Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Gals Behind the Chains

When Karen and I first started Vessel and were choosing our chains, we numbered them.  This system proved to be less than useful, as it was difficult to remember a chain by the number.  So we decided to name the chains instead.  In considering what names to use, we came upon the idea of honoring the various girls/women in our lives by naming chains after those we love.  I can't believe what a difference it made in being able to remember exactly which chain was which. 

I'd like to introduce you to these women and girls.  I think after you get to know the people behind the chain names, it might help you remember too!  

In order of age, from youngest to wisest, I'm happy to introduce you to the Gals Behind the Chains:


Kaiya is my 6 year-old granddaughter, and the apple of Grammie's eye! Kaiya swims, dances, skis, plays soccer, and too many other things to list.  She's going to a Chinese Immersion school in the fall.


Ashlyn is Karen's 11 year old niece. She loves to be involved and help with whatever is going on. When she was just 8, she was the youngest person to compete in, and complete her city's sprint-triathlon.
Alexa is Karen's 14 year old niece. She loves dance and music. She also excels in school with straight A's and is a great soccer player. She just got her braces removed and now shows off her beautiful smile.


Elodie is Karen's 16 year old niece. She just got her drivers license and is a big help driving her 7 siblings around. She is a straight A student, and is an excellent pianist and violinist.

Kristen is my youngest daughter.  Kristen is married to Sterling and has an adorable two and a half year old son, Atticus.  She is an English professor at a local IT university, and loves teaching her left-brained students. 

Stephanie is my oldest daughter.  It was hard to find a photo of Steph where she wasn't skiing, hiking, biking or running.  She and her family are extremely active!  In addition to being Kaiya's mom, she's also mom to handsome Teague (4) and wife to Mickel. 

Becky is Karen's youngest sister. She holds the current record for the highest sales at a Vessel party. She also loves to travel the world, and is trying to figure out a trip itinerary that will take her to Florida, Maine and North Dakota, the only three states she hasn't yet visited.

Laura is Karen's older sister. She has been so supportive of Vessel, even offering some of her home-space as Vessel warehouse space in the beginning stages of the business. Like the rest of the family, she loves to travel, and has been to all 50 states and many countries around the world.


Jeanne is Karen's mom. She'll be 81 this year and is as active as ever. She has a job driving a 91 year old, she still enjoys the annual family camping trip, and she shows her love everyday to her five daughters and 13 grandchildren.

We love and admire these people so much.  They inspire us to create the best company possible.  They support us and love us, and we couldn't possibly have made it without them. 
And don't worry ... we have plenty of other gals in our lives for future product names! 

Love, Susan 

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