Tuesday, October 20, 2015

Come Change the World With Us

So, it's been over a year since I've hosted a legit bash of some kind. WHAT?!

When I found out Noonday Collection is partnering with Adopt Together to host trunk shows throughout October in honor of #WorldAdoptionDay, I knew I wanted to be a part of it. And I wanted to invite you!

Whether you're able to come to the actual party or join us online, together we're going to change the world.

I know I've got a strong bent for drama, but I'm stone-cold serious.

Tonight I read  Love You Forever to Silas. (sob!!) He was tummy-down on our bed, helping me flip the pages in his tighty-whities. I felt that familiar pinch in my heart, because I simply cannot imagine life without the exact kiddos I have.

All the years were worth it, every stitch of pain. God knows about the blurry line between endings and beginnings, and for Silas, and for me, adoption absolutely changed the world. When we help families to come together through adoption, we are world changers.

My neighbor/Noonday Ambassador, Jolene, happens to be another powerhouse adoption advocate. We met a couple weeks ago to cook up a party in honor of our mutual friends, Brooks and Erica Egolf, who are working toward bringing home a little guy from China.

Erica writes, "Having grown up as an only child, Brooks was determined he only wanted one child.  I, on the other hand, always wanted three children. Three girls later and 13 years full of every excuse you could possibly imagine, we've decided it's time to follow our hearts and bring home a little boy from China.

In the midst of excuses ...its costs too much money, we don't have enough room in our house, how could I love a child that's not my own, I'm perfectly content with my three girls ...we have continually come back to the idea of adopting. What would it look like to have a little boy in our family?  At the beginning of 2015, with three very excited girls, we finally decided we'd wasted enough time dodging what we knew God was calling us to ...the meetings and paperwork (lots of paperwork!) began."

Noonday and Jolene are donating 20% of the proceeds from our trunk show (both online and in-person orders) toward Egolfs' adoption. From someone who has gone through three adoptions, I can't even tell you what a blessing this will be as they dive into this long, important journey.

On top of that, Noonday partners with talented artisans in developing countries around the world through fair trade practices, creating dignified and sustainable business opportunities for people in vulnerable communities.

Your purchases through this trunk show will have double-impact! 

I'd love for you to join us on Thursday, October 29 from 6:00 - 8:30 pm at the Fruit Hills Winery and Orchard (55503 State Rd 15 Bristol, IN) for a Noonday trunk show extraordinaire. We're hosting it Open House style, so pop in whenever it works for you.

The winery is offering free wine tastings...and we've got some great surprises up our sleeve for you.

For all of you far-flung friends who can only be with us in spirit, we're offering an FPFG giveaway - just for you. For every online order you make toward our fund-raiser for the Egolfs, you'll be entered to win this Rachel necklace ($68 value). One of you will be the lucky winner!

I picked this puppy out myself, as I've had my eye on it for some time. It's perfectly neutral and snappy, goes with everything, and features my favorite Ugandan paper beads.

You can shop the party online right here.

One lucky party attendee will take home this Westward bag (retail $132). I got to see this in person at Jolene's casa and it made me drooly. It's made in India...and has the RADDEST contrasting floral lining.

For those of you who are quasi-local...this would be the perfect time to make a little overnight road trip with a few friends! There are so many ways to spend a day in Goshen. And starting it off at a winery isn't too hateful at all.

Just be sure to RSVP by emailing me at shannandmartin at gmail.com so I know how much grub to make. :)

Thank you for all the ways you guys continue to love your neighbor well! And if there's any chance I might see some of you on the 29th, I'd be pretty giddy about it.