Candid Keepers #405

Hello, hello!!  Not only is today just an all-around fabulous day, it is also the launch of a brand new series of Candid Keepers.  With the reveal of Character Counts under our belts, it’s time again to introduce the incredible women who bring these fanciful frocks into your hearts and more importantly, onto your doorstep.  We are featuring brand new Trunk Keepers from sea to shining sea, hopefully some of them close to your home.  As usual, please welcome them to the “family”and fill their hearts with some love.  These ladies work so hard for us and they are treasured deeply.



Most valued form of character:


Q: Please tell us a bit about yourself.  Where are you from and where are you now?

A:  My name is Sonja Price Bice.  I am from, and still living today, in Chilton County.   Peach county and the heart of Alabama.  I was born and raised in Clanton, Alabama. 

Q: How did you meet and fall in love with your husband?

A:  My husband and I both attended Chilton County High School.  So, that’s where it all started.  We both attended Troy St University him on an academic scholarship,  me……NOT on an academic scholarship!  😉 I majored in Elem Ed and taught for several years before deciding to have children and be a stay at home mom.

Q:  What about those gorgeous babies???  Tell us all about them.

A:  Yes….My babies are gorgeous!!  My oldest and the most tender-hearted and caring of all three, is my almost 6 ft, 14 yr old sports fanatic son, Corbin. My beautiful, athletic, drama queen, Claea, is 10 years old and a princess on wheels. The baby…….well our baby is Caylene Makenna.  We adopted Caylene at 17 months. She is now almost 6 and in rare form!  Everyone speaks of her outgoing personality and high energy.  She is truly candid and an angel from heaven all at the same time. OH! By the way she is the only child of the 3 that really looks like my husband.  (blond hair and blue eyes) LOL!  Jason, my husband use to joke saying, “I guess I’ll have to adopt to have a child that looks like me!”  Well.  We did!

Q:  What did you do in your previous life?  Pre-Matilda Jane?

A:  Pre-Matilda Jane I taught Elementary Education.  After my first daughter was born I took a one year leave from teaching and I have been home for 10 year.  Seriously, where has the time gone????

Q:  How did Matilda Jane find YOU?

A:  Matilda Jane Clothing found me through a childhood friend. Tyree Jones had several Matilda Jane parties and I attended every one of them.  I never forgot my mad money cash along with the credit card…LOL in order to buy every piece I possibly could!!!  Now I thank Tyree…for I love what I do.

Q:  Who on this earth has been the number one influence in your life?

A:  My number one influence would be both of my parents.  They have always stood by me in all of my decisions but never pressured me into one direction. They have made me who I am today.  In high school we were referred to as the “Brady Bunch.”

Q:  What are 5 words your friends would use to describe you?

A:  5 words?  Hmmm….social, caring, compassionate, honest and I hope FUN!!

Q:  Besides your family, what are you most passionate about?

A:  I am passionate about giving to children in need.  I have wanted to adopt a child since I was in Jr High School…my dream came true in 2008.  I hope to foster children when my oldest two begin college.

Q:  Chocolate or Vanilla?

A:  Vanilla for sure….I inherited those taste buds from my dad.

Q:  Are you  a dreamer or a realist?

A:  I try to send the vibe of dreaming to my children, but deep down I’m a realist.

Q:  Crazy or not, what is one dream that you would most like to make come true?

A:  Sorry, to stay on the subject of adoption…but my dream would be to adopt more children after my own children get older!

Q:  If you were gifted $1 million to donate to any charity or organization, which one would you choose?  Why?

A:  I would donate to any adoption charities. Preferably, domestic adoption charities.

Q:  If you could crawl into the pages of any book, what would it be and why?

A:  Both of my girls are obsessed with Beauty and the Beast.  We have read the story

over and over.  So, I would crawl into this story and take both of them with me to meet Belle and the Beast.

Q:  Are you a country mouse or city mouse?

A:  I would say I’m truly half and half.  We live somewhat in the country.  However, living in between two large cities Montgomery and Birmingham I get the best of both worlds.

(Fun photo with Drew Roy of the Falling Skies TV series)

Q:  If you could have Denise design ANY item for Matilda Jane, what would that be and why?

A:  I would love to help Denise design the Art Fair pieces so maybe I could get my hands on more of them! These pieces are trendy, unique and hard to come by!

Q:  Lastly, in the spirit of Character Counts, what in your opinion is the most important form of character?

A:  I feel the most important form of character is “giving.” And Matilda Jane does just that!!  Denise is a strong supporter of Habitat for Humanity and other individuals in need during a time of crisis.   


 Holy moly, it’s been so long since I’ve gotten to pick a random winner of awesomeness that I think I may just have to pick one today.  A trend throughout this seasons Candid Keepers will be “what is your most valued form of character?”

Share with me what yours is and why it’s so important, for your chance at being this weeks random winner of awesomeness!!



Jennifer Jarrett - August 27, 2012 - 10:23 am

I would say my biggest character would be generousity. i am a people pleaser and i like to take care of everyone around me.

cami - August 27, 2012 - 9:57 am

Patience. I am a school teacher and I could not do the job without it.

Tasia - August 27, 2012 - 9:49 am

Commitment! There are so many differnt areas in our lives that we have to be commited to, our marriages, commited to loving and raising out children, our jobs, our families and the list goes on and on!

Carrie Johnson - August 27, 2012 - 5:01 am

being slow to speak, and quick to listen…..

Jen Raymond - August 27, 2012 - 12:53 am


Amber Dodson - August 26, 2012 - 10:08 pm

To me the most valuable character trait is to follow the “Golden Rule”, to treat others as you want to be treated. By following this rule alone, it should make for good character. You don’t judge others, you are giving, thoughtful, kind and empathetic. by making someone else happy, in turn, you are happy 🙂

Lisa Beard - August 26, 2012 - 6:39 pm

Nothing beats out honesty in my book.

beth gilbert - August 26, 2012 - 6:24 pm

GIVING! time, talent, whatever it is – GIVE!!! What goes around comes around!!

becky p - August 25, 2012 - 11:08 am

Patience! Maybe this one is so important to me because I struggle with it. It sure would make the world a happier place if everyone could just be a little more patient!

Jenn - August 25, 2012 - 10:26 am

My most valued character is Grace…I am so thankful for the grace I have been given and I try to live every day with an abundance of Grace for my husband, children, and all of those that I encounter.

Becky S - August 25, 2012 - 5:10 am

I feel like my best trait is being caring towards others. Obviously, I care very deeply about my family. But, I try my best to care for everyone I meet. I truly love the first graders that I teach each day. It goes way beyond academics in my classroom. I try my best to teach them to love, respect, and care for one another. If I care for them and take a genuine interest in their lives, then hopefully they’ll do the same in return.

Sarah D - August 24, 2012 - 6:30 pm

I think it would have to say a giving spirit. I know that I have been so blessed and there is nothing better than being able to be a blessing to someone else!

Ketti Carter - August 24, 2012 - 3:34 pm

I think Charity is such an important component of good character. Once we learn that serving others is the best way to find true happiness and fulfillment, so many new possibilities are opened. One of the many things I love about MJC, you can see a servant’s heart in so many of your fans and employees!

Serena - August 24, 2012 - 1:54 pm

I say Loyalty and generosity!

Tisha B - August 24, 2012 - 12:49 pm

I feel in order to go through life you have to know how to truly love one another. You need love to respect others, forgive others and to be honest with others!

Ginger - August 24, 2012 - 12:03 pm

Being kind– I always follow the old saying, “be kind to everyone you meet because we all have our own battles”

Michelle Lynch - August 24, 2012 - 11:49 am

Acceptance:) So many important forms of character, we need to have for ourselves and are always trying to instill in our children. We try our best as parents:) Acceptance! Caring and compassion for others and our planet. Always a journey of learning!

Shannon H. - August 24, 2012 - 10:55 am

Fidelity- being faithful to those you love and to who you are as person…carrying out that which you pledge to do with honesty and integrity.

Rajitha - August 24, 2012 - 10:21 am

Integrity 🙂 So important to stick with your values and morals, what you believe in, at any cost!

Alyssa P. - August 24, 2012 - 9:22 am

My most valued form of character is respect. I think it is one of the most important traits a person can have!

Angie R - August 24, 2012 - 9:17 am

Resilience – Some people have bad things happen and let it defeat them, some people have bad things happen and bounce back. A true test of character is what people do when they get knocked down. Do they rise to the occasion and lend a helping hand to others in that situation or do they complain about their lot in life and do nothing to change their situation?

Gran - August 24, 2012 - 9:04 am

Caring and compassion would be ones at the top of the list but many others that have been mentioned are so important………honesty, loving, respect…..

Bronwyn Dobson - August 24, 2012 - 8:53 am

I love reading about all your trunk keepers! I really wish that you would consider having some trunk keepers up here in the “Great White North”, Canada!!! LOL!!! There are a group of crazy MJ Lovin’ Mommas here in Winnipeg, Manitoba! I myself would totally consider being a trunk keeper, this past year I was introduced to Matilda Jane and I am in LOVE!
Ohhhh, and to answer the question, my most valued form of character is honesty! Lying only gets you in trouble and can come back to bite yah in the behind!

Mandy M. - August 24, 2012 - 8:43 am

Empathy- to be able to walk a mile in another’s shoes.

Jenn Khurshid - August 24, 2012 - 8:40 am

Integrity. When someone has integrity they can be totally trusted. Integrity doesn’t mean that you never mess up; but when you do mess up, you make it right.

Caryn Sachar - August 24, 2012 - 8:15 am

My most valued trait is honesty. I’ve instilled this in my girls, and hope they will always be honest with THEMSELVES and others

Courtney Wilson - August 24, 2012 - 8:06 am

I think I would say that faithfulness is a huge value to me, because it encompasses so many other traits – loyal, hard working, true to yourself and your beliefs, and humility are all within the description of a faithful person – if the legacy I leave someday is being called faithful, I would call that a life well lived.

Mindy Beurskens - August 24, 2012 - 7:46 am


My family and I are also a foster family to a little girl that is 14 months old. We are hoping to get to adopt her. I feel so much compassion for her biological mother that I have come to know and build a relationship with. This entire process has made me realize why we chose to be foster parents.

Ali S - August 24, 2012 - 6:58 am

My most valued form of character would be LISTENING, really, reeeally hearing people…that’s when I have learned the most!

JoAnne De La Roche - August 24, 2012 - 6:54 am

Integrity…so much flows out of a life lived with integrity – compassion, mercy, honesty, faithfulness, forgiveness and on & on.

Stacey Mullins - August 24, 2012 - 6:40 am

Love! If love filled everyones heart this world would be a better place <3

Kelly Agnew - August 24, 2012 - 6:22 am

Honesty is the most important aspect of character to me. You must be authentic to really let people get to know you, and they must be honest if you are to appreciate their true character. I wish more people could be truly honest these days. I think we would see less discord and drama.

Leia - August 24, 2012 - 6:19 am

Honesty – the world could use more honest people.

Amy burdekin - August 24, 2012 - 6:18 am

Serving others…I love to make a meal for a new momma, keep someone’s kids for them, or just bring a friend a starbucks! I’m happiest when I can serve others.

Mindy - August 24, 2012 - 5:57 am

Caring 🙂

Kim Johnson - August 24, 2012 - 5:54 am

OOPS! Okay, so I thought we were supposed to tell about ourselves…sorry. I am still going to stick with Considerate. If we were all more considerate of others I think we would live in a much kinder, happier world. Remember the Golden Rule…Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You!

Ronna - August 24, 2012 - 5:33 am

honesty, no matter how much it hurts. don’t tell people what you think they want to hear – tell them what they need to hear.

Kim Johnson - August 24, 2012 - 5:26 am

As I thought about what I could write, I really couldn’t decide. I’m awfully loyal to friends and family,I try to be kind, most people say I’m sweet, but I asked my husband and in about 1/2 a second he said if he had to descibe me in one word it would be “Considerate”. In his words, “You are always thinking of others and doing for others. You go out of your way to make things easier on everyone even people you don’t know. That is one of the very first things I noticed and loved about you.” We’ve been married almost 13 years and I never knew that. 🙂 So I guess I’ll go with Considerate since that is what he values in me.

Joyce - August 24, 2012 - 5:26 am

My most valued form of character is loyalty. People come in and out of our lives and the ones who are loyal always stick around through thick and thin.

Becky - August 24, 2012 - 5:19 am

Trustworthy~ I think being trustworthy is such an important character trait because it is the foundation to which people determine who you are. When you are little you can be counted on if those around you feel they can trust you. As you get older friendships which often get you through good and bad times are strengthened by how much trust is there. I value so many character traits but being trustworthy is a pretty big one to me!

Missy J - August 24, 2012 - 5:01 am

My most valued form of character is honor. Honor to ones self and others. There has to be a core commitment to dignity in all aspects of life to be successful and admired. It is a pretty cool name too. Full of wholesomeness and strength.

Traci - August 24, 2012 - 2:51 am

Respect. In particular recognizing and whole-heartedly accepting every person’s right to be exactly who they are. In my opinion, respecting others (and oneself) is a true sign of character.

Kim - August 23, 2012 - 9:33 pm

I would have to say that my most valued form of character would have to be integrity-I believe a person that has integrity will be honest and good and will always choose to do what is right!

Michele - August 23, 2012 - 9:03 pm

Patience…so many positive characteristics stem from ones willingness to maintain an even tempered care.

Deanna B. - August 23, 2012 - 8:57 pm

Mine is tied with a tender heart and honesty:)

Amy Ijames - August 23, 2012 - 8:53 pm

You have to able to open your heart,and see the beauty and innocence in all things, and all people…That when you truly open yourself up to love, giving and recieving that your life will be so full….:)

Kylee's Mom - August 23, 2012 - 8:40 pm

Honesty- because without it you have nothing but with it, it leads to everything. Honestly leads to trust, trust leads to openness, openness leads to compassion, compassion leads to a true spirit of friendship..Honesty makes life work. It may not always be easy but it is always sincere.

LaNeale Robertson - August 23, 2012 - 8:38 pm

Gumption! We all aren’t born gifted. Each of has to understand our God given talents and how to use them to our fullest and then find the people and experiences to fill in the gaps. My second would be compassion.

jeana - August 23, 2012 - 8:35 pm

#1 on my list would be Honesty & Integrity. I think these go hand in hand and without them you don’t know what you are dealing with or who people really are. If everyone could conduct their lives with this at the forefront – the world would be a much better place.

Wendy McVay - August 23, 2012 - 8:19 pm

Honesty is always the best policy!

Missy T - August 23, 2012 - 8:03 pm

Caring – because when you are caring, it encompasses compassion, love, kindness and honesty. To truly be a caring person you are all of these wonderful things all wrapped into one! You show you care by using each of these other forms of character whenever they are needed!

Erica Scott - August 23, 2012 - 7:52 pm

My most valued form of character is tolerance. Not passing judgment on others regardless of race, religion, social status, political views, and personal preferences is what tolerance means to me. I feel that if I can pass my tolerance on to my children, I will have been a success. Tolerance requires compassion, caring, love, respect and honesty within yourself and if we were all more tolerant, the world would be a better place!

Ashlee - August 23, 2012 - 7:47 pm

I feel the most valued form of character is integrity! As a result of being integritous, you will possess many other values of character.

Melanie H. - August 23, 2012 - 7:45 pm

What a lovely TK & a beautiful family! I always enjoy “meeting” the TKs on your Candid Keepers!

I think the most valued aspect of good character is LOVE…being able to love everyone around us, not just the ones we like or agree with…and we display this love by acting with patience, showing compassion, giving generously, speaking with honesty, working with diligence, having an attitude of joy, promoting peace, exercising forgiveness and exhibiting self-control.
Oh, that I could do all those things (or even one or two!) on a daily basis, but at least it is a goal worth striving for & teaching to my children.

Michelle Clouse - August 23, 2012 - 7:34 pm

My most valued character is perseverance. I teach and this one thing I try to instill in both my students and my own kids…..never give up on anything, especially yourself. Persevere through it all, successful or not.

Missy Miller - August 23, 2012 - 7:30 pm

First of all let me say this is my TK! And we became instant friends before we met in person.Mutual friends and Matilda Jane brought us together. I finally found someone that could keep up with me and my Matilda jane obsession! Character Counts with this girl… Is the real deal! She is nice to everyone,loves her family, friends, and Matilda Jane Just had to DOTE on this FAB lady!!!! She will do u proud MJ!!

Now… My idea of a good judge of character is kindness. Do into others as they do to you. Runs through my head like a broken record playing with my mamas voice. Kindness shines through the heart. It’s in everything that you do or say. Treat everyone like they are your equal. Never think that your better because you are to richer, older, prettier, smarter, or better that anything that you do. Even if you think it. You never show it. Remember mama knows best. And, mine taught me well! my most important judge of character. And, I now instill this in my 9 year old triplets. And, I will have to say they do extremely well with thinking of others. And, never thinking that they are any better. And, this makes me a PROUD mommy!

Sara - August 23, 2012 - 7:15 pm

My most valued form of character is how a person treats others when there’s nothing at stake…..when you have nothing to gain and nothing to lose. It’s being a kind, sincere, honest, you-name-it-kind-of-person because that’s who you truly are, not because you will get ahead. It’s understanding that everyone has a story….triumphs and heartaches….and maybe, just maybe, you caught them on a bad day…..and because of that, you carry yourself with a few kind words and a smile.

Leslie LaBarge - August 23, 2012 - 6:42 pm

I try each and every day to teach and remind my children to be compassionate. With my oldest child being 14, I have first hand witnessed how it seems as though people are less and less tolerant of peoples’ differences, positions in life, race,religion ect than ever before. This world could definitely use more compassion. Never judge a book the cover, you can miss out on some seriously great stories!

jill - August 23, 2012 - 6:42 pm

You can go so far in your day just being a nice caring person. A simple kind act, friendly smile or helping hand can make such a difference to someone’s day. When you put a positive attitude and caring out in the world it comes back to you.

Meghn - August 23, 2012 - 6:37 pm

Integrity~ “Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none.” Shakespeare

ellie - August 23, 2012 - 6:31 pm

Honesty!!!! I feel that if we are honest with ourselves we can cut through the stuff that holds us back from realizing our dreams!!!

Kathy S - August 23, 2012 - 6:29 pm

So many wonderful things flow from respect given & received.

Kimberlyn - August 23, 2012 - 6:23 pm

I think I’d have to go with honesty, too… it’s the most important foundation for any relationship!

rachel b. - August 23, 2012 - 6:11 pm

honesty – i think it’s best when people speak truth and are honest and true in their relationships!

Kylie Lee - August 23, 2012 - 6:01 pm

I think my most valued form of character is ambition. I feel like everyone should have ambitions in life and should not only strive to meet those ambitions but should be ambitious enough to help others find and accomplish their own unique ambitions. My personal ambition was going back to college after a long break after having my daughter, it was a struggle to get the courage to go back and its even harder learning to juggle all the many hats I wear.I always knew when I walked away from college for my career I would return but it took tons of ambition to get here and its going to take a lot more to finish. Ambition is what drives us to succeed, and is a CHARACTERistic I think no one should go without.

Tyree - August 23, 2012 - 5:48 pm

Sonja has been one of my very best friends since 1st grade. Her entire family is like my ‘adoptive’ family. (And yes, I turned her onto MJC!). With that said, I would think my most valued form of character is ‘friendship’. I strive to ‘remember the little things’….even if it’s just a quick text of ‘I miss you’. Everyone….and I do mean EVERYONE has battles they face daily. Sometimes it’s that one text or phone call or heartfelt hug that will ‘push’ you to keep on ‘fighting’. If one thing couldd be said about me by people I know… would be that I’m a ‘true friend’.

Lisa - August 23, 2012 - 5:36 pm

Being LOVING, it encompasses all good characters blended together, not to mention it makes evryones day!

StaceyF - August 23, 2012 - 5:19 pm

~Commitment~ stick it out when you know you should

Rebel Judge - August 23, 2012 - 5:08 pm

Honesty. The world could use a little bit more… maybe a bunch more! ; )

Heather D. - August 23, 2012 - 4:23 pm

With patience comes further understanding of people around you. When you know who they are, you are better able to help and serve.

Tammy T. - August 23, 2012 - 4:22 pm

Sonja your kids are beautiful. I also have a heart for adoption and orphans. I have 6 kiddo’s 3 biological and 3 adopted. My most valued form of character is compassion. We need to have compassion for each as well as orphans, widows, people with special needs,elderly, taking the time for that one forgotten one and just taking the time to listen to people.

Melissa - August 23, 2012 - 3:52 pm

I think the form of character I most value is honesty. You have to be honest and true to find your way through life respectfully.

Michelle - August 23, 2012 - 3:27 pm


Everyone, regardless of race, gender, religion, rich or poor or anything else will at some point in their life be in a position where they will experience a measures of heart break. My hope is that I won’t be so self absorbed in my own life/thoughts/ emotions that I forget that another human being might be hurting more.