I am so excited to host this giveaway today! As we get closer to Christmas, I love sharing more “purchase with purpose” ideas with you! This hits home to me, as I love and support the people of Ethiopia and have been to the area where Connected with Hope works [and I know their full time staff people there!] This is an amazing opportuinty to support a family in Ethiopia AND look cute while doing it. Read on to see how you could win. [written by Ryanne]
My family and I founded Connected in Hope following the adoption of my younger son, Joseph, from Ethiopia in 2009. We completely fell in love with the country ( I know you know how easy that is!) and the wonderful people we met and wanted to, in some way, give back. And, while we love adoption (of course!) we know that it is not the only answer and that poverty should never be the sole reason why birth mamas feel they must relinquish their children.
We truly believe that the key to sustainable change in places like Ethiopia comes through empowering women and educating kids. We have a fair trade, social enterprise model offering income development programs in addition to a wide range of holistic services for the women and their families. We partner with (and fully fund and support) the Former Women Fuel Wood Carriers Association, a group of 70 women artisans who were once fuel wood carriers and are now weaving beautiful scarves and baskets.
Our mission goes beyond charity, to the creation of a sustainable business model that honors and builds on the talent, commitment and creativity of our amazing weavers. Our goal is to provide access to international markets as well as the support, encouragement and training necessary for weavers to earn a sustainable, predictable and Fair Trade income. The weavers are paid upfront for their products and100% of the profit from sales is reinvested in programs that benefit the women and their families. For example, we operate a daycare/preschool serving the children and grandchildren of our weavers as well as children from the surrounding neighborhood. We also offer capacity building programs for the women (leadership development, business training, literacy classes) as well as basic health screenings for the women and children.
All of our scarves bear the name of the woman who made them and buyers are able to visit our site and read her story and see how their purchase is truly making a difference in her life. They can even leave her a note of thanks or encouragement on the site too.
Having Nebiat and Danica working on the ground day in and day out with the women is a wonderful bonus too. We are able to provide a level of transparency and connection that isn’t available in traditional buying situations. We are able to share photos and updates with our buyers so that they can continue to follow “their” weavers progress long after the initial purchase was made.
“Empowering women and families in Ethiopia to rise above poverty through sustainable income development. Every Product Tells A Story. Every Purchase Brings Hope.”
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sometimes I think y’all might be tired of hearing about Noonday Collection, but then I read a comment from a new ambassador that says she first heard about Noonday right here on my blog. So, I keep going.
In all my “purchase with purpose” talk, I don’t want Noonday to be overlooked! Noonday is what started this whole thing for me. I’ve seen first hand what your purchases do in the lives of our 1,000+ artisans all around the world. I’ve sat in their houses, I’ve hugged their kids, I’ve heard their stories of hope. So THAT’S why I’m so passionate about our company.
the good news is, you still have until December 17th to get your goodies to you in time for Christmas!
There’s a few other fun things going on….this month only ALL of our home + gift items are 30% off! These make great teacher gifts, stocking stuffers, holiday party gifts, and more! Head over to the site to check them out!
and if that weren’t enough….you could enter to win FREE NOONDAY for an entire year. find details + enter to win here: http://www.noondaycollection.com/blog-1/noondaychristmas-pin-to-win-contest
you can find my #NoondayChristmas pinterest board here
if you are ready to purchase with purpose now….you can enter in my “mystery hostess” party online between now + December 14th and have a chance to win ALL THE HOSTESS BENEFITS! [which is at least 10% sales from the party] just a little incentive for ya
To place an order go to http://wynneelder.noondaycollection.com at check out put “Wynne’s house”. Order by December 14th to qualify.
These are a few of my favorite things…..
I not really ever sure how to respond when people say, “do you work?” I really don’t know where to start. Where I am now is usually in saying, “stay at home working mom”. I don’t know if that even makes sense. My job as a wife and a mother is my first responsibility, but I have never been able to sit still. I had my first job [besides working for dad + babysitting] in high school at the car wash. drying cars. I loved it. I didn’t have to work, but I loved it. I worked pretty consistently in the summers of high school + college and some during the school year in college. Retail, leasing, hosting, labor, camp jobs, whatever. I did it all. I always wanted to be a hostess at a restaurant…never did that after college I worked in fundraising/development for a rodeo, I taught 3 year olds + helped coach cheerleading, worked for a christian rock festival, the united way, an amazing ministry and then started my own photog biz. Not too long after, I stopped working for the ministry and then later started working with Noonday. Soooo…I’ve probably had more jobs than the average person.
I am an all or nothing person. It’s just how God made me. and when I get really excited or interested in something, I research the heck out of it. then I usually say yes and do it. then I make fabulous relationships through it. and I spend a lot of time on it. whether that be adoption, photography, missions or noonday [and whatever else has yet to be].
Right now my world is consumed with my babies, my man, this crazy holiday season with noonday, lilliesofthefield insta store, writing on this here blog, and planning a blogger trip! so. I’m tired. I get exhausted but I also get rejuvenated with the busy. it’s a weird mix.
am I alone? what re energizes you when you are busy?
well, I told you Tuesday that the story of how this #solehopebloggers trip came about was for another day, but looks like that day is today! I wrote the story for the Created for Care blog…be sure to check it out here!
Hi yall, my name is Wynne and I”m so excited to be sharing on this space today! I absolutely love Created for Care. It has been a huge part of our adoption story, and I’m looking forward to my third retreat this March. My C4C story today [although I have many I could share] really has nothing to do with adoption! But I love how God works, in His perfect timing, and how He can weave people and opportunities in our lives when we least expect it.
Enter Asher Collie. I met Asher [center of pic below] at Created for Care in 2012. We were sitting in a breakout session, and I noticed a really pretty tattoo on her foot [where I was thinking of getting one!] and so naturally I struck up a conversation with her. [don’t you wish every friendship had an awesome story to start it off with!] Besides having a really cool tattoo on her foot, Asher had a dream and a passion: to see JIGGERS be totally removed from the people of Uganda. She had just started her organization, Sole Hope, and had a booth right across from the Noonday Collection booth I was working! We spent “pj night” talking all things Africa, tattoos, and adoption. I loved her heart, and signed up for her newsletter when I got home.
I followed Asher + Dru’s journey to Uganda, and tried to be a constant prayer supporter and finanical supporter for them. I loved what they were doing. I loved her heart, as she saw something that she couldn’t ignore. She didn’t pass “the problem” onto someone else, but instead took it as HER mission.
Fast forward 1.5 years later….my husband and I were leading a Man Up mission trip team to Uganda and Ethiopia this past June, and thanks to Asher [and instagram!] our whole entire team got to spend the evening at their Sole Hope Guest House in Jinja, Uganda having a traditional Ugandan meal!
I actually took this picture “for created for care”! We couldn’t believe that because we simply connected at an adoption retreat several years back, we were now sharing a meal in Uganda. But the story goes on, and gets better!
continue reading on Created for Care blog….
If you know me, you know that I like to dream. I’ve never been much of a dreamer before the past few years, but now I can’t stop. You see, I think dreams are like stories. Everyone has one, sometimes we are just afraid to say them out loud. That’s been on my heart a few months, yall. If you aren’t dreaming, are you pursuing? Dreaming doesn’t mean everything you dream about is going to happen, but if you don’t dare to dream, will you ever know? That’s why I’ve made it a habit to speak my dreams out loud. To really go for it. [even though it is scary!]
[me at the Sole Hope house in Jinja, Uganda]
There have been some pretty crazy things that have happened in my life the past few years, since my life has been Gloriously Ruined, and I have to attribute some of those things to my guts to simply tell my crazy dreams to someone.
- I dreamed of going on a mission trip with my church to use my newly found photography skills to tell stories to bring them back to our church body. As I was telling my mentor this, our missions pastor called me to ask if I would go with a women’s team to El Salvador a few months later. Wow God!
- I also dreamed of going with an adoptive family to photograph that moment when they met their child[ren]! The day after I officially put the word out on facebook, Jessica [friend + founder of Noonday Collection] asked me to accompany her to Rwanda to meet her son! and to Uganda to work with some of our artisans! and she didn’t even see that post on facebook! again…wow god!
- It was a long time dream to spend the summer in Ethiopia, working with my beloved Korah community, and when the timing worked out with our adoption, I simply asked my missionary friend if I could live with her family for the summer [who does that?] but I dreamed it, I put it out there, I made the ask, and it happened!
So if you know me well, or we are blogging bffs, you know one of my latest dreams [for the past almost 2 years!] has been to go on a blogger trip. I
might have for sure stalked out Shaun Groves at the Declare Conference after he sat in my “purposeful photography” session. I just wanted to see if I was “blogger trip material”. I dreamed daily of what it would be like to use my voice, and this blog, for good. I know it’s something I’ve gotten to do on some small level on my visiting orphans trips, and my summer in Ethiopia, but never on a “blogger trip” level.
what exactly is a blogger trip, you ask? Well before I tell you, can I just finally say that this DREAM came true!! I’ll be leading a team of 8 [including me] to Uganda in March to work with Sole Hope! So what’s the point? Well, all of us bloggers come from all over the country, with different readerships, different online voices, but one common denominator: we love Jesus and we love what He’s doing in and through Sole Hope. So we will go. We will serve, we will work, we will write, and we will share stories. We will give YOU an opportunity to get involved. We will sit together and dream and pray and use our god given gifts for His glory, and for the good of Sole Hope.
How this whole thing went down is a story for another day. You’ll be hearing a lot more about this #solehopeblogger trip! [you can follow that hashtag on social media from here on thru the trip] But I’ll leave you with this…
I’m excited to get to know “in real life” [as we say in bloggy land] these 7 other amazing women! We have each written a post today about this trip, so make sure to take a second to visit each of their blogs!
Today, December 2nd, is 1-2-3 give day with Cultivate Wines! They have this AMAZING contest going on where they are giving away $100,000!!!! There are 10 rockstar organizations and for every post/repost on social media [twitter/instagram/facebook] they will give $1 to whatever organization you specify with their designated hashtag. They will give until the $100,000 is all given away!
@cultivatewines will donate $1 for every post to #solehope! #cultivategives”
so let’s help our our friends at Sole Hope by posting and re-posting, and telling our friends to post EVERY DAY until the $100,000 is gone! Can you imagine what Sole Hope could do with that kind of cash? Hire 2 nurses to work jigger removal full time? provide more shoes to the kids in the villages? The opportunities are endless! Let’s get our social media bandwagon GOING on this and help our friends in Jinja, Uganda! Make sure to use the #cultivategives and #solehope on instagram + twitter + facebook!