The Hometown Folk

It was in 7th grade the I first heard the name Joe Shampine. My bestest friend, Gretta, had been bestest pals with him and wanted to buy him a Christmas gift. So we headed downtown and went to theΒ  5 and Dime.. We settled on a 7 dollar gold chain from the local dime store. Afterall, the only real difference between the 7 dollar version and the real McCoy is that: One, Gretta could afford it and Two, it turned your neck green. Though, I don’t think Joe complained.

It was in my high school years that I found out who Christy Jennings was. She was the blonde haired girl my brother hung out with. She was so dang pretty and the perfect girl next door. Oh, man, I wanted to be her. And if I am correct, she lived right by the candy store…all the better!

Flash forward to last summer; I saw Joe at a wedding for the first time in ions and he had married Christy almost 15 years prior. We chatted for a few seconds and when I left that conversation all I could think about was those 2 needed help getting a baby to share their enormous amount of love with. One thing led to another, stories were exchanged and here we are today doing the biggest fundraiser in my hometown of Cheboygan that Matilda Jane has ever had.

I could goΒ  on and on about all the people who have helped me, gave me a shoulder to cry on, lifted me up when I was falling, and have just been true friends since the day we met.Β  I cannot even express how grateful I am and fortunate we are. And when it came time for Joe and Christy to finally get another round at adoption I knew in my heart of hearts that if we were in the position we would do what we can. And thanks to you all, Matilda Jane is able to help them out. They have waited so long and all I want for them is to feel the happiness and not be buried in the stress. So whatever we can do to lift that load a bit, I’m game for it. And here we have it:

danielle lail - April 23, 2010 - 7:34 pm

Was wondering if you could please post this event! Thanks so much! If its possible!

Sara - April 23, 2010 - 7:33 am

Thanks for giving me the chance to have the chance to get some things for myself, Denise. I was able to justify it, knowing I would be helping such a cute sounding couple out! Best of luck to them in their quest to add a child to their family!

Janella - April 21, 2010 - 11:19 am

Denise could you please tell me to call an order in on Friday from your site is it Platinum only or the other lines as well?? I’d love to buy something but just not sure if it’s only for Platinum. What your doing is so darn sweet and I’m sure you will have a huge outpouring! After reading this I couldn’t wait to share it with my husband. The funny story about Joe and how giving you are! My husband LOVES your clothing but like a lot of men he gets so tired of hearing me talk about it!! HEE-HEE!!

Natalie - April 21, 2010 - 7:59 am

Buyin somethin! πŸ™‚ …What a great way to share! How cool is it to know you are donating to a good cause and the bonus is you’re getting something amazing in return. Thanks to you!!

Day to the Oh - April 20, 2010 - 8:29 pm

Can’t wait to participate in this! Might as well time it right since I need a couple more things anyway. I don’t know why I do, but I do. Thanks for spreading the love! xo

Guatemami - April 20, 2010 - 7:20 pm

Denise- What a wonderful fundraiser you are doing for this family that is filled with love. We were in the same position five years after we were married we tried to have children but could not. My husband and I were put on this earth to adopt. It is a huge financial hole that we worked so hard to get out of but in the end we had two beautiful Guatemalan babies. God bless you and your generous offerings to this family.

Jennifer O. - April 19, 2010 - 7:03 pm

Denise…I would love to share with some of my friends who don’tgenerally get on your blog..but are on there anyway you email this? TIA~ What an awesome thing you are doing..and I guess I have a reason to buy something now:)

Kim from Griffith - April 19, 2010 - 6:48 pm

Denise, Your heart must be the size of Texas!!! I always tell people the reasons I buy Matilda Jane are….1: it’s adorable, 2: matches Natalie’s personality, 3: Indiana ( and of course USA), and 4: because of the heart behind it!!!

Carol - April 19, 2010 - 10:30 am

That is so incredibly generous Denise! I will definitely call and place an order to help out!

Alli's Mommy - April 19, 2010 - 9:05 am

This just brings a tear to my eye because a couple of years ago my husband and I were in the same place. We have since been blessed with a wonderful little girl through adoption. All of the stress, worries and wondering of whys will eventually go away once you hold that little blessing. My daughter is blessed to wear so much Matilda Jane I would love to purchase something so the proceeds could help out. Is this only in Michigan or will there be something done online as well…..Thanks Denise for you generosity……

Lisa @ moxie pear - April 19, 2010 - 7:04 am

What a wonderful thing you are doing!

Alison S - April 19, 2010 - 6:45 am

Oh Denise, what an amazing idea! You know my Noah is adopted from Russia! I know what a HUGE finanacial commitment this is. With all the negative press on adoption these past few weeks it is so refreshing to hear some POSITIVE, LOVING stories. Our Noah has been the amost amazing blessing in my life (only equal to the unexpected birth of our daughter Bella)! I will try and generate some orders!

Mary R. - April 19, 2010 - 5:24 am

As an adoptive mom myself I am dying to know where the happy couple plans on adopting from: domestic or another country? Just curious. :o)
MJC ROCKS for doing this for this sweet couple!

christine - April 19, 2010 - 4:28 am

Oh my gosh! Wonderful! I know the pain of wanting a baby so bad and then the miracle to happen after so many years! I’m sure I can find something to buy that day. Wonderful wishes to the family.

Lil - April 18, 2010 - 10:13 pm

What can I say? Tears leaking down my face. If I could I would be there for sure but I will buy something, even if i don’t need it.
What a blessing. God is so good to us!
Hugs <3

Stacey - April 18, 2010 - 9:51 pm

This story really tugged at my heart. Very powerful & so honorable for MJ to help them through this incredible journey. I will be sure to place an order that day. Thanks & Best Wishes to Joe & Chrisy!

Holly's Mama - April 18, 2010 - 9:32 pm

Denise you are so awesome!!! I am in awe of your kindness and generosity. I will try to help if the funds are available on that day for me. Never stop being the sweet person that you are!

Megan {Shabby Blogs} - April 18, 2010 - 7:39 pm

As an adoptive mother, a MJ lover, and a Michigander…I am ALL over this. Very, very cool. πŸ™‚

gran - April 18, 2010 - 6:57 pm

Denise, I could just repeat Bee and some of the other comments. This is one more reason to appreciate you and your company. Is life not amazingly wonderful when people and events are woven throughout the tapestry of our lives. Thank you for sharing this with us and allowing us to experience some of the joy of helping.

Katie M (Lyla's Mommy). - April 18, 2010 - 6:55 pm

P.S. I LOOOOOVE that picture!!!

Laura Ann - April 18, 2010 - 6:30 pm

Denise ~ Your kindness is unheard of these days. What a blessed couple to have so many people on their side and willing to help. I will have to get an order together. Thank you for all you continue to do.

Bee - April 18, 2010 - 6:29 pm

Just another reason why I love you and your business! Simply wonderful! Thank you for being wonderful you!

Katie M (Lyla's Mommy). - April 18, 2010 - 6:15 pm

WOW that blog brought me to major tears! What a great fundraiser, and a wonderful excuse for me to buy more MJC πŸ™‚

tree*head - April 18, 2010 - 5:08 pm

Wow! Denise you never cease to amaze me with your generosity….this special couple will soon have a dream come true thanks to a bit of help from MJC – I feel the love πŸ™‚

Joann E - April 18, 2010 - 5:04 pm

OK I’m in tears right now. I hope there dream comes true! Kids are truly a blessing and you Denise have a heart of gold to help them make there dream come true!

Katie M. - April 18, 2010 - 4:28 pm

I still think this is one of the most awesome benifits I have heard of and will be calling in an order next week- thanks for sharing their love story and allowing us to help them- I hope their story continues in happiness – much love

Pamela - April 18, 2010 - 4:22 pm

What a great thing! Could you also post an address or name of a bank where donations can be made on their behalf? Thanks for all you do. I am a native Michigander and spend time up north…I wish we would be there next weekend, but already have commitments down state.

The girls of JAMESTOWN

Ya, what about this? When I do carpool in the morning I love to see all the little girlies in my clothes. It is so dang cool. So when Leslie emailed me this pic of Mrs (or Miss) Stephanie Johnson and some students I went nuts. Yup, they are adorable, absolutely fantastic.

We have a babysitter so we’re gonna go grab dinner and a movie. Ya, but I just ate a ton of jelly beans and I am not even hungry anymore…kinda ruined it, huh? Oh, oh, oh, good news, we are setting the deadline for the Art Fair contest back to May 10th. Pretty much just cuz we are sending out a newsletter and I wanted to give everyone fair share of time.

Love these 2 sweeties…and I love that Gabe is fast asleep on the couch!

cam - September 12, 2010 - 9:02 am

Problem but elementals, of modern researchers?The many colours, also be attributed.The green with, within their body.Funds go to cam, red then make sure to bring.Chairman Alan Greenspan, time youre rejected.,

Amy - April 23, 2010 - 4:32 am

Oh how I would LOVE to see all the little girls at my boy’s elementary school, dressed in MJ!It’s too bad you don’t have flyers that we can spread around the schools! πŸ˜‰
BTW…since the Hammond Bay line was realeased, I have ordered just about EVERYTHING! SO bad but SO good! πŸ˜‰
Enjoy your date night!

Sara - April 19, 2010 - 12:33 pm

I agree with Gran, our MJ washes up great. It is way too cute to save it just for special occasions…we wear it every day, sometimes multiple outfits, since I can’t stop buying it and want to wear everything…..there are so many cute combinations!

Bee - April 18, 2010 - 8:56 am

Oh…and it’s only when you click on it to see what sizes are available!

Bee - April 18, 2010 - 8:54 am

Denise…I don’t know if anyone noticed…but Adult Juniper Dress is spelled Adult”ujniper” Dress under The Goods. Just thought I’d say something just in case! πŸ™‚ BTW- My daughter is wearing her Tween Summertime Tank Dress to church this morning!!!!

gran - April 17, 2010 - 2:50 pm

Leia, our Matilda Jane girl wears her MJ clothes to play school almost every day. We have had really good luck in stains coming out. She had on one of her skirts when we colored Easter eggs and spilled the blue coloring over the front of the skirt (a lot of it got on the skirt). After a soak in cold water and liquid handwashing detergent it was as good as new.

Leia - April 17, 2010 - 10:26 am

Those moms are brave!! – sending their girls to school in MJ. I’d be SO nervous she’d ruin the beloved clothes-I know clothes are for wearing, but I can’t help but think about the ketchup, paint, dirt, etc while they are away πŸ™‚

Natalie - April 17, 2010 - 9:12 am

Perfect! Now I’ll for sure have time to get my MJ goods and get a picture off to ya with my entry. Thanks!

Holly's Mama - April 16, 2010 - 11:32 pm

Hope you had a fun date night! Tonight was my hubby’s bday and it was a milestone one. I won’t tell you how old he is now. Thanks for the extra time for the Art Fair contest. I need it. I have a good idea but I just need to find the time…

Katie M. - April 16, 2010 - 10:42 pm

aw- look at sweet miss Haley and miss Molly- they are so sweet- as are the girls at school! Thanks for the extra time on the art fair project -Im sure I will need it! Hope you had a great date night

christine - April 16, 2010 - 4:54 pm

oh these pictures are always fantastic! Have a wonderful date night. Oh, I can not remember when I last had a date night.

April W. - April 16, 2010 - 3:31 pm

Oh how I would LOVE to see all the little girls at my boy’s elementary school, dressed in MJ!It’s too bad you don’t have flyers that we can spread around the schools! πŸ˜‰
BTW…since the Hammond Bay line was realeased, I have ordered just about EVERYTHING! SO bad but SO good! πŸ˜‰
Enjoy your date night!

Farah - April 16, 2010 - 2:22 pm

Ahh I love those pictures, I just made my order today with my trunk keeper. And I’m so sad that the cookie tank is out:! and now I see all these girls wearing it reminded me of how sad I was:(
Enjoy your Friday date!! What movie you are going to see?

I know, I know, this is a pretty funny pic of Gabe. He is such a good poser lately. And tonite if he asks for one more glass of milk I may just lose my mind!

I’ll need to do a post about my bike, cuz I really like it. But 2 things are holding me back, 1, my pal Ali, you know the cool one? Ya, well, she’s gonna think I am a total dork being so excited about my bike when she rocks it! And 2, my other pal, Jenni. Jenni has the cutest bike and I must admit I try to ride 4 pedals behind her so one does not compare. But hey, I just ordered lights and an improved basket so the competition is on. So once I get it all dolled up, I’ll do a little photo-shoot!!

Well, David just walked in and said it’s movie time. Man, I so wish it was. Could you imagine if the work day really ended at 5. You know, no work, no homework, no yard work. NO WORK.

and yes, i am in love with my pink chair…

mom2p&b - April 16, 2010 - 4:03 pm

I thought that was a Nelson light!!! I work for Herman Miller who makes it! There are lots of very cool classic pieces!!

mom2curls - April 16, 2010 - 1:42 pm

Love, Love, Love every piece of Hammond Bay!!!! Love the pink chair as well!!!

Jennifer HK - April 16, 2010 - 1:33 pm

Yeah, I’m in love with your pink chair too! What a neat find!! : )

fruit punch tulip - April 16, 2010 - 10:07 am

Your Pink Chair Rocks! I just love it. Can’t wait to see the bike.

DanielleW - April 16, 2010 - 7:26 am

Umm, I WANT THAT CHAIR!!!!!!! that is fabulous!

Isabella's Mom - April 16, 2010 - 7:13 am

There’s that beautiful boy! Love him!!! And HB3 is wonderful, love it all.
That pink chair is fabulous, I’ll bet it looks wonderful with the couch. It would look fabulous in a little girl’s room too…just don’t tell her that.
Hope your day is wonderful!!

JodiR - April 16, 2010 - 5:59 am

Wow that Cici dress is gorgeous on. So glad I ordered it now. Thanks for the pic.

*TKJT* - April 15, 2010 - 10:36 pm

OMG your baby is FOUR?! I think it’s time to get working on the next one…we really want to see a baby Matilda πŸ˜‰

Teoma - April 15, 2010 - 9:01 pm

i am in love with your pink chair too!
my dad surprised me with a purple schwinn the other day. he had bought a bike for my daughter for easter and used the basket as her easter basket…so cute. okay, my mom actually did the easter basket part. πŸ˜‰ my daughter was wearing her summertime tank dress and happy leggings…cute pics. anyhoot, now after breakfast everyday we go on a bike ride…am in love! feel like a kid again. need a bell and a basket though. ding, ding!

April W. - April 15, 2010 - 8:37 pm

I personally love Gabe in the Marine Straightee!
The pink chair is TDF!
I must also say that everytime I get a MJ order on my doorstep I get giddy. Anyone else? Everything is just SO dang cute!
My baby girl who is two TWIRLED when I put her in her Skye knot top during Spring break. She wore it to Disneyland’s California Adventure and got sooo much attention for it. πŸ™‚
Thank you for making such darling things!!!

AmandaB - April 15, 2010 - 7:44 pm

LOVE the pink chair!!! I always wanted to do a totally girlie room in all pink and lime green….maybe one day….I’ll have to find me a chair like this πŸ˜‰ Thanks for sharing!!!

Denise - April 15, 2010 - 7:30 pm

It’s a Nelson Bubble Lamp…LOVE it, we;ve had it for years!!

gran - April 15, 2010 - 7:25 pm

Just think of all the strong bones Gabe is making. Tell him that this Gran likes his newest look. Of course you love this chair. I join the others in thanking you for more cookie tank tops. Enjoying all the peeks into your home.

Laura Ann - April 15, 2010 - 7:01 pm

I am in love with that pink chair, it is oh so Y-U-M-M-Y! Thanks for the release of Hammond Bay III…scored a cookie tank this go around. Much love to my TK for making that happen. Oh, and I can hardly wait to take that little beach bag to the Bahamas with me this summer. Hope that your Friday is a perfect one.

mom2p&b - April 15, 2010 - 6:39 pm

Love the pics and the pink chair!! I am curious what kind of light is hanging in the background near the window? πŸ™‚

mimi - April 15, 2010 - 6:36 pm

Denise just wanted to tell you that we are so happy that you made available more cookie tank tops. We were able to get one for our oldest granddaughter this time. We have a great TK, thanks to Leslie W. She is always helpful, and works hard to please.