In the Forums

Register

Today's Posts

Search

Get the Weekly
Inkling
newsletter





Previous Issues

Splitcoaststampers's privacy policy

Get Social

Splitcoaststampers on InstagramLike Splitcoaststampers on FacebookFollow Splitcoaststampers on TwitterPit Splitcoaststampers on Pinterest

Sponsored Ads


 
Splitcoaststampers.com - the world's #1 papercrafting community
You're currently viewing Splitcoaststampers as a GUEST. We pride ourselves on being great hosts, but guests have limited access to some of our incredible artwork, our lively forums and other super cool features of the site! You can join our incredible papercrafting community at NO COST. So what are you waiting for?

Join the party at Splitcoaststampers today!

Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 09-26-2009, 01:59 PM   #1  
Cardstock Collector
 
Just4Mom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 7
Default Thank you for reading

I am a Mom. I am a teacher. I am a divorcee. I am financially challenged. I am hopeful. All of these are statements that describe me, but let us get to the juicy stuff. I am a mother of four adopted children, I chose to adopt when I met them. They were 5, 3,2, and eight months. At the time, I was volunteering at a day care and these four angels walked in with their foster care worker. Their parents were divorced, their Mother was a drug addict, her boyfriend was abusive and their fathers were missing. I was in college and my DH was advancing in his career and we became an instant parents after passing the necessary tests and checks through the foster care system. My children are now 13. 11, 10 and 9 and honor students, participants in the local theatre company, track stars, in karate, dance and cheer. They are amazing human beings and a success story in and of its self. My ex-DH decided three years ago he wasn’t cut out for parenting and never came home after work. I've seen him three times since then and only in court. Last year for my birthday my perfect children decided to give me the gift of a lifetime, a scrapbooking room. My 10 year old cleaned out her room in the night, moved in with her sister, and they set up a scrapbook/card making room just for me because, and I'll quote their card, "You're the best Mom in the world and we wanted you to have the one thing you've always wanted." I guess I didn't realize I had verbalized the fact that I wanted one. Apparently, I underestimated how much they actually listen to me. They decorated it in my favorite colors and hung pictures of themselves and their artwork everywhere. I was over the moon, but I knew I could not accept it. What kind of Mother takes a room from her child so she can scrapbook and make cards? We argued all day about it, I tried to reason with them, but they would not give in. Finally, after dinner my daughter came to me and said that it was what she wanted most for me in the world and if I gave it back she would be devastated. Now, am I the luckiest woman in the world? In a word, yes. We moved in a desk, a lamp, and a table. I have a couple of organizers and a bunch of stuff hanging from tacks on the wall. I am blessed, I am more than blessed and when I saw this opportunity I thought it would be selfish to enter. However, after giving it a good amount of consideration I also think that I give so much of myself to my children at home and the kids that I teach that it would just be nice to retire to my “scrappy lounge” and have that beautiful hutch organizing all of my things. So I decided I am going to try because I know I would tell my children that they deserve it and I’m trying to start thinking some of the same thoughts for myself.

The reason I need the scrapbox is simple, I literally have no where to store anything. My desk has four drawers and other than the little organizers I have purchased everything is in piles or hanging in walmart bags from tacks off of the walls. This would be perfect because the room I am in is a small room but I could fit everything in it and use my walls so that my kids could hang up more of the stuff they create or that we make together. So that is the juice, thanks for reading and good luck to everyone!

Last edited by Just4Mom; 09-26-2009 at 06:07 PM..
Just4Mom is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2009, 02:09 PM   #2  
Stazon Splitcoast
 
GarnetJ's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2005
Location: Bellingham, Washington
Posts: 10,085
Default

Oh my!!!! I was planning to ask everyone to vote for me. But I think you really deserve prize more than I do.
__________________
John 3:16
GarnetJ is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2009, 02:25 PM   #3  
Embossing Fanatic
 
bossbuddy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: North Western Ontario
Posts: 56
Default

You have my vote hands down. The clincher was your daughter moving out of her room during the night (all children should be snuggled in their bed having sweet and safe dreams at night) and moving in with her sister. That is the most unselfish thing. Most children can't wait to have their own room and make it their own. You have great children. Please give each of them a hug for me. Good Luck to you!
__________________
Karen
bossbuddy is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2009, 03:36 PM   #4  
Rubber Obsessor
 
cedargirl's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2006
Location: the stamp & fluff, gotta love it!
Posts: 137
Default

Give that sweet girl a huge hug from me. What love your children have for you!
__________________
tania loves kevin
cedargirl is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2009, 04:00 PM   #5  
Insane Embellisher
 
TeaLeaves's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Hamilton, ON
Posts: 823
Default

You are double lucky, you have loving children and a craft room.
I to, have the loving children, but to date still no craft room. Boo Hoo
__________________
TeaLeaves (Sharon)

My Gallery
TeaLeaves is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2009, 06:12 PM   #6  
Cardstock Collector
 
Just4Mom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 7
Default

Thanks everyone, I showed this to my kids and let them read the responses my youngest daughter said, "They all seem so nice, we should have them over for dinner." So it's pot roast night tomorrow, please RSVP. HAHAHA She is so sweet!
Just4Mom is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2009, 08:08 PM   #7  
Pearl-ExPert
 
BillieDee's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2007
Location: Texas
Posts: 2,887
Default

I guess I'm not competing now. Wow. Hugs to you and the kids!
__________________
Billie Dee
Gallery
SCS rocks!
BillieDee is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2009, 08:58 AM   #8  
Embossing Fanatic
 
bossbuddy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Mar 2005
Location: North Western Ontario
Posts: 56
Default

Quote:

Originally Posted by Just4MomView Post
Thanks everyone, I showed this to my kids and let them read the responses my youngest daughter said, "They all seem so nice, we should have them over for dinner." So it's pot roast night tomorrow, please RSVP. HAHAHA She is so sweet!
I'll be there. I can't wait to meet your children. Maybe we can get a little stamping time in, too. Hahaha.
__________________
Karen
bossbuddy is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2009, 09:27 AM   #9  
Stazon Splitcoast
 
redheaded witch's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Spending time in my studio!
Posts: 33,540
Default

Quote:

Originally Posted by Just4MomView Post
Thanks everyone, I showed this to my kids and let them read the responses my youngest daughter said, "They all seem so nice, we should have them over for dinner." So it's pot roast night tomorrow, please RSVP. HAHAHA She is so sweet!
Oh I will bring dessert, some "Grams Best Brown Sugar Cake". I would bring over some stuff to stamp with you but I cant seem to find anything...

Sweet kids you are blessed!!!
redheaded witch is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2009, 11:44 AM   #10  
Cardstock Collector
 
mnash's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Ladysmith BC
Posts: 6
Default

Oh thank you for your story!! I may have entered myself but if I was asked I would vote for you.
Be proud of yourself and of your children, your stamping area will come in due time!!!
mnash is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2009, 01:12 PM   #11  
Pearl-ExPert
 
Metalcharm's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2007
Location: outback Australia
Posts: 2,096
Default

*wipes tear from my eye*

I want your kids!
Metalcharm is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2009, 08:28 AM   #12  
Polyshrink Goddess
 
gigs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Oh, Canada!
Posts: 567
Default

I've read several entries since Saturday and your post simply stands out in my mind the most. You are obviously raising wonderful kids and I hope their wish for you to have a *nice* craft room is completed at the end of this contest!

Best of Luck!
__________________
Shirley

I'm not a complete idiot ~ some of my parts are missing!

Last edited by gigs; 09-28-2009 at 08:33 AM.. Reason: typo
gigs is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2009, 08:35 AM   #13  
Rubber Obsessor
 
monizcel's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: GTA-Toronto
Posts: 134
Default

You have wonderful kids...but you already know that
__________________
Here's my blog: http://talesfromlifecupcakecutie.blogspot.com/
monizcel is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2009, 02:04 PM   #14  
Die Cut Diva
 
stamp bug's Avatar
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Posts: 3,458
Default

That is the sweetest thing I've heard in a long while...children are amazing...I am so impressed with the selfless generosity of your young daughters...give them all lots of extra hugs...
__________________
Heidi
stamp bug is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 09-28-2009, 02:13 PM   #15  
Insane Embellisher
 
Karen Jo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2007
Location: Eau Claire WI
Posts: 978
Default

sniff sniff ... cut it out ... that isn't even fair *sob* (think cowardly lion twisting his tail and mopping his eyes here).
__________________
Karen Jo
SU Blog: Stampin' & Scrappin' with Karen
SU Website: Stamps and Such with Karen
Karen Jo is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2009, 08:58 AM   #16  
Polyshrink Goddess
 
gigs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Oh, Canada!
Posts: 567
Default

Just thinking of you . . . I don't know how the voting works, but I'm off to try to find out ~ although I may be a bit late!
__________________
Shirley

I'm not a complete idiot ~ some of my parts are missing!
gigs is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2009, 09:04 AM   #17  
Polyshrink Goddess
 
gigs's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Oh, Canada!
Posts: 567
Default

"How to Win
We'll take entries thru 12:00 CST on Friday, October 9, 2009. At that time, our panel of judges will choose 10 finalists.
We'll set up a new thread on Monday, October 12, 2009, and the community will decide who needs the Original ScrapBox the most.
At 12:00 CST on Friday, October 16th, we'll have a winner!"

Okay, I found this . . . I so hope you are one of the top ten. I'll be checking Monday. Good luck!
__________________
Shirley

I'm not a complete idiot ~ some of my parts are missing!
gigs is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 10-10-2009, 10:15 AM   #18  
Compulsive Stamper
 
jkupah's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Camp Humphreys, South Korea
Posts: 41
Default

Great kids don't just happen........so GREAT JOB on raising such gems!! And good luck on the WorkBox too!
__________________
Jeannie
Please come visit my BLOG!!
jkupah is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2009, 06:06 AM   #19  
Cardstock Collector
 
Just4Mom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 7
Default

Wow, thank you so much Shirley and Jeannie!
Just4Mom is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2009, 06:31 AM   #20  
Pearl-ExPert
 
luvs2stamp2's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: New Hampshire
Posts: 2,636
Default

What wonderful kids you have. I hope you win.
__________________
Vicki
Fan Club Member
QFTD-205
luvs2stamp2 is online now  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Old 10-11-2009, 06:41 AM   #21  
Cardstock Collector
 
Just4Mom's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Posts: 7
Default

Can I just say that this is such a wonderfully supportive community, I wish I had found you when I was going through my divorce!
Just4Mom is offline  
Tweet this Post! Share on Facebook Reddit!! Pin on Pinterest! Share on Google+!
Reply With Quote
Reply





Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On