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.

 

September 2009

 

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

 

The boys made Confederate soldiers out of cardboard while.......

 

the girls made sock dolls.

 

Julieann loves her sock doll!!!!!!

 

Tuesday, September 29, 2009

 

THEN IT'S FALL (continued)

 

When the children gather pumpkins,

 

And the chipmunks bury seeds,

 

When the squirrels carry walnuts

 

To be stored for winter needs,

 

Then it's time to say, "I thank You,"

To the One who made it all,

 

For of all our changing seasons,

None is lovelier than fall.

 

-- Ada L. Wine

 

Monday, September 28, 2009

 

THEN IT'S FALL

 

When you hear the wild geese calling

And up in the sky you see

That they all are flying southward

In a long and straggling V,

 

When the woolly caterpillars

Crawl along the porch and wall,

 

And your kitty's fur gets thicker;

Then you know that it is fall.

 

When the mornings are so frosty

That you put a sweater on,

 

While the leaves in gay, bright colors

Hold a party on the lawn;

 

When the friendly black-eyed Susans

Fill the wayside with their cheer,

 

And you hear the school bells ringing,

Then you know that fall is here.

 

-To Be Continued

 

Saturday, September 26, 2009

 

A CIVIL WAR SATURDAY!

 

The rain kept the Green children playing inside and on the front porch today.

 

The boys were reinacting some historic Civil War battles and......

 

included Julieann in their play!

 

"The Confederate soldiers were our kin folk and our heroes. We testify to the country our eduring fidelity to their memory. We commemorate their valor and devotion. There were some things not surrendered at Appomattox. We did not surrender our rights and history, nor was it one of those conditions of surrender that unfriendly lips should be suffered to tell the story of that war or that unfriendly hands should write the epitaphs of our Confederate dead. We have the right to teach our children the true history of that war, the causes that led up to it and the principles involved."

 

--Edward Carmack, 1903

United States House of Representatives

Representatives and Senator from Tennessee

 

Friday, September 25, 2009

 

AN EVENING ON THE FARM

 

Benjamin fetches Julieann's rooster for her to play with in the yard.

 

Julieann takes time to smell the wildflowers.

 

Grace helps Carolyn at milking time.

 

Meanwhile, Nathaniel wanders over to the goat feed and feeds it to the ducks! No wonder they follow him around the yard!

 

Thursday, September 24, 2009

 

When it started sprinkling outside today, the Green children got inventive. Hockey in the house using.......

 

flyswatters and a dryer ball!

 

Nathaniel and Benjamin were a team.

 

Julieann was playing by her own rules!!!!

 

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

 

Lord, here is my Bible,

here is this quiet room,

here is this quiet time,

and here am I.

Open my eyes; open my mind;

open my heart;

and speak.

 

-- Dick Williams

 

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

 

According to Thomas and Nathaniel, a bandaid can fix anything.........

 

Even broken binoculars.

 

Monday, September 21, 2009

 

After a busy weekend we were hoping for a quiet, peaceful Monday with school lessons and great weather outside.......

 

Remember this hole????????

 

Benjamin came running in to tell me he saw a snake coming out of this hole again, and it wasn't our friendly rat snake. This snake's head was brown and Benjamin said it looked like a rattlesnake. Well, Daniel got his 22 and shot at the snake.

 

The snake retreated to under the house and Daniel tried to locate him because by this time, Mama was a little bit worried about what kind of snake Benjamin truly saw.

 

Spectators during the snake search.

 

Thomas was ready with his defense weapons.

 

Carolyn and Joseph had to reload Daniel's weapons for him.

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Daniel called out to me that the snake was dead and he was bringing it out for all to see.

 

Daniel with the trophy. And it was.............................

 

A COPPERHEAD!!!!!!!!

 

Everyone was relieved that Daniel was victorious.

 

Doughnuts were a great reward for everyone's hard work!!!!

 

The Sheehan Pipeline Company is blasting rock for the new gasline a half mile from our house. We heard the snakes would be on the move. Mama never dreamed that they would take up residence at the Green house!

 

Friday, September 18, 2009

 

Rainy days are good for reading! Somehow Joseph always adds a little life to the stories!

 

And when Kenny came home from work he told everyone that it was raining so hard all day he even saw "Noah's Ark"! The little ones were wide eyed with awe thinking Daddy really saw Noah's Ark.

He then showed everyone what he meant!! The little boys had spent time this afternoon floating their boat in puddles.

 

Thursday, September 17, 2009

 

BAREFOOT DAYS

 

In the morning, very early,

That's the time I love to go

 

Barefoot where the fern grows curly

 

And grass is cool between each toe,

On a summer morning-O!

On a summer morning!

 

That is when the birds go by

Up the sunny slopes of air,

 

And each rose has a butterfly

Or a golden bee to wear;

 

And I am glad in every toe---

Such a summer morning-O!

Such a summer morning!

 

--- Rachel Field

 

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

 

Benjamin spent the afternoon making sling shots for himself and the little boys.

 

Thomas couldn't put his sling shot down for the remainder of the day.

 

Joseph unfortunately got rope burn on his hand dealing with one of the horses. He knows, of course, that the soap shelves never run short of salves to soothe his ailments.

 

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

 

Daddy gave the Green children instructions to move all the logs to the winter wood pile. But first, they had to have a little fun with an obstacle course!

 

Monday, September 14, 2009

 

Thomas announces with enthusiasm that some scuppernongs are ripe at the top of the bush.

 

Nathaniel tries to figure out how to eat them.

 

Grace is queen of the sucppernong bush with her loyal subjects below.

 

She shows everyone the three - step method to eating a scuppernong properly.

 

Saturday, September 12, 2009

 

JOSEPH'S FIRST HORSE SHOW !!!!!!

 

Lined up for the judges to see the numbers of the participants.

 

Daniel was a great manager for Joseph during warmup, keeping him focused and tending to all his needs....

 

including water breaks.

 

Joseph in action.

 

Jumping a cross rail.

 

We are so proud of Joseph!!!!! He won 3 first place ribbons, 2 third place ribbons, and the Grand Champion of a class division.

 

Friday, September 11, 2009

 

When I blossom, God,

it is only because

I have my roots

planted firmly in You.

 

Your golden rays of hope

have been sunshine to me,

 

Your words of wisdom

have nurtured me,

 

Your trials and tests

have strengthened me.

 

Without You, God,

I would fade and wither

and dry.

 

With You, God,

I live,

I grow,

I blossom!

 

-- Alice Joyce Davidson

 

Thursday, September 10, 2009

 

Our schedule today did not flow as smoothly as we would have liked. There were several sibling conflicts that had to be resolved and discipline that needed to be administered. This evening when I looked up from preparing our evening meal, I saw my boys staring at me. I looked into their eyes and the Lord made me aware that my children are in constant training. They are not perfect and neither am I. We all rely on the Lord to help us through those "not so perfect days".

 

This morning before our school lessons, Grace chose to play a country gospel CD. The song she played was "I Need Thee Every Hour". As a homeschooling mom and mother of soon to be nine children, I must remember that I need the Lord every hour, every minute, every second of the day. None of us alone can do anything without His constant presence in our lives.

 

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

 

When it's raining and little boys can not play outside, where do you find them?

 

Playing hide and seek in every possible little nook.

 

Tuesday, September 8, 2009 - Happy 13th Birthday Carolyn!

 

Happy Birthday to our little princess, one who has always been so giving to others!

 

Carolyn is interested in baking and decorating cakes and found a lot of joy in experimenting with her own birthday cake today!

 

The finished product!

 

Butter cake with strawberry cream cheese filling!

 

Carolyn enjoying her birthday with her brothers and sisters.

 

Monday, September 7, 2009

 

To the Green children LABOR DAY means........

 

LABORING!!!!!!! We had another pecan tree fall in the yard during a recent storm, so today was a good day to cut the tree into fire wood for the upcoming winter season.

 

Thomas was in charge of the brush pile.

 

Grace enjoyed watching the boys and making pom poms for her flip flops.

 

After a hard day's work, Daddy grilled hamburgers for the family!!!!!

 

Saturday, September 5, 2009

 

Today Carolyn put the finishing touches on Julieann's blanket.

 

Julieann showed her appreciation by snuggling the blanket that took Carolyn many hours to make.

 

Meanwhile, Joseph was outside on a mission.

 

Reaching the destination.

 

Preparing the tool for work.

 

Finally, cutting down unwanted trees in the hay pasture.

 

Friday, September 4, 2009

 

ENJOYING THE OUTDOORS

 

A beautiful day for a picnic - fried egg sandwiches with strawberry jello parfait!

 

Joseph and Benjamin, who seem to be on a growth spurt, ate as much as Daniel.

 

Nathaniel enjoyed his own little picnic spot and cleaned his plate.

 

After lunch, the girls were practicing for the new baby coming in December. Notice how enthused the boys look. They could only take so much goo goo gaa gaa over the baby and were off in minutes playing war.

 

Thursday, September 3, 2009

 

RECESS

 

After a morning of diligent homeschool studies, the children were ready for a recess break!

 

Tetherball is a Green family favorite game.

 

The older boys show the younger boys how to play the game.

 

The cheering squad.

 

Recess for Daniel means tending to the horses of course!

 

Wednesday, September 2, 2009

 

CARETAKER OF THE CHICKENS

 

Julieann has always loved the chickens......

 

And the chickens have always loved her.

 

From watching Carolyn numerous times, Julieann knows they need fresh water.

 

And she even tests the water temperature to make sure it's just right.

 

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

 

How good to lie a little while

And look up through the tree!

The sky is like a kind, big smile

Bent sweetly over me.

 

The wind comes stealing o'er the grass

To whisper pretty things;

And though I cannot see him pass,

I feel his careful wings.

 

And high above the clouds I know

That God is watching, too;

He loves me and He always sees,

Each little thing I do.

 

So many gentle friends are near,

Whom one can scarcely see,

 

A child should never feel a fear,

Wherever he may be.

 

--Abbie Farwell Brown

 

Nathaniel's follow up appointment for his head injury at MCG went really well today. The doctor believes he is going to be just fine. He may have some occasional headaches for awhile, but that is normal with a concussion. Thank you for all the prayers. Our Nathaniel is resuming his God-ordained role - the adventuresome, curious, risk-taking little boy. The doctor told him to continue to climb fences, but to wait a little while!!!!