The promise of forever



Forever is a promise that many times we cannot keep. We can’t keep it to ourselves, our loved ones, our employers or our friends.

But it is such a comfort. A reassurance that nothing needs change and for the most part it removes the anxiety about tomorrow.

Growing up I adored my parents. I saw them as the constant in my life and anticipated that they would be part of my life and my children’s lives for many decades. That certainly felt like forever. But then the unexpected happened and my dad died suddenly in his late 50’s. I felt the fragility of life and love.

I learned that forever is not necessarily a physical promise. It remains a hope and reassurance that tomorrow will go on. And I have learned to be content that this is enough.


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.

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