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4 Aug 2020   ·   2

A Peek Into the Last Few Weeks (and our family vacation!)

How to get a shower and get ready for the day when you’re taking care of two babies! 🙂

People ask me all the time how I’m doing with having two babies and I think this early morning picture says it all. Life is full, my hands are full, and my heart is so full! (By the way, I’m actually putting this post together while trying to bounce Kierstyn to sleep in the Baby K’tan… it’s rare that I don’t have at least one baby in my arms these days!)

How could my heart not be full when this is an almost daily site at our house!

Silas had another weekend baseball tournament at a town about an hour away (Murfreesboro). We had fans set up with a generator, tents, lots of cold drinks in coolers, and these cold wraps to keep everyone cooled down

Champ has been learning how to hold his head up and roll over!

The babies have started to love having books read to them. Goodnight Moon was Silas’ favorite book when he was little, so it’s been so fun to introduce the babies to this book!

We packed for our family trip in tubs — each person got a tub for the week. This saved so much space in our vehicle and made things much more organized!

Our one out of state trip this summer was to go meet up with my family at Bull Shoals Lake in Arkansas. We weren’t sure if the trip was going to happen due to COVID-19, but because of a number of safety measures we put into place, DCS gave us special permission to be able to go and take Champ with us.

Every afternoon during our annual extended family lake vacation, my mom has “Grandma Time” with her grandkids. She teaches them a Bible lesson, they do a craft, have a snack, and do a game together.

Over the past two years, the older grand kids have started helping out. This year, each of the older ones signed up to help out with a craft and/or a snack and then Kathrynne is in charge of games (complete with an elaborate ticketing system and prizes they can turn their tickets in for at the end of the week ala Chuckie Cheese style!)

As many of you know, my mom had some serious health issues last year, including multiple extensive surgeries and skin grafts for skin cancer. She also got really sick with pneumonia in the middle of all that.

She almost didn’t get to come on the annual lake vacation last year. She did come, but she was so weak and sickly that I wondered if she’d make it another year.

This year, at 66 years old, she’s stronger than ever — not only leading Grandma Time, but also skiing and helping with the babies and cooking and looking for ways to reach out and serve all day long.

I know many of you prayed for her last year and I just wanted to tell you thank you, again! I look at this photo I snapped earlier this week and it just reminds me to be grateful for the many gifts it represents.

Her first time in a pool!

They had this sign at the pool! 😉

For details on how we all pitch in on meals and clean up, check out this post.

One of my favorite parts of our extended family vacations: the daily salad bars we have.

On our way home, we stopped by Ozark, MO so the girls and I could go in to the discount store there. (More details on what we bought coming this weekend!)

Jesse’s parents and his sister, Lisa, drove from Kansas to meet up with us so they could meet the babies, too.

I’m so grateful we got to spend time with extended family. This year certainly has made us so much more grateful for this!

A year ago, we were in the middle of our foster care home study and praying for who God would bring into our home for us to love on.

We were at peace about pursuing this path, but we were still apprehensive and wondering what it might mean for our future. There were so many unknowns, so many what if’s, and so many things outside our control.

I look back on this last year and the 5 children we’ve had the privilege to have in our home — 4 for just a very short-term stint and sweet little Champ who has been with us for almost 4 months.

There are still just as many unknowns, what if’s, and things outside our comfort zone. My heart has been broken in a hundred little pieces over the things we’ve seen and witnessed firsthand and the many kids and their stories whom we weren’t able to say yes to. I’ve cried more tears in the last 10 months than I’ve cried in the last 10 years (okay, pregnancy and postpartum probably played a part in that!).

And yet, my heart is fuller and happier than I can ever remember. The opportunity to love, pour into, and nurture has filled me up in the deepest of places. Seeing my husband and kids sacrifice and serve and love so well has been one of the most amazing experiences.

I don’t know what the future holds. I can imagine it will be full of heartbreak and beauty, tears and love, a roller coaster of emotions, and many things I can’t even imagine.

There are many unknowns, but this one thing I know: I don’t regret for one second saying “yes” to foster care. I look at these pictures and think, “We could have missed this.”

4 Aug 2020   ·   0

Chaco Men and Women’s Sandals as low as $38.24 shipped!

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Love Chaco Sandals? You can score some great deals right now!

Chaco is offering an extra 25% off select sandals plus free shipping when you use the promo code SALE25CHACO at checkout!

Check out these deals you can get…

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Valid through August 30, 2020, while supplies last.

Thanks, Passionate Penny Pincher!

4 Aug 2020   ·   0

Lexington 3-Tier Rolling Cart only $29.99 (Reg. $60!)

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These Lexington 3-Tier Rolling Carts are perfect for storing crafts, school supplies, snacks and more!

Michael’s has these Lexington 3-Tier Rolling Carts for just $29.99 right now!

These are regularly $60 so this is a great deal.

Choose from several color options.

Shipping is free on orders over $59 or choose free in-store pickup to avoid shipping costs.

4 Aug 2020   ·   0

*HOT* FREE $10 Doormat purchase at Kirklands after cash back!!

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Update the look of your front door with a completely free new doormat!

Need a new front doormat? Be sure to check out this RARE offer from TopCashBack!!

TopCashBack is offering $15 cash back on ANY $10+ doormat purchase at Kirklands, making it FREE!

Here’s how to get your FREE $15 doormat Kirklands purchase:

1. Head here for the special Kirklands offer and sign up for a new Top Cash Back account.

2. Make a purchase valued at $10 or higher on a doormat. Choose free curbside pickup to avoid shipping fees. (Or pay $5.99 for shipping, making it just $0.99 after cash back!)

3. Within 21 days, your Top Cash Back account will be credited with $15 — enough to cover your purchase plus tax!

4. After you receive the $15 payment in your Top Cash Back account, you can choose to transfer it to your bank account or request a Paypal payment.

This is for new Top Cash Back members only. If you are already a member, you are allowed to sign up another adult in your household.

This deal is valid through August 9, 2020 — or while supplies last.

4 Aug 2020   ·   0

Skip Hop: Lunch Bags and Backpacks as low as $7.50!

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Do your kids need new backpacks or lunch bags? Check out these adorable ones from Skip Hop!

Skip Hop is offering some great deals on Lunch Bags and Backpacks right now!

Get this Zoo Insulated Kids Lunch Bag, Narwhal for just $7.50!

Get this Zoo Insulated Kids Lunch Bag, Monkey for just $7.50!

Get this Zoo Lunchie Insulated Kids Lunch Bag, Unicorn for just $11.25!

Get this Zoo Lunchie Insulated Kids Lunch Bag, Llama for just $11.25!

Get this Zoo Little Kid Backpack, Ladybug for just $15!

Get this Zoo Little Kid Backpack, Leopard for just $15!

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Shipping is free on orders over $35.

Psst! Be sure to read about 5 Simple Ways to Save on Back to School Deals and check out all the latest Best Back To School Sales & Deals! Don’t forget you can also sign up for our daily email newsletter to get all of the best back to school deals emailed to you every week!

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4 Aug 2020   ·   0
Ahlirmoy R1B1 13x4x2 Inch ABS Medical Plastic Forehead Thermometer

Ahlirmoy No-Contact Forehead Thermometer only $34.99 shipped!

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Here’s another great deal on a No-Contact Forehead Thermometer!

Ahlirmoy R1B1 13x4x2 Inch ABS Medical Plastic Forehead Thermometer

If you missed the previous deal on a no-contact thermometer, check out this new deal below!

Amazon has this Ahlirmoy No Contact Medical Plastic Forehead Thermometer for just $34.99 shipped when you use the promo code MI7UE6F6 at checkout!

This thermometer has great reviews.

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Thanks, Free Stuff Finder!

4 Aug 2020   ·   0

Stock Up Prices on Back to School Snacks!

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Amazon has some great deals on snacks right now! These are perfect for school lunches and after-school treats!

Get these Cheez-It Original Baked Snack Cheese Crackers (40 count) for just $9.58 shipped when you clip the 15% off e-coupon and checkout through Subscribe & Save!

Get this OREO Original, OREO Golden, CHIPS AHOY! & Nutter Butter Cookie Snacks Variety Pack (56 packs) for just $9.02 shipped when you clip the 25% off e-coupon and checkout through Subscribe & Save!

Get this Snacks Assorted Gluten Free, Family Size for just $4.99 shipped when you checkout through Subscribe & Save!

Get this Nabisco Team Favorites Variety Pack (30 count) for just $6 shipped when you checkout through Subscribe & Save!

Get this Fruity Snacks Mixed Berry (40 count) for just $5.59 shipped when you checkout through Subscribe & Save!

Note: Once your order ships, you can go into your Amazon account and cancel your subscription if you don’t want recurring orders.

4 Aug 2020   ·   0

Amazon: Save $5 when you buy $20 in Health & Beauty Products!

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If you’re running low on your favorite health and beauty products, check out this deal on Amazon!

Amazon is offering $5 off when you purchase $20 in select health and beauty products!

There are lots of items included like toothpaste, mouthwash, facial cleanser, sunscreen and more.

Sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime to get guaranteed FREE two-day shipping (and possibly one-day or same-day shipping!). And don’t forget you can sign up for Swagbucks to earn free gift cards to use on deals on Amazon.

Thanks, Freebie Radar!

4 Aug 2020   ·   0

Personalized “First Day” Chalkboard only $12.99 shipped!

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This Personalized “First Day” Chalkboard is perfect to remember this milestone day!

Jane has these Personalized “First Day” Chalkboard for just $12.99 shipped right now!

Choose from two designs.

Psst! We love Jane! Looking for other great Jane deals? Check out our custom Jane page for more of our hand-picked favorite deals each day!

4 Aug 2020   ·   0
Favorite Silicone Grip Case+Wrist Strap

Favorite Silicone Grip Case+Wrist Strap only $14.99 shipped!

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These Favorite Silicone Grip Case+Wrist Strap has great reviews!

Favorite Silicone Grip Case+Wrist Strap

Jane has these Favorite Silicone Grip Case+Wrist Strap for just $14.99 shipped right now!

Choose from 11 colors.

Psst! We love Jane! Looking for other great Jane deals? Check out our custom Jane page for more of our hand-picked favorite deals each day!

4 Aug 2020   ·   0

Get my favorite tees for just $9.97 shipped!!

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These tees are SO cozy and soft! Grab one for just $9.97 shipped right now!

Cents of Style has their popular Tees on sale Buy One, Get One Free when you use coupon code B1G1BASICS at checkout.

Included in this sale are my favorite short-sleeve Jagger Tee or long-sleeve Joanna Tee, and you can mix & match. Prices start at just $19.95 and shipping is free, so you’ll pay just $9.97 each, shipped!

These shirts are SUPER soft and really versatile! They can be worn long over leggings, tied in the front for a really cute look, tucked into skinny jeans, or layered with a long cardigan.

There are so many cute tees included in this sale!

Choose from sizes S through 3XL in tons of different color choices.

Valid through August 9, 2020.

Go here to grab two Tees for just $9.97 each, shipped!

4 Aug 2020   ·   0

*HOT* FREE $10 purchase at The Children’s Place after cash back!!

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Love shopping at The Children’s Place for your kids? You won’t want to miss this RARE offer from TopCashBack!!

TopCashBack is offering $10 cash back on ANY $10 purchase at The Children’s Place, making it FREE!

Here’s how to get your FREE $10 The Children’s Place purchase:

1. Head here for the special The Children’s Place offer and sign up for a new Top Cash Back account.

2. Make a purchase valued at $10 or higher. Shipping is FREE.

3. Within 21 days, your TopCashBack account will be credited with $10 — enough to cover your purchase!

4. After you receive the $10 payment in your Top Cash Back account, you can choose to transfer it to your bank account or request a Paypal payment.

This is for new Top Cash Back members only. If you are already a member, you are allowed to sign up another adult in your household.

This deal is valid through September 18, 2020 — or while supplies last.

4 Aug 2020   ·   0

Key Ring Wallet Bracelets only $13.99 shipped!

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These Key Ring Wallet Bracelets are perfect for on-the-go!

Jane has these Key Ring Wallet Bracelets for only $13.99 shipped right now!

Choose from eight colors.

Psst! We love Jane! Looking for other great Jane deals? Check out our custom Jane page for more of our hand-picked favorite deals each day!

4 Aug 2020   ·   0
5-Piece Backpack Set

5-Piece Backpack Sets only $16 (Reg. $40!)

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These 5-Piece Backpack Sets are a great deal!

5-Piece Backpack Set

This hot deal just got even better!

Macy’s has 5-Piece Backpack Sets for just $16 when you use the promo code BTS at checkout (regularly $40)!

These sets include a lunch kit, water bottle, pencil case, ice pack and backpack. There are lots of cute styles to choose from.

Shipping is free on orders over $25.

Psst! Be sure to read about 5 Simple Ways to Save on Back to School Deals and check out all the latest Best Back To School Sales & Deals! Don’t forget you can also sign up for our daily email newsletter to get all of the best back to school deals emailed to you every week!

Thanks, Hip2Save!