Happy New Year! This past year was a whirl wind for us! We are so thankful for where we are now and how far God has brought us this past year. We are blessed with wonderful jobs. We live in an amazing location in the USA and not too far from family!

This past week my parents came up to visit. My mom and I worked on a jewelry board.



That cute white one on the right was a hand made gift from Betsy!

We also celebrated Christmas with my dad’s side. My Aunt and Uncle live in Charlevoix so it only made sense that my parents come up here for the holidays! My mom and dad surprised the heck out of us with some awesome snowshoes. We love them and tried them out tonight with a 3.5km hike on one of the snowshoe trails here.

Later in the week we received our gifts from Nate and Andrea. We were not able to spend Christmas with them this year…maybe next year!

Marvin is sporting his new shirt…which he has been wearing ever since he opened the package 3 days ago…Lindsay is wearing her oatmeal miffins and adorning her new personalized bag.


For New Years we thought Marvin was going to have to work all night but he ended up coming home at 5pm. So we decided to head to Traverse City for the Cherry-T ball drop.


While downtown Lindsay discovered what her spiritual gift was… getting picked for things in large crowds. She was one of 10 chosen to let loose a canister of confetti at the stroke of midnight!


Before we went down town we enjoyed a night out at the Olive Garden (I had $20 in gift cards) and then a shopping spree at Target!

Marvin has been on this entrepreneurial streak and thought about selling glow necklaces downtown. So…here’s how we ended up.





We made it ‘til the cherry dropped! Happy New Year!


May your year be filled with blessing and may you bless others along the way!


  1. Doesnt it say right on the package not for individual sale?

  2. How much did you make with the glow sticks? You need to do lemonade at the fourth!

  3. you guys are so awesome. that's pretty much all I have to say about that.


  4. we made about $50. Marvin sold almost all of them in the first 5 minutes we were there.

  5. Marvin left that last comment... Lindsay sold most of them in the first 5 minutes. Marvin made a big sale with a group of kids- he made $18!

  6. I put my comment on your previous post:

    love your post! Especially selling the glow lights, the before and after pics! Great. It must be Lindsay's smile that makes her stick out in a crowd ! That must have been fun! Glad you got to go to TC! You two are a cute couple and so creative!

    January 4, 2011 11:02 PM

  7. Haha! That's hilariuos that you sold glow necklaces!
    And I want to know how you made your jewelry hanger thing. I've been thinking that I need another way to store my necklaces.