Okay! So this being the first of June, I want y’all to inspire someone this month.

Encourage a family member, friend, or stranger. Maybe even a ministry. Someone who is living for God and trying to run his ministry on small amounted donations or on little energy.

Think of everyone who has inspired you! Maybe you and everyone else takes them for granted not thinking that they need a word of encouragement now and then.

You’ve got all month to do this: write, email, text, call or talk to as many people as you can think of. Don’t forget ministers, evangelists, singers etc…

I know a great many people whom I’ve already started to contact and encourage. Who knows……maybe you are the 100th person to send them a Bible verse or maybe you are the only one. You could make the difference in their day…….or week…..or maybe in their life.

If you are hard pressed for ideas, here are a few:

 

 

 

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Mark Cahill ministries @  contactus@markcahill.org   Here’s a guy that could really use some encouragement! Truly an amazing speaker! After listening to him, you won’t be the same. He lives his whole life for God and runs his ministry off of the donations he receives for his books and tracts. The trouble is that some people take but don’t give. Encourage Mark by sending him your tithe for the month or just simply looking into his ministry and sending him a word of encouragement.
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Garment of Praise Quartet darylrenita@gmail.com 
I’ve been going to listen to these guys all my life. They know my dad and grandpa and despite their own trials, they have prayed for our family through ours. They are the only quartet that I feel like crying after hearing them. Really talented men! I thank God for their inspirational music! They and their family have gone through a lot and I’m sure they would be truly inspired to get 1,000 encouraging emails from you all. 😉
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Redeemed Quartet  Redeemedqt@gmail.com  Now here’s 4 young men who started their own quartet to bring praises to God. You hardly find guys like this anymore. Giving up their reckless youth devoting it to God. I’m sure at times they do get discouraged and would love to hear from you all. Encourage them by letting them know how impressed you are by their devotion to God. Theses guys are true role models for all youth today.

Wouldn’t it be so awesome if we could flood these guys with 100 emails by the end of June?!? We could all really make a difference in their lives. Imagine how encouraged they would be to hear from as many bloggers from WordPress as possible! When you send them an email, sign off like this: Sincerely, Anne from WordPress.com. Let’s show ’em there are lots of people in the blogging world praying for them. Let’s strike for 100 encouraging  “contacts” (emails, texts, comments on their websites, etc…) for these guys!! I know we can do it! Tell everyone you know about them and have them leave a comment for them as well. Every time you or someone you know encourages one (or all) of them, leave a comment on this post and we’ll count up how many we got at the end of June. And remember, it takes less time to email 3 people/ministries than it does to text everyone you know,”Good morning!”. Wanna see if I’m right? Go ahead and do it and find out!!!

~Anne

Our cat just had her 3rd litter of kittens. I love all of them!  They are all so precious to me.

We kept one from the first litter and another one from the 2nd. Unfortunately my mom said, “No more.” So when they are old enough we have to put the Free Kitten sign out. 😢

I’m the kind of person that wont let any of her pet’s offspring go to a bad home. If it were my decision I would make each person who stopped take a polygraph test before they could take one. But it is hard to get rid of them as it is and my family is happy to give them to anyone. 😃

I always name all of the kittens. And these are unique names. Not names like Patches or Flower. Exquisite names that I have to like before I officially place them with the right kitten.

These are a few pictures of our kittens.

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Bagheerah and Vidar

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Little Hadley
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Brutus

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My baby Hadley in his toddler days.
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Saki on far right.

~Anne

 

 

A couple years ago I decided that I would like to raise goats. Since my Dad had goats when he was a kid, he was totally open to the idea. But with all the animals that we currently have and me not having a job, getting goats would only load another financial burden on my parents. So I’ve set aside my dream until I can get a job to support my new pets.

Lately, though I’ve been thinking more about rekindling my desire to own goats. We just recently built a rather large barn which has freed up space in our mini barns…….space which would be ideal for 2 or 3 goats. I would just have to get my brothers to move their chickens. 😉

I’m considering three breeds of which i might get: Nubian, Alpine or Nigerian Dwarf. And maybe when I’m older and before I’m too old to join 4-H, I may enter them in our county fair.

Nubians: My Most Likely Choice

Nigerian Dwarfs

Alpines

Anyway. One day I hope to own my very own goats and when I do they’ll be like my very own kids. 😉😁 (pun intended).

~Anne

 

Since today is Mother’s Day I decided to do a post in recognition of my mom/all moms.

Most people think that all a Mom has to do is change diapers, do a few dishes, a little household cleanup and then she sits down and works on her blog while the kids take a nap. 😉 Okay. Maybe everyone doesn’t think that…..                                             Anyway. The point is, not all Moms have it that easy, especially in families with lots of kids.

There are 8 kids in my family and my mom has homeschooled all of us since the beginning. Currently there are  5 of us still in school.

My dad has his own little online business besides his job so my mom helps out with that when he gets back from work. During the day, though, she does dishes, laundry, house cleanup, organization of rooms, and plus she teaches 5 kids in 4 different grades (my two younger siblings are in the same grade). That may not sound like much but she not only has to do her jobs but she has to remind all of her children to do theirs. (Except me. 😇)

My mom starts her day at 6am and doesn’t get to bed until at least 10 or 11 pm. And her day just doesn’t consist of simply getting work done. She also has to deal with family problems and the everyday bickering that goes on between siblings. Plus, just recently the death of my cousin and a very good family friend.

I don’t think we give enough thought into what an average homeschooling mom has to do. And my mom is so fantastic! She is able to handle everything and keep it together.

I think today we should give a round of applause to all the moms out there.

Happy Mothers Day and good job moms!!!

~Anne

                                        Nobody is perfect.

That is very true. But who’s standards of perfect are you going on?

  • There is the world’s definition of perfect in which you must indeed be perfect. Flawless. Your style of clothes, hair, the brand of every product you buy, the way you act and the people in which you keep company with all must be according to what’s the “in” thing, how is every one else doing it.
  • God’s definition of perfect would only be keeping his commandments and obeying Him. Living for Him.

There are many more and it may seem overwhelming at times trying to be perfect. You must run your life under a certain standard of perfect before you can achieve “perfection”.

Just think of it this way: The world’s way only means you must live your life in constant stress trying to stay perfect in the eyes of your  “friends” and even total strangers. This you will never achieve to utter perfection because the world is always changing. Something that is considered cool today will be ridiculed tomorrow.

The best and only way is down God’s lane. Listen up. Here’s why. Because God doesn’t expect you to be perfect. Because no one is perfect nor ever can be. God only asks that you love Him and do His will.                                                                                                            God doesn’t care if your current wardrobe is on this years fashion models or if your friends are cool or not. He only wishes the best for you and wants your complete and total love.

With that said,

                                          Nobody is perfect.

And we sure know it’s true.😉

~Anne

 

Have you ever just felt so overwhelmed with emotions that you wish you could throw your head back and scream? While that’s how you’re feeling on the inside you must remain calm and hold it in. That only seems to make it worse. I often feel this way and it is frustrating.

When the urge to do this occurs I often get mad and very ticked with anyone who crosses my path. I snap their heads off and that only makes them sad or mad at me. Even though it sometimes makes me feel better a new emotion sweeps over me: Guilt and sorrow. The only thing that can relieve me of this is to go and apologize to every person I hurt. In the end of this process I usually have forgotten all my other emotions. I’m not saying you should go snap people’s heads off to solve your stress problems but instead you should find ways to “scream”. Not a verbal, actual scream but a stress reliever “scream”.

  • Go outside and run around the house as fast as you possibly can until you’re dead tired. Then stop. Stop and lean up against something to catch your breath. Think about all the emotions that flooded you before you ran. Realize how little and needless they were.
  • Go somewhere private and laugh. Let it out. And if it is REALLY private where no one can here you, let out a scream or a loud groan at least.
  • If you can’t do any of the above (say you’re in a meeting or at church) excuse yourself and go into a room or the restroom. Lean up against the wall, facing it with your palms flat on the surface. Push as hard as you can. Just make sure it’s a sturdy wall before you do so. 😉
  • Lay on your bed and stretch. Let out a quiet or loud moan to let some of your anxiety out.

Those are my solutions. I hope they helped someone out there. And remember, next time your on your last nerve just throw your head back and scream!

~Anne