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13 Oct 2019   ·   1

Life Update: Pregnancy (week 11) & a trip to South Africa & Herndon, VA

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.

In case you missed last week’s update, check it out here.

11 weeks! I’m so excited to be getting close to the 2nd trimester!

This week was a week full of ups and downs. I had some really bad days and two surprisingly decent days where I actually had a few short windows where I didn’t feel nauseous. It was the most incredible feeling and, even though it was short-lived, it was just the encouragement I needed after having a really rough and discouraging week last week nausea-wise.

(By the way, it seems that most people have told me that their nausea is always worst in the mornings. For some reason, mine gets progressively worse as the day goes on. By bedtime, it’s at the severe level and often keeps me up for a few hours. I don’t have any explanation for this but it’s how it’s been in all my pregnancies so I guess it just is what it is!)


I had another doctor’s appointment this week and another ultrasound. Since Jesse and Kathrynne are in South Africa, I took Silas and Kaitlynn with me to the appointment. It was exciting for them to get to see our baby on the screen! Also, my doctor says the baby has grown quite a bit & everything is looking so healthy.


We had the NIPT test done this week. We opted to do it for a variety of reasons, even though it’s not 100% accurate. One exciting side benefit: we should be finding out what we’re having in the next two weeks!

We haven’t decided whether we’ll be telling people or not. We didn’t find out with either of the girls but chose to find out with Silas and decided that we preferred finding out to being surprised. However, with Silas, we decided to keep it a secret from everyone, including our extended family. We may or may not do that again.


A total of 4 pounds so far… which means that I have officially outgrown a lot of my clothes. I ordered a few new tunic tops from Amazon and a few new pairs of leggings. I also went through my closet and pared it down to the looser-fitting tops/bottoms I already own that I can still into comfortably.

I’m guessing I’ll be transitioning to maternity clothes sometime in the next 4-6 weeks. (If I remember right, I usually start wearing them around 17-20 week but I feel like my belly has popped faster this pregnancy!)

A Peek Into Our Week

A number of you have asked for me to post a picture of Quill (our pet hedgehog). He’s doing so well and has grown so big.

A Trip to South Africa

Jesse and Kathrynne flew to South Africa on Wednesday to visit our friends there and see how things were going with the ministry we support there.

(We usually go every year and it’s one of my favorite places ever, but for some reason, I didn’t feel a peace about going this year. It didn’t make any sense at all, but I just felt strongly that I wasn’t supposed to go… little did I know that it was going to be because I was pregnant!)

They’ve been sending me pictures of their time there and I am just so happy for them.

Jesse said that Kathrynne is having the best time and it warms my mama heart so much to see my girl halfway around the world loving on these kids and teens.

While they’ve been gone, we stayed busy back here. I got to interview Aundi Kolber for next week’s podcast episode. I can’t wait for you to listen to this episode; it is fantastic!

(Also, we looked like we were dressed for a gender reveal party or something! I didn’t even realize it until I looked at the picture we took together after she left!)

I also was so excited one morning to feel well enough to go to Kroger quickly and pick up their Friday-Saturday deals!

A Trip to Herdon, VA

And then Kaitlynn and Silas flew with me to Herdon, VA for me to speak at the 2:1 conference. (I usually only bring one child with me on speaking engagements, but since they were both on fall break and Jesse and Kathrynne were gone, they both got to come with me!)

One of the highlights of the conference was getting to meet Janet Benge, who has co-authored so many of the Christian Heroes Then and Now books. I had to get a picture for my mom.

I loved getting to do a breakout workshop about exploding your engagement on Instagram! The attendees were the best and I could have stayed for another hour or two and answered all the questions I didn’t get to answer during the session and at the end!

One of my favorite things is getting to help others also fall in love with the power of Instagram. Speaking of which, are you following me on Instagram? If not, you’re missing out as I share lots of behind-the-scenes, money-saving deals, and real-time updates there… many that I never get space to share here on the blog!

I also gave the morning keynote sharing how my parents impacted my life and the power of legacy.

What I’m…

Reading right now: The Only Plane in the Sky (Note: This has a little bit of language in it, but it is a very worthwhile read and I would highly recommend it.)

Watching right now: Have you seen the Enneagram Rhapsody? Multiple sent it to me this week and I had to laugh because there was so much truth in it. If you are an Enneagram fan, you’ll probably love it, if you haven’t seen it yet. 🙂

Listening to right now: This week, I’ve been listening to the Serene and Pearl UnShow at night when I have trouble sleeping because of nausea. I love the Trim Healthy Mama podcast and their quirky sense of humor and the way they disagree with one another and tease one another. (A lot of people are annoyed with how they talk over each other on their podcast. I happen to love it — probably because I grew up in a large family and we are always talking over each other and teasing one another mercilessly!)

Loving right now: This kimono (I have it on in the photo at the top of this post. It’s perfect to dress up an outfit, so comfortable, and is something I’ve worn multiple times in the last month!)

What are YOU reading, watching, listening to, and loving right now? I’d love to hear!

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12 Oct 2019   ·   2
LEGO Replay

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12 Oct 2019   ·   0
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12 Oct 2019   ·   0
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12 Oct 2019   ·   4

Brigette’s $84 Grocery Shopping Trip and Weekly Menu Plan for 6


4-lb pkg 80/20 Fresh Ground Beef, reduced – $7.72

1 16-oz pkg Deli Meat – $2.85

1 bag Pepperoni – $2.19

1 Cauliflower – $1.99

1 16-oz bag Mini Cucumbers – $1.99

1 pkg Grape Tomatoes – $1.19

1 3-lb bag Mandarins – $3.69

2 bags Fresh Broccoli Crowns – $2.30

1 bag Mini Sweet Peppers – $1.99

1 large tub Organic Spring Mix – $3.69

2 3-lb bag Gala Apples – $3.58

2 large bags Red Grapes ($0.89/lb) – $5.12

1 pkg Romaine Hearts – $2.09

1 large jar Applesauce – $1.95

1 pkg Zucchini – $1.19

1 pkg Oyster Crackers – $0.87

1 pkg String Cheese – $1.95

1 pkg Deli Sliced Cheese – $1.19

1 2-lb bag Shredded Cheddar Cheese – $4.49

1 2-lb bag Shredded Mozzarella Cheese – $4.49

1 large canister Quick Oats – $2.39

1 64-oz carton Unsweetened Almond Milk – $1.69

1/2 gallon Whole Milk – $0.58

4 half-gallons 1% Milk – $1.00

1 32-oz carton Half and Half – $1.55

1 16-oz carton Heavy Whipping Cream – $1.55

1 24-oz carton Cottage Cheese – $1.55

1-lb box Butter Quarters – $2.45

4 dozen Eggs – $3.12

1 pkg Taco Seasoning Mix – $0.29

1 pkg Flour Tortillas – $0.65

1 pkg Plain Rice Cakes – $1.45

1 loaf Sandwich Bread – $0.65

1 loaf Split Top Wheat Bread, reduced – $0.49

1 bag Mulitgrain Blue Corn Chips – $1.17

1 box Honey Nuts Oats – $1.19

1 box Honey Crunch Oats – $1.29

1 jar Almond Butter – $3.49

1 jar Spaghetti Sauce – $0.85

1 bag Marshmallows – $0.89

Grocery Total for the Week: $84.81

Weekly Menu Plan


Everyone is responsible for making/cleaning up their own breakfasts. Choices include:

Toast, Cereal, Oatmeal, Veggie Omelets, Boiled/Fried/Scrambled Eggs, Fruit, Cottage Cheese, Smoothies


Cheese Quesadillas, Apples, Mini Cucumbers

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwiches/Rice Cakes, Grapes, Mini Sweet Peppers x 2

Sliced Meat/Cheese Sandwiches, Oranges, Carrots x 2

Leftovers x 2


Taco Salad (Blue Corn Chips, Seasoned Ground Venison, Shredded Romaine, Shredded Cheddar Cheese, Salsa, Plain Greek Yogurt), Grapes

Chicken Noodle Soup with Oyster Crackers, Grapes, Roasted Broccoli

Church Picnic (main dish is provided; I’m bringing Rice Krispy Treats and a big pan of Macaroni and Cheese)

Venison Roast in the Crockpot, Tossed Salad, Roasted Cauflower, Pull Apart Oat Rolls

Homemade Pepperoni Pizza, Tossed Salad

Leftover Chicken Noodle Soup over Mashed Potatoes, Roasted Broccoli

Leftovers, Tossed Salad

12 Oct 2019   ·   0

Free Home Depot Kids Workshop on November 2, 2019

If your family loves the FREE Home Depot Kids Workshops, registration for the November workshop is officially open! See below for this month’s fun project!

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Home Depot is hosting another free Kids Workshop on Saturday, November 2, 2019, from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.. This month’s project is to build a build an American eagle.

Here are the details:

  • Join our hands-on workshop and you and your child can build a build an American eagle.
  • All kids get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last.
  • Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin.

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11 Oct 2019   ·   2

Guess what?!? I actually went to Kroger!

I can’t believe it,  but I actually made it to Kroger today! And I’m only 11 weeks pregnant!

For those of you who are wondering what that has to do with anything, let me explain: I usually have morning, noon, and night sickness in my first trimester and partway into my second trimester. This makes cooking, grocery shopping, or having much of anything to do with food prep entirely impossible because it just makes me too nauseous.

So that’s why you haven’t seen any Kroger shopping trips here or menu plans recently. The thought of even considering grocery shopping or menu planning was pretty much completely off limits for my stomach for weeks.

Jesse and Kathrynne are in South Africa right now and I was sad that that meant Jesse wouldn’t be able to run to the store to grab the Friday-Saturday deals.

But then, this morning, I woke up and felt uncharacteristically not queasy (I had totally forgotten what that was even like!) I decided I just might be able to brave a quick trip to the store.

And folks, I did it — and I made it out without getting sick!!!

I brought this helper along with me and couldn’t have done it without him. He helped me pick out everything and scanned most of the groceries at the self-checkout. He also decided to see how high he could stack the ice cream and it still stay in the cart while he pushed it! 😉

Here’s what we bought:

  • 5 cartons Kroger ice cream — $1.49 with Friday-Saturday deal
  • 1 bunch marked down bananas —  $0.71
  • 5 Danimals — $0.99 with Friday-Saturday deal
  • 2 boxes Kroger yogurt tubes —  marked down to $0.89 each (I put these in the freezer for the kids to use in their lunches)
  • 4 packages Jell-O cups — $0.99 each (These looked SO good to me for some reason. And then I got home and decided they didn’t look good at all. But the kids were so excited about them, so I don’t think they are going to go to waste!)
  • 1 Hershey’s pudding cups — $2 — I grabbed this not even realizing it wasn’t Jell-O. And didn’t even realize it until I got home. Clearly, I am a little rusty at the shopping thing! 🙂 We can also blame pregnancy brain considering I also left the keys in the car and the car unlocked when I went into the store. And didn’t realize it until I got back out to the car!! Oh goodness. I might need a babysitter!

Total with tax: $22.68

I can’t promise that I’ll be bringing back grocery store shopping trip posts on the regular just yet, but I am definitely celebrating that it happened today!

11 Oct 2019   ·   0
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11 Oct 2019   ·   2

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11 Oct 2019   ·   0
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11 Oct 2019   ·   0
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11 Oct 2019   ·   0
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11 Oct 2019   ·   0

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