Jen Williams of Owensboro, KY
Q: Please tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from and where are you now?
A: Well, I’m a Kentucky girl through and through! Born and raised in Owensboro, but have proudly called my small town of Murray home for the past 14 years. My family and I live on the farm that my granddad has worked since the year my dad was born. We’re surrounded by tobacco, corn, soybeans, fruit trees, and red barns and there’s not a place in the world I’d rather be.
Q: How did you meet and fall in love with your husband?
A: Michael and I met in college through several mutual friends before we started dating. I guess it was your typical sorority girl meets fraternity boy situation, and didn’t take long before we knew we had the same plans and needs and wants for our lives. Michael is extremely smart and fully dedicated to everything in his life. He doesn’t do anything half way, and while his competitive, passionate nature is polar opposite to mine, I can’t imagine my life without it. Most people think Michael is quiet and shy, but as a husband and daddy he is about as silly as they come, and keeps us laughing all the time. Since this job with Matilda Jane has come into my life, he has especially been so dedicated to helping our family through my busier schedule and encouraging me along the way.
Q: My favorite thing to talk about is my kids. Tell us about YOURS.
A: Jack is my smart, sensitive, energetic, inquisitive, quirky, six and a half year old little boy. He loves legos and math and dinosaurs and swimming and climbing, and driving around with the windows down and music loud. Oh, and telling jokes. He loves a good joke. He never ceases to amaze us with his endless questions about things no six year old should be thinking of, or with his desire to learn about everything around him. He has his Daddy’s personality and will no doubt be as smart and dedicated and driven as he is. We tell him he is going to be a lawyer because he argues all the time and never stops talking. He, however, says he’s going to be a race car driver or a house builder! I hope he goes with the latter. 😉
Jaye is my crazy little four year old that has been put on this planet to be a mama. She is obsessed with babies, and wants to take care of anyone smaller than she is. She’s a ballerina and a gymnast, and she loves to craft and cook and color. She’s obsessed with nail polish and twirly dresses. She’s got the cutest country twang you’ve ever heard in your life, and she’s always willing and eager to be my perfect little MJ model. I’ve been dressing her up since the day she was born, so to have this job is so perfect for the two of us. She calls it tilda-ma-jane and the butter chevron leggings with the Hemmingway dress are her faves of all time. And don’t say that doesn’t match…she will QUICKLY point out that the stitching of that purple linen dress is yellow just like her leggings.
Q: What did you do in your previous life? Pre-Matilda Jane?
A: Well, Jack was born in December of 2006 and I’ve been a Mama ever since. Michael and I always knew our vision for our family was for me to stay home and raise our children, and I’ve been fortunate enough to do just that. It’s been the greatest joy of my life to spend my days with these two precious kiddos!
Q: How did Matilda Jane find YOU?
A: Matilda Jane found me while I was on strict bed rest for 3 months with Jaye. Yes, she was even a diva in the womb! I spent my days on the couch flat on my back watching Ratatouille and Madagascar with Jack while I decorated a nursery and shopped for my baby girl online. Had I known then, what I know now, I would have been snatching up some Hammond Bay in a size 4 (haha!), but it wasn’t until Field Trip that I made my first purchases from my trunk keeper Meghan in Paducah. I instantly became addicted, as we all do, and began hosting with the first release of House of Clouds. I’m not sure there has been a release between then and when I was hired that I wasn’t a Jane. It’s just been a perfect fit from the very beginning.
Q: Who on this earth has been the number one influence in your life?
A: If I think about things that are my “favorite,” I can almost always contribute them to my Grandmother. I love raspberries, waffles, and peanut butter with banana sandwiches because those were her favorites, and became mine too. I love China and crystal and sterling silver flatware because she did too, and wasn’t afraid to use it. I love pink, and pearls, and wearing dresses, and wearing heels. She did too. I love having my family and Michael’s family around the table at the same time because that’s all I know from her. In-laws never existed, and we were all just family. She always ate dessert…I love that! She was inclusive, kind, generous, soft-spoken, and the absolute best listener you ever met. I’m a work in progress, but know that so much of her is inside me.
Q: What are 5 words your friends would use to describe you?
A: This was an awkward question for me to answer just off the top of my head. So, I sent a text to several of my closest, and here’s what I got: kind, trustworthy, honest, creative, and loyal. Those answers definitely made me smile.
Q: Besides your family, what are you most passionate about?
A: Well, some of my friends call me a “catch-all.” I make fun of Michael because I say he is a professional “hobbyist,” but I guess I’m the same way. I find myself with random jobs all the time. I love photography, decorating, painting, floral design, and cooking. I don’t excel as a master at anything mentioned, but I guess I’m a little bit skilled at all of it. Most importantly I guess, is that I find myself joyful in my kitchen, behind my camera, working in my landscaping, or with a paintbrush in my hand. Michael would tell you I’m a professional and extremely passionate about one thing…shopping!
Q: Chocolate or Vanilla?
A: If we’re talking about ice cream, I’ll take vanilla with sliced bananas and chocolate syrup, just how my granddaddy liked it.
Q: Are you a dreamer or a realist?
A: I’d say a dreamer. Michael is definitely the realist in our relationship.
Q: Crazy or not, what is one dream that you would most like to make come true?
A: Definitely crazy… I’d like lifetime season tickets, lower level, center court, just a few rows up to University of Kentucky basketball games for my crazy cats fan of a husband! I’ll keep dreamin’…
Q: If you were gifted $1 million to donate to any charity or organization, which one would you choose? Why?
A: If I’m forced to choose just one, it’s one that many of you probably haven’t heard about. Some of my dearest friends started an organization called “Hope That Binds” and their mission is to provide funds and resources to Christian families pursuing adoption. We’ve seen first hand how life changing the gift of adoption can be, and being able to help them help more families would be an amazing opportunity. Since the launch of the Mighty Acorn Foundation, however, I’ve been so blessed to see how the contributions from our team of trunk keepers to adopt Valaryle have made such a huge change and impact in her life. If given the opportunity, I’d without a doubt want to give that opportunity to more girls in Kitale. If I could split it up even further, I’d quickly add the ALS Association and The Smile Train to the top of my list.