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.

 

July 2009

 

Friday, July 31, 2009

 

SUMMER DAYS

 

Collecting and.........

 

observing Japanese Beetles.

 

Tending the animals.

 

Picking tomatoes and......

 

finding mud puddles for toe squishing.

 

Thursday, July 30, 2009

 

CELEBRATING GRAMMY'S 60th BIRTHDAY WITH A LADIES' LUNCHEON

 

BEFORE the party.....

 

DURING the party..........

 

Enjoying food and fellowship.

 

 

 

 

Opening birthday cards and gifts.

 

Ready to cut the birthday cake!

 

AFTER the party.

 

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

 

SERVING JESUS (Part 3)

 

Children's feet can run for Jesus,

And for Him sweet comfort take

 

To the hearts bowed low in sorrow,

Blessing all for His dear sake.

 

Let your footsteps gladness bring,

Doing errands for the King.

 

- Author unknown

 

Tuesday, July 28, 2009

 

SERVING JESUS (Part 2)

 

Children's lips can move for Jesus,

Speaking gently all the while,

 

Making other people happy,

 

With a love-word and a smile.

 

Let your speech in kindness fall;

Jesus listens to it all.

 

..to be continued

 

Monday, July 27, 2009

 

SERVING JESUS (Part 1)

 

Children's hands can work for Jesus,

 

Glad to do His holy will;

 

Helping playmates,

 

serving Mother,

 

They are serving Jesus still.

 

Let your hands be quick and true;

 

God will give them work to do.

 

... to be continued.

 

Saturday, July 25, 2009

 

WORK DAY!!!!

 

Joseph and Benjamin cleaning the playhouse (the old smokehouse to the farm).

 

Daddy steam cleaning the school room carpet (getting ready for the new school year)!

 

Daddy and Grace priming the front door for a new coat of paint!

 

Carolyn tending to the animals (feeding and watering).

 

"The person who is yearning for vacation and for sleep and for time to loll under a tree as his main interest in life is, to a degree, longing for death. He wants to disconnect from reality of this world, hoping to find surcease from pain and effort, one way or another. If children are properly educated, they will long to work; they will find great fulfillment in work; and they will work very hard and very long in the attainment of their goals.

 

The happy man is not he who has nothing to do....... Living really means working."

 

- Robert LeFevre

 

Friday, July 24, 2009

 

Jack and Jill went up the hill,

To fetch a pail of water.

 

Jack fell down and broke his crown,

 

And Jill came tumbling after.

 

Thursday, July 23, 2009

 

Ah, blessed Lord, I wish I knew how I might best love you and please you,

 

and that my love were as sweet to you as your love is to me.

 

- Margery Kempe

 

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

 

LITTLE ANNIE OAKLEY and......

 

WILD BUFFALO BILL!!!!!!

 

 

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

 

LITTLE BOYS and ADVENTURES WITH LITTLE TUNNELS................

 

 

 

BIG BOYS and ADVENTURES WITH BIG TUNNELS.....................

 

 

Monday, July 20, 2009

 

We've discovered our children have a hidden talent for interior decorating with.........GARDEN VEGETABLES!!!!!!!!

 

 

 

 

Saturday, July 18, 2009

 

Reenacting strategic battle maneuvers behind the stone wall at the battle of Fredericksburg, VA.

 

Wounded soldier receiving help from the field nurse.

 

Carrying one wounded soldier off the battlefield.

 

Caring for another wounded soldier.

 

Even though maimed during Fredericksburg, Private Joseph returns to fight faithfully for Stonewall Jackson at the Battle of Chancellorsville, VA.

 

Friday, July 17, 2009

 

What could be finer than a Southern buffet, gourmet pizza, or ballpark hot dog?

 

A home-grown tomato sandwich.

 

It's the little things a child delights in that generates joy in their lives. To plant the seed, water it when needed, and pull the weeds regularly and pick the fruit with your own hands--is simple pleasure for a child.

 

The ultimate fulfillment comes from enjoying the final product------the "fruit" of their labor.

 

Having our children at home with us 24 hours a day is a lot of work and joy at the same time----just like growing our garden. Kenny and I feel the Lord has placed our children within our care to "plant seeds" of wisdom, "water" regularly with constant attention and availability to their needs, and to pull the "weeds of sin" when they should begin to grow in our children's lives. It is our pleasure to stand back and see what the Lord is growing in our "garden", and we are already beginning to reap some of the benefits of our labor. We pray the Lord will continue to make us wise servants in rearing our children for the "Master Gardener's" glory.

 

Thursday, July 16, 2009

 

PICKING TOMATOES

 

How many Greens does it take to pick one ripe tomato?

 

Grace with the prize!

 

Nathaniel likes to check down low for the cherry tomatoes.

 

Nathaniel: Mom, can we eat it , can we eat it?

Mom: Yes, that will be a good one to eat (meaning tomorrow for a tomato sandwich).

 

Nathaniel interpreted that to be right then and there!

 

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

 

And thou shalt have goats' milk....

 

enough for thy food,

 

for the food of thy household...

 

 

- Proverbs 27:27.

 

 

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

 

LITTLE MISS MUFFET

 

Little Miss Muffet sat on her tuffet,

 

Eating her curds and whey.

 

Along came a spider and sat down beside her.

 

And frightened....

 

Miss Muffet away.

 

 

Monday, July 13, 2009

 

PLAY TIME

 

When the voices of children are heard on the green

And laughing is heard on the hill,

My heart is at rest within my breast,

And everything else is still.

 

"Then come home, my children, the sun is gone down,

And the dews of night arise;

 

Come, come, leave off play, and let us away

Till the morning appears in the skies."

 

"No, no, let us play, for it is yet day,

And we cannot go to sleep;

Besides in the sky the little birds fly,

And the hills are all covered with sheep."

 

"Well, well, go and play till the light fades away,

And then go home to bed."

 

The little ones leaped and shouted and laughed;

 

And all the hills echo-ed.

 

- William Blake

 

Saturday, July 11, 2009

 

For the girls, Saturday means sewing and.....

 

soaping.

 

For the boys, well........... making camp out of an old blanket, reflecting on Scripture, and...

 

grilling "hot dogs".

 

Friday, July 10, 2009

 

Today, our goats got OUT of their pen and INTO our garden. We've lost the rest of our corn crop for the year. Thankfully, the goats did not destroy our other vegetables.

 

Thursday, July 9, 2009

 

 

A peaceful afternoon, sipping a beverage.

 

A more adventurous evening taking a golf cart ride through the cow pasture when the battery died.

 

So we began our trek up the hill wondering where all the cows were resting.

 

We thought we could make it across the field safely to the cattle gate when.......

 

Daddy spotted the cows running towards us.

 

Daddy remained calm, but the children got a laugh out of pregnant Mama running towards the gate afraid that the bull would decide to charge. We made it safely home, and now Mama is ready to turn in for the evening.

 

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

 

THANKS

 

Did I forget to thank Thee, Lord,

For things that may seem small:

A flower by the wayside path,

 

A wild bird's lonely call,

 

For all the daily happenings

That we call commonplace,

 

For sunrise and for sunset glow,

My neighbor's smiling face?

 

Since life is made of little things,

Oh, let me not forget

To count my smallest blessings all

Before the sun is set.

 

I thank Thee, Lord, for every one

Who adds a note of cheer,

And for the blessings multiplied

To me from year to year.

 

- Author unknown

 

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

 

A fallen tree makes a wonderful Confederate breastwork!

 

FIRE!!!!!!!!!

 

 

RELOAD!

 

Battle wounds?????

 

Actually no. Nathaniel just didn't like that he was barefoot and stepped where the chickens had just visited in the yard.

 

Monday, July 6, 2009

 

THE HARVESTING OF THE CUCUMBERS

 

Joseph and Benjamin thought they could carry all the "overgrown" cucumbers from our garden to the house. Joseph seemed to lose a few along the way.

 

After a while, he decided to take a rest and sample some.

 

Joseph and Benjamin were able to talk Nathaniel into helping carry the load.

 

Saturday, July 4, 2009 - Happy Fourth of July!

 

A fun-filled day for the Green family!

 

Our day began with a delicious breakfast of pancakes, fresh fruit, dollop of cool whip, and orange juice.

 

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Then it was time for the Children's Parade!

 

Lunchtime was an all American favorite - hot dogs, potato chips, pickles, and a Coca Cola.

 

Outside festivities included old fashioned jump roping.

 

Carolyn won the best jumper award.

 

Cool refreshing popsicle break.

 

While babies were napping during the heat of the day, the rest of the Green crew played Pictionary.

 

Dinner time! Chipped chicken barbecue, brunswick stew, potato salad, pickles, and a refreshing glass of Southern iced tea.

 

Daniel's favorite activity on the Fourth of July!

 

Kenny and I think Grace was trying for a Coca Cola add!

 

Mommy and Joseph took a much needed break from the festiviites!

 

Daniel volunteered to take everyone for a ride down our dirt road.

 

Our chauffeur!

 

Whenever a car would pass, Kenny and the kids got DUSTED!

 

Thomas decided to investigate bird houses while waiting for the fireworks to begin.

 

Julieann decided to see how rocks would taste for dessert.

 

Chairs lined up ready for the show.

 

Finally dark enough for fireworks.

 

Nathaniel was hesitant at first about the sparklers, and then he couldn't put them down.

 

Grace enjoyed being a child on the Fourth of July!

 

Friday, July 3, 2009

 

146 years ago today, on July 3, 1863 in Gettsburg, Pennsylvania, General George Pickett led his brigade in the famous charge that bears his name. As July 4th approaches, we remember our Confederate ancestors who fought for our rights and independence. Even though our Southern fathers lost the battle, according to author James Perloff, "Conduct, not victory, best measures fulfillment of God's will. Generally, the record attests that the South fought and managed its diplomacy more honestly." These soldiers were fighting for their homes, the places where they met their wives, raised their children, and carried on the name of their fathers before them. We remember these soldiers and their bravery even more this weekend.

 

 

"A human life, I think, should be well rooted in some spot of a native land, where it may get the love of tender kinship for the face of the earth, for the labors men go forth to, for the sounds and accents that haunt it, for whatever will give that early home a familiar unmistakable difference amidst the future widening of knowledge. The best introduction to astronomy is to think of the nightly heavens as a little lot of stars belonging to one's own homestead."

 

- George Eliot

 

Thursday, July 2, 2009

 

Monkey bars for country children!

 

Julieann's friend may be too big to ride on her back anymore, but she is ALWAYS by her side, watching even when Julieann least suspects.

 

Carolyn and Julieann "herding" the chicken.

 

Wednesday, July 1, 2009

 

THE GRASSHOPPER'S SONG

 

A scraping sound: The grasshopper

In the field does purr and whir-r-r.

 

"Come forth, grasshoppers, come to dance,

And chant to God your lovely chants.

 

"Let all who can, be heard and seen

With pirouette and tambourine.

 

"For none shall hide where grass is deep,

But if you've legs, arise and leap!

 

"All that are here, respond, proclaim:

Blessed is He and blessed His name!

 

"Blessed be God who for our sake

This happy summertime did make.

 

"A plenteous feast in field and fen,

Enough for all. - Amen, amen!"

 

- H.N. Bialik