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 2010

 

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

 

20 YEARS AGO TODAY.....

 

Kenny and I are so thankful the Lord has brought us through 20 years of marriage teaching us His truths through the Word together. He has never placed one of us before the other, but grown us as a couple, step by step, molding us into the husband and wife He would have us to be. And most importantly, we are thankful for the fruits of our marriage, our 9 beautiful children that the Lord has placed into our care to raise up for His glory.

 

"Jeremiah 29:6 says, "Take ye wives, and beget sons and daughters; and take wives for your sons, and give your daughters to husbands, that they may bear sons and daughters; that ye may be increased there, and not diminished." The Word of God states in this Scripture that the reason God wants us to marry is that we may bear sons and daughters! God wants many children." -----Nancy Campbell

 

"We must transform our thinking and our lives such that we, of all people, communicate through our choices, our words, and our families that we love children and view them as God's chosen tool for building the Church and populating the world with future warriors who will dedicate their lives to keep covenant with God and thrash the works of the Devil. We must crave a godly seed. We must actively seek to bring forth legions of children for the glory of God." -----Doug Phillips

 

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

 

Back home with Sleeping Beauty.....

 

Monday, June 28, 2010

 

TRIP TO SAVANNAH

 

This weekend Kenny, Joseph, Benjamin, Anna Rose, and I visited Savannah for Kenny's GMA Conference.

 

And we have nicknamed Miss Anna Rose "The Princess and the Pea" because she absolutely refused to sleep in the hotel crib. It was not like her crib from home and she was not going to sleep in it - period.

 

Joseph and Benjamin enjoyed pondering what kinds of treasures were hidden in the tunnels at "The Pirate's House".

 

And while we waited on Kenny during the conference, Joseph and Benjamin helped take care of sweet Rosie.....

 

and watched ships come into the harbor.

 

Of course we had to visit the candy store to take treats back home to the rest of the gang.

 

And on the way home we had the pleasure of viewing a Rose amongst the sunflowers.

 

We also stopped by an old Revolutionary War Cemetery to read the gravestones of brave men who sacrificed much for their country and the wives who were recognized on their epitaths for their gentle and humble spirits. Our trip was very enjoyable but we were glad to be reunited with everyone this evening..

 

Saturday, June 26, 2010

 

Morning milking with Maggie.

 

Julieann knows the routine well.

 

Future goat milker for Shakerock Farm soaps!

 

Goat milk is a delicacy for Dixie and Daisy so we have to put the goat milk up high while escorting the goats back to the pen.

 

I don't know but it looks to me like the horses might decide to have a taste of rich cream!

 

Thursday, June 24, 2010

 

This is how I spent my 41st birthday: sitting around a little kiddie pool with my children, talking, and just "being". The conversations shifted from silliness to seriousness. Somehow the Titanic came up and we discussed how the men helped to save all the women and children first. Then it became real to the little ones when they realized Daddy and Daniel would have gone down with the ship. And so my little guys received a lesson on chivalry and the art of becoming a man. I will always treasure my "talks" with my children. They are the best gift I could ever receive.

 

Then at lunchtime, the kitchen became REAL quiet while I was nursing Anna Rose and getting her ready for a nap. The children prepared a wonderful birthday lunch: grilled creole seasoned chicken on a bed of rice with black beans, corn, and garlic diced tomatoes.

 

And Kenny presented me with my birthday present this evening. He used this old fashioned print to design a soap poster for our remodeled bathroom.

 

Perfect for over the clawfoot tub!!!!! I pray the Lord will give me at least 41 more years of simple joys here on earth.

 

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

 

LESSON FOR THE DAY

 

Sometimes in life you should stand and face your enemies.....

 

not turn and run the other way.....

 

Lesson learned.....

 

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

 

We have an abundance of squash at the Green house, so today Carolyn spent the afternoon blanching the squash and freezing them for casseroles this fall/winter season.

 

And since Carolyn was busy with the squash, Grace had the job of snapping green beans alone. They were delicious for dinner tonight!!!!

 

 

Monday, June 21, 2010

 

Yesterday after church service we came home to a nice peaceful afternoon for Father's Day. Grammy and Grandpa were coming to visit for Grandpa's Birthday and Father's Day so everyone was tidying up the house a little bit before their arrival. Kenny wanted to make sure the new bathroom was tidy from construction because Grammy and Grandpa had not seen the bathroom completed. I rounded the corner and had to grab my camera.....

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I believe this picture captures the essence of "Father's Day".

 

Saturday, June 19, 2010

 

Kenny and the boys painted base boards for the remodeled bathroom today. In the meantime.....

 

Anna Rose played.....

 

Peek-a-boo and......

 

silly games with Carolyn.

 

Benjamin was assigned to Nathaniel and Julieann so there wouldn't be little fingerprints in the paint. He did a great job singing and playing games with them.

 

And Daniel bush-hogged all the pastures today. When he came in with a sunburn, Kenny and I (while the baseboards were drying) emptied all of our soap oil containers to make an "After the Sun" soap bar. Of course we'll have to wait a month for the bars to cure, but it will be worth it! We formulated a special recipe with lots of Olive, Sunflower, and Shea oils and soothing Aloe Butter along with our farm fresh goat milk!

 

Friday, June 18, 2010

 

O, Holy Spirit,

As the sun is full of light,

the ocean full of water,

Heaven full of glory,

so may my heart be full of Thee.

 

---Puritan Prayer

 

Thursday, June 17, 2010

 

May He support us all the day long

till the shadows lengthen

and the evening comes

and the busy world is hushed

and the fever of life is over

and all our work is done

then in His mercy

may He give us a safe lodging

and a holy rest

at the last.

 

---John Henry Newman

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Wednesday, June 16, 2010

 

This time of year the evenings are spent weeding in the garden.

 

Nathaniel's job is to inspect the cucumbers.

 

And Benjamin's job is to dream of the harvest to come.....

 

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

 

More squash picked for.....

 

Green family Dinner Bowl #2: Garden-fresh crooked neck squash sautéed to perfection with vidalia onions and beef sausage all over creole seasoned rice.

 

Grace took time to sketch in her nature journal today.

 

And Daniel came home this afternoon after working hard all day (he's been broadening his farrier business and also working for our vet part time). Anna Rose lights up when he walks into the room and beams even more when big brother shares his hat!

 

Monday, June 14, 2010

 

18 pounds of pasta ALL GONE!!!!! Today at lunch we finished the last of our pasta salad that Carolyn made over the weekend. It lasted through 3 lunches at the Green house!

 

And today Joseph took some pictures of Julieann picking one of our first squashes!

 

Nathaniel helped Julieann carry the squash into the house.

 

And Grace helped me print books for the upcoming school year today. We printed, made covers and backs, and oraganized them by subject. Then we loaded the books into the van and met Daddy after work at his office so he could help us bind them.

 

All ready for the upcoming school year!

 

Everyone is feeling much better at the Green house. Anna Rose and Thomas are still struggling with a cough and some congestion, but we hope and pray they will completely heal soon.

 

Saturday, June 12, 2010

 

Yesterday Anna Rose turned 6 months old! Because this blog is a journal for our children (Kenny prints out the daily pages and I put them in a binder) I have to post what little Miss Rosie has been accomplishing. For the past couple of weeks she has been saying "Dada" and playing pat-a-cake. She loves the roll em up part best! And yesterday, even when not feeling well, she began playing peek-a-boo. Everyone comments what a HAPPY baby she is! Before she was born we prayed for a happy, healthy baby and the Lord has truly given us a blessed gift!

 

Peek.....

 

a.....

 

boo!!!!!

 

Now Daddy is feeling bad! We still have a few with coughs and congestion, so this evening Carolyn made 18 pounds (minus the bowl) of pasta salad, which will make it easy to prepare meals for those who have an appetite!

 

Friday, June 11, 2010

 

Anna Rose and I did not rest well last night. I spent most of the wee hours of the morning rocking her in my glider in our room. I was very exhausted today and as soon as Anna Rose took a nap, I decided to rest too. When I awoke, this is what I saw:

 

Anna Rose still sleeping.....

 

Nathaniel sleeping.....

 

Thomas sleeping.....

 

Carolyn and Grace sleeping.....

 

Joseph sleeping.....

 

Benjamin sleeping.....

 

and Daniel and Julieann looking at farrier tools on the computer. Julieann was the first one to get sick so she is finally feeling better. Daniel hasn't shown any symptoms.....yet. And even though the Greens are worn out, the SNAKE BATTLES continue.

 

I don't know who was walking into the kitchen to get a drink of water, but soon everyone was yelling ANOTHER SNAKE!!!!! This fellow decided to dine on the baby birds in the nest on the front porch. Well, Daddy was home and grabbed the fishing (I mean snake) net and tried to scoop him into it. Everyone's stomach turned flips when he dropped one of the baby birds from his mouth! I guess Mr. Snake thought he couldn't fight well with his mouth full.

 

So sad......

 

And remember the stray cat that showed up a little over a week ago and has decided to take up residence at the Green house? Well, his new name is Alvin the Snake Slayer. I believe the Lord sent him to us for a reason.....

 

Alvin helped wound the snake so Daddy could capture him. I know rat snakes are good snakes and help with the mouse and rat population, so we normally just relocate them down the road, but ENOUGH IS ENOUGH. Joseph gladly let us borrow his hatchet to execute the snake for bird murder. Maybe we can get a little more rest before the next snake adventure.....

 

Thursday, June 10, 2010

 

And the cold lingers.....

 

Thomas, Joseph, and Anna Rose seem to be wiped out now. And I'm beginning to feel weak too. This evening I was resting in my chair reading to Julieann. As I was turning the pages, I paused and noticed the sounds around our home. From the living room came a relaxing piece on the piano that Carolyn has perfected over the last couple of weeks. Julieann was mumbling the words to the story under her breath while we looked at the pictures over and over again. And I could hear the pleasant chatter of those Green children who were feeling a little better building roads and bridges on the floor. I listened, and took it all in, thanking the Lord for the family He has given me to care for. I am learning to welcome the sick times along with the well ones.....

 

Wednesday, June 9, 2010

 

Thomas' words at dinner tonight: "I want to take a bath, do Bible, and go to bed." Some of us are recuperating better than others..

 

Tuesday, June 8, 2010

 

Unfortunately the Green household has caught a virus! Yesterday, the little boys had first dibs on the schoolroom couch and today.....

 

the older boys took their turn.

 

Carolyn made delicious banana bread for those who felt like eating and sliced many oranges for extra Vitamin C.

 

Thomas felt really weak today and Carolyn tried to feed him some homemade chicken noodle soup.

 

Before Joseph and Benjamin started feeling bad last night, they made raspberry jello for the little ones. It is so sweet to see everyone pulling together when there is sickness.

 

Carolyn and I are taking turns comforting Julieann and Anna Rose. We are pretty much running a hospital right now. And even though there are sick ones who need lots of care, daily chores must be performed, like.....

 

catching snakes!!!!! Yes, ANOTHER rat snake! With Kenny and Daniel not at home, and little ones sick, Mommy and Carolyn had to take the snake in the net while driving the golf cart down the road.

 

We lost him along the way and had to re catch the rat snake in the net.

 

Finally, we let him go. There are WAY too many rat snakes where we live.

 

Monday, June 7, 2010

 

GUESS WHO'S BACK AGAIN???

 

Evidently the rat snake we found the other day close to the house was NOT the female rat snake from the chicken coop.

 

Carolyn had to rescue the nervous hens from their predator.

 

Dixie and Daisy followed the snake to make sure there was no escape.

 

After all the excitement, Dippin Dots was a real treat.

 

Our favorite Dippin Dot.

 

Saturday, June 5, 2010

 

Today was Kenny's company picnic at Stone Mountain.

 

The Green children enjoyed climbing the mountain and...

 

Nathaniel thought he was on top of the world.

 

Friday, June 4, 2010

 

Well, we caught another rat snake today. We're not sure if it is the female from the pair in the chicken coop or not, but we definitely wanted to relocate the snake down the road!

 

Carolyn thought the snake was secure in the net until it managed to escape through the holes. She was quick to catch it a second time, but Joseph's poor feet left the ground again!!!!!

 

Everyone ran to Daniel's truck to take the snake to a new home. I am not quite sure how many more of these snake adventures I can handle this summer...........

 

Thursday, June 3, 2010

 

Our soapmaking has been put on hold for awhile. For the past two weeks Carolyn has been milking,

 

straining, dating, and

 

freezing the goat milk for.....

 

bottle feeding three fawns who have lost their mothers.

 

We took all of our frozen goat milk to Mr. William tonight and some of the Green children had the privilege...

 

of feeding the three fawns.

 

Nathaniel enjoyed playing with the opossum Mr. William rescued.

 

Julieann enjoyed looking at the opossum but really didn't want to hold him.

 

Wednesday, June 2, 2010

 

Kenny and I love reading old living books to the children for their school lessons. They are so much more interesting and captivating than a dry textbook. We found an old 1917 science book and have been learning about ants. Everyone was eager to run outside and explore and watch the ants while snacking on cookie bars.

 

And today Grace looked like she was ready for the horse races to begin!

 

We almost put a sign out front today entitled "Animal Hospital". The children rescued an injured squirrel....

 

a stranded baby bird (notice Benjamin playing the part of a vet complete with gloves) and...

 

enjoyed playing with a stray cat that appeared on our doorstep days ago.

 

And what do the Green kids do with a cooler and an old Huggies diaper box?

 

Jump hurdles of course.

 

And after a sweaty evening jumping hurdles, Thomas enjoyed getting clean in the new bathroom!

 

Tuesday, June 1, 2010

 

My June flower bouquet from Kenny!

 

Today Kenny spent some time working in his office at the "little house" (the old rental house on our property). Thomas slipped into Kenny's office (he didn't know I had my camera) and attempted to take a swig of Kenny's gatorade.

 

Thomas and Nathaniel played air hockey in the other room at the little house.

 

All of the Green children love to take turns playing ping pong.

 

And we also use the front room for our "library" of school books. The children enjoy "checking out" books to read.