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20+ Outdoor Gifts for Adventurers Under $30

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Looking for unique outdoor gift ideas for adventurers this holiday season? We have you covered with this Outdoor Gifts Guide — and they’re all under $30 to help you stick to your gift budget!

Outdoor Gifts Guide

This Outdoor Gift Guide was thoughtfully put together by Meg on the MoneySavingMom team, who hits the trail every chance she gets and has a goal to hike all the U.S. National Parks. When she’s not backpacking, hiking, or camping, she’s daydreaming about it and planning her next outdoor adventure.

Do you know someone who loves being outdoors? Buying gifts for outdoor adventurers can be challenging, because they typically like to pick their own gear and outdoor equipment is expensive!

But there are still lots of great ideas for outdoorsy people that don’t have to break the budget! Check out this list of outdoor gifts under $30 that are sure to excite the adventurer in your life!

Sawyer Mini Outdoor Gift Idea

Best Outdoor Gift Ideas

1. Sawyer MINI Water Filtration System — If you know someone who’s interested in getting into backpacking, they’ll definitely need a water filtration device. And you can’t go wrong with this most popular water filtration system! The Sawyer is a go-to for backpackers, and the newest MINI version is even more lightweight than the original (perfect for utralighters) and filters water even more quickly.

Sea to Summit Lightweight Coffee Mug

2. Sea to Summit Mug — This lightweight coffee mug is perfect for someone hitting the trail on a regular basis. It won’t weigh a pack down, yet keeps coffee and tea nice and warm — a must when backpacking in cooler weather!

YETI Coffee Mug Outdoor Gift

3. YETI Rambler Coffee Mug — If you know someone who is more of a camper than a backpacker, you can opt for a nicer and more insulated coffee mug since weight doesn’t matter as much. I have one of these YETI mugs that I use when I’m just camping, and it keeps my coffee hot for hours. I highly recommend it!

Smartwool Socks

4. Smartwool Socks — This brand of socks are the BEST hiking socks on the market, in my opinion. Yes, they’re a bit on the pricey side for a pair of socks. But these moisture-wicking, thermo-regulating socks will keep your feet warm when it’s cold, and cool when it’s hot. Not to mention they have just the right amount of cushioning to protect your feet with any type of hiking shoe. I’ve been using a pair of these comfy socks for over 3 years now, and they’re still going strong after multiple, multiple washes. Choose from many different fun designs for men or women.

Nalgenes

5. Nalgene Bottles — You really can’t go wrong with a Nalgene. They’re perfect for just about any type of outdoorsy person. They’re virtually indestructible, completely leakproof, decently lightweight, and can be used for camping, hiking, backpacking, climbing, and more. REI recently released a line of Co-Op bottles that are SO fun! I may have grabbed a few extras because I loved the designs so much!

Solar Phone Charger Outdoor Gift Idea

6. Solar Phone Charger — If you’re on a long multi-day hike, it can be really nice to use your phone for photos, videos, and navigational GPS apps. But most phones don’t hold a charge longer than a few days, even in airplane mode. Top notch solar chargers are on the more expensive side, but this one is a really nice budget-friendly option that’s lightweight enough for backpackers and gets overall good reviews. This is a really unique outdoor gift idea that most people don’t splurge on for themselves when they’re saving up to buy gear. (In fact, I still don’t have one!).

Solar Camping Lantern

7. Inflatable Solar Lantern — This little lightweight, inflatable solar lantern is a must! It’s perfect for regular camping, but it’s actually lightweight enough that it could even be used as a luxury backpacking item if someone really wants extra light when they get to camp. (Sometimes this can be nice if you’re hiking during the shorter winter months, since you typically get to camp much earlier. It gives you some nice light that doesn’t require batteries, so that you don’t have to hang out with a headlamp on all evening long.)

Headlamp Outdoor Gift

8. Headlamp — While on the subject of lighting, if someone is just starting to get into the outdoors and is collecting gear for camping or backpacking, a headlamp is a must-have piece of equipment. It’s also a great one to give as a gift, because there are many affordable options and people aren’t as picky about this piece of gear as they are other equipment. I have an inexpensive Black Diamond headlamp and love it. I’ve been using it for years.

Wild Lines Calendar 2020

9. Wild Lines Calendar — If you really want to wow an outdoorsy person with a super unique gift, grab this Wild Lines 2020 Calendar. Each month has a hand-drawn image by artist Jeremy Collins — who creates incredibly inspiring outdoor-themed artwork. I’ve been following this climber and artist for years, and this calendar is on my list this year, for sure!

Medical Kit Outdoor Gift Idea

10. First Aid Kit — Every outdoorsy person needs a good First Aid Kit. And even if they already happen to have one, it can be helpful to have an extra for refills! I constantly have to refill my First Aid Kit after taking long hiking trips. This one is less than $30 and has everything you need for a 1-4 day hiking trip.

Leatherman Multitool

11. Multitool — Every backpacker needs a multitool! I recommend this Leatherman because of how lightweight and affordable it is. I’ve been using this one for years and it’s been perfect for everything I need it for.

Backpacker Magazine Outdoor Gift

12. Backpacker Magazine Subscription — This magazine subscription is my favorite!! If you know a backpacker or hiker in your life, I highly recommend this as a really unique gift idea that keeps on giving all year long! (Be sure to use code MONEYSAVING at checkout to get an extra 20% off!)

North Face Beanie Outdoor Gift Ideas

13. Beanie — Anyone who loves being outside can use a good beanie to keep warm during cooler months! The North Face, REI, Arc’teryx, and SmartWool all make really great beanies for outdoor activities.

Touchscreen Hiking Gloves

14. Touchscreen Gloves — If an outdoorsy person uses their phone for navigating or taking photos when it’s cold, touchscreen gloves can be really useful. I have this Trailheads pair and love them for camping or hiking during the colder months!

Wanderer Bracelet Outdoor Gifts

15. Wanderer Bracelet — This is another really unique gift idea for any adventurer in your life who loves to travel. I recommend the coordinates bracelet for the outdoor traveler! You can get the coordinates of one of their favorite places to adventure or you can even get the coordinates of a place that feels like home to them when they’re ready to settle back in after being away.

Waterproof Outdoor Journal

16. Waterproof Journal — These little Rite in the Rain All-Weather Journals are perfect for the outdoors! I’m a big writer and journaler, so I always love having one of these waterproof journals with me when I’m in the outdoors.

Wild Slice Sticker for Outdoor Gifts

17. Wild Slice Stickers — I am obsessed with these Wild Slice Stickers and they’re so affordable! I have them all over my car, laptop, Hydro Flask, YETI, Nalgenes, and more. They are so unique and capture so much of what I love most about the outdoors! They have something for every type of outdoorsy person and this is a unique outdoor gift idea sure to wow the adventurer in your life. My favorite is the Hiker Girl, but there are so many great options. (They also have some new tees with the some of the designs, which I’m loving!)

Scratch-Off Travel Map

18. Scratch-Off Map — These maps are so much fun to keep track of places traveled! I have the U.S. National Parks map and love scratching it off each time I mark another park off my list.

REI Gift Card

Stocking Stuffers for Outdoor Enthusiasts

19. REI Gift Card — You can’t go wrong with an REI gift card. There’s probably no better gift for an outdoors person! If you’re unsure what to get the adventurer in your life, just slip one of these into their stocking and they’re sure to be thrilled!

Nuum Hydration Tabs Outdoor Gifts

20. Nuum Hydration Tabs — These little hydration tabs are lifesavers when you’re on a strenuous hike or don’t have as frequent access to water as you’d like. I always keep these on hand, and they’re a great stocking stuffer idea for a backpacker or even outdoor sports enthusiast of any kind.

Hot Hands Hand Warmers for Outdoors

21. Hand Warmers — These are such a cozy luxury when camping! They have them for your feet, too.

Paracord Outdoor Gift Ideas

22. Paracord — This is a really versatile tool for all outdoorsy people. The possibilities and uses are endless, and I always love having some paracord on hand when I’m outside.

Wilderness Wash

23. Travel Size Wilderness Wash — This stuff is amazing and can be used as shampoo, body wash, hand soap, laundry detergent, dish soap, and more. It’s super concentrated, so a little goes a really long way. It’s biodegradable and a really great eco-friendly soap for Leave No Trace principles.

Spork Outdoor Gifts

24. Spork — Every outdoorsy person needs a spork to enjoy their favorite meal while they’re getting outside! I love Sporks because they’re versatile and lightweight.

Moleskin

25. Moleskin — This stuff is a lifesaver when you get a blister in the backcountry! A hiker can never have too much moleskin on hand as backup. It will always get used.

More Holiday Gift Guides

Looking for other budget-friendly holiday gift guides? Don’t miss these:

Stay tuned as we roll out more gift guides over the next week — put together by several different MoneySavingMom.com team members!

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Are you an outdoorsy person? Let us know your best budget-friendly outdoor gift ideas in the comments!

Join the #BodyBeThankful Bootcamp

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Want some motivation to work out this month + be reminded of how much you have to be thankful for? Join the #BodyBeThankful bootcamp that my friend and fitness mama, Sara Haley, is hosting November 18-22, 2019.

This will be my first bootcamp to do in weeks (I’ve just been walking on the treadmill through most of my first trimester. I’m so happy to be feeling well enough to get back to something a little more rigorous now that I’m feeling better. Also, Sara includes ways to modify the workouts if you’re pregnant or postpartum.

Want to join me? I’d love to have you join me in this! It’s $4.99 to sign up and you’ll get:

  • Downloadable Workout Videos to follow along withEach of the workout represents a specific part of the body to focus on and be thankful for.
  • A calendar to help you keep track of your progress.
  • Healthy Recipes to nourish your body from 6 of my favorite food bloggers:
  • A gratitude journal to help you focus your energy on WHAT your body can do for you (not what it looks like).
  • Daily accountability through check-ins on the private Facebook Group where you can share your progress and struggles with all the participants.

By the way, the workouts are on average about 15 minutes, however, if you’re feeling ambitious, you can do them twice each day.

Go here to sign up for the #BodyBeThankful Bootcamp.

The Enneagram and Marriage

We had a lot of fun with this episode — and we learned a few things about each other in the process of recording it! What’s today’s podcast episode topic? The Enneagram and marriage.

Whether you love all things Enneagram, are skeptical of it, or don’t even know what it is, I think you’ll enjoy this candid conversation about our differences, how we have worked through them, and what it looks like to love and respect someone who is the complete opposite of you in many ways.

Pull up a chair (or a load of laundry!) and listen in as we chat about our big foster care news, grilling meat, my favorite makeup cleaner (and I make a confession that I might get some flack for), a book I’m reading, and marriage and the Enneagram!

In This Episode:  

[01:55] What’s saving our lives? Butcher Box and Mary Kay 3-in-1 Timewise Cleanser.

[07:20] I’ve been reading Come Matter Here by Hannah Brencher.

[11:28] How do marriage and the Enneagram tie in with one another?

[14:37] Jesse talks about what it’s like to be married to a very strong Enneagram 8.

[18:30] On the flip side, I share what it is like being married an inquisitive Enneagram 5.

[25:34] How do we reconcile our differences?

[30:19] Learning more about our personality types has helped us to build a stronger marriage through understanding.

[33:57] Choose to see differences as strengths and it will change your perspective — and maybe your relationship!

Links and Resources:

How to Listen to The Crystal Paine Show

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Ready to dive in and listen? Hit the player above or search for “The Crystal Paine Show” on your favorite podcast app.

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20+ LEGO Gifts Under $30

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Looking for unique LEGO gifts or LEGO stocking stuffers this holiday season? We have you covered with this Gift Guide for LEGO Lovers — and they’re all under $30 to help you stick to your gift budget! {And be sure to follow along as we post the hottest LEGO deals each day throughout the season!}

The Best LEGO Gift Ideas Under $30

This Holiday LEGO Gift Guide was thoughtfully put together by Jordan on the MoneySavingMom team — an expert in all things LEGO and a longtime LEGO aficionado. Even as an adult, he still enjoys putting together giant LEGO Sets with thousands of pieces.

Do you have a LEGO lover in your life? Sometimes finding the perfect set to give as a gift can be difficult. Check out this list of LEGO gifts for some ideas!

LEGO Gifts: Classic Creative Box

LEGO Gifts for Kids

1. LEGO Classic Medium Creative Brick Box — The LEGO classic sets are great starter kits for any kid just developing a love for LEGOS! This set comes with a wide array of different pieces to allow for infinite amounts of building and rebuilding — letting your child explore what they can create! For something more portable, try this smaller set that comes with a carrying case.

LEGO Green Base Plate Stocking Stuffer

2. LEGO Baseplates — The classic green base plate is a staple for any LEGO lover. It provides a stable foundation for their imagination to build on. If you want to go for a twist on the original base plate, you can always check out the traditional blue baseplate (which pairs great with nautical themed LEGO sets) or the curve and crossroad or straight and t-junction plates that pair well with LEGO City sets.

LEGO Gifts: DUPLO All-In-One Box

3. LEGO DUPLO All-in-One-Box-of-Fun — LEGO DUPLO bricks are perfect for young children, because these blocks are larger and don’t present as much of a choking hazard. They also help young children develop fine motor skills, while teaching them basic STEM concepts like pattern recognition, simple mathematics, and spatial awareness.

LEGO DUPLO Toy Story Set

4. LEGO DUPLO Toy Story Train — Kids who love Toy Story will be all about playing with this train and seeing what kind of adventures they can get into with Woody and Buzz!

LEGO City Diving Yacht

5. LEGO City Diving Yacht — I remember having a set just like this as a kid. It’s great because it doubles as a bath toy! As I got older and started to disassemble and reassemble the pieces in fun new ways, the hull of the boat became a great base for an intergalactic starship. (I may need to go dig through my mom’s attic and find this one! ;))

LEGO Creator Shuttle Transporter

6. LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Shuttle Transporter — I loved all things space as a kid (and still do!). Sets like this one were great because they let me imagine flying into the night sky and exploring the stars. If you have a kid who loves space, be sure to also check out the Mars Rover or the Satellite Service Mission. (This retro Benny’s Space Squad from The LEGO Movie 2 is also super cool because it brings back the nostalgia of older LEGO sets.)

LEGO Gifts: Creator 3-in-1 Deep Sea Creatures

7. LEGO Creator 3-in-1 Deep Sea Creatures — The LEGO Creator 3-in-1 sets are great because they help teach kids to look at new ways of assembling the pieces to create something entirely new! This can help develop their imagination and allow them to combine all sorts of sets to build anything they can think of! It’s also sort of like getting three sets for the price on one. If sea creatures aren’t up your kids alley, check out the Mighty Dinosaur, the Underwater Robot, or the Futuristic Flyer.

LEGO Friends Turtle Rescue Mission

8. LEGO Friends Turtle Rescue Mission — While I think all LEGO sets are great for boys or girls, this specific line often appeals to young girls because of the female minifigures and fun colors. This specific set reminds me of playing with the Littlest Pet Shop toys as a kid. I would have loved to have LEGO sets that included mini-figure animals like this when I was younger! There are several LEGO Friends sets that include animals, such as the Mia’s Horse Trailer and Heartlake Surf Shop.

LEGO Speed Champions Porche

9. LEGO Speed Champions — I loved toy cars as a kid, and the only thing better than a hot wheel was a LEGO car I could build on my own. There are a lot to choose from, but I’d recommend the Mustang or Porsche 911.

LEGO Gifts: Minecraft Polar Igloo

10. LEGO Minecraft Polar Igloo — This is a pretty “cool” set! 😉 It’s got great detail and will appeal to all the young Minecraft fans. If you have a kid who loves Minecraft, you might want to check out all the different Minecraft LEGO sets.

LEGO Star Wars A-Wing

11. LEGO Star Wars A-Wing — Honestly, the Star Wars nerd in me could have filled this entire list with LEGO Star Wars sets. In my opinion these are some of the most detailed and fun sets to assemble. I love how they bring the ships from the movie to life. There are Star Wars sets that span the gamut of all ages and skill levels. A few of the other sets I’d suggest looking at in the Star Wars category are The Empire Strikes Back Snowspeeder, The Phantom Menace Podracer, and The Clone Wars Anakin’s Jedi Starfighter.

LEGO Batmobile

12. LEGO Batmobile — For any kid into superheroes, you can’t pass up grabbing a set like this amazing Batmobile or maybe The Hulkbuster if your kid loves the Avengers!

LEGO City Advent Calendar

13. LEGO Advent Calendars — You can’t go wrong with LEGO Advent Calendars! This is something fun you can do each night in December leading up to Christmas. Each day comes with a mini build to put together. I recommend giving it as an early Christmas gift so they can use it throughout the season. Choose from a few different varieties, but the LEGO Friends and LEGO City calendars are both under $30.

R2-D2 Key Chain

Unique LEGO Gifts for Adults

14. LEGO LED Key Ring Light R2D2 — These key chain LED flashlights are the best and you can get them in all sorts of different figures! I personally have R2-D2 on my keychain to help me when I can’t get my door unlocked in the dark, but you can check out a whole selection of them here.

Unique LEGO Iconic Brick Calendar Gift

15. LEGO Iconic Brick Calendar — This calendar is a great gift for any adult LEGO lover who wants to remember to be a kid at heart! And it still looks clean and put together on a desk.

Unique LEGO Gift Classic Mug Upscaled

16. LEGO Classic Mug Upscaled — If your adult LEGO fan is a coffee or tea drinker, one of these mugs might be perfect. This blue mug is the upscaled version of the mugs the mini-figures hold in LEGO sets. You could also grab them this Minifigure Head Mug or this build on mug that they can decorate themselves.

Blue LEGO Slippers

17. LEGO Slippers — These LEGO slippers would make the perfect gift to keep your LEGO fans feet cozy, warm, and safe from the ever present danger of stepping on one of these tiny pieces of doom!

LEGO Life Magazine Stocking Stuffer

LEGO Stocking Stuffers

18. Free LEGO Life Magazine — This is such a fun (and FREE!) stocking stuffer for kids ages 5-9. And it’s so much fun for kids to get their own mail throughout the year! This magazine comes four times per year. If the first issue doesn’t arrive in time for Christmas, just print off a photo of the magazine cover to roll up and stick in the stocking!

LEGO Minifigure Wallet Stocking Stuffer

19. LEGO Mini-Figure Wallet — This LEGO themed wallet would be a fun stocking stuffer so they can save up to pick out their own LEGO set!

LEGO Disney Minifigures Stocking Stuffers

20. LEGO Mini-Figure — This is a great surprise stocking stuffer because you don’t know which character you’ll get. There are tons to choose from, but this Disney series is especially unique and fun!

LEGO Iconic Snowman Ornament Stocking Stuffer

21. LEGO Iconic Snowman Ornament — This would make a LEGO fan extremely happy to be able to place on the tree year after year and makes a perfect stocking stuffer.

LEGO Store Gift Card Stocking Stuffer Idea

22. LEGO Store Gift Card — Maybe all these options are overwhelming and you just aren’t sure what to get your LEGO lover. Slide a LEGO gift card in their stocking! They’ll love picking out a their own set either in a LEGO Store or online!

Bonus Ideas (Over $30)

Have a little extra wiggle room in your Christmas budget and willing to spend a bit more? Try one of these bonus recommendations:

Unique LEGO Gift Ludo Board Game

23. LEGO Ludo Board Game — This is a unique LEGO gift for the whole family that your LEGO fan can take pride in assembling for a family fun night this winter. It’s a creative way to have some family time and enjoy the hard work that goes into assembling a LEGO set!

LEGO Architecture Paris Skyline

24. LEGO Architecture Sets — This LEGO architecture sets are classic and fun for adults to assemble and display! They can be purchased to remember a trip or maybe as a goal for a place to visit one day. Either way your LEGO fan will love putting together these models. There are several affordable options: Paris Skyline, London Skyline, San Francisco Skyline, or Great Wall of China.

LEGO Ideas Ship in a Bottle

25. LEGO Ideas Ship In A Bottle — This is such a unique LEGO gift for older kids or even adults. And it’s rare to find an Expert Building Kit for this low in price. (Most cost hundreds of dollars!)

LEGO Ideas Dinosaur Fossils

26. LEGO Ideas Dinosaur Fossils — This one is such a cool LEGO set for a well seasoned builder! Great gift idea for older teen or adult LEGO lovers!

More Holiday Gift Guides

Looking for other budget-friendly holiday gift guides? Don’t miss these:

Stay tuned as we roll out several more gift guides over the next week — put together by several different MoneySavingMom.com team members!

Psst! Be sure to follow along as we post the best LEGO deals each day! And sign up for our hot deals newsletter to make sure you don’t miss any of the hottest deals each day!

Do you have any other fun ideas for unique gifts for LEGO lovers? Let us know in the comments!

Gretchen’s $55 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan

Aldi

1 loaf Bread – $0.95

1 pkg Frozen Broccoli – $0.95

1 bag Frozen Peas – $0.79

2 pkg Red Grapes – $4.93

1 pkg Fruit & Grain Bars – $1.35

1 pkg Chocolate Chips – $1.29

1 pkg Flour Tortillas – $0.99

2 Unsweetened Applesauce – $1.95

1 can Pumpkin – $0.85

1 bag Green Peppers – $1.49

1 gallon Milk – $1.49

1 pkg MooTubes – $1.55 (I bought this before I went to Dillons and saw the markdowns on Go-Gurts!)

2 dozen Eggs – $0.58 each

1 bag Tortilla Chips – $0.89

1 pkg Oven Roasted Turkey – $3.99

1 pkg Peanut Butter Crackers – $0.89

3 bags Spinach – $1.59 each

1 box Thin Wheat Crackers – $0.99

1 can Pineapple – $0.89

1 lb Butter – $2.89

1 Grape Tomatoes – $1.89

Total: $38.89

Dillons

1 Land O Lakes Half & Half – $2.28 (This didn’t make it into the picture for some reason.)

4 pkg Yoplait Go-Gurt – Marked down to $0.99 each

3 boxes Annie’s Mac & Cheese – $0.99 each

1 Mom’s Best Cereal – $1.99, used $1/1 e-coupon – $0.99 after coupon

3 boxes Kellogg’s Frosted Flakes – $1.49 each, used $1/3 e-coupon – $1.16 each after coupon

1 box Brownie Mix – $0.99

1 box Kroger Instant Oatmeal – $1.49

Total after coupons: $16.16

Total for both stores: $55.05

Menu Plan for This Week

We ended up doing a lot of snack dinners last week (popcorn, crackers, cheese, etc) due to an unexpectedly busy week. So I will be using meat and leftovers from last week for this week’s menu plan.

Breakfasts

Cereal, Eggs, Oatmeal, Spinach, Yogurt

Lunches

Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Turkey Sandwiches, Tossed Salad, Baked Potatoes, Cheese/Crackers/Fruit/Yogurt, Mac & Cheese, Lunch at my parents (I’m bringing spinach for the salad bar and bread.)

Dinners

Leftovers

Hawaiian Haystacks

Chili, Biscuits, Fruit Salad

Bean Burritos, Chips & Salsa, Steamed Peas

Homemade Pizza, Breadsticks, Spinach Salad

Hamburgers, Steamed Broccoli, Homemade French Fries

Out to eat

Life Update: Pregnancy (week 15) + our big foster care news!

Welcome to my weekly life update where I share about my pregnancy & give you a peek into our life this past week. If you want to follow a lot more behind-the-scenes and real-time updates every week, be sure to follow my stories and posts on Instagram.

15 weeks and I’m not going to be able to camouflage this bump much longer. 😉

HIGHLIGHTS

I had another doctor’s appointment. It was super routine, but my doctor was so encouraging about how healthy I am, how healthy the baby is, and how well I am doing. That was such a blessing! In 5 weeks, I go back for my big 20-week anatomy scan!

NOTABLE

I had one really rough day this past week but other than that I had a few hours of most days where I felt so good that I sort of forgot I was pregnant! I started sitting on the exercise ball this past week because I can tell that these hips are starting to feel the usual aches and pains of pregnancy.

I discovered the power of sitting a few hours per day on an exercise ball and how much relief it provided for my tailbone/hip pain, so I’m trying to be proactive and start this early this time — especially since my hips are 11 years older than they were last time I was pregnant! 😉

CRAVINGS

This week, it was all about meat and carbs. Seriously, I craved roast, chicken, and noodles. And I’m still totally into cheese and cottage cheese!

WEIGHT GAIN: 7 pounds

Our Big Foster Care News!

After months and months of classes, homework, meetings, paperwork and more paperwork, doctor’s visits, TB testing, home visits, interviews, and hours and hours spent getting our home all set up and childproofed, we found out this past week that we our home is officially licensed as a foster home in TN!!

We have no idea what the future holds for us when it comes to foster care, but we are excited to continue on in this step of faith and obedience. We’ve been praying for the children who will be placed in our home and trusting God that He’s got a beautiful plan that we can’t really dream or imagine right now.

Obviously, there’s a lot I won’t be able to share about this journey in order to protect other family’s and kids’ privacy, but I will definitely share what I can while protecting the kids/families first and foremost (as that is one of our number one priorities as a foster home: to provide a safe place for kids and to pave the way for reunification).

We know this is going to be stretching and we have no idea what to expect, but we are looking forward to seeing what God has for us in this and how He’s going to use it to grow our family and change our lives.

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