Candid Keepers #536

Introducing:

Courtney Anderson of Western Springs, IL

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Q:  Please tell us a bit about yourself.  Where are you from and where are you now?
A: Hey,  I’m Courtney!  I’ve been married for 5 years to the sweetest and most fun guy a girl could ask for.  We have two little kiddies, Charlotte and TJ, who keep us on our toes!  We live in a suburb of Chicago, and love taking advantage of all our city has to offer.  I enjoy more than anything spending time with our friends and family, and being invested in our community.
Q:  How did you meet and fall in love with your husband?
A:  My husband and I met the first day of college! We lived in the same dorm and had “open doors night” to meet everyone in our hall.  That night, my husband said that out of the hundreds of people he met, he only remembered my name 🙂  We started dating a few months later and had the best time dating throughout our time at the University of Illinois.  College was a blast, but it was even better having my best friend to experience it with me!
Q:  My favorite thing to talk about is my kids.  Tell us about YOURS.
A: Charlotte Rae is my oldest at 21 months old.  She is soft, feminine, and sweet as can be!  She’s into trains and animals right now, and is always dancing and singing throughout her day.  Her little brother, TJ, is 5 months old.  The funny thing is they weigh only 1 lb apart!  TJ is such a relaxed and happy baby, and it has been fun to see Charlotte interact with him.  I’m looking forward to watching our children explore the world and grow into the people God has created them to be.

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Q:  What did you do in your previous life?  Pre-Matilda Jane?
A:  I started my career in pharmaceutical sales with Eli Lilly.  When my husband and I got married, I relocated to Chicago and began working at Morningstar (the financial services company, not the vegan food one).  I sold software to financial advisors around the country and trained the offices on how to implement the new software.  Morningstar was such a fabulous company with a relaxed and innovative cultural setting.  I transitioned to stay-at-home mom once my baby boy was born, but was drawn to Matilda Jane because of the similar company culture and amazing line of clothes!
Q:  How did Matilda Jane find YOU?
A:  My mom used to buy Matilda Jane for my niece.  I, of course, loved her wardrobe!!!  Once I had my own daughter, it was a no-brainer where my family would be shopping!
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Q:  Who on this earth has been the number one influence in your life?
A:  My parents of course had a big influence, but I would say that my husband has made the biggest impact on who I am today.  Ask anyone around, my husband is the kindest person you’ll ever meet.  His positive perspective on life and people, his generosity, and ability to show care to everyone he comes across has made me a better wife, mom and friend.
Q:  What are 5 words your friends would use to describe you?
A:  I think they would say resourceful, loyal, funny, stylish, and inclusive.

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Q:  Chocolate or Vanilla?
A:  I like sweets, so can I say both? 
Q:  Crazy or not, what is one dream that you would most like to make come true?
A:  I have lots of dreams, but the biggest one is to adopt a child one day!  The process is overwhelming emotionally and financially, but when I think about children just like my own, who are living in extreme poverty or abusive homes, my heart is saddened.  I heard a simple quote that has stuck with me…You cannot change the entire world, but you can change the entire world for one person.  I’m looking forward to the day this dream comes true!
Q:  If you were gifted $1 million to donate to any charity or organization, which one would you choose?  Why?
A:  That’s tough to pick just one!  I would say any organization that supports and improves the lives of children in Africa.  I’m drawn to Eastern Congo Initiative, The Mighty Acorn Foundation, and other like-minded organizations working throughout Africa.  It is estimated that 19,000 African children die EVERY day from preventable causes, which is unacceptable.  I would put money toward vaccines, medical care, and food for orphans.

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Q:  If you could crawl into the pages of any book, what would it be and why?
A:  Anything written by Francine Rivers!  I recently read ‘A Voice in the Wind’ and it was so captivating that I couldn’t put it down!  Her stories are rich in historical context and spiritual wisdom, which keeps me connected through the entire storyline.
Q:  What is YOUR “must have” Paint by Numbers piece?
A: For Charlotte, I love the Arcadia Hoodie.  It goes with almost everything in the line and is adorable to wear.  For me, I would pick the Copper Cardigan because it’s comfy and stylish all in one!  I’m an Illinois fan so when my husband saw the cardigan for the first time, he asked why I was wearing Michigan colors.  Denise, can you make that in orange and blue?

     
Marcia Hacker - January 27, 2014 - 12:06 pm

What lovely clothing! My 6 year old granddaughter would love everyone of your dresses – right now, she ONLY wears dresses.

Marla H. - January 23, 2014 - 12:43 pm

I love the Arcadia hoodie also!
And she’s gotta be an amazing person if she lives in IL! 😉 (my home state)

Erica J - January 23, 2014 - 11:44 am

What adorable children!!!

Ashley Harris - January 22, 2014 - 9:25 pm

What a lovely fam! Welcome!!!

Madison - January 22, 2014 - 7:25 pm

You are the best Aunt ever! I love you Courtney!

Cookie - January 22, 2014 - 7:06 pm

What a beautiful family and lovely momma. We’re Illinois fans too. Good luck with your adoption journey.

Cookie - January 22, 2014 - 7:04 pm

What a beautiful family and lovely person. We’re Illinois fans too. Good luck with your adoption journey.

KaMarlowete - January 22, 2014 - 1:19 pm

Those kiddos are ridiculously adorable.

Holly - January 22, 2014 - 1:18 pm

Such a gorgeous family! My “baby” is 3 now, he was once a baldy too:)…seeing your insanely cute little guy reminded me so much of mine. Oh, they grow up too fast!

Amy Ijames - January 21, 2014 - 10:34 pm

So neat to hear your story and beautiful pictures of your adorable family 🙂

Mary - January 21, 2014 - 10:22 pm

What an adorable family. I love the last photo in the field.

Kiley - January 21, 2014 - 10:18 pm

Beautiful family and lovely bio!!

Angie - January 21, 2014 - 3:59 pm

I just love that you dream of adoption, that’s an amazing gift to give a child!!

Erica S - January 21, 2014 - 3:44 pm

Adorable children! Orange and white would be great for the Copper Cardigan too. My little brother played for them during college (including the year they won the National Championship), so I’m a Vol for Life! Courtney, I think you’re on to something!!

Stacie Petta - January 21, 2014 - 2:38 pm

I always enjoy looking and reading about the trunk keepers! Just waiting for mine to show up! 😉

Jennifer - January 21, 2014 - 2:05 pm

Such a beautiful family!!

Mary - January 21, 2014 - 1:54 pm

Hi and love your pictures.