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.




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.

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!

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!!!

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! 🙂

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!

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!

Gran - December 27, 2012 - 11:23 pm

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

Rachell - December 27, 2012 - 11:20 pm

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

Megan - December 27, 2012 - 10:56 pm

I have goosebumps! Amazing pictures – amazing words! XoOXoOXo

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


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

Inspiring indeed! The dreams have just begun for her!

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


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

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

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

Cheri - December 27, 2012 - 10:33 pm

Like I was saying… Big heart! 🙂

Denise - December 27, 2012 - 10:23 pm

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

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