Hi everyone!

Did you see theΒ Spellbloggers Team Call posted by Kellie on Tuesday? This is a wonderful opportunity to work with an amazing group of people. Spellbinders is not just a company, but it feels like family! I was so excited when I got to join last year and am really sad that it is time for me to leave.

We have major changes coming up with our family. Rick is either being deployed, or has to work in a different city for a year starting this summer. I am staying put with the kids so Lucas can finish high school here. Austin is starting college this summer. So I want to focus the time I have left, before Austin and Rick are leaving, on our family. And after this summer, I will need more time being a single parent for that coming year.

I don’t have a last new Spellblogger tutorial for you since I was sick for the last two weeks. So I picked three of my favorite Spellblogger projects. It was not easy to just pick three! πŸ™‚ You can find them on the Spellbinders blog. I hope you have time to check it out.

You know I will continue to use and post projects created with Spellbinders dies. I LOVE their products. I just won’t post very regularly this year, taking my time to hang out with Rick and the kids.

Have a wonderful day! Hugs and smiles



Stay at Home Mom of Three, Splitcoast Team Member and Copic and Spellbinders die Lover.

53 Responses to “Tough Choice”

  1. It’s a tough choice, but a good one, Beate. If deployments have taught me anything, it’s that time with family is so important and shouldn’t be taken for granted. I pray that your time will be blessed πŸ™‚

  2. I know Spellbinder’s will miss you greatly. You are such an amazing talent, and you showcase their product so beautifully. I will miss you, too. But you have definitely made the right choice! And I am proud of you for having done so! Wishing you time to make wonderful memories with your dear husband and children. Much love!

  3. I hope you are feeling better now, Beate! I am off to take a peek! I do love SB but there’s no way I could do magic with them like you!

  4. Well this explains you absence. You have been missed. Gosh that is tough without your hubby for a whole year. Have you run the ship alone before for an extended time? Sorry you have been sick too. You have had a rough time lately. Prayers to you and yours

  5. God bless! πŸ™‚

  6. Sounds like the right choice for you and your family. And take care — I hope you are feeling better!

  7. I’m glad to hear you’re feeling better. Wow – a year with your husband in another place – my best wishes to you and your family. I can only imagine how much you’ll be missed at Spellbinders. Praying for you and your family this year – hope he won’t feel too far away with all the technologies available.

  8. Oh my, those are some big changes happening in your life Sweetie! I have always adored your Spellbinder projects and will continue to be a big Fan of your’s. Wishing you all the best!!!!

  9. Wish you all the best. And fully understand. Just know you will be missed and your work and talents have given us all so much to learn. Thanks for sharing your knowledge and talent. Look forward to reading an occasional post when time allows. Take care of yourself and family. They do come first always.

  10. You will be missed terribly but, time with your family, specially when big changes are approaching, is so very important. You made the right choise, your family should always come firts. You are so inspiring Beate and I’ve learned so much from you. Take care and God Bless you all.

  11. So sorry to hear you have been sick! As a military family the sacrifices you make are huge…thank you so much. Enjoy your family and the time you have with Rick before he leaves. Family always comes first!

  12. I will miss your wonderful videos Beate. I love your work and have learned so much from you. But I know you won’t be invisible…..looking forward to seeing you “out there.” Blessings on your family as you have to deal with change…it’s never easy. Thanks for your wonderful presence in the stamping and paper crafting world. You are AWESOME!!!

  13. I have missed you, Beate. I wondered where you were and if you may be ill. Hope you feel much better.

    You will be really missed by everyone who loves you and your work, but family comes first, especially when it’s your kids, and their education is so important. It will be hard for you and Rick, too, until you are all re united and settled gain. I hope to see you and your wonderful work in the future, Beate.

    Sending a warm (((hug))) and thanks for everything! xx

  14. Family definitely comes first. Spellbinders will miss you, Beate!! As will we and all of your amazing, inspirational projects and videos!! I’ve learned so much from you and appreciate all the tutorials you have put together!! I hope the transition with your family goes smoothly and you are reunited with your hubby soon!! Enjoy the time you have with him and your sons!! Big hugs my friend!!

    Lisa πŸ™‚
    A Mermaid’s Crafts

  15. Wow that is news! I am so sorry you were sick! Our family has been under the weather too! I hope things are looking up for you! Thank you so much for all you do! I checked your blog everyday :). Enjoy every minute with your family!!! Take care Resa

  16. Oh no!!! Who will I room with at Spellbinders Retreat??? You’re used to my crazy snoring!! Seriously, I know exactly where you are girlfriend, my hubby did two remotes – it’s a wild ride. I wish you the best of luck – you know I’m a huge fan – always was and always will be!

  17. Beate: If there was just one crafter to spend a week with, it would be you. I will miss you dearly. Family always comes first and I wish you well in the changes you face. Will be looking forward to the occasional blog from you and the time when you can come back to us, your loyal fans, and play again.

  18. Was wondering where you’d been lately. You seem to have your priorities in order and I’ll just keep checking in to see if you have something posted. Wishing you and your family all the best! I hope that year will pass quickly for you. And tell Rick, thanks for his service!

  19. Beate, I know this is a tough choice but a wise choice and your family will thank you for it one day. You can’t go wrong when you choose family. Pray you are feeling better. We so appreciate you in the crafting community. God bless, Peggy

  20. We all know you love your Spellbinders and use them so beautifully and creatively! It sounds to me as though you’ve made great choices for this year, even if tough. I hope you ave some great family time with the “boys” before they head off. It makes me feel I’ve been around SCS and your blog for a long time now to read that Lucas is off to college ~ I think my visual picture of him is from when you still used to post your Scrapbook Sundays!!!
    Enjoy this “season” in your life and all that it has for you.It won’t be long till things change again.

  21. First and foremost is family….Please tell Rick…”Thank You for serving” !!! But family does comes first….I hope you and your family will have many…many…days, hours and seconds together sharing your love for one another….and we do all understand….sad….but understand….but I also know you will still have to play in your room from time to time and I hope you will share it with us….God Bless you and your family….

  22. At the end of the day, FAMILY IS EVERYTHING, Beate. And those who understand that, will always respect and accept any decisions you make with regards to your family. It’s people like Rick who allow us the freedoms that many take for granted. For his service, we can NEVER be thankful enough.

    Savour every moment that you have with your family and maybe in the process, you might even scrapbook a few of those memories!

    You know that we will all be here, no matter what or how often that you post.

    BIG hugs, ~B~

  23. Hi Beate, I knew something was up when I didn’t receive any updates. I want start off by saying I hope you are feeling better! I myself will miss your daily posts. You are my favorite & I always look up to you for inspiration. Enjoy your family! God Bless! Hugs Traci ;0)

  24. I’ve missed you very much, and hope that you are feeling better. It sounds like you have some major transitions in your future. As always, I will be thinking about, and lifting up your family in prayer. Love you, Beate, and will be right here whenever you are able to post. Hugs & blessings…

  25. I don’t leave a lot of comments but I wanted to tell you what an inspiration you are. I love Spellbinders like crazy & several weeks ago you posted an absolutely gorgeous card using the new Radiant Rectangles set. I fell so in love w/ your card & w/ the set that I actually printed a copy of your card and hung it up in my craft room, then I waited for weeks for the dies to get “in stock”. I received the set in the mail just yesterday & made your card last night. It is so pretty & really not that hard so I will be making LOTS of it & will always call it my Beate card. Best wishes for the coming year with all of its excitement & challenges. Just please post for us as much as you can squeeze in.

  26. You are making the right choice! Of course, crafters will miss your posts, but I’m pleased that you will be spending valuable time with your family.

  27. I hope you are feeling better… You are making the right choice, family comes first and one should focus on spending quality time with them πŸ™‚ I look forward to your posts, whenever you have time, you are such and inspiration to many of us and as well I wish you and your family the very best!!!
    Have a lovely weekend!

  28. oh I am so sorry to hear that you were poorly! and that you and your family are going through some tough times … your projects always inspire me so I am sad that you have to leave Spellbinders team. I really wish you well. big hugs! Mojca

  29. We live in a Navy community and know the challenges deployment presents to families. I think you are making the right decision. Your card family will always be here but your children will be out of the house before you know it so enjoy every moment you can with them and your husband. I hope you will continue your blog and post your designs whenever you can. I have learned so many new things from you over the past several years. Blessings to you and your family.

  30. Hope you are now feeling better. I will miss your SB posts and tutorials. Hope to still ‘see’ you frequently on your blog. All the best to you and your family.

  31. Your blog is the first site I go to every morning when I turn on my computer…I will miss you! You have inspired me with your beautiful cards and taught me with your wonderful videos. I send my best wishes to you and your family in the next months. God bless you always.

  32. I have learned many techniques and enjoyed seeing your beautiful work at Splitcoast Stampers and for Spellbinders! Just wanted to wish you and your family the very best……family comes first! We all know that. Thanks for sharing your talent with all of us!

  33. Family first.
    You are loved and prayed for!

  34. Oh Beate, of course spending time with your family needs to be the most important thing! Family always comes first! I’ll miss seeing creations from you but whatever you do share over that time, I’ll soak up your creativity!!! You rock!

  35. Best wishes Beate in the path you have chosen to take. Hopefully time will pass quickly for your family to be back together again. I will be keeping an eye out for you to pop up from time to time in blog land with your wonderful creativity. Big Hugs!

  36. I totally understand, wishing you all the best as you all deal with the changes ahead, hope this time you have together before he leaves is a good one. Glad to hear you haven’t given up on posting all together πŸ™‚

  37. Wow Beate, sounds like you’ve had more than your share going on at one time! And, hope you’re feeling better, I’ve been dealing with that too, and not fun, especially when you don’t even feel like crafting.

    Do what you need to do for yourself and your family, we will miss your regular postings, but hope to see you once in awhile. Your talent is an inspiration to us all. πŸ™‚

  38. I have always loved your work Beate and I’m glad you’re feeling better. I hope you enjoy as much time with your entire family as you can! Family comes first and I will look forward to any posts you do. Best wishes!

  39. I love your work and appreciate all of the tips, advice and inspiration you give. Enjoy the family!

  40. Missing you already!!! Wishing your family the very best!

  41. Life happens just when you least expect it the nerve huh lol. Thanks for the comments on my blog and I enjoy those special years with the kiddos goes by fast. I will be checking on you still

  42. So will miss you Beate but you are making the right choice enjoy your family I will be praying for you guys. You have been a blessing to us with your God given talents thanks for all you done for the stamping, scrapbooking etc. community may God bless you and your family.

  43. Best of luck in the coming year. I am sorry that you will have to single parent for most of it. I hope it all works out as well as possible.

  44. I really miss you Beate. I understand your situation, being raised in military & first 2 husbands in military. Our kids are all grown up and on their own. We miss them so — enjoy every moment of family β™₯ rosy

  45. Beate, I applaud you for putting your family priorities first. It is so easy to think that “the kids are older and don’t need my attention so much anymore” and continue with our crafting frenzy.

    But, as I am finding out, as our kids get older, they almost need us more for support as they transition into adulthood.

    I know that you will continue to awe with your creations when you are able. I will look forward to those bits and pieces of stolen time eagerly!!

  46. Best of luck Beate! I will surely miss all your wonderful inspiration and creativity but I understand completely that family comes first πŸ™‚ Hope you enjoy every moment with your loved ones!

  47. Although it is a difficult decision, family does come first and I would definitely make the same decision as you did. I’ll miss seeing your lovely work and hearing your “hugs and smiles”. Take good care, Beate! Hope to see you when you return. Aloha, Donna

  48. Just checking in – miss you – hope all is well with you and your family. You are a strong woman and I hope the trials you all face are just make you all stronger.

    Take care

  49. Hello, I am agree that it is touch choice but its helpful. I am inspired that you are doing great work.

    Thanks for sharing this with us.

  50. Hi Beate,
    I was a daughter to a Air Force Father ,a wife with a husband working in 2 countries and now a mother to two teenagers. I wish you well in this year , semi single parenting takes all your time. Come back soon, LOVE YOUR WORK!!!!!!!!
    Tracy xxx

  51. Beate,
    I wish you all the best…yes family is first! Missing you!

  52. Of course we’ll be sad to see you go, but family always comes first! Make the most of this precious time with your family and look forward to little snippets of creativity you sneak in during what is bound to be a big year in your life!

  53. Hi Beate,
    I was worried not to see you on splitcoastamper… but happy to see that you’re enjoying time with your family. <3
    XOXO, Lilou from France ^_^

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