Tomorrow I’ll be at Chapel Market.

If you are coming, I can’t wait to meet you.

If you live in a land far far away, please know that you will be missed.


I know this year will even better than last year.

And so much easier.

Because this year I’m bringing an assistant who is faster than a speeding bullet and more powerful than a locomotive and who can leap tall buildings with a single bound….

….my oldest son Denton.

To celebrate him, here’s one of my favorite stories ever about the day that Superman came to Chapel Market.

Thistlewood Farms - The Chapel Market Photo

Here’s superman in all his glory.

He’s a superhero disguised in a Thistlewood shirt.  A couple of years ago when he came to help me at market he was an incredible assistant.  He unloaded the car and set up the tables and put together the Christmas tree and hung the baskets and cut out tags and carried boxes and stacked t-shirts and drew on chalkboard trees….

…and promptly developed an entire inventory system for us in a matter of minutes.

And made everyone’s day just a little brighter with that smile.

(total aside:  seriously…best smile ever)


Several hours into the show I saw him deep in conversation with a group of shoppers.

I just stood there and grinned as he chatted away with them for ten minutes.

As a mother it was such a joy to watch.  He laughed and talked and made them smile and told them stories and listened when they told him theirs.  And when they all finished talking and turned to go….

…..he stood and waved good-bye to everyone like they had been best friends forever.


I thought that was the end of the story.

Until those same shoppers all walked through the door at the end of the show…..

…..each with a copy of the Christmas Ideas issue of Better Homes and Gardens.

Pens in hand… to the pages featuring our house.

I was so excited.

I couldn’t even believe it.

This was it.

This was the moment I had dreamed of.

I ran up to the door ready to sign the magazine.


And as my heart raced and I reached for the pen with excited anticipation, one of the ladies brushed by me and said,

“Has anyone seen Denton?  We’re here to get his autograph.”


I stood by and watched as he signed all the magazines.

And when he had finished, they turned to me almost as an afterthought and asked if I wanted to sign the magazine, too.

I smiled, took the pen and promptly wrote….

….”Denton’s mom.” 🙂

PS  If you stop by the booth, I’ll be the one standing next to Superman. 🙂

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  1. Image for Teddee Grace Teddee Grace

    It will be fun to see what he does with that wonderful outgoing personality (wonder where he gets that?!) as he goes on in life. Keep us posted!

  2. Image for Christina in FL Christina in FL

    Best. Smile. Ever. (He has yours. ) Best. Mom. Ever. (Denton has you.) Way to go Kari Anne and Denton/Superman! :)

  3. Image for Peg Peg

    Proud moment!! Proud Mom!! Amazing son's character, built by an amazing Mom and Dad!! We can all tell, ya know!! xoxo

  4. Image for Ellen Ellen

    What a handsome young man, looks like his gorgeous Mother! Delightful story about your own Superman, Denton! I always enjoy the stories featuring your beautiful children. Wishing both of you an amazing day at Chapel Hill tomorrow. Thank-you for this terrific post. P.S. The T-shirts are to die for!!

  5. Image for Marisa Franca @ All Our Way Marisa Franca @ All Our Way

    I love that story and I still wear the same shirt you guys are wearing :-) Sure wish I could meet you in person. I'd be so excited I'd probably tackle you and babble like an idiot. Have a safe trip and I can't wait to hear about your next adventures. Hugs!!

  6. Image for Elizabeth Elizabeth

    He was a joy to talk to. Enjoyed meeting him. He made each and every customer feel important. What an awesome personality. Looking forward to seeing you both again tomorrow.

  7. Image for june june

    Like mother like son:) Don't you just love having a son???? I am so blessed to have two and I would not trade that experience for the world. So I have to tell you my funny. Yesterday I was rushing through Sam's Club on a quick errand. Of course I'm a magazine addict and when I saw that they were already selling Holiday magazines I was drawn to stop. First thought when I picked up the magazine you are featured in...june you don't have time...come back another day...I LOVE THE HOLIDAYS! So I gave myself a few seconds to quickly flip through the one in hand and as the page of your dining room popped up I thought...gee that looks like KariAnne's place...didn't have time to read a bit and put it back. Little did I know.... Congrats! Wish I lived closer would love to meet you. Please come to Minnesota! PS I'm leaving my home in about an hour and Sam's Club is first on my list...I gotta get that magazine!

  8. Image for Michelle Michelle

    What a handsome and thoughtful young man you've raised there, Denton's Mom! And he's got your big bright smile too :D In fact, he looks just like you!! I love all the stories you share with us but especially the ones about your kids. They always illicit some kind of deep emotion in me, probably because I can sense just how much you love your kids just as I do mine. This one was certainly no exception -- it caused me to do a shoulder-shaking, nose-wrinkling, squinty-eyed belly laugh. What a great way to start the morning!!

  9. Image for Sharon H Sharon H

    Miz karianne, I remember that funny, and yet so heartwarming and tender at the same time. What awesome kids you have. Really. And I admire the way you honor each one of them, celebrating not only their existence in your life, but also their uniquely different attributes and personalities. Way to go, Mom! And thanks for sharing this again.

  10. Image for Debbie Esparza Debbie Esparza

    Now why did that make me cry? Touched my heart. My son too has a soul so sweet and kind, what a special man he grew to be.

  11. Image for Bonnie Schulte Bonnie Schulte

    You have the best stories always.. And the BEST part of your stories is that they are all true..Love the way you tell them. Once again, thanks for sharing with all of us!

  12. Image for sandi sandi

    I am certain he is very much like you Kari Anne! Even that million dollar smile of his. . . . the apple doesn't fall far from the tree! What a beautiful legacy you are leaving in him.

  13. Image for Leslie Leslie

    How fun! Have a great time together...perhaps dressed in T shirts that say"superman" and "superman's Mom". Miss you, friend!

  14. Image for Janet Janet

    I read your blog and just adore you but don't always have the time to comment. Your son looks just like you (in a handsome way of course) and inherited your fun personality. He will make a good hubby someday. My hubby and son hate browsing and shopping. Oh well, that's what we have girlfriends for! Thanks for making so many of us feel like we have a shopping/decorator friend on a regular basis.

  15. Image for Loryl Loryl

    Such a sweet story, a chip off the old block. Same great smile and personality. I bet you're busting with pride. I too am know as my son's mom. When we moved into our neighborhood ( which incidentally was my family's farm before it was subdivided) I'd introduce myself and people would say "oh you're Quentin's mom!" Best intro ever!!

  16. Image for Sue Sue

    Karianne....I remember this story. I believe each of your kids thinks they are your favorite. You truly mother like there are no other.

  17. Image for Belinda Smith Belinda Smith

    Aaaaaaand, I still have my magazine from that day... autographed by Superman and Denton's Mom. KariAnne, I am so excited you are tagging along on Denton's adventure again this year.

  18. Image for Jana Jana

    OMG! That is the BEST story! Isn't it super cool to see that the "apple doesn't fall far from the tree"! He has been blessed with his mama's gift!

  19. Image for Susan Susan

    Only a Supermom can raise a Superman! I sooooooo love that beautiful photo of you both...Denton does have the best smile EVER because it's exactly like his Mom's! And it sounds like he also inherited your infectious charm and warmth, too! Y'all are both absolute Rock Stars and I know you are rocking the Chapel Market to its very core today with those gorgeous smiles! A most blissful and beautiful Saturday to you both!

  20. Image for Vicki Vicki

    Yes! I was there. I seriously had the BEST time, and he DOES have the best smile. If he were 10 years older I would like him to meet my daughter! Lol! You must post new pics of Superman and this years market.

  21. Image for Lynn Lynn

    LOL. .such a cute story. Denton is a cutie and obviously a great help to you. You can definitely tell he's your boy. Good luck and best wishes!

  22. Image for Bonnie Bonnie

    KariAnne, he's so handsome and he looks so much like you. I know you are so proud of what a fine son he is. His wife will thank you one of these days :)

  23. Image for Cathy Hitt Cathy Hitt

    ...and He was Superman this year too! It was such a fun day meeting you and Denton! My day was filled with sunshine with you, Lucy and Denton. Can't wait till next year! :)

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