Monday, November 25, 2013

Happy Birthday, Maisie!

I tried to pick my favorite baby Maisie picture for today, but I just couldn't.  It's fun to scroll back through them all.  Here are a couple you may not have seen - from her actual birth day. 

 
Tucked in Annmarie's coveralls.  Loved from the start :-).


Her first bottle.  She'd been tube fed all day, but figured out that bottle in no time ;-).

Maisie's always been a good eater.  She knows more than most how important it is for kids to get the good food they need.  For lambs in the past we've done Happy Birthdays that have benefited Best Friends and the local humane societies.  For Maisie's birthday, we'd like to feed some hungry children.

I learned about the Feeding America BackPack Program as an outreach from the Bluegrass Beekeepers club.  I'd never even dreamed that there were kids in America who didn't have enough to eat.  It's true, and right in our own backyards :-/.  

"There are children in America that rely on resources such as free or reduced-priced school lunch during the school year. The BackPack Program is designed to meet the needs of hungry children at times when other resources are not available, such as weekends and school vacations."

  • Backpacks are filled with food that children take home on weekends.

  • All of the food is child-friendly, nonperishable, easily consumed and vitamin fortified. 

  • Backpacks are discreetly distributed to children on the last day before the weekend or vacation

  • In addition to providing nutritious food to school children in need, some BackPack Programs provide extra food for younger siblings at home. Others operate during the summer when children are out of school and have limited access to free or reduced-priced lunches.

  • The BackPack Program became a pilot program in 1995. Feeding America approved the BackPack Program as an official national program of the network in 2006.

  • More than 145 Feeding America members operate more than 3,600 BackPack Programs and collectively serve more than 190,000 children each year.

  • In FY 2011, God’s Pantry Food Bank  (our local food bank) worked with 12 BackPack partner schools, distributing more than 15,700 packs to children in need.  



"I could fill a back pack!"


"I'd put in some Cheerios and some cookies and dog biscuits."


"And hay too, 'cause it's nutritious and yummy." 

What's actually the most helpful is money.  That way your food bank can buy in bulk and get exactly what they need throughout the year.  We can all do that.  Even a little bit can help.  Today, for everyone who leaves a comment wishing her a happy birthday, we'll donate a dollar to Maisie's local BackPack Program

 Happy Birthday, Maisie!



73 comments:

Maureen said...

Happy Birthday Maisie!!!!

Wow! How can it be a whole year already?

I just love the new lambie pics; she's given us such huge smiles this past year. Thank you for sharing her with us. Wonderful idea to share the love too on her special day. (She looks so cute with her very own back pack!)

Christine said...

Aw, she's such a good helper. :)

ladyfarrier said...

Happy Birthday Maisie!

I need orange said...

Love Maisie stuffing a pack for a needy kid.

Happy Birthday, Maisie!

Ed said...

happy b-day! Love the sheepskin vest pic..;-)

Shirley said...

Happy Birthday Maisie, you always were inspiring, and now even more so. We have a wonderful Christmas Hamper program in our town, where the whole community chips in to provide around 450 families with boxes of food, Christmas gifts for each child in the family, and other festive goodies. We don't have a Back Pack program in Canada, but it sounds like a good idea.

Patti said...

Happy Birthday Maisie!

Sarah S said...

Happy Birthday Maisie! Such a cute lambie!

Miha Giustina said...

Happy Birthday, Maisie! That pink color suits you well! :-)

Tombstone Livestock said...

Maisie is such a good Ambassador, and good to see she will share her supply of Cherrrios with her young friends. And good to include dog biscuits for her young friends pets too. That pink backpack is too cute, but then so is Maisie.

Michelle said...

Happy Birthday Maisie and what an inspiration your mamma is.

It is so sad that so many kids do go hungry. I know that in the elementary school that my son attended, all kids received free breakfast and I would average the free lunches were about 95%. His school draws from a very low income population. I also believe that his old school has the backpack program as well.

Thank you for your help and inspiration.

Nina said...

Happy Birthday Maisie! You're such a big, beautiful girl now. Stay away from the chickens though because we all know how they can lead the young astray!

Alice said...

My how she has grown! I remember when she was no bigger than your boot. She survived my turning her on her back, even!
Happy, happy birthday Maisie! the last photo is poster worthy….. you are a good steward!

Michelle said...

I'll admit it, Sara; I was a doubter. But you and Maisie overcame all odds and look at her now!!! My hat is off to you, and my heart bows to your love and perseverance.

Jody said...

Happy Birthday Maisie!
Those pics crack me up :-)

Judy said...

Happy Birthday Maisie! I love the photos of her, especially the first one. You can tell that she's loved :-)

flowerweaver said...

Happy Birthday Maisie! You taught us all about tenacity, which, interestingly, is a word that came from the wool industry as it related to the strength of yarn fibers. May your year be filled with love and cookies!

janna e said...

Happy Birthday, Maisie!

My daughter is currently student teaching at an elementary school where over 90% of the kids receive backpacks each week. So sad. What a generous gift you are giving today, Maisie!

DianeOart said...

Happy Birthday Maisie!!!

Such a lovely girl with a huge heart and a cute back pack.

Kylie said...

Happy birthday, Maisie girl!! I hope your day is full of love and hay!

KC said...

Happy Birthday Maisie! I have enjoyed the photos and reading about you and the rest of your family for years now. I think the back pack idea is fabulous and I will make sure I donate to it as well. Much love.

Tyche's Minder said...

Go Maisie. You rock.

Julia said...

Happy Birthday!

Lee Anna said...

Happy Birthday Maisie!

Many, many more - keep doing the good work you do!
Lee Anna

Brigitte said...

Happy Birthday sweet Maisie!

Debbie said...

Happy Birthday from Debbie and sheepies in WV

Shiralyn said...

What a treat it has been to watch Maisie grow up. Happy birthday to your sweet ga.

majorasue said...

Happy Birthday Maisie! Love the pic of her tucked in the coat. I once ran into town and did errands with a goat kid in mine.

Haley said...

Happy Birthday to Maisie! I love all your bottle lamb pictures from over the years (I think I started reading the year of Keebler and Graham Lamb).

Gloria19 said...

Hippo Birdie, Maisie! What a year
it has been. It's hard to believe
that that tiny lamb has grown into a great big girl. You have spirit and joy and it's been such fun watching you grow.

Stacey at Fearn Abbey Needleworks said...

Aw... So Sweet! And I love what you're doing to celebrate.

HAPPY BIRTHDAY, MAISIE!

Lori Skoog said...

Maisie is such a sweetheart. I'll bet she is having a great birthday party. Two friends of mine started the backpack program here in Brockport and we are in the second year.

Sheepmom said...

Happy Birthday Maisie! You are a great Lambassador and an inspiration to all. I hope you fill many backpacks!

Barbee' said...

What a wonderful way to help Kentucky kids. Thank you for doing this. Love the post.

Susan said...

Speaking of 'packed', our little Maisie has grown up! She is still the cute little stinker, though, and it's always so much fun to see your wonderful photographs of her (and everyone else...) Happy Birthday, Maisie!!

Melanie Crawford-Greene said...

Happy Birthday, Maisie! Thanks for bringing us all so much love and warm fuzzies. Hugs and scratches, Melanie :)

gowestferalwoman said...

Annamarie is my kind of woman -


first - beige coveralls - that says shes def. a woman of hope, because you can only wear those and HOPE they will not stain permanently..

second- did she clean out the mountain dew bottle before she added the milk supplement, or is she like me and says caffeine, although a diuretic, is a great kick starter for attempting to live? Also,it being the diet version, shes not getting loaded up on unnecessary sugar either?


Maisie - happiest of Birthdays, and we hope you receive a kevlar helmet for one of your many presents!

And the backback food pantry? YES YES a thousand times YES! Wonderful idea!

YarnKettle said...

Happy Birthday Maisie!

You and your Momma are certainly beautiful on the inside and outside!

MarmePurl said...

You're a special one Miss M. Happy Birthday!

Jan baby said...

Maisie always mixin' it up. . . H. B. to U.

pat said...

Happy birthday Maisie!

Far Side of Fifty said...

Happy Birthday Maisie! A whole year old..you are something else...I hope you get extra cookies today:)

Cappy said...

Happy Birthday Maizie! So happy you made it to one year old! It's been fun watching your adventures! grin

Suz said...

Happy Birthday Maisie!
You are the little lamb I will always remember..even into my twilight years...and it will always bring a smile on my face
thank you
and I love your selflessness packing that backpack ;)

Pam said...

Happy Birthday, Maisie! I, too, was a doubter, but you showed me, and I'm so glad you did!

Keechy said...

Happy birthday, Maisie! You cutie!

Mary Ann said...

Happy birthday Maisie!

Jean said...

Happy Birthday Maisie!

DJ said...

Happy, happy birthday Maise! You look splendid with your pink backpack.

a486f2dc-70da-11e0-84b7-000f20980440 said...

A roller coaster year! Happy birthday, Maisie. Thank you for bringing joy to my house with your antics. May you have many, many more boxes of birthday Cheerios.

schoonoverfarm said...

Happy birthday Maisie!

Susan Mckee-Nugent said...

oh boy oh boy oh boy..........
so that's what the back pack was about! Fantastic. I have donated!
GO MAISIE!!!

CathyD. said...

Happy, Happy Birthday Maisie, It's hard to believe you're all grown up. And such a beautiful, big girl you've grown to be. Thanks to your mom for sharing it all with us. And thanks to your mom for the wonderful idea for your celebration. Your pink backpack is just the cutest.
Tell your friend Hank I'm sending Love and Hugs to him too.

Deb W said...

Gotta help Maisie fill some backpacks! Happy birthday sweetie!

peggy reed said...

Happy Birthday, Maisie -- you have brought us all a year of entertainment -- here's to many, many more!

The Dancing Donkey said...

Happy birthday Maisie!

Rachel Berry said...

Happy Birthday Maisie!! Much love and hugs from Nibbles and all your sheepy friends here in Deerfold.

Elnini said...

Happy Birthday big little Maisie !!

Shelley said...

Happy Birthday Maisie! All grown up to be a beautiful girl.

zooperson said...

Happy birthday, Miss Maisie. I can see you know about the joy of sharing as you get out your Cheerios and cookies to put into those backpacks. Your pink one is especially fetching. Your mama and your kitty who kept you company and warm really "did good" and here you are today all "growed" up. Well done!

Marsha said...

Happy Birthday Maisie!

Laura Nugent said...

Happy Birthday Maisie!

Kanisha said...

A wonderful idea the happiest of birthdays Maisie X

Unknown said...

Have a very Happy Birthday, Maisie!!!

Jenny Glen said...

It may not have seemed it at the time, but it was fortunate that that very bad dog chased your mommy off so you could go live at the best place in the whole world for well loved sheep.
Happy Birthday, Maisie!

Andee said...

I may be late, but Happy Birthday Maisie!!!!

Dianne MacDonald said...

Sorry-I'm late to the party! Happy Birthday Amazing Maisie!

Mary said...

Happy Birthday sweet Maisie! What a wonderful, loving post. Many hugs to you all. :)

Tiggeriffic said...

Received my calendars.awesome!!! We have back packed food program for kids at local school. I get to take the backpacks to the classrooms. Its an awesome program for children.
Ta ta for now from Iowa.

Wol 'n Draad said...

Happy Birthday Maisie!! Hope you had a lovely day!
Hugs, Ineke

BarbaraH said...

Happy Birthday Maisie.

Auntie Reg said...

Happy Birthday Maisie. 20 is visiting today and said he wished you a happy birthday also. 20 wanted to remind your Mom that he has a back pack and will help with feeding the poor little children.

truthbtold said...

Happy birthday my darling maisie girl !

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