he chooses to let us in

last thursday i flew in to austin texas. while i’ve always wanted to be a cowgirl, own a cowhide rug, wear cowboy boots & eat chips and salsa on a regular basis ( well i guess i already do that!) i’ve never actually been to texas. as far as site seeing, photographing longhorn and eating legit tex/mex i’ll have to do that on another trip.
those four days were completely focused on being completely present with around 120 women who, although we came from all over the united states & have different stories, we share several passions. not the least of which is empowering the poor and creating sustainable income for those in vulnerable situations, raising awareness of the orphan crisis…all through sharing stories through Noonday collection.

IMG_4755this is Jalia ( our lead artisan in africa) on her first trip from uganda to america!

i came on board with noonday, not to make a bunch of money. i joined a small start up company ( i think i was #21) because i wanted to do something. do something to make a difference. i saw a generation rising up with serious passion to end modern day slavery. a generation and movement to do something about poverty. i sat in my fluffy white chair, in my home with running water and heat, warm freshly ground coffee in my occasionally manicured hand and thought i gotta do something. it might be relatively litttle, but once i knew i couldn’t unknow. ( incidentally we’ve now grown 1000% and have almost 400 ambassadors!)

ya’ll. besides marrying 2 men, sitting bedside while one passed away and birthing four girls, these last two years both with noonday and in the launch of my photography business, have been the most amazing of my entire life. my income from when i was practicing nursing has probably actually decreased, i still drive the same beat up car and my occasionally manicured hands have held the hand of artisans in guatemala. my mind has been blown by women who said YES. women who decided to do something. not held back by the “well what can i do. it’s an overwhelming situation this world is in. nearly half of the world’s population — more than 3 billion people — live on less than $2.50 a day. more than 1.3 billion live in extreme poverty (less than $1.25 a day). i mean i have carpool to drive & soccer practice to get to. i can’t even wrap my mind around that number anyways.”

let me tell you something. jesus said “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.” faith, even if barely there. faith, of i can and i will, through the power of jesus’s spirt in me, i can do something. even if it only changes the life of one person.

we had that one person ( actually two). jalia & daniel in uganda. and get ready for this. one family in less than three years is now over 300 families. THREE HUNDRED families, now have jobs in uganda because YOU have purchased the jewelry they created. YOU have given them sustainable, dignified income. they have homes. not only are they able to just keep their children ( and not place in an orphanage in the first place) they can feed their kiddos AND send them to school. YA”LL!! that’s freaking amazing!!

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god doesn’t need us. but he chooses to let us in on his story. and that blows my mind.

so this weekend i loved on : laughed until i peed with : stayed up ALL night long :went to tattoo parlors : drink wine : prayed against strongholds : watched a woman from uganda come to america & go to the MAC counter: and encouraged like minded women that we can keep on keeping on making a difference. a monumental weekend for me for sure.

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there are so many amazing things happening in & through noonday this year. some of them i need to keep on the downlow for now but can hardly wait to share them with you! for those of you who have prayed for me, purchased from me, encouraged me in this adventure, opened your home for me, i thank YOU. from the bottom of my heart.

jen hatmaker & jennie allen came & spoke at our conference. out in the middle of the texas hillcountry, on a ranch with 70 degree weather in january god showed up and blew me away. we were reminded us to be stewards & servants. to live called, not driven.

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i feel like i’m all over the board this morning & fear i’m failing in clarity. i can barely type fast enough to share my jumbled thoughts and my full heart. bottom line is this. things are changing. real lives are changing. i know. i’ve met them. the grace and goodness of the lord blows me away.

probably the hardest thing for me to overcome is being bold and asking….but won’t you consider opening your home to a few friends to advocate for the orphaned and the oppressed? it’s not planning a wedding. i promise. i wont harass you everytime i see you to buy my product. i wont be that person. i promise. but here’s the way i see it. i know and i can’t unknow.i’m passionate and i have stories to share with you. stories i didn’t know two years ago.  i have met these artisans and i want you to meet them through my stories and images too. i want you to want to join the efforts of women, just like us, who love their babies and want them to have an education. i want you to buy the creations they create. to wear them with pride and know that YOU have made a difference too.

the spring line releases on february 20th. it is gorgeous!!! like i want 75% of the line. we have new products from the groups we collaborated with while in guatemala. our uganda peices are more beautiful than ever. the images are spectacular.

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in order to make room for the coughcough several hundred dollars of gorgeous pieces i will invest in, i will need to let go of several current samples. come back monday as i’ll have over two dozen current and past noonday pieces for sale at great discount prices.

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in the mean time, partner with me. throw some chips & salsa on your counter. invite your girlfriends. like all of ’em. and allow me the opportunity to share stories and allow our friends in 13 other countries lives to be changed!

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b1600994_10203024102029140_1788471327_nIMG_4761IMG_4787IMG_4792IMG_4800“when you satisfy the needs of the oppressed

your night will become like the noonday”

isaiah 58.10
we’re doing it ya’ll!! won’t you join me??
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January 24, 2014 - 10:39 am

Deborah Martin - I LOVE what you all are doing! Collaborations like this project inspire and open up dreams for everyone, for the needy and for the ones who see the need and so often are overwhelmed with the question “What can I do?” What an honor to serve in such a way!
deborah
{the white chair}

January 24, 2014 - 10:47 am

Natalie - I’m IN! Count me in! My favorite line of this whole post is “I know and I can’t unknow.” Amen sweet friend… amen!

January 24, 2014 - 11:48 am

Amy Avery - Two words. I’m in! You let me know the details of what I need to do to host a show here in K-Town and I’ll do it! You are a blessing Paige! I am SO VERY HONORED and BLESSED to KNOW YOU! Absolutely! I’m in!!!

January 24, 2014 - 1:01 pm

tara - it looks/sounds like it was an amazing trip!
I spy Abby in a few of the pictures…I’ve enjoyed getting to “know” her a little through blogging/IG.

January 24, 2014 - 9:01 pm

edie - Love you to pieces.
Now come to Bean Station, girlfriend!!
xoxo

January 24, 2014 - 9:15 pm

ellie - oh Paige, I am so excited for and proud of you! you are changing the world!!!!

xoxo ellie

January 24, 2014 - 11:12 pm

Jackie - Hey lady…if you’ll come to Athens (well, Watkinsvile) then I’d be thrilled to have a show!

January 25, 2014 - 12:02 am

keri - i just adore you. seriously. i’m grateful to have had time to sit and talk to you on the plane and hear your heart. all of what you said above is so true and its stirring in my heart as well. thankful to be a noonday sister with you!! much love! xo

January 25, 2014 - 3:46 am

Sophie - Paige, I’m so inspired by this and I love what ya’ll are doing! I love the photos from Guatemala, my daughter is from there! If you’re ever in Chicago I’ll host a show for you cause I think you’re awesome!!!

January 25, 2014 - 12:12 pm

Karen - And while you do a show in k town come up about 45 minutes and do a show with Edie and I. We will introduce ladies to your line.

January 25, 2014 - 10:06 pm

Cathy G. - Such a great thing to do!!! You girls all look like you’re all filled with joy!!!! On a lighter note I love your tie dyed cardigan .. where did you find it?? Have a wonderful weekend!!!

January 26, 2014 - 9:48 am

Beth - Paige
You look beautiful in these pictures.. positively glowing. It’s evident your passion for Noonday is written all over your face. I know others will see your devotion and will be moved by it. Wishing you the best!

May 14, 2014 - 9:00 am

when he placed an african sized dream in my heart » simple thoughts from Paige Knudsen Photography - […] & were blowing us away with talks about living called, not driven and more. ( shared about here). as if that weren’t awesome in & of itself,  jessica made a big surprise […]