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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 2012

 

Saturday, June 30, 2012 - Happy 22nd Anniversary!

 

22 years ago today we began our marriage journey. To celebrate our anniversary Kenny and I decided (on such a hot summer day) to clean out our closet. I know, BIG plans for the day. However, we found some things to reminisce about together, and we came across this mug wrapped neatly in a bag...

 

How appropriate for an anniversary reminder!!! After a little more rummaging through the closest, we found a $25 Chick-Fil-A gift card. Carolyn said she would hold down the fort while we went out for a romantic chicken sandwich dinner. We finally made it back home in time to put the Green children to bed (after Kenny changed a flat tire in the 106 degree heat). And so we anticipate what the Lord has in store for us in the next 22 years...

 

Friday, June 29, 2012

 

Today Carolyn and I blanched the surplus of our tomatoes for winter stews and soups.

 

And the watermelon from our garden sure was refreshing this evening.

 

Thursday, June 28, 2012

 

Lots of tomatoes for summer salads and sandwiches!

 

Nathaniel volunteered to carry such a heavy basket.

 

And Joseph picked the first watermelon of the season.

 

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

 

We're back home again, enjoying the country life.

 

Everyone seems to be thankful for golf cart rides

 

and fresh air.

 

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

 

A candy store leads to difficult decisions for two little girls.

 

After much deliberation, Rosie picked good ol' tootsie rolls.

 

And everyone enjoyed the "Taste of Savannah" at the Convention Center. We sampled some of Paula Dean's food, some barbecue, Leopold's ice cream, and

 

some delicious cookies. I believe the girls had a very enjoyable time escorting their Daddy to this year's GMA Conference.

 

Monday, June 25, 2012

 

The girls are in Savannah with Mommy and Daddy!

 

Autumn Faith is always delighted to accompany Daddy to his conferences.

 

Today the girls loved watching the big ships come in to the harbor.

 

Saturday, June 23, 2012

 

We could cut some serious grass around the farm with 3 boys on 3 snappers. Someday...

 

Thursday, June 21, 2012

 

My sweet baby girl is growing up quickly. And she does not like it when Momma won't let her crawl around and chew on pencil erasers during school time!

 

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

 

Momma was a little under the weather today. Carolyn had two orthodontists appointments and had to go to work with Kenny, so Caitlin was sweet to help me with the Green children. Thank you very much Caitlin for your servant's heart today!

 

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

 

In about 15 years, this duo will volunteer to run all of Momma's errands!

 

Monday, June 18, 2012

 

Grandpa and Kenny enjoyed driving Daniel's jeep for a Father's Day excursion through the country.

 

This is how I caught Joseph this afternoon dreaming of the day he can drive the jeep!

 

And this evening Carolyn, Grace, and Caitlin spent time in the kitchen making pickles. The end result will be so worth the wait!

 

Saturday, June 16, 2012 - HAPPY FATHER'S DAY WEEKEND!

 

The weather was absolutely glorious for a pre-Father's Day picnic this afternoon.

 

Anna Rose agreed that food tastes better outside.

 

Everyone's plate was full of crackers, cheese, fruits, and garden fresh veggies.

 

Then we played frisbee and "shooter" weeds.

 

Carolyn held the coke while Autumn Faith provided the smile.

 

I believe this will be a Father's Day Kenny will always remember.

 

Friday, June 15, 2012

 

I love to see the self discipline in my children for Bible study.

 

And it was a fine morning for story writing. We're spending the summer refining our writing skills (and spelling skills). It is rewarding to see how much better spellers my children become when we take the words from their own stories and use them as a spelling list. The words become personal to them and mean so much more than a random list from a spelling text. After 15 years of homeschooling, my children are still showing us the most effective ways to teach...

 

Thursday, June 14, 2012

 

"...the truest defence a brother can make for his sister is a noble manhood in his own person.

 

He must exhibit before her continually a character without spot or stain,

 

with high aspirations, with generous sympathies, with pure, true, unselfish,

 

Christlike spirit and disposition."

 

---J.R. Miller

 

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

 

Running races...

 

and looking forward to the day when she can join the fun.

 

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

 

Rosie spotted Phoebe across the yard today.

 

And then she decided to wrap her little 2 year-old arms around her.

 

Phoebe patiently withstood a little girl's desire to hold and nurture something.

 

Autumn Faith watched as everyone picked vegetables in the garden this afternoon.

 

Thomas found a "whopper" of a cucumber.

 

And then I caught everyone sampling some of our produce. Everything tastes better straight from the garden...

 

Monday, June 11, 2012

 

Farm chores must be completed rain or shine...

 

Thankfully the weather cleared to celebrate Grandma's birthday this evening! Chinese doughnuts are a great birthday dessert on the front porch. But you can see Joseph's eyes wandering. "I see... maybe...

 

a ripe peach on the top branch.".

 

Time for a second dessert...

 

Saturday, June 9, 2012

 

Sisters

 

who love each other very much

 

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sometimes act a little crazy

 

and then pretend they're not related.

 

After the silliness, the little girls decided to look for cricket bugs.

 

And they found one!

 

This sweet girl decided she likes hats.

 

And also cooking with Carolyn. Autumn Faith's little hands and feet made cooking for Carolyn quite a challenge.

 

Friday, June 8, 2012

 

Autumn Faith wins the award for the best MCG sibling supporter. She was a sweetie sitting with Thomas during his asthma checkup today.

 

And we are so proud of Thomas for improving on his breathing test. Of course he wanted to celebrate with a frappuccino.

 

Thursday, June 7, 2012

 

Cutting the roses

 

to make a beautiful arrangement for the inside of our home.

 

Rosie insisted she could carry them all by herself.

 

And after the roses, came frogs.

 

"oooooh, they're so slimy!!!!!"

 

And our dinner this evening included garden fresh green beans.

 

The day ended with a tug-of-war between the girls and the boys. The boys won, but not without a fight...

 

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

 

While the big boys were inside learning their banjo lessons,

 

the little boys were outside exploring Mr. Dave's four wheeler.

 

And this evening the donekys enjoyed Carolyn visiting in the pasture.

 

Jack gently gave Autumn Faith a little donkey kiss.

 

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

 

This evening Nathaniel inspected the tomatoes to see if any were ripe. We'll have to wait a bit longer...

 

And everyone took turns learning how to do flips on the trampoline with Caitlin.

 

Monday, June 4, 2012

 

The best writing exercise, and most enjoyable one for our family, is "Story Starters." We show the children a picture, have them study the details, and then let them use their creativity to compose a story. Kenny and I love hearing the different stories from each of our children, and listening to the different perspectives from the same picture. This week's story shared a common theme from our budding writers: love of family and friends, and sibling sacrifice. This is Carolyn's story.

 

 

 

The Piano in the Garden

by Carolyn Green

 

"Wait Jeanne! I can hardly keep up with you even though you must hop 'round like some kind of insect on that crutch," exclaimed a boy of about seven springing up from a patch of grass where he had been peering curiously into a small hole. He now fell into stride with his sister while he brushed off his trousers and straightened his cap on top of his sandy colored hair.

 

"It's only 'cause you stop at every little object or bug that catches your eye," she said. "And besides," she added as if an afterthought, "someone who has hopped on a crutch their whole life is bound to be rather good at it." She looked away, her eyes traveling over a lush green field where a small herd of cows grazed under the shade of one of the many old trees that grew along the road they were passing.

 

"Only a little farther to Mrs. Graves", she said, in a tone that made Martin (for that was the boy's name) look up quickly and notice for the first time how tired his crippled sister looked.

 

Her usually rosy cheeks were pale. Her clear blue eyes had a hazy look in them, and her lips were parted as if she were out of breath. But Martin knew that his sister would do anything; even hobble five or ten miles instead of the two to reach Mrs. Graves' home for her piano lessons that she took two or three times a week.

 

Because Martin's family was not very wealthy, they were not able to afford a piano, so Jeanne must go over frequently to practice her pieces at the Graves' home. Usually, however, Jeanne's elder brother accompanied her to her lessons and so was able to help her along, especially where the road was steep and rocky and she had trouble walking with her crutch. But that morning Edward (her elder brother) had left early, and so young Martin had to fill his brother's place. Edward never minded accompanying his sister, and Jeanne never minded asking him, for Edward loved his crippled sister very much.

 

"Here we are," Martin's voice rang out. He jumped in front of his sister and swung open the front gate to the Graves' beautiful Victorian home. Jeanne hobbled forward and laid her hand on the gate. She took a step forward and then suddenly swung around, her golden curls gently slapping her cheeks.

 

"Listen," she whispered. From the side of the house came the sound of music.

 

"Oh, Mrs. Graves probably has the parlor window open. Come on Jeanne," and Martin started up the walk.

 

"No Martin, it's coming from the garden. I can tell," said Jeanne, and without waiting for her brother, she hobbled around the house.

 

Martin shook his head, but having nothing else to do, he ran after her, and overtook her just as she reached the elaborate iron gate, which was partially open. Jeanne and Martin both paused and stared at the pretty scene inside the garden gate. A beautiful new piano was sitting in the middle of the wide brick walk with Mrs. Graves playing a soft, slow song which seemed to go perfectly in the garden. Her daughters were gathered around her listening, and her only son bent over the piano dropping small leaves onto the keys, until one of his little sisters with a frown, brushed them away and whispered to him, which seemed to distract him for awhile.

 

And there at the side of the piano listening attentively was Edward. He must have caught sight of Jeanne and Martin, for he suddenly whispered something to the small group. Instantly the music stopped and they turned towards Jeanne, and with a smile Mrs. Graves rose from the stool and said, "Here Jeanne, this is for you, your very own piano."

 

For a moment Jeanne could not believe it, but then she saw Edward smiling, and she knew he had bought it for her. Now she would have a piano to play whenever she wished, and never again would she have to hobble two miles down the road simply to practice her lesson. Edward had given her a wonderful gift, and so had Mrs. Graves. Edward had worked hard to earn enough money to buy that piano, and Mrs. Graves had the kindness and the patience to teach her how to play. Both were gifts she could never express her thanks for...

 

Dedicated to Mrs. Margaret Ezell, Carolyn's piano teacher of 5 1/2 years

 

 

Saturday, June 2, 2012

 

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My beautiful trio...

 

 

And we love using Great Grandmaw's lemon juicer and glass pitcher with Grammy's lemonade recipe.

 

What happens when a little 2 year old runs away with part of a lemon?

 

She soon discovers how sour it is!

 

And the front porch is a great place for everyone to read their stories written in school this week. Some made us laugh, some made us cry, and we're so proud of our literary artists.

 

Friday, June 1, 2012

 

A DAY FOR...trike rides with brother,

 

cotton candy lollipops,

 

pesky flies,

 

cucumbers from the garden,

 

and acrobatic jumps.