Heading Back

Are you guys experiencing the same great weather that we are here in Indiana? It’s been SO nice!

Us Platinum girls have a pretty cute blog planned for later this week and it may involve us meeting up downtown for a bike ride tomorrow evening..plus, I always love an excuse to ride around downtown and eat dinner with my girls so stay tuned for that later this week!

Wanna talk about Africa for a second?

Okay, good!

In just a couple weeks I am heading back to Kenya!

I cannot wait to be back and get to see all the kids! A few other ladies and I will be spending our time interviewing the girls that will move into the new orphanage this summer and I am both excited and nervous for this trip. I think this trip is going to be even more emotionally demanding and draining than any of our previous trips and I am trying to start preparing myself now. I fully expect to come home with a million new thoughts and struggles as I become even more informed about all the issues Kenya has. I’ve tried imagining the things we are going to hear and while I don’t want to go into this trip with earmuffs on (does that even make sense?) and overly guarded, I also don’t want to show up unprepared and unable to not only have the ears to hear but the words to provide even a little hope for a better future.

I have watched so many more documentaries since the last time I blogged about Africa and have started reading the book “Half the Sky” and let me tell you, if I thought it was impossible to get thoughts of Africa out of my head before, it’s even more impossible with ever page I read of that book! It’s really good and informative but it’s a tough read. It’s certainly not a “read right before bed” book..at all. I am already heart broken for Kenya and all the things that I know go on on a daily basis there and maybe continuing to read about it and and watch these documentaries isn’t healthy? I don’t know. I just can’t stop myself. Okay, sorry, I didn’t mean to get all serious! That’s another conversation for another day!

I really just wanted to let you know I am excited to head back to Kenya and see all the beautiful people of Kitale in just a couple weeks.

Oh how I can’t wait to see my little Oliver..

(and all the other babes but I just think this photo is pretty darn cute and I haven’t used it yet)

..seriously, does it get any cuter??

Okay, that’s all I have for now..but, like I said, I’ll be back with the other Platinum girls to share later on this week!


Alison - April 9, 2013 - 8:38 pm

Anymore Platinum this week or is that it until after Art Fair? I missed last Friday’s load from being out of town. I tried to catch some after the fact but no such luck. 🙁 Pretty please?? Thanks. 🙂 I’m dying to get my hands on that Clover dress AND the Upstate Dress. Oh my goodness. Those are SO cute.
Oh and that picture of the little boy is too cute.
Cheers to Africa.

Teresa James - April 10, 2013 - 2:32 pm

I haven’t beening buying MJ for very long.But,lets say I have caught the MJ bug,LOL(Im so addicted now)The clothes are a little bit pricey for my income,however,the more I hear about your company,and read on your blogs,the more I want to support it!I love that you are involved in the project in Africa and all the other humanitarian project you support.And even though I do not have a great deal of money it humbles me to know some of my money goes to help make a better life for kids who otherwise would not have hope.Its evident in every blog post how compassionate and commited you girls are.You are truely doing what our saviour told us to do.I wouldn’t want to buy my dd clothes anywhere else.Thank you so much for what you do and the love of God that you share.Sorry for such a lenghty post,but you girls have touched my heart.:)

Eva Asher Tackett - April 11, 2013 - 6:14 pm

I wish I could go with you. I will be on a mission trip some day. Just wish it was sooner. Have a safe and joyous trip.

Hope Boyce - April 13, 2013 - 3:40 pm

I wish I was going with you, but so thrilled you get to have a fix soon!!

A Whirlwind

The tour is winding down. On April 17 I left for Shanghai, returned late to our Spring Break trip to Montana. Luckily, I did not die cuz David took me on some ridiculously huge hills. Way above my comfort level. The next day, I stayed in and read a book.  I will say, it was so great to watch Joe and Gabe tackle the mountain though. Pretty cool sight. We left on Sunday for the Annual Watersound Spring Break. Same crew.  Four years and love every one of them more  with each year.  This was the year I let Joe explore a bit more on his own. Yes. I let him ride his bike with his friends all day. Within boundaries.  No big deal maybe, but too me huge. I worry way too much.  We got home late last night and tomorrow morning I am off with Sam, Jenn and Amy to NYC.  Quite excited about that. Sam’s first NYC trip. Oh ya! The first time I ever went to NYC, I got lost and lost and lost and loved every bit of it. Best part: hot dog stands and a cab to take you back to hotel when you get lost. (Dang it, now I am googling shows..Okay, focus!)

It may sound like I have been doing a ton of traveling, which I have but trust me it’s not all fun. I think there was one day I put my phone away to just wind down. My crew was getting annoyed with me. April is a crazy time of year. Totally one of my busiest.

I feel like I have so much to tell you. Did you know we have been working on our own foundation? The Mighty Acorns Foundation? Our first project will be to help 100 girls find sponsors.   Kiara, Jami, Jenni V and Denise W are heading to Kitale later this month to meet the girls. I can hardly wait to learn more about them and hear their reactions. It’s great stuff. And thank you for playing such a huge role in it. When the boys were there in February they were just starting the foundation of the new home. Jimmy just posted last week that the foundation is now complete. Pretty awesome huh?

So yup, lots of moving parts from photo shoots to orphanages to Fall 2013 to to 435 Art Fair to a Good Hart Collection that I love more with every day.

And now I will leave you with 2 quotes that I am really loving. Shoot, speaking of loving, have you read the Maze Runner?


Kylie Lee - April 7, 2013 - 11:32 pm

Safe Travels, Cant wait to hear more!

Kayla w a - April 9, 2013 - 12:49 am

Thanks for doing so much more than make cute clothes 🙂 you guys are really doing things that matter! Thank you thank you thank you!

Joy Williams - April 11, 2013 - 10:15 pm

Wow! I love hearing all of your wonderful endeavors! This is an amazing project, that will change the life of many. MJC’s awesomeness amazes me! 🙂

Hope Boyce - April 13, 2013 - 3:45 pm

You get to introduce Sam to NYC – awesome for both of you! I’ve only driven in NY once – my first and last time! I had to drive Jenni to audition for the play “Big” (like the movie) – the flights didn’t work out to get her back to school. But the point is … I got lost in Yonkers – seriously!

Name The Dress (Bag) Winner: 24

Congratulations to our 24th Name the Bag Thursday Winner:

Carol B

and her suggestion of Let Them Eat Cupcakes

Carol – email me at melissa@mjcplatinum.com with your address, and I will get your bag right out to you! Thanks to everyone for participating this week! Don’t forget to join us again next Thursday!

– Melissa

Ellyn D. - April 5, 2013 - 10:11 am

The perfect name!!!

Amy Ijames - April 5, 2013 - 11:37 am

Aww I had that name too!! Congrats!@!!

Beth - April 5, 2013 - 12:21 pm

I really think you should only allow one entry per person, its really getting out of hand. People are submitting 30-40 times.

Aimee - April 5, 2013 - 2:33 pm

I agree…those of us who read the directions and follow the rules and only submit one entry don’t have as great a chance to win as those who post 30 different ideas. But, of course I will continue to participate because its fun! Thank you for the opportunity to win some of your beautiful creations.

Chrystal - April 5, 2013 - 5:19 pm

I agree. It clearly says 1 entry and you have some who post 6 names at once or they’re posting multiple times. It makes it extremely hard to keep up with what’s already been named and well…it makes it look like you obviously can’t follow a simple rule!

Laura A. - April 5, 2013 - 10:16 pm

Yes, winner submitted 42 times. I did enjoy playing, too… I have so much fun reading through everyone’s entries! Very creative MJ fans! Thank you for the fun! 🙂

Alison - April 5, 2013 - 11:19 pm

Or you could just make a comment many times in separate posts so you could win. Goodness gracious, people really aren’t playing very fairly are they? Let’s all be adults please. One comment means one comment.

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