taking flight into art, love, and life (the blog)

Monday, November 24, 2008

calling all hearts, we need you (a giveaway is involved!)

odette's mom.jpg
(esteria on the right. photo by jen)

hey guys. i need your help.

the back story: my friend jen lemen. do you know her? she's the woman who writes the words that fall straight into our hearts. the words that challenge our hopes to hope a little bit more more. to love more deeply. to seek more truthfully.

jen and i became friends before her trip to africa, but our friendship really took off in the weeks upon her return home when her life tilted off center a bit the way our lives do when we return home from extraordinary, unexplainable and life altering experiences. although she has fully re-entered life back home in the states, she remains deeply committed to her friends she met in africa. after a zillion conversations (we talk several times a week), i know this for sure: jen is a soul warrior. she has been tireless in her raising awareness, her spirit lifting, her prayers, and her problem solving for many, many sweet souls in africa.

so this is the part where i need you.

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(esteria in front of her dilapidated mud house)

meet esteria. she is a genocide survivor, and mother to 11 children (all but four have died). she lives in a tiny village in rwanda, and she spends her days caring for two young grandchildren who have been orphaned by AIDS. she has a special place in jen's life, not just because jen spent a lot of time with her during her trip to africa, but because she is odette's mother (odette is also a genocide survivor living as a refugee in the states and is dear dear friend of jen's). jen tells me esteria is strong. brave. and a testament to love.

esteria's mud house (pictured above) has been in a serious state of disrepair since a rainstorm blew in the roof last november. and this year's rainy season has almost completely demolished what's left. bottom line: esteria and the two grandchildren she is caring for deserve a home that can withstand the rain. a home with a concrete foundation and a strong roof. a home that can not only safely house their family, but one that can house their hopes, dreams, and future.

with the right funds and labor, she can have this new home very, very quickly. i believe that if we all donate just $5 (or more if you'd like), then we can do something extraordinary: we can give this family a home that was not only built with open hearts, but with open hands that held a hope so wide it made one woman's dream of a safe home in africa come true.

please donate. i am giving away a 11x14 painting that i made in italy to one lucky person who donates any amount (i don't have a photo of the painting as it's currently packed away in a box, but i assure you it's a beauty and my favorite from all of my italy creations). after you donate, please come back here and leave a comment. i will announce the winner next week. please only leave a comment if you've donated. thank you, thank you, thank you. as i begin this thanksgiving week, my heart is huge with a hope that we can do this...you + me. i know this will touch lives in ways we could have never imagined....

edited to add: more of esteria's harrowing life journey here.

edited to add: many of you have asked if you can spread the word about this on your blogs...YES, please do! jen and i would so appreciate that.





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Judy Wise said...
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kelly rae said...

judy bean, i just fixed it :)
big love to you,
xo

malissa32 said...

Hi Kelly Rae! I love your blog. This is my first time commenting. Daily you bring me to thoughtful tears with your elegance of words and honesty of self. I am sending my best friend your notecards for Christmas. We are fans of brown haired angels! I took some books to Half Price Books today and received $10 back. I just donated that $10 to Odetta. Happy Thanksgiving. We all have a lot to be thankful for.

Malissa

catina jane said...

i am trying to donate , i am only getting my account page also .
where shall i send the funds . i am so happy to help :)

"I am a little pencil in the hand of a writing God
who is sending a love letter to the world."
- Mother Teresa

kelly rae said...

hey you guys...i just fixed it. the paypal button should take you to a page where you can enter the amt you wish to donate...thanks so much for your patience :)
THANK YOU!

soniaw said...

Thank you for the opportunity to be a part of something larger than ourselves. It definitely puts things into perspective. You and your friends are simply amazing! Such an inspiration! Best wishes on your new journey.

Judy Wise said...

YES! It's working fine now. Thank you kelly for giving us the opportunity to help someone with a huge heart who really needs a hand. This is what makes the holidays shine. (and you, girl. well ...) xo

Elizabeth Harper said...

Just a thought and I'm sure I'm not the first to think it, but maybe each of us who donate and have blogs could do a post and send people over to your site to help out.

Good luck building a better life for Odette's Mom and family.

liz elayne said...

this fills up my heart tonight as i think about your readers coming together to make this happen.

beautiful.

thanks for giving us this chance to help in such a very specific way...

catina jane said...

yay! it worked :) thank you for the chance to help

karen said...

We just donated - wish it could have had another zero, or two, or three. We have been following Odette's story on Jen Lemen's blog and donate when we can. I helped someone tonight who insisted on paying me. So I am passing that right along to Odette's beautiful mother ... perfect timing! Do you mind if I link to this post on my blog? Thank you, Kelly Rae, for giving us a chance to lay a brick or two for her new home!

Bird said...

thank you so much for the opportunity to think of someone else. this is a great thing you are doing.

lela said...

okie dokie... done :0)

Anita Van Hal said...

Hi Kelly Rae...I recently "discovered" you and your fabulous new book. I've donated, and also have posted about your "calling all hearts" on my blog. I'm giving away a copy of your book to a lucky winner that donates to your cause as well.

What a wonderful way to give back a bit of the joy that you and your book have given me! Thanks for the opportunity!

amy said...

what a lovely thing to do. thank you for telling this story and for giving all of us an opportunity (and the encouragement) to contribute. take care.

christine said...

Yes, what Judy says.
We are so incredibly lucky and what a great time for this reminder!
xo

kelly rae said...

yes, yes, we would LOVE it if you guys spread the word on your blogs...so smart!

Emme said...

Thank you for the chance to be a part of this, Kelly Rae.

Michelle said...

Just donated too. It's a brilliant idea and I hope she and those two little children get a roof over their heads and some comfort soon. Thanks for doing something like this Kelly - it's great. xxx

christine said...

Just donated. Thanks for this opportunity. I've been feeling low this week and having this chance to help lifted my spirits. I will also put this on my blog.

corinne5 said...

sitting here in the comfort of my own home with nothing to worry about feeling blessed and thankful each and every single day, realizing others are not that forunate. I thank you for showing me a change to help someone who is less fortunate than I am. This is a wonderful cause and I hope it will get lots of donations.
I just did my part :)

corinnexxx

oksana said...

Hi Kelly
This story made me so sad:)
Sometimes (not often) I am feel pity to myself and thinking about stupid things. You open my eyes:9 Thank you.
I have just donate:))
Oksana

Sandi Keene said...

I am happy to help. Donation complete.

Your book is coming to me on Christmas day and I can't wait to read it, be inspired and learn something new.

Please let us know what happens.

marcy said...

Thank you for reminding us that a group of people, no matter how big or small, can in fact change the lives of many. Many thanks to you and to Jen for allowing us this opportunity to make a difference.

Jessica said...

Thank you for yet another opportunity to be part of something lovely, Miss Kelly Rae. Sending you happy moving to Seattle vibes from Cincinnati!

Pam B said...

Wonderful idea Kelly. Every family needs a safe home. Blessings to everyone!

jen lemen said...

yay! yay! yay! i just gave odette the update on this and she was deliriously happy. thanks for spreading the word!

abbymaya said...

Thank you for giving me a chance to participate in such a worth while effort. Perfect way to start the holidays - by giving in a way that's truly meaningful.

~Valentina~ said...

Just donated. Thanks for doing this :) BTW, I got the journal I bought in your Etsy, is so beautiful. Thanks again!

Carmen said...

I just donated. What a wonderful cause.

Namasté,
Carmen

Anonymous said...

What a lovely thing to do. I just sent a little something.
Thank you!

And blogger never lets me log in so I have to do it anonymous.
Golden Bryant
goldenbryant@comcast.net

dig-it-designs said...

Thanks for being such a positive force in the world...for Esteria, Odette & all of us bloggers who gain our own clarity through your generous spirit!!!

Thanks for giving each of us a chance to donate!

Angie in AZ said...

Ok, I'm in! I just did my donation. In one of my yahoo groups, we did a collection like this and have built homes for two families in Indonesia with one of the members being a resident there. We were able to see photos of the progression and it was THE most satisfying experience. When we have so much excess, how can we not let it flow out! Thank you for a wonderful opportunity to all of us to be able to help!

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Caryn Lynn said...

Just the other night I was feeling so blessed and thankful to have the safety and comfort of a warm home. So many are in need of food and shelter. Kelly it is wonderful that you are reaching out and receiving support for this family. Thank you for caring,
Caryn

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for doing this....I have been so touched by Odette and her family - the photos are amazing too....always such a sparkle and warm, shining light in their eyes - so much beauty & love. I donated in honor of my grandmother and mother (refugee survivors from Austria many years ago)- their enormous strength, kindness and love have filled me up and then some! Happy Thanksgiving!! xoxo ~ M.

Rachelle Mee-Chapman said...

Kelly,

I'll feature this post next Monday in my women-helping-women editorial at Blogher.com. Cheers. Rachelle (Magpie Girl)

Jena Strong said...

So much beauty here - I'm glad to be part of it.

jenica said...

i'm here, with huge tears rolling down my face. sometimes it feels like we can't possibly make a difference, the problems are just so big! but one step at a time, one donation at a time, one brick at a time... we can do it together. thank you for initiating this.

love to you!

Jilly in Idaho said...

Perfect timing ~ this week of Giving Thanks ~ to be able to help someone in dire need but with such a beautiful spirit. I give Thanks for this opportunity.


If I should win your lovely picture you made in your drawing I would like to ask you to keep it, sell it and donate those proceeds to the fund. More towards the goal!

When I donate it's from my heart and I don't want anything in return and I'm sure most everyone feels the same.
Jilly

Jilly in Idaho said...

oh p.s. ~ I just sent a donation from my granddaughters and myself.

jenica said...

sorry to hog the comments, but i wanted you to know that i've got a blog post up too.

love you.

http://theonelittleone.blogspot.com/2008/11/calling-all-hearts.html

souwestersue said...

What a great idea and a wonderful way to help this amazing woman! Great to see so many people contributing!

What this world needs is a new kind of army - the army of the kind. ~Cleveland Amory

I think you have created an Army Kelly! =)

daisies said...

thank you for providing this opportunity to help someone in need ~ was happy to give a little, thank you :) xo

gypsy soul said...

Kelly, thank you so much for doing this. It costs us so very little to do something that will mean the world to Esteria, Odette, and the rest of their family. Happy Thanksgiving! :-)

Paula

nancy said...

What a great thing to do! I just donated. I'll also link to you on my blog. Yay you!!!

Anonymous said...

This certainly touched my heart and I was so glad to have the opportunity to help. I only wish I had more to give.
kim

Jeannine said...

Just found you through Jen's tweet. I love Jen and Odette and will do anything for them. Thank you for getting involved in such a big way.

I'm so glad to find you. Your artwork is beautiful!

GailNHB said...

Yes, I contributed to give Esteria a home. May she live happily in it for decades!

Jeanne said...

just donated and wish it could have been a bit more.....thank you for your heart.

Holly said...

You, and Jen, and Odette, and all of us, bound together in love. Is this not what we are created to do?

Thanks for this wonderful opportunity to share our blessings.

MAM said...

Each member of my family donated $5. Thanks for sharing this with us. Monica

sweetsalty kate said...

I've contributed too... always do when we can manage it.

I'm so struck by that glow odette's family has... they're such incredibly beautiful, resilient people. They have lessons to teach, I think.

Kelly Rae, thank you so much for doing this. And Jen as always for bringing these people into our lives.
xoxox

d said...

I love that you and Jen are doing this and inviting us to help. :)

Angel said...

happy to have done so!

Betsy said...

Great idea, esp around Thanksgiving. Thanks for giving the opportunity.

Meg Brothers said...

Wishing I had more to donate, but thank you for the opportunity to participate in such a beautiful manifestation of love. Peace to you and Jen both!

Christianne said...

What an awesome thing, Kelly Rae. I just donated $5. It's the least all of us can do. The awesome thing about microgiving is that all of us give what little we can to give a great big gift to someone who needs it most.

Thanks for doing this, and for your great big heart.

Nancy said...

Aren't we lucky we live in an age when we can so easily help someone on the other side of the world! I hope there will be photos of the progress of building the house. It will be so interesting to watch.

Rachael said...

the community of support and love you women have with one another is truly inspiring--so beautiful. and what a better cause than to be supporting incredible women half way across the world who have triumphed through the darkest of experiences.. i truly wish i could have given more. but seeing the long list of comments here is reassuring... exhillirating. peace, love and thanks... rachael

mikeysbebe45 said...

I am in awe at the outpouring of generosity and love. What a wonderful thing to be apart of. I did my little bit, and I hope a million others will as well :)

Cristina said...

My only wish is that I could donate more than what I did. I hope it helps . Esteria sounds like an incredibly strong woman. Many many well wished to her!

Veronique said...

Kelly rae,

I am a friend of Brene's here in Houston, a social worker in the midst of a career change, in love with the wonderful work that Jen Lemen and you both do. Thank you for sharing your journey to creating the life you love, it inspires me and keeps my own path in focus.

I donated 20$ to Odette's mum. I love how your and Jen's blog are the intersection of where personal purpose, creativity, community and doing good in the world all intersect. I want to do that when I GROW UP.

Fondly,

Veronique

Anonymous said...

Hope my small contribution helps. Christmas time is a great time to help someone. You go girl!!!!
Penny in Missouri

Krista said...

You are awesome for organizing this. I made a donation earlier today.

Krista

LifeToTheFull said...

Thank you for helping us help Odette's mom. I hope this small contribution helps.

sf said...

Have donated and will post on my blog as well. Love,
sarah

Anonymous said...

Kelly-You are an amazing mover of people! Thanks for letting us be a part of helping such a wonderful cause. I went to your shop to buy presents for others, not expecting to find such a moving way to truly give. Thanks!
Sarah Fife

Kathryn Hansen said...

I read your email & even tho I don't have the money, how could I not help with just $5.00...every little bit helps, right! I pray that Esteria gets her home fixed and that helps her live a better life. Thanks so much for helping her out like this...it's truly wonderful!

Jennifer Valentine said...

...thank you for the opportunity to be a part of something so wonderful...

treehousejukebox said...

Wonderful! I made my small donation and I hope all our bits and pieces add up to something big and wonderful!

Anonymous said...

Hey Kelly Rae!
Thank you so much for doing this. What an awesome thing to do. Have a blessed Thanksgiving.
Laura

missm said...

Together, it's amazing what we can do!

gryphon said...

Thank you for this opportunity to help

The Other Laura said...

Just donated - and thank you for inviting me to be a small part of something so heart-warming.

Anonymous said...

I just donated. On Thanksgiving I will be including you, jen, and all others in this world who know and live the words, "Yes, we can!"
Odette and Esteria--Blessings to you!
P.S. Seattle is very lucky these days!
Amy Godwin
amydcoyne@yahoo.com
Olathe, Kansas

Carrie said...

I love posts like this. I can't do much but did donate my coffee money for the week! Every little bit helps.

sperlygirl said...

thanks for providing an opportunity for a small action to reap a big benefit. here's to sharing hope...wishing you a wonderful thanksgiving. xo

Nerdy Renegade said...

Thanks for allowing us to help with this. It's an honor to be involved. (And I look forward to more stories of love and hope as things progress for Esteria!)

Angelika Westermann said...

Hi Kelly,
Your pictures suggest that you are a very gentle person, this post proves it without any doubt!
I just donated since I am sure that the money is going to be where it is really needed.
Love, Angelika

JuliaRose said...

Hi Kelly,
Thanks for sharing this story..so I could in a small way help those in need. I have donated today and it feels good to be of some help to someone, instead of worrying about my minor problems, compared to other's in the world...Julia....xx

yertle said...

I helped too. Thanks for getting the word out there.

Nicole Austin said...

Thank you for sharing the story of Esteria and her family. I hope this little bit helps. Happy Holidays,
Nicole

jennlui said...

this is so very beautiful, thank you for this opportunity to help a little in some very meaningful way. thank you thank you thank you.

our caring and actions indeed can change the world even just a little bit. i am a strong believer that small actions all together can change our planet.

love and peace to you!

kazari said...

oh wow,
I've been walking around with a $5 note in the back of my wallet all week. I was looking for the best way to give it to the universe, and this turned up!
thanks for the opportunity to give with love.

tammy said...

I was looking for an awesome way to honor the birth of baby boho besides the traditional baby gift (although love those too!), and then I read your email...PERFECT!

So, in love and with blessings to baby boho, I donated $100 to this wonderful family.

Thank you for this incredible opportunity.

Wishing you many continued blessings in your new home,

tammy davis

theDiva said...

It's so easy to get caught up in self pity. It's been a difficult year. Everything my parents and I worked hard for is gone...all because someone thought they could use my money to make more for themselves and lost it all. Not just mine, but lots of people just like me, who now think we have nothing.

I have to sell my house to keep the bank from taking it. I can barely pay my bills. I'm only a step or two in front of the wolf stationed at my door.

But, you've reminded me that I have a door and a roof and heat in the cold, food, easily accessible doctors, medications.

It's only a small amount and I can't really afford it. But it's worth being shaken up and reminded of what I do have. Thank you.

alison said...

Hi, just donated and it feels good.
There may be a credit crunch goin on but what is a few dollars to help out people like Odetta and her family. Wish I could donate more but if this spreads via blogs then it will do its work.Thanks alison

And so it goes... said...

how very much we take for granted! we are extremely thankful for the ability to help better the lives of odette and her family... blessings to all of them, and all of you...

iloveartman said...

woo hoo! I'm so excited! Not only did I just get the guts/nerve/incentive to start my new blog. But, I also just got to donate to a great cause!

Happy to participate...

~jen

Tracey said...

So happy and honored to be a part of such a wonderful cause. Thank you!

Love and blessings,
Tracey

Cindy (JunqueArt) said...

So glad I could help!!! Esteria is a beautiful lady. Her eyes just dance!

Judy Merrill-Smith said...

I've been following Jen's saga, so of course I had to come over and donate! I enjoy your Cloth Paper Scissors articles and your art -- I'll come back and visit your blog soon. Happy Thanksgiving!

anna said...

I've donated, now if only we could build a house big enough to hold all of Esteria's love in :)

Anonymous said...

small gestures of love can move mountains!Lynda
lmcrawford63@hotmail.com

julie king said...

kelly, i was very touched by this story, jen's outpouring of love and your imaginative way of always giving back to the world. thanks for giving me the chance to be a part of this!

nolaa gallery said...

how powerful it is to be involved with other creative women who can and DO make a difference.
I am donating and I thank you for creating this blog that not only inspires others,but today,makes a difference. love straight to africa!

Graciel @ Evenstar Art said...

Giving and gratitude is what our American Thanksgiving is all about. I'm grateful for the opportunity to give. Bless your heart, Kelly Rae!

Lorie said...

I forget, much too often, of how much I have and how great my life is. I feel the pressure of bills that exceed paychecks and the perceived inability to financially cope.

thank you, kelly for the timely reminder and the ability to think beyond myself. A small donation from many loving souls can make a huge difference.

hugs from Montana...

Cynthia A. said...

Thank you for doing this, hopefully we can make a difference in somebody's life this holiday season. I donated and also posted something in both my blogs (hope you don't mind I used one of the pictures you posted for my post). Thank you also for introducing me to Jen's blog and her work, I also donated there. Amazing how we take so many things for granted, and forget about how badly others have it in Africa while we're here worried about minutia. Thank you!

wilsonian said...

With all these comments, I clearly didn't give because I had any chance of winning lol. But thank you for giving me another chance to love in a tangible way.

xo

Melissa M said...

I came here by way of Jen Lemen. I wish I had more to give than what I did, thank you for giving and helping. Take care.

Milly said...

I just donated. No one should have to live like that. I send my prayers out to Odette's family. Thanks for doing this.

Studio 13 by Carrie said...

Wow Kelly Rae,
thanks so much for bringing us this story, and giving us the opportunity to be "Jesus with skin on"
sending prayers to Rwanda
xo
Carrie

Julie said...

Thanks so much for giving us this opportunity to participate in hope.
Julie

Kate I said...

Hi Kelly Rae, I'm really happy to be able to help Odette and her family...I've been following their "story" on Jen's blog and contribute as often as I can. Thanks for doing this wonderful, beautiful thing!

janewilk said...

Thank you for helping Jen help her Africa friends in this way. It takes a village, even in the U.S.

enchantedartist said...

Hi Kelly Rae...I love your blog and Jen's blog...I always find smiles and inspiration. I'm very happy to help in my small way.

This a beautifully fantastic thing to do!

xx

Anonymous said...

Hi,
I have read Jen's blog for some time and have always meant to donate to this amazing, touching cause. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to do it now.
Eileen

eileendailey@cox.net

stacy kathryn said...

Your amazing Kelly! I love donating and helping out all year long, but this time of year just makes it that much more special. :)

Brenda said...

I hope we get to see a picture of her new home-I know she will have one in no time with you calling out to all of our hearts...Thank you for allowing us to contribute!
hugs,
Brenda Bliss

Abbey of the Arts said...

thanks for giving us the chance to participate in hope -christine

thefrontroom said...

Thank you so much for giving us a chance to be a part of this. So glad we can help.

Luna (Maripat Doyle Oberg) said...

What a privilidge to be able to help sisters across the world! I have just made a small donation, and love the idea of my dollars going into the communal pot with the $ from other sisters of the h'art! It's rather like Stone Soup, where so little from so many adds up to a love feast in the end! Thrilling to be a part of this! Thank you Kelly, for sharing your heart, thank you Jen for inspiring us all! xoxo

Devin said...

everybody needs a roof over their head, glad to help.
devin (sarah's other half)

Kerstin said...

Hi Kelly,

With or without your beautiful prize this is such a wonderful and worthy cause. I really hope enough is raised to allow Esteria to build a safe new house, that would be the best Christmas gift ever!

Thanks for asking us to help.

Take care,
Kerstin

tropicfive said...

So glad that you have given all of us this opportunity to help...what other response could we have after having the blessing of a roof over our heads EVERY DAY?

Melissa in So. FL

Kathleen said...

it only takes one person to start something good.
and then the whole world has the opportunity to catch on.
i will get the word out, too.

happy thanksgiving.

Jennifer/The Word Cellar said...

I love that the love and generosity for Odette's family is spreading across the Internet. Rock on, beautiful bloggers. Rock on.

Heather said...

Oh Kelly, I am so delighted to see SO MANY posts on your blog meaning so many donations. You may count me amongst them and I hope that all these donations make a difference. Thank you for allowing me this opportunity, it makes me that much more thankful for what we have here.
Happy Thaksgiving

Schmoops said...

I just donated. Thank you Kelly and Jen, you are both angels, truly.

xo

Rosalie said...

just donated... what a wonderful thing we are blessed with being able to do.. to help those who need it most.

love hugs and blessings for your fundraising :)

Rosalie
xx

Courtney said...

Just donated. Feels great. Much hope and light to Esteria and her family.

corinne5 said...

just did a blogpost about this :) hope you gets lots of money.

corinnexxx

Karine Ardault said...

I am happy to help. I have just donated.
I live in Africa and i know what is needed. Sometimes a little for us is a lot for Africa. I prefer to help little projects like this one rather than big ones. I am confident there will be enough donations for a new house. I am sure Jen will keep us posted!

Anonymous said...

Dear Kellie
A donation of $15,form Fiona in Australia.
Sending lots of Healing and Love!
creativeoptions@optusmnet.com.au

the camp said...

thank you jen lemen for bringing this to our minds, as well as you
miss kelly for this gentle reminder and opportunity. i am grateful today that i get to say...
here is to esteria's home.

peace be with each of you this
thanksgiving. i give thanks for you and the lives you touch and
then share with us.

maura said...

What a great idea.

Erika Martin - Stampin' Mama said...

Hi Kelly-

I just donated. The Paypal wouldn't work on two different browsers, it kept saying I needed to put in a different amount than zero, even though I kept putting in the amount. So, I just sent it through by putting your email address and the subject line in.

Chandra said...

Kelly Rae, thank you for doing this and for reminding us of all we have to be thankful for! I just donated and am putting a link on my blog as well.
Namaste,
Chandra

nina said...

kelly rae, how wonderful that you are stepping forward like this when you must be so very busy with moving and thanksgiving plans - what a wonderful thing to do. thank you for providing us the opportunity to help. xo

tami said...

I only wish I could have given more. I know this can happen! You are wonderful for setting this up.

tracey clark said...

this is wonderful Kelly Rae. I shared it with my readers.
http://maypapers.blogspot.com/2008/11/open-your-heart.html

Rowena said...

I've been following Jen's saga in Africa. I don't have much money now, but I know I have more than Odette's family, and my life is so much easier.
So I donated my small amount, and hope it will add up.
It's certainly an added bonus to be considered for your painting, and maybe that's the impetus for finally getting me to take out my credit card (so kudos to you) but I don't expect to win. And that's not really the reward here.

Denise S. said...

Great things can be accomplished through posts just as this. Donated and hope many,many more can also.

kelly rae said...

YOU GUYS ARE KILLING ME WITH YOUR KINDNESS!!!

THANK YOU. THANK YOU!

Rachelle Mee-Chapman said...

Kelley Rae, I got an unexpected payment in my paypal account today and was able to donate. Woot! I love the way sisters around the world are supporting this family.

JudyS. said...

Kelly.. just donated $15.00.. thanks for letting us help.
judysheart@gmail.com

wanda miller said...

Bless you younger women that get things done. important things, that we can trust you to follow thru with. no in between government stuff. thank you for helping all of us GIVE GLADLY!!!LOVE, wanda

starrybluesky said...

I've followed Odette's story on Jan Lemen's blog. Thanks for helping us to support her mother too.

Anonymous said...

Thank you for a wonderful way to express all I have to be thankful for by honoring this woman's life and work. Kath

Shauna said...

Many blessings to you for making this possible:) Its an awesome thing!

Kristina Tence said...

Thanks for this wonderful opportunity to share and give support.

Meg Casey said...

I donated. Thanks Kelly Rae for helping our beloved OO and family...xo Meg and Max (Odette's housemates)

Scrapbook Sisters Blog said...

A worth while cause and definately makes me think just how lucky I am. I hope the donation helps.
Julie x

Jen Lee said...

Thank you for giving us such a beautiful way to express our gratitude this week and multiply our blessings!

hazel said...

I'm so thankful for my home and for others like you that HELP those less fortunate! Thanks for this info. I donated under jdking3@...

Marel Lecone said...

I donated the other day. I didn't realize that I also needed to leave a comment. Don't forget me!! :)

Renae C said...

Count me in. You guys are totally awesome.

sarah ahearn bellemare said...

oh kelly rae..... so sweet you are. thanks for doing this... how could i NOT donate after reading this...
it reminds me of the story in the book eat pray love.
we are so lucky in our lives to be able to connect in these magical ways... so glad i could be a part of this- especially this week. happy thanksgiving to all.
best to you in your new home too... xo, *s

jen lemen said...

kelly rae, THIS IS SO GOOD!
what an amazing, loving community of women are rallying. it totally melts me.

much love and happy thanksgiving to you all.

Shelley said...

I'm in. Thank you for this opportunity to be part of something soul-stirring and life-affirming.

Tina said...

I so appreciate the opportunity to contribute to this effort!

Lara said...

Thanks for thinking up this fantastic way that we can contribute to another families happiness! It is very inspiring reading the comments here, and also about Odette and her family. I am looking forward to reading about the outcome of all our simple little acts.
With much Thanksgiving!

karen said...

Jordan read Esteria's story. He wants me to type this comment: "I want to give her $5 to help her get her house better than the way it was before." So there you go.
We are trying to send more contributors your way, Kelly Rae:
http://karenmaehr.blogspot.com/2008/11/house-that-love-will-build.html

Chris said...

Well of course I donated! How could I not? I heart Jen and Odette!

Loudlife said...

Thanks for having such a big heart and sharing this opportunity to contribute with us. I donated, I wish it could have been more.

Laurie

stregata said...

Hi! I have also donated. Just wanted to let you know that I bought your book several weeks back and it was sooooo inspiring! You are absolutely amazing.
Stregata

lany-me said...

It feels good to help a sister.

We are all family!

Elaine from Canada

Daniela said...

Kelly,
I found your blog through Jen's, where I'm following Esteria's and Odette's story... So I'm really grateful to have another opportunity to help - thanks a lot for doing this!
And it is awesome to see so many people donating and helping - you have a wonderful community of readers :-))
Greetings form Germany, Dani.ela

lauriej said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you Kelly Rae! I saw the story and couldn't wait to do my little bit to help on this day when we all have so much to be thankful for. Thanks for your blog and sharing your journey! My heart is singing!

dreamergirl said...

Oh my, look at how many people have come to give here.

Happy thanksgiving!

julie said...

kelly rae, I love jen and i love the story of odette and her family and I thought that today was the perfect day to start helping. I can't wait to see what our little donations put together can do for Esteria.
Thankful for women like you.
julie

Kirsten Michelle said...

i feel so honored to be a part of this amazing community!
thank you so much for the invitation...
for allowing me to help out in some small way.

it fills my heart
with great HOPE.
xoxoxoxoxoxox

Odd Chick said...

I love what you've done here. I've been to Africa, so I have a special heart for the brave women of that country.

Anonymous said...

thanks for doing this!

Seattlemom said...

Just donated! Thank you for bringing this opportunity to all of us. A wonderful way to end Thanksgiving.
jill

Kopila Children said...

Esteria and family, <3 May your new home be filled with love and joy, laughter and song, family and friends. Many blessings to you!

love,
Kopila Valley Children's Home in Nepal

Amy said...

I love Jen Lemen and I now I love you too! I donated. I am always happy to help Jen and Odette in any way I can.

flyingmermaid said...

I just donated.

What an amazing way to help improve the lives of people many of us will never meet, but whom we are connected to through this huge outpouring of love.

What a beautiful gift for this family.

Thank you for doing this!

--Kelly

Kim Carney said...

That was the perfect Black Friday, post-Thanksgiving activity! Thank you for organizing this for Odetta. That was a thrill to be part of. Happy Holidays to all! ;)

xoxo
Kim

BlossomingSoul said...

Done!

*Fingers crossed*

Dorothy said...

Thank you for letting me be a part of something so wonderful.

taylor said...

Thanks for connecting us to something so important and meaningful. Will Jen being going back to see Odette and her family?

Paula Hardesty said...

Kelly Rae you are an inspiration to us all. Thank you for ASKING to help. I can't give a lot because my husband is out of work, but I gave what I could. Thank you again for sharing your life with us.

Paula;)

Laura Haviland said...

Hi Kelly,
You are such a special person.
Best wishes.
Hugs Laura.

Anonymous said...

I made a donation..I hope this brave lady and her family can have a better future.

mwquilt

nadia said...

you are doing an amazing thing! thank you so much for letting me be a part of it. happy weekend!

Anonymous said...

just donated, Kelly Rae!
warmly,
gem
http://www.dropletsofdevotion.blogspot.com/

Anonymous said...

Very happy and honoured to have been able to help - thank-you! alexa

april said...

happy to help out a good cause!

abigail said...

This is a wonderful opportunity you have created Kelly Rae, and it will be wonderful to see this family warm and cozy for winter!!!!
Blessings on them and you!!
Abigail

aliceinparis said...

Just pushed the paypal button. This is a wonderful opportunity for many people with a small donation to do something meaningful and deeply gratifying. There are millions of people in Odette's mum's situation and imagine if this could be done for everyone. A little bit donated by many goes a long way. Thanks for the opportunity to help.I hope that if there is anything left over it can be used for some of her neighbors.
You guys rock!!
Cheers, Shelagh

Seeking Simplicity said...

What a great idea and especially during this Thanksgiving season.

And I wanted to let you know that after I made my donation, I placed a blurb about this on my blog using the photos from yours. I hope you don't mind.

Happy Holidays!

nicki b. said...

am forwarding your blog on to all my pals ...hoping a few of them will also donate $$. this is so 'eat, pray, live.' :)

Jen said...

Love being part of anything Jen and Africa. :)

June Pfaff Daley said...

This is so what the season is all about. Thank you Kelly for giving us the opportunity to build a dream!

sonal said...

I was born in Africa but have spent my whole (peaceful) life in in Europe. We have so much to be grateful for. Thanks Kelly Rae, for reminding me....just made my small donation to a big cause....

Laura Dawson said...

what a touching story..just donated to the cause

Toni said...

I hope it isn't too late to join in. I just contributed, but under a different email address that what I'm posting under. BTW, it's my first time here, via Jen Lemen, via Shutter Sisters.

Simone said...

Of course! Yes! I love how every little bit counts.
Simone

LisaE said...

So glad you left the donation option open. Wanted to do this before now but forgot til I read your post today. So happy for those folks!! Awesome response to their needs :)
LisaE

Michelle said...

Just found your blog today and made a donation. What a wonderful thing you are doing. Thanks for giving me a chance to help. x

merryheart2 said...

hi Kelly
thanks for giving me the opportunity to be a part of this. what a lovely thing to do. you have a big heart.
Sandra

m.b. said...

my heart swells

Eileen Sottovia said...

Hi Kelly Rae, Love your blog and am really loving your book. Thanks for the opportunity to donate to such a worthy cause. Hope the family is safe and sound with a roof over their heads soon.

Eileen

mlb said...

my heart swells

snazzykc said...

Thank you for letting me be a small part in this-God bless this project.

karin

mati rose said...

dude! i realized i didn't leave a comment after donating... is it unfair that i want this italy painting?!
xo

rachael said...

Glad I stumbled across this before the donations were closed - where else can someone in NZ donate to someone in Rwanda via an artist in the US...

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