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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.

 

July 2011

 

Saturday, July 30, 2011

 

Unfortunately Thomas got a splinter underneath his fingernail. Kenny and I tried our best to help him, but we finally referred to Urgent Care. He was one BRAVE patient! The doctor said during WWII, the Russians used fingernail torture on their enemies because it hurt so much. Thomas handled the pain very well when they cut out part of his nail.

 

Kenny treated Thomas to a Chick-fil-A meal and a special Starbucks drink afterwards. Thomas told Kenny that they were on an "adventure" together.

 

Friday, July 29, 2011

 

When I see THIS on my nightstand, it means....

 

some little girl has been painting herself with my lipstick.

 

and I believe she really enjoyed herself.....

 

Thursday, July 28, 2011

 

This is what the summer heat is doing to my crew. Even a golf cart ride is "hot".

 

And some of the little ones just fall asleep on the ride.

 

Someone gave Kenny a bottle of cleaner wax, so he was really excited to try and "shine" the bus.

 

We watched him scrub and polish for awhile...

 

But then, by looking at his actions and expressions, I don't think the miracle bottle was working.

 

And sweet Julieann approached me on the back porch saying, "Look Mom, I picked spring." How I wish it was spring weather!!!

 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

 

We sold the van.....

 

and are now the official owners of a "bus"!

 

We took a ride today for Sonic's Happy Hour drink special and enjoyed having soooo much room. When we pulled in the driveway, Julieann was very sad that the ride had come to an end, but there will be many more in the future.....

 

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

 

We've recently restocked our shelves with new goat milk soaps available for online purchase tomorrow!

 

Lavender Vanilla

Fresh Mint with Shea Butter Crystals

Soothing Bedtime Bar

Chamomile and Rose Petals

  
Natural (fragrance free) goat milk soap with nourishing avocado butter  

 

Monday, July 25, 2011

 

The garden has yielded all it can possibly yield with this heat. And Anna Rose has finally learned to pick the ripe tomatoes.

 

She was so proud of herself when she showed me her red, ripe tomato. But if you look closely, clutched in her left hand, is a green tomato. Sometimes children just can't resist the temptation!

 

And Thomas decided to sample some more of our bananna peppers tonight.

 

I don't think he thought they were as tasty as they were a month ago.

 

Friday, July 22, 2011

 

This was our picture for discussion in art class today: Henry VI when he was around 1 year old. Everyone was quietly working on their individual drawing of the picture when Julieann exclaimed,

 

"He's a cutie." Laughter broke the silence in the room. I LOVE having my little ones in the same room with us during school.....

 

Thursday, July 21, 2011

 

Carolyn and I ran some soap errands this afternoon, and when we came home, Kenny fixed cool sub sandwiches for dinner. Don't they look scrumptious?

 

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

 

OUR SCHOOL DAYS ARE FULL OF.....

 

Intense concentration...

 

Bubbling personalities...

 

And furry onlookers.

 

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

 

Tonight was watermelon night at the Green house.

 

Delicious, juicy watermelon,

 

right down to the very last drop!

 

And of course the evening would not be complete without a seed spitting contest!

 

Saturday, July 16, 2011

 

ANOTHER PROJECT

 

Today we began our new laundry room project. We are adding onto the side porch to make a laundry room so the original laundry room can be used for a walk in food pantry (hopefully saving trips to the grocery store).

 

Notice Joseph's role as supervisor :)

 

And everyone took turns keeping Anna Rose content during construction.

 

Friday, July 15, 2011

 

Boys love playing in the mud: building rivers,

 

driving tractors,

 

and throwing mudpies...

 

at little sisters.

 

Thursday, July 14, 2011

 

Grace has amazed me the past two days. She has been crocheting in her free time making slippers without a pattern, just using her imagination.

 

And then the purse! All with no help from a book, Momma, or Carolyn. I love to see productive work in my children on hot summer days!

 

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

 

When it's too hot for PE class outside, the Green children find a way to be active inside.

 

And I think Phoebe is becoming quite the educated cat observing Carolyn and her studies.

 

It was sweet to see Nathaniel reading to the little girls while watching for the UPS man to bring a package. Our children LOVE the UPS man!

 

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

 

Kenny and I came home to this scene today. I guess the heat made everyone stay inside and take a nap (in our bed of course).....Kenny and I are glad to be back home, and hopefully we can reclaim our bedroom.

 

Monday, July 11, 2011

 

Kenny and I enjoying our dinner at "Alligator Soul" in Savannah!

 

Saturday, July 9, 2011

 

Today the girls and I restocked soap at LMN pharmacy and went antiquing in town. Julieann and Anna Rose love shopping! Meanwhile, Kenny and the boys were cutting firewood so we'll be well prepared this winter. Kenny captured this moment with his phone of Joseph taking a much needed break in the heat. Doesn't he look so relaxed and fulfilled to have put in a good day's work?

 

Friday, July 8, 2011

 

THERE'S NO PLACE LIKE HOME

 

It has been a long day for me.....I spent time at the UPS station tracking packages for soap supplies that should have been delivered this morning, taught lessons in our homeschool, ran errands for our upcoming trip to Savannah, cooked vegetables from our garden, and measured soap oils for soapmaking this evening after all the little ones go to bed. My feet are swollen and I am currently sitting in my chair with my feet elevated. Admist the busyness of the day, I was delighted when I finally came home for the evening. I found Grace teaching Anna Rose how to be gentle with a baby doll (training for the real baby). I found Benjamin reading a Pony Express book to the little boys, and Carolyn assembling the dinner meal in the kitchen. Sometimes I feel as though we are going backwards in our child training: when things are unorganized, or don't go as smoothly as they should, or when attitudes need correcting.

 

But our children ARE learning, and Kenny and I must remember to "press on" even when things are difficult. A wise mother once said that our children are not the distraction in life. It is all the other things that "pop up" throughtout the day. Our children are our JOB, and we must find the time to love them,

 

teach them,

 

discipline them,

 

and train them for HIS glory. We must use the 24 hours He has given us wisely. For some day we will be accountable for our parenting, not to the world or man, but to our Father in Heaven. .

 

Thursday, July 7, 2011

 

The little girls thought I needed some "practice" before the baby comes!

 

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

 

Can you guess which two tomatoes Anna Rose picked?

 

Caught in the act! And by the look on her face, she knows what she's doing is a "No, no."

 

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

 

 

"Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn't pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children's children what it was once like in the United States where men were free."

 

---Ronald Reagan

 

Hope everyone had a wonderful July 4th weekend!

 

Nathaniel took Rosie on a parade ride yesterday. He made sure she was safe and secure in the wagon.

 

Then he rode her around the patio over and over again.

 

July 4th root beer floats for desssert!

 

Everyone was waiting for the fireworks show to begin after the sun set.

 

Anna Rose enjoyed the colorful light display.

 

And to finish the evening, instead of sparklers this year, everyone wanted to play with glow sticks. They lasted much longer and made interesting pictures!

 

Saturday, July 2, 2011

 

This evening we picked blueberries at a neighbor's house.

 

And when we came home, Julieann showed me how much she loves her "Maggie".

 

Anna Rose's favorite chore is to feed the goats each evening.

 

And Joseph has finally graduated to weed-eating 101 class.

 

Friday, July 1, 2011

 

The heart is happiest when it beats for others.

 

---Anonymous