thank you for being you AnnLee


when savannah left for college a couple summers ago, she & some friends started meeting together as a small group. they would meet together weekly to encourage one another, pray together, go through a bible study, eat cupcakes and be poured into & loved on by a beautiful, young mom who had a heart for these college girls.


annlee & her precious family live in athens in the cutest home! (despite the fact that she’s all “war eagle”). she has opened her home weekly for the last couple years and truly been a constant source of love for these young ladies.

i think one of the richest relationships can be that relationship that has a generation between it. when i was growing up, i loved meeting friends of my moms and developing a friendship of our own. spending time with women who’ve gone ahead of us in many ways, not the least of which is spiritually is truly a priceless treasure.

savannah always spoke so highly of annlee & i was so tickled when i finally met her last year. falling in love with her instantly too.

before savannah headed out for her summer project, she & i headed back to athens for a little adventure. she called annlee who met us over at the local tattoo & piercing spot for a little “moral support”. ya’ll i have to tell you what a sight that was. in walks petite, drop dead gorgeous annlee, decked out in white skinnies, tory burch sunnies & a matching new tory bag….at the piercing parlor. what a riot. she had a full plate that day but dropped by to spend a few minutes with us as savannah had a tiny tiny tiny ( sorry i feel the need to overemphasize the “tiny” because ya’ll might tend to picture a ginormous ring thing in savannah’s nose) little piercing on her nose. in her nose. what’s the correct preposition?

the whole nose piercing is not really the focus of the story here, although i think savannah looks super fun with her little tiny tiny stud, the focus of the story is that i want to thank annlee. as a mama who loves her daughters, to know that a young mom is choosing to love on one of them while she’s away is something i’ve not taken for granted.

annlee. thank you. i love you dearly. not just because you love my savannah but because you truly are amazing and you love well. you do. you love well! words can’t express how thankful i am for you. how thankful i am that you & don opened your home and your heart to these girls. often times when i knew ya’ll were togethe,  i’d pray for ya’ll. prayed that the lord would bless your time together. that He would knit your hearts together for such a time as this.

you’ve been a constant source of encouragement & friendship for savannah. she thinks the world of you…i do too.

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June 11, 2013 - 7:05 am

AnnLee Allen - Paige, I am overwhelmed by you words, thank you. As I’ve said many times before, it is so easy to love these girls. I get much more from them than I could ever give! They are my heart and a true blessing to my family. Xoxoxo

June 11, 2013 - 7:50 am

tara - I’m STILL in relationship with a couple of the women who poured into me in college….their wisdom and love and encouragement are never outgrown.

Your girl is special!

June 11, 2013 - 7:51 am

Kerri - what a beautiful post Paige! AnnLee seems like a true blessing to anyone who meets her! XOXO

June 11, 2013 - 10:53 am

Lemonade Makin' Mama - I love this! I love that she has someone to mentor on her and love on her while away from home. That is going to stay with her for life. I was just talking to Adrain last night about how we have a few babysitters that are all grown up now and one is even married. They still come around and we talk about life and it occurred to me that I have a little ministry with THEM! I adore those girls and we used to talk pretty deep about boys and relationships back when they were in high school. You girls look pretty cute there in your shorts and tops. (And I have always wanted to pierce my nose like that… I just can’t decide. LOL)

June 11, 2013 - 12:39 pm

Yolanda - I love the heart of Annlee! What a beautiful thing to do for young girls. I also love that she showed up at the tattoo parlor for support. I just turned 51 and my hubby took me to our local tattoo parlor to get my nose pierced. My kids said they would of paid big money to see us walking in. Blessings!

June 11, 2013 - 12:41 pm

Yolanda - LMM you should! It really didn’t hurt at all. I was nervous to do it because I am a big chicken, but honestly it was fine.

June 11, 2013 - 6:37 pm

Amber - Paige, I have always loved your blog so much because it was so real. Have never commented but relate so much to this that I had to. As you described Anlee I am all “War Eagle” but when I was at Auburn, I had a small group leader named Jenna who did many of those same things for us. She and her family meant so much to me and still do. She was such a source of help for me when I started a youth girls small group after moving home. I know that Savannah will have a lifelong relationship with her. On each trip to AU, Jenna is on my must see list! 🙂

June 11, 2013 - 10:53 pm

Susan R. - Sweet Mother of Abraham Lincoln! I try not to be judgemental, but the fella doing the piercing looks more freightening than the piercing itself.

June 12, 2013 - 3:28 pm

Diana Harris - I loved reading this blog post mainly because I love that others are being blessed to have Annlee in their lives just like I am. Annlee was one of my sorority sisters at Auburn and is my best friend. We often talk about how we wish we had had a strong older Christian girl to influence us when we were in college. Working with these college girls is something she is very passionate about truly loves doing.

July 2, 2013 - 4:58 pm

who do you think you are? » simple thoughts from Paige Knudsen Photography - […] might not be able to get past being worried madi got herself all tatted up. especially since i shared savannah’s recent event at a tattoo parlor in athens. it’s henna. […]

a week of goodbyes and a couple congratulations too

hello friends!

i sat down tonight to do a little clean up on my computer. i’m trying to catch up on all the end-of-school craziness that requires checking things off so we can settle into the summer groove.

this past week i think caroline was a little bored trying to find things to do for a couple of rainy days while i was completely absorbed in finalizing all the details for the summer style ecourse i’ve been working on. i’m honestly so excited for it to release and hope you find something new or you feel encouraged…you’re atleast going to laugh at my poor video making skills! it will release in two weeks ( june 24th) and you’ll be able to watch it/read it at your leisure for up to 6 months 🙂 $10

we said goodbye to savannah as she headed out for her 9week summer program. i’ll share more about that later.

we said goodbye to emi as she headed to memphis to work with some inner city communities. i’ll share more about that too.

we said congratulations to madison as she was just hired by Anthropologie!!! she’ll be at the West Side Provisions shop (incidentally my favorite one here in atlanta…free standing…and in a super hip new shopping area).

so on the last post i wrote about my latest reads. i shared i was reading the latest Kristin Hannah release, Fly Away. yeah, well i was not impressed. Firefly Lane ( the first of the two) was one of my top faves, but Fly Away was a disappointment. spoiler alert: too much talk about family dysfunction, depression, cutting, and talking to the dead. whatever. anyone want to book swap after that endorsement?

next up for this week is Bread & Wine and then Cold Tangerines.

the winner for a signed copy of sophie’s book is anna “i’m a mid-Atlantic girl, and would love to read this “taste of the south” and everything else it offers!! Am currently reading Anything, by Jennie Allen and The Burgess Boys by Elizabeth Strout”.

congratulations!! i’ll send your information sophie’s way!

ps–the clutch shown in the top image is the Filipino Clutch from Noonday. currently on backordered but expected in two weeks. you may go ahead & order it to have your name in the first come, first serve list.


June 9, 2013 - 10:07 pm

Lori H - I loooved Bread and Wine! I have already made several of the recipes and they are wonderful! Besides the recipes, I loved reading Shauna’s story. I would like to hear what you think of it!

June 9, 2013 - 10:38 pm

Stacey - Can’t wait for your course!

June 10, 2013 - 8:43 am

Kerri - I want to read Cold Tangerines and Bread and Wine. Please give us your review when you finish! I absolutely love the clutch! However, it is sold out right now. 🙁 Words cannot express how touched I am by your girls! May God bless smk and emi as they do His work over the summer! And congrats to Madison! I am a fashionista at heart and I am a little bit jealous! I cannot wait for your e-course to begin! It is going to be so much fun! XOXO

June 10, 2013 - 9:25 am

Melissa - I read that book as well and wasn’t overly impressed.

June 10, 2013 - 11:31 am

Ella - It sounds like your house will be quiet, hope Caroline finds what to do. Congats to Madison on her new job. She looks great, I like her haircut. Wishing Savannah and Emily well.

June 10, 2013 - 12:09 pm

Shannon Wilhelm - Paige,
We don’t actually know each other, but I have followed your blog since I saw you speak at the pearl event in Nashville, and was so inspired by you and your testimony. I just want to extend an olive branch: My husband and I live in Memphis and would be happy to offer a meal, place to stay, home to relax in, or whatever your lovely daughter may need while here. God Bless.

June 10, 2013 - 1:56 pm

tiffany day - Hi Paige!

You will love Cold Tangerines – I am reading it now! So so good. I was going to start highlighting my favorite parts but soon realized the whole book would be highlighted!



June 11, 2013 - 7:53 am

tara - I’m reading Sofie’s book this week….laughing! Crying! So many memories coming up!

Cold Tangerines and Bread and Wine are the ones I’m taking to the beach next week. 🙂

So grateful to be reading again! Might have to make a special trip to Madison’s location this summer…oh, we should go together!

June 13, 2013 - 10:51 pm

Mimi - Bread & Wine is wonderful! In fact, I made her blueberry crisp tonight — so good!

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