Hello My Name is Denise

Ok, so I said I would introduce myself. Well, of course my name is Denise and I have been blogging for about 7  years. Here’s a link to my first blog.  And here’s a link to my second blog I started about 4 years ago, it is now run by our company, Matilda Jane Clothing.
Is feels funny to talk about myself. But in short, I will give you a brief summary of who I am. I am a mom to two boys , Joe (13) and Gabe (8).  I married my college sweetheart, David.  We both moved from Michigan to Indiana so David could teach. I spent most of my 20’s and part of my 30’s traveling the Midwest doing art fairs every weekend. It was definitely my passion, my love, and my life. I stopped doing art fairs so I could design a line of clothing for a man in town. Things didn’t work out, I was told a I’d never be a blip on the radar.  With that said, I went on to build my clothing company, Matilda Jane Clothing.

Matilda Jane got quite big.  Quite fast. It was too much for my husband and I to handle. We decided to get a partner back in 2011. They have allowed us to do so many great things and have always been quite supportive of it. That is where the story of the Mighty Acorns begins (kinda). The day we closed on the deal with Matilda Jane was the same day I asked David if we could afford to build the orphanage in Kitale, Kenya.  He said YES!

I traveled with 25 of my friends back in November of 2011 to see the orphanage and meet the children first hand. We all fall in love and knew our hearts would forever be with the children of Kitale. .


I came home to find my heart has changed and so had my passion.. I was diagnosed with ovarian cancer 6 months later.  And I was beginning to feel confused at Matilda Jane. Was  I meant to be challenged more in therms of giving? I went through chemo, did a lot of thinking, and decided to leave Matilda Jane.  As new people were brought in and Matilda Jane begin to grow I found myself not so much  myself. I knew Matilda Jane had to grow to become successful but I was still stuck in the small town world. I decided to leave because I wasn’t me anymore and because I knew the added stress could make me sick again. My energy was better spent helping others.

I left about 6 months ago and it’s been a pretty difficult 6 months. It’s almost as if Matilda Jane was my boyfriend and when I left Matilda Jane, he got a new girlfriend. When I hear things about Matilda Jane and how they’ve changed it hurts my heart but I know it is totally for the better. I know he is awesome and will be happy. I almost feel as if my ex boyfriend is dating a girl that I would see walking in the hall and she was so cool, pretty and popular.  I miss that ex boyfriend, but yet I don’t want to date him again. I know he is better off.  And I so miss all my friends that we had. Gosh, I miss seeing my friends and creating fun stuff. Gosh, it’s kinda like he’s cheating on me. LOL

But the days will go on and I will learn to become my own person again. There’s so many days when I miss all the girls that created Matilda Jane with me. They will forever be my girls my 435 girls. I miss Matilda Jane.  But I know it cannot define me.


I know this blog is titled MIGHTY ACORNS,  and there will be talk of the foundation and also be fun talk of everyday life, growing up and becoming a selfless person. Through the years I have learned to give where you can when you can.

We will still have a great blogs from all of our kids over in Kitale . We will still have great blogs from Kylee, Kara, Jenni, Denise W, and others.  But I will try to blog 2 to 3 times a week just about life in general and the fun moments, the trying moments and just life. And that’s about it about me.

-Denise D


Denise, it is so nice to “hear your voice” again. I miss you, and I can’t wait to hear about your new path. <3 Meghan

Nicole Helsom

It takes such strength to leave something that has been such a defining part of who you are. You have a huge heart and your love for the work you are doing was so obvious when you were talking about it at the Warm and Cozy fundraiser. You started to light up with such excitement talking about the trip to Africa. You are making a great choice! Spread your love! I hope to be able to do the same someday!


great to hear from you.

I feel kinda the same way about MJC. I think I’ve outgrown that boyfriend Still miss it, drawn weirdly to it, but don’t think it’s healthy for us. At least the old way I was.

This is what I’m aiming for.


Thanks Denise!

Holly V

I’ve sure missed your blogs…so excited you are back 🙂


We sure are proud of you. We are blessed to have shared a small slice of that history with you. Cheers to the best person Chuck and I know.

Kari Bennett

So thankful to have been a part of your journey & seeing your heart in action while in Africa was an amazing sight. “Whatever you do, do it well. Do it so well that when people see you do it they will want to come back and see you do it again and they will want to bring others and show them how well you do what you do. ~Walt Disney” That is what I think of when I think of you and your journey with MJC and Mighty Acorn. You, my friend, do it well.

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