I spent the last 30 minutes cuddled next to Joe watching Oswald. Love that show, love Joe. I told a friend the other day, it is so amazing how your child can just melt you with love and yet break your heart worse than your high school sweetheart. Joe has just taught me so much. Okay, I have always been pretty nice, and never really part of a clique. But I was bad at judging people who were different. Not blue hair different, I thought that was cool, but physically different. It was mostly that I did not understand. I am sure I already blogged this, but when Joe was just 3 he once told me he did not want to wear his brace cuz kids would know. It threw me and broke my heart....kids now are being judged at 3?
What is my point? Nothing really. We were just watching Oswald and I was looking at him and I am so in love. I am so thankful that I get to be home for Halloween or actually that I had a couple hours just to hang out with him. No work. For a time Matilda Jane consumed me, long before we did Trunk Shows. It still does, but in a different way. And I need to give a big thank you to all my Trunk Keepers for helping me out and being such a great part of Matilda Jane. It is really them who have allowed me to start to have a life again (well, and Lynette and Kayla and Chris, and everyone else down at the Matilda Jane office). They work harder than most of us realize. Ya, they are great at making it look easy.
And lastly I have to thank all the great gals who have hosted shows for us. Without you, were would we be? Thank you. I may not say it often, that is one of my flaws. I am not all that great at saying thanks, I am good at sending surprises but actually saying something like I love you, well, that just flusters me. For real.
I was talking to Sarah about all this today and was telling her how lucky we are. You may not remember but at one time it was Shannon, Sarah, Megan, and I trying to figure out how we could possibly do trunk shows. We were clueless and you all took a chance on us. Thanks for that. Now the news? We have decided that all Janes in the month of November will get double benefits. What does that mean to you? This is why I love my Trunk Keepers. They can help you out, they know all the details. It is simple, book a show and get double benefits. Twice as many MJC bucks to spend on Matilda Jane....twice as many half-price items!!
And now for Thankful Thursday. Jodi is helping me out. I kind of sprung this on her. I knew I wanted to do something for the holidays but knew with the Peace by Piece donation that Kayla is working on and my Figure it Out Fridays, I would only be over committing myself. Jodi once told me she loved to write so I said, "Have at it and do my Thankful Thursdays".
And here she is.
I have been fortunate enough to have Denise ask me to blog for her on Thursday nights each week. I was honored to accept & wanted to thank her for including me in such a wonderful totally unpredictable idea . As you know Denise is a very giving person. She has decided to have a blog on Thursdays for someone in need over the holiday season. It can be an organization, a family, a special needs daycare program, a foster care program. So, dig deep into your heart & find me a special situation.
The blog will run on Thursday nights. I will have each person who enters email their short story/idea directly to email@example.com I will then choose & post the winner on Sundays blog.
The season is about giving. It is a time to reflect on your past year , your family, your friends & others in need. To be grateful & thankful for what we have & to help others who are not so fortunate.
To share a little about myself, for me it is a difficult time of year . Thanksgiving 5 years ago now, I lost my own mother just after having my preemie baby daughter Alexandrine . My mom was a very giving person who volunteered in everything she could or, could not make time for. She was the most selfless person I know. She taught me about giving , helping, & sharing with people who had less them myself & others. People who have situations that devastatingly change their lives forever. That is what I am looking for! Since that time I have decided to teach my own children in her memory of her about giving, sharing, caring & helping in any way they can. This was a perfect opportunity for me. So send me your stories !
This is my first season as a trunk keeper. I have been amazed at the stories I have heard from people about Denise & her “big heart ". I am so proud to be a part of this. I have met & made a family with many people this season from Matilda Jane Trunk Keepers, to the girls at the office & (yes, you too David), & many wonderful Jane’s who have opened their homes to me. I traveled to Vermont several times this season & although it seemed to take a lifetime to arrive it was well worth it! You see it is not just the trunk of clothing, it is something more. It is like bottling the creativity, ideas, warmth & love of her creator & taking it along on the road with me. I am delighted to have become part of spreading such spirit & warmth . So….. “PIECE BY PEACE" Matilda Jane Clothing will be giving back this season. We need your help with this. Please remember by giving a piece of me & a piece of you it will bring someone great Peace. The peace in knowing someone out there cares, it may be the very thing that restores their faith in this world. May peace be with all of us this season & throughout the New Year.