Friday, December 12, 2008

A general update...

I know it has been a while since my last post, but I can honestly say that I have been keeping very busy. So, you may be asking yourself, 'I wonder what kinds of things the Brown's have been up to?' Well know you can stop wondering and I will tell you!

The last couple of weeks have been spent in preparation for a conference we hosted on Dec. 5-6. When we were not preparing for the conference, we put in some long days of work on David's house. It has been a lot of fun helping with the framing, flooring, measuring & cutting, dump runs etc....!

As a side to this post, I have had several requests for pictures of Peter, Kelly Triumph and Knox. The draw back is that I have not yet made it down to TX to visit and take pictures of my own. So here are a few of the latest pictures of the Bradrick family.

Well, I am going to close for now with a few pictures of Life at the Brown's Barn!


A work in progress.... 

2008 NCFIC Regional Conference.

David and his A/V staff! 

The latest Bradrick photos! 

Friday, November 21, 2008

Pictures at last....

Knox Defender Bradrick

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

A Poem for Today...

Father, I know that all my life 
Is portioned out for me;
The changes that are sure to come, 
I do not fear to see:
I ask Thee for a present mind,
Intent on pleasing Thee.

I would not have the restless will 
That hurries to and fro,
Seeking for some great thing to do,
Or Secret thing to know;
I would be treated as a child,
And guided where I go.

I ask Thee for the daily strength, 
To non that ask denied,
A mind to blend with outward life,
While keeping at Thy side,
Content to fill a little space,
If Thou be glorified.

In service which Thy will appoints
There are no bonds for me;
My secret heart is taught the truth
That makes Thy children free;
A life of self-renouncing love
Is one of liberty.

Anna L. Waring 

Monday, November 10, 2008

A weekend Project

This past weekend, Claudia and I painted and rearranged David's room while he was out of town! Lets just say it was a great surprise when he got home. 8) Here are a few pictures of the *before, during and after.

*I forgot to take pictures before I took the furniture out of his room, so they are what it looked like with almost nothing left in the room.

Hope you enjoy a little window into what my past weekend looked like!


Sunday, November 9, 2008

We have a name!!!

Knox Defender Bradrick

 (When I get a picture I will be sure to post it! Just hang in there.)

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Sunday, November 2, 2008

A New Baby!!!

Well today started a little different for an average Saturday at the Brown's Barn. Mom came up to tell me that Kelly was in the early stages of labor and that I needed to come down right away and get her on the next flight out to San Antonio. So, after about 45 minutes on the computer and the phone, I was able to get her on an 11:00 am flight. She arrived in TX just after 3:00 pm. 

 At 8:00 pm central time, Kelly gave birth to a healthy baby boy!! I am so thankful to the Lord for giving Kelly the strength she needed and for blessing both she and Peter with a new miracle. Here is the information that I have: He looks like Peter, with light hair. Weighs 7 pounds and measured in at 19 1/2 inches!! 

 With much joy and delight,
    Auntie Blair

Sunday, October 26, 2008


I just posted my 'long' Washington post. Seeing that it was a couple of days in the making, it is posted just below 'A day at the park'. 

So scroll down to see the newsy update! 

- Blair

Friday, October 24, 2008

A day at the park

At the end of September the Peter Bradrick family came out for our Father Son Retreat. Kelly and Triumph stayed a few extra days, so we took a little trip to the local park.
 Here are just  a few pictures for your viewing pleasure. 

~ Blair ~

This is our neighbor's little girl - who was born the same day Triumph was.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

A Blessed week in Washington

For the past 10 days the Brown family has been in WA visiting the Bradrick Clan. I will give you a quick overview of what took place while we were there.

a) On Friday the 10th, 3 Brown ladies (Mom, Claudia & I) flew into Seattle to be greeted by 3 Bradricks. (Mama B. Katherine & Amy Ellen) From the airport we drove the remaining 4 hours to Spokane where we stayed with the Craig family for the weekend.

b) Saturday was the first of two mother daughter teas hosted by Christian Heritage. ( The day was full of many rich blessings from the Lord, with 120 in attendance. After we spoke/shared and enjoyed a beautiful day of conversation. After which we headed back to the Craig home for a restful evening.

Sunday started with a wonderful morning of sweet worship. After which we came back to the Craig's and had the equivalent of Thanksgiving dinner! Followed by a good walk, volleyball, more fellowship and a few games.

Monday found us on the road heading back to the west side of Washington. On the way, we stopped in the small tourist town, Leavenworth. ( After walking the very quaint streets and stopping in here and there for some shopping, we had an absolutely wonderful dinner. After dinner and coffee, we loaded back into the car and drove the rest of the way to the Bradrick's home.

c) Monday through Thursday went a little something like this:
Little sleep - lots of fellowship.
Canning apple sauce and apple butter.
Drying apple rings for a fantastic treat. :)
Lots of talking while working in the kitchen and doing dishes!!
Running into town to do grocery shopping and prep errands for the upcoming events.

d) Thursday My dad, David & Taylor Tsantles, flew in for a Men's Leadership Meeting held in Tacoma. (My dad was speaking along with Dan Horn.) So a handful of us drove into Tacoma to hosting the meeting and serving lunch.
 Friday evening my Grandparents and Aunt JoAnne drove up from the Portland area for a weekend visit and to attend the second M/D tea in Tacoma.

e) Saturday was the second of the 2 teas. This one was larger in attendance, 180! The Lord richly blessed the work that the Bradrick family and the CH board poured into these two teas. The day was beautiful, the tea was spectacular and the conversations was greatly blessed.

f) Sunday was another day full of blessed fellowship and a sweet time of worship.

g) Monday found the Brown family and Taylor loading up around 7:00 am heading to the airport for a long day of flying back to NC!

Thus the end of our wonderful trip. Below are the pictures posted in order of events listed above. FYI: I don't have any pictures of the apples that we canned or dried, but trust me they were delicious!

Blessings from your blog host,

Mama speaking at the Mother Daughter Tea in Spokane.

A little lady at the tea....

Sisters and a friend who sat my table during the tea. 
(Yes, they made their dresses!)


The Cheese Shop....

This was the most fantastic shop, they had every kind of cheese under the sun.  :)

So Ladies, what will it be?

A beautiful soap shop....

And my personal favorite, the chocolate shop!! 

Need I say more....

Amy Ellen capturing the moment....

Claudia in Leavenworth...

Miss Cecily
The group in Leavenworth, minus Cecily who is taking the picture. 

Just for laughs!
 Yes, we did have a blast together, how did you ever guess?!

Dear sisters and very close friends! 
Cecily and me.... 

Aunt JoAnne and me.

My dear family

My sweet parents!! 

One of the days, the guys went to the flight museum in Seattle, this is just one of the many pictures taken that afternoon!