Thinking and Loving

blogTalk about a crazy house. Talk about a messy house, a pretty mess that is. Talk about one heck of an amazing Mighty Acorn Auction coming up to help raise money for the Mighty Acorn Foundation. Ya, I’ll talk about that in a few.

I spent most of the day photographing auction items. Ok, I spent part of the day photographing and most of the day thinking about all the great people Matilda Jane has brought into my life. First and forefront in my brain is Jami Davis and Michelle Huesgen. Two girls I don’t see enough of. Two girls who live far away but are always close at heart. Had it not been for Matilda Jane our paths may have never crossed.

I think about this past year as I worked my way through cancer. I think about how often you all thought and prayed for me. I think about the cards, flowers, sweet photos, and unexpected gifts. I think about how I never really thought about having cancer cuz I was too busy thinking about how lucky I was to have you. You kept me thinking about everything I was supposed to be thinking about. Yes, and that would be all good stuff. Only positive stuff.

Where would I be?Β  Who would I beΒ  without the home office girls and our Trunk Keepers? I kinda feel like I would be lost. Heck, I know I would be lost. These are the girls who make my dreams come true. These are the girls who make things happen. Good things. Remarkable things. Things you could never do unless you had support like I do.

blog-2Think about it. Where would you be had Matilda Jane not stepped into your life? How would your life be different? My biggest hope is that as we grow as a company, as individuals, that everyone gets to experience the love I have felt. The love you have felt. I am so excited for all the new folks at the office and in Trunk Keeper land to get to the place when they can call their MJC one of the best things that came into their lives.

Okay, I am sappy. That is what you get when you stay home on a rainy day and relish in all these fabulous donations for our Mighty Acorn Auction. It is amazing. Nothing short of amazing.


susie - February 23, 2014 - 10:17 am

I am thankful to MJC for bringing into my retirement life a whole new group of friends. Retiring from a school that I had been apart of for almost 30 years was so hard for me. Leaving my friends was a huge adjustment. Luckily, I found MJC through one of my teacher friends, in 2007, and the rest is history for me and my family. I have made wonderful friends and get to enjoy beautiful clothing:) The best of the best for me!! Oh, and 4 little granddaughters has put the icing on the cake for my life! So blessed!!

Erica - February 22, 2014 - 10:02 pm

Although it may sound silly, Matilda Jane actually helped me get through a yucky time in my life when one of the only things I looked forward to was getting my girls dressed in their pretties every morning and watching them dance and twirl.

Monika M. - February 22, 2014 - 1:12 am

Gosh, my life would be lonelier. I made so many friends through MJ… meeting many of them at art fair was amazing!! I also think I might not have become a photographer… your clothes inspired me to practice more and you inspired me to follow my dream.

KaMarlowete - February 21, 2014 - 11:28 pm

Emily Peters, I just read your comment. I hope someone held you today. I hope the tears you cried helped heal your heart. I hope your little girl kept that smile on her face. I’m so sorry you went through that today. Know that in NM, someone is thinking of you, your little girl, and that lost baby.

KaMarlowete - February 21, 2014 - 11:20 pm

My father died of cancer on the 24 of February when I was 15. It’s a day that always seems to need more for me. I find myself wondering if we would be close had he lived. Would he have been to my home for dinner the night before? Would he be proud of me? I am glad to have something meaningful this year on a day that seems both so heavy and so empty to me.

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Carrie Gugger Kelley - February 21, 2014 - 5:23 pm

Thrilled about the Mighty Acorns Auction and the potential to make huge changes at The SEEDS academy. Especially grateful for Jennifer Cura at The Patchwork Bear for happily donating her time and talents to make the ADORABLE one-of-a-kind Matilda Jane bears. It is lovely when good, talented people come together.

StateCHick - February 21, 2014 - 4:42 pm

Without MJC…

I wouldn’t understand the joy and beauty of giving to others as witnessed by watching your company.

I wouldn’t have such beautiful images of my sweet girls.

I wouldn’t have crawled out of the bed to go to the mailbox during the long weeks I had chemo.

I wouldn’t have met some of my best friends and confidants!

And lastly, I wouldn’t avoid my hubby every month when he pays the cc bill. πŸ˜‰

Nikki - February 21, 2014 - 1:27 pm

Believing in yourself is what I believe Matilda Jane helps teach my little one, and myself as well. I love the way one company helps raise money for such a good cause! So excited about the auction! Let’s raise some money!

Erica j - February 21, 2014 - 1:07 pm

I love how MJC gives back! What an inspiration to all if us.

Jessica - February 21, 2014 - 10:15 am

So many exciting things to come! Can’t wait to see it all!

Katie Jo McKenna - February 21, 2014 - 9:13 am

MJC has brought so many new and incredible people into my life! I don’t know where I would be without MJC! Good luck on the auction! I can’t wait to bid on some pretties πŸ™‚ have a great day Denise!

Alyssa P - February 21, 2014 - 9:10 am

MJC has a big heart!

Angie B - February 21, 2014 - 8:37 am

I think Matilda Jane is a wonderful company/family. It amazes me what people can do when they really want to, they can change someone’s world. I have watched this company build houses, show women how to make a living, and brighten peoples day who are experiencing some of the worst times in their life. Smiles come to my face when money is raised for charities, clothes donated to someone in need, or support is given to someone that needs a lift. I have seen girls shave their heads, move to a different continent, and donate their time for someone else. This company is my good news club. When everything seems so gloomy in the world and we hear about some of the awful things happening to other people, I can come here to hear about something good amidst the bad. Even if it is just looking on facebook to see smiling faces. It amazes me that clothing, cloth bound together with thread and buttons and ties can do that to our hearts. You have changed people’s lives and brought a little more sunshine to the world. Thank you!

Holly V - February 21, 2014 - 8:20 am

I love it when you get sappy…then I get sappy! I love your spirit and strength! I can’t even imagine my life without Matilda Jane! How did I ever live without you all?? xo!

Heather Montei - February 21, 2014 - 8:09 am

To me, MJ is soo much more than a clothing line. Without Matilda Jane, I would never have meet Ashley Burcham Davidson. She has been a rock of support as we weather a cancer storm in our family. Ash is the person I cry to, who listens to my fears and then tells me to “Buck it up Buttercup”. And I her for Miss C’s medical nightmares. Yet, we’ve never actually met! If you ask me, that’s irreplaceable!

Patricia - February 21, 2014 - 8:00 am

Looking forward to the auction. Your strength and determination amazes me. Such a great role model for all girls. God bless you!! Keep up the great work you do and wonderful job you do spreading the love.

Allie W - February 21, 2014 - 7:06 am

After finding out about MJ and what it’s all about… I started doing less for myself and more for others.

Angie - February 21, 2014 - 6:47 am

Seriously, SO amazing all that you do, Matilda Jane changes lives, in both big ways and small.. one smile at a time!!

Jessica - February 21, 2014 - 6:17 am

MJC, you get what you give… And you give good. xo

Abby - February 21, 2014 - 6:08 am

Where would I be without Matilda Jane? Wow… I wouldn’t even know! Y’all have been such a huge part of every single day for as far back as I can recall! Matilda Jane was there for birthdays, holidays, church and play. Matilda Jane saw the smiles, the giggles, and sometimes the falls and tears. Simply put… Matilda Jane is part of the fabric of our very beautiful and colorful life! Thank you Denise and all the many others who stand with you. We love you!

portia - February 21, 2014 - 1:29 am

Hmmmm….Where would I be had Matilda Jane not stepped into my life? How would my life be different? Well for starters….my checking account would be substantially larger and I wouldn’t spend so much time online trying to find all the matching pieces to outfits ;)LOL!!!!! But all joking aside….I LOVE spending the time online. I have met many kind, sweet, caring momma’s. I also get to witness my child excited each day to wake up, try to decide on which pretty dress to put on, and twirl around the room like a princess. The excitement, love, and passion for MJ never leaves a person once they discover it. As I have said before, and will say again…Thank you for creating a unique, special, one of kind brand.

Emily Peters - February 21, 2014 - 12:39 am

Without Matilda Jane my day would’ve been gloomy and miserable. I’m having my fifth miscarriage and I’m in an incredible amount of pain. When I was getting dressed to head to the doctor this morning I decided that I’d wear my Farmer’s Market Dress and my daughter would wear her Bay Winds tank dress to match. She’s almost 2 and her eyes lit up when she realized that we were matching. She told me ‘dress like Mommy make me happy’ and she smiled all day long. Those sweet little smiles are contagious, and there’s something about them like makes me hurt a little less.

Amanda L - February 21, 2014 - 12:12 am

World Changer! Just amazing all the lives you’ve touched through Matilda Jane, the Mighty Acorn Foundation-so happy to see you posting more too!!!

Kristin Z - February 20, 2014 - 11:59 pm

Reading your post brought tears to my eyes. What a difference your ‘little’ company has made in the lives of so, so many people. I am grateful for Matilda Jane each and every day, truly.

Loretta C - February 20, 2014 - 11:06 pm

Matilda Jane is more to me than just beautiful, unique clothes. It’s a community that encourages and truly cares about each other, looks for ways to give back and pay it forward. It makes me appreciate all the “little things” and look at them as “bigger things” because at the end of the day, it’s the little things that matters most.

And, within my own home, it has brought me great joy to bond with my little girl over our love affair with your brand and instill the goodness that goes in each and every piece. We are proud to wear the MJC label and all it represents.

CANNOT wait to see what we all have in store for the Mighty Acorns!!!

Jaymie - February 20, 2014 - 11:06 pm

This is such a wonderful opportunity to raise money for Mighty Acorns! Wishing you a hugely successful event!!!!

Stephanie Mc - February 20, 2014 - 10:49 pm

The auction looks like its going to be amazing! Thank you for all of your hard work and attention to detail that make this company who it truly is!

Amy I james - February 20, 2014 - 10:34 pm

I love mj and all the strength you have shown through your battle! And all the love and thoughtfulness that people have for each other in this company. Mj and it’s employees and customers are like family. I have meet some amazing women online who also share my love for all things matilda jane! We <3 you guys!! And all you stand for!!

Jana - February 20, 2014 - 10:29 pm

Love your heart and all that you have made of MJ and all that it stands for! You’re an amazing fighter and a I love the Mighty Acorn Foundation!!

Melissa - February 20, 2014 - 10:29 pm

I think so many people get wrapped up in life that we all do just that…we forget! Then something strikes a chord and we remember…we remember all those who make our best memories, our daily struggles and gains and everyday happiness…today your blog did that for me…it made me think…so thank you!

Britta mcclain - February 20, 2014 - 10:29 pm

If matilda jane wasn’t in my life….it would be much more ordinary. :). MJC makes us feel extraordinary!!! Love Momma B and little Ellie.

Jenn - February 20, 2014 - 10:27 pm

Denise, I have never met you, but I am friends with Jami Davis. When she speaks of MJC, or of you, she gushes nothing but L-O-V-E. You have such amazing people, all over the place, who are inspired by you and who love you. It’s beautiful to see how grateful you are for them.

Leslie Click - February 20, 2014 - 10:21 pm

Where to start? MJ is a HUGE part of my life:) Not only has it brought me some amazing friends- across the US and right here in my city, but its kept my daughter looking her age:) Coming to Art Fair was one of the biggest and most fun things I have ever done- and it brought my mom and I closer too. MJ is so much more than clothes…. <3

Mindy - February 20, 2014 - 10:14 pm

It’s crazy that you said “where would you be had Matilda jane not stepped in your life”
I honestly think of that quiet a bit for 1- I’m sure I would have more money(I really was never this frivolous before) but what I’ve gotten out of it has been so worth it.
And that brings me to 2- I have made so many wonderful friendships because of Matilda jane that that so called money couldn’t replace.
3- I am part of this amazing community on the Facebook boards with Amazing moms I will probably never know In real life, but we goto for advice,encouragement,help and most of the time just for good laughs.
4. I get the privilege of prancing my darling girls around In this awesome clothing, that gets compliments galore. And it helps me fight my bit of social awkwardness to talk to people that start asking about the clothes. So it gives me a bit of bravery!
With all that said I’m happy at where I am that Matilda jane stepped into mylife.

Brittney B - February 20, 2014 - 10:09 pm

Your auction preparations look amazing! πŸ™‚

Michelle Gresham - February 20, 2014 - 10:05 pm

Another great post Denise! I did not really know of you when you had cancer (I found MJC because of Missy Crawford Miller’s Art Fair 2013 B/S/T board in July), but I am so glad that you survived! The world would have lost an AMAZING lady! You have one of the biggest hearts imaginable, spending your whole afternoon taking gorgeous photos for ANOTHER one of your good causes. You could have easily doled that job out to one of your employees, but I can tell that’s not your style; you love to be a part of everything you put your heart into! <3
Thank you for my most recent gifts; they already arrived! I had a big smile on my face showing them to my husband after work today! Thanks again for everything you do, Daymaker! πŸ™‚

Erica J - February 20, 2014 - 10:04 pm

MJC has brought a lot of joy into our lives!

Kiley Palmertree - February 20, 2014 - 10:03 pm

Am so excited for this event!!! Awesome organization all around!! This unpredictable clothing always has me wanting more. Kudos!

Nicole Bowen - February 20, 2014 - 10:00 pm

Thank you! Where would we be if YOU hadn’t stepped into our lives? Because all that Matilda Jane has become, all the friendships made… It all started with you! So again, thank you from the bottom of my heart, and I know many others feel exactly the same.

Amy S - February 20, 2014 - 9:59 pm

The Mighty Acorn Foundation is so amazing and you should be SO PROUD of it! I’m sure you are! I hope the auction goes exceptionally fantastic! πŸ˜‰

Courtney - February 20, 2014 - 9:53 pm

Just when I’m feeling like whining about the weather or my messy kitchen or the toys I keep tripping over I read your blog post and am reminded of all my blessings. Thanks so much for pulling me out of my long-day-slump. πŸ™‚ Your positivity is inspiring!!!

Lisa L. - February 20, 2014 - 9:53 pm

What a great blog post! Because of your wonderful company my daughter not only has amazing clothes that represent her personality so well, but it has made me make some new lifelong friends! I feel like when we see someone else in MJC clothes, we instantly have an unspoken bond and it either leads to great conversation or something as simple as a smile and a nod. Thank you for all that you do!!

Mary - February 20, 2014 - 9:51 pm

So much to be thankful for! Looking forward to the auction!

Courtney - February 20, 2014 - 9:49 pm

Where would I be without Matilda Jane? Hmmmmm my girls closet would be lonely and the joy I get by seeing them twirl in their amazingly cute clothes would be non existent. πŸ™‚ I love the look on my twins faces when their “atilda ane” comes in like today!! To see their faces is the best thing ever!!!!

courtney - February 20, 2014 - 9:40 pm

I love how Matilda Jane gives back. I also love the Mighty Acorn Tees!

Stacie Petta - February 20, 2014 - 9:39 pm

You have the most amazing support system around you! I don’t know the people personally but just from reading your blog they are AWESOME! They pulled together when times were tough, they looked to the sunshine when all you saw was rain, and they made the walls around you light up with color when all you saw was white! You’re a loved & lucky lady!!!

Trish Rhynold - February 20, 2014 - 9:38 pm

Matilda jane has so much heart. It’s in the fabric, in the patterns and in the folds of pretty tissue papers in the packaging. Keep it up ladies you are fabulous!

Ashley Harris - February 20, 2014 - 9:37 pm

Can’t wait to see the goodies!!!

Becky - February 20, 2014 - 9:32 pm

I am just glad I don’t have to imagine that place, a world without Matilda Jane. πŸ™‚ Your vision, passion, and company have forever changed my life. Thank you.