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!

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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! 

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

The Bradrick Family

Life in Black and White

Here are just a few pictures from our time in Washington.


The Bradrick ~ Brown Family

~Katherine, Myself, Claudia, Amy-Ellen, & Cecily~

~Taylor, Stephen, David & Phillip~

Brothers and Dear Friends

The Trio! (Who had way to much fun together!)

Wednesday, October 8, 2008

Sorry for the Delay

Hello to the readers of this blog. 

 I am sorry that it has been a while since my last post. Yes, there is a very good reason for my neglect. Can you guess? Some of you may know right away, and for those of you who are still guessing, I will just tell you. I have been out of town to the land of corn fields and not internet! 

 The Brown family traveled to Harvard, IL for a conference and to visit the Powers family. It was a 5 day trip and to my regret I did not take my camera, I am really kicking myself for it now! All that to say, I am hoping to get some of the pictures that the Powers took and post a few sooner rather than later. 

 So yes, I am still living and staying very busy. I do hope that everyone is enjoying this lovely fall weather. Just as a side note, I think that fall is my favorite season, the second would be spring! 

 Well, that is all for now folks. Until next time.  (When ever that will be!!)

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