Life Changing

I can’t believe it’s Tuesday already!

Like always, I thought I would talk some more about Africa and our most recent trip to Kitale, Kenya.

As you may or may not know the elections started yesterday for Kenya’s next president.

As I’m sure you’ve seen, either here on the blog or on our Facebook page, some of us home office girls spent our weekends baking to help raise funds to help feed the children in the slums. Every election things seems to get pretty dangerous so as a precaution the government goes through and closes all the businesses during this time. So, the Seeds Academy and feeding center that feeds hundreds of children a day is closed for the next couple of weeks BUT all the money that was raised through PayPal for the cupcakes and the donations you guys have been making are going towards all the food that is being purchased for the kids, it’s pretty awesome how much we can do when we work together, right?!

I can only imagine how happy these kids were when Richard and Hellen were walking through the slums bringing them food.

I wish I could have been there for it and I wish I could take every single one of you there with me to meet all the amazing kids that have such a tight grasp on my heart.

This week I finally started reconnecting with my friends and family and started sharing stories of my trip and so many memories have been running through my head for days now.

But with these warm feelings of love for all the kids I also feel beyond sad that I am not able to be with them through this scary time and to remind them just how much they mean to me and to the other people that have been a part of these amazing trips.

I would give anything to spend the rest of my life loving on these kids and reminding them how much they are loved and not only by me but by you guys too!

It’s crazy how a few trips to Africa have totally and completely wrecked my life in the most amazing way possible.

I can only imagine how different my life would be had I not been asked to go on these trips.

In a years time my thoughts and dreams for my life have been turned upside down.

Having some part in these kids’ lives and helping them achieve their goals is all I want.

I am not sure how I make this happen but I know it’s what I want to put every ounce of my energy into.

Love this.

Seriously, it makes my day every morning when they start running towards the trucks shouting “how are you” to each of us inside as the continue to follow along until they can’t run any longer.

I feel like when I sat down to start typing this I had a million things I wanted to share but now I don’t feel like my thoughts have processed long enough to share.

I’m usually the girl who can’t shut up about Africa (I’m sure it drives my friends insane) but I think I’ve just got too much in my head today and it’s just not ready to come out yet.

Okay, I’ll leave you with just one more photo until next Tuesday!

If you didn’t know, I am in love with elephants. Before this last trip I had never seen one in real life so this was another dream come true!

-Kiara

     
nicole korensky - March 6, 2013 - 1:31 pm

Kiara-
I see you visited the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust! I was there last year and plan to go back hopefully soon-i’m a HUGE supporter, foster many of the ele’s there! I’m an Elephant Advocate and doing all i can do to support African organizations that are fighting to help Elephants survive from all the horrific poaching taking place at alarming rates due to China’s disgusting demand of Ivory 🙁

Elephants are the most amazing creatures with extreme intelligence, memories and socialization. Humans can learn a lot from them-their compassion for life and their will to survive!

Love that you love them too! I will talk to you anytime about Eles!

Nicole Korensky

jenni - March 5, 2013 - 10:01 pm

Well said, my friend! I look forward to the day when I bring my family to visit you in Kitale:)

amber K - March 5, 2013 - 4:37 pm

Awesome pic’s! Love as always everything about Africa..thank you:)

laura shigley - March 5, 2013 - 4:11 pm

nice pictures, beautiful children and an inspirational story! That is so true, when everyone does just a little you can accomplish so much!! By the way I love elephants too, spectacular, elefun, and nora to name a few:-)

Brandi - March 5, 2013 - 4:09 pm

Hi Kiara..

Thanks so much for sharing and just so you know I will never tire of your stories.. I was reading this as Savannah came down from her nap and I sat her on my lap and read it with her. She is only 3 but I don’t think it is ever to earlier to start inspiring your children.

She does have one question..”Who’s that boy?? What’s his name?” she talking about the young boy in the picture the 3rd one down.. I told her I would ask!!

Have a great day

Hope Boyce - March 5, 2013 - 4:03 pm

What you didn’t share said a lot … Bless you!