Sad News

My grandmother passed away yesterday after a short struggle with cancer.  She was diagnosed just a few weeks ago, so things mercifully went quick.  She was 95.

Her and my grandfather (who died quite a few years ago) were great influences on me in many ways growing up.  I attribute many of my positive money habits to my grandparents. Here are some things that they taught me or helped to re-inforce:

  • Debt – My grandparents did not believe in owing people money.  I believe that was largely a generational thing, but I grew up watching them buy something only if they had the money for it. 
  • Savings – My grandparents believed in saving money.  Again, they had firsthand experience in the Great Depression.  They never had much but they always had money put away.
  • Thrift – My grandparents always searched high and low for deals, especially my grandfather.  Today I always find myself searching for the best deal and looking for coupons, and I know a lot of that behavior was born watching my grandma and grandpa.
  • Saving Pennies – My grandparents got me started on rolling pennies as they’d give me some spare change now and then with instructions that I had to put it in a jar and roll it up every so often (probably when I was getting to be a pest and they needed to give me something to do).  I still roll my coins, and in fact, I saved my rolled coins for years and was able to cash in almost $900 in coins which I used to fund a chunk of the engagement ring that I bought for Mrs. Beagle a few years ago.  Hard to do that nowadays with everything (including currency) moving more and more digital!

The things I learned from my grandma and grandpa went far and wide and the money areas were only a fraction of the things that they taught me, but since this is a personal finance blog I thought I’d just share a few of those things.

Although I’m sad that my grandma is gone, she had a great life.  She was 95 years old and up until earlier this year, she still lived alone with minimal health problems.  I’m going to miss her a lot but I’m forever glad that she got to see me got married, and got to see and hold Baby Beagle more than a few times.  Those are just a fraction of the memories I will forever cherish, and I’m comforted knowing that she’s now re-united with my grandfather and that I’ll see her again one day in the future.

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Baby Beagle Has Arrived!!!!

Sorry for the lack of posts but it’s because Baby Beagle has arrived! Baby Beagle was born on Tuesday, May 26th at 10:56pm. He was born happy and healthy! There was a brief period of not eating or keeping food down yesterday (and a trip to the ER by nervous first time parents), but today he is doing great!
No matter how many times people explained what a life-changing event this was to be, there was no way to prepare for the joy and love that filled my heart when he entered this world. He is truly a blessing from God.
I’m taking a bit of time to enjoy these first few days with my wife and son, but will be back to regular blogging before you know it, and will share more details about our new little happy bundle!
Thanks!!!!!
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There Is Nothing Like Great Friends And Family

Our friends and family have come through in so many ways for us during my wife’s pregnancy. Here are just a few of the ways:

  • Both my mom and my wife’s mom threw us a baby shower
  • Aunts and uncles helped towards the baby showers
  • My sister-in-law helped with the baby shower, got some great gifts, and talks all the time about her excitement to be an aunt
  • A great friend of my wife’s who is gifted with photography took maternity pictures that turned out wonderful
  • Friends and family were very generous with gifts, advice, and support
  • My co-workers offer support and encouragement every day
  • My dad, and the rest of the grandparents-to-be, who is so happy to watch when thinking about his soon-to-be grandchild
  • My father-in-law spent an entire weekend at the house working with me to transform an office into a nursery
  • Even fellow bloggers and Money Beagle readers have offered support along the way, some who don’t even know it just by the fact that they’ve written some very helpful (and money-saving) posts
  • I’m sure there have been countless other occasions that aren’t coming to mind but have meant the world to us

Quite honestly, it’s been an amazing experience and we’re so happy for the support and the help we’ve gotten along the way. Just the little things such as people asking how we are or making sure everything is progressing means more to us than words can express.
We’re still waiting on Baby Beagle and there will be many things to learn (like the gender!), but one thing for sure is that Baby Beagle will be well loved and cared for by everyone that has been there for us. He/she isn’t even born yet, and the love and caring is well established.
To everybody that’s been there for us along this journey, all we can say is this:
Thank you so very much.

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