A great place to start…

It is always so hard to start of blog posts.  I swear I start everyone off with  “I”. You guys posted so many fun Christmas pics on FB and Instagram. I think I have been addicted to the dang refresh button.  Thanks for sharing them all. We had a great Christmas at home and are heading to Michigan tomorrow.  I’ve got the bags packed and David may not know it but he’s gonna be loading the car pretty soon. Cuz I am ready to go at 8am.  And my brain won’t stop, cuz I really want to give Franklin a bath before we leave too.  Ha, one, well another, good thing is I got my own set up markers for up north too!! Oh ya! Those of you who have not joined in my coloring addiction, you have no idea what you are missing.

Insomnia has taken over my life. Well, the past week.  I was up till 4 last night googling wallpaper and lights. The night before was looking through Jimmy’s FB page for pics of my sweet Linda.  I love this girl. Okay, I love them all. I guess more than anything I just want them to be ok. I want them to have the same opportunities as my kids. They need to. It is the only way they can help change their country. We met so many amazing kids with great stories. They are bright, full of charisma and  born to be leaders.   They are going to make a difference and I can hardly wait for 5-10 years from now to hear where they are and what they are doing. God has good things in store for these kids. i just know it. Alright…you know I just want to be able to show you some more sweet pics of Linda.

See..she steals your heart right! I was telling our Trunk Keepers “This girl is so dang sweet and so …umm..I don’t want to say fiesty but she certainly has  a personality.  Actually, the outfit I met her in (MJC and Spiderman) pretty much says it all.  Sweet, a good heart but the inner strength to move mountains. That’s my girl. She’s gonna be the best combination of a dreamer and a doer! And we are going to make sure that happens. I seriously cannot thank you guys enough for giving me all the opportunities you have. Without your support, Matilda Jane would never have grown to the company we are today. We would never have been able to fully sponsor a Habitat House, host a Boys and Girls Club “Smart Girls/Brilliant Women” luncheon, donate over 10K to Turnstone..gosh the lists goes on…we sent out well over 500 Spread the Loves throughout the year, we partnered with Chicks for Children to build an orphanage and got to share the experience with so many great friends. Aghhh… this is wonderful.  Thank you, thank you. And thank you will never EVER be a big enough word to tell you how grateful I am everyday for you!!

You have no idea, no idea how happy I was when I saw these pics. I knew Jenni and Jami pulled a few girl over to take some pics in the Spring line. But they pulled my Linda! Ha, now I know how you guys feel when we use your daughter on the blog… seriously, it made everything make sense. Another friend of mine was telling me that if we could just restore the heart in people everything would click and fall into place. Oh, it is so true. Right? It all starts with a good heart. Crazy that the Spring Line happens to be named Good Hart, a small town in northern Michigan. A place where you are just you and people take the time to ask how your day was.

Okay, so back to Linda..and how cute is it she is wearing the shirt with chicks on it…Just saying..none of this was planned.

Okay, I am rambling…but thank you so much for all you have done for me and all the folks that have either been on the receiving end or been able to experience the giving first hand. Thank you.




Dawn D'Angelo - December 27, 2012 - 10:21 pm


Denise - December 27, 2012 - 10:23 pm

Dawn- I knew you would..I think of you when I see all those sweet faces…gosh..

Cheri - December 27, 2012 - 10:33 pm

Like I was saying… Big heart! :)

Ericka Ruckh - December 27, 2012 - 10:36 pm

Am so in love. With Linda. And your story. Puts it all into perspective. There are a few children from my Haiti trip that I will always remember. Sweet. Innocent

Pamela Rensink - December 27, 2012 - 10:38 pm

Love everything about this- keep doing what you do Denise!!

Brenda Rosas - December 27, 2012 - 10:39 pm


Melissa T - December 27, 2012 - 10:40 pm

Inspiring indeed! The dreams have just begun for her!

gidget fenwick - December 27, 2012 - 10:50 pm


Megan - December 27, 2012 - 10:56 pm

I have goosebumps! Amazing pictures – amazing words! XoOXoOXo

Rachell - December 27, 2012 - 11:20 pm

This is the number reason I decided to start buying MJ!!! Live all you do

Gran - December 27, 2012 - 11:23 pm

One day there will be a “rest of the story” for Linda……wonderful post.

Paula T. - December 27, 2012 - 11:49 pm

Truly good things and a big plan and a purpose in store….this makes me smile and one of the reasons I still wear MJC after all these years!

Brittney Bell - December 28, 2012 - 12:28 am

Your excitement and joy pours out of this entry and I greatly enjoy reading about Linda and the others whose lives have made such an impact on yours. I am so excited to see how this trip inspires you in the future as well. :) Love the sneaks of the spring line, too!

Jessica T. - December 28, 2012 - 9:01 am

Beautiful pictures, and a great story! Good Hart, MI is one of my favorite places in the world. As they say, “It’s gooder in Good Hart!” Can’t wait to take pics of my daughter in her MJ by the Good Hart General Store! :)

Leslie Click - December 28, 2012 - 12:11 pm

Have I told you lately how much I love your heart?:) well I do:) Keep sharing pictures- love them!!!

Melanie H. - December 28, 2012 - 11:10 pm

Wow, this just makes my heart so happy! These girls are so beautiful & just bring a smile to your face to see them! I do believe you are correct, God definitely has a plan for their lives! And I am thankful for all that you & MJC are doing to help them along the way! Thanks for always sharing your kind & generous heart!

stephanie - December 30, 2012 - 8:12 pm

I seriously get goose bumps when i read your blog posts~you are amazing Denise! i also thought it was SO cool you named your line after Hart, MI~i grew up just 20 minutes away in Montague, the same sort of town (I am very curious about your connection to hart). This post is such a reminder of how we are all connected and what a beautifullly, small world it really is.

PhotoLove Winner

Oh happy day! We are back at work and it feels so good. I loved the 5 day break, but after being sick 3 days last week AND THEN 5 days off…well, I began to miss this place. Being here is ‘the norm’ for me and I wouldn’t have it any other way.

I’m sure you guys are thinking “shut up Sam, get to the winner of PhotoLove!” So here you go, because you can never have too much courage…

Miss Mallory Buck with her beautiful and inspiring photo of “Courageous”

This photo makes me feel….safe. And full of appreciation. And hope.

I think we could all use an extra scoop of that good stuff this year, don’t you think?

And I know the holidays are almost over, but we still have so much to celebrate. I’ve been pinching myself this month because I’m so ‘rich’ but not in the way you need to be to win Monopoly, but in the way that I have a boyfriend that keeps me safe, friends that keep me happy, and a home that keeps me warm. And these past 5 days have been great reminders of why my life is truly full of love. Serious, it’s chocked full of it! And I hope you guys have had the same warm & fuzzy realizations too.:)Just in time for the New Year, I hope this feeling lasts! Oh, and I’ve chosen a New Year’s Resolution too! Well a few…. But here they are:

1. No more complaining. What do I have to complain about anyway?

2. EAT BETTER. I’ve been saying this for a while but I need to “Eat to live, not live to eat.”

3. THE JAR! I think one of you gave me this idea a couple weeks ago,  but we are going to write something we are thankful for, or just happy about each day and put it in an old mason jar. And we will read them all at the end of the year! And we will feel ‘rich’ all over again!

4. Family. I need to work on spending more time with mine. I’m great at spending time with other family’s though!

On that note, thank you for the great year we’ve had. I’m so thankful for your support and love everyday. I know Denise never dreamed of us growing so much so fast, and being filled with such GREAT, sometimes UNPREDICTABLE, qualities that aren’t like your run of the mill clothing company. But I know she AND ALL OF US are quite proud to be apart of it.



Jennifer Lempesis - December 27, 2012 - 11:17 am

WAHOOOOOO!!!! This is MY girl! Proud does not even come close to how my heart feels knowing that Mallory was selected. Congrats to all the participates as I know that it was a difficult choice. Much love to you, MB.

Laura Shigley - December 27, 2012 - 11:19 am

Love this one!!! Excellent choice!

Monica Molbert - December 27, 2012 - 11:38 am

I love this photo. It’s a really nice tribute to the Firefighters that were ambushed in Rochester, New York on Christmas Eve.

Sarah A - December 27, 2012 - 11:43 am

This is wonderful. I find this especially touching. Firefighters in a town near me were killed and wounded Christmas eve in an ambush when going to answer a call for a house fire. True heros.

Katie Coit - December 27, 2012 - 11:59 am

So proud of you Mallory! I can’t think of a more talented, selfless, deserving person than her. She is a blessing of a friend and I’m SO PROUD!

Missy J - December 27, 2012 - 11:59 am

This photo is soooo deserving of winning. There is so much meaning and emotion being told in this photo! Congrats to Mallory! You deserve the prize!!!!

Wendie Tobin - December 27, 2012 - 12:31 pm

Amazing!!!! A true talent!

Shay - December 27, 2012 - 1:28 pm

So proud of this chic!!

Diana Isard - December 27, 2012 - 2:01 pm

I’m so excited

Amber Vaughn - December 27, 2012 - 2:17 pm

I love that photo! It was my favorite:)

jenn - December 27, 2012 - 3:11 pm

Congrats to the winner! I LOVED this photo. My fav.

Mallory Buck - December 27, 2012 - 4:22 pm

THANK YOU Matilda Jane Clothing! I am so extremely excited and just grateful to even be a part of the contest! Can’t even stinking believe I WON!! And thanks for the sweet comments, guys!
:) :) :)

Annmarie - December 27, 2012 - 5:52 pm

Congratulations Mallory!!

Priscilla B. - December 27, 2012 - 8:19 pm

I love this photo and it is so close to my heart as my dad retired recently from being a firefighter for over 30 years. He is always asked if he will ever work again and he says, “how could I have another job, when I had the most rewarding job that anyone could have”. It seems that firefighters never get the honor and credit that they deserve risking their lives to save so many others. There are also so many health risks associated with the job. Congratulations and thank you for paying tribute to a profession with such awesome people, like my dad!!

Jaymie - December 27, 2012 - 10:21 pm

This was the one that stick in my mind from the first time I saw it! And, though they were all very special and beautiful, this was my favorite! Huge congrats to Mallory and all the ladies that shared their wonderful images!

Joy Williams - December 28, 2012 - 9:36 am

Great choice on the photo love winner! They were all so good, I don’t know how y’all did it! Wonderful resolutions! I hope that y’all had a Merry Christmas and that y’all have a happy New Year!


Just a quick thought of sweet dreams before I call it a night.

Hope Boyce - December 24, 2012 - 12:35 am

Sleep tight and don’t let the bedbugs bite (and that’s supposed to make a kid feel safe)?!?!

Melanie H. - December 24, 2012 - 1:20 am

Wow! Definitely sweet dreams of that gorgeous dress!! Simply beautiful! Merry Christmas to everyone at MJC! May you end 2012 well & have a blessed 2013!

Kristi Mangan - December 24, 2012 - 11:47 am

OMG! What a gorgeous image! Makes me so excited for the Spring release! :) Merry Christmas Matilda Jane! Hope you all have a wonderful holiday! (can’t wait to find out the results of the Photo Love competition!) :)

Alison - December 24, 2012 - 1:02 pm

Merry Christmas MJ! :) I just LOVE your clothes they are super highly addicting. :) Have a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year.

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