I'M A MOMMY!!!!!


i am so BEYOND over the moon over this - i have ADORED elephants for i can't even tell you how long! - i've always wanted to travel to Africa and stay for awhile to really enjoy the country and it's wildlife - but the closest i ever got was watching National Geographic! *boo*

 But today - i am over the moon - to be the PROUD Mommy of an elephant in Africa at The David Shelfick Wildlife Trust !!! .. anyone can foster or donate to this AMAZING cause! - they are the single most fascinating creature to me!

here you can read all about my Melia if you'd like! - she was born July 3, 2008 - Melia and all the other orphans have keepers that stay with them 24x7! - the goal is to get them back into the wild - and each elephant eventually does leave! - the keepers devote their lives to these elephants!

what's fascinating is that when the elephants leave to go into the wild - they DO come back to the reserve whenever they have babies, get hurt, need water, or a new orphan elephant arrives! - how amazing is that?! - they develop such a bond and have such an emotional connection to their keepers - these elephants make life long connections here! - they literally come by just to say "hi" too! *sigh*

they say an elephant NEVER forgets! - and b/c of this - it can be the single most reason why some baby elephants don't "make it" b/c of the horror they witnessed when their parents were poached! - and did you know when an elephant dies - the elephants have a 'funeral' ?! - they all will visit the deceased and brush their trunks on the elephant to say their last goodbye! - HOW can your heart NOT drop?!!*awwwe*

my life goal is to visit Melia before she is released into the wild - but if i don't make it in time for her - i will have to settle by visiting my other foster elephants! - yes i will be fostering more and more and more - but PLEASE do HELP in this cause! - help and donate or foster an elephant - they can really use your help!!! - this is your chance to give back! - with as little as $50! - yes only $50! - that's less money you probably spend at your local Target in 1 visit!

** don't forget to enter the NECKLACE GIVE-AWAY HERE **

PS - each and everyone of you have an A-mazing weekend! - i'm not sure if i'm heading down the shore to get the boat ready to take out of the water or gonna stay put - either way it's gonna be LOW key for me! - i seriously need a 'do nothing' weekend - probably won't happen - but i'm shooting for one :o)

PSS - OMG I WON!!!! - Tiny Bit of Sparkle had a give-away - and i WON! - this is unreal! - i don't even win a piece of gum - and i just won 3 pairs of handmade earrings! - i'm so not one of those people who "wins" things - THANK YOU universe, i needed this boost!!!!

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  1. Awww...Congrats,sweetie...Melia is adorable...Such a sweet idea and lovely way to help animals:)
    Have a great Friday, my dear

    Ps: I am a proud mama of brown bear name Sara:)...(from our local bear farm)

  2. this is toooo cute. Yay! very pleased for you.

    Left a little award for you on my page. much love lady


  3. Awww congats ! She's beautiful :) Love elephants too, I am going to look in to this!

  4. OMG what a sweetie!!! Everything about the Lion King was right- the elephant grave yard! But elephants are such sweet creatures. I'll never understand how someone could kill these beautiful animals for just their ivory. How selfish is that? And sick!


  5. That is so incredible!!! Who knew elephants are so sentimental. I cannot believe how cute Melia is.

    And congrats on winning!

  6. I think it's beautiful that you are helping those elephants! I love elephants, too, and I just read about the way they all get mistreated in Thailand... it's horrible and it makes me SO angry.

  7. This is soooo cool. Very neat that they come back to the preserve to visit....cute!
    Have a Great Weekend, and congrats on your win ;)

  8. Aw, what a cutie! That's a great cause.

    Congrats on winning a giveaway! Send me some luck. :)

  9. I heard about this on Oprah! Such a cool organization. LOVE IT!


  10. Awww, she is adorable! What a great thing to do! Did you see this on Oprah? Her episode this week on animals had me crying while holding my cat and giving her kisses lol.

    Have a great weekend and congrats on the giveaway!

  11. Awh that's adorable! Congrats sweetie! Have a great weekend and congrats on winning the prize! xoxo

  12. Me, too! I am a HUGE Animal Lover. I've rescued a cat, a dog and a bunny rabbit. Of course I can't take them in myself (although I wish I could) but I try and find good homes for them. I could never be a vet though because it would break my heart if I had to deal with a "Marley and Me" situation : (

  13. that is so bizarre, I have always loved Elephants too. Once I had a dream that little tiny baby elephants were sitting by the freeway and I made my parents stop to rescue them. I was about 10 and since then my love for them have grown. So happy that you are the proud mommy of a beautiful girl. Hope you do get to see her off when she is ready to make her trip into the wild. I will definitely go check it out.

  14. he is ADORABLE!!! I bet he was tuff to deliver :-) I LOVE ANIMALS!!! Does he Sleep in bed with you??? HA! Have a great weekend!

  15. Awww, how adorable! Congrats to you and i so love elephants too. Happy weekend! xx

  16. i had no idea you could do this!! that is so awesome! congrats on becoming an elephant mommy, haha :)

    thanks for visiting me! i will be sure to enter your giveaway!

  17. I've never heard of any of this. I've learned so much today!! Thanks for the anniversary wishes also!

  18. I've never heard of any of this. I've learned so much today!! Thanks for the anniversary wishes also!

  19. You are my kind of gal! I am simply over the moon about animals, especially those in the "bush." As I flew into the bush in South Africa I saw a heard of elephants from the plane and my eyes swelled with tears. To be in a land that these animals are indigenous to and to not see it destroyed by humans was one of the greatest experiences of my life. I want to return again one day. Congratulations to you and Melia!

  20. Congratulations!:D Melia sure is cute!:D

    Have a wonderful weekend!:D

    ***** Marie *****

  21. so cute!
    did they talk about this organization on Oprah the other day? I was watching her show on the intelligence of animals and they highlighted an organization who takes care of elephants and the keepers also live with them the whole time.

    This is so touching and I am so glad you are fostering little Melia!

    -Morgan (Blackbird Fly)
    Blackbird Fly

  22. So so cute, and what a wonderful cause too!! I'm going to Sri Lanka next July and the one thing I'm most excited about is going to an elephant orphanage! I cant wait!

  23. Thank you for stopping by at mt blog! Your blog is lovely! I am a new follower now.

    The Girlie Blog

  24. How fabulous, darling!
    Love your new profile pic, too!


  25. This is so cool! I'm not ready for human kids, but I could handle an elephant! Adorable!

  26. such a lovely post and you're absolutely right - $50 seems like nothing considering what it will be used for :)


  27. How cute!! I love that idea!

  28. I love animals and elephants are sooo understanding!

  29. OMG! How cute is this little Jumbo...i love her name, Melia too! I never knew one could adopt animals like children...what a fabulous thing to do. im very tempted to have one for my own self too now =) great going gal!

  30. This is wonderful! Elephants are so cute! I didn't know you could foster one. That is so neat!!

  31. I adore elephants and Africa, I would like to go in this beautiful place! I hope you will do it! Nice post, very sweet ^^ Thanks for your comment in my blog. Are we already follower of each other ? :)

  32. Elephants are such amazing creatures. I adore them!
    I really admire you for adopting one of those beautys! Myself have adopted an orangutang name Kelsi, she is such a beauty as well and I am also a giver each month to a gorilla- foundation. Then I have my godchild Karim In Africa. It feels good to give doesn´t it:)?

  33. 1st super congrats, she's the most beautiful things I've ever seen!!! 2nd I'm obsessed with elephants too, you should take a look at my site haha. 3rd love your blog :)

  34. Oh my goodness!!!! That is so cool! I have a love for elephants too. I will have to look into this.


    p.s. Be sure to check out my giveaway when you get the chance!!

  35. Your passion is so great here and it just jumps off the blog into my heart :) I watched a documentary on Elephants and they are just amazing creatures, truly! This is very cool and I'm glad you shared. Elephants never forget!

  36. that's awesome - way to go, elephant momma ;)

  37. no way! shut up, i love this! i'm going to get one!! elephants are seriously my absolute favorite


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