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.


November 2010


Tuesday, November 30, 2010




No shoes to hide her tiny toes,

No stockings on her feet;

Her supple ankles white as snow,

Or early blossoms sweet.


Her eyes so like her mother's eyes,

Two gentle, liquid things;

Her face is like an angel's face---

We're glad she has no wings.


- Unknown


Monday, November 29, 2010


An English minister once said to a bright little girl...., "If you will tell me where God is, I will give you an orange."


"If you will tell me where He is not," promptly replied the little girl, "I will give you two."



Saturday, November 27, 2010


Today we visited the sawmill to load some boards for building Joseph's sheep barn.


Of course we had to share some of Shakerock Farm's goat milk soap with Mr. Wallis Purvis.


And construction began by setting up the corner posts.


Nathaniel is definitely a hard worker!


Friday, November 26, 2010


The horse.....


The feet.....


The Farrier.


Thursday, November 25, 2010 - Happy Thanksgiving!


"Ought not the children of their (Pilgrims) fathers rightly to say: Our fathers were Englishmen who came over the great ocean, and were ready to perish in this wilderness; but they cried unto the Lord, and He heard their voice, and looked on their adversity.....Let them therefore praise the Lord, because He is good, and His Mercies endure forever."


- William Bradford, Governor of Plymouth Plantation


The tables were full.....


and so was Grammy's lap.


After a delicious dinner, it was time for the Green children to perform a play about the life of William Bradford. (Thank you Bethany for taking pictures!)


And Carolyn's piano music was perfect for each scene.


After dinner, Grandpa gathered all the grandchildren for a good ole fashioned game of baseball.


Daniel and Joseph waited patiently for some action.


And Grandma and Anna Rose cheered the teams on.


Sometimes the grandchildren hit the ball a LITTLE too hard!!!! Poor Grandpa. He will be sore tomorrow.


And Dixie refused to move off of 2nd base.


"Someday, it will be my turn to play."


Wednesday, November 24, 2010


Today, the inside of the Green house was filled with Thanksgiving preparations while.....


the outside was alive with the "sound of music".


And when all the Green girls are busy in the kitchen preparing delicious Thanksgiving dishes, guess who takes care of Anna Rose? So sweet -- my oldest with my youngest.


Tuesday, November 23, 2010


While Carolyn, Joseph, and I were cleaning and organizing for Thanksgiving, we noticed the house was quiet and the other Green children were not upstairs cleaning like they were supposed to be. I looked out the window down by the barn construction and saw this:


Green children happily playing see - saw.


Of course I had to take a break as well and grab my camera.


And who got the best end of this deal?


Monday, November 22, 2010


So who's the director of the Thanksgiving play this year? I believe Julieann thinks she's in charge.


And Joseph reflects on her suggestions for improvements in acting....


Daniel and I were running errands this evening and I remarked about the sunset while driving home. Little did I know that Joseph was taking pictures at the same time at home from our porch.....


Saturday, November 20, 2010


A great day at Pioneer Days in Lincolnton!!! The weather was beautiful and we enjoyed visiting with old friends and meeting new ones!


Once again, Carolyn sold out of her goat milk fudge and was successful introducing her gourmet goat milk caramels. A special thank you to Nikki McGraw for the help with Carolyn's pioneer costume!


Daddy took the Green children to several demonstrations while Carolyn and I worked in the soap booth.


Thank you to Grammy, Grandpa, Grandma and the Farmer family for helping with Julieann and Anna Rose. Your help was greatly appreciated!


Grace enjoyed EVERY bit of her cotton candy.


Carolyn spent time taking a break with our neighbor, Heather, and the little ones between soap sales.


Pioneer Days is always one of our favorites!


Friday, November 19, 2010


Today the Green children spent the afternoon watching the crop duster plane flying over the pastures. There were times the pilot was flying REALLY LOW and would wave back at the children.


Nathaniel got sooooooo tickled at how LOW the pilot was flying, and said he almost got a haircut. He is so hilarious!


Hope to see everyone at Pioneer Days in Lincolnton tomorrow. The soap and lotion boxes are packed and ready to go!


Thursday, November 18, 2010




When Julieann awakes in the mornings, we tell her that her hair looks like a mouse nest. When I asked her what slept in her hair, she responded, "Elephants and tigers".


And after dinner when Nathaniel remembered some cookies that had been in the pantry for quite a while, he brought them to the table saying, "Mom, we need to eat these up before they're dead."


And another tidbit to add to our list of remembrances: Thomas and Nathaniel's word for yesterday is "last morrow".


Such sweet words fill our days.


Wednesday, November 17, 2010


Carolyn spent today working on our soap booth display for Pioneer Days in Lincolnton this Saturday. Our lotions are now available in a larger size (by request) and our Christmas soaps are wrapped and ready for gift giving. Stop by our booth and visit with us!!!!!


Tuesday, November 16, 2010




and IMAGINATION of childhood. I am thankful to be able to watch my children in awe of the simple things....


Monday, November 15, 2010




Nathaniel at the sheep pen.


Joseph faithfully spending time with his flock.


A Green child favorite: jumping hay bales.


And I caught these two.....




to conquer the world.


Saturday, November 13, 2010


What traveled with the Green family in the back of our van today for almost 3 hours across Georgia?


Shetland sheep!!!!!


Joseph has been saving his money for quite some time to purchase these delightful creatures. And the other Green children helped pick pecans to make sure he had every cent needed. Joseph tried to win their trust today since he is now their new shepherd.


Friday, November 12, 2010


The Green children have been working hard picking up pounds...


and pounds...


of pecans.


And if all the buckets are being used, you learn to make do with what you have.


This afternoon we loaded up all the pecans to cash them in at Atwell Pecans in Wrens so the Green children can purchase...............(to be continued tomorrow).


Thursday, November 11, 2010 - Veteran's Day


Last night Mr. Ken Adams visited once again and showed everyone how to cut wood blocks for carving.


All the Green children enjoy learning from Mr. Ken's experience.


Benjamin has been working on carving out the inside of his spoon.


And today this is how I found the Green crew during school breaks, after they had confiscated all of Shakerock Farm's soap scraps for practice carving!!!


Tuesday, November 9, 2010


Sometimes when downloading pictures from the camera to the computer, Kenny and I receive some surprises! These pictures are a result of Mommy and Daddy running errands and some "little" Green children borrowing the camera.





























Monday, November 8, 2010


This is how I found Nathaniel this afternoon, laughing and giggling. Sometimes when Kenny calls at lunchtime and asks me how the day is going, I tell him the children are "climbing the walls". Now, he believes me.


Saturday, November 6, 2010




Thomas and Nathaniel recite their verses from Kenny Green on Vimeo.


Friday, November 5, 2010


No matter how upset Nathaniel and Julieann are with one another, they always hug, say "I'm sorry", and ask for forgiveness.


Of course Julieann ALWAYS has to end the reconciliation with a kiss. If only we adults could forgive so easily.....


Thursday, November 4, 2010


I am very thankful for our school year thus far. We've been working hard since July, with a few days off here and there to enjoy the beautiful weather. Some days we did not accomplish our work in all subjects, but even if we only come together in the morning for Bible and prayer time, recite Scipture and have meaningful discussions, then the most important "education" has taken place for the day. I have come to realize that the "perfect" day does not exist, for then if it did, we would lose our sight on heaven where everything will be perfect. So Kenny and I ask ourselves, "What should be the goal of our homeschool education?"


According to Mike Chapa, "If you were like me, our primary and secondary education taught us to focus on ourselves. It taught us that excelling in school resulted in a good job so we could make a lot of money so we could raise children to excel in school so they could get a good job and make a lot of money, etc. Lather -- rinse -- repeat...that is what it says on shampoo bottles."


We hope and pray our children will first and foremost love the Lord and His Word. Everything they see and do ALL day long should be for the love of Jesus. I enjoy reading the wisdom of C. H. Spurgeon. When I found this quote, I just sat back and said, "Wow!" He writes, "What more can I say? Are there no ambitions among you? I know there are. Young men, consecrate yourselves to God this day. If you have looked to Jesus and trusted Him, serve Him forever. Preach Him if you can; go abroad into the foreign field if you may. If you cannot do that, make money for Him that you may give it to His cause. Open your shop for His sake, let everything be done for Jesus. Take this henceforth for your motto---All for Jesus, always for Jesus, everywhere for Jesus. He deserves it. I should not speak to you if you had to live in this world only. Alas, for the love of Jesus, if thou wert all and nought beside, O earth! But there is another life---live for it. There is another world---live for it. There is a resurrection, there is eternal blessedness, there is glory, there are crowns of pure reward---live for them, by God's grace live for them. The Lord bless you, and save you. Amen."


Wednesday, November 3, 2010




"(God) puts our prayers, like rose leaves, between the pages of HIs book of remembrance,


and when at last the volume is opened, there will be a precious fragrance springing from it."


- Charles H. Spurgeon


God not only hears our prayers, but delights in them as well --they are fragrant to Him. This is something I need to remember amidst the busyness of the day.....


Tuesday, November 2, 2010





And today we had to bury Alvin, the stray cat that showed up at our house this past spring. Unfortunately the children discovered him under our porch where some neighborhood dogs had attacked him. He was the BEST cat ever....


Monday, November 1, 2010


We snapped this picture with Kenny's cell phone while Thomas was undergoing some testing at MCG today. Thank you to everyone who remembered Thomas during this doctor visit with the pulmonologist. He was very brave once again while the nurse drew blood. The doctors are trying to understand why his sweat chloride levels were elevated during his last testing in February. Please continue to pray for Thomas...