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.

 

March 2009

 

Tuesday, March 31, 2009

 

Julie, Julie, Lemon Julie

 

 

 

Monday, March 30, 2009 - Happy 9th Birthday Joseph!

 

Happy Birthday to our son who always knows how to make everyone laugh! Thank you for your attentiveness and eagerness to help with the little ones, but most importantly, for 9 years of joy.

 

Dear name! the rock on which I build

My shield and hiding place;

My never-failing treasure, filled

With boundless stores of grace!

 

Jesus, my Shepherd, Brother, Friend,

My Prophet, Priest, and King,

My Lord, my Life, my Way, my End,

Accept the praise I bring.

 

- John Newton

 

Sunday, March 29, 2009 - The Lord's Day

 

After church we spent time outdoors as a family

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What is this life if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare?

 

No time to stand beneath the boughs

And stare as long as sheep or cows.

 

No time to see, when woods we pass,

Where squirrels hide their nuts in grass.

 

No time to see, in broad daylight,

Streams full of stars, like skies at night.

 

No time to turn at Beauty's glance,

And watch her feet, how they can dance.

 

No time to wait till her mouth can

Enrich that smile her eyes began.

 

A poor life this if, full of care,

We have no time to stand and stare.

- William H. Davies

 

Friday, March 27, 2009

 

Rainy days are always a little sweeter with a lollipop!

 

Proper head attire for a walk in the rain!

 

Thursday, March 26, 2009

 

GIRLS WANTED

 

The girls that are wanted are good girls -

 

Girls that are mother's right hand,

 

That fathers and brothers can trust in,

 

And the little ones can understand.

 

Girls that are fair on the hearthstone,

And pleasant when nobody sees;

Kind and sweet to their own folk,

Ready and anxious to please.

 

Girls that are wanted are wise girls,

That know what to do and to say;

That drive with a smile or a soft word

The wrath of the household away.

 

The girls that are wanted are good girls -

Good from the heart to the lips;

Pure as the lily is white and pure

From its heart to its sweet leaf-tips.

 

- From Moral Lessons of Yesteryear, by A.L. Byers

 

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

 

BOYS WANTED

 

Boys of spirit, boys of will,

Boys of music, brain and power,

Fit to cope with anything,

These are wanted every hour.

 

Not the weak and whining drones,

Who all troubles magnify;

Not the watchword of "I can't,"

But the nobler one, "I'll try."

 

Do whate'er you have to do

With a true and earnest zeal;

Bend your sinews to the task,

"Put your shoulders to the wheel."

 

Though your duty may be hard,

Look not on it as an ill;

If it be an honest task,

Do it with an honest will.

 

In the workshop,

 

on the farm,

 

At the desk,

 

where'er you be,

 

From your future efforts, boys,

Comes a nation's destiny.

 

- author unknown

 

Tuesday Evening, March 24, 2009

 

Julieann was still awake when Daddy and Daniel came home from the Sons of Confederate Veterans meeting. She is one of their top supporters!

 

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

 

 

"To be a true hero you must be a true Christian. To sum up then, heroism is largely based on two qualities-truthfulness and unselfishness, a readiness to put one's own pleasures aside for that of others, to be courteous to all, kind to those younger than yourself, helpful to your parents, even if helpfulness demands some slight sacrifice of your own pleasure...you must remember that these two qualities are the signs of Christian heroism." - G.A. Henty

 

Monday, March 23, 2009

 

"Joy is the surest sign of the presence of God." - Pierre Teilhard De Chardin

 

Saturday, March 21, 2009

 

"O dandelion, yellow as gold,

What do you do all day?"

"I just wait here in the tall green grass

Till the children come out to play."

 

"O dandelion, yellow as gold,

What do you do all night?

"I wait and wait till the cold dews fall

And my hair grows long and white."

 

"And what do you do when your hair is white

And the children come out to play?"

"They take me up in their dimpled hands

And blow my hair away."

 

Friday, March 20, 2009

 

First day of Spring and Cherry Tree Blossoms.

 

Thursday, March 19, 2009

 

Joseph babysitting Julieann inside while.....

 

Thomas helps plant tulips.

 

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

 

Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun. -Ecclesiastes 11:7

 

Tuesday, March 17, 2008 - St. Patrick's Day

 

May the strength of God pilot me.

 

May the power of God preserve me.

 

May the wisdom of God instruct me.

 

May the hand of God protect me.

 

May the way of God direct me.

 

May the shield of God defend me. - SAINT PATRICK

 

Monday, March 16, 2009

 

 

God is like the rain.......

"He will come to us as the showers, as the spring rains that water the earth." Hosea 6:3

 

Sunday, March 15, 2009

 

After church we came home to more rain and.......

Chinese checkers,

 

reading books,

 

playing Amazing Grace and Chopin,

 

and "Rain, Rain, go away,

Come again another day,

Little Thomas wants to play."

 

Saturday, March 14, 2009

 

Rainy days and.....

 

Painting shields,

 

Building castles and playing knights,

 

Enjoying a stroll.

 

Thank You, God, for sending rain

To our thirstly earth again,

Making everything in sight

Fresh and green, and clear and bright.

-Ada L. Wine

 

Thursday, March 12, 2009

 

Helpful hands and.....

 

Thankful arms.

 

Wednesday, March 11, 2009

 

Spring Weather and Lemon cookies!

 

 

 

Tuesday, March 10, 2009 - Happy 6th Birthday Grace!

 

Everything's been different

All the day long,

Lovely thngs have happened,

Nothing has gone wrong.

 

Nobody has scolded me,

Everyone has smiled.

Isn't it delicious

To be a birthday child?

 

Getting ready for fun on the 18ft. slide!

 

Grace's turn first!

 

Birthday picnic with French bread, assortment of cheeses (including gourmet goat cheese), beef sausage, strawberries and grapes.

 

Delicious birthday cake!

 

Monday, March 9, 2009

 

They say that God lives very high!

But if you look above the pines

You cannot see our God. And why?

 

And if you dig down in the mines

You never see Him in the gold,

Though from Him all that's glory shines.

 

God is so good, He wears a fold

Of heaven and earth across His face--

Like secrets kept, for love untold.

 

But still I feel that His embrace

Slides down by thrills, through all things made,

Through sight and sound of every place.

 

- Elizabeth Barrett Browning

 

Saturday, March 7, 2009

 

Making shields----Last weekend, Daddy and the boys glued plywood together and bent them in preparation for making shields. This weekend, they drew their pattern and cut out the shields. Hopefully next week they will paint their designs onto the front of the shields and make the handles.

 

 

 

 

"God the Father bless me, Christ guard me, the Holy Spirit enlighten me, all the days of my life. The Lord be my defender and guardian of my soul and body, now and ever, and world without end. Amen." ---From The Book Of Cerne (an Anglo-Saxon prayer book)

 

Friday, March 6, 2009

 

The children evidently picked up a little cold this past weekend. Thomas and Grace are feeling better, and now Julieann is uncomfortable. Julieann can't breathe lying down so we tried to put her in her carseat to elevate her head. Grace is always the one to give that extra bit of comforting.

 

Thursday, March 5, 2009

 

Kenny and I have always enjoyed watching the children learn from the animals on the farm. We encourage positive character traits and point out the negative ones. We spent today watching our chickens. This small group worked hard foraging for food from the side yard to the front using their feet the way God intended for scratching. Even when the day brought hard obstacles (neighbor's dogs, kids chasing them) this small group continued to work hard for their food. Our favorite quote from Captain John Smith is "He who does not work, does not eat."

 

Now we watched this particular chicken hiding in the bushes all afternoon lazily waiting for the stimulus package to trickle down. Hmmm.....makes you think.

 

Wednesday, March 4, 2009

 

Come, Holy Spirit

Bend what is rigid in me,

 

Melt what is frozen.

 

- Gregorian Chant

 

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

 

The highlight of our day was watching Daniel learn to trim and shoe our horses. He learned on his own horse.

 

 

This is Patrick Roth, our farrier, watching Daniel put the finishing touches on a front shoe.

 

Monday, March 2, 2009

 

I arise today

Through a mighty strength:

 

God's power to guide me,

 

God's might to uphold me,

 

God's wisdom to teach me,

 

God's eyes to watch over me,

 

God's ear to hear me,

 

God's word to give me speech,

 

God's hand to guard me,

 

God's way to lie before me,

 

- Saint Bridgid of Ireland

 

Sunday, March 1, 2009- The Lord's Day

 

Daniel and Kenny tried to give the animals hay yesterday when a tire blew out on the tractor at dusk . We were praying the horses wouldn't try to get out while we were at church this morning. After service, we came home to snow and rain. Daddy and Daniel (while the rest of the family were warmly snuggling inside) had to fix the tractor so the animals would have something to eat tonight.

 

 

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