Role Models

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen



My little boy called me from school this morning and made my heart ache, but also got me thinking.  He joined the school archery program two weeks ago.  It's a short, before school program that only lasted two weeks.  Brandon is not a huge sports fan however this program was super exciting for him.  Every morning getting up extra early getting ready for school and the program.  While he struggled with the program because of strength he kept going and truly enjoyed it.  This morning was the last day of the program.  His sweet teacher called me to talk to him because he was so sad after the morning archery events.  It seems that awards were handed out and Brandon came out with no awards.  He was just pitiful on the phone.  Heartbreaking for any mother to hear.  He was sad that he didn't get a ribbon.  Of course I put my "mommy" hat on quickly and explained to him that even though he walked away without a ribbon he did his very best and we are so proud of him and he should be proud of his accomplishments.  He worked HARD

I hope that with my business I am able to teach my children that while we work hard at what we do, it's not always easy.  I've been with Stampin' Up! 6 years and my success came after many many obstacles and failures along the way.  It wasn't until two years ago that I was given any award even though I have worked hard the last 6 years.    I tried to explain this to my little boy this morning, that even though we work hard for our accomplishments it doesn't mean we will always be rewarded for them.  It may take awhile to learn the skill of archery to become good at it.  Then with lots of hard work he will be GREAT at it. 

That is my morning dose of motherhood.  My boy did ask that I come eat lunch with him at school and of course I said yes.  He then asked for McDonalds.  How can I say no?  McDonalds cures everything. 

I do have something pretty to share.  This card was demonstrated at the Stamposium.  I used the lattice die cut and made a template using Thick Window Sheets.  I then sponge daubed around the template using Soft Suede.  I like the way it turned out.  I used the Serene Snowflakes stamp set with Soft Suede ink and stamped over the template.  That beautiful snowflake on the Designer paper is soft and fluffy and comes from the Christmas Cocoa Specialty paper.  It's stunning designer paper. 

Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen




Independent Stampin' Up! Demonstrator Kimberly Van Diepen


I'm off to McDonalds and then to give my little boy a hug.  Have a fabulous weekend!

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10 thoughts on “Role Models”

  1. Words of wisdom right from the heart.
    My heart ached to hear of the life lesson your son had to endure Kimberly.  You handled it so well; it is our own experiences in life that can truly undertand someones elses struggles.
    You are a Great Mom Kimberly.
    Your card to tday is so elegant and so calming.  Love it!

  2. What a lovely piece of your life to share Kimberly, so well written and so well tied in to a business view.  Your little guy is just adorable!  Some day he will know just what a winner he is to have such a caring mom as you!

  3. Aww, that makes me so sad too hearing about your little guy.  I do know how you feel.  We feel more pain for our children than we do for ourselves.  You just want to take all the pain away and make them feel better.  I think you handled it very well. 
    Your card is beautiful.  Very elegant.

  4. Kimberly – your post today really touched my heart.  It is hard for a child or anyone to be left out, be one of the last one picked or to not receive an award.  Your words for Brandon were encouraging and I hope they helped him.  Even more so I love that you teach your children from experience.  Please share with Brandon that the true rewards in life come from within ourselves.  If he had fun, did his best during his archery program and learned – then he was rewarded, by his parents and himself.  Ribbons and trophies are just material things – true rewards come from the heart. 
    And by the way, your card today is gorgeous!

  5. Dear Brandon, I just wanted to to tell you that I am sorry you felt bad when you did not recieve a ribbon. Your Mom said that you struggled a litlle bit in your archery class because you needed a litlle bit more strength, but that you worked very hard and you did not quit. Sometimes not quitting takes the most strength of all. You should be very proud of yourself. I am proud of you.
    Julie Wehbe
    P.S. Please tell your Mom that I love her cards.

  6. Just LOVE all of your vintage style cards!  Pulled at my heartstrings reading about your sons heartache.  Nothing hurts us more than when our children are hurting.  Kudos to you for being a wise and caring Mom!!

  7. There is a balloon stamp bidrathy card done by you on Pinterest. It looks like a variation of a z-fold. I’ve looked at EVERYTHING on this site to find directions but can’t find it. I like that card the fold, the colors, the stamp. Can you supply instructions, especially for where to score and cut.

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