i’ve wanted to sit down and begin to process the events and connections and relationships and the laughter & the tears and God’s protection and how he wove our team together over the last week. but as i’m sure has been the case for any of you after a “big event”, i’ve found it a bit of a challenge. part of me feels like its just so much, how will i ever process it all? really.
i had brought my journal with high hopes of taking notes, if you will, of the week. but there really just wasn’t the time. i wanted to truly be present and be with my friends and be there in the moment that writing ( for this trip anyways) seemed like a distraction to me.
i’m sure that’s how someone might feel when a certain photographer/mom might be taking their photo over & over again during a family beach trip!. thank goodness for my camera, which feels like an appendage to me and a form of being in the moment as much as physically being in the moment. comprende?
before i boarded the plane out of atlanta, i sat down with my journal and read through some notes from a Noonday conference call back in february. jen hatmaker, big leaguer/adoptive mama/biological mama/believer/advocate/author/speaker/down-right hilarious woman, is buddies with jessica ( our founder) and also lives in austin. so, we get to be
blown away blessed by her wisdom and knowledge on occasion. anyways, jen encouraged us and told us she was proud of the Noonday presence. the desire, at the root & heart of Noonday, is to provide a source of sustainable income for artisans in areas of poverty. and connecting YOU with these artisans.
one of the things jen said that rings in my little head over & over is this: once you know them, you can’t unknow them. once you see you can’t unsee.
while this particular trip we didn’t see absolute desolate poverty, hopeless despair ( we weren’t in the slum of the slums) we DID see the faces of our artisans. we DID hug them & hear their laughter. we DID hold hands & pray with them ( tear jerker, tear jerker!), we DID eat on their porch. we DID hear them say over & over, thank you! they said thank you for making a difference in their lives. we DID hear concepcion say “thank you. because of you i can send my children to school. they can have an education”. we DID.
goodness gracious. i’ll never be the same ya’ll.
i came home with crazy amounts of energy. i was waking up at 5 am, which is like 3am in guatemala, waking up and cleaning out closets and doing laundry. staying up late. chatting dan’s ear OFF about the trip and my vision and passion for Noonday. it was like operation organization at our home. i’ve been like a woman on a mission. with loads of energy. ( i will say yesterday i woke up and hit the wall, but for several days prior i was nesting- woman- extraordinaire)
i sat there in church this morning & realized i have indeed been nesting. excuse the, what i assume for many may be corny, analogy but i truly believe i came home and birthed a new passion. a new passion to share about these artisans that we met in guatemala. lordie ya’ll, if i met all our artisans, especially those in africa, i think i’d come completely unglued. i know my heart couldn’t handle it all. a couple days of spending time with them has placed a desire in my heart, stronger than before to share their stories. their hope for not only their future, but the future of their children. we listened as they shared their dreams. i could go on & on. and i will. i apologize if my blog for the next several weeks comes back to this.
let me encourage you, if you live anywhere near an ambassador, ask her if you can partner with her and open your home and host a show. this is not your regular jewelry party my friends. this is an opportunity for YOU to join us and connect others, with these artisans like concepcion & ana. ya’ll they’re over there. and they need us. please don’t worry that your home needs to be “tour worthy”. please don’t feel like it’s going to be like planning a graduation party ( which will do you in by the way. wink). we’ll practically do everything for you. you just supply your home. the jewelry we’ll bring is so awesome your friends will look at all of it and not whether or not you’ve mopped your floor. that’s the truth. its just an opportunity for one of us to come share. and you & your friends will try on the beautiful pieces these men & women have made by hand. you’ll open a bottle of wine or set out chips & salsa. all the while making a difference. that’s it. how could you not, right? sorry. i’ll be honest. the direct sales part of this job has always been a problem for me. it’s out of my comfort zone, big time, to ask. but now that’s changing. i can not bury, i can not keep quiet what the Lord gifted me and allowed me the privilege to see ( with this trip/opportunity) and just keep quiet because i don’t want to be “that girl”. i can’t anymore. i just can’t.
if you live near me or are a direct, real-life neighbor of mine, i’ll probably be asking you to open your home for me so i can share….or you could always make it easy for me & just offer ( wink). forgive me because i’m not keeping quiet. i just can’t.
now that i know, i can’t unknow. now that i’ve met them, they’re in my heart. now that i’ve seen, i can’t unsee…
ps. i’ve had several readers inquire…you may always purchase via online. orders may be placed at any time at www.paigeknudsen.noondaycollection.com , the parties are just our vehicle to share about the vision & heart of noonday !