A Ton of Bricks

There is so much to say and so many words I cannot find. I think I could just sit and stare at the screen and still not have the right words. But here it goes, stay with me cuz my brain is scattered this morning.

It is crazy how a day can be filled with such great happiness and end in such great sorrow.  That was my yesterday. I got to do a pretty amazing thing thanks to all of you. I’ll share that in a minute. What really matters at this moment is each of us and the community of Matilda Jane. I am shocked every time I see our number of “friends” on Facebook grow.  I honestly, watch the numbers and think to myself “That many people liked my page and holy cats we have a ton of friends.” I need help from each of you today. Just 5 minutes to take a few seconds to donate to a family who should be solely focused on family and not what the future will hold. We can;t take care of all of it, but we sure can help. And after you take the few seconds to help, take the rest of the time to  send a prayer and hug to Amber and one for your family. Things change so fast.

To cut and paste this part would be best “On July 30, 2012, Amber Roussel was tragically killed in a car accident on I10 in Beaumont, Texas. She leaves behind her beloved husband, Ryan, and their two cherished children… Emmie, (3) and Ryan, (1). We cannot ease their heavy hearts, but we can try to relieve some of the inevitable financial burden of a little family suddenly without a wife and mother. Ryan travels extensively for work, and their children will need full-time care, at times around the clock. This will be no small need in the years to come. Amber was a beautiful soul and a generous spirit many grew to love, no matter the distance between many of us. She will be greatly missed and forever remembered. Thank you to all who contribute.”

Amber was a strong presence in the Matilda Jane community. When I see her face, I feel like I know her. And when I read about the accident I felt like I was hit by a ton of bricks.

There are so many of us. I would really love more than anything for each of you to go to the site, www.indiegogo.com/AmberRoussel and donate a dollar or 2. That is all.  We can all do that. We can all do it right now. It may seem like a small amount to donate but if we all do our part it is HUGE.  Please do not think you dollar will not matter, it does matter. It matters huge. We need everyone who asked to be our “Friend” to step up and proudly hit the donate button. Just a dollar and one minute.  And when you are done, be sure to send a quick prayer to Amber. She will feel it. The power of numbers is so strong and I have no doubt we can do this.

All I can do is think about Amber and her family. I think about the kids wanting their mom and their dad trying his hardest to be strong and put on a brave face. All I would want to do is curl up in a ball. Things have to move on. Life continues and it would be so nice if it could just stop for a few moments and we could all digest this tragic event. She was one of us. A mom, who loved her kids and loved to chat about clothing and good stuff.  She is you as you refresh Patinum or as you BST your older pieces  get the new. She is part of Matilda Jane and you. She took me to nominate friends for Spread the Love and in turn now has hundreds of nominations for herself.

Please, please just take a minute and donate. Any amount. It is anonymous. Don’t think your dollar does not matter. It does.

And right before I heard the news  I was on the phone with another customer, Charlotte. We’ve sent them quite a bit of Matilda Jane for her families work in Kitale.  I received a note from her a few weeks ago. They are trying to build an orphanage and I wanted to help spread the word. But after seeing the site, and reading about it I knew it was something I had to do. Something I could do thanks to Matilda Jane. I was on the phone telling Charlotte that we would like to fund their entire  Brick By Brick Campaign. And as I think about it now, maybe it was something we were supposed to do for Amber.  Just maybe.

The website reads

Helen Keller says it best, “I am only one, but still I am one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something; and because I cannot do everything, I will not refuse to do something that I can do.”

And remember you are one..we are all one.

Donate now


Chi Walters - August 2, 2012 - 10:48 pm

Thank you for posting this. It says a lot about Matilda Jane. Honored to help!

sarah - August 2, 2012 - 9:15 am

When I read your post yesterday morning, I immediately went to that site to donate. 9 years ago I lost my 35 year old sister to cancer, she was a mom to 2 boys and the most vibrant, fun loving person ever! No child should ever have to lose thier mommy, especially at a young. My heart goes out to this family, as I know all too well the long road they have ahead of them. The pain will never go away. No amount of money can take that heartache away, but it sure can ease the burden and make the greiving process be just that. They can focus on the important things and not the monetary worries. Thank you for all you do MJC!!

Patricia - August 2, 2012 - 9:14 am

I’m going to do this NOW – and pray for Amber’s family.

Lorinna - August 1, 2012 - 4:07 pm

Beautiful Amber will be missed terribly by anyone touched by her. She was happy, truly happy.

With this it seems so unfair to say goodbye too soon.

Her babies will live in my thoughts daily. To grow up without her is a travesty. She loved them sooooo much.

I am proud to have known her for the time I did. I was one of the very first to sell her out outgrown size 2 Matilda Jane for her Emmie. Though our love for the clothing, our frienship blossomed. So many happy emails, posts and pm’s between us.

I love you Amber! You will be treasured in my mind and heart for always.

xoxoxo Lorinna

Shelley Schaffer - August 1, 2012 - 2:59 pm

Thank you for doing this. I hope my small contribution will help. My own mother was killed in a car accident, by a drunk driver, when I was 15. I felt like my whole world was ripped out from under under me. I’m very grateful you wrote this. <3 <3 <3
Much love to Amber's family.

jennifer p - August 1, 2012 - 12:03 pm

Wonderful post. Wonderful call to action. Perfectly said. Thank you for giving us something to do when it is easy to feel powerless.

Michelle H - August 1, 2012 - 11:50 am

Thank you for this opportunity. I will also take this as yet another reason to remember to be in the moment and never take what we have for granted.

Martha Montiel-Lewis - August 1, 2012 - 11:49 am

I am amazed by this wonderful, compassionate, giving, company. Beautifully written. My prayers are with these beautiful children, their Daddy and Mommy.

DAR Project

KD - August 1, 2012 - 10:45 am

Matilda Jane bringing people together and making things happen. Thanks!

Ashley Carter - August 1, 2012 - 10:42 am

THIS is exactly why I love MJC! You gals never cease to amaze me! I cannot believe the number of people who have came together for this great cause!

hellen asale - August 1, 2012 - 10:40 am

To read thease story is really a heartbreaking and seeing MJ coming together as a family and helping one of there own is really encouragement.As seeds children home we have lost a friend and a mother ,all we say is a prayer of comfort to the family plus the MJ.May God stregthern all of you drurring these hard time.may her soul rest in peace.

Rachel Hess - August 1, 2012 - 10:09 am

Thank You. Thank you for allowing us a way. however small, to help. I have no words…

Kaitlyn - August 1, 2012 - 9:58 am

I, too, felt like I was hit by a ton of bricks. I did not know Amber, but her story has affected me so much. This is such a tragic story; my heart breaks for her family. Thank you to those who set up the memorial fund–I am amazed at what we’ve accomplished so far. I’ve never been more proud to be a part of the MJ community like I am at this moment.

Jaimie - August 1, 2012 - 7:46 am

This same tragedy happened in my hometown in WI last week. Father was killed because of attentive driving. Leaves behind 2 beautiful young children and. Gorgeous wife of 10 yrs, all at their age of 30. Extremely wonderful and gracious father and person. To see these stories are heartbreaking and to see people out here honoring and remembering is heartwarming. Anything to help another family. Thank you

Alicia H. - August 1, 2012 - 7:14 am

This is why I’m proud to support this company, not only do you have amazing clothing and are an Indiana company (I’m a fellow Hoosier), but you have HEART!

Melissa Peters - August 1, 2012 - 7:08 am

You sure have a way with words. I have chills from reading this. I wish I had known her.

Kristie Kruse - August 1, 2012 - 6:48 am

Beautifully said. I hope losing Amber makes us all hug our loved ones a little tighter. I am so grateful for the MJ community and so proud of how we’re coming together to hep one of our own <3

Leslie LaBarge - August 1, 2012 - 6:34 am

First off, thank you so much for spreading the information for donations for Amber’s family. Although I did not know her personally, all of the ladies I’ve known through Matilda Jane are top notch and it’s beautiful to see everyone come together in the time of need.
Secondly, it is equally as beautiful to see what you are doing for the orphanage. Simply amazing!

Debbie - August 1, 2012 - 6:26 am

Beautifully written. Thank you!!

Jennifer Earwood - August 1, 2012 - 6:15 am

Amber I love you & miss you more than words could ever say. You are a beautiful friend, woman , mom, wife, daughter … You will live on in all our lives.
I miss our friendship
Love always
Jennifer Earwood

shanna champagne - August 1, 2012 - 6:12 am

Thank you for this…its refreshing to see a company that really cares for its patrons. This is such a heartbreaking story and hits home for so many in the MJ community, actually it hits home for any mother.

Polly Johnson - August 1, 2012 - 6:11 am

Thank you MJC for coming together with us Mom’s and showing support of this family… Now this is showing what Character Counts means!!!! XOXO

Ali S - August 1, 2012 - 6:00 am

wonderful, heartfelt post. maybe the first orphanage built could be in Ambers memory. Just a thought.

Beth Killian - August 1, 2012 - 5:50 am

Thank you so much for sharing this, this is what is truly important

Shanna-Kaye Fancher - August 1, 2012 - 5:49 am

My prayer is with Amber’s family….I can’t imagine their loss.
I pray that my small offering will help give her husband a little bit of hope during this trying time.

Brandi Samm - August 1, 2012 - 5:40 am

What a blessing to be able to donate! Thank you MJ for always having such a big heart! Praying for Amber’s sweet family!