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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 2011

 

Thursday, June 30, 2011 - Happy 21st Anniversary!

 

"Surely too much is involved, too great a responsibility, too many and too precious interests, to venture upon wedded life without Christ. The lessons are too hard to learn to be attempted without a divine Teacher. The burdens are too heavy to be bourne without a mighty Helper. The perils of the way are too many to be passed through without an unerring Guide. The duties are too delicate, and the consequences of failure in them too far-reaching and too terrible, to be taken up without wisdom and help from above." --- J.R. Miller

 

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

 

Yes, it takes TWO jars of pickles as a side dish for a Green family dinner.

 

And everyone cheerfully contributed to working in the garden this evening.

 

Well, almost everyone. Carolyn borrowed my camera while resting on the golf cart. She had shelled a whole bowlful of peas for dinner and decided it was time to kick up her feet and rest.

 

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

 

The tomatoes are turning ripe!

 

Anna Rose still hasn't grasped the concept of picking ONLY the ripe ones.

 

Monday, June 27, 2011

 

The boys enjoyed our weekend in Savannah for Kenny's GMA Conference.

 

Thomas and Nathaniel had the privilege of handing out Shakerock Farm soaps and lotions during dinner at the Pirate's House.

 

Nathaniel had to "play the part",

 

and he kept a smile on his face the entire evening.

 

Afterwards, we rode the ferry to the...

 

candy store!

 

And while Daddy was in the conference, Mommy and the boys rode the ferry back and forth, back and forth.....The boys loved it!

 

Friday, June 24, 2011

 

I've always wanted blueberries, and today for my birthday I was surprised with three blueberry bushes. The talk in the Green household has been blueberry soap, blueberry jelly, blueberry pie, and on and on.....

 

And there must have been a "blue" theme today, because Carolyn and I spent the afternoon making our goat milk lotion for a special order in our new cobalt blue bottles.

 

Carolyn has been experimenting with gourmet cheesecake recipes and made a Key Lime Cheesecake for my birthday. It was delicious!

 

When it's hot outside from Kenny Green on Vimeo.

The boys made a fun game out of a box and some old rags this afternoon. They "borrowed" my camera to video the fun!

 

 

Thursday, June 23, 2011

 

"Let your eyes light up when your children are around. Laugh more. Tell them how empty and quiet it is when they're not there. Enjoy the things they bring to your life..."

 

---Valerie Bell

 

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

 

The peaches are ripe!

 

This evening everyone wanted a peach for dessert.

 

Poor Nathaniel. He couldn't quite reach the peach he was after.

 

Big brother came to the rescue.

 

Delicious!

 

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

 

The activity for today: blow dart guns. The boys found some old PVC pipes,

 

and carved wooden "bullets" from branches of my crepe myrtles. Benjamin told me the crepe myrtles needed pruning.....how convenient for the boys!

 

 

Monday, June 20, 2011

 

We spent the weekend celebrating Father's Day and Grandpa's Brithday.

 

Grandpa listened patiently to Julieann's many, many, stories.

 

And Carolyn and I spent today making more pickles. They seem to disappear quickly around the Green house.

 

Nathaniel has become quite inventive. He found an old tool handle and used a broken spoon for his "knife".

 

He spent time sharpening his knife with the older boys' knife sharpener and showed me how his knife could cut yarn.

I am thankful my boys spend the days engaging their minds with productive thinking.

 

Friday, June 17, 2011

 

AND MORE GREEN BEANS.....

 

Today Grace volunteered to snap green beans. The silver bowls she is using were Kenny's great grandmother's bowls!

 

And this little girl handles bumps and bruises rather well.

 

Thursday, June 16, 2011

 

Everyone played and studied so sweetly today. We've rearranged the school room again for a new school year, so on hot summer days we are accomplishing lots!

 

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

 

Thomas fell asleep during the storm tonight cuddling Smokey.

 

But he was well prepared in case the lights went out…..

 

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

 

The cucumbers...

 

and green beans are abundant this year.

 

Monday, June 13, 2011

 

Benjamin made a kite today for everyone to enjoy.

 

With a little help from his siblings, he could really get the kite off the ground.

 

It's amazing how much fun a simple kite can bring to children.

 

Everyone helped Benjamin make "tails" for the kite as well.


And during naptime, the older Greens made gourmet truffles.

 

Evidence that they were delicious.....

 

Saturday, June 11, 2011

 

Remember the pickles from yesterday that needed to cure for a month...

 

Well, it was my husband who decided to open a jar and sample a few. Anna Rose wanted to try some as well.

 

And then she took the time to contemplate how delicious they were!

 

Daniel and Caitlin were preparing to ride today,

 

and had quite an audience!

 

Friday, June 10, 2011

 

MAKING PICKLES

 

We had LOTS of cucumbers from the garden...

 

so, of course it would cross a pregnant Momma's mind to make PICKLES!

 

Now we have to be patient and wait a month for the delicious final product.

 

And meet Phoebe and Smokey, the newest additions to Shakerock Farm. You can find them snuggling in a Green child's lap pretty much all day.....

 

Thursday, June 9, 2011

 

"Little children are God's ongoing witness of His kingdom, a perpetual reminder of what it means to belong to the Father.

 

Children are an unspoken sermon in every home for simplicity, joy, and humility of that which makes the world worth living in.

 

They remind us what it means to be a real Christian."

 

---W. Pratney

 

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

 

Required reading for the summer :) Honestly, Anna Rose chose this book all by herself and began "reading" it.

 

And my "little women " grabbed their baskets and headed to the garden after dinner for vegetable pickin',

 

while these two were in the front yard having a little fun with the sprinkler.

 

Oh, how good the cucumbers taste!

 

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

 

This evening we had a potful of garden fresh green beans (thanks to the efforts of all those who snapped beans this afternoon).

 

And the Green children LOVE playing under the magnolia tree. They made their own little playground,

 

complete with rope swing,

 

and a bench (handmade by Benjamin).

 

Guess what's for dinner tomorrow night?

 

While Kenny was working on the water pump at the dock, everyone decided to sit in the paddle boat and watch.

 

Well, some little boys climbed out of the boat, untied the rope...

 

and set Carolyn and Anna Rose adrift. The girls didn't seem to mind too much.....

 

Monday, June 6, 2011

 

After fighting this cold for over a week, I was thankful to be able to take a brief nature excursion with my children today.

 

Of course the golf cart had to be nice and shiny for Momma.

 

So many things change in a week. My cone flowers are now blooming.

 

The garden has grown immensely.

 

And I enjoyed the delight my children received from picking some ripe vegetables.

 

The sheep on the hill were a calming sight.

 

And how refreshing to witness the first flight of the baby blue birds from our front porch eaves.

 

Friday, June 3, 2011

 

Character is what a man is in the dark. --D. L. Moody

 

While resting from my cold, I've had a little time to gather materials for the next school year. Kenny and I love old texts, and the little book above we found is indeed a gem. It was written in 1832, and of course Noah Webster is known for his dictionary, but he has a tremendous amount to teach young ones in this book about character. We are looking forward to using this resource to begin our school day during Bible class.....

 

"Noah Webster taught millions to read, but not one to sin."

-Epigraph above Noah Webster's picture on many of his old school texts

 

Thursday, June 2, 2011

 

Julieann was sweet to share her cupcake with Anna Rose today.

 

And these are Julieann's exact words: "Come on, Bumps (Nathaniel's nickname).

 

"You're my best friend."

 

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

 

I'm still feeling sick.....But my sweet Anna Rose (thank you Grace for helping her) picked these beautiful flowers to lift my spirits.

 

The rest of the Green family weeded the garden tonight. We have some really hard working boys!