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Old 07-24-2012, 12:48 PM   #1
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What I'm doing and why I haven't been around much

So I've alluded to some big changes coming up in DH's and my lives. I mentioned that DH lost his job, and I've mentioned that things are changing and I may be without a scale or way to calorie count in about six weeks.

Here's why: DH and I are moving out of our place, putting most of our stuff into storage and going to South Africa for about five weeks. After that, we don't really know yet! We have ideas, and options, but no firm plans.

South Africa is not for vacation--we are going there to help. The AIDS crisis has devastated and killed a large part of the generation of young adults, leaving children alone to fend for themselves. Sometimes they have a grandmother, or gogo (the Zulu word for grandmother) who will feed them and shelter them. Many gogos are feeding more than just their own grandchildren, but other children who need someone to look after them. Sometimes children don't have a gogo and there are many, too many, child-headed households where one child has dropped out of school in order to feed and shelter his or her younger siblings. Things that would never be allowed to happen here are rampant there, and we are going to help.

I hold no illusions that in five weeks I'll be able to significantly change anyone's life, but I can hold their hand and let them know that there are people in the world who care about them and their plight. I can let them know that there is more in life than the one they're living right now, that with education and persistence and the help that my organization and other organizations offer that they can make their life better. Not to give up.

So you see, this is why I will be without a scale and without the means to calorie count. I am not even sure what I will be eating. I assume some foods are the same, but probably some foods are different and I will just have to guess. And to some extent, I feel weird obsessing about food when I'm going to help people who's obsession with food comes from never knowing if they'll have enough.

I haven't been comfortable "coming out" with these plans because I wasn't absolutely sure that we weren't going to back out and do something a little less big and scary and...yeah.

I'm starting a blog about this whole adventure where I'll be posting the whole story of why South Africa and how this whole thing is coming together and I hope you'll go there and read and subscribe because that's mainly where I'm updating. I've just started it so it isn't much yet, but I'd love it if you'd go check it out.

I'll be putting a link in my signature, but here it is now: Intheflow.us | on the path, linked in to the One, enjoying the ride! Nothing is sold there, so this should be okay with the mods. Please let me know if it's not.

Thanks for reading and...well there ya go. Now you know why I'm not here much. I'm planning, learning about a new country, getting ready to pack, trying not to freak out, scared witless sometimes, feeling optimistic and peaceful most of the time.

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Old 07-24-2012, 01:02 PM   #2
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Luna! So wonderful to hear about this and what a magnificent, selfless task to accept. I will read your blog today and feel privileged to know you JUDDD Budd.
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Old 07-24-2012, 01:10 PM   #3
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Luna, you are such a role model in so many ways. Here's yet another way you're making a difference. You are wonderful.

ETA: I just read the blog. Very nicely written. I can't wait to see how this next chapter unfolds.
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Old 07-24-2012, 01:13 PM   #4
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Wow, Luna! (Kelly) What an awesome life adventure for you and Dh and a very unselfish one. The blog is a fascinating read. God speed, friend.
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Old 07-24-2012, 02:09 PM   #5
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I am speechless with admiration. Will be reading your blog shortly.

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Old 07-24-2012, 03:59 PM   #6
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Wow!! You and your husband are wonderful people for going to Africa, I would seriously think of doing that if we had the means. There are so many children in this world who just need some love and attention, even a hug and a bit of listening will no doubt bring those children some hope. I would personally bring a bunch of books for the kids or even some stuffed animals (think Beanie Babies, I could donate tupperwares full of brand new ones!) things the kids would love and cherish. I bet reading to the kids would bring huge smiles!
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Old 07-24-2012, 04:01 PM   #7
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Of all the things I thought I might read, when I opened this post. This really blew me away.


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Old 07-24-2012, 04:34 PM   #8
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I hold no illusions that in five weeks I'll be able to significantly change anyone's life

You're wrong, Luna - you will change a life. YOUR life - in ways you'll never understand until you return.
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Old 07-24-2012, 04:43 PM   #9
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May God bless your endeavors. Actually, I already KNOW He will. I've always admired people who could leave their comfort zone and go to another country to do something for someone else. My aunt was a missionary in S. Africa when she was a young woman and it impacted her life so much. I know yours will be, too. And when you get back, I pray there will be some wonderful opportunities for you and your DH.
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Old 07-24-2012, 05:08 PM   #10
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Luna, thanks so much for letting this group into your confidence about this exciting, hold-your-breath decision. You'll learn so much and find a lot of adventure. You will help, as you first said, and that's really terrific. God bless your planning and your efforts.
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Old 07-24-2012, 06:01 PM   #11
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This is amazing! I am so excited for you and I will check out your blog really soon!
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Old 07-24-2012, 06:04 PM   #12
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What a wonderfu, selfless and exciting adventure. best of luck!
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Old 07-24-2012, 07:13 PM   #13
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Have an amazing time! The situation where you describe grandmothers taking care of orphaned children is very heartbreaking. I know it well, my Aunt is one of those grandmothers. She lives in Zambia and takes care of many children. Several of my cousins have passed away, and many of them had many children. There are a lot of mouths to feed.

If you want to get an idea of what you might see, you can check out the Zambia pictures in my blog/flickr (in my signature). I know it's a different country, but same neck of the woods and similar lifestyles.

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Old 07-24-2012, 07:47 PM   #14
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Proud of you, Luna! So proud! Wishing you the best on this new adventure.
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Old 07-24-2012, 11:55 PM   #15
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Thank you all. I am uncomfortable with people thinking I'm admirable, I don't think I am, I am just willing, that's all. I suspect I will get more out of this than the people I am there to help will. I'm fortunate, that's what I am.

Jasmine, thanks for the suggestion to go look at your blog! Your pictures are beautiful and heart-breaking and amazing. I have only gotten through the first set and will look more tomorrow.

I am trying to get another blog post up but it will probably be tomorrow since it is almost 1 am here and I'm wiped.

Thanks so much for the compliments on the blog, I hope you all will keep checking back because it is so important to me to share this story. And if you like it share it with others that you know. I feel like I'm doing a commercial. End of shameless self-plugging.

Once again, I am amazed at how loving and giving you all are to me. I am so lucky to have you all as friends and support buddies. Please consider each and every one of you thoroughly hugged, as you are thoroughly loved by me.

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Old 07-25-2012, 12:40 AM   #16
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Wow. Just wow. This is wonderful, exciting, and awe-inspiring.
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Old 07-25-2012, 03:29 AM   #17
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You and DH are amazing. What a wonderful way to create something new and valuable out of a crisis.
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If I knew envy wasn't wrong, I'd definitely be feeling it! Your blog is beautiful. You seem so at peace and happy with your decision - and I couldn't be happier for you. How awesome that your soulmate is as dedicated as you. All the best Luna! Prayers headed your way as you navigate this journey.
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Old 07-25-2012, 04:53 AM   #19
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So wonderful that you'll be sharing your journey with us. Oh, Luna, I'm so thrilled for you. This is the start of something new.
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Don't dimenish what all you can get accomplished in 5 weeks. You will be changing lives. Those people will never forget the moments you were with them and changed them! My thoughts and prayers go out to you all!
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I wish you all the very best.

In the christian faith I believe they call this a "calling".

I read your blog and see you mention the "universe", not sure what that actually means.

Are you going with a church group?

Being a very religious woman, My Prayers are with you and yours!

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Old 07-25-2012, 08:40 AM   #22
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Leona, without getting too much into religious beliefs, I use the term "Universe" where others might use the term "Higher Power" or "God".

The group I am going with is affiliated with a church called Unity, which is headquartered out of Lee's Summit, MO. If you've ever heard of Silent Unity, which is a 24-hour prayer hotline open to all, or the Daily Word, which is a small daily devotional book, then you've heard of Unity.

Thank you for the prayers and well wishes.
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Luna, my prayers will be with you and your dh as you undertake this amazing journey. I will also read your blog and try to keep up with your travels. I'm sure it will be breath-taking, awe inspiring 5 weeks.
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Wow ! Blessings and Safe travels for you and your DH.. In our prayers as you start a "new journey" Love your blog Kelly/Luna i loved the labyrinth.. and the story that went with it
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Awesome! You will most certainly change their lives as well as your own. Many blessings - and prayers - in your endeavors!
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A servant's heart. You have one.

I've bookmarked your blog and am looking forward to reading about your time there.

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You are amazing! What a God send you will be to all of those children.
I will pray for your mission and watch you blogs for updates. God Bless you
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