How did I get this life? Did I save a princess from an evil, tyrant monster in a life before? Wow, I’ve been playing too much Super Mario at home… But really, HOW did I become so blessed? I’m 23 and in China. I’m 23 and in China. And Lauren, she is on cloud 9. I don’t think her feet have touched the ground since we’ve been here. I love sharing this experience with her. China is 100 times better when you have someone new to share it with. Denise said it best when she brought me for the first time TWO YEARS AGO, it’s like seeing China with ‘new eyes’.

And this brings me to the point of this whole blog. I have been writing this in my head for days, actually since the night before we left for Shanghai. I do this very often. I’m a horrible sleeper at home, in China, on a plane, in a box, or under a bridge (sorry it turned a little Dr. Seus-sical there for a moment!). So when I’m trying to drift off into sleep I start writing blogs in my head. Sometimes they don’t get written, but this one I had to share. Denise, David, and Lynette….Thank you. Thank you for giving us ‘Whippersnappers’ the opportunity to see a new place, and me a chance to see it again with new eyes. Thank you for putting faith in myself and Lauren, to not only navigate ourselves through the streets of a foreign city, but to represent all the wonder and creativity that is Matilda Jane. Thank you for not looking at our age or our degrees, or lack there of I should say, but giving us the chance to learn and grow with Matilda Jane. Yes, I’ve made mistakes while working for you three, but you’ve never EVER held them against me. And Lauren? I’m sure she’s bound to make a few too, but I’m so excited that she gets to do that in your presence and mine.

I always knew I was good with color and making things cute. Heck, it was probably the only thing I considered myself good at. (Gosh, I hope that doesn’t sound like I’m full of myself!!) But did I ever have the confidence to DO something with those seemingly small (to me) talents?? Did I even have the faith in myself to go to school for Fashion and Design? No, I didn’t. I know I thank Denise a lot, on our drives home from Platinum on Wednesday nights and just in random texts sprinkled throughout the year, and I know she always says the same thing “Sam, I’m thankful for YOU.” And of course she tells me I’ve worked hard to do what I’m doing, but no amount of natural skill or sleepless nights working would have given me the courage to KNOW I’m good. Or the bravery to take a 20 year old with me to China! Or even the sheer boldness to write my thoughts down and share them with you. Matilda Jane has given me so much more than a job.

I’m so thankful I get to design Matilda Jane for you and your darling girls. I’m so thankful I get to work with some of my best friends on a daily basis. Matilda Jane, David and Denise, are the family and inspiration I always wished for, but never thought I’d be lucky enough to have. I mean it when I say I feel like I’m the luckiest girl in the world.

We fly home tomorrow; I can’t wait to see everyone and to give Denise a huge hug. Yes Denise, it’s in writing so it must happen.





BeesHive - May 3, 2012 - 5:10 pm

I love how you express your thankful heart Sam<3

Nesha Thompson - May 3, 2012 - 11:28 am

Such a sweet and heart felt blog! Thanks for sharing! So happy for you!

Emily R - May 2, 2012 - 8:20 am

Sitting at my desk- I teach second grade- grabbing a quick bite to eat before I pick up my class and I decided to hop on the blog to see if there was anything new. You made me cry! You’re right and we all need to be reminded sometimes how truly lucky we are. As the end of the school year approaches I am quick to wish it away and dream of summer… thanks for reminding me that my students are my fabric and inspiration. HaPpY DaY! 🙂

Laura R - May 2, 2012 - 5:05 am

🙂 Sam this is beautiful. I can’t wait to hug you both.

Monika M. - May 1, 2012 - 5:37 pm

Oh, Sam, you are such a cute whippersnapper!!!!

Natalie - May 1, 2012 - 2:10 pm

And we, Miss Sam, are thankful for you! I’m so happy that you are living your dream. Keep dreaming and making those dreams come true…

Paige Liggett - May 1, 2012 - 8:43 am

so sweet…I actually felt your love and happiness…teared up 😉

Hope Boyce - May 1, 2012 - 7:31 am

Speaking of Dr. Suess … “Oh The Places You’ll Go” … do you have that book?? Sometimes I read your old blog just because I found it one night when I couldn’t sleep – put it in favorites – I randomly read posts when I can’t sleep. I feel like a stalker, but I’m not!! Here’s the thing you must always remember … you got the brass ring for sure, but you are so important to David and Denise … and Lynette, too! I hope you always remain appreciative, in awe, Dr. Sues-sical, inspired … so you can pay it forward … like you are doing with Lauren. There is a really good reason they put all that trust in you!!

Kayla - May 1, 2012 - 7:24 am

You are a blessed girl Sam, and from what I can see you deserve it.

Leslie Click - May 1, 2012 - 12:06 am

I wish MJ lived in OK:) I would so work there…. I always dreamed of doing what you are doing…. So soak it in for me:) such an sweet and honest post:) safe travels!!

Lil - April 30, 2012 - 8:40 pm

Love this post Sam.. <3 your a beauty inside and out and I recall the story of the day they hired you and I crack up about it all the time. U rock girl..

Gran - April 30, 2012 - 8:35 pm

The words in this blog are wonderful ones to hear. And……….the pictures are really fun. Thinking of you as you travel back.