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--
the new EQUESTRIAN INFINITY SCARF.
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.