Thursday, February 20, 2014

They are Mamas Just Like Me {NOONDAY BLOG TRAIN}


This is my friend Jalia. 
Some of you may know her as one of our lead Noonday Collection artisans in Uganda. 
She and her husband, Daniel, manage our office there where all of our paper bead pieces are made. 

But to me, she is a friend. 
She is a sister in Christ. 
And she is a mama. 



Jalia wants to provide the best she can for her children. 
She wants them to grow to know and love Jesus. 
She wants to help those in need have a better life. 
She wants to teach her babies to care for others. 

She lives in Africa, and I clearly do not. 
But at the end of the day, we are just two mamas who want to do the best we can for our children.

This summer I will get the chance to meet some more of our artisans (more to come on this soon), but for now, Jalia's is the face of our artisans that I see when I talk about them each day. 
Hers is the voice I hear when I think about why I do what I do-- why I stretch my comfort zone and ask people to host shows, why I put over 10,000 miles on my car in 2013 all in the name of sharing our artisans' stories, and why I am on my knees praying for our artisans each and everyday. 

We aren't all called to move to another country. 
We aren't all called to adopt. 
But we ARE all called to do SOMETHING. 
And Noonday is one of the most beautiful 'somethings' I have ever seen. 

And you know what? 
Mamas in over fourteen countries around the world are able to do the best they can for THEIR children because of their employment with Noonday. 



Noonday is one of my SOMETHINGS, and I couldn't be more honored to serve these mamas. 



And to celebrate the launch of the new line, I'm partnering up with some of my favorite ambassadors and participating in the third annual blog train. Over a month of giveaways are headed your way-- one each day hosted by a different Noonday ambassador. 

Yesterday's giveaway was hosted by my dear friend, Wynne, who also happens to be the girl who first introduced me to Noonday. This girl is so amazing, so fun, so full of a desire to serve and connect others. When I'm around her, I just want to soak in as much of her awesomeness as I can. 


And tomorrow's giveaway is hosted by one of the coolest people I've ever met. This girl is so genuine and real-- I am so honored to call her my friend. Head on over to Krista's blog tomorrow. 


And now for the good stuff-- 

one of you is going to win one of these-- 


Can I just say that I so love this piece? 
It's soft and breezy, perfect for spring and summer. 
And did I mention that it has horses on it? 
Because it does. 
I love it, and I'm pretty certain you will too. 


Happy Noonday-ing to you and you and you. 




42 comments:

  1. How do you even choose?! Everything about the new collection is amazing! I love the Rubik bracelets & the Del Mar necklace. The equestrian & Jinja infinities are also gorgeous!

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  2. Love, love, love the new line and the Equestrian Scarf is on my wish list, so winning would be AWESOME!!

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  3. Well, where do I start?! The Galaxy Wrap? The Athena Cuff! Woven Wonder?! Artemis Necklace. Shall I go on!?!

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  4. I love the gossamer necklace and bloomed trio braceley. I love all of the new pieces!

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  5. I love the gossamer necklace and bloomed trio braceley. I love all of the new pieces!

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  6. all of it is gorgeous, as usual! this scarf is super pretty for sure -- I think even Houstonians can make it work for the spring/summer. I really love the look of the sea stone earrings, as well. thanks for the giveaway!

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  7. I do really love that scarf and also the lovely loops necklace!

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  8. I love the hammered orb cuff bracelet! And that scarf is amazing!

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  9. I am loving the Athena bracelet, the Gossamer Necklace and the Victoria Falls Necklace. <3 Thanks for the chance to win that glorious scarf. Love the poms!

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  10. There are so many great new pieces; it's so hard to pick just one! If I had to pick, the Lines and Stripes Catch All is one that I definitely need to add to my own collection.

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  11. I am absolutely in love with the Serengeti necklace and the Kismet day bag. If only my husband would let me get another bag :)

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  12. Love the glimmer bracelet and the galaxy wrap bracelet

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  13. There are so many beautiful items. I love the filigree paisley earrings...along with too many more to list! :-)

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  14. McCall, could you delete one of my entries please? I had a show booked but had to cancel it and I haven't yet rebooked. Thanks!

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  15. This is so exciting. I am in love with the Ornate Horn Earrings & the Galaxy Wrap Bracelet!

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  16. Agh! So many beautiful choices! My eye kept going back to the Goldrush necklace. I'm a practical girl, and it looks super versatile. I would have a hard time stopping there though!

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  17. I love the Botanical bag this season!

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  18. This scarf and the kismet bag are my favorites from the new collection!!

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  19. How amazing it the bloomed trio necklace!?! :)

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  20. I need more scarfs in my life!!!

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  21. I love this picture of you and your friend, McCall!

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  22. Love the EQUESTRIAN INFINITY SCARF

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  23. This organization is wonderful! I like supporting purposeful purchasing - and getting beautiful accessories at the same time!

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  24. Love this scarf and love this company!!!!

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  25. SO excited about the new collection! Lots of beautiful and unique items.

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  26. There are so many pieces I love, but I NEED the sterling strand necklace!

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  27. The linked lace bracelet is too cute!

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  28. I love the Kismet Day Bag! It's my favorite piece from the new line!

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  29. Oh goodnes, I'm loving every.single.thing. I really love the orange blossom bangle. etched bars bracelets. athena cuff. sea stone earrings. Man, yeah, all.of.it.

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  30. I really love a lot of the new Noonday: Braided Bullet Necklace, Soaring High Necklace, Golden Locket Earrings, Glimmer Bracelet, and the Botanical Bag.

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  31. I love the Tushabe necklace! Beautiful colors!

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  32. love the bloomed trio bracelet!

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  33. this scarf is my favorite piece in the line!!!

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  34. I love how funky those carnival earrings are, and the artemis necklace! SO fun.

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  35. I am loving the ornate horn earrings!

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  36. Really like the On the Mark necklace!

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  37. I can't wait for my order to come in! I know I'll love it all but I am looking forward to the beachcomber scarf! I love so much!

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  38. the new discs and pearls necklace is definitely on my wishlist!

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