If you have ever ordered anything from the Kim & Jason Lemonade Stand, chances are quite high that my friend Jenna was the one to lovingly pack it up and send it to you (along with the fun free prizes she adds to each order.)
Jenna has been with Kim and I since the beginning of our little business. We met in college and spent many hours dreaming, laughing and serving together. She was one of the people who encouraged me when I was feeling the bug to start drawing comics about two little kids named Kim and Jason.
She was a bridesmaid in our wedding and helped decorate the hall where we had the reception. She moved to Madison after Kim and I got married to help us grow our business. She literally worked for free for many years and earned peanuts for much of the others. (We can finally pay her a decent wage now, but still not nearly as much as she deserves!)
Jenna honed her sales skills by going gift shop to gift shop selling K&J prints and greeting cards, and helped us plan, set-up and staff trade shows booths at gift shows in Chicago and Minneapolis. Long days, indeed.
These days, she watches our kids several hours a week so Kim and I can fight Adultitis. Meanwhile, takes care of lots of the unexciting but necessary parts of our business so we can do what we do best. She runs errands, tracks inventory, ships products to gigs, enters orders into our accounting software, and basically keeps things running smoothly.
She was responsible for a lot of the magic and most of the hard work that made our first Escape Adulthood Summit such a success.
Some of the best ideas we’ve ever implemented got their start in Jenna’s creative brain.
She has done so many things to assist our business and help our dreams come true that if I were to list them all, this post might not be done until her next birthday. She has been a confidant, a counselor, a cheerleader and a friend.
Today she turns forty.
It’s her day to celebrate, but I feel like I’m the lucky one. Happy birthday, Jenna!
Happy Birthday Jenna! :-)
Thanks for all you do!
Hope you have a great day & an awesome year!! \O/
Woo-Hoooo!!!!! Happy HaPpY Birthday Jenna!!!!
Steve Arnold says
Happy Birthday, Jenna!! I hope this will an amazing year for you!
Lisa Warsinske says
It was exciting to meet “the” Jenna at the Escape Summit last August. As much as I was happy to see Kim and Jason, Jenna was also someone I felt I knew because I’ve ordered from the Lemonade Stand several times and sure enough – as Jason stated – you get a very fun surprise from Jenna with each order. She is amazing, the first lady to Kim and Jason’s Adultitis Presidency.
Happy birthday dear sweet Jenna! Celebrate all week!!!
Thank you for the birthday love!! I had a phenomenal weekend and the celebrating has continued!
I’m excited to share my birthday wish: http://4forforty.wordpress.com/about/
Barb Chartier Raudonis says
So this would be the setup if I were telling you this LIVE or via a phone message: Danny’s sitting next to me warming up his harmonica and my fingers are itching to pluck the few notes that I can on my ukulele (NOT necessarily the CORRECT ones, but it’s the thought that counts, right??!! :) )…..and we’d be getting ready to sing you….”Happy Birthday to youuuuu! Happy Birthday tooo youuu! Happy Birthday dear Jeeennaaaa! Happy Birthday toooooo youuuuuu!!!!!!” Hope you have a fabulous one, remember that dessert calories don’t count during your birthday celebration – which in MY world, can last a whole month (!), have fun creating all the memories, and here’s to 2013 being your best one yet!
AWESOME! My ears are still ringing ;) Thank you so much!! My while bday cake only had 40 calories! And my birthday is 40 days this year!!