Elizabeth grew up on a sheep, cattle and farming property on the Darling Downs in Queensland, Australia. As a small child she remembers a longing to reach out and help people. An avid reader, her favourite books were biographies of people who were helping humanity. Amongst other childhood dreams she wanted to become a missionary and a nurse, but also a wife and a mother.
The latter she achieved when she married a wonderful man who had also been brought up on the land. Her other dreams were put on hold as she and her husband raised a family of three beautiful children. Eventually Elizabeth and her husband were proud to welcome into their family two sons-in-law and one daughter-in-law. They now consider that they have six children and have been further blessed with eight grandchildren.
Elizabeth and her husband are now semi-retired from their cattle property in Western Qld. Australia, and Elizabeth now feels it is time to “give back”; to answer the call that she believes her soul was instilling in her all those years ago.
Having suffered from a lack of self worth for a long period of her life, Elizabeth knows the impact that can have on the way you live your life, and on those around you. And she was searching for a way to reach out to help people believe in their own self-worth.
However, she did wonder what she, one person, could do?
Elizabeth felt that Edward Everett Hale put it beautifully:
“I am only one, but still I am one.
I cannot do everything, but still I can do something.
I will not refuse to do something that I can do.”
Then one day in an e-mail she received the story of the Ribbon.
My love and appreciation to:
My husband – who shares the same desire to “give back” and has lovingly and willingly accepted my decision to follow my dream. He believed in me in the times when I didn’t believe in myself and has encouraged and supported me in all my endeavours.
My immediate family – who also believed that I could achieve my dream and have lovingly and patiently listened to all my ideas and have always been there to offer positive criticism, encouragement and support.
My brother and sister-in-law – who, in spite of going through an incredibly difficult time in their own lives, have always ‘been there’ for me, lovingly encouraging, supporting and believing in me and my dreams. Through their attitude to their challenges they have inspired me to do more – and be more – than I ever thought I could be.
And finally my son-in-law – who encouraged me to “get a website” and then created my first one back in 2006. This is no longer viable and he has encouraged me to get one professionally done. Thank you Jason for getting me started and for being there for me.