Candid Keepers #578


Traci Wilson of  Paris, TN


Q:  Well hello there.  Tell us a little bit about YOU.

A: Hello there yourself. 🙂  Wow, about me?  This is actually more difficult than I thought that it would be because I don’t feel like I ever talk about myself other than to say “Yes, I’m Kennon’s mom” or Yes, I’m Jaden’s mom” or even Yes, I’m married to Jason.”  But about me, I have been married for 11 years and my husband and I have 2 beautiful daughters who mean the world to us.  I work full time for the State of Tennessee and have been there for almost 11 years and now I am so excited that I am a Trunk Keeper for Matilda Jane Clothing!

Q:  How did you meet and fall in love with the man of your dreams?

A:  Oh I do love my husband but to hear him referred to as the “man of my dreams” is so funny!  But only because we are not a lovey dovey couple and never have been.  Back in the day when we used to buy each other cards for birthdays and Valentine’s Day we always tried to see who could find the funniest card there was.  The thought of one of us giving the other a sweet and romantic card makes me want to bust out laughing just thinking about it.  But, back to the question…(perhaps the answer to the question about Me should be that I don’t answer questions that are asked, but that I give answers to questions that weren’t asked?)…Anyway…Jason and I met while we were working at a grocery store.  I was 16 and working at my High School job and he was working there part time while attending college (and what in the world a cool college guy wanted with a high school girl is beyond me.)  But it all worked out and we dated for 9 years before finally getting married May 11, 2002! 

Q:  Bebes?  You know we’d love to hear about them.

A:  Our oldest daughter is named Kennon Rebecca and she is 7 years old.  She is our little book worm and loves school.  She is really just a good “all-around” child who is independent and has big dreams.  When she grows up she wants to be a Neonatal Intensive Care Nurse!  Jaden Claire is our younger daughter and she is 4.  Kennon and Jaden are complete opposites.  Where Kennon is independent, Jaden is not!  She wants to be held, she loves to snuggle, dance, jump, skip, basically anything besides sitting still and listening, or focusing on one particular thing.  We are so blessed to have such happy and healthy little girls and I thank God everyday for choosing Jason and me to be their parents. 

Q:  How long have you been with Matilda Jane and when did you know you wanted to be a Trunk Keeper?

A:  This is my first season as a Trunk Keeper and I am loving it so far!  Actually, I never really thought about being a trunk keeper, but when the opportunity came along I jumped on it!  I love the clothes and I love the company that Matilda Jane Clothing is.  When people ask me where I work, I tell them I work for the State of TN (which I do love my job), and then I add that I’m a trunk keeper for Matilda Jane Clothing and something happens and I just start smiling.  2013-09-18_0003

Q:  I have many rituals in my day.  How do you like to start out your day?

A:  With a Diet Coke.  Nothing else can happen until I have my Diet Coke that the “man of my dreams” fixes for me EVERY MORNING!  Ha, and who says men can’t be trained!!!  😉

Q:  What is your favorite family tradition?

A:  We have several family traditions, and I don’t think that I could only pick one.  I love our family vacations to the beach every year and how we celebrate holidays.  My favorite holidays to celebrate with the family are the 4th of July and Christmas.  I love fireworks on the 4th and I love the true meaning of Christmas and attending the candlelight Christmas Eve service at held at our church.

Q:  Who has been the most influential person in your life and why?

A:  I believe that the most influential person I’ve had in my life would have to be my Grandmother.  She passed away in December of 2008 and I miss her so much.  She taught me a lot about being a Southern Lady, such as proper manners, behaving in church, cooking, and volunteering with local charities.  She was so wonderful about donating baked goods and helping people whenever they needed it.  As I grow as a wife and a mother I can relate to her more and more even after she is gone.  My mom and I often talk about how we wish we had just one more day with her so that we could tell her “I understand now.”


Q:  Which historical figure would you like to meet?

A:  We went to Charleston, SC on our summer vacation this year and it is absolutely an amazing place.  While we were walking around The Battery Park and touring Charleston, I could picture the Southern Belles promenading around in their fancy dresses batting their eyes at possible suitors.  I would love to go back in time and meet these Southerners and see and experience life in the 1800s. 

Q:  What is your favorite time of day and why?

A:  I love the evening time when the kitchen is cleaned, homework is done, kids are bathed, contacts out, face washed and our family can sit and relax!

Q:  What teacher or coach has had the most impact on you and why?

A:  My favorite teachers I’ve ever had would have to be Mrs. Hudspeth and Miss Call.  In High School I was active in a Business Education type of club and these 2 ladies were in charge of that club.   We took school trips together and they were just the most fun teachers ever!  Miss Call is actually related to my husband so she is technically family now, and I still see Mrs. Hudspeth at our annual 4th of July Celebration.

Q:  Which TV family is most like your own?

A:  ???  No clue…


Q:  What is your favorite smell in the whole world?

A:  Vanilla!

Q:  Where is the coziest spot in your home?

A:  On my couch snuggled up with my girls.

Q:  What is your “must have” Paint by Numbers piece?

A:  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE the Central Park Cardigan!  I feel like it is a great staple piece that can be worn with almost everything and I love the actual “Paint By Numbers” detail on the sweater.  It takes me back to elementary school and honestly, who doesn’t love to color and paint?