samaritan’s purse and where i share how proud i am of my girl

she’s not wearing any makeup

it was hot & very humid

we rode on the un-airconditioned bus with the wind blowing in our hair

she’s wearing a tshirt and a skirt of mine which is too big for her

she’s not heading to prom

or to a social at UGA

she’s not glammed up in her usual awesome, fashion statement style

but this is one of my most favorite images of her. ever.


i’m well aware that there’s a fine line between being proud of our children and being PROUD of our children. a sinful pride if you will.

well. i’m crossing the line today. because i’m so proud of her that i don’t know what to do with myself.


she’s been fiercely independent since the day she was born.  i used to halfheartedly joke that if i was ran over by a mack truck the child wouldn’t miss a beat. while that makes her sound heartless, she’s not. she’s just brilliant. she’s confident. she’s a go getter. she’s a leader.  and the girl loves jesus with all her heart.


this summer she interned with our church. she worked her tail off. she loved every single minute of it.

she wants to do big things. big things for the kingdom & i KNOW she will.


i wish i had half her faith when i was 19.  she’s the kind of girl who can love the lord and be in a sorority at UGA and not spend her weekends doing what you what you’d assume she’d be doing.


this summer, each wednesday night, she and many of the folks from our church head in to the most diverse square mile in the united states. they love on. play with. hug. push on the swing. play jumprope with and share jesus with refugee children living in poverty. she shined ya’ll. it was awesome.  i get all fuzzy and choked up just thinking about watching her.

the scripture says even if we love on the least of these, it’s as if we’re loving on jesus. i’m not saying these beautiful children are the “least” but lets admit. they’re marginalized. they are the have–nots. but He sees them. and He sees a 19 year old sorority girl sitting down in the dirt in her linen trousers and lets them climb all over her. hold her hands. try on her jewelry. and i know He smiles.


in 30 days she’s boarding a plane and heading over to Kosovo. she typed up support letters. she told dan & i whatever she didn’t raise could come out of her christmas money. she’ll be there for 10 days of her christmas break handing out the shoeboxes to children with samaritan’s purse. while a selfish part of me didn’t want to share her on our christmas break, this is exactly who she is. and i couldn’t be one inch more proud of her than i am today. i’d love your prayers for her and the team…i’ll keep you posted in december.

my brown eyed girl. i want to be just like you when i grow up…

November 16, 2012 - 8:23 am

Kelly - Your daughters are all beautiful, and have amazing style, but I agree wholeheartedly that these are the most beautiful pictures yet. What an amazing belssing for you to see your daughter living out God’s greatest joy… serving others completely, and having a heart filled with Him. Makes me cry. This is what I wish and dream of for my own daughters, and though we aren’t there yet, I pray daily that He will overwhelm their spirits so much they will have no choice but to pour His love out on those less fortunate.

Thank you for sharing this. Will be praying for her trip, and your family as you miss her while she’s gone!

November 16, 2012 - 8:40 am

Lori H - Such a beautiful girl.Give us a heads up when she leaves for Kosovo and I am happy to pray for her and her team. I love the stories that come out of the Samaritan’s Purse effort. Now Savannah will be making some of those stories!

November 16, 2012 - 8:51 am

Kerri - I am pretty speechless this morning and for me that is saying something. I agree, these are the most beautiful pictures I have seen of SMK. and yes, I want to be just like HER when I grow up. I went to a Christian college and I have always loved God, but I too wish I had her faith at 19. ava is just like smk~first born, loves Jesus and lives Jesus, strong willed, so many similar qualities! I hope they can meet in real life one day! ava adores “big kids” and loved on her counselors at Vacation Bible School this summer! I sent ava to VBS bc I went as a child, but more than ava loving it, she GOT it! I will be praying for her group! I have a little package I am sending you for Christmas, but I might mail it earlier so I can send something for SMK to take with her! XO

November 16, 2012 - 9:48 am

angela - I want to read this again and again and again. I want to soak up the way she loves. I want to pat her on the back, send her a million dollars and hug her neck. I can’t do those things, but, I CAN pray and thank Jesus she is His hands and feet. And ask Him to take care of her…one of His. PROUD MOMMY does not even begin to cover it. WOW!

November 16, 2012 - 10:11 am

peach - i cried thru this post. i love her heart!(and yours)

November 16, 2012 - 10:13 am

This story and these pictures say it all, she is going to do great things. You have raised three beautiful girls inside and out!
Love you all much

November 16, 2012 - 10:15 am

Kelli - Beautiful. :o)

November 16, 2012 - 10:15 am

Andrea - What a lovely and loving post about the kind of woman your daughter is!!!!

November 16, 2012 - 10:22 am

Natalie - We all need to be more like her. Amazing :)Thanks for sharing.

November 16, 2012 - 10:58 am

Julie Ann Blevins - Dear Paige. Thanks for sharing all this JOY! She is so beautiful and these pictures are so beautiful. “Onward Christian soldiers……!” 🙂

November 16, 2012 - 11:57 am

Stacie - WOW!!!! Chill bumps while reading this!!

November 16, 2012 - 12:02 pm

Laurie Overholtzer - The other greatest photo ever is the one of her excitedly reading the book to the children. You can see her pure heart and her sweet character when it’s about the children. I don’t know your family, but your photos tell a story of what she’s about and her life’s mission to make a difference in the lives of these innocent little ones.

We will be in prayer for her as she travels so far from home. Also praying you as you wait for your sweet girl to return home again. Clearly you and Dan have done a great job in raising a daughter with the mind of Christ.

November 16, 2012 - 12:40 pm

Julie - Beautiful pics! We’ve enjoyed doing Operation Christmas Child. What an amazing experience to help give out the boxes!

November 16, 2012 - 1:23 pm

Betsy - Sitting here crying! This is so beautiful! She really is an amazing young woman. You can be proud as it is also a testament to how she was raised! I want to be like here when I grow up, too!


November 16, 2012 - 1:47 pm

jennifer - you have every right to be PROUD!

November 16, 2012 - 2:00 pm

chrissi - My little heart is bursting with joy for Savannah and your family. I can only imagine what it will be like to see Christ’s love made real through a simple shoebox of tresures. God bless her.

November 16, 2012 - 3:28 pm

Nancy - Wow! You are obviously a wonderful role model for your girls. Thanks for sharing!

November 16, 2012 - 7:27 pm

Michele - Sitting here with tears in my eyes…. Savannah you are beautiful both inside and out. Praying for your upcoming trip. You inspire me and I know how very proud your parents are!

November 16, 2012 - 7:27 pm

Katelyn - i am a 23 yr old college senior and I have to tell you, mrs.knudsen….your post touch me… [i read your blog daily and your IG!]- thank you for your words, I love your are so uplifting and encouraging.your daughters are awesome and are so blessed to be able to call you their momma!!

– katelyn from south carolina
@katelynlh on IG

November 16, 2012 - 8:19 pm

Shannon - What an amazing young lady she is and how lucky is she to have a mom that makes sure she knows how proud you are of her! I can’t wait to hear all about her trip and it makes me feel excited to think that just maybe she might hand out one of the boxes we made for the same cause!
Have a wonderful weekend Paige 🙂

November 16, 2012 - 9:15 pm

Jill - made me teary reading this. You have every right to be PROUD! of Savannah. What a wonderful precious gift. And you can bet your cowboys boots I will be praying for her. I keep my prayer list taped to my mirror and pray the whole time I am drying this large head of hair each morning. God gave me lots of hair for a reason! Hugs to you all!

November 16, 2012 - 9:19 pm

jen - well with the Lord’s guidance you raised a girl with a beautiful heart and i pray when my girls are at that age they too will love and show Jesus the way she does… sweet post!

November 16, 2012 - 10:06 pm

Tammie - WOW, JUST BEAUTIFUL. You deserve to be PROUD..

November 17, 2012 - 12:00 pm

Deb - What a joy to read about your beautiful daughter and her heart full of love for Jesus and for the children He loves. I too have a daughter in a sorority and I’m asking God to draw her to Himself in such a way that she makes choices to live in a way to honor Him. In this world where there is so much that lures our kids towards living for themselves, it is a delight to see a young woman who has the desire to give her life away. Blessings to you and your family.

November 17, 2012 - 3:30 pm

Nancy - Wow! You have every right to be proud and brag on your girl! She is awesome and deserves it. I will keep her and her team in my prayers!

November 17, 2012 - 11:30 pm

tara - SCREAMING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I hugged her so hard the other day when she picked up the sign. I wish I could have sat on the sofa and talked with her for hours!!

She’s just beautiful, Paige…inside and out.

Be proud mama!!!

November 18, 2012 - 7:00 pm

Bethanie - I used to work at a boarding school in north GA, I had boys in my dorm, I was their “mom”. I had a special group of boys from Bosnia, they were children during the war there.(How they got to a preppy boarding school in the Georgia mountains is another whole story…) I will never forget the day when we were making our shoe boxes as a dorm, and one of them looked at me with awe and wonder and said, “I GOT one of these boxes when I was a little boy…” It still makes me teary eyed. He was paying it forward, but I dont think he really realized WHAT we were doing until we started packing the boxes and putting those labels on them. It was almost like he had wondered as a child, just where that box had originated…and now he was being a part of it, he just couldnt believe it. Samaritans purse is so amazing and I think the Lord is even more proud of beautiful Savannah than you are!!! It is so obvious she has been taught well. They humble us sometimes, dont they?
Happy Thanksgiving, friend. xoxo

November 19, 2012 - 12:40 am

Jen - What a wonderful and amazing daughter! Love these images – these kids would love to see these photos!

Many blessings to your family and will be praying for their travel team!

November 19, 2012 - 8:26 am

Amy Avery - Oh Paige! These photos of Savannah are so beautiful of her and the children with whom she is ministering to. You indeed have a right ot be ‘proud’ of this beautiful daughter of yours as that proudness is simple pure joy and love that can only come from Above. The first image of Savannah that you posted shows God’s light shining through her eyes and his love that comes through her arms as she embraces that sweet young child. Savannah is the living hands and feet of Christ to these children and her joy is God’s joy. Thank you for sharing this wonderful series of photos. It speaks to the true meaning of Christmas. As Savannah prepares for her trip, I will be keeping her in my prayers. You have such a beautiful family and that comes from a Momma’s heart who has prayed for her children and has allowed God’s own light to shine through her in order to showcase what living a life of faith truly means. Have a wonderfully blessed Thanksgiving.

December 12, 2012 - 7:16 am

opportunities » simple thoughts from Paige Knudsen Photography - […] 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 […]

December 19, 2012 - 7:54 am

the operation christmas child trip » simple thoughts from Paige Knudsen Photography - […] i shared earlier how proud i am of savannah and her ever growing world view. […]