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6 Aug 2020   ·   0

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5 Aug 2020   ·   20

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.”

5 Aug 2020   ·   9
KiwiCo Boxes

KiwiCo Promo Code: Get a box for $9.98 shipped, today only!!

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Don’t miss out on this rare KiwiCo promo code to get 50% off your first box!!

{Looking for honest KiwiCo reviews before you decide to buy? Read my completely honest review here! You can also check out my list of Top 10 Subscription Boxes for Kids!}

KiwiCo Promo Code

KiwiCo Promo Code

Today only, August 5th, you can get 50% off a KiwiCo box when you use promo code WHOA at checkout. That means you’ll pay just $9.98 shipped for most boxes (the crates for older kids will be $14.98 with this deal).

This is a pretty rare discount!! The only other time we see a discount better than this is during the holiday season.

KiwiCo is a monthly subscription service that offers kid’s educational projects, crafts, and activities on different themes. Each box contains 2-3 projects, all the materials to complete those projects, plus hands-on learning activities and more.

They now have seven different boxes to choose from for specific age ranges! These make great gift ideas for kids — or even a great non-candy Easter Basket idea!

Our kids LOVE these subscription crates, and I highly recommend them! (You can read my completely honest KiwiCo review here.)

Note: When you sign up for this deal, you’ll be signed up for a monthly subscription that auto-renews each month at the regular price. After your receive your first discounted box, you can decide whether or not to continue. If you choose not to continue, it’s really easy to cancel your subscription in your account settings.

Click here to get your first box for just $9.98 shipped.

5 Aug 2020   ·   0

Up to 79% off BIC Writing Instruments!

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Today only, Amazon is offering up to 79% off BIC Writing Instruments! Here are some deals you can get…

Get these BIC Xtra-Sparkle Mechanical Pencil, Medium Point (24 count) for just $2.65 shipped when you checkout through Subscribe & Save!

Get these BIC 4-Color Ballpoint Pen (3 count) for just $3.49 shipped when you checkout through Subscribe & Save!

Get this BIC Wite-Out Brand Mini Twist Correction Tape (2 count) for just $2.47!

Get this BIC BU3 Grip Retractable Ball Pen (18 count) for just $4.20!

Shop the entire BIC sale here.

Valid today only, Jun 5, 2020.

Sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime to get free two-day shipping (and possibly one-day or same-day shipping!) with no minimum. And don’t forget you can sign up for Swagbucks to earn free gift cards to use on deals on Amazon.

5 Aug 2020   ·   2

New Balance Women’s Fresh Foam Running Shoes only $24.99 shipped (Reg. $70!)

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Wow! This is a great deal on these New Balance Women’s Shoes!

Joe’s New Balance has these New Balance Women’s Fresh Foam Running Shoes for just $24.99 shipped today!

These are regularly $69.99 so this is a great deal.

Valid today only, August 5, 2020.

5 Aug 2020   ·   0

Cascade Complete Dishwasher Pods (78 count) only $11.97 shipped!

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This is a GREAT stock up price on these Cascade Complete Dishwasher Pods!

Amazon has these Cascade Complete Dishwasher Pods (78 count) for just $11.97 shipped when you buy three and checkout through Subscribe & Save!

This is a great stock up price.

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

5 Aug 2020   ·   0

Under Armour Men’s V-Neck Shirt only $14.99 shipped (Reg. $50!)

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These Under Armour Men’s V-Neck Shirt is incredibly lightweight for quick-drying comfort and a super soft feel.

Proozy has this Under Armour Men’s V-Neck Shirt for just $14.99 shipped when you use the promo code MSM1499 at checkout!

Choose from seven colors.

Valid through August 9, 2020.

5 Aug 2020   ·   0
Tiosebon Women’s Slip-On Sneakers Just $15.50

Tiosebon Women’s Slip-On Sneakers only $15.50!

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These Tiosebon Women’s Slip-On Sneakers have amazing reviews!

Tiosebon Women’s Slip-On Sneakers Just $15.50

Through August 15th, Tiosebon is offering 50% off Women’s Slip-On Walking Shoes and Knitted Sneakers when you use the promo code LATESUMMER at checkout!

Check out these deal ideas…

Tiosebon Women’s Knitted Comfort Shoes – $30.99 – 7 color options!
Use promo code LATESUMMER (50% off)
$15.50 after code

Tiosebon Women’s Slip-On Walking Shoes – $30.99 – 18 color options!
Use promo code LATESUMMER (50% off)
$15.50 after code

Tiosebon Women’s Knitted Sneakers – $30.99 – 5 color options!
Use promo code LATESUMMER (50% off)
$15.50 after code

Shipping is free on orders over $40.

5 Aug 2020   ·   0

Air Fryer 16.9 Quart 10-in-1 Countertop Oven, Rotisserie & Dehydrator only $129.99 shipped (Reg. $255!)

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Score a great deal on this 16.9 Quart 10-in-1 Air Fryer Countertop Oven, Rotisserie & Dehydrator!

You can get this 16.9 Quart 10-in-1 Air Fryer Countertop Oven, Rotisserie & Dehydrator for only $129.99 shipped when you use the promo code MSMBCP at checkout!

This can fit whole chickens, turkeys, and other family-sized meals! Perfect for cooking fries, corn on the cob, shrimp, chicken wings, pork chops, and more.

Valid through August 6, 2020.

5 Aug 2020   ·   0

Mountain Hardwear: 65% off Men’s and Women’s Jackets + Free Shipping!

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Wow! Need a winter jacket? This is a great deal on these men’s and women’s jackets from Mountain Hardwear!

Mountain Hardwear is offering 65% off Men’s & Women’s Outerwear when you use the promo code AUG65 at checkout! Plus, shipping is free for Elevated Rewards Members (free to join).

Here are some deal ideas…

Men’s Kor Preshell Hoody – $77.98 (regularly $130)
Use promo code AUG65 (65% off)
Shipping is free for Elevated Rewards Members
$45.23 shipped after code

Men’s Super/DS Stretchdown Jacket – $149.98 (regularly $250)
Use promo code AUG65 (65% off)
Shipping is free for Elevated Rewards Members
$86.99 shipped after code

Men’s Kor Cirrus Hybrid Hoody – $119.98 (regularly $200)
Use promo code AUG65 (65% off)
Shipping is free for Elevated Rewards Members
$69.59 shipped after code

Women’s Keele Full Zip Jacket – $77.98 (regularly $130)
Use promo code AUG65 (65% off)
Shipping is free for Elevated Rewards Members
$45.23 shipped after code

Women’s Kor Cirrus Hybrid Hoody – $119.98 (regularly $200)
Use promo code AUG65 (65% off)
Shipping is free for Elevated Rewards Members
$69.59 shipped after code

Thanks, Hip2Save!