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.

 

August 2009

 

Monday, August 31, 2009

 

Grace enjoying lunch at MCG's Mocha Mahn's sandwich shop! Grace had to have some tests run on her kidneys today for kidney reflux. The doctors found no damage thus far. She has two more tests scheduled over the next year, and if the reflux is still present, then we will have to consider surgery. We pray this will be something she will outgrow within the year.

 

Saturday, August 29, 2009

 

Grace making room on the soap shelves for all the bars to be sold at the Oliver Hardy Festival.

 

The boys spent time Saturday playing with dominoes and making hundreds of different courses.

 

Friday, August 28, 2009

 

After a day of resting and watching the rain, everyone (including Thomas) felt like taking a walk outside to visit with the horses.

 

Thomas even wanted to help fill the water troughs.

 

And the boy with the mismatched boots returned again, this time with sister's shoes.........

 

Nathaniel didn't like walking through the wet grass in his flip flops, so Grace kindly slipped her shoes off for Nathaniel to wear.

 

Thursday, August 27, 2009

 

Thomas' hay fever turned out to be more than allergies. We took him to our pediatrician tonight for asthma and wheezing. Hopefully his nebulizer will make him more comfortable.

 

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

 

Joseph and Benjamin have been wonderful about building Nathaniel and Thomas "forts" to keep Nathaniel's activity level low key for his head pain.

 

And after Joseph and Benjamin do all the building, they have as much fun playing as Nathaniel and Thomas.

 

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

 

Yesterday's frolicking in the HAY pasture brought on today's HAY fever for Grace and Thomas.

 

A little rest and.....

 

a little honey lemon water makes the children more comfortable.

 

Monday, August 24, 2009

 

SEND ME

 

Use me, O God, in Thy great harvest field,

Which stretcheth far and wide like a wide sea;

 

The gatherers are so few; I fear the precious yield

Will suffer loss. Oh, find a place for me!

 

--Christina Rossetti

 

Saturday, August 22, 2009

 

Saturday soap-making!! Trying to have plenty of soap in stock for Fall Craft Shows!

Nathaniel awoke with a little pain this morning and again this afternoon after his nap. While biting down on a chicken wing tonight he also complained of his head hurting. It seems little things will trigger his pain. His folllow up appointment with Neurosurgery is scheduled for Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 11:00 AM.

 

Friday, August 21, 2009

 

While at MCG, all the nurses called Nathaniel "Humpty Dumpty." He got sooooo tickled each time they called him by that name. All week he has been telling his siblings, "I'm Humpty Dumpty." So today Joseph, Benjamin, and Thomas had a little fun with the old nursery rhyme.

 

Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall.

 

Humpty Dumpty had a great fall.

 

All the king's horses,

 

And all the king's men, couldn't put Humpty together again.

 

Thursday, August 20, 2009

 

Nathaniel was awake from 3:30 this morning to around 5:00 AM with head pain. Daniel moved Nathaniel's toddler bed downstairs when he came home from the hospital so he can sleep beside Kenny and me in our room. Nathaniel was restless, so the two of us snuggled together and talked. I tried to talk of things that would help him forget his suffering. It is so hard to see any of our children suffer, but I treasure the time (even if at 3:00 AM) that the Lord gives me to care for my children in a special way.

 

"We adore you, O Christ, and praise you, because by your holy Cross you have redeemed the world.

 

O my Jesus, let me joyfully embrace your Cross and accept my own sufferings which pale beside yours."

 

-- Stations Of The Cross

 

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

 

Nathaniel seemed to have a good day today. He complains most of his head hurting when he awakes in the mornings, and likes to cuddle with me in bed for awhile. About mid-morning he is ready to play with his buddy Thomas.

 

Carolyn, Grace, Julieann, Thomas, and Nathaniel and I were at home today making play doh while Kenny took Daniel, Joseph, and Benjamin to Loganville, GA.

 

Daniel and Joseph had the opportunity to train with Margarethe Broekman, World Class FEI Trainer from the National Equestrian Federation in Warendorf, Germany. Daniel learned many helpful skills.

 

Joseph riding his new Arabian Sport Horse.

 

Benjamin's support and gatorade breaks were much appreciated.

 

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

 

"From this hour my purpose, through thy grace, is to accept and welcome all occurrences, whether pleasing or distasteful to sense, as coming from thy heavenly providence; this shall be my comfort and stay in all my afflictions; in dangers, security, and perfect rest of mind in expectation of future events. Thou alone, O my God, provide, determine, will and choose for me."

 

-- Augustine Baker

 

Monday, August 17, 2009

 

This morning Nathaniel awoke in a lot of pain. He only wanted to curl up in my arms and be comforted for his nausea and head pain. Carolyn and I were really concerned. We were so thankful this afternoon when he awoke from his nap feeling better. He wanted to play cars and tractors on the floor with Thomas. After dinner, the whole family headed to the local ice cream parlor to let Nathaniel pick out a special cone. We think he really enjoyed it, and so did everyone else!

Nathaniel wanted "sprinkles" on top!!!!!

 

Cotton candy was the flavor for most of the Green children.

 

Only Java Chip for Daddy! Julieann seemed to like it as well.

 

Sunday August 16, 2009

 

PLEASE PRAY FOR NATHANIEL

 

Yesterday evening, Nathaniel fell from the wooden fence by the barn. He landed face down on the root of an old pecan tree. We rushed him to the McDuffie County ER where they took a CT SCAN and discovered a fracture on his skull. They immediately sent him in an ambulance to MCG's ER where they examined him and performed another CT SCAN.

 

The doctors and nurses wanted to make sure there was no internal bleeding and observe him for 24 hours. After 3 attempts at McDuffie County ER to insert an IV, the fourth try at MCG worked. About 4:00 AM we were finally admitted to a room. Nathaniel had a LONG and restless night tossing and turning in pain. He especially did not like his neck brace.

 

This morning, Nathaniel was so happy to talk to all his siblings (and to have his neck brace removed).

 

Playing with his RED finger (oxygen sensor).

 

Tickled to receive a new cup from MCG.

 

Nathaniel's 3rd CT SCAN.

 

The doctors finally let him eat solid food at lunchtime. Nathaniel was such a brave and good boy through the entire ordeal. He even ate his broccoli!!!!!!!!

 

Ready to go home!!!!!! Nathaniel seems to be doing well. He does have moments where there is pain in his head and he lies down and cries some. He has to have no strenous activity for 6 weeks. We are to monitor him at home and call if there are any changes in his behavior. The doctors said his pain and nausea could last up to 8 weeks. Please pray the pain will be minimal and for a short duration.

 

Friday, August 14, 2009

 

Lord, when we have not any light,

And mothers are alseep,

Then through the stillness of the night

Your little children keep.

 

When shadows haunt the quiet room,

Help us to understand

That you are with us through the gloom,

To hold us by the hand.

 

-- Annie Matheson

 

Thursday, August 13, 2009

 

This morning the whole family piled into the sonagram room to see the new baby! The doctor believes we are having another girl! Carolyn and Grace are soooooo excited!!!! Dr. Thomae said all her organs look great and her measurements are right on target. We are so thankful the Lord has blessed us once again.

 

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

 

If you give a little boy a pair of mismatched boots....

 

Then he'll want to take his sister for a walk down the road.

 

If they take a walk down the road, then his sister will want to splash in a mud puddle along the way.

 

If his sister plays in the puddle, then the little boy will want to have some fun in the mud too.

 

If the little boy neatly builds canals and bridges, then he'll become more adventurous and include all his siblings in the fun.

 

If everyone is involved in the fun, mud pies will be thrown and then everyone will be covered in mud.

 

If everyone plays until they're worn out and covered in mud, then the little boy will carry his mismatched boots home to play another day.

 

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

 

On the way home after Kenny's conference, we stopped in the Walterboro South Carolina area to research my family history. We were thrilled to meet some new relatives and hope to learn more in the future.

 

We learned where the grave of my Whetsell Civil War ancestor is located. Kenny and I enjoyed reading the gravestones of all the Whetsell relatives in my family tree and taking pictures to show the children.

 

Monday, August 10,2009

 

Arriving in Savannah for Kenny's Georgia Assosciation of Water Professionals Conference. This is the view from our hotel room.

 

Dinner at The Chart House - Mommy and Daddy alone with all the children back home on the farm spending time with Grammy and Grandpa.

 

Saturday, August 8, 2009

 

Jesus, I am resting, resting

In the joy of what Thou art;

 

I am finding out the greatness

Of Thy loving heart.

 

Thou hast bid me gaze upon Thee,

And Thy beauty fills my soul,

 

For by Thy transforming power,

Thou hast made me whole.

 

-- Jean Sophia Pigott

 

Friday, August 7, 2009

 

OPENING DAY OF THE GREEN FAMILY CIVIL WAR MUSEUM

 

Joseph and Benjamin were so sweet to set up a "Civil War Museum" for Thomas and Nathaniel. Of course Grace volunteered to be the tour guide.

 

Grace enjoyed explaining the exhibits.

 

Nathaniel viewing the history books.

 

The Blue and the Gray.

 

Thomas and Nathaniel wanted to try on hats, swords, etc. but Joseph and Benjamin made sure the museum rules of "look, don't touch" were obeyed.

 

Thursday, August 6, 2009

 

A PRODUCTIVE DAY

 

Blanching tomatoes for winter soups and stews.

 

Filling soap orders for delivery tomorrow.

 

Carolyn helping Daniel bring the tractor to the house for repairs.

 

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

 

After such hot summer days, everyone looks forward to the evening time after dinner when Kenny is home, chores are to be done, but the weather is cool enough to have a little fun! The event for tonight was DIRT BIKING on the farm!

 

Benjamin leading the charge.

 

Carolyn flying through the air.

 

Grace just before she toppled over head first!

 

Poor Daniel! His bike was out of commission so he borrowed Grace's bike to join in on the fun!

 

Now Nathaniel had just watched Grace wipe out and decided he would escort his bike up and down the hill for an adventure.

 

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

 

THE WORTH OF A SMILE

 

Nobody ever added up

The value of a smile;

 

We know how much a dollar's worth,

And how much is a mile;

 

We know the distance to the sun,

The size and weight of Earth----

 

But no one's ever told us yet

How much a smile is worth.

 

- Author unknown

 

Monday, August 3, 2009

 

After the funeral we had a nice dinner with relatives of Aunt Viola. Of Grandmaw Grace's eight siblings, only two are surviving. We enjoyed hearing stories of our family history to share with our children.

 

Of course before we left Charleston, we had to visit our favorite chocolate shop!

 

Truffles are a Green family treat!

 

Even though it was raining, everyone wanted to walk along the battery to see.......

 

FT. SUMTER - the place where the Civil War began!

 

Saturday, August 1, 2009

 

We learned yesterday that my Aunt Viola passed away. The family will be heading to Charleston for the funeral.

 

Kenny and the children cleaned the van inside and out for our trip. Please pray for a safe journey because we may run into some rain and thunderstorms.