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.

 

February 2011

 

Monday, February 28, 2011

 

We were delighted to see our story on the front page of the Augusta Chronicle this morning! Thank you Lynn Davidson. You can click on the links below to read it.

 

 

Click to read: page 1, page 2

 

Saturday, February 26, 2011

 

Today Daddy and the boys were working on enclosing another side of the barn. And poor Joseph had a board fall on his other foot and sprained his ankle. I guess a wheelchair is next!.

 

Meanwhile Momma and the girls enjoyed just sitting, talking, absorbing the sun, and smelling the wildflowers.

 

Friday, February 25, 2011

 

"And now, Lord, what do I wait for? My hope is in You." Psalm 39:7

 

Thursday, February 24, 2011

 

A TRIP TO RIVERBANKS ZOO

 

Today we visited the Riverbanks Zoo in Columbia, SC. I think it helped me to get away for a little while and not focus on next week's sonogram.

 

Of course we had to take the traditional Green children picture by the elephant.

 

Yes, we have been taking the elephant picture for quite some time. The years have flown so quickly from when Daniel and Carolyn were little.

 

Joseph and Benjamin enjoyed watching the gorilla napping in the morning sun.

 

Everyone enjoyed petting the giraffes.

 

Anna Rose particulary bonded with the baby giraffe and LOVED playing with (and pulling) its tongue.

 

One of our favorites: feeding the lorikeets!

 

Anna Rose wasn't quite sure what to think of the birds flying everywhere.

 

I believe she figured the beaks might hurt a little more than the giraffe tongue.

 

The boys decided to climb trees and the rock wall ( that is Joseph on the left with his fractured toe in a shoe splint).

 

And to end the day, we spent some time relaxing in the botanical gardens. Our trip was a very pleasant and enjoyable family outing!

 

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

 


"We are fast moving on through this world. Soon all that will remain of us will be the memories of our lives. No part of our work will then afford such a true test of our living as the memorials we leave behind us in our homes.

 

No other work that God gives any of us to do is so important, so sacred, so far-reaching in its influence, so delicate and easily marred as our home-making. This is the work of all our life that is most divine.

 

The carpenter works in wood, the mason works in stone, the smith works in iron, the artist works on canvas,

 

but the home-maker works on immortal lives. The wood or the stone or the iron or the canvas may be marred, and it will not matter greatly in fifty years;

 

but let a tender human soul be marred in its early training, and ages hence the effects will still be seen. Whatever else we slight, let it never be our home-making.

 

If we do nothing else well in this world, let us at least build well within our own doors."

 

- J.R. Miller

 

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

 

PLEASE PRAY.....

 

The sonogram today showed that the baby might not be progressing as he or she should be at this point. I am scheduled for another sonogram next Tuesday. If this is God's will for our family, then pray that the Lord will prepare our hearts and give us a peace that only He can provide.

 

Monday, February 21, 2011

 

A beautiful flower bouquet hand picked and arranged by my sweet children.

 

And the wind kind of blew everyone away today,

 

hair,

 

and little girls included.

 

Saturday, February 19, 2011

 

Today we enjoyed visiting with Casey, Heather, and Caitlin Broom of Lincolnton.

 

This afternoon, Grace set out an old blanket on the front lawn for a little tea and cookie time.

 

She was very discouraged when she called everyone together for tea to find this...

 

Yes, the dogs thought they were invited!

 

Friday, February 18, 2011

 

"Mothers, grasp these moments,

 

for these moments will slip from your hands in a blink of an eye.

 

Live your life now and pour it into your loved ones...

 

so when you are older you will have no regrets."

 

-- Mrs. June Fuentes

 

Thursday, February 17, 2011

 

Today Anna Rose took time to smell the daffodils,

 

while the boys engaged in battle.

 

After the little girls woke up from their naps, the Green children decided to take a ride to the back cow pasture. Well, the golf cart battery died and they had to push the cart for 1/3 mile! Notice Nathaniel and Thomas' contribution to the overall effort (hanging from the front and side).

 

Benjamin was ecstatic to finally reach the golf cart charger at the house!

 

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

 

Today the children ran inside to tell me the first daffodil had bloomed on the farm. What a joy to see them excited over the simple pleasures in life!

 

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

 

Relaxing...

 

and enjoying a little Valentine's candy.

 

Monday, February 14, 2011 - Happy Valentine's Day !

 

"Nothing is lovelier than the picture of sisters locked in each other's arms,

 

their lives blending in holy love,

 

the one helping the other....." - J. R. Miller

 

Saturday, February 12, 2011

 

The girls enjoyed talking to Lynn Davidson of the Augusta Chronicle about our Goat Milk Soap Business.

 

Corey Perrine, the Chronicle's photographer, accompanied the children on a tour of the farm. We're not sure when the story will be in the paper, but Lynn told us she'll give us a few days notice.

 

Friday, February 11, 2011

 

Today Carolyn and I spent time making sure the soap and lotion shelves were in order for The Augusta Chronicle's visit to our home tomorrow morning.

 

Grace took care of Anna Rose by playing dress up and tea party.

 

I thought Benjamin had control over Thomas and Nathaniel but when Thomas came to me looking like this:

 

and saying that Benjamin cut his ear, I got a little nervous. The boys decided to have some fun in the kitchen with red food coloring. Pretty convincing.

 

And after that, Thomas and Nathaniel (very proudly) came marching into the school room with a pitcher of gatorade. Here are Nathaniel's exact words: "Mom, we made some gatorade, and we tasted it, and it tastes kind of ... pastey ". Sometimes when you're running around trying to get things in order, you need little boys to lift your spirits!

 

Thursday, February 10, 2011

 

While I've been on the inside taking care of Anna Rose, Carolyn has been assuming the role of "photographer".

 

This is one of the shots Carolyn took. What a "relaxed" photographer!

 

And I'm so thankful to see Miss Rosie's smiles again! Unfortunately the cold led to an ear infection, but Anna Rose is feeling better.

 

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

 

WILL IT BE.....

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BLUE...

 

or PINK ...

 

hanging in the baby wardrobe the first of October? Yes, #10 is on the way! Everyone is excited and praying for a safe and healthy pregnancy and delivery.

 

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

 

My boys are feeling better and making themselves at home in trees again.

 

Monday, February 7, 2011

 

We took a break from our homeschool today with some Green children (and Momma) still not feeling well. And Daniel and Joseph were in Augusta due to Joseph's toe fracture. Lucky Joseph. He has the privilege of wearing this "cute" shoe for a month.

So I had some time today for school planning. We just completed our unit study on Greece and are beginning to revisit Rome again for the 2nd time in our homeschool journey. As parents we have to choose what our children will read pertaining to this period in history.

 

"The choice of books is not easy, but is one of the most important and difficult duties imposed upon the young or old. Yet it MUST be done, or reading will prove a curse." --H.W. Beecher

 

So how do we decide what to place in front of the children? This verse has become very important to our family: "Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, THINK ON THESE THINGS. " Phil. 4:8.

 

The Scriptures make it clear what we are to spend our time "thinking" upon - not things that are popular, or "normal", but things that are pleasing to God.

If a book, picture, or educational video does not meet the qualifications of Phil. 4:8, then it is discarded. Pretty simple. It makes decision making as a parent so much easier if we just use God's word as the standard.

 

Saturday, February 5, 2011

 

My poor, sweet Anna Rose...

 

and my little Gracie are now feeling terrible. And Carolyn and I have joined them. Julieann is finally feeling better after one whole week of being miserable. In a large family, a cold can wipe the entire family out for weeks!

 

This is how I spent my day, resting and holding and comforting the girls.

 

And the boys had kitchen duty. Tonight's specialty was made by Chef Daddy. Momma cooks chicken noodle soup and vegetable soup during sickness. Daddy cooks pasta with marinara sauce and Italian sausage (I think he was trying to open up our sinus passageways)!

 

Friday, February 4, 2011

 

No pictures tonight! We have a house full of sick ones and Carolyn and I are exhausted. Hopefully the weekend will bring much rest. Please pray the little ones will soon feel better.

 

Thursday, February 3, 2011

 

Daniel has been apprenticing with our farrier in the afternoons. He has recently advanced from trimming and shoeing horses to learning corrective shoeing. Today he was explaining all the corrective shoeing techniques to everyone and mentioned that he needed a certain item to put in the bottom of the shoe.

 

Well, right before he walked out the door ( I had to run quickly and snap a picture), Nathaniel offered Daniel his very own container of this "special" item.

 

Yes, Daniel will never be too old to play with PLAYDOH!

 

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

 

DISCUSSION OVER CHICKEN NOODLE SOUP

 

Nathaniel: "Mom, what are we having for dinner?"

Mom: "Chicken noodle soup."

Nathaniel: "Again?"

Mom: "Yes, when you have a cold it makes you feel better."

 

Nathaniel: "But we had chicken noodle soup last night and I don't feel any better today."

 

Tuesday, February 1, 2011

 

"The heart is happiest when it beats for others." --Unknown