Got an announcement, y’all!

I’ve started a new blog and officially just published my first post!

(I will still be blogging on Anne and Brooke.)

Y’all have been so awesome and loyal so i hope you’ll come visit:

                            Country Bling

                 acountrygirlslifesite.wordpress.com

See Ya There!!

~Anne

 

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Dinner…

My mom was out of town for nine days. Nine days, I tell you! How was I supposed to survive a whole week being the only woman in the house?! Granted, I am only fifteen, but still, I consider myself a woman. Especially since I am most likely done growing at five foot four and a half inches tall. And of course, I am off subject. Back to my point.
HOW WAS I SUPPOSED TO SURVIVE A WHOLE NINE DAYS WITHOUT MY MOM?! I am totally calm. Not overreacting at all.
Whenever my mom leaves on a trip, I am usually put in charge of the food. Bad, bad, bad decision! I somehow mess everything up when I am in charge.
Day 1: We went out to Burgerville for lunch, and got enough to hold us over for the rest of the day, with a few snacks here and there.
Day 2: I made orange chicken! And rice. You can’t forget the rice. That was easy. Put the chicken on a pan, preheat the oven to whatever, stick the chicken in, and set the timer. The rice was a little more difficult, but my dad thankfully helped me out with that.
Day 3: Salmon and steamed green beans are my absolute favorite dinner meal. My mom left me instructions for the salmon, and my dad was again there to help me. It went pretty well until I dropped the salmon. Big no no. I was putting the pan in the oven, when it just flopped over. I stood where I was looking at it. My dad came over, saying “What did you do?” I had no idea. The salmon we were able to save. It had fallen face down on the inside part of the oven door. I just didn’t tell my brothers about the little accident.
Day 4: This meal was supposed to be fairly easy, but I had never made it before. Not even with the help of my mom, so I was completely on my own. Pasta and meatballs. Not exactly my favorite, but I was trying to pick a meal that was kinda in the middle of easy and hard. I wanted it done by five thirty, and it took about fifteen minutes to make, and just to make sure I had it all done on time, I started at five-o-clock. First, I couldn’t figure out how much four quarts was. So I asked my older brother to look it up, and he did. I was going to do two bags of pasta, but thirty-two cups of water in one pot didn’t sound like a good idea to me. I had sixteen cups of water in my pot, put it on the stove top on high, and dumped the noodles in. Here is my first error. Instead of waiting for the water to get to a rolling boil first, I just added the noodles in. Obviously it wasn’t coming to a boil and I was getting annoyed, so I looked back at the instructions. I scooped all the noodles out, dumped the water, and began refilling it at the fridge. I had to put something away real quick, and the water pouring into the pot wasn’t much yet. But still, it fell. Water splashed all over the floor, my face began growing hot, water was still pouring it of the fridge. After I had cleaned all of that up, everything went pretty well. All except for the fact the I forgot about the meatballs, so I just stuck those in the microwave.
Day 5: Fortunately my brother took over for this meal. Even though it was just mixing up a bowl of Asian salad from Costco.
Day 6: I slept in late, so when I got up at eleven thirty or noon, it was almost too late to start the dinner I wanted to make. I was doing crockpot chicken. I ended having enough time. I dumped all the ingredients into the crock pot and it began cooking! Four hours later, and it was done, along with a nice spinach salad. Now that is what I call not failing on making dinner.
Day 7: We had left-over noodles, meatballs, and green beans.
Day 8: We ate out. First, a big lunch at Burgerville, and second, we had Mexican food after seeing a movie.
Day 9: I can honestly say that I do not remember what we had for dinner.
I was the happiest person on the face of the earth when my mom came home the night of the ninth day!

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