Merry (belated) Christmas and Happy New Year! 2014! 2014! What?! I remember being a young kid, 7 or 8 and thinking about the years 2000 as so far in to the future, so far away, so “in forever”. Life is so fast and slow at the same time. 2013 was a challenging year for my family. We definitely had our ups and downs. I am looking forward to a new year! Now to catch you guys up…

Over the last month I had the privilege of caring for a little squirrel, whom I named Weasley. Yes, Weasley as in Ron, George, Fred, Ginnie, Charlie, Bill, Percy, Molly and Arthur. Weasley the squirrel came to us because he was attacked by the neighbor’s dog. :( He was left with a shattered right rear leg and a maimed and broken tail. X-rays revealed his broken bones and after consults with my vet and an exotics specialist, it was decided that cage rest, antibiotics and TLC was our only feasible option for the little guy. That or humane euthanasia. The first day, I was seriously considering euthanasia because of the extent of his injuries, but something inside me didn’t feel at peace about it. There was something about the little feisty bundle of fur that tugged at my soul. The first few days were touch and go, but slowly, steadily, he made progress. The dead tissue of his tail fell off, leaving him with a shortened, hairless “stub”. For about five weeks, Nate and I grew closer to Weasley. He began to trust us more and more, allowing us to pet him. He would even take food right from our hands. I have always appreciated all animals, but until Weasley I never realized just how much personality a squirrel had. Weasley’s favorite game was “wrestle with the human’s long hair”. He would grab on to strands of my hair that I dangled in his vicinity, similar to a cat with a string toy. He was such a riot the way he would rub all over his fresh, clean towels at night. His favorite foods were almonds and raspberries, which he ate every day, along with an assortment of other squirrel-friendly fare. Weasley recovered well and lived about five weeks as a pampered, loved little guy before succumbing to what we assume was a blood clot from his prior injuries that dislodged and traveled to his brain or from complications due to a possible underlying cardiac issue. I found him when I came home from work, snuggled in his bed. He was gone. My heart was broken. I cried and continue to grieve the loss of my little friend. I will always remember him, little Weasley. Such an amazing little animal. What a joy to know and care for he was. Having the opportunity to care for him reaffirmed my belief that all life is sacred. All life is precious and should be protected. Everything from the human lives of you and I to the smallest, little almond-loving squirrel. All life matters. This post is in tribute and remembrance of him. I love you Weasley the Squirrel and I always will. I’ll never forget you and your funny little antics.

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2013 has been a year of ups and downs, heartaches and triumphs. I am thankful to be going in to a new year, thankful for another year on this earth. I am thankful for my life and all that is in it, good and bad. Until next time.



Well, this is awkward. Nothing like not posting for almost four months. WOW. Don’t I have a bit to catch up on? Let’s see –

  • The husband and I celebrated our one year anniversary on October 5th – YAY! We spent a great and unexpected weekend in Orlando at Universal Studios and Islands of Adventure (HARRY POTTER!!!!!!!!!!!!). We drove down Friday morning, visited IKEA for the first time – AMAZING! Overwhelmingly large, but amazing. I found my next project table / desk. Looking forward to visiting again. Did the city walk at Universal Friday night, had a great dinner at Jimmy Buffets Restaurant and then drove to actual downtown Orlando for a drink and to sight see. Saturday morning dawned bright and comfortable. We visited Universal Studios first. It was great – TRANSFORMERS is a MUST! Poor hubs got motion sick on The Simpsons ride and had to take it easy for the rest of the day. We saved the best for last – The moment I had been waiting for –The Wizarding World of Harry Potter! Islands of Adventure was a great! My wonderful and patient husband,  lovingly walked from attraction to attraction with me, even thought he felt terrible. I’m a blessed girl to have him. I can’t say enough about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter – Lunch at the Three Broomsticks was so cool – the details are amazing! Butter beer (both variations) is SO DELICIOUS! I have to say, I believe I enjoyed the frozen variation best. Oh and for anyone heading there – The Every Flavour Beans really are EVERY flavour beans. I had the misfortune of biting into a vomit flavored one. Eww! It was a great weekend full of wonderful memories. More than anything it was great to get away for a couple of days with the love of my life.
  • I started working full time with my husband – He and two friends own a pet cremation business. Yes, really. More on what we do to come. It has been exciting, challenging, trying (haha), but mostly rewarding working with him. It has its moments when it gets me, due to the highly emotional nature of what we do, but it is nice to know that we are able to bring peace and closure to families that are or have recently having to say goodbye to their furry loved ones.
  • FALL is here (even in Florida) and I couldn’t be happier. October is my most favorite month, followed closely by November. Pumpkins everywhere! Cooler weather – YES, YES, YES! Boots, tights, flannel – YES, YES, YES! Fall is so fun!
  • All of the furry babies are doing well – Sushi is currently purring in my lap as I type this post.
  • There is much going on behind the scenes here at KellyElizabeth.org and I can’t wait to talk about it all. I have so many ideas that I am looking forward to putting into place very soon. I know, you’re probably thinking, “riiiight,” but I promise!

This is me signing off for the night.  Have a great week!

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Hagrid I should not have said that!

I warned you. I warned you of my tendency to quote/embed bits of HP in everything.

Do you have those moments where you instantly regret something you’ve said? Those absolute, “foot in mouth” moments, were you feel horrible, or ashamed, or horrible and ashamed over something you’ve said to or about someone or a situation? I know for me, those moments happen far too often and I am left completely frustrated with myself for not exercising better judgment. Words, once said can not be taken back, they can only be forgiven.  Speaking too much or jumping to conclusions about someone or a situation is a sin I struggle with daily. I try to do the right thing. I pray, asking for the wisdom to know when and what to say. I pray for the will power to resist those moments when I just want to spout off, hurling verbal daggers at someone that’s hurt me or annoyed me. I have good days and I have bad days, but I’m trying. I fall and I backslide, but I am striving.

I saw something in Hobby Lobby the other day that really spoke to my heart. It was painted on a perfectly distressed piece of wood and read, “Grace is when God gives us what we don’t deserve and Mercy is when he doesn’t”. I spend entirely too much time in Hobby Lobby and once I go, it’s hard for me to leave, but I can remember how that simple sign stopped me in my tracks. How often has God shown mercy on me and the choices that I’ve made? How often has he forgiven me for speaking harshly towards my husband? About a coworker or family members? To count the number of times he has extended grace and forgiveness to me would be impossible. Knowing this and holding this fact close to my heart, is the only thing that enables me to stop myself before I hurt someone with my poorly thought out choice of words or my snap judgments. I fail at this daily, but I’m getting better. Does anyone have any thoughts to add? Does anyone reading struggle with this problem? What techniques or methods have you instilled in your daily life to overcome the temptation to speak before thinking, before gossiping?

Proverbs 11:13 Whoever goes about slandering reveals secrets, but he who is trustworthy in spirit keeps a thing covered.




It is our choices that show who we truly are, far more than our abilities.

Well, I may as well admit here and now. I, Kelly, author and creator of KellyElizabeth.org am addicted to all things Harry Potter. You can look forward to countless quotes, references and extreme displays of nerdism in the future. Now that that’s out of the way… I happen to agree with the above statement wholeheartedly. It is our choices that dictate and decided the life we lead. Yes, we are all dealt a different hand of cards in the beginning, but it is ultimately up to us to determine the path we take. Bad choices, bad life. Good choices, good life. Certainly despite making a habit of choosing wisely, bad things will happen and that’s okay. Life is full of bad things, but bad things in the end are what make us grow. The bad things force us to deal with change, shaping and rearranging us into the person God intended us to be.

The world would be a better place if we as humans could all get our acts together. Seriously, I know that statement might come across as a little silly, but there is truth in it. The choices we make have consequences. For every action, a reaction, blah blah. Think before you act. If we all just stopped and asked ourselves, ‘Is this a good choice or a bad choice? How is this going to affect the people around me? How is this going to impact my future?’ , it would go a long way in improving the human race and the relationships we hold. Our choices, each one of them, no matter how small or trivial they may seem have consequences. Our choices affect those around us. At times, they affect others in ways we never imagined.

::Steps down off soapbox::

Well, now that I have that out of my system. Today is going to be a long, but good day. I woke up, I have air in my lungs and my heart is still beating. That is enough for me; everything else is just a bonus. Tonight is my late night at the animal hospital. I actually enjoy late nights with the crew on Wednesdays. Always fun and a bit crazy at times, but I love every minute of it. Thursday will be an early day, but a day spent in a mandated meeting. Meh. Friday is my OFF DAY! A day in which I am free to do whatever it is my creative little heart desires. Over the next few weeks, you will be reading about the 65th Wedding Video project I am working on for my Mamaw and Papaw’s anniversary party the end of June. My little sister is coming over on Friday afternoon to help me organize pictures so we can start putting it together. Well, we are actually adding on to it. My brother and I put the original video together 5 years ago for their 60th anniversary celebration. It will be work, but work well worth the time it requires. Well, the time has come for me to finish up things around the house before heading off to work. Have a great day all!

 

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