Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood
With 125 million albums sold in the US alone, Garth Brooks is probably the most successful solo artist in the United States. After his divorce in 2000 from Sandy Mahl he begun a relationship with a fellow country music singer; Trisha Yearwood.
They got married on December 2005.
Gary LeVox and Tara LeVox
The lead singer of the “Rascal Flatts” Gary LeVox has been married to Tara Vernon since 1999. Gary said that the first time that he saw her, he knew he was going to marry her and he remembers having a extrange sensation at the moment.
LeAnn Rimes and Eddie Cibrian
A famous country singer by the age of 13 who has remained famous ever since, LeAnn Rimes married her current husband Eddie Cibrian after having an affair with him and divorcing her previous husband Dean Sheremet in 2010.
Jennifer Nettles and Justin Miller
The lead singer of Sugarland (a country duo), married her current husband Justin Miller in November 2011, after divorcing her previous husband in 2007. They dated for 2 years after her divorce before getting engaged. She gave birth to a son in December 2012. They named him Magnus Hamilton Miller.
Martina McBride and John McBride
After crossing over into pop-country style and gaining nationwide appeal (specially outside the country world) Martina McBride has been married since 1988 and they have 3 daughters. Her husband John McBride is an audio engineer.
Amy Grant and Vince Gill
Amy Grant is a media personality. She’s an author, an actress, a songwriter and of course a singer. She’s not however a country singer but more of a Christian gospel performer. She performed in a country music special on christmas alongside country singer Vince Gill. They became good friends. Both divorced their partners and got married. The ceremony took place on March 2000.
Jamie Lynn Spears and Jamie Watson
The younger sister of Britney Spears (the famous pop star) became known due to her role on Zoey 101 back in 2005. She became notorious after she got pregnant when she was only 16 years old and her career paused as a result. She started singing country music and released a single in 2005. She started dating Jamie Watson, a voice actor in 2012. They dated for 2 years and got married in New Orleans, in March, 2014.
Jason Aldean and Brittany Kerr
The very successful country singer has reached spot number one with his singles eighteen times on the Hot Country Song Chart. He apparently had an affair with Brittany Kerr (an American Idol contestant) whilst still married to Jessica Ussery whom he met in High School. After getting a divorce he dated Kerr for a year and married her in March 2015.
Shania Twain and Frédéric Thiébaud
The best selling female artist in the history of country music, Shania Twain, the Queen of Country Pop divorced her husband, producer Robert John Lange, after he had an affair with her best friend, Marie-Anne Thiebaud. Shania then married the former husband of her former best friend, Frederic Thiebaud in 2010.
Clint Black and Lisa Hartman Black
The renowned country singer had 30 singles reach the top 10 on the US Country Billboard charts. Twenty two of those reached No.1. Clint Black married Lisa Hartman, an actress, and after living in L.A. they moves to Nashville in 2002.
Darius Rucker and Beth Rucker
Darius Rucker used to be the lead singer and guitar for “Hootie and the Blowfish” and went solo first, as an R&B artist. He transitioned into country music afterwards and signed with Capitol Nashville in 2008. He married in 2001 to Beth Rucker after having a daughter with her in 1995 when she was his girlfriend.
James Otto and Amy Alderson
A member of the MuzikMafia (a group of country musicians who in their own words “create music without prejudice”) married Amy Alderson in October 2005.
Keifer and Shawna Thompson
The country duo who’s had two #1 singles charted both on “Hot Country Songs” and “Country Airplay” have been married for more than 15 years.
They’ve never stopped performing together.
Phillip Sweet and Rebecca Sweet
Phillip Sweet is part of the Country band “Little Big Town” and plays the guitar. He’s also one of the vocals (the members of the band all sing in rotation) and he got married to his now wife Rebecca in March 2007.
Craig Morgan and Karen Morgan
Craig Morgan released his first album in 2000 and seventeen of his singles were on the Billboard Country Charts. Six on the Top Ten. He’s married to Karen Morgan. They lost a son on an accident on the Tennessee River. His body was found 10 days later.
Thomas Rhett and Lauren Akins
Thomas Rhett has had six #1 singles on the Hot Country Songs and Country Airplay charts. He married to Lauren Greggory in October 2012 after knowing her since the first grade of school. They had trouble conceiving and decided to adopt a child. During the process they found out Lauren was pregnant. They plan on keeping both.
Sam Hunt and Hannah Lee Fowler
Sam Hunt and Hannah Lee Fowler recently got engaged in January 2017. Hunt has shared that much of his music has been inspired by Folwer. For example, his album Montevallo was actually named after the town that Fowler is from. In an interview with E! News Hunt shared: “I had never visited Montevallo, but right before I left to go to Nashville I met a girl from there. A lot of the experiences I had with her and the relationship I had with her, that inspired a lot of the songwriting on the album.”
Kelsea Ballerini and Morgan Evans
The Country pop star was recently nominated for a Grammy for Best New Artist. Kelsea Ballerini got engaged in December 2016 to Moran Evans, an Australian musician whom she met while co-hosting an award show in Australia.
Mo Pitney and Emily Bankester
Mo Pitney released his first album in October 2016. It got to #10 on the Top Country Albums Billboard in a week. He met his wife Emily as a teenager and according to him it was love at first sight. They got married in March 2016.
Dean Berner and Rachel Beauregard
The former member of “Edens Edge” a country group, is currently engaged to Rachel Beauregard, who’s part of the duo “Native Run” that also plays country music. Dean and Rachel got engaged in April 2016. He shared the news of his engagement on Facebook.
Craig Wayne Boyd and Taylor Borland
The former contestant on “The Voice” Craig Wayne Boyd met model Taylor Borland when he was taking part in the aforementioned singing competition. They started dating and got engaged in June 2015. They’re now married and have a daughter.
Nick Hoffman and Natalie Murphy
Nick Hoffman is fiddler and singer for the band “The Farm” whose first album (self titled) featured 2 Top 40 singles on the Country Airplay chart. He got married to Nathalie Murphy, a singer-songwriter. The ceremony took place on May 2016.
Woman hatches beloved new pet from egg bought at a restaurant
In some Asian countries, there is a culinary practice that many Westerners might consider unusual or even unappetizing. This practice involves cooking and eating fertilized duck eggs. Fertilized duck eggs are called “balut”. The growing chicks inside the eggs are typically still alive until they are cooked by being boiled. Then, the chick inside is eaten right out of the shell.
A woman in Malaysia decided to do a little experiment using balut eggs and took some home to incubate them. She was hoping to be able to hatch a chick out of the eggs, and she eventually succeeded. It took two weeks of waiting, but one egg hatched. The woman- a 39-year-old named Erica Lim- decided to name her new pet Daisy. Erica bought the eggs at a restaurant locaed in the town of Puchong.
Lim also constructed her own incubator to keep the eggs warm before hatching them. She made the incubator using a Styrofoam box. She also put some heat lamps over the box to make it warm inside. Lim learned from a first attempt at hatching balut eggs what mistakes to avoid to have success. She knew that she was successful with her egg hatching when she started to see a very small beak breaking through an egg she was incubting.
Although Lim was successful with one egg, she tried to hatch numerous other eggs that did not hatch successfully. Lim has said that she has really enjoyed raising her pet duck Daisy. Although she gave the hatched duckling the name Daisy, she typically uses the duck’s nickname to call it. Daisy’s nickname is Bibit.
After Daisy hatched, she neeeded to stay under the heat lamps for a while longer so that her feather could grow in a little more. Lim said that she now has had a very strong bond with Daisy after functioning as the duckling’s mom. Now that Daisy is all grown up, the relationship between Lim and Daisy is much like any other particularly strong pet-owner relationship.
There are many different things Daisy and Lim do together to have fun. For one thing, they spend time together watching TV. Lim also sometimes dresses Daisy up in various outfits, which Daisy doesn’t seem to mind much at all. Lim offers some containers of water that Daisy can swim around in and exercise her instinct as a duck for being in the water.
Though a lot like a traditional pet in many ways, Daisy grew up a lot faster than dogs and cats typically do. In fact, Daisy was already an adult after just a few months had passed. One great advantage that Lim enjoys having Daisy as a pet is that Daisy supplies the household with lots of eggs. Lim has gotten so many eggs from Daisy that she has had to start giving them away to people she knows.
Lim’s pet Daisy is 2 years old now, and from the experiment with the balut eggs Lim has learned just how enjoyable it is to have a pet duck.
What to plant to attract beautiful avian wildlife to your yard
Probably the best way to draw beautiful wildlife to your yard is to plant flowers, bushes, and trees that are useful to birds. Birds can use your landscaping features for both food and shelter. Creating an ideal wildlife for birds in your yard is an especially good idea these days because wildlife has lost a lot of natural habitat due to development and construction in areas all across the country.
If you want to learn all about how to attract birds, one great source of information is the website for the Audubon Society. On the website, you can use your zip code to get tips on attracting wildlife that are specific to the geographic region and climate that you live in. The Audubon Society site will provide you with a list of plants that are both pretty and non-invasive. These plants will make it so that your landscaping benefits avian wildlife in your locality.
The Audubon Society has taken the initiative to offer this great service on its site because a lot of wildlife species are struggling to maintain their populations. According to John Rowden of the Audubon Society, many bird species are struggling.
The following are a few tips the Audubon Society gives on its site. These tips can help individuals living in several different parts of the country to support local wildlife with the plants they grow in their yard.
If you’d like to attract hummingbirds to your home in particular, you can use windowsill planters. By planting bluebell-of-Scotland in your window planters, you could succeed in attracting hummingbirds from far-flung locations.
Passionflowers are beautiful purple flowers that are great for those residing in the Austin area or in other areas of Texas. The passionflower doesn’t just look great, but it is also effective at attracting cardinals to a home.
American Holly Berries
If you like large flowering plants, you can plant American holly berries in your Pennsylvania yard to bring mockingbirds to the area.
Residents of the Midwest can grow plum trees. These trees are known for bringing finches to homes located in the suburbs of Chicago.
The honeysuckle is a striking orange flower. In areas of the Pacific Northwest, these flowers are effective at bringing waxwings around.
If your home is located in a dessert area like in Nevada, consider growing golden currant in your windowsill. These flowers are effective at attracting wrens.
It doesn’t cost a lot of money to buy seeds for most of these flowers and plant them around one’s home. In addition to providing information on what plants to grow in one’s home to attract birds, the Audubon site includes a database of local chapters. Homeowners can find the Audubon chapter for their area to learn more about taking care of both plant and birds in one’s yard.
Finding the right plants for your yard on the Audubon website gives you a fun project to embrace nature around your home and improve the ecosystem in your area.
Caring for Baby Sloths So They Can Be Free
Why do we love sloths so much? It is completely unexplainable, but there is something so endearing about these cute, friendly creatures that live in South and Central America. They have made their way into our hearts and into our homes via several recent popular movies, but their real lives aren’t always as fun.
Orphans Need Extra Help
Like other kinds of animals, including humans, very young sloths don’t have the ability to care for themselves without help. There are places like The Sloth Institute, located in Costa Rica, which has 3 goals:
- to research sloths in captivity and the wild, including recently released sloths, and to share that information with other scientists around the world;
- to take the information gathered and share it in an attempt to help educate others about sloths; and
- to engage in conservation efforts that will help to minimize the effects of humans on sloth habitats.
As part of those efforts, workers at the Institute take in baby sloths who can’t care for themselves and help them learn how to be wild sloths.
Caring for Baby Sloths
The work is rewarding because the sloths are in need of help and the workers can clearly see the results in the lives they save. There is still a lot of mystery about sloths, though, as even scientists don’t know a lot about important things like social constructs and instinctual abilities of sloths. When they are orphaned, rescuers have to figure all that out to make sure they can take care of themselves around other sloths later. One really cute habit sloths have is clinging to almost anything, whether it be a tree, a person, or another sloth. This is actually important behavior that helps them to survive infancy.
Sam Trull is the co-founder of The Sloth Institute Costa Rica and she says that sloths don’t like being held in captivity, and she says they also don’t match the stereotype of being slow or lazy. She first came in contact with sloths when working for another rescue, and she voluntarily took on the role of surrogate mother for a recently orphaned two-week-old two-toed sloth named Kermie and fell in love with him. It took several months of care before he was ready to leave in what is called a “soft release.”
With a “soft release,” sloths get to take their time and decide when they finally want to leave for good. The sloths are put into a cage with the door open so they can come and go as they please.
Even after they decide to stay in the wild, the workers continue to keep track of them. Several are doing well, although some of the sloths they cared for died in captivity.
More On the Sloth Institute
Because it is not a sloth sanctuary, regular members of the public are not allowed to visit with the sloths at the Sloth Institute. The Institute strives to help the creatures as much as possible as far as getting comfortable again in the wild, so the sloths they help get as little human interaction as possible. However, the work done at the Institute will hopefully benefit not just the orphans they bring in but other places in the world that have vulnerable sloths that may need care.
Camp Offers Support for Kids with Cancer and Their Families
We see the images of kids who are going through cancer on commercials and billboards. But childhood cancer and the kids who go through it are more than just a disease. They have bright shining faces and a love for life and fun. Their stories are inspiring. They show such great courage in the battles that they’ve faced. It’s a battle that even the strongest among us would fear to face.
That’s why places like Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times are so important. It’s a safe place for kids who have experienced all the surgeries, chemo, radiation, pokes, and prods; but it’s for the family too. The kids have been through more than what seems possible for kids who are so young and fragile. But the family experiencing is all right along with the kids. They are there through all the treatment, the procedures, the waiting, and the hoping.
So camps like this are a way for the families to get away, have fun, share stories with others who have been there, and have fun.
Where Kids Can Be Kids
Cancer defines the child, and it changes the family dynamics. Every family who has a child who has gone through cancer treatment knows what it’s like to have their lives completely uprooted and changed by the cancer diagnosis. But, it’s more than the “c” word. It’s also the constant fear that every fall, bruise, or bump might mean something serious. Even a cold or the flu can mean another stint in the hospital.
Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times and other camps like it are designed to meet the physical and mental health of kids who have undergone serious treatments over months and years. The counselors are trained and ready to support their requirements, and every part of the camp is designed to meet and accommodate their special needs.
Remembrance and Making Memories
The reality of a cancer diagnosis is that it takes away so much from the kids and family. They’re often not able to go to school, go out and interact in public spaces, or even experience sports or many of the regular activities of being a kid. For a short span of time, the kids and families can forget about the realities of cancer. It’s not just an amazing experience for the kids and families, but it’s an eye-opening one for the volunteers and staff at the camp. There’s nothing quite like the experience of working with a family who has experienced cancer. Every person who is involved in this journey is heartened and inspired by the strength of the families, and the courage of the kids. They may not wear capes, but they sure are superheroes to everyone who knows them. It’s not an experience that they’d wish on their worst enemies, but Cancer does change every person it touches. Nobody is ever the same. It’s a different kind of normal, one that is celebrated and supported by this infusion of hope and fun.
Pets 101: Why Furry Friends Are the Perfect Solution for TLC Needs
Scarlet Ross first got involved with the pet therapy efforts of Human Animal Bond (HAB) after she and her 10-year-old too, her dog and cat to have pictures taken with Santa. A stranger mentioned the animal therapy group, and she quickly got involved.
What is Human Animal Bond (HAB) All About?
The Human Animal Bond (HAB) was launched by the US Military Veterinary Services as a way to build upon the bond between humans and animals. It’s a volunteer-based organization that is designed to offer comfort and support to military families. The HAB makes it easy for pet owners to become involved.
The animals pass a temperament test, the owner takes special training, and the pets are approved for use in the program. The owners can sign up for the therapy pet events that fit into their schedules. Beyond the care and support for military families, the HAB therapy pets participate in school-and-library events to help students learn to read. They also visit rehab facilities, nursing homes, and elder-care facilities.
What’s the Science Behind Pet Therapy?
Doctors, psychologists, and psychiatrists have long found value in therapy pets for patients. Research has pointed to health benefits that include reduced symptoms of depression, lowered heart rate, improved mood, and better coping for stress and anxiety. Of the 71 million American households, nearly 62% have one or more pet.
Beyond the positive effects to stress and overall happiness, pets and therapy animals have been linked to better cardiac health (healthier hearts), fewer sick days, more exercise, and fewer trips to the doctor or medical provider. A pet also has positive effects on asthma and allergies, while also contributing to a greater feeling of social support. There’s even a correlation with pet ownership and an improvement in performance on testing.
What Difference Can Therapy Pets Make: TLC of Pets?
While more research is needed, particularly related to the impact of pet therapy on stress and health levels for children, the evidence clearly demonstrates that animals offer support and care benefits far beyond a furry snuggle. An animal can help increase social interaction in a way that nothing else can, but even with a friendly presence, a pet can reduce feelings of depression, isolation, or loneliness for children and adults.
Even if the pet therapy simply means that a dog or cat is improving the quality of life and encouraging activities fo daily living, they make a huge impact. They are able to help children cope with stress and emotional distress, but they can also assist elderly adults in taking medication, climbing stairs, preparing meals, and performing other physical activities.
That age-old saying reminds us that a dog is “man’s best friend,” but science is now proving that pets can be much more than just best friends. With simple Tender Loving Care (TLC), they can help make life worth living, help overcome stresses, strains, and pains. They’re the miracle cure that nobody ever knew they needed. A therapy animal or pet might just make a difference in your life too.
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