Happy Valentine's Day!

 

Last night the Green family celebrated Valentine's Day with a delicious dinner and games! The Green children loved decorating the "little house" (the old rental house on our property that Kenny uses for his office now). Everyone enjoyed watching Mommy and Daddy exchange Valetine's gifts.

 

Balloons, tree lights, lamps, and candles to give the room a lovely ambiance.

 

The little Greens' table.

 

Our menu included : lemon dill salmon, chicken kabobs, creamed spinach, exquisite cheeses and crostini bread, sparkling grape juice, and a tray full of European chocolates.

 

Since this is Valentine's Day we think of God's love toward us. "For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38-39.

 

"Now, soul, is not your love refreshed? Does not this make you love Jesus? Does not a survey of the vastness of God's loving care stir your heart and compel you to delight yourself in the Lord your God? Surely as we meditate on the love of the Lord, our hearts burn within us, and we long to love Him more." Charles Spurgeon

 

Thursday, February 12, 2009

 

 

Who's the darling little girl

Everybody loves to see?

She it is whose sunny face

Is as sweet as sweet can be.

 

Who's the darling little girl

Everybody loves to hear?

She it is whose pleasant voice

Falls like music on the ear.

 

Who's the darling little girl

Everybody loves to know?

She it is whose arts and thoughts

All are pure as whitest snow.

 

Who's the darling little girl

Even Jesus Christ can love?

She it is who, meek and good,

Daily grows like Him above.

 

- Melodies for Childhood

 

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

 

While the boys play with their knives, the girls delight in taking care of babies.

 

The Lord puts the nuturing desire into even the smallest little Mommy.

 

The joy of giving of oneself to the care of little ones reflects God's love toward us. How can we desire anything less? However dirty, however rebellious, however selfish - the Lord cleans, corrects, and humbles us daily. He never tires or complains. He never sets our needs to the side because He desires a "break." We should practice the same attributes with the little ones He has entrusted to our care, for it is by this example that our children catch just a glimpse of their Heavenly Father's love.

 

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

 

A boy and his knife------Yes, Mama gets a little nervous watching her boys with their knives. My husband has taught me to try to relax because a boy needs his knife.

 

Even grown-up boys who lament the loss of their knife for weeks, and act like little boys all over again when they are finally reunited with their knife. From carving guns, skinning "wooden" rabbits, making fishing poles, and bows and arrows----- a knife does a boy good. I trust my husband to know when our boys are mature enough to carry their very own pocket knife (even though Daniel says the age gets earlier with each son). Thank you Lord for my boys and the joy they receive from their pocket knives.

 

Daniel sharpens his knife frequently for work around the farm.

 

Benjamin asks Joseph's opinion about the knife he should get when he is 8 years old.

 

Thomas found this "Old Timer's" knife buried outside in the dirt. Leave it to Thomas to find such treasures. It is so old and rusty that the blade will not come out. It is safe for him to carry and he feels so grown up helping to cut open my soap supply packages.

 

Now this is one Green boy that may not be allowed to carry a real knife until AFTER he has left his mother's care. Nathaniel loves to play with his plastic "Bowie" knife.

 

Monday, February 9, 2009

 

Lord, teach me to rest in you.

 

 

Teach me to see the sky and to think of nothing else, but the joy of it.

 

 

Teach me to look at field and flower and be soothed by colors and seasons.

 

 

Teach me to close my eyes and to rest in the Love that has supported me all my days.

 

 

Teach me, Lord, to rest in you.

 

Prayer by Frank Topping

 

Julieann is progressing well. She plays with her toys during the day, loves to interact with her siblings, and is showing an interest in crawling. We are continuing to pray for a more "restful" sleep at night for her little body. We are so grateful for times when she truly seems to sleep peacefully like in the above picture. Thank you for remembering our sweet Julieann.

 

Saturday, February 7, 2009

 

Should our country need brave men to defend our Constitution and our Christian heritage, the Green boys will be ready.

 

 

Disturb us, Lord, to dare more boldly,

To venture on wider seas

Where storms will show your mastery;

Where losing sight of land,

We shall find the stars.

 

We ask you to push back

The horizons of our hopes;

And to push into the future

In strength, courage, hope, and love.

 

Sir Francis Drake

 

Friday, February 6, 2009

 

This day, Lord, may I dream your dreams,

 

this day, Lord, may I reflect your love,

 

 

 

this day, Lord, may I do your work,

 

 

this day, may I taste your peace.

 

Prayer by Angela Ashwin

 

Thursday, February 5, 2009

 

 

Circle me, Lord.

Keep protection near

and danger afar.

 

Circle me, Lord.

Keep hope within.

Keep doubt without.

 

Circle me, Lord.

Keep light near

and darkness afar.

 

Circle me, Lord.

Keep peace within.

Keep evil out.

 

- David Adam

 

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

 

A house with daffodils in it is a house lit up,

whether or not the sun be shining outside.

 

A. A. Milne

 

 

Next to the rose, daffodils are a favorite of the Green family. Their sunny, bright disposition to a cold, cold February day symbolizes the promise of springtime approaching. When the children were smaller, we read a poem titled "Take Time to Pick the Daffodils". I regret that we have misplaced this poem which meant so much to us.

 

When the children looked out into the horse pasture and saw the daffodils blooming, of course it was "time to pick the daffodils". I have to remind them to leave a few so I can look out the kitchen window to enjoy them later. My children know that it brings me much joy when they pick daffodils to place in our home. They want to place them everywhere: the kitchen, dining room, living room, bedroom - Thomas even uses them to decorate the inside of my cupboards. But the children are not just pleasing Mama - they thrill at watching little Juileann smile as she runs her tiny fingers across each petal - plucking them to pieces.

 

And so the Green family is thankful for the time of year once again to put aside farm chores, schoolwork, housework, and the normal busyness of the day to "take time to pick the daffodils" and enjoy the pleasure of having them radiate the inside of our home.

 

The Green children 4 years ago picking daffodils.

 

Tuesday, February 3, 2009

 

Daniel took time to read to Nathaniel today.

 

There is no frigate like a book

To take us lands away,

Nor any coursers like a page

Of prancing poetry.

This traverse may the poorest take

Without oppress of toll;

How frugal is the chariot

That bears a human soul!

 

Emily Dickinson

 

Monday, February 2, 2009

 

Nathaniel's feeling much better and everyone enjoyed time outdoors today.

Julieann practiced her riding skills.

 

Joseph, Benjamin, and Grace were building Mount Fuji.

 

Nathaniel reflecting:

 

Father,

I am seeking.

I am hesitant and uncertain,

but will you, O God,

watch over every step of mine

and guide me?

 

- Augustine