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.

 

October 2010

 

Saturday, October 30, 2010

 

THIS OLD HOUSE

 

Today we received a pleasant surprise. We met Ms. Nancy Sprouse Howard who grew up in our farmhouse. She told us stories of her and her siblings climbing the magnolia tree out front, the swing sets they played on where I sit and watch my crew today playing and riding their bikes, and the story of her grandfather's pet duck.

 

We learned that our family room was the old kitchen where the Sprouse's would eat as a family around an old square table.

 

And the soap hallway was where Nancy and her brother Thomas slept in twin beds as little children beside the master bedroom (which is now the schoolroom). Of course Nancy told us they used LOTS of blankets to keep warm at night.

 

Ms. Nancy told us stories of how her father farmed grain and hay, stories of raising bird dogs, Siamese cats, and pigs. We also learned how the family's two horses were struck by lightning in the pecan orchard. We thoroughly enjoyed our visit and listening to her fond memories of life on the farm! We hope to learn more ...

 

Friday, October 29, 2010

 

Who is this baby in the mirror...

 

smiling back at me?

 

Thursday, October 28, 2010

 

Guess what was for breakfast this morning? Yes, pancakes from fresh stone ground grains.

 

And everyone seems to have caught the carving fever.

 

This is how Daddy watches the Green children when Mommy, Daniel, and Carolyn are away for the evening.

 

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

 

HEADING HOME

 

Believe it or not, ALL of the Green children were asleep at the same time on the drive home from the mountains.

 

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

 

Today we spent learning about the 1876 mill and brought back some fresh grains for baking.

 

Everyone enjoyed watching the fisherman fish for trout in the Chattahoochee River.

 

Monday, October 25, 2010

 

Julieann finally made it to Helen!

 

And the Green family hiked Anna Ruby Falls!

 

This is what Anna Rose thought of Anna Ruby.

 

Taking a scenic break.

 

And what do the Green kids do during a rainy morning in the camper while Daddy is at the Georgia Rural Water Conference? Play puzzles...

 

Sleep...

 

Practice letters...

 

Work animal puzzles...

 

Read...

 

Play more puzzles...

 

And while everyone was busy, Anna Rose located the stash of drinks.

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God's providential hand was evident once again placing our campsite beside this wood carver showing everyone his walking sticks!

 

Saturday, October 23, 2010

 

We are thankful today for our sweet Julieann. Two years ago this weekend, we began our journey with infantile spasms. The Lord has been good to us, and we thank Him that Julieann remains seizure - free!

 

Friday, October 22, 2010

 

Today the little Greens made sure the beds were in working order in the camper for our upcoming trip to Helen, Georgia.

 

Thursday, October 21, 2010

 

It's been a LONG time since Kenny and I have had to teach a Green child how to ride without training wheels. It's very sweet to see the desire of siblings truly wanting to help and encourage one another.

 

Wednesday, October 20, 2010 - Happy 6th Birthday, Thomas !!!

 

We are so privileged to have spent the last six years with Thomas as part of our family. He is always in tune to the needs of others. Whenever I am nursing the baby and it's dinner time, he will ask me if I want a plate or bring me my lemon water. His thoughtful ways bring our family much joy!!!

 

And Daniel took Thomas fishing today with his new birthday fishing pole. The little boys know Daniel, Carolyn, Mommy, or Daddy have to be down at the pond with them so no one will fall in. Well......remember Benjamin's boat? Daniel decided he would show the little boys how to cast from the boat. And guess who fell in???

 

Yes, my first born.

 

And to top off the day, Thomas anticipated blowing out SIX birthday candles this year from a wonderfully,

 

decorated tractor cake by his loving sister, Carolyn.

 

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

 

WAITING ON DADDY TO COME HOME

 

 

Monday, October 18, 2010

 

When the pacifier is in the crib and a thumb will not do.....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the toes are a great alternative!!!!!

 

And Sunday after church we had a lot of fun looking at hundred year old photos of Grandpa's relatives, some that were very attractive, and some that were not so attractive and caused a lot of laughter!

 

Saturday, October 16, 2010

 

We have not seen the last of the snakes... The Green boys were working on framing the walls for another room on the barn today when they found a rat snake under the boards.

 

Meanwhile, Carolyn and I spent MANY hours in the kitchen cooking and canning.

 

The Green construction crew took a break at lunchtime.

 

And I believe this was Carolyn's way of telling me to put the camera down....

 

While we watched the boys hammering and sawing boards, Nathaniel wandered off to the pecan tree on the fence line. I believe he was reminiscing about his fall and concussion a year ago. It seemed as if he was saying...

 

"I remember the ambulance ride to the hosptial."

 

"But I'm a brave boy and ready to conquer once again."

 

"Here I go."

 

"Whew, ready to take another turn!"

 

And he did take another turn with the "tree swing.". And another. And another. And my job as Nathaniel's mother for half an hour was to watch and encourage him each and every time, even though I was probably more nervous than he was!

My boys need to have opportunities to be boys....

 

Friday, October 15, 2010

 

"Let us gather up the sunbeams

Lying all around our path;

 

Let us keep the wheat...

 

and roses,

 

Casting out the thorns and chaff."

 

--Author unknown

 

Thursday, October 14, 2010

 

BUILD A LITTLE FENCE

 

Build a little fence of trust

Around today;

Fill the space with loving work

And therein stay;

Look not between the shelt'ring bars

Upon tomorrow,

But take whatever comes to thee,

Of joy or sorrow.

 

--Mary F. Butts

 

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

 

After school lessons today, the Green children decided to play a game of baseball.

 

Nathaniel patiently waited on first base for a chance to run to second.

 

And Benjamin pitched his fast ball to Joseph.

 

Everyone made sure Julieann watched from behind the safety net.

 

And even though she watched her siblings play ball for quite awhile, my sweet Anna Rose turned her attention to the rose blossoms.

 

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

 

Grace has the gift of pleasing...

 

even when it's simply a drink of lemon water on a silver platter.

 

Monday, October 11, 2010

 

Racing...

 

and resting.

 

Julieann's exact words: "You're sooooo cute."

 

Saturday, October 9, 2010

 

 

More soapmaking this weekend! We are restocking for Pioneer Days in Lincolnton, Georgia the Saturday before Thanksgiving. And by request, we will have more of our moisturizing Goat Milk Lotion! We've had several customers report noticeable skin improvements since the Oliver Hardy Festival!!!!

 

Friday, October 8, 2010

 

Doggie kisses through the glass door...

 

and Julieann's very first haircut!

 

Thursday, October 7, 2010

 

"Now, where are you going, this beautiful day?"

 

"Good sir, I am going to help rake the hay."

 

"But you must be weary and worn, I'm afraid.

With that heavy load on your back, little maid."

 

"Oh, no, sir! the load is not heavy to me:

The load is my own baby sister, you see."

 

"I see; and this lesson I get from the sight:

 

Love makes labor easy and any load light."

 

---Author unknown

 

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

 

Mr. Ken Adams visited the Greens this evening to share some carving techniques with Joseph and Benjamin.

 

Benjamin learned many useful tips and is anticipating future projects! Thank you Mr. Ken for your time and patience!

 

Tuesday, October 5, 2010 - Happy 9th Birthday Benjamin!

 

Today Benjamin used his new carving tools to whittle away the afternoon. He was so sweet to share the activity with his brothers and sisters. We are thankful to have had the past nine years with our serious, thoughtful, contemplative son. Benjamin always puts others before himself and has a very giving personality. We love you very much Benjamin!

 

And of course my little soldier would want some sort of an army cake. Once again, Carolyn works hard to please her siblings!!!

 

Monday, October 4, 2010

 

October's flowers!

 

And a little afternoon fun with "For he's a jolly good fellow..."

 

Saturday, October 2, 1010

 

A busy day for the Greens at the Oliver Hardy Festival!

 

And today was our debut for gourmet goat milk fudge. Carolyn has worked hard perfecting her recipe and she sold out of fudge right after lunchtime!

 

Our new line of four season soaps!

 

Time for the parade!

 

The guns were very loud and...

 

Nathaniel decided he needed some peace and quiet.

 

Unfortunately, a yellow jacket stung Thomas and he had an allergic reaction. The EMT's monitored him for awhile and gave him some Benadryl. God's providential hand was evident when Mrs. Brenda, our pediatrician's nurse, just happened to visit our soap booth with her husband, Pastor Ron. She stayed with Thomas for some time and said he would have to have an EpiPen injection on hand as a safety precaution in the future.

 

Most of the Greens after a LONG day.

 

And a special thank you to Ms. Renee and Rachel Martin for all the help! We could not have done it without you.

 

Friday, October 1, 2010

 

Anna Rose enjoyed watching the butterflies at Callaway's Butterfly Garden.

 

We also visited the Ida Cason Callaway Memorial Chapel.

 

Thursday afternoon we had some time for a walk around the gardens.

 

Anna Rose enjoyed crawling on the boardwalk. And what do Daddy and Mommy do while the baby is down for a nap?

 

Become experts on butterflies and...

 

caterpillars... And this morning after a delicious breakfast and the CDBG awards ceremony...

 

Anna Rose became friends with Governor Sonny Perdue!!