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.

 

June 2009

 

Tuesday, June 30, 2009 - Happy Anniversary!

 

 

 

Monday, June 29, 2009

 

HARVESTING THE CORN

 

Julieann loves to help in the garden.

 

Nathaniel's job is to brush away the silk.

 

Freezing corn for a nice, warm bowl of corn chowder this winter!

 

Saturday, June 27, 2009

 

Take thy first walk with God!

 

Let Him go forth with thee; by stream, or sea, or mountain path,

 

seek still His company.

 

- Horatius Bonar

 

Friday, June 26, 2009

 

The hay appeareth, and the tender grass sheweth itself........ Proverbs 27:25.

 

All the Green kids look forward to this time of year when Mr. Chalker brings his John Deere tractors to cut and bale hay.

 

Daniel's job is to rake while Mr. Chalker bales the hay.

 

Thomas' job......well.....

 

is to catch a ride with Mr. Chalker in his "special" seat whenever he gets a chance.

 

Nathaniel enjoys sitting with Daniel in the shade for a rest.

 

Thursday, June 25, 2009

 

Georgia peaches......

 

and Southern boys who love 'em.

 

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

 

My birthday breakfast grits from my children!

 

TURNING 40 AND REFLECTING ON THE GIFT OF WOMANHOOD

 

"A wife too should regard her duties in the same light, as she suckles the child, rocks and bathes it, and cares for it in other ways; and as she busies herself with other duties and renders help and obedience to her husband. These are truly golden and noble works. This is also how to comfort and encourage a woman in the pangs of childbirth, not by repeating St. Margaret legends and other silly old wives' tales but by speaking thus, "Dear Grete, remember that you are a woman, and that this work of God in you is pleasing to him. Trust joyfully in his will, and let him have his way with you. Work with all your might to bring forth the child. Should it mean your death, then depart happily, for you will die in a noble deed and in subservience to God. If you were not a woman you should now wish to be one for the sake of this very work alone, that you might thus gloriously suffer and even die in the performance of God's work and will. For here you have the word of God, who so created you and implanted within you this extremity. Tell me, is not this indeed (as Solomon says [Prov. 18 22]) "to obtain favour from the Lord," even in the midst of such extremity?"

 

- Martin Luther's 1522 sermon on marriage and childbirth

 

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

 

Joseph read to Julieann.....

 

until.......

 

she fell asleep.

 

"We need men who learn early in their lives to treasure children. Men who love children tend to be the most visionary, stable, and self-sacrificing. We need a new generation of visionary young men. Visionary young men aspire to live lives of significance that transcend the here and now. This is why we need to place babies in the hands of our young men, and then talk to them about the true dreams and aspirations of the righteous man (Psalm 112, 127, 128)."

 

- Doug Phillips

 

Monday, June 22, 2009

 

Julieann helped carry luggage as we left Savannah.

 

The girls wanted to stop by the candy kitchen on the way home to find a treat for the boys!

 

Julieann loved staring at the candy apples.

 

At lunch time, we were in Swainsboro and stopped at the Coleman House for a delightful bite to eat.

 

Grace enjoyed exploring the gardens at the Coleman House.

 

We were all thankful to be reunited this evening at home! Grace didn't waste any time setting up all her baby doll toys and using Julieann as THE baby doll.

 

Julieann finally decided being a baby doll was tiring business.

 

After a while, Juleann decided it was time to get out of the carriage!

 

Sunday, June 21, 2009 - The Lord's Day

 

Happy Father's Day

 

All the girls and Mommmy and Daddy headed to Savannah today for Daddy's Conference dinner. Definitely a special time for Father's Day.

 

The boys stayed home to spend time with Grammy and Grandpa and have a party!

 

And of course before we left for Savannah, Carolyn made sure the boys had plenty of goodies to eat by baking two cakes!

 

We arrived at the hotel just in time for tea!

 

Julieann enjoyed listening to the pianist.

 

Grace enjoyed sipping her tea.

 

All the girls painted their nails and toes before dinner.

 

Saturday, June 20, 2009

 

INSPECTOR NO. 8

 

Inspector no. 8 (Julieann) likes to select a random sample of soap,

 

smell the soap,

 

and let us know if she approves of the scent!

 

Friday, June 19, 2009

 

Today was a little warm...... We are thankful to have our power switched on again after going without for 13 hours yesterday when a tree fell in our yard on the power line.

 

The children wanted to spend a lot of time inside in the cool air today. One would think with 8 children things would be crazy on a hot day with everyone couped inside......but it doesn't have to be. I was blessed to spend time with Daniel riding to a nearby pond where a neighbor spotted one of our missing swans. We weren't successful catching the male swan, but we'll try again at a later date. Daniel and I came home and laughed at our "adventure" together.

 

Carolyn helped me with Julieann today since she seems to be a little fussy cutting new teeth. Carolyn has a way to calm and soothe her, and Julieann enjoys her sister's care. As for the other Green children, we decided a hot day was good for cleaning the house. Things remained pretty quiet upstairs except for the occassional, "Mom, Nathaniel and Thomas are playing, not cleaning." So the two little boys came downstairs to spend time with Momma. I'm beginning to wonder how many times I can read "Green Eggs and Ham."

 

Not a very eventful day, but one where I am so thankful for each of my children and the time God gives me to enjoy them. My husband is now on his way home from work. After his evening time with the children, bath routines, and bedtimes, we'll discuss the happenings of our day in depth while we make a batch of goat milk soap!

 

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

 

Every little girl dreams of becoming a bride someday!

 

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

 

"Jesus, tender Shepherd, hear me!

Bless thy little lamb tonight!

Through the darkness be thou near me,

Watch my sleep till morning light!

 

"All this day thy hand has led me, --

And I thank thee for thy care;

 

Thou hast clothed me,

 

warmed

 

and fed me, --

Listen to my evening prayer.

 

"Let my sins be all forgiven;

Bless the friends I love so well;

Take me, when I die, to heaven,

Happy there with thee to dwell."

 

- Mary Lundie Duncan

 

Monday, June 15, 2009

 

Today the Green children decided to head out west by way of a wagon. We're studying Westward expansion in our homeschool history, so of course everyone had to act out what they have learned. A coffee table, piano bench, couch pillows, and a couple of blankets turn any living room into a wagon trail.

 

This evening after dinner, Julieann decided she was old enough to sample some of Carolyn's brownies. She just couldn't resist smelling them over and over again.

 

Sunday, June 14, 2009

 

This morning while getting ready for church, we noticed the baby mockingbird had died during the night. The children had kept him alive for a week, and had become quite attached to him. The bird had even flown from the backyard to the front, but come back for the children to feed him worms and grasshoppers.

 

 

Joseph on his way to bury the bird before church.

 

 

Saturday, June 13, 2009

 

After spending some time outside today, the little boys said it was too hot to play and decided to entertain themselves with a game of chess. I asked Nathaniel who won and he said, "Thomas AND Nathaniel."

 

After their challenging game of chess, Thomas and Nathaniel brought down all of the train pieces to play for the afternoon.

 

Everyone was excited to cool off in our neighbor's pool this evening!

 

Julieann was content watching everyone swim! She enjoyed her floatee the entire evening!

 

 

Friday, June 12, 2009

 

Dr. Thomae said the new baby's heartbeat sounded good today on the doppler at my 3 month checkup. We are thankful for the baby growing so well! After my checkup, Kenny and I met to run errands in Augusta all ALONE while Daniel and Carolyn helped take care of the Green crew. Kenny and I enjoyed our romantic stroll through JoAnn's fabric store looking for material to wrap some of our soaps. Everyone seems to be exhausted after a long day,and is looking forward to a restful night's sleep.

 

"Be present, most merciful God, and protect us through the silent hours of this night, so that we who are wearied by the changes and chances of this world, may take rest in your abiding changelessness. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.".

 

- Ambrose of Milan

 

Thursday, June 11, 2009

 

 

An evening of fishing.

 

Nathaniel waited patiently for his turn playing on the dry hydrant.

 

Carolyn caught a nice sized bream.

 

Thomas needed Benjamin to help him pull the fish to shore.

 

Joseph volunteered to take care of Julieann.

 

Nathaniel finally exceeded his patience level and decided to snip Daniel's weed eater string.

 

Realizing he's caught in the act!

 

Daniel took the time to help Nathaniel with his turn.

 

Grace enjoyed throwing the fish back into the pond.

 

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

 

Show me today, O Lord, that one to whom I am to give a cup of cold water in your name.

-F. B. Meyer-

 

Thirsty children, dirty diapers, sibling quarrels that require discipline - everything we tend to as mothers throughout the day are a reflection of how Christ cares for us. I think of how many times my Savior has quenched my desires, how many times sin has required me to need a "change" and become clean once again. My Lord has also used daily life encounters to bring attention to my faults and call for correction. Nothing I do for my children can be discarded as meaningless or useless, for my Savior takes the time to care for me in these same small, minute ways.

 

Tuesday, June 9, 2009

 

CHEF JULIE - QUEEN OF THE KITCHEN!

 

 

Monday, June 8, 2009

 

VEGETABLES

 

The country vegetables scorn

To lie about in shops,

They stand upright as they were born

In neatly-patterned crops;

 

And when you want your dinner you

Don't buy it from a shelf,

You find "green beans" fresh with dew

And pull them for yourself;

 

- Eleanor Farjeon

 

 

Yogi loves green beans.

 

Joseph ready for a water break.

 

The baby mockingbird is doing well. He loves rides on the kids bicycles.

 

And to top off the day, Old Tom takes everyone for a leisurely evening stroll.

 

Sunday, June 7, 2009 - The Lord's Day

 

Today Grace found a baby mockingbird.

 

Grace took the bird everywhere she went, even on rides in the mule cart.

 

We're hoping tomorrow to harness the mule for rides....Daddy can only make so many laps around the farm.

 

As for the baby bird, Julieann enjoyed watching it and all the Green kids enjoyed feeding it worms and grasshoppers.

 

Friday, June 5, 2009

 

WHAT A LITTLE BOY SHOULD BE TAUGHT

 

To be strong and brave---a little man

 

To be gentle

 

To be industrious

 

To be truthful

 

To prefer the companionship of his sisters over other girls

 

To be thoughtful and attentive

 

To be his sister's protector

 

To use common tools skillfully

 

To do all kinds of housework

 

To earn money and to take care of it

 

To be his father's partner

 

- Home and Health - 1907, Pacific Press Publishing

 

Thursday, June 4, 2009

 

As the old school year has ended and a new one is approaching, Kenny and I desire for our homeschool to be more than just mere academics. We pray the Lord will help us raise God honoring children. We ran across this article in an old 1907 magazine entitled "What a Little Girl and a Little Boy Should Be Taught." Even though the article was written over 100 years ago, we believe the world truly wants this kind of a girl.................

 

WHAT A LITTLE GIRL SHOULD BE TAUGHT

 

To cook plain wholesome food

 

To make her own clothes

 

To be neat and orderly

 

To care for her own room

 

To learn well the art of housekeeping

 

To care for her person

 

To exercise a quiet reserve in the prescence of boys and men

 

That modesty is a priceless treasure, and will prove her surest protector

 

That her brothers are better escorts than most other young men

 

That her mother is her best companion and counselor

 

- Home and Health - 1907, Pacific Press Publishing

 

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

 

Julieann enjoyed playing Little House on the Prairie.

 

 

 

 

Tuesday, June 2, 2009

 

A DAY IN JUNE

 

And what is so rare as a day in June?

Then, if ever, come perfect days;

 

Then Heaven tries earth if it be in tune,

And over it softly her warm ear lays;

 

Whether we look, or whether we listen,

We hear life murmur, or see it glisten;

 

Every clod feels a stir of might,

An instinct within it that reaches and towers,

 

And groping blindly above it for light,

Climbs to a soul in grass and flowers.

 

- James Russell Lowell

 

Monday, June 1, 2009

 

Back home and enjoying the happenings of the day! When we arrived home yesterday evening, the children found a dead mockingbird in our backyard. Of course they thought it was the mother of the mockingbird nest by our back porch. The little ones thought the babies would die if they weren't kept warm enough so.....................They found Nathaniel's winter hat to wrap the eggs inside. Later in the afternoon they spotted a mockingbird sitting in their newly created "hat" nest. They came running inside to tell me that the bird will have the most comfortable nest ever! I'm waiting to see what happens to these little eggs.

 

 

And to keep with the bird theme of the day, Nathaniel told Joseph he wanted to fly like a bird. Joseph helped Nathaniel gather LOTS of goose feathers to make him a "bird" man.