Candid Keeper #267

Oh how I’ve missed my beloved Trunk Keepers!  I have definitely felt a void over the past 2 weeks not getting to chat with and share them with you.  I’m sure you’ve missed them too!  Luckily we’re making a comeback with the captivating Caitlin.  I found myself laughing with her (not at her) and relating to her on such a personal level.  She reminds me of that girl you run to with all your secrets, good or bad.  The pick me up after a long day or the ear that really gives a good listen.  Some people are just SO awesomely transparent!!

Q:  Well, hello Miss Caitlin.  Do tell us a little bit about yourself.

A:  Well, my name is Caitlin Van Pelt Gossen.   I was born in New Orleans, LA and raised in a small town called Berwick.  I am the baby of three children.  My brother and sister are 14 and 15 years older than me and are like my second parents.  I’m a 31 year old stay-at-home mother of 3.  I have been married to my best friend for 8 years.  My husband, Fred, has a company that manufactures blast/ballistic rated modular buildings that go all over the world.  In my not so spare time, I love to sew heirloom dresses.  I also have a passion for dancing, exercising, and really just being productive.  A little fault of mine is I’m a tad impatient… I can barely stand waiting for the sonicare toothbrush to finish.  Overall, we are just a happy little people living over here in Rayne, Louisiana!  Oh wait, I forgot to mention I have Coke Zero addiction. 

Q:  How did you meet and fall for your husband?

A:  I like this story…hehe… but basically we were set up via phone call by a dear friend of mine.  She gave him my cell phone number, he called and I had NO idea who he was… so I politely asked if I could call him later… and I did.  We spoke for about 7 hours that evening, I’m sure you are thinking “how could you talk for 7 hours to a complete stranger???” and I ask myself that very same question as I tell you.  It was so odd, but we just kept talking.  When I got off of the phone that night, I knew I was going to marry him.  He’s just THAT awesome.  I woke up to the sweetest email the next morning thanking me for our talk…a week later he asked me to go to Europe with he and his family later that summer, and I did.  That trip was incredible.  We were engaged a year later. 

Q:  Have you always known you’ve wanted to be a Mother?

A:  Absolutely!  I love kids, period.   Oh, and I like to dress them as well. 😉

Q:  How does your mother inspire you?

A:  Hmmmm… how doesn’t she inspire me?  She’s great!  She’s 67 years old and still push mows her own grass, I mean… how awesome is that???  Seriously, she amazes me with her energy and spunk!  I definitely see myself and “hear” myself trying to imitate her cool ways. 

Q:  Can you share with us a bit about your kids?

A:  I have 2 little girls, 5 and 7 and my baby boy is 2 (almost 3).   Not a day goes by that I am not thanking God for these awesome little people.  We are in constant laughter over here.  My oldest, Mary Grace is very quiet and reserved, wearing her heart on her sleeve.  My little Katherine, is well… NOT quiet and very spunky!  She’s named after my mother so maybe her demeanor is appropriate.  And Frederick is my busy little buddy.  He makes our life so complete.  Always looking for a tractor to ride on or play with and loves being outside! 

Q:  If you could have permanent possession of any single object in the world, what would you want it to be?

A:  One single object, hmmm… I choose Faith… I hope I never leave sight of God in my life and what he has done and continues to do for me.  Ever so thankful!  Faith is probably not even an object, but it’s one thing I can’t live without. 

Q:  If you could have personally witnessed one event in history, what would you want to have seen?

A: This is a tough one.  I’m going to say 9-11.  On 9-11, I was in college at Nicholls State University.  I went to an American history class that evening… the teacher walked in and said “I’m not going to sit hear and lecture you on history while history is being made.”  I never forgot that.  A very surreal moment.  Everyone all over our country remembers what they were doing the entire day, I’m sure.  But the people who LIVED it remember every second, no doubt. 

Q:  If you had to lose one of your five senses, which would you give up?  Why?

A:   I would probably say smell just because this sense would not affect my children or family… I wouldn’t mind not smelling dirty diapers, but would certainly miss smelling baby lotion!!! 😉 I couldn’t give up taste, one of the best parts of living in Louisiana is EATING.

Q:  What is the single most valuable lesson you’ve ever learned?

A:  Just to appreciate my time here on Earth with my family and friends…my husband and I had a couple friend die of a very rare brain disease with 3 young children about 3 years ago.  By far the hardest thing I ever had to witness, and not a day passes that I don’t think of her and pray for her husband and children.  Hug your babies tight. 

Q:  If you could crawl into the pages of a book, which book would that be and why?

A:  Well that’s easy, Twilight.  I am still completely obsessed, don’t judge me… GO TEAM EDWARD! 🙂

Q:  If you had to go back and live in any other time period, what would it be and why?

A:  BC— Before CELL phones. 🙂  I am a slave to that thing.  Aren’t you? 

Q:  If you won a lottery, what is the first thing you would do?

A:  First I would give a portion to the church, then pay off my friend/family’s debt, then buy out an Anthropologie store… in that order!

Q:  What is your all-time favorite movie or TV series?

A:  Picking a favorite movie would be difficult, but my FAVE TV series will always be Friends.  My DVR is full of episodes and I watch them when I iron.  It takes a long time to iron all of those ruffles on MJ clothes! lol

Q:  If you could give your parents one gift, what would you give them?

A:  I think the most perfect gift anyone can give their parents is to live their life in a way that will lead them to heaven, so you can spend eternal life with them… at least this is what I want from my kids… Somebody tell them for me! 

Q:  If you’re feeling down and out, what is a sure fire way to pick yourself up and “re-inspire yourself?”

A:  A night with my girlfriends works wonders…OH and a few margaritas wouldn’t hurt either.  

Amen to that!  Girlfriends are definitely one of life’s greatest blessings.  Thank you Caitlin for your candor and time.  We feel lucky to have you in the MJ family.



 (All photos credit to the talented Brocato Photojournalism)



Dawn S - July 2, 2012 - 2:10 pm

LOVE this Caitlin!!

Modetrendence blog - June 30, 2012 - 4:01 pm

It’s a nice post.

Jessica - June 29, 2012 - 8:47 pm

You are a beautiful person inside and out. Your parents must be so proud to have you as their daughter and your children are certainly blessed to have you as their mother. And us Louisiana MJ lovers are lucky to have you as our Trunk Keeper….and I feel so fortunate to call you my friend 🙂

Diana Graham - June 29, 2012 - 8:46 pm

A more phenomenal person you just won’t find – Caitlin embodies spirit, grace, humor, love, and “can do it” attitude. I’m so happy to have her as my trunk keeper but even happier to have her as my friend.

Kayla ONeal - June 29, 2012 - 8:31 pm

Loved this!! I can so hear her saying all this stuff! Such a sweet lady! Beautiful inside and out! Lucky to have her as a TK! Love her! 🙂

Tommi Angelle - June 29, 2012 - 7:23 pm

Caitlin is just a beautiful person inside and out! I’m so very blessed to have her not only as my trunk keeper but as one of my closest friends!!!!

Kylie - June 29, 2012 - 5:28 pm

How gorgeous are you and those babys! and friends is and always be my favorite as well! I own every season on dvd and watch them all the time, I know every episode but they never get old.

alina - June 29, 2012 - 4:30 pm

love this Caitlin…you are a beautiful person…such a sweet friend!!!!

Mary Robichaux - June 29, 2012 - 10:39 am

I love Caitlin! She’s so amazing inside and out. She makes me realize why I’ll want to be a mom someday!