noonday collection (super-duper september!)

Starting Super-Duper September off with a bang today, friends! Carey e-mailed me last week and totally made my day. Our e-mail conversation was fast and furious with lots of CAPITAL LETTERS and exclamation points (!!!!) and “Me too! Me too!”

Basically, we were separated at birth (if you know me at all, you’ll see why), but I can go into all that another time.

Carey is an ambassador for Noonday Collection (she had me at, “Jen Hatmaker mentioned us in 7.”), and their stuff is AWESOME. Unique, gorgeous, affordable, and made by my favorite kind of artisans–talented women around the globe with a burning desire to provide for their families and leave poverty behind.

Let’s chat with Carey and then talk about what you can WIN.

Me: Tell us a little bit about yourself (and your fam).

Carey: My name is Carey & I’ve been married to Danny for 11 years. We have 3 kids. Karis is 8, Jack is 5 and Zoe is 2. I’m entering my 3rd year as a homeschooling mama. We live in Columbia, Tennessee, but spent 3 years in Louisville, Kentucky, going to seminary in preparation for going on the mission field. The biggest disappointment of my life is when those doors closed. Currently, I’m serving as the women’s ministry leader at my church, teaching my kiddos & trying to share Noonday with as many people as possible.

Me: Tell us more about Noonday and how you got involved with it.

Carey: Noonday was founded by Jessica as a way to raise money for the adoption of her son, Jack, from Rwanda in 2010. It quickly grew from there & now we have 50+ ambassadors & we’re able to support artisans all over. One thing Jessica said she learned was that entrepreneurship was sustainable and aid was not. We want to create pathways out of poverty, not just a temporary fix. Noonday also gives toward orphan care & prevention. My journey with Noonday is still pretty new. I heard about it this spring & thought it was a neat company & that I’d love to order something sometime. Then I heard more about it. Then there was that still, small voice telling me to boldly go for it. I thought the voice was crazy. Direct sales were not my thing {I’m not known for my extroverted ways. But – at the beginning of the year I really felt like God was telling me that I needed to learn to be bold & not walk in fear this year.} So I went for it & here I am. Jessica also said that at her first trunk show, “it was like I discovered a dream I never knew I possessed.” That’s how I feel. Noonday provides me with an amazing platform to advocate for the poor, the widowed & the orphans. Being obedient to God, even when I thought he was asking crazy things, has blessed me & changed me more than I ever imagined.

Me: You know this thing is SO up my alley. What do you love most about it?

Carey: Like I said earlier, the biggest disappointment of my life was when the doors to foreign missions closed. I’ve never wanted to do anything but be a missionary {in fact, I’m still praying that closure is temporary & not permanent.} When my first samples came in, I stayed up after everyone was is bed & was sorting through everything and trying to become more familiar with everything. I decided to sort it all by country & then I looked around at all the countries represented & was overwhelmed with God’s goodness. There were more than 10 countries represented & my only thought was, “If you had gone on the mission field, you wouldn’t have had the opportunity to change women’s lives from this many countries.” Then I sat in my kitchen & wept. There are not enough words for me to tell you how much I hate, HATE crying but I was just so overwhelmed with God’s lovingkindness to me then. So, that’s my very long-winded way of saying that the thing I love most is the opportunity I have every Β single day to change the lives of artisans all over the world.

Me: What are some ways others could jump aboard this Noonday train?

Carey: Go online & order something. Every purchase helps. Host a trunk show. Our fall line releases today! As a hostess, you have the opportunity to earn some free things while you help raise our artisans out of poverty. Noonday has a huge heart for adoption – that’s how we started. If you or someone you know is adopting, host an adoption trunk show. As long as the adoption is not complete & there is a completed home study, Noonday will write a check to your adoption agency. {in lieu of a free product voucher} Spread the word! Tell others about Noonday! The more people that know about us, the more people that buy our products, the more lives we have the opportunity to change. Another favorite moment: One of Ugandan artisans said, “Because of you, I don’t have to decide which of my children gets to go to school. Now they all can.” Wear our story, tell their story!

Me: Anything else you’d like to add?

Carey: Well, I’d like to encourage your readers to read Half the Sky & When Helping Hurts. Noonday has a pinterest board filled with good books. Check it out. On a personal level: I’m still praying that God will send us overseas eventually. In the meantime, I’m trying to teach my children to have a heart for the things God has a heart for. I’d love to eventually take a trip with Noonday & meet some of our artisans. Until then, I’m praying that God will use me to bring awareness to the cause & effect change in the lives of those around me & in the lives of our artisans.

Thanks so much, Carey. So excited to hear more from you and Noonday!!

And Ohio friends, Carey said she’d road trip to my house for a trunk show this fall! You’re ALL invited!!

And now, for today’s GIVE-AWAY!

One lucky winner will get a $25 gift card to Noonday Collection!! (sooooo jealous! just kidding! Carey is sending me THIS as we speak!) There are tons of great items under $25 (so, FREE!), or you can use it toward something more expensive.

(Okay, friends. We’re trying something new for Super-Duper September. It’s called Rafflecopter, and it’s a cool way for you to get more entries-to-win by doing easy stuff. It’s pretty self-explanatory, but give me a holler in the comments if you have questions or get stuck.)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

83 thoughts on “noonday collection (super-duper september!)

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  2. Leah

    I love the Happy Day necklace, Cleopatra earrings, that hot pink rope necklace, Dulce necklace, Mediterranean Sea necklace, minted necklace….um ALL of it?! πŸ™‚ I want to win!!!

  3. Kim Hochstetler

    When people ask what to get me for Christmas, I will tell them Noonday Collections! Especially products from Guatemala

  4. Jody

    Beautiful story, beautiful works of love! I see many things I’d love to own n gift. Thank you for shining more light on this company and sharing with us!

    1. Carey

      I’m not sure if there are any ambassadors in Maine. You could definitely help spread Noonday’s mission in that corner of the US. It’s hard not to love!

      1. Shannon Wheeler

        Carey, I’ve been looking through the lookbook, and it’s amazing! I noticed that some items are made by refugees who live in the USA. Would you happen to know if there is a process by which refugees in the states who may be desperate for work can become involved in making pieces for Noonday Collection? My family has “adopted” a family of 8 who are Afghani refugees, and there is a mom and her her 7 kids, and she is desperate to work but has not developed the language fluency to do this yet. (If you’re curious to put faces to their story, I think I have a number of photos of them on my blog – they are gorgeous and incredible people.) They would be a family who could really benefit from being able to work in this kind of capacity, and again to see how the Lord provides. Do you know if there is someone I could contact or if there is a process for applying if a refugee is interested in this work?
        Thanks and God bless!

        1. Carey

          I emailed to find out & this is the reply I got from Jessica, “hey carey- at this point, we are working with refugees who are part of established groups that provide the training, ect…. but there are some great refugee support groups out there that can help them look for employment. i know it is tough!”

  5. Shannon Wheeler

    How in the world did I not know about this company!!!!????? This is completely my kind of thing!!! I’ve been mulling about how to combine artists’ work in a single location and to be able to use it as a platform for caring for orphans/funding adoptions, AND to be able to help other earn money for their adoptions!!!! Oh my goodness… what rock have I been living under!? I LOVE this stuff!!!! I am going to have to show this to my husband. And I need to be praying about getting involved here in Maine. This is so cool!!! Thank you Marla and Carey! Blessings and rock on ladies – you are amazing!

  6. Jonna

    I am digging all of your ideas on making a difference, one person at a time woman! I believe I would put the certificate toward the Umucyo Weekender Bag to begin Holiday shopping….

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  8. Jen Hanson

    1 – I have no idea if I actually can win (being one of the super-sept vendor)… probably not, which is fine, but on the off chance that I can, I LOVE NOONDAY, soo….

    2- Loving the umucyo weekender bag!

  9. Marla Taviano

    Oh, friends. Bless your hearts. Some of you are totally cheating on this Rafflecopter thing. If you click that you did something, you HAVE TO REALLY DO IT, or no win for you!! xoxoxo!

    1. Ruth

      BTW, I did everything BUT I may have done the Facebook thing differently than requested because it wasn’t showing up to just “push the facebook button” so I just copied & pasted what was in the Twitter one & put it on my Facebook page. Ruth Parker Chowdhury, in case you don’t know. πŸ˜‰

    1. Carey

      The Happy Day necklace is one of my top choices, too. I like wearing the Inca Steps because people always stop me to ask about it & then I get the opportunity to share about Noonday.

    2. Danielle

      Are you the Amanda who won? I only see you in the comments, so I think it’s possible… Anyway, if you won congratulations! How great! Enjoy your new necklace!

  10. valerie

    Ohhhh, it’s so hard to choose! I love the Nahuala rectangle trays, and also the “It’s Cozy” wrap. And the tea towels. And the Wola Noni Bowls. πŸ™‚ Love Noonday and what they are doing!

  11. Kelly S

    So many neat things and for such a great company! I like the Mukisa Necklace.

    This Super-Duper September is a wonderful idea! It’s fun to have exposure to some great new groups. πŸ™‚ (Even though I like the Taviano life updates too… and, the girls’ blogs are totally darling! Love them!

  12. Lori

    Marla this is unbelievable. I have literally dreamed this business model in my head a million times and I am SO EXCITED to see it is a reality!!!! It’s taking all my self control to first pray and not just immediately sign up to be an ambassador πŸ™‚ Are you going to do this? Let me know. may need to chat with you first.

    1. Marla Taviano

      I’ve never been tempted in all my life to do direct sales. Until now. πŸ™‚ I’m not sure. I probably wouldn’t be an ambassador, but I’m 100% having a trunk show for Carey. Would have another one later for you. πŸ™‚

    2. Carey

      Pray about it, but it’s an AMAZING company to be a part of! It’s so encouraging to be a part of a group of women who was working together for the same purpose. Noonday is fille with encouraging, supportive & motivating women {& 1 man}. I’ll be glad to answer any questions you might have.

  13. Genie Blazi

    I would love the yellow and gray scarf….such pretty stuff and now
    I am dying to be an ambassador!!! Last night I searched the web for a direct sales company to start working for…all 4 of my kids are now in school and I am dying and need something!!:) I found nothing, but when I woke up this am I saw where you had commented on Noonday Collections post and so I spent the next 2 hours investigating their web site and fell in love. When I saw Ecuador was one of their countries I just knew I was supposed to do it. We built a Church there last year. I then see your blog and again…it’s Noonday Collection! I think God is trying to beat me over the head this morning!!!:). Ha!!! I would love to win the giveaway but am just thankful for
    You exposing something great to me…thank you Marla!!!

  14. Danielle

    I keep hearing about Noonday! Yay! I’ve gone to their website a dozen or so times and every time I do I just keep coming back to the jewelry. It’s all so beautiful I haven’t been able to decide what I want most, I WANT IT ALL! I’m a bit of a jewelry hoarder, so if I won I think I wouldn’t make it past jewelry.

  15. Jennifer Martinez

    I was introduced to noonday last year and love it! I love that the necklace I decided on gets lots of compliments and “where did you get that?” questions because it opens the door to be able to talk to people about what noonday does!!

  16. Andrea

    I’M LOVING SUPER-DUPER SEPTEMBER!! So great! Such beautiful stuff and such a great mission. I would get the Inca Steps Necklace, among other things! Or the Sterling Circles necklace–love!

  17. Sharon

    I’d choose the circles forever bracelet.

    A note to Carey: Our youth pastor and his wife wanted to be missionaries. She would pray, “Lord, I will go anywhere. Please just send me.” She had pages and pages of prayer journals crying out to God to send her to the field. Years later, they are in the last stages of raising support and headed to Africa!

    Also, just as you realized how many countries and people you were helping by what you are doing now, I was reminded of a guy who desperately wanted to be a missionary and kept getting sent home sick from the mission field. He wound up pastoring a church in the US, and they have a huge missions ministry and have been able to help way more people than he single handedly could have helped if he was on the field himself.

    I don’t know what God has in store for you, but I trust he will fulfill your hearts desire one way or another.

  18. Stephanie

    I love the homemade stationary and the tea towels. I’m glad you shared about this…I love to buy fair trade when I can.

  19. megan

    This company is amazing! I wish I would have known about it when we were in the adoption process! I loved a lot of the things, like the cute turquoise necklace and many of the bags!

    1. Carey

      I wish there was a “like” button for comments like there is on Facebook. Remember us when any of your friends or family go through the adoption process. A great, fun way to raise funds!

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