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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A Great Customer Service Experience At Kohls

I love posting great customer service experiences. It’s common to post negative experiences, but I find positive customer service stories just as helpful as negative ones. Here’s a wonderful shopping experience we had at Kohls on Saturday.
We stopped into our nearby Kohls, as I needed some new shoes and shorts. When it comes to athletic shoes, I have found that Nike shoes are the best for me. They size right on my feet, they last a good amount of time, and I am very comfortable in them. I’ve had mixed luck with other shoes, some good and some bad, but Nike always comes through.
As we were armed with a 30% off Kohls coupon, we quickly found the shorts we wanted and then headed over to the shoe section to look for shoes.
We narrowed the search down to three pair that I liked, but they didn’t have my size in any of them on the floor.
I found an employee, and he checked the back, but they didn’t have any there either. He brought another employee out who informed me that I could call Kohls.com from the back of their store, and if they had them in stock, they would ship it to me for free.
So, off I went to the back of the store to use the courtesy phone near the customer service desk. I called and spoke with a very friendly woman, and she was happy to walk me through the process. They did have the style in my size, and I was even able to give her my coupon code for additional savings!
After it was all said and done, I paid exactly what I would have at the register, and I’ll have a pair of shoes delivered to my doorstep within a week.
How does it get any better than that?
Oh, it sort of does. If, on the off chance they don’t fit, I can simply return them to a Kohls store for a refund or exchange. I don’t have to go through the hassle of sending them back.
I love this type of service, and I wish Kohls publicized it more. We’ve walked out of the store on several occasions when they didn’t have something in a size or color that we wanted. If not for the great customer service yesterday, I would have probably walked out shoeless (except for the ones on my feet) or with a pair that I was less happy about. Even though they have to pay shipping costs, my guess is that they realized that a sale with a little less profit margin is better than no sale at all.
Thanks, Kohls, for offering that, telling me about it, and making it an easy process!

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Any Time Now!

Baby Beagle is officially due tomorrow (Saturday). So far, there’s no indication that he/she is coming anytime soon.
My wife has always felt that she’s going to deliver late.
I actually lost this bet (or at least will in about three hours) because I had pegged today as the day I thought Baby Beagle would be born.
Unless my wife has an extremely quick labor period, I think we can safely rule that out!
I’ve always thought that Baby Beagle will be a boy (we chose not to find out), so I guess I’ll see if I can bat 1-for-2 here soon.
But how soon? That could be any time now!

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