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 2010

 

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

 

WILLOW WHISTLES

 

Actually our willow whistles were made out of maple.

 

Daddy and the Green kids had fun making whistles after researching the proper techniques for carving.

 

Thomas was responsible for giving step by step instructions.

 

Grace enjoyed making music and...

 

Julieann tried to make Dixie whistle a tune!

 

Monday, August 30, 2010

 

When the hay field begins to look a little brown,

 

and the grackles cover the area,

 

you can reach down and get a handful of...

 

army worms!!!!!

 

You can not even take a step without squishing at least ten or twenty at a time.

 

Pretty gross. But now Nathaniel needs to check his toes!!!

 

We'll lose an entire hay cutting from these little pests. The plan is to bush hog the field and start all over again.

 

Saturday, August 28, 2010

 

Benjamin finished his nature journal for the summer and brought it to me to read. Some days there were sketches of insects and birds, and other days there were only words. This was his entry for July 17, 2010:

 

 

I remembered how we took a break in mid July for some cleaning and organization. Sometimes when you mention the word "clean", children's little sinful natures surface and attitudes need to be corrected. A parent's duty is sometimes very difficult trying to keep every one on task and working with a cheerful attitude. Sometimes you feel like giving in and saying, "I'll do it". But that would be the easy way out and our children would receive no benefit. So when I read Benjamin's entry, the words reinforced what I truly believe in my heart: children crave order and discipline, schedules, and work. Benjamin thought so much of it that he labeled the day as "good".

 

Remember the little dictionary Julieann loves to read? Well, I decided to follow her example and look up the definition of "good" : having the right qualities; excellent; as it ought to be; pleasant; beneficial; advantageous; useful; satisfying. So the next occasion when chore time does not flow as smoothly as it should, and attitudes are not the most desirable, I will remember to stay the course for the benefit, the advantage, the "good" of my children.

 

Friday, August 27, 2010

 

PRESERVING THE SUMMER

 

The past couple of days we have been...

 

sorting,

 

washing,

 

peeling, coring, and slicing apples

 

to make...

 

spiced apple maple spread for our morning biscuits and

 

apple jelly for Benjamin's favorite peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

 

Thursday, August 26, 2010

 

APPLE PICKIN'

 

This week we had the pleasure of picking apples at our neighbor's house down the road.

 

Grace was a sweetie helping Julieann discard the bad apples so as not to spoil her good ones.

 

Daddy handed apples down to his little assembly line.

 

Grace always radiates while helping others.

 

Carolyn enjoyed watching Anna Rose play with her basketful.

 

I wish I knew what words transpired between these two.

 

Such a HAPPY baby!

 

Grace tried to reach a few more apples before heading home.

 

Now...what to do with our many baskets of apples???

 

Wednesday Evening, August 25, 2010

 

Between 8 - 9 pm every evening, my job is to care for and nurse Anna Rose before bed while the other Greens complete their designated chores. Tonight Anna Rose fell asleep early, so I grabbed my camera to have a memory of the evenings at the Green home. Yes, we have clutter, and we have lots of noise, but most importantly, we have each other.

 

Evening Chores from Kenny Green on Vimeo.

 

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

 

FRESH RASPBERRY LEMONADE

 

Today we took some raspberries and...

 

fresh squeezed lemons...

 

to make our lemonade for our party on the front porch.

 

It was delicious!

 

Sweet Nathaniel was concerned about the stains on my doily, but years from now I will have those stains to remind me of the precious moments with my children!

 

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

 

THE STORY OF THE TWO BROTHERS

 

Once upon a time there was a little brother who dreamed of a carved wooden knife.

 

Big brother looked around the yard for the finest branch that would produce a knife of exquisite quality.

 

Once the selection was made, he set to work sawing off the choicest part for his creation.

 

His work began.

 

The older brother painstakingly carved with accuracy and precision for his little brother's knife.

 

Little brother looked on with anticipation and wonder.....

 

and with a servant's heart granted big brother some refreshment.

 

When the masterpiece was revealed,

 

little brother, with coin clutched in his hand, offered big brother a reward for his labor.

 

Big brother delighted in pleasing little brother and knew the coin would serve a better purpose remaining in little brother's bank.

 

A manly handshake sealed the agreement.....

 

and the two brothers lived happily ever after.

 

Monday, August 23, 2010

 

We've been pouring LOTS of goat milk soap into molds for the upcoming Oliver Hardy Festival.

 

Today Benjamin got a little innovative with his chores!

 

Look how Grace keeps little ones from being underfoot in the kitchen during dinner preparation.

 

And this evening we enjoyed a fresh from the garden watermelon feast!

 

Saturday, August 21, 2010

 

PRUNING

 

"God is pruning our pecan limbs for a more productive pecan crop." Those are the words spoken today by a friend of the family when we explained how we are daily losing limbs and experiencing...

 

a mess in the yard. I have been a little uneasy lately with the children outside playing and soooo many limbs falling, but I have been reflecting today on our friend's positve outlook on the situation.

 

God prunes us daily, removing our "weaknesses" and our "undesirable" traits, placing us amidst a "mess" temporarily, and allowing the "LIGHT" to reach all parts of our being. As a result, only our strongest attributes remain, and we will not break in the future from the production of our heavy "fruit". Oh, how much of an improvement in the quantity and quality of our Christian life just from a little necessary pruning.

 

Friday, August 20, 2010

 

THE BULLFROG STORY

 

Nathaniel found a bullfrog in the kiddie pool and decided to spend a little time describing him to Mommy.

 

"Mom, the bullfrog was thisssss big."

 

"No, maybe it was THIS big."

 

"I know, it was THIS big."

 

Yes, the size of the bullfrog grew considerably over the course of 3 minutes.

 

Thursday, August 19, 2010

 

FLOWERS OF THE MONTH

 

My August bouquet from Kenny.

 

And look who's eating vegetables!

 

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

 

God, who touches earth with beauty,

Make my heart anew;

 

With Thy Spirit recreate me,

Pure and strong and true.

 

Like Thy springs and running waters

Make me crystal pure;

 

Like Thy rocks of towering grandeur,

Make me strong and sure.

 

Like the dancing waves in sunlight,

Make me glad and free;

 

Like the straightness of the pine trees,

Let me upright be.

 

---Mary S. Edgar

 

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

 

The waiting room.....

 

The doctor's office.....

 

The checkup.....

 

And the surgery.

 

The Green children LOVE fresh picked apples for an afternoon snack.

 

But today this Green child could not resist her sweet tooth for some ice cream.

 

I had to grab my camera quick to have a picture for Thomas' words: "Look Mom.....a wheelbarrow."

 

Monday, August 16, 2010

 

AND MORE FALLEN LIMBS

 

Sunday morning we noticed another pecan limb had fallen.

 

And it happened to fall right where Thomas and Nathaniel had been playing the day before on the stagecoach. I am sooooo thankful it fell at 5:00 AM when everyone was sleeping!!!

 

Brave Alvin had to investigate the break in the branch.

 

Today was Grace's appointment at MCG for her kidneys. The doctor wants to keep her on her medication for another year hoping she will outgrow the reflux. We pray all will go well this next year.

 

And Anna Rose came along to give Grace support.

 

Saturday, August 14, 2010

 

Examining the situation.

 

Caring for the baby.

 

Bringing the necessary tools for the job.

 

Utilizing everyone's strength and.....

 

Accomplishing the mission.

 

Friday, August 13, 2010

 

I know they say when the children grow older it's the fingerprints on the walls you'll miss, but in my case.....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

it's the footprints on the counter..... The little boys tried to please Mommy today by cleaning the countertops. How sweet!!!

 

And speaking of feet, look how I caught Julieann turning pages in a book that was really intriguing to her.

 

Yes, this is what she was "reading".

 

Nathaniel took his work very seriously today and did a great job!

 

Daniel can not resist Sonic's Happy Hour drink specials, so Thomas decided to help him out when he brought home his cup with a punctured hole.

 

To a child, a band aid can fix anything!

 

My days are busy and sometimes crazy, but always full of joy!

 

Thursday, August 12, 2010

 

WORDS TO MAKE A MOTHER LAUGH

 

Mom: "Nathaniel, let Carolyn comb your hair."

Nathaniel: "But nobody's coming today."

 

Grace: "Look, Mom."

 

"We caught an "August" bug."

 

Julieann: "No, Bumpo (Nathaniel's nickname), you can't play with my puzzle. It's dangerrrrrrrous.

 

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

 

A LESSON FROM NATURE

 

Patience.....a trait many of us at the Green home strive daily to possess. Whether it be Mom explaining schoolwork lessons, siblings working and playing with one another, or Mom and Dad parenting together at the end of the day when all energy has been exhausted, patience is something we pray for daily.

 

And today, the Lord provided another wonderful patience lesson from His hand in nature.

 

"It (the spider) has knowledge by instinct, the infallible inspiration of the Father of all things, who creates in the least of His creatures, for their preservation, ways of acting before which our reason is often confounded. What gives it PATIENCE.....what assures it of the success of a labor that it is performing...? It is the universal Reason that watches over creation, and takes among men the thrice - holy name of Providence.

 

The spider is at its post, in the middle of the network, its eight legs spread out wide. It does not move, pretends to be dead. No hunter on the watch would have such PATIENCE.

 

Let us copy its example....."

 

--- Jean - Henri Fabre

The Story Book of Science, 1917

 

Monday, August 9, 2010

 

Now that our school year is officially underway, we spend part of our day learning reading, writing, and arithmetic. Kenny and I have always enjoyed using old 1800's reading texts to teach the children phonics and reading. The readers of the early 1800's were not written merely to entertain the child, but to instruct a young child's mind on his/her Christian duty. This is the selection in one of our readers today:

 

"My little reader, have you brothers and sisters? Then love them with all your heart.

 

Do all you can for them. Help them when in need; and do not wait to be asked.

 

Add to their mirth. Share their grief. Do not make them angry. Use no cross words.

 

Touch not what is not your own. Speak the truth at all times. Do no wrong, but do unto them as you would have them do unto you.

 

So shall you make the hearts of your parents rejoice. So shall you have the blessing of the great God who made you."

 

---William H. McGuffey

 

And when the children use these readers for spellling words, daily copywork, etc., the values will be ingrained in their little minds forever. And Kenny and I pray when sibling disagreements arise, the children will react properly and put actions to the words they have written so many times.

 

Saturday, August 7, 2010

 

Last weekend we finished installing the fireplace insert and this weekend we spent splitting firewood.

 

All of the Green children helped with the work. Anna Rose was responsible for the kindling.

 

Nathaniel kept busy loading heavy logs onto the trailer.

 

And Julieann was right in the middle of all the work helping too.

 

Our sweet Julieann paused a moment for a break.

 

The girls and I were in the kitchen making fudge, and we looked out the window and saw all of the "Green boys" working hard stacking firewood for the winter. But where was Joseph? I caught him on camera taking a LONG break up in the trees. Today was a very productive day outdoors for the Green family as we enjoyed the glorious weather.

 

Friday, August 6, 2010

 

 

"Home is the grandest of all institutions." -----C.H. Spurgeon

 

Thursday, August 5, 2010

 

FROM THE MOUTHS OF BABES

 

Nathaniel's words as we were getting ready to take Grammy for her birthday dinner: "Did God give me this special mark so that He will always know I'm Nathaniel?"

 

Precious.....

 

Wednesday, August 4, 2010

 

FRIENDS

 

Give me a few friends who will love me for what I am, or am not,

 

and keep ever burning before my wondering steps the kindly light of hope.

 

And though age and infirmity overtake me, and I come not in sight of the castle of my dreams,

 

teach me still to be thankful for life and time's old memories that are good and sweet.

 

And may the evening twilight find me gentle still.

 

--Author Unknown

 

 

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

 

 

And the winner is.....

 

Congratulations Anna Groover!

 

Because we had so many correct guesses, we thought we would have a runner-up.

 

Congratulations Mr. Chalker!

 

We will be contacting both of you shortly.

Thank you to all who played the eye game. It was a LOT of fun!

 

Here are the correct answers:

1 Carolyn

2 Grace

3 Thomas

4 Benjamin

5 Joseph

6 Nathaniel

7 Anna Rose

8 Daniel

9 Julieann

 

Until the next contest....

 

Monday, August 2, 2010

 

A reminder from the Green children---

 

Voting for the eye contest ends tomorrow at 5:00 pm. We have been blown away by the correct responses! The winner of the drawing will be announced between 7:00 - 9:00 pm. If you haven't cast your vote, you have one day left!!!!!