May 26, 2020

We Lost Our Dog!

I remember looking forward to marrying Joey and the excitement of starting a life together! Marriage is a BIG deal! I was 21 and he was 25 when we tied the knot and ventured into this world as Mr. and Mrs. Kelley. 

photo by Jaclyn Brown Photography

After a few years we were ready to grow our family… so naturally we got a dog! His name is Mozart (like the composer). I surprised Joey for Christmas that year with a photo album of Mozart and told him we would be bringing Mozart home in a few days. 

How would I ever top that?!?

About 2 years after that we brought home a sweet labrador named Beyoncé! Unfortunately she was only with us for less than a year before a freak accident occurred. The night we lost her was really hard for our family. I say family because just one week before that our family grew again. We became foster parents to a 4 year old girl. This was life changing! We’d never been parents before and here we are with no experience bringing a little girl into our home. That’s what love does. We are pushed out of our comfort zone and into unchartered territory. 

At one point Joey and I thought we had mastered this whole parenting thing (go ahead and laugh). We had no idea what we were doing so don’t be fooled…

Along came a very crazy pregnancy and the birth of our precious Pippa! New challenges, less sleep, and a deeper understanding of sacrificial love. This year we officially adopted our daughter Lainee Kate just before the quarantine. 

This is starting to sound very rushed but all of these events happened over the course of 6 years. 

Two nights ago our dog Mozart slipped away from us late at night. Joey and I searched for hours while my parents stayed in with the girls. We made a bed downstairs and had doors open hoping he would show up ready to come home but we heard nothing. I posted his photo everywhere and neighbors even went outside calling for him late at night. Our spirits were down when we went to sleep that evening. We got up at 6 am and began looking for him again. Lainee Kate ran outside in tears yelling “Mo-Mo come home”. After hours of searching with no trace of Mozart my phone rang at 10:30 am… he was found! The joy we experienced bringing home our lost pup was so sweet. Here’s a short video of Joey and Lainee Kate giving Mozart a bath when we brought him home. 

“God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but of power, of love, and of self-discipline.”

2 Timothy 1:7

We are meant to love! Opening our hearts to care for an animal takes sacrifice. Loving a child who has been through trauma that you may never experience in your lifetime or having a baby of your own will change you forever. This isn’t “prosperity gospel” or “name it and claim it” but the complete opposite! The fear and anxiety we have focuses our attention on ourselves and our thoughts become consumed with hypothetical situations and we lose sight of God’s plan. 

God is in control y’all! 

1 John 4:18 says There is NO fear in Love. But perfect Love drives out fear!!!!!!   

Lord help me to radiate your love.

Once Jesus becomes our Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit lives in us and then we are equipped and empowered by Him! Imagine a love that is limitless and completely selfless.

The next time you face anxiety… ask God for help.


Valorie Kelley

  1. Rita Wade says:

    Touching and well said❤

  2. Connie Wood says:

    Your post are ALWAYS so poetic, inspirational and have so much love in them. I am so very glad you and the family ….are in my life. I count it as a blessing.

  3. Johanna says:

    I so enjoyed reading this!




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