Take a ride on the ‘peace train’ Day Two


Day Two: Peace train series

Peace, what is it?

I grew with two very different grandmothers.

One was graceful and quiet, very measured and loving. I saw in her a peace that was quiet and gentle. She was my maternal grandmother.

Whereas my Dad’s mother was energetic, savvy (even feisty) and less inclined to stay ‘inside the lines’.

She had endured much hardship and experienced joy in simple pleasures (no overseas holidays or life of opulence and great opportunity) but funnily enough, within her I saw a peace that I too, longed to share.

Through their two lives I recognised that peace is not simply a matter of personality, disposition or external behaviours.

Take time today to write about your Grandparents.

What lessons have you learnt from them in the area of peace?

About Kelley

Kelley is a speaker, author, overseas aid worker and perpetual student. She is passionate about women and gender issues, both in the local and international context, which underpins her enthusiasm for kinwomen and its contribution to women ‘living their finest life’. In 2014 Kelley completed a Masters in International and Community Development before establishing The Foxglove Project. Foxglove is a registered charity focused on supporting international development projects that are sustainable and driven by indigenous leadership. Kelley’s paid work requires her to travel extensively to evaluate and support projects supported by Australian funds. This experience and networking enables Foxglove to partner with outstanding overseas agencies delivering real opportunities for the poor and vulnerable to lead independent self-determined lives. Kelley combines these passions with a love of family and faith. Across more than 30 years of marriage, Kelley and her husband have worked through many of the challenges of building a relationship while raising three sons. Their boys have now finished high school changing the dynamics of family life and relationships. One of her great joys is sharing parenting lessons and learning from good and bad (sometimes disastrous) experiences. She uses humour and common sense to talk about the everyday challenges facing parents in today’s context.