Happy Halloween, friends! Yeah, HALLOWEEN, as in holiday right before Thanksgiving, meaning less than two months to Christmas… we’re in the home stretch of 2019! And what an incredible year it has been. What a season it has been. Ah. So much to share and so much to be thankful for. Let’s begin!

I will start by saying my parents are the cutest people ever. Not only as individuals, but as a pair. They planned a weekend trip to New York City, just the two of them, to visit some family friends and have a little getaway. Like usual, my parents embodied stereotypical tourists and visited a filming of one of the many early morning shows in NYC. My siblings and I watched them wave in the background of a live TV airing lol. But that wasn’t their only intention for visiting the show. One of my mom’s favorite hostesses (Jedediah Bila) is pregnant with her first baby and now I’m sure you can see where this is going lol. My parents gifted her two Snoots in Cahoots bodysuits, and not only that, she posted photos of them on her Instagram! Like, advertised for us, out of KINDNESS. Can you believe that? The photo I included is the Instagram story she posted. Jedediah hasn’t given birth to the baby yet, but fingers crossed she posts a photo or two of her little lovey wearing Snoots! I thought it was the coolest thing. #starstruck!

As if that wasn’t enough, we have extended The Give-Back Campaign and, let me just say, I am so proud and so excited to deliver all of the items when it’s said and done! I don’t have a total count quite yet because we will end the campaign around Thanksgiving time, so please, please, PLEASE, if you have been considering purchasing a bodysuit, fill your cart before Thanksgiving! Help us support the mothers and newborns in the West Michigan area. Spread kindness during this holiday season. Pay it forward. Thank you to everyone that has participated already. I am so grateful for your generosity, and I know the organization will be, also.

Last, but certainly not least, I have some MAJOR news to share. I saved it for last because it happened at the tail end of the month and my OCD tendencies love keeping things chronological, but also because I wanna end this blog with a bang. Eek! Okay, now that I hyped myself up again, here it is: we officially have another wholesale account! YAY! I am over the moon to announce that some select pieces from Snoots in Cahoots can be found at The Poppy Peach in Holland! If you haven’t heard of this shop, it’s probably because it recently opened; I’m talking only three weeks ago lol. The store is just lovely inside, full of beautiful women’s clothing, home decor, candles, hair accessories, furniture, and an adorable baby section now stocked up with some Snoots organic cotton! The story behind the boutique is quite something, and the shop-owner, Heather Ten Harmsel, actually creates her own earrings! The walls are lined with stunning handmade jewelry in every color, shape, size, and design. I highly recommend checking it out the next time you go on a shopping binge (trust me, you might find everything you’re looking for right there). Special shoutout to my girl, Renee, for getting us connected with The Poppy Peach. Is this considered commission? 😉 You can visit The Poppy Peach on Lakewood Boulevard in Holland, in the same building complex as Salt and Pepper.

And now our time has come to an end. It’s hard to believe all of this happened in just a month, plus a bunch of personal victories that I hold near and dear to my heart. Some months are better than others, and this was definitely at the top for 2019. Thank you, Jesus. I won’t get into deep detail to spare you time and a discussion that could be weird over blog comments but I’ve had so many new and seemingly tangible experiences of God’s goodness recently. I finished reading and studying the book of Job, only to hear an additional sermon about it at church, and have things related to that specific book show up in several other places. Every instance had a different perspective about that one book in the Bible, I’m saying like 5+ different angles coming at me all about this man named Job. I don’t understand why all this happened at this moment in my life, but I’m receiving and embracing the majesty in front of me. There’s so much power in Jesus’ name. That is what has become tangible. As we head into colder months full of seasonal depression and below freezing temps, I pray that we seek God for the warmth and comfort only He provides. He is so good. All the time. And always working everything together for our good. My final words are these: if you haven’t read Job before, I hope you do. And if you do, I recommend listening to some podcasts or finding some sermons that offer more than one view of the story. At some point in all of our lives, we suffer. Some more than others. Some more frequently than others. During that pain it’s so easy to fall into addiction or find temporary solace in temporary outlets. Take Job’s story as proof that God is where the joy is. And the healing. And anything positive that I can’t even find the words for. He loves you entirely.
I love you guys. Thanks for being my internet pals. Happy Halloween and be safe.

XO,

Marianne

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