ambassadors, austin & a big sale

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5 months ago i sat in the atlanta airport, nervously about to board a plane to guatemala with a handful of other noonday ambassadors, reading the encouraging words of jen hatmaker. this morning i’ll board another plane, this time heading to austin texas for an ambassador conference ! i never thought either of these trips would really come to fruition for me. these past two years, representing noonday has been one of the most major life changers for me. ever.

i am constantly amazed at the work i see being done, changes are occuring, peoples lives are better. i’ve made friendships that will last forever. i know they will. i have heard words spoken, blessings given & prayers over me and my girlfriends that have left me a changed woman.

this weekend over 120 of us are flying in from all over the united states. we’ll hang out with jessica honegger, our founder and world changer. we’ll visit with jen hatmaker & jennie allen! ( i know!!) and what i’m sure will be a very emotional part of the weekend…we’ll meet jalia. jalia and her husband daniel manage what began as only 2 and now is over 200 artisans in uganda! our exclusive group that hand beads our jewelry.

this is jalia & jessica. when i say they’re changing the world , i mean they. are. changing. the. world. do you get it? it still blows me away how cool our god is. these two women, sisters, from different continents, hanging out at the mac counter on jalia’s first trip to america. you must read a little about her testimony here. here’s a tiny blip

“Jalia is number 29 of 40 siblings. Her father was a zealous Muslim of four wives who died only a couple of years ago. Jalia heard about Jesus when she was 19 and the new found truth of God’s unconditional love gave her the courage to go against her father and become a Christian. Violence often ensued in her home because of this decision so she soon fled and found refuge in a pastor’s home. She met her husband, Daniel, while they both studied art at the local university.”
so yes, to meet face to face jalia, who truly represents why we do what we do is gonna be a big emotional powerful joyful teary event. probably for every single one of us!

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the entire team from our guatemala trip will be there! ( even whitney who just birthed a baby last week. forcryingoutloud!) the lord really knit together our hearts! i can’t even explain it. but truly they are like sisters to me!

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i want to share a little more stories behind what i saw & experienced on that trip…and i will.i promise! we followed the labor intensive process of the making of our ana scarf.

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we met ana, the 24 year old entrepreneur & visionary who is indeed changing her community. she manages the group of women who create many of our pieces from guatemala. we ate in her home & hugged her neck and wept as she blessed us with an extravagant meal & gifts!anaguatemala 025guatemala 040guatemala 062guatemala 070guatemala 355guatemala 710guatemala 742guatemala 811guatemala 823guatemala 1001guatemala 1138Screen-Shot-2013-09-09-at-12.30.11-PM

so….i’ll be back in a few days. exhausted & empowered and ready to share with ya’ll even more details & stories how YOU have changed the lives of others through YOUR purchase power!!

speaking of which, we’re running a fabulous sale as we prepare to launch our spring line in just about 5 weeks!! many of these pieces are priced exceptionally low! grab a few before they’re all gone as they’re going fast!! also, reach out if you’re in the atlanta area & are interested in sharing these stories with your friends by hosting a trunk show! we’re  going to blow your mind with our spring release!! email me at paigeknudsenimages@comcast.net

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also, if you’re interested in hosting an adoption fundraiser, noonday will donate 15% of the sales from your show to the adoptive family in which the show is held for. see details here.ab

January 16, 2014 - 9:02 am

Amy Avery - My dear friend, I have truly loved watching and participating with you on your journey as an ambassador for Noonday. You have shown through this partnership with this wonderful organization that our purchases can make a difference to other women I have become a big fan of Noonday because of the light that YOU Paige have allowed to shine through your ambassadorship. You are heading to one of my favorite places that I have ever lived, Austin, Texas! Enjoy your time there. Austin is an amazing city and it is a place that I will always treasure in my heart. I hope that your time there fills you with inspiration form the Spirit through all of your senses. Please eat lots of food there, I have restaurant recs if you’d like, and ENJOY! Can’t wait to hear all about it!

January 16, 2014 - 9:09 am

Debra @ MsMoozys Open House - I am so glad for you and love hearing when small changes that we think are insignificant really change our lives for the better. You are doing awesome work, keep it up! I keep you all in my prayers. Thanks for sharing with us today.

January 16, 2014 - 10:04 am

tara - Have SO MUCH FUN!!!!
I can’t wait to see pictures and hear all about it…..

YOU are part of this world change that NOONDAY is bringing.

January 16, 2014 - 10:23 am

becky - i am embarrassingly excited knowing you are going to be in my neck of the woods this weekend. the weather should be just lovely for you. can’t wait to hear about your trip! 🙂

January 16, 2014 - 10:40 am

D'Nese - Holy WOW! I would tell you my favorite part about this post, but I wouldn’t be able to pick just one. Beautiful down to the last word. Enjoy your trip. Be safe and God Bless.

January 16, 2014 - 1:30 pm

Natalie - Amazing… Your heart, just like Noonday… loving BIG and changing lives! Thank you for saying “Yes!” to this calling and for introducing me to it all! I’m beyond jealous 😉 for your incredible trip but I cannot wait to see pictures and hear all about it! Hug necks for me… cry for me… You’re the best! xoxo!

January 16, 2014 - 1:34 pm

chrissi - have a wonderful time. wish i was a little bird on your shoulder, i would love to meet with jaila and the others. such strength i cannot even imagine. i cannot wait to until you share your trip. Godspeed♥

January 16, 2014 - 6:29 pm

Jackie - So excited for you! I love this company and what it stands for…and you represent them so well, Paige. xoxo

January 17, 2014 - 1:45 am

tiffini - you are growing and changing
and it is amazing to watch. i am so encouraged by you and your courage to do things afraid…and then to see God bless you and others
and the places you are going? WOW!
i want to buy my first piece of noonday jewelry — i will wait for the spring collection but after reading this i am moved to be a part of God working
be safe and have fun..be open..receive..smile:)
xo

January 19, 2014 - 2:34 pm

Lemonade Makin' Mama - I LOVE Noonday. I am so in love with the vision and these sweet women behind such gorgeous items.

January 23, 2014 - 9:31 am

patty - beautiful images… i imagine it was quite a trip-and reuniting will be amazing! i can’t help but think about girleffect. it’s a movement i’ve been following for a couple of years. the objective is to drive funding to impoverished adolescent girls b/c they will have the greatest effect on their communities. i look at these pictures and know that you are changing not only the lives of these women who now have jobs (& maybe purpose), but also of their families and communities. women are so much more likely to give back to their communities. men tend to leave. the research is staggering. kudos to you and to noonday. xo