Candid Keepers #613


Sara Willis of Bixby, OK


Q:  Hi Sara!  Tell us a little bit about YOU.

A: I’m an Oklahoma girl! Lived here my whole life, except during college, and I can’t see myself living anywhere else. We are raising our family only a couple miles away from where I was raised and i LOVE that!

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

A:  Casey and I met at College. We both attended Evangel University in Springfield, MO. He is from Alabama and attended Evangel while playing football and I was there on a volleyball scholarship. We actually had a class together my freshman year and sat right next to each other, but he never talked to me because  he said I always got in trouble for taking in class..haha My last year of school we started talking and hanging out. One thing lead to another and 3 years later he was proposing in Colorado on the side of a mountain!!! Now, three kiddos later I could not be happier 🙂 

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

A:  I have three kiddos. Tristan, our oldest, is 4 and the sweetest little boy ever! He is definitely a momma’s boy and always looking after me. He is all boy though, playing football, and being outside is probably his favorite things. Kinlei our second is 2 and a little firecracker!! She is ALL girl. Carrying her babies everywhere, telling me all kinds of stories and wanting EVERY piece of clothing on my rack..ha  Our little Addison is 7 months old and she is a great mixture of both the kiddos. I would say her favorite thing is having her brother and sister talk to her, she just lights up!!! I can’t wait till she is old enough to start playing with her sister. My sister is my best friend and I can just imagine the adventures they will go on together.


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

A:  Paint By Numbers is my 1st season!! I pretty much knew I wanted to be a trunk keeper from the first show I attended. I would go to shows where I knew no one just to look at the new lines. I found myself becoming obsessed with the clothes and constantly looking on the website and talking with friends about how cute everything is. I knew this would be something I could be truly passionate about and something I would really enjoy doing. Now a year later, here i am a Matilda Jane Trunk Keeper!!!

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

A:  I like to get up early enough to give myself about 30 minutes of ME time before I start my day! Just relax and think about all the things I need to conquer that day. I would love to say I get up every morning and run a couple miles, but I guess that is just in my dreams..ha

Q:  What is your favorite family tradition?

A: Christmas!!! This is most definitely my favorite time of year. We have all sort of traditions for Christmas. We decorate the tree the day after Thanksgiving ( sometimes a little earlier 🙂 ) I wrap 25 christmas books for the kids to open every night during the month of December and we all sit down and read a book before bed. Buddy the Elf makes his appearance and I must say my husband and I have just as much fun hiding buddy as the kids do finding him. Just spending time with my family is the best family tradition!!m6

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

A:  My parents!! My dad is the kindest, smartest, most generous person I know. He would do anything for anyone and always sees the best in everyone. He is definitely my HERO and someone I love with all my heart. My mom is the most outgoing, passionate and artistic person I know. I wish that I had half of her super outgoing personality. She could have 10 things going on in a day and would drop them all if you needed her and I LOVE that about her. I am one blessed child with these two amazing parents!

Q:  Which historical figure would you like to meet?

A:  Elvis Presley!! I mean who would not want to meet Elvis 🙂

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

A:  The evening when its quiet and my husband and I can actually carry on a full conversation without being interrupted.


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

A:  My 1st grade teacher Mrs. Zimmerman. I had cancer when I was little and missed almost all of my 1st grade year. She was always going the extra mile to make sure I never fell behind. She even moved from 1st grade to 2nd grade, so she could have me again to help with all the things I missed. I owe her so much. Thanks Mrs. Zimmerman you will always have a very special place in my heart.

Q:  Which TV family is most like your own?

A:  The Taylor’s from Friday Night Lights. My husband is a coach so during football season our lives revolve around football. I would not change it for the world though 🙂

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

A:  Cinnamon!!! It reminds me of family and Christmas. My two favorite things.


Q:  Where is the coziest spot in your home?

A: The couch holding my babies when they are newborns!!

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

A:  Lemongrass Bennys! I feel like they go with so much and I love the colors. They are the perfect transition piece to go with your summer then Fall wardrobe. Now, if you would ask my 2 year old daughter she would pick the American Beauty Dress with the Barnyard Shorties..haha She loves that they match and wants to wear them all the time.


MelissaM - October 11, 2013 - 9:57 am

Beautiful family, beautiful photos, and what a beautiful new Trunk Keeper, inside and out! Honored to call you my friend, Sara! 🙂