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.

 

May 2010

 

Monday, May 31, 2010 - Memorial Day

 

"Nothing fills me with deeper sadness than to see a Southern man apologizing for the defense we made of our inheritance. Our cause was so just, so sacred, that had I known all that has come to pass, had I known what was to be inflicted upon me, all that my country was to suffer, all that posterity was to endure, I would do it all over again."

 

---Jefferson Davis

 

This weekend Kenny worked hard to install our pedestal sink!!! Now we just have to work on baseboards!

 

Friday, May 28, 2010

 

I found it so precious today to see Grace reading the Bible to Anna Rose. But even sweeter was the attentiveness Anna Rose gave to Grace.

 

While all was quiet in the house, the cows had pushed through the gate and visited us in the back yard. By the time I grabbed my camera, they were down at the goat pen sampling an appetizer of goat feed.

 

Thomas had to inspect the goat feed can.

 

And after the appetizer, the cows decided on a fresh dinner salad. Grace was not happy to see the cows in our garden!

 

Kenny had to guard the garden while Daniel led the cows back to the gate.

 

Finally they cooperated and settled in for the evening.

 

Meanwhile, Grace was still really upset over her green bean plants.

 

Thursday, May 27, 2010

 

ONE BY ONE

 

One step and then another,

And the longest walk is ended;

 

One stitch and then another,

And the largest rent is mended.

 

One brick upon another,

And the highest wall is made;

 

One flake upon another,

And the deepest snow is laid.

 

Then do not look disheartened

On the work you have to do,

 

And say that such a mightly task

You never can get through;

 

But just endeavor day by day

Another point to gain,

 

And soon the mountain which you feared

Will prove to be a plain.

 

---Anonymous

 

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

 

This picture is a result of having teenagers awake at night who borrow the camera after Mommy and Daddy have had a long, tiring day!

 

Sometimes life is hard. Whether it be maintaining the farm, carrying out Kenny's work responsibilities, or training our children, some days can be very tiring and draining. But it doesn't mean we look for an easy way out or decide something is too difficult to continue.

 

Our motto in the Green home, is "a little bit every day." Then mountains become more manageable and easier to climb. Goals worth attaining require hard work - and we want our children to know that things of value require LOTS of effort. There is no room for sloth or laziness in life. We must work hard if we want our children to do the same. During certain times when Kenny and I need a little extra rest, we know we must carry the cross no matter how heavy and exhausting it may be.

 

C.S. Spurgeon writes, "Notice, Christian, that Jesus does not suffer so as to prevent your suffering. He bears a cross, not that you may escape it, but that you may endure it......remember it is not your cross, it is Christ's cross; and what a privilege it is to carry the cross of our Lord Jesus!

 

As I read Spurgeon's words, the word PRIVILEGE became significant. When days are tiring, we must remember it is our PRIVILEGE to nurture, care for, and train the children God has given us. We should not murmur or complain how draining days can be, or that we have to clean up lemonade spills in the kitchen for what seems like the umpteenth time.

 

We are not promised a life of ease. Shouldn't we crawl into bed exhausted from a full days labor of working for our King? Then our sleep becomes sweet rest, and we are ready to begin the Lord's work anew with vigor come the dawning of a new day.

 

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

 

AN EVENTFUL DAY AT SHAKEROCK FARM

 

Due to a crash collision accident with the golf cart and the goat fence, Julieann fell and broke her nose! The doctor said she will be really swollen tomorrow and we need to watch her closely for 10 days.

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Somehow Daisy and...

 

Dixie know how...

 

to make it all better.

 

And the topic of conversation between these two was birthday cakes.

Nathaniel: "Do you want a hot air balloon on your cake, Benny?"

Benjamin; "No, I don't want a hot air balloon on mine."

Nathaniel: " Oh, do you want a COLD air balloon?"

 

And they both burst out in laughter.

 

THE LATEST REPORT ON THE SNAKES IN THE CHICKEN COOP: (Sorry, no pictures) The male snake (6 feet long) appeared at dusk tonight and was lying in one of the egg laying boxes. He had suffocated and killed one of our laying hens. She was known for sitting on her eggs and giving them up reluctantly. She had given her life for her eggs (that could be a whole separate blog post). Anyway, Daddy was home and captured the male snake in the net and Daniel helped relocate the snake WAY down the road. Now we wait for the female snake to return.....

 

 

Monday, May 24, 2010 - Happy 4th Birthday Nathaniel!

 

Our youngest little Green boy is now 4 years old and we have been blessed so much from his prescence in our family over the years!

 

All of the Green children look forward to waking up to a new birthday plate! Nathaniel loved his hot air balloons on his plate and wanted Carolyn to put one on his cake.

 

Carolyn always tries to please the little ones.

 

Nathaniel enjoyed his new bike today and also got a visit from...

 

the alligator snapping turtle!

 

Of course, Dixie and Daisy protect the Green children!

 

And this is what you get when you give a little boy a pair of handcuffs for his birthday!

 

Saturday, May 22, 2010

 

TRAGEDY AT THE GREEN HOUSE

 

When Joseph came inside today wanting to take pictures of baby birds in a nest, we discovered we left the 2nd battery and charger for our camera at JEKYLL ISLAND! 24 hours without taking a picture! Oh, my! We must find a camera until Jekyll sends everything in the mail, because Monday a certain little Green boy will be turning 4 years old.

 

Friday, May 21, 2010

 

Loading the van and leaving Jekyll Island.

 

Back home and happily playing with toys and reading books.

 

And the chores must be completed. Joseph makes sure to check for snakes before gathering the eggs!

 

Thank you Aunt April and Steeves family for taking care of our farm. Everything looked great when we arrived and all the animals were well taken care of during our trip.

 

Thursday, May 20, 2010

 

Today we headed over to St. Simons Island to visit Fort Frederica. The children enjoyed learning the history of how Oglethorpe and his army defended the islands of Georgia. It was amazing to walk through the streets of this small town and imagine the people who once settled in the area.

 

Of course, the cannons were a favorite!

 

Anna Rose enjoyed the shade of the majestic live oaks.

 

Grace read the map to the boys of the homes that were built inside the moat.

 

We visited the burial grounds and found a deer resting in one of the tombs.

 

Later this afternoon, we enjoyed bubbles on the lawn outside our villa and then headed back to the beach at low tide to find...

 

this shark lying on the beach.

 

Driftwood Beach is absolutely beautiful in the evening and the children love to climb on all the trees.

 

And of course Nathaniel is our bravest little climber.

 

Wednesday, May 19, 2010 - Happy Birthday Dad!

 

We began the day with a birthday breakfast for Daddy at the Jekyll Club. Daddy enjoyed a delicious cup of coffee and...

 

some of the Green children celebrated with a cup of decaf!

 

After breakfast, we took time to smell the roses.

 

We also watched a game of croquet on...

 

the front lawn of the Jekyll Club.

 

Julieann enjoyed visiting with the sea turtles at the Nature Center, and then it was time...

 

to head back to the beach.

 

Julieann was digging in the sand while the boys...

 

reenacted Chariots of Fire.

 

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

 

Lined up ready for sunscreen application.

 

Best beach buddies.

 

Everyone always looks forward to building a sand castle with a moat.

 

Anna Rose stayed cool and shaded in her beach tent.

 

Joseph and the boys loved chasing the ball along the beach.

 

And the girls enjoyed a little relaxation time.

 

Monday, May 17, 2010

 

Nathaniel told everyone the "friendly" squirrel was back from last year wanting more bread.

 

Time to look for dolphins.

 

The gang found an old horseshoe crab to explore.

 

Julieann truly enjoys playing at the beach. She told us she loves the "ocean.".

 

Future lifeguard???

 

Time for a snack break while...

 

Anna Rose plays in her Bumbo.

 

Dressed and ready for the Low Country Boil dinner.

 

Sunday, May 16, 2010 - The Lord's Day

 

On the way to Jekyll, we had a picnic at lunchtime. We love our goose family sooo much that we decided to bring them along! No, really, there were lots of geese at the picnic spot in Metter, Ga.

 

After a long drive, the Green children enjoyed watching the ships on the ocean.

 

This evening, we had a relaxing walk along the beach and found shells and crabs.

 

Saturday, May 15, 2010

 

Packed and ready for the beach!

 

Thursday, May 13, 2010

 

ERRAND DAY

 

Everyone at the Green house is exhausted from a busy day of running errands and getting things in order for those who are watching over our farm while we are at Jekyll Island next week. Of course, we made a trip to Sam's Club. All the Green children have certain duties when it comes to shopping. Carolyn and Grace were my shopping buddies today and Joseph and Benjamin helped unload everything from the van.

 

Grace helped to organize the canned goods so...

 

Thomas could restock the shelves.

 

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

 

TREES AND VINES

 

This is the tree Thomas and Nathaniel climbed today to sneak a peek at a bird's nest with eggs.

 

This is the vine that was growing ALL over the tree.

 

And these are two very uncomfortable little boys!

 

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

 

WHERE DID ALL THE CHICKEN EGGS GO?????

 

Grace came running into the house today to tell me Joseph spotted a snake in the chicken coop.  When I went down to investigate, sure enough there was a rat snake coiled in the upper corner of the coop.  And as I was leaving the chicken coop I saw.....

 

another even larger snake body moving away from the egg laying boxes.

 

Daniel tried to get the first snake to move from the corner and told Joseph and Benjamin to catch it in the net on the outside of the coop.

 

Notice how far away Joseph is from the net!  He could not catch the snake so...

 

Daniel had to help. 

 

With the female snake in the net, Joseph and Benjamin's job was to keep her there.  Joseph decided Benjamin should get that job.

 

Thomas kept his distance, but Nathaniel had to get a good look at the rat snake.

 

 

Meanwhile, Daniel had to tear off several boards on the coop to get to the male snake.

 

Joseph was a little nervous when the female snake kept poking her head through the net.

 

By this time, the male snake had relocated to the same corner where the female had been coiled earlier.

 

Daniel told the boys to get ready with the net!

 

The snake was cooperating at first, but then.....

 

decided to go in the other direction.

 

Daniel told the boys to go INSIDE the coop to try and catch the male snake.  Well, while inside the coop, the female snake slithered out of the net.  Joseph picked up the only stick he could find, but when Daniel told him the male snake had slithered down and was coming around the corner.....

 

it was more than Joseph could bear. Later, Benjamin and Joseph told me they felt like gladiators fighting in the Roman Colosseum with no place to go.

 

Unfortunately, the male snake escaped from the net as well, so now the pair is on the loose in some nearby bushes. 

 

Grace sighed and told me she was sooooo glad she was a girl so she did not have to capture snakes for the family.  I'm sure we will have more adventures with this snake pair!

 

Monday, May 10, 2010

 

A Southern front porch, white rocking chairs lined up in a row facing the blooming magnolia tree, a tall glass of iced tea with a lemon wedge, a husband hanging new Boston ferns from the porch eaves, children laughing and singing around the flower fountain, and fragrant roses nearby.....

 

all of these were a part of the beauty and simplicity of my Mother's Day.

 

And this year...

ALL of my roses were blooming...

 

including this litttle one.

 

Saturday, May 8, 2010

 

Setting up our booth for the 'Arts in the Alley'.

 

 

Grace and Anna Rose enjoyed the day filling orders for all the customers!

 

Friday, May 7, 2010

 

AND THE MOUSE TRAP CULPRIT IS.....

 

THOMAS!!!!! We found a mouse trap under his bed and he definitely knows how to set one! I'm sure you all remember from previous posts how much Thomas loves to collect treasures. Mouse traps are a new item he has added to his collection. He told Daniel he was trying to help catch a mouse for him. I believe he sincerely meant to do a good deed, and so we taught him the proper placement for mouse traps is not where somebody might put their hand.

 

Congratulations McKay for guessing the correct mouse trap culprit and winning the drawing for goat milk soap. We will put your prize in the mail Monday morning! Sammi Jo and Cynthia also guessed correctly. Thanks to all who participated in the voting. That was so much fun that we just might do it again sometime!

 

Today we spent time working on our soap display for 'Arts in the Alley' in Thomson tomorrow. The festival will be on Journal Street for those of you who want to stop by our booth and visit.

 

The girls were busy boxing all of our soaps and lotions while the boys.....

 

took a much needed nap dreaming up new adventures.

 

Thursday, May 6, 2010

 

KEEP VOTING !!!!!!

All correct guesses will be entered in a drawing for a free sample of Shakerock Farm bath and body products!

The winner will be announced Friday night.

 

Wednesday, May 5, 2010

 

WHO DID IT ?

 

This morning Daniel went upstairs after breakfast to begin his schoolwork. We heard a yell, and discovered that one of Daniel's SWEET siblings put a loaded mouse trap under his school books.

 

Who was responsible for this?

 

Was it Nathaniel?

 

Thomas?

 

Carolyn?

 

Joseph?

 

Grace?

 

or Benjamin?

 

Please feel free to email me at valerie@shakerockfarm.com with your vote and we will reveal the culprit later this week.

 

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

 

TODAY I ENJOYED.....

 

Flowers in a vase,

 

a smiling face,

 

and precious roses.

 

Monday, May 3, 2010

 

GARDEN WORK

 

Daniel had plowed our garden plot over a month ago, but unfortunately we were a little late planting our vegetables. Since then our tractor has died, and so the Green children had to plow the garden area again all by hand. And today, every Green child (except for Anna Rose of course) spent time working in the garden in the rain. They were all soaked coming into the house this afternoon, but the work was completed with satisfaction.

 

Time for an M&M break!

 

Meanwhile, Anna Rose and I spent time on the front porch smelling the roses and watching the rain. Without the tractor, Daniel has not been able to cut the grass as often as he would like to, but I don't mind because just beyond the roses.....

 

are these beautiful white flowers that I have been enjoying. Daniel usually cuts the grass so often that I do not get to see them flourish. We're always teaching the children to look for something positive out of something negative, and so we parents must do the same.....

 

Sunday, May 2, 2010 - Happy 2nd Birthday Julieann!

 

Two years with our precious Julieann! The Lord has truly blessed our family with such a sweet spirited little girl.

She continues to amaze us with her recovery from infantile spasms, and we know the Lord has great plans for her.

 

 

Julieann on the porch this morning before church with her escort!

 

Julieann's colors have always been pink and brown, so Carolyn incorporated the colors into her cake!

 

Saturday, May 1, 2010

 

CAUGHT ON CAMERA

 

When we discovered Thomas and Nathaniel did not come inside with everyone else, we got a little suspicious. I caught them using Daddy's tools and making an "airplane".

 

They know they are not supposed to have Daddy's hammer and saw unsupervised.

 

Thomas repented and.....

 

Nathaniel immediately picked some flowers to say "I'm sorry. "