02 November 2010

Happy Birthday, Annie! And a Giveaway!

Sometimes when I hug Annie, I feel like a little girl!
pic sent to me from my friend, Lucy!

One year ago tonight, at 10 minutes before midnight,
Little Miss Annie was born!

Miss D was such a proud Mama.
So was I!

After months and months of worry,
made her way into the world,
as a confident little foal!

After the birth, Miss D licked her clean.
Showing her love and bonding with her new babe.

Annie lay upon the straw in the fetal position
that she had been in for so many months.

She rolled over,and stretched her little body
out of the position it had been in for so long!

Looking at these long, long, legs~
I bet she was thinking,
"What do I do with these?"

Her little ribs poked out,
but she quickly filled out in just a week!

She kept snoozing on and off.
Little cat naps to make up for all the energy
she used up
coming into the

And then, at one hour old, she stood up!
No stumbling, weaving, or falling down.
And no help from us...
And walked over to Miss D
and began to nurse!

She nursed with a ferocious appetite!
She slurped, suckled, and swallowed.
Over and over!
It was so precious to listen to her.

Miss D couldn't keep her eyes open. She was so very tired!
I would have been too! Pregnant for almost 12 months and gave birth to a 75lb. babe!

After using up all her energy to stand,
walk a few steps,
and nurse,
she lay back down, in the soft straw, and slept.
Miss D slept also.

"What is all this Mama?"   "Well, Precious, this is Your World!"

Looking at the world
for the very first

Annie soon found out what those long legs were for!

After taking a jaunt around the pasture, Annie decided to nurse.
While Miss D kept an eye out for predators!

Such deep love,

for a Mama and her babe.....

For a few months we just called the new babe,
"The Little One"
Every name we had tossed around before she was born
got tossed out when she made her entrance!

And finally we decided on
It was such a mouthful for such a little girl,
we nicknamed her

Sometimes I forget she is also
 My sweet friend Andrea
Rural Revival
almost always refers to Annie as Andalucia!
I think this is so sweet :)

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Today was a special day.
I did a lot of thinking about the last year.
How time flew~

I gave Annie extra hugs this morning when I fed her breakfast.
She gave me "sloppy oatmeal kisses" all over my face.
And in my hair!

I am so blessed to be able to care for such wonderful creatures.

And so blessed to have this beautiful filly named
in my life!
I hope she knows how much I love her.
I think she might....

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Is this adorable or what?!

My awesome parents sent Annie a
"Happy Birthday, One Year Old"
And five bucks :)
So Little Miss Annie can go to the store
 and pick out a box of sugar cubes!
Well, they are her Grandparents...

 I decorated her stall door for the
Big Day!

And I did her forelock in a
pretty princess frou-frou
(you all know by now how silly
 I am when it comes to the "kids")

 Jane had a tramatic horseback riding accident last June.
We are so grateful to have her still with us.
Yes. It was that bad...

Our good friend, Jane, came to wish
Annie a Happy Birthday!
She brought one of Annie's fave treats~
Annie loves all the flavors except
She squints her eyes and makes funny faces!

Annie got to hear the
"Happy Birthday"
for the zillonth time!
Hey, you only turn

Cadence, Allure, Allegra,
and of course
Miss D
all had Popsicles
in honor of Annie's
big day.

Princess Allegra was sweet to Annie all day!
They even shared a snack of hay!
(I did, however, have to promise Allegra
to do her forelock just like Annie's.
On Saturday! oy.)

By the end of the day, Annie was all tuckered out.
She got cozy in her bed of straw.

And drifted off,
dreaming sweet filly dreams.

Dreams of running in her pasture,
dreams of her Mama who is also her best friend,
dreams of her barn family,
and dreams of knowing
she will always be cared for
loved beyond her wildest dreams!

Good and wonderful dreams
that every little filly should get
to dream....

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I truely hope you have enjoyed following
the first year
I have so loved sharing her story.
And there is so much more to come in the next year!

Because everyone has been so sweet and wonderful,
Annie and I
are having a

It is almost
"that time of year"
Because Annie loves Christmas,
we thought we would help
a lucky giveaway winner
get in the
mood a little early!

Holiday giveaway includes~
a sweet little felt pillow
with the word
on it!

And two adorable Christmas characters!
A moose and a snowman.
Their legs are made of miniature spools
and their little boots actually tie!
And their little sweaters and scarves will keep them warm,
while enroute to the
Giveaway Winner's


How to Win the "Happy Birthday, Annie" Giveaway!
~US and Canada only~

1.  Be a Follower and leave a
"Happy Birthday, Annie" comment
and let me know you want to enter!
And you will have One chance to win!

2. Be a Follower, leave a comment, Blog about the Giveaway 
and you you will get Two chances to win!

3. Be a Follower, leave a comment, Blog about the Giveaway and
put a button on your sidebar about the Giveaway,
and you will have Three chances to win!

~You must leave a comment to enter!

~You must leave a second comment to let me know
you blogged about the giveaway!

~You must leave a third comment if you blogged and did
a sidebar button about the giveaway!

Giveaway ends November 3, 2010!
 J will do the Random Number Generator.
Don't worry. He is really, really honest!

For those of you who do not wish to enter,
but still would like to wish
Annie bananie a Happy Bday,
please do so :)

I hope I explained everything well enough!
If you need assistance just email me at

And again...thanks so much for following
From my front porch in the Mountains!
And loving Annie...
It means the world to me.


Now go!
Wish Little Miss Annie
a Happy Birthday!

This was published on Oct. 28, 2010.
It is being reposted daily until the day of the giveaway!


Jeni said...

Happy Birthday Annie! You are a beautiful young lady =) Please count me in on your give away!

Rural Revival said...

Happy, Happy Birthday Senorita Andalucia! May the years to come be as filled with as much love, encouragement and good treats as they have been this very first year of your sweet life.

From all of us here at the old farmhouse we love you and we can't wait to give you a big birthday hug in person someday!

Feliz cumpleanos Andalucia! Ole!

Love, Andrea, The Artist and the Glimmer Twins, Whiskers and Callie

PS. Tell your mom, she is very sweet to have such a nice giveaway in honour of your birthday. : )

Lana said...

Happy Birthday Annie! Love your pretty pillow give away. Hope you get out and take those long legs for a good run!

Spring Lake Farm said...

Happy Birthday, Annie. May your next year be filled with as much love, joy and happiness that your first year brought (oh, and lots of carrots, apples and sugar cubes). :)

Misha - Where are you located in TN? We just moved our farm from GA to the northeastern tip of TN very near the TN/NC border. (Trade, TN)

Have a great weekend.


Snappy Di said...

Awwww, what a special day! She looks sweet all frou frou'd up! Love it!

Best wishes to Jane in her recovery too!

Happy Birthday, Annie!!


Deb said...

Happy Birthday to Annie. It looks like she had a great party with the popcicles and the pretty hair do. So cute that your parents sent her a card and money. It's been fun watching her grow this year through your blog and I'll look forward to the next year as well. Y'all have a great weekend!


Julie Harward said...

I thought I was already a follower...I am now! I so love the pictures of Annie and mama as she was a baby! They are both so beautiful! I wish I could be there to gibe her Birthday kisses! Love what your parents did..so cute1 Love the give a way too..very sweet! :D

Karen said...

I follow via GFC.
Happy First Birthday Annie!!

This is so fun ~ I would love to win this fab giveaway!

lemontart5kb at gmail dot com


Donna said...

Happy Birthday Annie!!! I know you are enjoying your day. Please have a popsicle for me! That is too funny! You have brought many smiles to my face when I was so depressed at times. Thank you sweet baby girl!
Hugs (give Misha one for me)

Donna said...

Misha, please enter me for your giveaway! I a follower, I have posted about you and Annie, and I made me a button for my sidebar about your giveaway! I hope I win!

Julie Harward said...

Misha...go to the place where you click on the button to.. "Publish"..your post and click.."post options"...click on that and it will open a space up..go to the right side and change the date and time..click publish!

Freda said...

I just found your blog, Donna sent me, and I love it. I became a follower and look forward to seeing more. Happy birthday dear Annie, hope you have many more. I would also like to be entered in the giveawayy.

Mary @ Neat and Tidy said...

I'm following!

Annie, you have grown into a beauty. Now how does Misha know you like popsicles?!

Heather's Blog-o-rama said...

Hi Misha.... My name is Heather. I'm visiting you from Donna's site over at Sugar, Spice & Southern Life :) :) The photos of your horses are so beautiful :) :) I was watching this show today called "Heartland"..and in this episode one of the horses gives birth to a baby foal...so adorable :) :) Have a lovely week. Love and hugs from Oregon, Heather :)

Ruby said...

Hi Misha...I just found your site over at Sugar, Spice, & Southern Life. Annie is so beautiful and my twin granddaughters dream of owning a horse some day. Happy 1st Birthday to Annie!!!

Ann On and On... said...

Happy Birthday Ms. Annie! I thought of you and your special day while roaming the mountains of Switzerland. (You're my first blog to read since returning last night.)

Ann On and On... said...

I posted/linked your giveaway on the left side of my blog. :D

Oops, I forgot to tell you to count me in on the sweet Annie b-day giveaway. (I'm a follower.)

Ann On and On... said...

Your button is on my blog... :D

Country Dreaming said...

Happy Birthday sweet Annie--
I have so enjoyed the stories tha Misha have told about you over the last year.
I can't believe you are one already.
Hope you have a wonderful year two!!


PS--Tell Misha that I am a follower and I'd love to be entered
in the drawing.

Happy Halloween too.

Sandra said...

Happy Birthday Darlin' Miss A; may you have many more filled with good health and happiness!

Rising Rainbow said...

Happy Birthday, Annie! Getting her hair done, birthday cards and even popsicles, Annie's been treated like a queen.

Amy said...

Oh Misha, that's a little unfair not allowing we in Europe to be a part of your giveaway...those Christmas decorations are ADORABLE!! Would have loved to have a chance to win them and have them here in my home....but since I'm not in the USA or Canada, then I'll just wish Miss Annie the happiest of Birthdays!! I've loved reading about your beautiful girl and her gorgeous mother and the other wonderful horses you have...if I ever died I'd want to come back as one of your pets...:-))
The card from your parents was TOO cute!! What great people!!
Hope you had a wonderful birthday Miss Annie, big big hugs from the gang in Norway :-))

BillieBee (billiemick) said...

Happy Birthday Annie!!! Please toss my name in to win.



jane augenstein said...

Happy Birthday to beautiful Annie!
Great post, gorgeous pictures of your little one how is growing up fast!!!
jane and gilly

Growing Up A Country Girl said...

Happy Birthday Annie - Misha this post (pictures) are absolutely beautiful! --- Our animal babies' birthdays are a big celebration!

I am happy to be a follower!

Amy Kinser said...

So nice to meet another Tennessean on here. I will sure look forward to keeping up with you.

So funny, but I heard someone tonight say they were from your neck of the woods. I have only heard of this place twice and both were today. Is that crazy or what?

God bless you!

Flat Creek Farm said...

Happy Birthday, beautiful & sweet Annie!! This post brought tears to my eyes. No doubt about it, this little filly is LOVED!! As are of course, all of the precious animals under your watch :) The card from her grandparents? Too sweet!! Well, I love Miss Annie too, and her hair-do is just perfect. Kisses & hugs to birthday girl!! -Tammy p.s. yes, indeed, please count me in on the giveaway too... love the cute Christmas goodies!! :)

Maura @ Lilac Lane Cottage said...

Happy Birthday Little Miss Annie!!
What a wonderful surprise from Grandma and Grandpa...that was SO SWEET!! It sounds like it was a wonderful day for all of you but most especially your little filly. Please give her a birthday scritch from me ok! Thank you. Have a wonderful week Misha and J...
Maura :)

K. T. Sparks said...

Oh my goodness Annie is such a little beauty! I just found your site through Jane Augustine's blog and I am so glad I did! Enter me I love the Christmas things and they would remind anyone who won them of your cute little Annie!

Feral Female said...

Happy birthday Annie! I already have your lovely button so count me in for the sweepstakes as well!!

Phyllis said...

I just want to wish sweet Annie Happy Birthday! She and her mama are just beautiful.

I was fortunate enough to watch the birthing of a foal one time. How strong and brave animals are - not weak and crying like us.

I can hear the love and dedication in your words and am glad your horses are safe with you. So many acquire and then sell - who knows how they end up.

Sweet dreams, little Annie. You and your family are lucky to be where you are!

RH (aka Lucy) said...

Ohhh...Happy Birthday, Sweetie! No one year old is cuter. I wish I could see her.

Kerrie said...

Happy Birthday Annie! Donna sent me over and I am glad she did. We used to raise Morgan horses in our youth. The first foal that was born was more exciting to my hubby than when he became a Dad-ha! There is nothing more beautiful than a new foal! Great post!

cottonfieldfarm said...

Oh my what beautiful horses, and that little Annie is so precious! I'm in LUV! I am now a new follower on GFC and would love to be entered in the giveaway!
Thanks and God bless.

Karen said...

Happy Birthday to the pretty baby!... Misha.. I went trail riding on the Air Line Rail Trails here in CT the other day... it was awesome!!!... Although you probably have much better trails out where you are than we do around rocky New England. I'll be posting on it tomorrow.

allhorsestuff said...

If my Wa mare could have seen me, just now, living on your photos of that drop dead gorgeous filly!!!
She's just so perfect! What a Gift....through she got birthday treats...she is OURS!!!

Happiest new second years beginning! ANNIE, LOVE YOU!
Wa mare & Kacy

Cheryl said...

I missed Dear Annie's first birthday, it sounds as though she and her family had a great day, I love the post!