Over the years you may have seen posts on the Tommy Blog and our social media channels featuring BROTHERS & CRAFT, otherwise known as Clay, Kirk, Matthew and Zac Chambers. They not only have incredibly great style and a very authentic, approachable ethos toward storytelling, but they’re just plain nice. As Mother’s Day and Father’s Day approach, we sat down with different members of the gang to talk all things family.
In our first installment, we introduce you to Jordana. She has been married to Matthew for 15 years. Together, they live in East Tennessee with their seven (yes, you read that right) children: Tobin (14), Josiah (12), Jude (10), Eden (7), Marceau (7), Rhys (5) and Zuri (23 months). For Jordana, the motherhood journey has brought many unexpected moments. Their son, Jude, was diagnosed with a rare genetic disorder called TUBEROUS SCLEROSIS COMPLEX at five months old that caused seizures, developmental delay and global disabilities––he even survived brain surgery at 4 years old. Suffice it to say the last decade has been quite a roller coaster.
WHAT HAS SURPRISED YOU THE MOST ABOUT BEING
JC: Motherhood is a huge undertaking. It’s constant. It’s exhausting and exhilarating all day every day. Being a mom to seven, including one with special needs, requires me to constantly give of myself. What’s surprised me the most is that love isn’t divided up between all my children, it multiplied. I never realized just how much love would flow from me, even on the difficult days.
WHAT DO YOU NEVER LEAVE THE HOUSE WITHOUT?
JC: Well, as you can imagine with seven children of all ages, leaving the house is always a huge event.
I need to make sure I’ve got everything I’ll need, because you know one of them is going to ask for something or need something when we’re too far away to turn around, so roomy tote bags and pouches to keep organized are my saving grace. I tend to choose neutral colors that will match as many outfits as possible.
HOW HAS YOUR VIEW ON BEAUTY AND STYLE CHANGED SINCE YOU’VE BECOME A MOTHER?
JC: Before I was a mom, fashion and beauty felt very subjective to me. Once I began having children, my universe expanded exponentially. For a while, how I presented myself took a back seat (having a child with disability took precedence over everything for many years). Now that we’ve found our footing again with Jude, I want my children to see a balance in me both as a woman who takes care of myself and of them, while still putting a bit of effort into my appearance. I want them to know that I can do it all in a pretty dress or in workout clothes. Both have their place, and both are beautiful.
WHAT IS ONE THING YOU TRY TO DO EVERY SINGLE DAY?
JC: We all get so distracted with life, responsibilities and technology. I’m doing my best to take notice of the little things, those simple moments and the wonders of my daily surroundings, and showing them to my children as much as possible.
A MOTHER’S LIFE NEVER STOPS. WHAT ARE YOUR GO-TO’S WHEN YOU’RE BUSY?
JC: While athleisure looks are always easy (and super cliché), my personal style is a great pair of jeans (stretch please!) with some sneakers, and a classic boyfriend-style button up. If I need something a little dressier, but don’t have a lot of time to think through a full ensemble, I’ll grab a simple blouse, skinny trousers, and either strappy sandals or flats. I feel more confident when I’m put together (even if it means running a little behind), and more ready
for the day.
“I want my children to see a balance in me both as a woman
who takes care of myself and of them, while still putting a bit of
effort into my appearance.”
WHEN YOU HAVE TIME FOR AN EVENING OUT, WHAT ARE YOUR CURRENT FAVORITE WAYS TO DRESS FOR THE OCCASION?
JC: Lately I’m loving long, flowing, lightweight dresses and platform sandals, accented with personal jewelry. I love the sun in spring and summer, so the more color
FOR WOMEN JUST BEGINNING THE MOTHERHOOD JOURNEY, WHAT ADVICE DO YOU WISH SOMEONE WOULD HAVE SHARED WITH YOU?
JC: There will be challenges your family will face that you never anticipated, but know that you have more strength inside of you to face the journey than you ever thought possible. It may not always be easy, but you will get there, just keep going. When the hard days happen, your children will be looking for you and your open arms. You are their safe place. They just want to know they belong, no matter what, so remind them of that as much as you can.
You can check out the Chambers new platform for caregivers and those living with special needs and disability called Springible HERE and follow Brothers & Craft HERE. Check back next month for our Father’s Day feature with Matthew and all the kids.
Photographed on location at RED MOUNTAIN RESORT by Kirk Chambers, Kindler Studios; produced by SPRINGBLE.