opportunities

as soon as i posted yesterday, i refreshed my emails. lo and behold if the images and stories below were included. its sorta weird for me to be involved in direct sales because i’m a terrible direct sales person. i never want to bother someone or make someone feel like, “oh dear, here she comes. she’s going to try to sell me something”.

so, with my focus on not bothering people i often times stay quiet.

almost a year ago to date the lord put the desire in my heart to educate myself to what’s going on in the world. to educate myself to the HIV crisis and orphan crisis and the fact that millions, MILLIONS, of people are slaves. right now. in our world. i do NOT want to close my eyes to this and pretend my little world is all there is.i don’t want to be quiet.

jessica, our noonday founder, is incredible. she’s gorgeous. she’s a brilliant entrepreneur. she’s all about OTHERS. i fell in love with that girl from our first little phone interview. i often times tell her she’s one of my heros.

well, she just came back from africa. again. and she visited many many of artisans. her heart broke over so many of the stories and reality of the people there, yet she was also filled with hope. again. inspired by the “ever triumphant spirit of every african” she met.

these people are real. they are. they’re not just a face represented by a missionary’s slide show of someone “out there”. they are real people who are brave and are overcomers and have dreams. big dreams.

so i want to share david’s story with you. i dare you to read it and just go on about your day. i don’t say that in an ugly tone, just from a heart that realizes i myself certainly can’t change the world. but i can change the life of another. and so can you.

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i shared several months , or maybe it was weeks ago, that my sweet savannah is heading over to kosovo to deliver operation christmas child boxes with samaritans purse. you can read about it here

she has been given an amazing opportunity !!  many of you supported her on this trip and for that i am eternally grateful!

i would love to ask ya’ll to pray for her.  we’re heading to the airport this morning with her, & trevor too!  they won’t return until late on the 21st. please pray for safety for the team. pray the people will see jesus in her.

it’s so awesome as a parent, no matter the age of your child, to see them doing what the Lord has called them to do using the gifts He gave them. this is one of those opportunities for dan & i!

yesterday she finished her finals and was heading back home. she wasn’t far from the campus when her car died. little fact for you~ anytime god calls you to do big things, don’t be surprised when trials come along. trying to get you off focus. trying to rob your joy and steal your peace. so to make a long story short, my sweet friend tara just so happens to live in athens and just so happened to be out running errands and just so happened to scoot over and be a support to savannah within minutes of my call to her. another little fact for you~ anytime god calls you to do big things, He goes before you and He will be with you!

 

each of us has an opportunity to change the life of another. to love on another. to lay down our lives for another. it may be flying overseas to visit babies in orphanages. it may be helping an elderly lady with her groceries. it may be purchasing fair trade products. it may be praying for a 19 year old sorority girl. it may be delivering a shoe box full of goodies to a little one who might not have a stocking full of toys on christmas morning. or it may be driving your suv down the street and loading up a stranded college girl’s luggage instead of shopping a little longer at tjmaxx.  you’ll have an opportunity to do something today. i just bet!

 

“And the King will say, ‘I tell you the truth, when you did it to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you were doing it to me!’

December 12, 2012 - 8:08 am

sheri - Awesome post Paige – will be praying for Savannah and Trevor! You have sooo much to be proud of with that beauty :)

December 12, 2012 - 8:19 am

Jodi - I will definitely keep the two in my thoughts and prayers. What an amazing opportunity, I can’t imagine how proud you must be.
What a beautiful post!
Take care!
Jodi

December 12, 2012 - 8:30 am

Michelle Whitaker - What an awesome opportunity for your daughter. My children have gone to an Operation Christmas Child processing facility with our youth group and loved it. How wonderful to be able to go to another country and share the love of Christ.

PS) You are a great sales person. Looking forward to getting my Noonday pieces.

December 12, 2012 - 8:33 am

Lori H - Praying for Savannah and Trevor during their trip!

December 12, 2012 - 9:25 am

laurie overholtzer - It’s 5 am in California, and I am up listening to the rain and reading your daily thoughts. I am in tears thinking once again about the hurting, lost and lonely around the world. You’re right Paige….we can all change a life. We must try.

We are praying for Savannah and Trevor and the team as they travel on this very important mission. We pray for health and safety, and a life changing experience for not only the team, but the lives they will touch.

God bless you and keep your heart at peace as you await her return home.
Merry Christmas.
Laurie

December 12, 2012 - 9:35 am

Amy Avery - Oh Paige, I certainly will be prayig for Savannah and Trevor as they make their way to and from the mission trip they are embarking on. I am so excited for the two of them and the way that God is working through and in them to do his work. This post is one of my favorite things that I have read this season. It tells of what the true meaning of Christmas is. This is something that I will read over many times throughout the rest of my journey to Christmas Day not only for the sake of praying for your sweet girl and Trevor, but also because I think this post is opening my heart up to something that God wants me to glean. Safe travels Savannah and Trevor. You are his hands and his feet and his joy to those you are going to minister to. God bless you and keep you in the palm of his hand.

December 12, 2012 - 10:11 am

Patricia - God’s beautiful hands right here on this post ~ seeds of hope ~ love what you are doing with Noonday ~ am in awe of your daughter and her chosen life…beautiful…praying for safe travels for the two of them…praying for your heart to be at peace..blessings

December 12, 2012 - 10:11 am

Patricia - God’s beautiful hands right here on this post ~ seeds of hope ~ love what you are doing with Noonday ~ am in awe of your daughter and her chosen life…beautiful…praying for safe travels for the two of them…praying for your heart to be at peace..blessings

December 12, 2012 - 11:06 am

Dee - I cried reading this. So much love in this post. Amazing, just amazing. Many prayers and well wishes for their trip and safe return. Your children are beyond amazing.
God Bless.

December 12, 2012 - 11:37 am

Bethanie - I remember hearing a pastor say that the devil doesnt bother those who arent following Jesus…he’s already got them taken care of…his big work is for those loving Jesus and doing His will…those are the ones Satan needs to try to discourage the most. Savannah and Trevor will be in my thoughts and prayers, I told you how much Samaritan’s purse means to me. I cannot wait to read about her trip.

And precious David, the things on his “Most Important But Not Urgent” list are all things that we just take for granted. We are so selfish and greedy… This post was beautiful and thought provoking. Blessings my friend.

December 12, 2012 - 1:53 pm

Anon - I prayed for her. I also prayed that I am sorry I often feel jealous of y’all. Even in your trials and when things are not going perfectly for you, you all still have an utterly beautiful life (and beautiful things) so I prayed about that. I do LOVE your blog, LOVE to look at all the beauty and hear about all the beauty and how good you all are (and you are, I KNOW you and your family aren’t perfect, but you definitely are good people) so that is why I keep reading. It outweighs my jealousy.

December 12, 2012 - 5:43 pm

tara - tears are streaming down my face.
i’ve prayed so many times for SMK today….He keeps bringing her to my mind.

He keeps bringing you to my mind, too, friend. praying for you and dan as you welcome your kids to do what God is calling them to do for the advancement of his kingdom..it’s a sacrifice for you guys, and he sees it.

i had no idea that trevor was going on the trip, too.
he had a late final last night..he has to be exhausted!!!
praying the Lord gives him exactly the rest and refreshing he needs to arrive there and show JESUS to those precious kids.

i’m so envious. i wish i was on a plane to meet these precious people.
i’m at home most days schooling my kids and doing laundry and preparing dinner…while I’m SO thankful for this role that God has given me in my family, I don’t always “feel” like I’m making a huge investment in the kingdom…helping your sweet girl yesterday was the highlight of my day. :) well, talking to you and learning from you was a tie!

December 12, 2012 - 11:23 pm

Suzanne - Paige, I’m going to
keep this up on my
computer so that I
can start my day with
its message in the
morning. God bless
you and your sweet
SMK. Through you
both the David’s of
the world will be
able to shine…..

xo Suzanne

December 13, 2012 - 3:52 am

Frl. Glückspilz - Hey…

… I found you again!

I’m happy!

;-)))

Love,
Nicole

a chance to give twice

thank ya’ll for all the love on the holiday housewalk! jen is currently hosting a link party, for even more inspiration, and an opportunity for another reader to win a spot on next years tour!

for those of you that are new to my blog since the tour, i’d love to introduce you to a big part of who i am and how my world view has changed.

I was a pediatric nurse for the last 20 years practicing primarily in pediatric oncology and telephone triage.  I made a big step in the fall of 2011 & began my own photography business. One of the things I really wanted to do was use a portion of each session fee and give back to another organization.  Noonday Collection was one of the companies I chose. I purchased the acai rope necklace and the embira seed bracelet and began wearing these while on location.  I loved wearing these to my sessions & explaining to my client that a portion of their fee would be going back to a company such as Noonday to support another artisan by providing a pathway out of poverty.  Everyone loves to feel that they are doing something good , something good for another person.

Winter of 2011 I began to pray that the Lord would guide me as I chose another vocation to help support our family.  Noonday seemed the perfect fit. I love the mission of Noonday. I quickly fell in love with Jessica, the founder, and her contagious passion and enthusiasm for restoring dignity for people in countries that I couldn’t even find on a map. I wanted to expand my world vision.  I want to do something purposeful and intentional with my gifts and my time.  We are called to love the orphans and the widows.

I was widowed in 1996 when my once very healthy athletic husband died of cancer.  My three daughters were all under the age of three at that time.  While my situation was never one of extreme poverty, I do know how it feels to feel alone and vulnerable.  Working with Noonday allows each of us to rise up and help widows provide for their children.

these artisans that create for noonday are real people. real people longing to have a future and a hope. HIV + single mamas creating jewelry from what was once used as artillery. women who were once homeless now working together as community to create beads made of paper-receiving payment each week for their work. not exploited. not forgotten. not a faceless nameless person.

pathways out of poverty….that is what you are creating when you purchase from them.

helping to restoring their dignity….a priceless gift many of us take for granted.

 

Noonday is guaranteeing christmas delivery for all orders of instock merchandise for orders placed by december 16th-this sunday!

so i have a few great ideas for you for any last minute christmas gifts….an opportunity for you to give twice!!!!

1.Nahuala Rectangle Trays $36

A set of three trays made by a family operated carpentry shop in Guatemala.

2.Stars Arm Warmer$38

This piece is handknitted of the softest alpaca by women in the Lima area of Peru.

3. Pom Pom arm warmer $45

Our graphite arm warmers are the perfect match with the beret or can stand alone with your winter wardrobe.  Measures 10” in length.

This piece is handknitted of the softest alpaca by women in the Lima area of Peru.

4. zip up wrap $78

a personal favorite of mine!!

The zipper on this scarf adds a sense of urban chic to the hand knitted alpaca. It zips from both ends, can be added to a jacket or worn over a tee.

This piece is handknitted of the softest alpaca by women in the Lima area of Peru.

5. handwoven belts

these handwoven belts are always a huge hit!! we are running a little low on size mediums….see link above for different varieties and size measurements included too!

6. cascading falls in salmon $138

my favorite necklace from noonday. a little more pricey but a statement piece! Cascades of acai and pambil seeds drape around and around to create this 36″ statement necklace. This piece is handcrafted of sustainable seeds by artisans in Ecuador. It takes 3 months for the seed to become a bead.

7. cubist cuff in silver or gold ( please chose your color on website) $26

Handmade by artisan groups in India that help low-income artisans move towards economic self-sufficiency.

8. embira seed bracelet $26

our most popular piece..,A Noonday best seller. This bracelet is one piece but looks like many! Created of natural embira seeds with artfully placed paper beads. Each one is unique, adjusts for size, and measures 2” deep. Handmade by African Style, a group that Noonday Collection helped launch in Uganda.

9. gypsy stack bracelets, multiple colors available $20

10. pelotas seed bracelets, multiple colors available $15

11. tagua seed braclelets, multiple colors available $28

11. cowhorn earrings…various sizes available $28

as modeled by my sweet friend tara.  tara is also modeling the embira seed bracelet too! she & her handsome hubby are the makers of the famous signs

we all love!

 

these are just a few items i thought you would love to see!

be a voice for the oppressed through purchasing from Noonday Collection ~~~

December 11, 2012 - 9:07 am

Amy Avery - Good Morning Paige!
I have been looking at the Noonday site for a bit of time now contemplating what it is I would like to purchase to add as a gift for some special people in my life. I love the iron bird pictured above and may even purchase one for myself as well as a gift. I want you to know how much I appreciated your voice for Noonday and these women artists. Your ambassadorship does shine a light on women who are trying so hard to better their lives. I love the image of “pathway out of poverty.” When I was a little girl, my mother was a single mom and we lived with my grandmother. She didn’t make much money as a secretary and money was tight. We were not living in squander and we did have a roof over our head, but my mom struggled to make ends meet. One Christmas she crocheted Christmas ornaments and we went door to door selling them in our neighborhood for a dollar. They were beautiful ornaments and we still have many of them. The thing I remember though from that CHristmas is that my mother’s handiwork allowed her the ability to earn some extra money to be able to purchase gifts for others at Christmas. It gave her dignity to be able to give to others. My story is no where near what these women face each day, but it reminds me of how important it is to recognize these women so that their dignity is restored through the talents that they were blessed with by our Father in Heaven. Thanks for sharing this Paige! I know exactly now what I am going to purchase and to whom it will be gifted to, my dear sweet Mother.

December 11, 2012 - 9:16 am

tara - I love you!!!
I wear those earrings about 6 times a week, and I’m not even kidding!!!

You’re a good friend!!

December 11, 2012 - 10:34 am

Sue - Just placed an order…thanks Paige!! Merry Christmas!

December 11, 2012 - 2:05 pm

Michele - I have a number of Noonday items on my Christmas list – hopefully you’ll be receiving an order (or two!) from my family members!! Hope you’re having a great day! xoxo

December 11, 2012 - 6:04 pm

Kim @ Plumberry Pie - I sent a link of my wish list to my husband! :) I absolutely love this jewelry and love everything behind it!!

December 11, 2012 - 9:50 pm

Lemonade Makin' Mama - I love your heart and hearing your story again… you say it in a way that shows how your heart opened up rather than shriveled in the face of great pain and loss. How I long to be a woman that looks at life that way. You always inspire me Paige. Love you!

December 12, 2012 - 4:56 pm

Michelle - I created a wishlist for my hubby to view. Hopefully they’ll show up at our home for Christmas!

I would love to host a trunk show in my home in 2013. Do you know of any ambassadors in CA?

December 13, 2012 - 9:14 am

Mariann - Thank you, Paige, your words inspire me to be a better Christian. I feel blessed being able to give twice. What a wonderful cause!