A New Venture

A few months ago I stumbled across this great blog about a family who had adopted 3 boys, 2 of which are siblings, from Uganda. I was in love. Her blog really advocates for orphans and for families who are adopting. There was so much to read about, I couldn’t stop. I started finding  a few earlier posts were she was promoting people’s businesses that helped others. Whether it was raising funds for a family to bring their child home, buying  a shirt that benefits an orphanage or buying goods from a fair trade company because it provides better wages for people who are often exploited. In comes Noonday Collection. Noonday seeks to help create a pathway out of poverty through style. They sell fair trade goods like amazing jewelry, accessories and home goods all while fundraising for adoption and creating sustainable, reliable income for others. I am still learning about fair trade so here is an excerpt from the Noonday website to better explain it,

“At Noonday Collection, the artisans aren’t just at the heart of our company, they ARE the company. The artisans we purchase our collection from know their craft. For them to get paid a fair and competitive wage for the skilled work of their hands is a unique and life-altering opportunity for most of them.  Because we practice Fair Trade guidelines, your purchases enable them to earn more than what they would be earning in another job. This extra income enables them to put their children in school, buy chickens, or even expand their own business so they can employ their local community.

Noonday Collection only partners with companies and ministries who assure that their artisans are growing, learning, and benefiting from their craft. All of our suppliers use fair trade principles.  Basic fair trade principles state that artisans receive a fair, living wage, a good working condition, and a reasonable path out of poverty. We want to go beyond fair trade.  In many instances, the artisans are part owners in the companies! Read more about the stories behind your purchases.”

Every piece you buy comes with a story, one you can read about. Directly on their website, underneath every piece is the story of the artisan who made it, where they made it and how Noonday Collection has changed their lives. I have read about people having joy for the first time, becoming Christians, receiving health care, sending family members to school, buying their first home, etc. You really have to read their stories to appreciate the value and beauty of what is being done. I am super blessed because I have gotten the chance to partner with Noonday Collection and help spread the word. If you want to get involved you can shop from the link provided or host a party at your house to show your friends. If you are adopting, you can host a party and 10% of the shows sales will go towards your adoption. I am super excited to be involved in something that is so special and that makes an impact outside of my own world.

For those wondering, Noonday Collection gets its name from Isaiah 58:10, If you extend your soul to the hungry and satisfy the afflicted soul, then your light shall dawn in the darkness and your darkness shall be as the noonday.

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Living in Fear

In my creative life, I have recently realized that I am held captive by my fear of failure. Afraid to put the brush to canvas because it is probably not going to come out how I envision. Afraid to turn on the sewing machine because I know I am not that great at sewing. Afraid to make a decision on furniture because then maybe I am not as savvy with decorating as I thought. Afraid to have a blog because what if I find out I have nothing to say. Afraid to step out on a new personal adventure for fear that I will feel like a total failure and loser. Lame I know because none of these thing even matter. Who cares if my painting doesn’t come out how I wanted, my furniture doesn’t match or that this next adventure may not go as I hope. Regardless, I have been laying awake at night for three days now feeling consumed by these thoughts of fear. My life is full of schedules, plans, obligations and chores. I would love to be able to feel free in my creative life. As I write this I think all these things I fear, I fear because I could fail. Is failing really that bad? What is it about failure that leads me from living a life of creative freedom? While I ponder this, enjoy these quotes that inspire me.

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Drumroll please…..

I feel like the first post on a blog should be awe inspiring and/or hilarious. Maybe this one will be hilarious because our life is a little crazy right now but doubtful. As I write this, Cole and I are recovering from the stomach flu, Owen is out cold and Erik is barfing, literally.  For Christmas, I bought Erik the cd Rend Collective Experiment, which I highly recommend, and I have been rocking it a lot. When I am stressed, trying to make Cole sing or rubbing the back of a puking child I keep going back to this one song called True Intimacy. It makes my heart sing with the music, so enjoy these lyrics and I hope they stir you to seek Jesus even more diligently 

“Whatever I have, whatever I hold, There’s nothing compared to having You close. True intimacy is my desire. To catch Your whispers and carry Your fire. You’re my ambition, my destination.More than living, more than breathing, You’re the reason my heart’s beating. There’s nothing greater than knowing You. You unlock my joy, You waken my soul.Forever I’m Yours, forever You’re mine. A wonderful truth that You are my life. You’re my ambition, my soul’s true mission.More than Living, more than breathing. You’re the reason, my heart’s beating. So I’m giving, freely yielding. You’re the reason, my heart’s beating.There’s nothing greater than knowing You, nothing greater than knowing You.”