I had every intention of doing this blog about this time last week, while the huzband was still away. However, life happened so here I am a week later. Non-the-less, better late than never!
I would like to introduce you to SUUBI. SUUBI is a company I stumbled upon several years ago. I really don’t recall how or when, what I do remember is their story, one I have not forgotten and one I would like to share with you today. You see, SUUBI is more than just a company; it is about hope, love, joy and a future.
The following story is taken from SUUBI’s website: Light Gives Heat.
There is this couple, Dave and Morgan, who after giving birth to their first child in 2004 decided their next child would join their family through adoption. So in 2005, they began the process of adopting a child from Uganda, East Africa. After a year and a half of waiting, they got a discouraging email saying that the process could take another six months. And so in a single day, they made what other people might consider a brash decision – they decided to quit their jobs, rent out their home, leave their friends and family, and move to Uganda to meet their child.
All the while, they knew they wanted to start a non-profit organization.
In 2007 Light Gives Heat was formed with the intent to ‘simply go and meet real needs.’ Rather than presuming they knew the answers to needs in Uganda, Dave and Morgan decided to travel first, listen second, and act third. The next six month were spent in Uganda on a crazy adventure. The Hansow family found their beautiful daughter, Jadyn Suubi Hansow, and were granted custody of her on her first birthday.
After her adoption, the Hansows met some incredible women with unbelievable and inspiring stories. They began the SUUBI project offering displaced women from war-torn Northern Uganda the opportunity to earn a consistent income each week.
Lives were forever changed on that trip to Uganda. The women of SUUBI have shown what life looks like when it is lived with hope. They have shown over and over again that our past does not determine our future, that circumstances in our lives don’t have to affect the love and joy we live with, and that hope is a choice!
this style was my very first SUUBI necklace: the Classic
I love everything about their story, from their courage to just go for it and move to Uganda, to growing their family through adoption, to the relationships they built with these women and the beautiful jewelry they make. It is compelling and meaningful. It is one thing to go to Target and spend $20 on a necklace (or whatever) and another to purchase one where you are supporting hope.
About two weeks ago I was putting on my SUUBI necklace (I was actually wearing it as a bracelet that day) and it broke. How sad my heart was. Normally when something like this breaks it is just time to say goodbye. However, my heart is a bit attached to my SUUBI necklace and I went online not long after to replace it. With it, I purchased my second SUUBI necklace; it was high time to expand the collection!
how could I not buy another! green IS my favorite color!
I was excited to receive my package in the mail and couldn’t wait for it to arrive. While I waited I thought about how I wanted to share about SUUBI with others. I do try to share their story whenever someone complements me on my necklace, which happens quite often. However, I wanted to do more. Then it dawned on me. At the time the huzband was away in Africa, not Uganda but Rwanda, however I thought in honor of his time away (which is why I said I wanted to do this last week), I could host MY VERY FIRST GIVEAWAY!!
So I welcome you all to my very first giveaway here on Green Door Project. I am excited!! One lucky winner will win the third necklace, which is from SUUBI’s BOLD collection, entitle Slim Mustard. In the above picture, it is the yellow necklace all the way to the right.
I know, you are all jumping at the bit to find out how to enter. No, I’m not going to make you follow me on twitter or subscribe to my blog (that will come later). All I ask if you answer one simple question:
If, right now, you could jump in the car, head to the airport and pick out one flight, where would you go?
Here are a few guidelines:
Answer the question in the comments below, not on Facebook. Make sure you leave a comment to this blog entry with your answer. Only one answer per person! The contest will go to Sunday night and a winner will be chosen at random and announced Monday morning!! Yah!!
So do you have it? I want to know where you would go, right now, if you could go anywhere!