I Have BIG News to Share

October 30, 2012

I have BIG news to share! In two weeks, I’ll be on my way to India. India!  Can you believe it? I’m honoured and humbled.  I’m both excited and terrified.

As the crow flies, it’s 10, 200 kilometres from Brisbane, Australia to New Deli in India.

as the crow flies from Brisbane to New Deli

Together with Eden from Edenland, Carly from Smaggle, Mischo Baranovic and Joy from World Vision, I’ll be visiting visiting different parts of India, to see first hand, the innovative development and inspiring community driven change fostered by World Vision projects.

This is an opportunity to use my blog to give a voice to others, and that thrills me. What an honour!  It also scares me.   I feel a burden of responsibility to get it right.  To say it right.  But, as always, I’ll come back to telling stories of truth.  Because, I can do that.

I’m also feeling  nervous about leaving my children.  Oh, I will miss them!  They will be fine, I know (in fact they are excited about staying with their Aunties); I’m leaving them with people who love them, and who I trust, but I’ll be so far away.  You never stop being a mother, even when you’re kids aren’t with you.

Mothers. Children. Yes, this is my heart, and if raising my voice can improve the life of one child, and one mother, that’s where it all starts. Because seeds grow.

I’m just one girl.  I’m not remarkable, or important.  I’m not a journalist, or social worker.  I’m not representing media and I don’t have a fixed agenda.  I’m just one girl, but I’m going to India and I’m taking you with me through stories and pictures. To tell stories that are, so very often, forgotten by mainstream media.

Come with me

I plan to blog while I’m over there (when I can), and so I’m asking all of you, is there a particular topic you’re  interested in me covering?

It’s happening

Travel vaccinations are done, my Visa is in and I’ve started packing.  It’s really happening!

travel shots

What do you think????

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Yvette @ Little Bento BlogNo Gravatar October 30, 2012 at 11:03 am

My MiL is off to India in 2 weeks to with her Church! It will be her 2nd time, but they are building a school this time around! Wonderful cause!

Hope you have a wonderful time!

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KellyNo Gravatar October 30, 2012 at 11:17 am

Yvette, that sounds amazing. What a beautiful thing.

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MeeganNo Gravatar October 30, 2012 at 11:27 am

Exciting times!!!
xo

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar October 30, 2012 at 2:46 pm

You bet!

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fiona chandlerNo Gravatar October 30, 2012 at 12:27 pm

lucky lucky you.Yes can you take pics of colour, lots of colour. the markets spices… I will be eagerly following along. stay safe and have a wonderful time

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar October 30, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Oh yes!!! Oh I will Fi! I’ve heard the colours are just incredible! x

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PlanningQueenNo Gravatar October 30, 2012 at 12:52 pm

Cannot wait to read your posts Kel!

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar October 30, 2012 at 2:47 pm

Thanks for your lovely support, as always, Nic.

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Sue PetersNo Gravatar October 30, 2012 at 12:57 pm

My husband and I went to India last year so I’ve got a couple of suggestions of things to take… Take baby wipes, water in your suitcase (it can be hard to get as soon as you arrive so it’s good to have some with you)’ a small pillow, mozzie spray and gastrostop. Have an amazing time!

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar October 30, 2012 at 2:48 pm

Sue, thanks so much for the tips. Especially the baby wipes…I didn’t think of that.

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MaddieNo Gravatar October 30, 2012 at 1:03 pm

yourock.com

Hope you have an absolutely amazing experience xxx

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar October 30, 2012 at 2:49 pm

Thanks Maddie. yourockback.com

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Claire Chadwick @ Scissors Paper RockNo Gravatar October 30, 2012 at 2:06 pm

Good on you. What an awesome experience. I really take my hat off to you and the other bloggers going. You’re all doing a fabulous thing here. Looking forward to following the posts and feed.
Travel safe. x

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar October 30, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Hey Claire. I know I can speak for all the bloggers going in saying, that it just makes SUCH a difference having the support from people like you. I feel like crying in a way, when I think about us all together…not just the bloggers, but us all in this space…it just feels so real, and true…People talking with people. People encouraging people. Not sure if that makes any sense, but…just thank you.

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Sue MeggisonNo Gravatar October 30, 2012 at 2:12 pm

That’s so exciting! A friend of mine recently went to the Phillippines, she has two young children, one preschooler and one in kindy, and for every day she was away (2 weeks) she had a wrapped present and letter for them each. She said they never even had one day when they were upset that she was gone! Everyday they had something to look forward to from Mummy, and it really kept their connection alive. Hope that helps!

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar October 30, 2012 at 2:45 pm

Oh Sue, thanks so much for that. I just love it. Wonderful idea!

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Sam StoneNo Gravatar October 30, 2012 at 2:23 pm

Hey Kelly! You are doing a wonderful thing. Of course you will miss your kids but they will be so proud of you and what a great example you are setting them.
Also, you are remarkable and important!
I can’t wait to read all about it!

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar October 30, 2012 at 2:57 pm

Awww, thanks Sam. When this came up, I asked me 11-year-old what she thought about me going…and if she felt happy about it…and you know what she said? She said, “Mum, I’ll miss you but I really love it that you can have these adventures. I mean, we get heaps of adventures as kids, and I’m glad you can have adventures too.” Bless her heart! x

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Sam StoneNo Gravatar October 30, 2012 at 3:27 pm

Totally bless her heart!

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VickyNo Gravatar October 30, 2012 at 4:20 pm

That is wicked. She gets it. Well done you. :)

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar October 30, 2012 at 4:28 pm

She’s such an insightful thing :)

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Mum's the WordNo Gravatar October 30, 2012 at 3:02 pm

I think that it’s totally awesome!! to help people with your blog is amazing! safe travels x

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar October 30, 2012 at 3:41 pm

It really is. Thanks for being part of that awesome. x

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katepickleNo Gravatar October 30, 2012 at 3:55 pm

So excited for you guys! Will be holding your hand every step of the way!!

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar October 30, 2012 at 4:27 pm

Love a bit of cyber hand-holding.

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CatherineNo Gravatar October 30, 2012 at 3:56 pm

Fantastic news enjoy every moment. Look forward to your updates

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar October 30, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Thanks so much for taking the time to leave a comment Catherine. Means so much to me x

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PaulaNo Gravatar October 30, 2012 at 5:21 pm

How exciting! You will be changed forever! I would love to go overseas on a missions trip as I know it would be a blessing all round! Enjoy! I can’t wait to read about your adventures. Pxo

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar October 31, 2012 at 8:07 am

Thanks Paula. I spent a few years in PNG with my parents when I was young, and I really do think it gives you a entire new perspective on life! x

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RobynNo Gravatar October 30, 2012 at 5:57 pm

I’m SO excited for you!!!! :)

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar October 31, 2012 at 8:08 am

I knew you would be!!

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Melissa RogersNo Gravatar October 30, 2012 at 5:57 pm

Wow what an amazing opportunity! Enjoy every moment – India is a wonderful, magical place full of incredible highs and lows and beauty. Looking forward to following your adventures x Mel

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar October 31, 2012 at 8:10 am

Thanks Mel. I’ve heard such amazing things about Inida. I’m really looking forward to see, first hand, the work World Vision does there.

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Jodi Gibson aka Lipgloss MummaNo Gravatar October 30, 2012 at 7:25 pm

When blogging is used for good, there is no better voice. I imagine it will be quite an emotional journey for you all.

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar October 31, 2012 at 8:12 am

Well said Jodi. Thanks for your support.

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AlanaNo Gravatar October 31, 2012 at 2:55 pm

So exciting!!! I am also off to India on the 20th November and cannot wait!! Totally understand the feelings with leaving the kids..experiencing them here as well..although I know that they will be fine, Gods in control! Just have to let go of that worry and mothers guilt! Hope you have an awesome time and see some great things!

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar October 31, 2012 at 10:49 pm

I needed that word of encouragement. Thank you Alana. Where are you going? And why?? How exciting!! We will be there at the same time I think!!

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AlanaNo Gravatar November 1, 2012 at 8:01 am

we are flying into Mumbai and then flying to Raipur and then driving to Narangyapur. We are staying with an Indian family and really just going to see what they do, they have a church and also a children’s home. Will be going into the villages etc..we are hoping to help them start up a health program with the villages and the children’s home.

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar November 1, 2012 at 1:33 pm

Oh, how wonderful! Would love to know more about how you went when you’re home again. x

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BonnieNo Gravatar November 1, 2012 at 7:08 am

We’ll be following you – every step of the way… And try not to have too much fun without you!!

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar November 1, 2012 at 1:35 pm

Haha, Bon. The kids are so excited.

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Lisa WoodNo Gravatar November 1, 2012 at 12:46 pm

How exciting Kelly! Cant wait to read all about the trip and see it through your eyes :) thanks for sharing xxx

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar November 1, 2012 at 1:38 pm

Thanks Lisa. You’re so kind. I mean that. Anytime you comment or I read things you write, it always makes me think, Lisa is so kind. xx

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JaniceNo Gravatar November 1, 2012 at 11:55 pm

What an amazing opportunity Kellie! Have an awesome time and I wish you all the very best. I look forward to following along on this incredible journey! xx

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar November 3, 2012 at 7:36 am

Thanks so much Janice.

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Deb @ Aspiring MumNo Gravatar November 2, 2012 at 6:15 am

Awesome news Kelly! Exciting and nerve wracking at the same time. But also an amazing opportunity for you to be able to share your experiences and help open our eyes. All the best.xx

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar November 3, 2012 at 7:36 am

Thanks Deb. Yeah, I am nervous…and excited. Thanks so much for your support xxxx

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AliceNo Gravatar November 6, 2012 at 10:04 pm

That’s awesome Kell! My sister has travelled around India, and she said that she experienced so many amazing things there, as has another good friend. Much love and prayers as you prepare for this amazing opportunity!!! xxxxx

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar November 6, 2012 at 10:07 pm

Thanks so much Al, for your friendship x

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Annabel Candy, Get In the Hot SpotNo Gravatar November 8, 2012 at 9:53 pm

Kelly I am excited for you and will be following your travels. I know India will blow your mind in a good way:)

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Kelly Be A Fun MumNo Gravatar November 8, 2012 at 10:08 pm

Thanks for coming along Annabel!

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