YOU did it (thank you!)

Dec 1, 2008 | Life in Progress

odette called and left a voice mail on my phone. she wanted to thank me (us) for helping her mom in africa. she has no idea that the honor is mine. that i should be thanking her. her voice had tears spurting out of my eyes with joy – you have no idea. and i so love this photo of jen and odette.

dearest blog readers,

you are people who see with your hearts, feel with your sense of knowing.

you are believers in movement. movement of the small into the wide and open and expansive world of possibility.

you make things happen.

you trust that your $5, $10, $15 will grow exponentially in the spirit of the collective that knows a purpose much bigger than ourselves.

and you are serious rockstars that have bravely given almost $4000 open hearted dollars to one very compassionate and dear family in rwanda that needs our help. it’s an amount of money that far exceeded any expectations….wow.

you also know that it’s not so much the money that matters. but the feeling you had just before and just after you donated.

that feeling that reminds us that we’re all in this together.

that shared joy is the best feeling in the universe.

and that life is a very beautiful thing.


i simply have no words for this community at the moment. i am in awe at our power, at our capabilities, at our purpose. and i think i may be in love with each and every one of you. it’s felt like the best christmas over and over again as i wake up each morning to a whole new slew of donations in my inbox. seriously happiness, i tell you. thank you, thank you…

i can’t wait to show you esteria’s new home and how all of your heart money was used to make life changing things happen in rwanda. as jen would say, it’s going to be so, so good.

xoxox + big love,
odette, odette’s family, jen, and kelly

ps: i’m keeping the donations open for the remainder of the week, so please feel free to spread the word…(thank you).

Sending much love,

Show/Hide Comments (20 comments)
  1. tonya beck moore

    It's really true that giving is as much a blessing to the giver as to the one who receives!! Thanks so much, Kelly Rae.

    A bonus to us is that Africa is my 6 year old little girl's FAVORITE country!! I don't know why, but she has LOVED Africa and everything about it for 1 & 1/2 years. This is an incredible way for her to see how she can truly help change the world!

  2. gryphon

    Thank you for this update. That is wonderful news. It’ll be great to hear how this works out for Esteria. Sounds like maybe more things are getting done than what you had first thought. Will look forward to hearing about that as well.

  3. karen

    So so thrilled … and not one bit surprised by what can happen when amazing, amazing women set their hearts on helping those in need. We love being a part of this project. Let us know if we can do anything else. Our love to you & everyone involved … k&j

  4. Anonymous

    SO HAPPY the donations are going well! Thanks for the opportunity to help.
    Penny in Missouri

  5. Tanaya

    I didn’t see a place to comment on your newest post, but WELCOME HOME!

    If you’re looking for something great to do, this weekend is Urban Craft Uprising at the Seattle Center. Last year, it was fantastic. Here are the details for you

    For four years running, we have had some of the BEST indie crafters coming to Seattle to strike your fancy for all your holiday needs. Over 130 vendors under one roof for one-stop holiday shopping that will make you feel good about the holidays. Support local and independent designers — shop outside the box!

    Date: Saturday, December 6th and Sunday, December 7th
    Time: 11:00 am – 5:00 pm
    Where: Seattle Center Exhibition Hall, 305 Harrison Street

  6. kelly rae

    stephanie alaine, the link isn’t working and i REALLY want to see!!!!!

    can you help me?

  7. stephanie alaine

    krr: you are going to LOVE this! (if you haven’t already read it). talk about commit to giving and celebrating love. love.?f=/c/a/2008/11/28/BAKN14B2RR.DTL

    seriously. blessed opportunity arise when we ask.

    hope Seattle is treating you right!
    stephanie alaine

  8. amy

    wow, that’s wonderful news. thank you and Jen again for creating this lovely opportunity and reminding us how powerful such things can be.

  9. treehousejukebox

    Oh, yay!! I’m so happy for this update!

  10. pen*

    it is impossible to read this and not want to be part of something so special. thank YOU for creating the space for this to happen and letting me (us) me part of this.

  11. Katrina

    amazing, for certain. congrats to the community at large and also to you, kelly rae, for the power of your big beautiful heart…

  12. liz elayne


    my eyes are brimming with tears and my heart is full of such joy and hope as i read these words. 4000 dollars. amazing.

    this community is simply wonderful.

  13. nadia

    how beautiful! we are ALL in this together! loved being able to help out. thank you!

  14. yertle

    Such wonderful news. I can’t wait to see the home.

  15. Graciel @ Evenstar Art

    Isn’t it just so true~ the goodness and honor of ordinary people will save this world of ours, one small act at a time.

    We are all blessed to have put our energy towards the good.

    Thanks, Kelly Rae. 🙂

  16. African Kelli

    As an Africa lover, I am so thankful you coordinated this. Not only because you brought this woman’s story to our attention, but because you made it personal. It is so easy to be consumed with the dread that one person cannot change the world.
    You have done just that for Odette’s family. Bravo!

  17. Anonymous

    4000 dollars already wow! I am just over the moon happy to hear this, what a gift, what a joy!


  18. oksana

    I am so happy for her!

  19. Jilly in Idaho

    It was a privilege to be part of something so meaningful. Thank you for the opportunity to share. I hope this helps to make a home that is safe, dry and full of love. She is an amazing lady who deserves that basic need of shelter for her and her family.


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