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 2010

 

Saturday, July 31, 2010

 

Today I watched (nervously) as my husband and first born tackled the...

 

pipe monster for our fireplace insert.

 

Nathaniel was dreaming of his opportunity to help Daddy one day.

 

And with both Daddy and Daniel on the roof, who do they call when more tools are needed?

 

Brave Grace to the rescue. After all the hard effort, all the Greens were glad to see...

 

IT WORKS!!!

 

Friday, July 30, 2010

 

The morning began with a little tea party on the front lawn.

 

Julieann loves to set the plates in order.

 

And what happens when a nursing baby samples some juice?

 

Definitely not the rich cream she is used to drinking!

 

The highlight of the afternoon was finally getting our golf cart back from the repair shop.

 

Daily chores have been a lot HOTTER and LONGER without the golf cart!

 

And during the middle of the afternoon when chores and schoolwork have been completed what do the Green children do? Experiment with farm fresh goat milk!!!!!

 

In our home you ALWAYS have spectators in the kitchen.

 

Ready to be chilled and then...

 

sampled... DELICIOUS!!!

 

Thursday, July 29, 2010

 

Our sweet, sweet, Anna Rose. She has brought so much joy to our family. Every day seems to get better and better...

 

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

 

May God give you...for every storm

 

a rainbow,

 

for every tear

 

a smile,

 

for every care

 

a promise

 

and a blessing in each trial.

 

For every problem life sends,

 

a faithful friend to share,

 

for every sigh

 

a sweet song

 

and an answer for each prayer.

 

---Irish Blessing

 

KEEP VOTING!!! Several people have voted correctly and will be entered in the free soap drawing (see Tuesday's post). If you haven't voted, just send us an email!

 

 

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

 

THE EYE GAME

 

A favorite game at the Green house is the eye game. We take pictures of everyone's eyes, zoom in, and try to guess whose eye is whose. Everyone has seen LOTS of pictures of the Green children over the last year and a half. If you would like to participate in the eye contest, just email the names of the Green children (Daniel, Carolyn, Joseph, Benjamin, Grace, Thomas, Nathaniel, Julieann, and Anna Rose) beside the proper number for your votes. All correct entries will be entered into a drawing for two free soap bars - one of which will be our brand new "After the Sun" soap bar with aloe, natural lavender and tea tree essential oils - great for sunburns, rashes, or dry skin. The voting will continue for one week. We will announce the winner a week from today on Tuesday, August 3, 2010.

Click here to email me --> valerie@shakerockfarm.com.

 

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Monday, July 26, 2010

 

With the temperatures quite warm on the Green farm, the children were excited to begin their art class in school today.

 

Everyone learned how to paint using only the primary colors. Thomas and Nathaniel did an amazing job blending colors alongside Carolyn, Joseph, Benjamin, and Grace.

 

Thomas volunteered to put the paints away. He paused for a moment, pondering... And then I remembered...

 

Art class three years ago!!!!! And that's part of the reason why the carpet in the school room has been removed.

 

Saturday, July 24, 2010

 

Today Kenny and Daniel brought home our new fireplace insert.

 

We're still waiting on all of the piping to assemble it in the family room. It's really hard to think of heating the house when it's 100 degrees outside.

 

But it was precious when Benjamin took the time to explain how the ants prepare in the summer for the long cold winter. Julieann was patiently listening to Benjamin's instruction.

 

This is my little bookshelf beside my chair. Guess who's learning to crawl and pull my books down?

 

And this book is one of Anna Rose's favorites to grab. How appropriate!!!

 

Friday, July 23, 2010

 

This...

 

plus this...

 

equals this.

 

Thursday, July 22, 2010

 

One more thing that was posted on the wall at the Airforce Museum:

 

"THEY CAME FIRST for the Communists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Communist.

THEN THEY CAME for the trade unionists,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a trade unionist.

THEN THEY CAME for the Jews,
and I didn't speak up because I wasn't a Jew.

THEN THEY CAME for me
and by that time no one was left to speak up."

 

- Pastor Martin Niemöller (1892–1984)

 

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

 

When it comes to news in the Green house, Kenny keeps us informed of the happenings around the world during dinner time. There is so much in the news that "little ears" need to be protected from hearing. Through the years the children have learned about President Obama and some of his policies. They have learned about his speeches administered directly to the children in public schools and the "community service" programs he wants to administer for teens. While we were touring the Airforce Museum, we viewed this picture hanging beside the Nazi flag.

 

And beside this picture of Hitler taking "hold" of the children was this quote:

 

This is part of history and it very well can be what we experience today.

 

We need to teach our children right from wrong. They need to be appalled at evil, not desensitized to the point of shrugging their shoulders as if there is nothing they can do. There is no gray area, and children need to be taught to discern between God's principles and the world's principles. I firmly believe that there are many in our country intent on brainwashing our children, molding them into robots for the future advancement of evil. Our children are our future. It is the parent's responsibility to train them for the Lord's work, not the State's to train them for their "Lord's" work.

 

So what do we do? Bring the children HOME, where they spend all of their waking hours under our instruction instead of with a stranger whose principles and beliefs are not known. We may never know the words or teachings taught by someone else before it is too late. Who is going to be the one holding OUR children's hands? In any circumstance, the parent knows his/her child better than anyone else, and can teach him truth instead of exposing him to the false teachings of the world. How do bankers learn to distinguish counterfeit bills? It is by immersing them with TRUE currency - NOT by showing them counterfeit bills. Then when counterfeit money does come through, they have been so well - trained that they immediately know what is false. If we want to take an active role and influence our country for the glory of God, we must begin with our own children. That is the first step.....

 

"For evil to flourish, all that is needed is for good people to do nothing." ---Edmund Burke

 

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

 

Waving goodbye before Kenny, Daniel, Anna Rose and I left for a conference in Savannah. The rest of the gang stayed at home with Grandma.

 

No bell boy needed when Daniel's around.

 

And this trip we brought along Goldilocks who finally found the bed that was "just right".

 

Daniel also took a little rest before dinner.

 

Anna Rose was bounced from lap to lap during dinner at The Chart House with around 30 people. She was absolutely "delightful".

 

And yes, another visit to the candy store. It seems as though Anna Rose remembered.....

 

Dressed and ready for breakfast the next morning.

 

While Kenny was at the Conference, Daniel drove Anna Rose and me to Tybee Island.

 

We both enjoyed getting our feet wet.

 

A little snuggle time before heading home.....

 

And finally, we stopped by this museum that Kenny has been wanting to visit for years.....

 

We really felt like we had stepped back in time.

 

Our trips are always very pleasant, but the reunion back home is priceless.....

 

Monday, July 19, 2010

 

We forgot the camera data cable, so no Savannah photos until tomorrow.

 

Saturday, July 17, 2010

 

"I wonder whether you could unfasten my burden for me?" asked little Christian..."I could walk so much better without it."

"I cannot do that," said Goodwill. "You must carry it patiently until you come to the Cross, and then it will fall off, and you will never see it again....."

 

---from John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress adapted by Helen L. Taylor

 

Friday, July 16, 2010

 

What happens when a damsel is in distress over a lost juice cup?

 

Her faithful companion comes to the rescue!

 

Thursday, July 15, 2010

 

"And Nature, the old nurse, took

The child upon her knee,

 

Saying: "Here is a story-book

Thy Father has written for thee."

 

"Come, wander with me," she said,

"Into regions yet untrod;

 

And read what is still unread

In the manuscripts of God."

 

---Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

 

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

 

A DAY AT SHAKEROCK FARM

 

Playing the first "tea time".

 

Searching for more arrowheads after Benjamin found the first one.

 

Playing jump rope with Daddy's extension cord.

 

Watching Dixie tree Alvin.

 

Running for the sheer pleasure of it.

 

Pulling hay for the animals and.....

 

giving Maggie a goodnight kiss before heading into the house for the bedtime routine.

 

Nothing extraordinary happened today, but sometimes the best memories are made that way.

 

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

 

Joseph was such a good sport when I snapped this picture while he was playing "fireman" with the little boys. It was almost as though he was reflecting on......

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

his adventures as a two year old!

 

Monday, July 12, 2010

 

A happy childhood...

 

is one of the best gifts...

 

that parents have in their power to bestow.

 

--R. Cholmondeley

 

Friday, July 9, 2010

 

Do not pray for easy lives.

 

Pray to be stronger men.

 

Do not pray for tasks equal to your powers.

 

Pray for power equal to your tasks.

 

---Phillips Brooks

 

Thursday, July 8, 2010

 

WORKING IN THE SCHOOLROOM

 

Joseph and Benjamin are enjoying the new "reading nook" in the schoolroom.

 

We are still under construction. Kenny has been ripping out the old lower cabinets to put some shelving for our school supplies.

 

Wednesday, July 7, 2010

 

O God, who hast so greatly loved us, and mercifully redeemed us;

 

give us grace that in everything we may yield ourselves, our wills and works,

 

a continual thank offering unto thee, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

 

---Westminster Divines

 

Tuesday, July 6, 2010

 

Look who met the flower man on the front porch to deliver my July flower bouquet!

 

And yes.....another Green family project. The new school year is approaching and what better way to start than with a fresh look to the school room. The old carpet is coming out and we are looking forward to enjoying the wood!

 

Monday, July 5, 2010

 

FOURTH OF JULY WEEKEND

 

Miss Anna Rose proudly waved the American flag!

 

Nothing like a home full of fellowship with family and friends.

 

And especially great bar-be-cue.

 

After dinner, Grace enjoyed fishing with cousins.

 

Anna Rose enjoyed playing with Grandpa for most of the evening.

 

Kenny and Julieann were in charge of the relay games.

 

Of course Grandpa had to give his patriarchal wisdom on how to win the game.

 

And nothing like miniature peanut butter pies for dessert just before.....

 

the fireworks show!

 

Saturday, July 3, 2010

 

Lord, make me according to Thy heart.

 

--Brother Lawrence

 

Friday, July 2, 2010

 

SUMMER EVENINGS AND PEACHES

 

Picking the perfect peach.....

 

Inspecting the peach for worm holes.....

 

Taking the first bite.....

 

Savoring the succulent piece.....

 

It's a winner!

 

Thursday, July 1, 2010

 

SUMMER EVENINGS AND WATERMELON

 

Daddy distributing watermelon slices.

 

 

Nothing like the first bite of the season.

 

 

The Green children stair steps (I think I caught Kenny spitting seeds in the background).

 

 

Grace trying hard not to drip juices all over her clothes.

 

 

And Julieann insisted Dixie wanted a bite.