Wild Blue

It is calling – the wild blue yonder.  Or is that just someone knocking at my door?  Is that my ride to the airport?!?!  Are they early or am I late?!?!  Ah, it’s the certificates that my friend Randy printed.  I wanted to have something to hand out to the ladies who take the classes.  And, as always, Randy has done an awesome job.  Lots of embossed gold swirly designs.  Very cool.  I want one.

I have managed to get everything into a large backpack, a small carryon backpack, and large-ish purse.  Thank you, compression bags!!!!

Just taking care of last minute stuff now:  tearing only necessary sections from travel guide; downloading podcasts and music; organizing paperwork to take with me; and where the heck are the snacks that will sustain me until Thursday night?

It is hard to say what I’m feeling right now.  Coming down off of focused preparation mode still.

I am incredibly grateful for all who have sent their support and encouragement.  So much generosity – I am truly honored.  Thank you.  I will carry all of this support to India and use it to nourish those young ladies – given the amount, it is going fill them for a long time.  Keep it coming for them.

Must go.  It will probably be a few days before I am back in contact.  Check back if you like on Saturday for updates.

Joy and Blessings to All.


  1. Jack, Liz and Rebecca Fishman said,

    August 3, 2010 at 11:08 pm


    What a selfless and remarkable thing you are doing. It’s times like this when those of us who – like we do – think we do something meaningful for society have to take stock of those who – like you- put yourself on the line for the greater good.

    You are truly an inspriation to all of us, but selfishly, for me, you are an amazing role model for Rebecca, who adores you and looks up to you.

    May you travel safely and peacefully. May your journey be one of all good things, blessings and happiness.

    We look forward to your return and to hearing all about this truly life altering adventure.

    We’ll be checking for updates…

    Our best wishes, love and respect.

    Jack, Liz and Bec

  2. Sam Deem said,

    August 4, 2010 at 12:28 am

    I have been praying for you ever since I heard of your up coming travels. We in America have no idea how good we have it even when things are by our standards not going well. I’m so proud of you and want to encourage you to be strong for all. I also want to thank you for this selfless journey to help others, especially females. If you want me to pray for anyone or a lot just send me names and I will even get a prayer chain going. Best wishes to you!

    Love, Sam D…

  3. Stephanie said,

    August 4, 2010 at 1:15 am

    Hey Belle,
    You have never been one to rest on your tush!I am so happy that you are following your calling.I will pray for you and the girls.You are an inspiration to them and to us.Peace be with you,love …Steph

  4. Tom Burger said,

    August 4, 2010 at 2:09 am


    What a wonderful gift you are giving. I am in awe. Stay safe.


  5. Gail Kalinsky said,

    August 4, 2010 at 4:28 pm

    Belle, I am so sorry! I just realized that I had a voicemail on my phone from you asking to borrow equipment for this project and I would have given anything you needed. . . I would give anything right now to be with you to help:-/
    I wished there was more time before you left and less time with my head stuck up my a–.
    I am thinking of you everyday and miss you, but fully support your mission. My complaining about you being away for a few weeks is nothing compared to what these women go through without complaint. We can all learn from them. What you are doing is an inspiration and someday, when I grow up, I will find my peace in doing what is right as you do:)
    your loving friend, G

  6. Jill Nuzzo said,

    August 4, 2010 at 5:45 pm

    Praying for your safe travels, Belle! Look forward to reading about everything and talking to you when you return! God Bless!

  7. Sandykins said,

    August 4, 2010 at 10:58 pm

    I miss you, it’s only been 24 hours. Looking forward to hearing of your safe arrival. WGP

  8. Belle said,

    August 5, 2010 at 3:31 am

    Just called. I found an internet cafe here. Woo-hoo!

  9. Sandykins said,

    August 5, 2010 at 4:36 pm

    Missed your call. DRAT!!! I will keep my phone next to me 24/7 as not to miss a call again. This blog thing seems to be working well!! 🙂 Hope you don’t mind, I shared your blog info with The Team!!! Remember you are never alone. Mwah WGP

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