I can’t remember a time when I didn’t dream of visiting (and moving to)the great state of Montana. I can’t recall when I fell in love with photographs of breathtaking mountain ranges capped in powdery snow. I don’t remember a definitive moment when I my heart first began to race at the sight of the unstoppable rush of crystal, blue rivers. Photographs of open valleys, green in the summer, bursts of yellow, orange and brown in the autumn have always brought me joy. I can’t explain the feeling easily, but surely I’m not alone. Montana – wild, harsh, winding, open, extreme. I am certain my human mind can’t begin to imagine the glories of heaven, but when I try, Montana is what I see. I’ve never seen a place in photograph or person that compares.

My husband and I travelled to Montana in October 2015 for our wedding anniversary. I visited my favorite place on earth in my favorite month. What a dream come true!

Montana

Montana -Glacier National Park

We flew into Spokane and spent our first day driving through Eastern Washington (gorgeous!), Northern Idaho (stunning!) and eventually to Libby, Montana. My husband lived in Libby for 6 months many years ago with a previous job (completely jealous), so he was familiar with the area. Driving towards Montana I was like a child on Christmas Eve. I waited 30 long years to see my heaven on earth. My husband chuckled frequently at my constant photo taking. I’ve seen my share of “mountains” back east, in California as well as Nevada, but nothing and I mean NOTHING compares to the Montana mountain ranges. Nothing. I found myself thinking, ‘is this even real’ often.

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Montana – FINALLY!

As you can see above, this photograph was taken just 14 miles from Troy. Troy is roughly 60 miles southeast by way of car from the Canadian border. Libby is a small, logging town located 12 miles east of Kootenai Falls, MT.



Wow. Who’s the biggest blogging slacker in the history of bloggers? ::Raises hand:: Sorry y’all. How have I been over the last SIX MONTHS you ask? Life is great, I really can’t complain. I have been a busy little bee, working hard and finding new artistic loves. Ceramics have taken over my free time. I find myself daydreaming about my wheel. I am obsessed with glazes and mud tools. I physically miss the feel of clay under my hands during the day. What can I say? I’m addicted to this new love of mine, ceramics. Our city has a wonderful art resource for all ages and levels of expertise. One of the many classes they offer is beginning ceramics. I enrolled just after the first of the year and have been in love ever since. I had a rough start, lots of lumpy, goofy pots, but I’ve loved it from my first class. I had the privilege of taking group pottery lessons with my cousins and siblings as a small child from the legendary, D.X. Gordy. I remember being fascinated by all that is ceramics even as a small child, but like with most things in life, life just got in the way of my pursuit of it over the years. I took 12 weeks of classes in a group setting and have taken off with it. I am by no means an expert in any capacity, but I am improving and learning every day. I’m making pieces these days that are useful and beautiful and that I’m proud of. It is an incredible feeling to sip a hot cup of coffee from a mug you created from a ball of clay. It is such a rewarding passion, pottery. I purchased my very own wheel a few months back and have enjoyed practicing at home, when I can’t make it to the studio. I’ve come a long, LOOOOONG way since that first night in class in the studio and I still have SO MUCH to learn. I am excited and thankful to have stumbled into this new passion of mine.

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Life outside of the studio is wonderful as well. My wonderful husband just added a HUGE deck off of the back of our house. I know we will enjoy having the added space and the entertaining opportunities more space brings. I foresee myself spending many an evening reading out under the stars on our new deck. The business is so busy. SO. BUSY. We are incredibly thankful to be busy, but it can be a bit exhausting keeping up with everything. I am a proud sister, as my “little” brother will be graduating from the police academy in just a couple of weeks. He has been one of my closest friends, my confidant & my partner in crime since infancy and I couldn’t be prouder of him. I am so excited to see what God has in store for this exciting season of his life. He’s an incredible person and I am thankful he has found something he will enjoy making a living at. My sister gave birth to her fourth little one the end of April. My newest niece is precious and a joy to know. Life is great. We’ve recently returned from visiting family on my husband’s side of the family. Our nephew on his side just turned one and is absolutely precious. We had a great few days of seeing his mom, stepdad, two sisters and their families. We are blessed with great families on both sides. All of the furry kids are well, thankfully and adorable as usual. Stay tuned for updated biographies of our little ‘furry family’. I know, I know, I always say that. I promise, I am typing it as soon as I finish here. :)

Well, I need to go switch the laundry and get ready for a brand new week. I am thankful for a new week, a new chance to get it right, make it count. Until next time, y’all.



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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