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 2010


Saturday, January 30, 2010




Thomas is a great assistant!


Working with Daddy's tools.


Daddy and Joseph make some decisions together.


Progress for today!


Friday, January 29, 2010


This morning during our prayer time in school, the Green family watched a video of a Haitian Orphanage.


My camera was beside my chair, and I watched the emotions of my children as they viewed the video.








Afterwards, we found Thomas contemplating by the window. Sometimes our children make the best prayer warriors.


Haitian Orphan Relief Video from Douglas Phillips on Vimeo.



Thursday, January 28, 2010




Julieann was barely walking the last time we visited MCG.


We have walked this hallway many times!


Julieann and Joseph looked at window displays while waiting on her appointment and....


enjoyed watching MCG campus activity outside the window.


This visit Julieann explained the brain chart to Daddy..


Dr. Park gave Julieann a special treat for a good checkup!


We are all thankful for the staff and doctors at MCG, but most importantly, we thank the Lord for Julieann's health and her remarkable recovery thus far from infantile spasms.


Wednesday, January 27, 2010


Finding courage.....


to be a conqueror....


of wooden fences once again!


Tuesday, January 26, 2010


Guess who got braces today?


And Julieann loves to look at them.


Peek - a - boo.



No matter the pain of the first day with braces, Carolyn delights in giving her little sister a kiss.


Monday, January 25, 2010


This past weekend brought sweet baby kisses and.....


more construction on the bathroom!


Benjamin helped build the floor joists.


The new shower is in place!


Today was a crazy Monday. But even in the midst of the craziness, the Lord showed all of us a little humor. Benjamin was working on his seek and find for his Bible story. Some of the words to find were : martyr, Stephen, Jesus, etc....The room was quiet, and all of a sudden Benjamin shouted out, "I FOUND JESUS!!!" We all laughed for quite a while.


It's funny when people truly find Jesus, and how it brings others searching.....


Friday, January 22, 2010




WRDW's TV station invited the Green family for a private tour!


Nathaniel was intrigued by the tall towers and asked the reporter if he could climb one.


Benjamin enjoyed looking around the waiting room.


We were just in time to watch Midday on 12 live !


WRDW's Will Nunley, who reported on the Green family last week, showed Daniel some of the news equipment..


Outside we learned more about the satellites.


Can you believe Grace was speechless when Will interviewed her?


Back home sporting Channel 12 News hats.


Thursday, January 21, 2010




When little Green children amuse themselves with a roll of toilet paper on a cold, rainy day then.......

it probably means a clogged toilet.


When the neighbor's dogs charge through your yard headed for the barn, then......

the chickens have probably found a way out of the chicken coop.


When the house is quiet and the lights are dim, then....

you'll probably find the Green children snuggling under a blanket with a good book or...


a sweet baby.


Wednesday, January 20, 2010




My camera was at home during this adventure, so.......you'll have to picture the sequence of events.


After piano today, with some of the Green children asleep, we decided to ride down some dirt roads close to home for some sight seeing. The road we normally take to look at cattle looked VERY muddy and I was afraid of getting stuck in a 15 passenger van. So.... we ventured further down the road to turn around in a driveway and head home to prepare dinner. I backed into the driveway, but missed it, ending up in the ditch with the van leaning to the driver's side and some very upset Green children thinking we might flip over. I tried to calm everyone down, telling them we would be alright, while Daniel tried to push us out of the ditch.


During this ordeal, a truck passed by offering no help. The children remembered their Bible story and said he represented the priest. After several more attempts a four wheeler passed by offering no help. He was the Levite. It was finally our wonderful neighbor (thank you Mr. Chalker, our Good Samaritan) who pulled us out of the ditch with his tractor.


Meanwhile, the owner of the house had called the police to make sure no one was hurt. I was speaking with her at the gate of her driveway when the four wheeler passed by again. She told the police she had been trying to catch him for awhile for tearing up her county maintained road. The police pulled him over and the owner was elated he was caught. She told me the Lord allowed us to get stuck in her ditch so she could finally stop this destructive activity. ----Romans 8:28 "We know that for those who love God all things work together for good.


And so the Lord allowed me to teach (1) His Word, (2) calmness and patience (with Momma in training as well), and (3) understanding (to my teenaged son who learned not to get upset with little ones who were afraid.)


Charles H. Spurgeon writes, "Every event as yet has worked out the most divinely blessed results; and so, believing that God rules all, that He governs wisely, that He brings good out of evil, the believer's heart is assured, and he is learning to meet each trial calmly when it comes."


Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Thou hast given so much to me,


Give one thing more --- a grateful heart;


Not thankful when it pleaseth me,

As if Thy blessings had spare days,


But such a heart whose pulse may be

Thy praise.


--George Herbert


Monday, January 18, 2010




Kenny and the Green boys worked hard removing old tile and rewiring lights.


Our new bathtub has found residence at the foot of our bed for the duration of the remodeling project.


Grace invented protective eye wear.......


A headband with saran wrap!!!!


Friday, January 14, 2010


See the Green family on Channel 12




Thursday, January 13, 2010


GRACE'S DREAM COMES TRUE !!!!!! (see post from January 7th)


The Green children were sooooo excited yesterday when WRDW Channel 12 called wanting to do a story on our family, farm life, and soapmaking.


Kenny enjoyed explaining how to mix the sodium hydroxide with our farm fresh goat milk. The camera man seemed to be a little more interested in Grace's explanantion!!!!!


The camera crew took video of the soap wrapping assembly line.


Kenny's interview about the value of hard work and what it teaches our children.


Stay tuned for the morning show on Channel 12 Friday, January 15th at 6:00 am to see the story of Shakerock Farm. You can also view the story about 10 am on the News 12 This Morning's website.


Tuesday, January 12, 2010


Lord Jesus, make yourself to me

A living, bright reality.

More present to faith's vision keen

Than any outward object seen.


--Hudson Taylor


Monday, January 11, 2010 - Happy 17th Birthday Daniel!


Today we celebrated Daniel's 17th birthday with a birthday pie!


Daniel loves Carolyn's apple pie, so instead of a cake, Carolyn and Grace worked hard making apple pies for the birthday celebration.


One of the finished pies!


Today was also Anna Rose's 1 month birthday! We took her in to the doctor for a checkup and she still has an irritated throat and nose. The pediatrician believes she picked up a little cold while she was a newborn going back and forth to the clinics for all her testing. We're continuing to keep her head elevated, nose and throat suctioned, and humidifier running at night. It is so hard for a newborn to shake a cold, but with nursing, we know she is getting plenty of antibodies. Please keep our new little one in your prayers.


Saturday, January 9, 2010




For four years we've been wanting to change the purple, black and green in the master bathroom. The Green remodeling crew has decided to tackle the project!


It may take awhile for everything to be completed, but with all the Greens working together, the work will be fun.


Nathaniel's favorite part is watching the demolition of cabinets and doors. To a little boy "demolishing" is a word he knows too well!!!!


Friday, January 8, 2010




Today we buried Skip, the Green children's very first horse. I believe Momma was a little more emotional than the Green children. They seem to handle death a lot better than I do. Perhaps growing up on the farm teaches them that death is a very large part of life.


Skip was a wonderful first horse for the family. Whenever a child would climb on his back, he would lower his head. All of the children could climb under him and around his legs. He lived a good life at 29 years of age!!!!


Skip with the Green children over 5 years ago!


"When we see our sons and daughters truly delight in friendship with an animal, we are reminded of how much more important it is that we delight in our own children.


Thank God that He uses the humor of living with... animals to add color to the canvas of family life. Thank God that He uses the responsibilities of caring for the lives of God's creatures as a means of teaching stewardship. Most importantly, thank God that we can learn to know and love our children in unique ways that might otherwise be unlikely, but for the opportunity to see them love and lead animals.


In the end, it may be that God uses the experience our sons and daughters have with animals to school the parents even more than the children."


- Doug Phillips



Thursday, January 7, 2010


After watching the Duggar family show, Grace is ready to start her own series complete with camera crew to follow her around daily. Stay tuned for "How to grow in grace......"


Wednesday, January 6, 2010




For Christmas, Kenny gave me a wonderful gift -- 12 months worth of beautiful flowers!!!!! I'll never know on which day of the new month they will be delivered, and I won't know what type of flowers until they arrive at my front door! I have been a little tired lately taking care of Anna Rose and her drainage issues, so a flower bouquet is a great way to lift the spirits!


Tuesday, January 5, 2010


Ice skating on....


frozen puddles.


And when you're up,


you're up.


And when you're down,


you're down.


And when you're only half way up, you're neither up nor down.


Monday, January 4, 2010


Anna Rose has been struggling with some excess drainage in the back of her nose and throat. Our pediatrician saw us tonight and said her lungs sound fine, and to continue with the cool mist humidifier and saline drops. We are to monitor her to see if any conditions worsen over the next few days. Please be in prayer for our sweet baby girl, especially her ability to breathe and nurse simultaneously.


Saturday, January 2, 2010


"Prayer is the lisping of the believing infant, the shout of the fighting believer, the requiem of the dying saint falling asleep in Jesus. It is the breath, the watchword, the comfort, the strength, the honor of a Christian.


If you are a child of God, you will seek your Father's face and live in your Father's love.


The motto for this year must be, "Continue. . . in prayer."


---Charles H. Spurgeon


Friday, January 1, 2010 - Happy New Year!




Tell me not, in mournful numbers,

"LIfe is but an empty dream!"

For the soul is dead that slumbers,

And things are not what they seem.


Life is real! Life is earnest!

And the grave is not its goal;


"Dust thou art, to dust returnest,"

Was not spoken of the soul.


Not enjoyment, and not sorrow,

Is our destined end or way;


But to act, that each tomorrow

Find us farther than today.


Art is long, and time is fleeting,

And our hearts, though stout and brave,


Still, like muffled drums, are beating

Funeral marches to the grave.


In the world's broad field of battle,

In the bivouac of life,

Be not like dumb, driven cattle!


Be a hero in the strife!


Trust no future, howe'er pleasant

Let the dead past bury its dead!


Act, act in the living present!

Heart within and God o'erhead!


Lives of great men all remind us

We can make our lives sublime,

And, departing, leave behind us

Footprints on the sands of time;


Footprints, that perhaps another,

Sailing o'er life's solemn main,


A forlorn and shipwrecked brother,

Seeing, shall take heart again.


Let us then, be up and doing,


With a heart for any fate;


Still achieving, still pursuing,


Learn to labor


and to wait.


--Henry Wadsworth Longfellow