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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.

 

January 2012

 

Tuesday, January 31, 2012

 

Why was Duke inside the bus today?

 

You guessed it. The pig came back. Duke and Daisy stayed in the bus while we tried to capture it.

 

How many Green children does it take to capture one little piglet?

 

Finally, after much running and chasing and planning, the Green children succeeded!

 

Can't you just see the satisfaction?

 

Time for the transfer.

 

We finally let Duke out of the bus with Grace holding him on a leash, but he insisted on baying at that pig LOUDLY.

 

This time we decided to try the chicken coop because all holes had been mended.

 

Safe inside with feed and water. And then the Green children ate their lunch and the girls headed to Carolyn's and Grace's orthodontist appointment.

 

When the girls and I returned home, the boys had something to tell us.

 

The pig had escaped. We told Daniel, from now on...NO PIGS ALLOWED at Shakerock Farm.

 

Monday, January 30, 2012

 

Remember the horse "Little Bit" Daniel brought home? And remember the blue tick hound"Duke"? Well, Saturday morning Daniel brought home this pig...

 

who escaped from a hole in the fencing. Yes, this is the same pig we were chasing around pastures and through woods Saturday (and never caught). She showed up again this afternoon during school lessons. We dropped what we were doing and tried to give her some feed.

 

While Carolyn was holding dogs, Benjamin was preparing the net, and Thomas was ... maybe praying for the situation, the pig...

 

decided to cross the road.

 

The poor thing could not move without Duke baying at her every second.

 

She ran down to the goat pen while Joseph was running at top speed to open the gate. We were all cheering when she ran inside and we closed the gate behind her. But a few moments afterward, she found a hole, only to escape again to the woods. I'm not sure if we will ever catch that pig...

 

And working on the farm sure brings a healthy appetite. Grace and Nathaniel were chefs for the day and cooked delicious fried egg sandwiches for lunch.

 

Saturday, January 28, 2012

 

The Green children enjoyed reading with Grandma while waiting on Uncle Kevin, Aunt Michelle, Emalee, and Dayton to arrive.

 

The highlight of the day was chasing a pig around the pastures and through woods before lunchtime. Then the boys decided to relax in the sun and learn...

 

shooting techniques.

 

Emalee and Grace spent time talking during Shooting 101 class.

 

"Little Bit" received quite a workout with everyone taking turns riding him.

 

And once again, a family gathering can not be complete without the traditional arm wrestling activities.

 

Everyone had an enjoyable afternoon!

 

Thursday, January 26, 2012

 

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"Happiness is a thing to be practiced, like the violin."

 

--John Lubbock

 

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

 

And Nathaniel's travois from yesterday became today's dog sled - MUSH!!! There is always some new invention at the Green house...

 

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

 

The Green children placed the first daffodils of the year in a vase for everyone to enjoy.

 

And after spending hours in the kitchen, you don't need much of an excuse to switch from cooking muffins to holding an especially sweet one!

 

What happens when a 5 year old boy has been playing in the woods all day and can't seem to make the trek back to the house?

 

His siblings build him a travois,

 

and carry him up the hill to the house,

 

while taking breaks along the way.

 

Thomas was thankful for the sunny weather and enjoyed riding "Little Bit" today.

 

And this is what I saw staring at me today while I was nursing Autumn Faith. Such beautiful eyes...

 

Monday, January 23, 2012

 

A delicious bowl of tomato soup ...

 

A good book and a snuggly afghan ...

 

And a warm fire after bath, all make a rainy cold day more comfortable.

 

Saturday, January 21, 2012

 

"Hence a still higher test of a gentleman is his treatment of his own mother and sisters. His chivalry must show itself first toward those who are closest to him in natural ties. He must show them the truest deference.

 

He must treat them with that delicate regard, that gentle, affectionate respect, that tells of the loftiest gallantry. He must consider himself their true knight, whose office it is to throw about them every needed shelter, to serve them, and to promote their highest good in every way."

 

--- J. R. Miller

 

Thursday, January 19, 2012

 

"Here and there in many a quiet home there is a friendship between brother and sister, on which God's angels look with admiring love, which realizes all that is tender and beautiful in human attachment and affection."

 

--- J.R. Miller

 

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

 

Our children are constantly observing our words and actions. When I rounded the corner into the dining room this morning, I found Rosie discreetly nursing her baby doll.

 

And Julieann and Nathaniel were serious this afternoon building architectural structures. Everything went smoothly until...

 

they could not figure out how to assemble one piece. The problems for children 5 and under can be so stressful...

 

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

 

Afternoon tea time at the Green house is a New Year Resolution we hope to keep!

 

"Benjamin, you're the best woodcarver I know.."

 

"Really, I mean that."

 

"Actually, you're the ONLY woodcarver I know."

 

Monday, January 16, 2012

 

Remember the list of trampoline rules Joseph studied so intently?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Well, so much for the "one person at a time" rule...

 

And while all the jumping was happening outside, Miss Autumn Faith was sleeping so peacefully.

 

When it's snack time at the Green house, even the dogs come looking for their share.

 

And the goats have decided that magnolia leaves are the perfect snack for them. Then Momma has to call the Shakerock Farm goat herding team to drive them away.

 

Saturday, January 14, 2012

 

This is my Rosie, always smiling.

 

And what could be better than my baby girl playing contentedly on the floor?

 

Her brother and sister showing her lots of love.

 

The boys were working hard in the yard today digging trenches,

 

and splitting firewood.

 

Friday, January 13, 2012

 

Pink hats,

 

pink fluffy slippers,

 

and a pink snowman, all made the cold day a little warmer.

 

Thursday, January 12, 2012

 

Julieann and Anna Rose thought their baby doll diaper bags looked like chef hats today. Silly girls...

 

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - Happy 19th Birthday Daniel!

 

19 years ago I gave birth to our firstborn, a son, and my life changed forever. I learned how to survive on little sleep.

 

I learned that the beach is the best place in the world to a 2 year old.

 

I learned how important a hat is to a growing boy,

 

and also the latest technology. Thank you for the past 19 years...

 

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

 

And here is a picture of what the Green family looked like traveling down the road. We learned to just wave and smile when we got stares...

 

Kenny thought he would catch me on the beach with my baby and my camera.

 

Carolyn was my right hand helping me with Autumn Faith and the little girls.

 

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This is how the boys watched the little girls when they got a little too rambunctious.

 

Monday, January 9, 2012

 

SPUR OF THE MOMENT TRIP TO EDISTO BEACH

 

The Green family's favorite spot in winter is Edisto Beach - relaxing and searching for sharks' teeth.

 

When my sandwich bread is missing at lunchtime, Mama knows why...

 

Daniel and Thomas looked for shark teeth together and found several sand shark teeth.

 

Thomas was so excited to show me.

 

These are his trophies.

 

Nathaniel had to show me his prize also.

 

And Joseph enjoyed just kicking back and relaxing with toes in the sand.

 

Autumn Faith stayed close to Mama all snuggled in her sleepy wrap.

 

Saturday night after dinner, Benjamin carved a fish from palm tree bark.

 

And the favorite part of the day: campfire time with hot chocolate.

 

This afternoon as we were loading the camper heading home, Nathaniel turned to me and said, "Mom, when we leave somewhere, my eyes get teary." I knew then the importance of spur of the moment trips.....

 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

 

Play-doh has always been my favorite toy for the little ones during school time. They enjoy it soooo much and can sit for hours making "cookies" and other baked goodies.

 

And this is what happens when the little ones listen in to the discussions during Science class.

 

Recess time!

 

And we discovered the dogs had been playing in the trash (especially with dirty diapers).

 

Not a job Thomas looks forward to cleaning...

 

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

 

I found my boys heading to the woods today complete with belts and swords for an upcoming battle.

 

Of course a chivalrous soldier always helps those who are young in age.

 

And my silly children had fun making "books" for Science class today. The younger Green children are learning Biology along with Carolyn this year (and looking forward to the dissection part).

 

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

 

"The family fireside is the best of schools." - A. Glaslow

 

Monday, January 2, 2012

 

Today's rescue bird was the black capped chickadee.

 

And Carolyn finished knitting the boys' hats just in time for a cold, windy day gathering firewood.