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Encouraging Words!

Would you agree that encouraging words are important for anyone? I have found over the last 3 years that encouraging words helped me see an inner strength I didn’t know I had.

I believe that encouraging words are important for all of us and definitely for the two teenagers in my house.

The kids have been in school going on the 4th week.  They are both settling in to their routines just fine.  I’ve noticed however that the kids are tired and you can see the homework dread on their faces.


Recently I started writing little love notes on post it’s and sticking it to each of the kids bathroom mirrors.  I’m hopeful they are brushing their teeth in the morning and seeing a little encouragement can help get them through their day and possibly even make them brush longer.  <girn>


I love how different my kids are and how they deal with these little notes.  Alexis makes sure to tell me how much she loves her notes.  She keeps them hanging on her mirror so she can see them daily.


Brandon on the other hand has not said a word.  His notes are gone but he’s been very affectionate towards his mama lately.  This could be a number of things… like he wants something or just maybe the encouraging words are giving him a little pep in his step. I’m not exactly sure but I can see a difference.


Whether you have kids or not a small note of encouraging words goes a long way.  It reminds me of the 5 Love Languages.  If you have never taken this quiz, I recommend it.  If you are married, I strongly recommend it.  It’s good to know what Love Language you and your partner are.  Click HERE and you can take the short quiz. You will see the PDF version of the quiz at the bottom of the site.  BE HONEST and don’t rush through it.


Tonight my cards are nothing over the top nor are they fancy.  They are something I stamped for my kids with some FUN and encouraging words.  Brandon has a few tests on Friday and Alexis has been so busy trying to manage all things.  I thought these would be fun for them and I encourage you to do the same.  Something like this is filled with love and when it comes right down to it, this IS why we create cards. To show and share our love.


Here is the little note card I created for Brandon.

Words of Truth, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen

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I used the Gorgeous Grunge stamp set to create the perfect teenager background.  Don’t you think? SPLAT!!  I then used the Words of Truth stamp set over the grunge.  Words of Truth is a must have set for all.  Every word will be used by me.  They are encouraging and fun.  I think Brandon will get a kick out of this one.

Words of Truth, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen

To make it little more manly I added a few stars and star sequins.

Words of Truth, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen

When I started creating Alexis’ card I was going to go for my usual layered look but then I thought if one card had more than the other my encouraging words might end up in the toilet as the two compare their cards.  Yes, my kids are at that age.  UGH.

Words of Truth, Stampin' Up!, Kimberly Van Diepen

I kept her card simple only changing the colors and adding hearts for a more girlie feel.

Once again I will place these in their bathrooms and hopefully as they are going out the door they will both have a big smile on their face.

I don’t want to add something to your to do list because if it’s anything like mine it’s a mile long.  BUT… I do want to encourage you to create a small card with encouraging words inside of someone you know that needs it.  You have NO idea how this will impact their life.  It’s really a game changer.  If we all did this more often it could be a life changing experience.

One thing I know, I love you guys and I love that you take the time to read my cray cray stories.

Oh… wish me luck tonight please.  I’m doing my first REAL LIVE local class tonight at my house.  It’s been 3 years since I held a class.  WOW WOW WOW.  I’m a wee bit nervous. I’m SO super excited about the cards I can barely contain myself.  SQUEALS….

Words of encouragement needed…..

Yes.. I plan to share these cards and will have kits to go.  WHOOP WHOOP.


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School Starts- Mom Rejoices

School Starts- Mom Rejoices


This might sound mean but the truth is- it was TIME for them to go back to school.  My kids are bored with me.  No clue why.  I keep them busy as bee’s cleaning around the house.  <girn>

Truthfully it’s a bittersweet day and I am rejoicing.  We embark once again on new beginnings.  Fresh starts and a great adventure awaits.  Of course these are all my feelings but I’m sure the kids feel the same way.

They were so excited to go to school this morning.  Brandon had a hint of nerves I could tell.  He starts High School this year.   CRAP! How did THAT happen?

As I’m writing I can feel my own nerves kick in.  First day in a new building.  Not many friends are at this school.  Brandon was proudly accepted into the International Baccalaureate Program.  It’s going to be a BIG year.  A vigorous year.  (Brandon doesn’t like that word!)  He says just say it like it is… HARD.  Last week he wanted me to pull him out of the program.  He was scared. Facing failure before he even started.

Failure doesn’t work for me nor can it work when you haven’t even started.  It was time for a mama/son chat.  I think it went pretty good for a couple of reasons.  1. He didn’t roll his eyes at all during the conversation.  2. He’s still enrolled.

I do ask that you pray for him this year.  He’s a boy.  He’s always lacked the organizational skills. I don’t know many boys who are organized but if you have one consider yourself blessed.

Alexis starts 7th grade and she was happy to go and see her friends.  She had a pretty busy summer training at the gym every day which didn’t leave much time for socializing.  She is happy to be back in her element.  She loves school and always has.

Back to School


For those of you who have watched these two grow up, they have REALLY sprouted over the last year.  Especially Alexis.  She grew 4″ over the past year.  Brandon still waiting on the big growth spurt and we keep telling him it will happen.

I’m so proud of them.  I can’t wait to hear the first day stories.


I always make the kids a card on the first day.  This year I’m thinking of putting a gift card inside they can use to buy a new school outfit.  This will go over GREAT with Alexis.  Brandon could care less what he’s wearing.  :/

Writing Notes, Words of Truth stamp set

Each card is the same except I have a “7th” for Alexis.  There are lots of stamp sets being used on this card but I love each of them complimented each other.

Writing Notes, Words of Truth stamp set

The Writing Notes stamp set is a FUN stamp set.  Great for any back to school projects you want to complete.  I also love the Words of Truth stamp set.  It’s witty, funny and encouraging. That makes for a great stamp set.

Do you any first day of school traditions? I would LOVE to hear them.  If you have kids going to school, I’m wishing you a few peaceful days.  You know it won’t last long.  As moms we will start signing our life away on Volunteer Forms SOON.  Am I right?


Make this week amazing and make something pretty.




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