Family

Abby moves to college today

Stampin Up Baby Bear Hawkeye card designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom #cute&simple4u

My heart is breaking and my sweet daughter couldn’t be happier.  I guess that’s how it’s intended to be.  We are dropping Abby off at college today.  She will be a four hour round trip away, which I know doesn’t seem too far for those of you who have kids across the country or across the world, but for me it’s a lot farther than having her tucked in her bedroom for the last 18 years.

Stampin Up Baby Bear Hawkeye card designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom #cute&simple4u

Superman (my husband Steve) printed off some Tiger Hawks for the envelope liner.  Abby loved the Cubs Baby
Bear that we made for little Mr. Finnegan last week, so I knew she would love her own Hawkeye Baby Bear.

Stampin Up Chicago Cubs baby card and gift bag made with the Baby Bear stamp set, designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom #cute&simple4u

So where’s Abby’s matching Hawkeye gift bag you might be asking? Well, we spent all the Abby money last week “back to college” shopping, so Abby just got the card filled with more advice from her Mom.  I had 18 years to teach her and tell her everything she needed to know, but I keep thinking of more things I need to tell her.

Handmade card created by Stampin Up Demo Lynn Tague. Please see more on her blog https://beyondbeachesandblessings.com

Lynn Tague, my good friend and stamping team member dropped off this cute card and an adorable Hawkeye hot/cold cup and Hawkeye coaster.  How sweet is that?!  I wish I had a picture of the cup and coaster.  Abby immediately washed the cup and added them to the already packed car.  Thanks so much, Lynn, for making Abby smile!

Saturday night we took Abby to her favorite restaurant, Latin King, went to church one last time and visited Abby’s grandparents to say good bye.  Grandma also had an adorable pillow case she made for Abby’s body pillow, to match her quilt.

There’s nothing left to do but drive to college, haul the stuff upstairs and try to leave without sobbing.

We love you Abby!

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Blessings,

Beth 🙂

Happy 4th of July!

Stampin Up Fourth of July flag card designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom #cute&simple4u

Most people might use this as a 4th of July card, but I made it for a birthday card.  My sweet older sister (22 months older), has a birthday on July 3.  Janet is my hero.  She is smart, beautiful, hard working, loves the Lord, and keeps the many plates in her life all spinning.  If you need a job done well, Janet is your gal.  She also has always been there for me since I was a little kid.  No one messed with me because they would have to get through Janet first.  I love you Janet! Have a wonderful birthday!

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Stampin Up Carols of Christmas Stamp Set. Please see more card and gift ideas at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom #cute&simple4u

Carols of Christmas – Images © Stampin’ Up!

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Happy 4th of July!

Stampin Up Fourth of July flag card designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom #cute&simple4u

Blessings,

Beth 🙂

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Pocketful of Sunshine Money card

Stampin Up Pocketful of Sunshine Money Holder designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom #cute&simple4u

I needed a cute and easy money holder to take to a “Welcome Home” party for a family friend who spent the year in China.  His Mom said not to bring a gift, but I figured after spending a year studying and unable to work, he was probably short on cash.  Of course I thought of this 15 minutes before walking out the door to go to the party.  I grabbed my new Pocketful of Sunshine stamp set with the coordinating Pocket Framelits Dies.  I whipped up this simple card in no time.  Dapper Denim is the perfect color for jeans.

 Pocketful of Sunshine card made by Stampin Up. Please see more card and gift ideas at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom #cute&simple4u

OK, so the Stampin Up Design Artist who made the beautiful card above spent more than 10 minutes, but she made it for a girl who would care more. 🙂  I bet Abby would love to receive one of these at college this fall!

 Pocketful of Sunshine gift made by Stampin Up. Please see more card and gift ideas at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom #cute&simple4u

Here’s another darling box designed by Stampin Up!

 

Stampin Up Pocketful of Sunshine Money Holder designed by demo Beth McCullough. Please see more card and gift ideas at www.StampingMom.com #StampingMom #cute&simple4u

Did you notice I folded the money so “In God We Trust” was showing?  I bet Ben will notice too!

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Do you love making hand made cards? Do you love getting fun mail from all over the country/world? Do you like “meeting” new friends who share your passion for stamping? These are some of the reasons I love stamping! Please email me beth@stampingmom.com or leave a comment at the top of this post and let me know if you’d like to participate in the “meet new friends” card swap? I’ll match you up with someone and you can send each other a card. You are only committing to making and sending one card.  Please don’t put your stamp on the back or write inside the card. Instead add a separate note telling about yourself. The person receiving the card can bless someone else with the card they received (assuming they can part with it.) while getting to know another stamper.  You can make your cards with whatever supplies you already own, it doesn’t need to be Stampin’ Up.  Let’s see how it goes and we can tweak the next round of card swaps. Please share this post if you have friends who might be interested in participating. Looking forward to hearing from you.

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Blessings,

Beth 🙂

I have a Keegan story for those of you who’ve gotten to know him.

Keegan is a good singer who has been told he has perfect pitch.  My kid’s go to a competitive high school and our highest audition choir is very selective.  Ryan, his brother five years older, made it on his first try as a sophomore.  Keegan’s tried out every year of high school and never made the top choir.  After he didn’t make it last year, he decided he wanted private voice lessons, he attended a summer Broadway camp (and got to sing “Hamilton”), he did solo contest (and got the highest rating).  He spent a lot of time preparing for the audition.  He got a very high score on the technical part of the try out.  Keegan was sure this year, his senior year and last chance, would be the year he would finally make the choir.

One of the last days of school I got an email announcing the kids who made the choir.  Once again, Keegan was not included.  I know a lot of things can go into this.  Maybe his voice doesn’t blend well, or there could be several other reasons why he didn’t make the choir.  Academics, singing and drama come easily to Keegan so he hasn’t faced a lot of rejection or disappointment.  Well, knowing how bad he wanted to make this choir, I was prepared for Keegan to come home devastated.   I was pretty sure he would quit choir and never sing again.

Keegan did indeed come home devastated.  I’ve never seen him so upset.  I asked him what he planned to do, if he would stay in his other choir or whether I should cancel his private lessons for next year?  He said absolutely not!  He was not going to quit choir, he was going to “show them” and become the best possible singer he could be.

On his own before he came home that day, he requested a meeting with the two choir directors so he could find out how he could’ve improved his audition.  They told him they believed he would make the top choir at Iowa State a year from now.  (Not sure how he can do that when he can’t make it in high school.)

Since then he has auditioned and joined Heartland Youth Choir and will get to travel to Ireland next summer with the choir.  He bought a ukulele and has taught himself how to play.  He’s singing and practicing everyday.  The Drake University professor who was his solo contest judge in April has offered him a scholarship to sing at Drake.  Not making the choir has lit a fire under Keegan that he’s never had before.  Could it be that it turns out to be a blessing that Keegan didn’t make the choir? (Romans 8:28) It hurt my Mommy heart to see him so sad, but I’m so very proud that he’s not a quitter and is more determined than ever.  He still wants to attend Iowa State a year from now and plans to be singing in their top choir!

Blessings,

Beth 🙂