Predicament

Middle of the Lake?  Taggie was there!

Middle of the Lake? Taggie was there!

I have a Baby (don’t tell me he’s not!).  He has a Taggie (a super soft and silky blanket with ribbon tags all around it lovinglycreated by Wendy.).  We keep misplacing Taggie.  I have tried to switch the Baby, Harry, over to a Bubba (teddy bear) like his Brothers have (and had), but he keeps throwing it on the ground.  No Bubba for Harry.  We don’t mind the Taggie at all, in fact, when en is fresh from the dryer, he is the sweetest smelling, softest piece of fabric I have ever laid eyes or hands on.  I love Taggie…but we have to keep a better hold on him.  Rhett suggested making Taggie into a cape for Bubba.  It is easier to keep a Bear from wandering off than it is to keep a Taggie from slinking under something and feeling lost. 

I need your help!  Mail me or comment and give me your ideas.  We are heading to Disney World soon and we CAN NOT  lose Taggie there!  This is the first year Harry won’t stay in the stroller most of the time and losing Taggie ranks right up there with losing a child!  Not really, but it would make life very difficult!

Please help!!

Until Next Time, I’m Fondly Yours,

Jeanne

Queen of the I Try to Keep MY Babies’ Lovies Clean Club!

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Ketchup!

I love my life…it’s just happening too fast for me to keep up with!  I’ll try to do better!  Here’s the rundown:

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Logi in motion

Logan’s playing soccer and absolutely loves it!  he’s playing Upward and his shinguards go from the top of his foot to above his kneecap!  He’ll score a goal (which Upward doesn’t keep count of, but Mommy does!) and then say, Mom!  I did GOOD!  Rhett is impressed that he can alternate kicking with his left foot as well as with his right and I’m ecstatic to be a “soccer Mom”!  We have 4 games left, 2 regular and 2 make up so come cheer on the Cannonballs!!

 

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Reece and our great friend Haley

Reece is now a “senior” at his school…a big ‘ol 4th grader!  I can’t believe it!  He loves his class and was elected onto Student Council.  He is in chorus, Creations (the art program he had to apply to be in) and was just picked for Pride Patrol which is his school’s hall monitoring program.  He keeps busy with both homework and playtime and breaks my heart just a little more each day with his grown up ways and independence.

 

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Hanging out at Lake Hartwell

This is the last year until the 2017-2018 school year that Garett will be with his older brother in school.  the next time  they are together, Reece will be a true Senior and Garettbug will be a Sophmore at Byrnes (GO REBELS!).  I don’t know why I just calculated that.  I’m making myself tear up.  Garett is a 2nd grader and giving Reece a run for his money!  Garett and Reece are both learning German beginning this year (I pray a job at BMW is in their futures!) and Bug comes home and teaches it to Logan.  He keeps Reece on his toes during multiplication drills (though Garett calls it skip counting at this stage) and I think it does Reece good to have healthy competition!  He is a fabulous student and is soaking up knowledge like a sponge!  His favorite thing to do is play with friends and jump the ramp on his bike, but reading is a very close second!

 Logan is learning at home this year with me and is wanting to go faster than we can!  I’ve told him, there are 26 letters that we are learning this year.  There are 36 weeks of school for us.  We need to slooooow down the learning!!  After the first day of “homie school” he told me, okay Mom, I got A.  What’s next?  He does not like spending a week on a letter and is always ready to move along.  We have celebrated by making fudge on F week, marshmallows on M week and butter on B week!  We are finishing up K and plan on making kabobs with kiwi!  We take lots of field trips (zoo, library, etc) and will be going on the traditional apple/pumpking picking field trip soon.  We visit our friends at Lyman Elementary and can’t wait for Drop-in and Play to start back!  In 2 weeks we are going to the Chapman Cultural Center in Spartanburg with our friends Joy and Taylor and can not wait!!  School is so much fun for him!

Harry is wide open!  I bet you couldn’t guess I was going to say that!  He is talking non-stop and I can’t believe I ever was worried about him NOT talking!  He is full of energy and I have people at the Boys’ school and at church asking if I

Garett Bug and his Mini G, Harry!

Garett Bug and his Mini G, Harry!

ever take him out of the stroller he seems to always be in!  He is out of it alot, in fact he was in it only when he wore himself out today at the Zoo!  People are amazed that he has legs!  I’m always more than happy to let him out…if  THEY want to chase him!!  🙂  He is almost 2 and a half and I find myself wishing for a new Baby less and less.  I am blessed beyond measure and though I’m certainly not pressing the potty training, I can see a glimmer of life after 10 years of diapers on the not so distant horizon.  I have to stop, I’m tearing up again!!

We had a fabulous end to our summer with time at Lake Hartwell with the Somer’s, fun walks around the lake at Furman and Zoo visits. We’ve ALL been learning new things, choosing JOY and making ourselves better people.  I hope that this Fall finds you eager to learn new things and choosing JOY!  There is nothing better!

Until Next Time, I’m Fondly Yours,

Jeanne

Queen of the This Ones For You Jimmy Club!!  🙂

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Baptism the Way We Do It!

There are different ways that one can be baptized.  Being sprinkled by the Pastor as a Baby,  immersed in a baptismal pool at the front of the church by a Reverend.  I like they way Our People, Freedom Fellowship, do it.  On Sunday, July 26th, Garett was baptized.  In Lyman Lake.  In swimming trunks.   By his Daddy.  What an AWESOME experience!  We had tons of friends and family attend the baptism and the huge BBQ that was held afterwards.  Here is a picture of some, but not all, of our group.  We had long time friends and new friends there.  We had a youth that helped with one of the VBSs that Bug attended there.  We had his Principal, his 1st grade teacher and his 2nd grade teacher there…though at the time we didn’t know she was going to be his 2nd grade teacher! All in all I think we had about 35 people come to show Garett some love.  :o)Cincy Zoo, Family Reunion and Baptism 114

The love and support that surounded Garett was amazing!  We are so very blessed to have such wonderful, caring and loving friends and family.

These are my favorite pictures.  Thank you, Jill, for posting them on FaceBook for me!

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Here is Rhett washing the old Bug away…

 

 

 

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And the NEW Bug emerges!!  Yay!  God is SO good!  He has always been a wonderful child, but now more than ever he is trying to live the right way, do the right thing, say the right thing.  I did tell him and Reece the other day though, that if Jesus lived in their hearts then he better live in their mouths too and for them to stop calling each other names.  It’s worked pretty well.

 

 

My friend Jimmy had the honor of baptizing his sister.  Here is a picture of them that I think says it all.Cincy Zoo, Family Reunion and Baptism 131  It was a reverent and joyful event all at the same time.  It was the best.

 

So, that’s how we do it!  And my heart is happy knowing that Garett will be with me in heaven one day.  It is well with my soul.

 

Until Next Time, I’m Fondly Yours,

Jeanne

Queen of the Full of Joy Browns

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Why I Want A Digital Camera in my Head

Not the best title ever, but this is an image that I don’t ever want to forget.

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I’m taking more pictures than ever because everyday The Boys grow and change and I want to remember it all.

We are going to a family reunion soon.  My camera won’t stop because as much as I want to make memories, I want them to last a lifetime.

Until Next  Time, I’m Fondly Yours,

Jeanne

Queen of the Shutterbugs

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I Have a New Brother!

I have a new Brother in Christ!  His name is Samuel Garett Brown.  My 7 year old has accepted Christ and will be baptized later this month at Lyman Lake.  We are so excited for him and can see the way that Jesus is working in his heart to be a better person.  Not that he was bad before, but he is trying very hard to be a better brother.  You can see his mind working in different situations trying to decide how to react. 

He really is growing up so very quickly.  Rhett and I are very proud of him and can’t wait to celebrate with him at his baptism.

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One short anecdote and then I’ll end for now.   After Bug prayed and asked Jesus into his heart, I told him that I was so excited that he was my Brother in Christ!  We were both crying tears of happiness, but suddenly his eyes grew large and he asked me, “But you’re still my Mommy, right?”  Yes Garett-Bug, I still am, and always be, your very proud Mommy.  We love you!

Until Next Time, I’m Fondly Yours,

Jeanne

Queen of the Brown Jesus Followers

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My Sheltered Children

Rhett brought home some sweet corn today…still in the husk.  My children were estatic to be able to shuck it!  We had a grand time standing around the garbage can throwing the husks and silk away.  Why have my children never done this before?  Why didn’t I realize how sheltered they have been?  I don’t know, but I do know that we will have lots of fresh corn this summer, because I have shuckin’  help! 

 Bring on the green beans!!

Until Next Time, I’m Fondly Yours,

Jeanne

Queen of the Fresh Veggies

 

P.S.  The corn was fabulous!

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Celebrations Galore!

Since I haven’t blogged in a month, once again, I am overwhelmed!  Where to begin?!?!

How about with the FABULOUS surprise birthday party Rhett threw for me on my big day last month?  Yes, it was only 35, but Rhett knows how I love to be celebrated and so he and Louan got into cahoots (did I spell that right?) and totally got me!  Rhett planned for 30 and we ended up with 53…I didn’t know there were 53 people that loved me enough to spend a Saturday night with me!  Copper River was so glad Rhett planned the party there that they gave me a big ol’ gift card for my birthday!  Thank you again to Rhett and Louan and to EVERYONE who took time to help me celebrate.  Mother’s Day and Birthday….the 2 dates never to forget if you are a husband!  My spectacular husband definitely celebrated me on both days this year!

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We’ve also celebrated the end of the school year.  I am now the proud Mom of a 4th grader and a 2nd grader!  We celebrated by going to the Zoo with friends.  Bless Madison’s heart!  Look at all those BOYS!  We had a great time and the animals were all playful so we picked a perfect day!   Now we are celebrating the summer with swimming, VBSing, librarying (I made those last two words up!) and generally just hanging out.  I love it!

 

Last weekend we celebrated Rhett’s Day!  You may also know it by the general name, Father’s Day.  MHollys and Father's Day 010y Jaime (she’s more than just a friend so I call her My Jaime) shared with me the idea about making a movie for Father’s Day and so I put 250 (or so) pictures of Rhett and the Boys to music to commerate the last 7 years of being a Father.  We didn’t have a digital camera before Bug was born so the pictures began in 2002.  I cried so much making the “film” and while watching it that I can’t watch it for a while now.  I can’t believe how fast time is passing.    Rhett loved his movie and the breakfast in bed we made him Sunday morning.  We had a great day just being together and being The Browns. 

 

So tonight I broke the news to Logn that the chances are really good that he will NOT be attending K4 at Reece and Garett’s school this fall.  I found out that on a waiting list of 13 children, Logi is #12.  That’s good since admission is based on need, socially and intellectually, but bad in the fact that Logan is SO ready to go to big school!  So tonight I told him that he will be homeschooled next year.  He was good with that, especially when I told him that I would organize field trips for him.  He still wants to visit his friends there (Mrs. Melody, Mrs. Kaye, Mr. Henson among many others), but he took the news well.  We’ll see how he does once the Boys are gone again.  He was estatic when I told him that he would DEFINITELY be in K5 the next year.  He can’t wait to grow up and I am trying to keep him little.  Story of my life.

Okay, so this is us in a nutshell!  Stay tuned for more fun-filled adventures as we  live each day to the fullest!  And let us know if you want to play…we are good at that!  😮

Until Next Time, I’m Fondly Yours,

Jeanne

Queen of the Celebrations

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My Baby is TWO!

I won’t bore everyone with the birth story of how Charles Harrison Brown came into this world (though if you’d like to ask me about it, I’d LOVE to tell you it!) but I would like to wish him a very Happy Birthday!!  Two years ago this very day (can you believe I’m actually blogging about one of my children’s birthdays ON TIME!  I know!  It’s amazing!) Harry came into our lives.  We are very glad he was 4th, because if he had been 1st there probably would not have been a 2nd, 3rd or 4th!  Just kidding!  Kind of.  Not really.  He is a super dee duper big handfull, but God knew that we’d be able to handle it,  and most days we do!  I was trying to pick out his Birth Day picture but there are so many I love, so I picked 2.

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Here he is just moments after The Boys met him.  They were all so in love with him from the beginning!

Now they all love him (they just don’t LIKE him all of the time!) but he seems to have drawn closer to Bug.  In the same way, Logan has drawn nearer to Reece.  They all play well together, but Harry seems to say Garett’s name more than any other.

 

 

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Here he is with Rhett.  Harry had to spend some time in the NICU and so we had to visit him there.  This was probably the first and last time he had a paci in his mouth.  It’s been his thumb ever since he discovered it!  Rhett was so proud of him, as he has been of every son at their birth, and I think the love shared between these two was bonding from the moment Rhett held him.

 

 

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Here he is just this week.  He is the smiliest, funniest, most dramatic baby!  He is super smart and will work very hard to figure out how to get whatever it is he wants.  He’s a climber in to things and a climber out.  He climbs on top of things and over things.  He is NON-STOP and we love it!  We wouldn’t have it any other way.  Although, God did know that I wouldn’t be able to handle him if I worked outside of the home as well as raise him and so today I celebrate exactly 2 years of being a Stay At Home Mom who rarely stays at home!  I left the Marriott at 11:30am with my office all packed up and Harry was born  just after 5:00pm the same day.  No sitting around waiting for me!

So as I celebrate Harry’s birthday, I also celebrate Rhett for letting me stay at home and raise our children.  Thank you, My Honey, and keep praying that this isn’t the last 2nd Birthday we”ll get to celebrate!

Until Next Time, I’m Fondly Yours,

Jeanne

Queen of the I’m Calling Them Babies Forever Club

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The Price of Children

I know many of you have seen this, but my Mom shared it with me (thank you, Mom!) and once again it made me smile.  I’ve added a few notes of my own.  I hope you enjoy!

 

The government recently calculated the cost of raising a child from birth to 18 and came up with $160,140.00 for a middle income family. Talk about price shock! That doesn’t even touch college tuition. But $160,140.00 isn’t so bad if you break it down.

It translates into:

* $8,896.66 a year,

* $741.38 a month,

* $171.08 a week.

* A mere $24.24 a day!

* Just over a dollar an hour.

Still, you might think the best financial advice is ; don’t have children if you want to be ‘rich.’ Actually, it is just the opposite.

 

What do you get for your $160,140..00?

* Naming rights. First, middle, and last!

* Glimpses of God every day..

* Giggles under the covers every night.

* More love than your heart can hold….I love my children so much it makes my heart hurt.

* Butterfly kisses and Velcro hugs.

* Endless wonder over rocks, ants, clouds, and warm cookies.

* A hand to hold usually covered with jelly or chocolate.

* A partner for blowing bubbles and flying kites.

* Someone to laugh yourself silly with, no matter what the boss said or how your stocks performed that day.

 

For $160,140.00, you never have to grow up. You get to:

* finger-paint,

* carve pumpkins,

* play hide-and-seek,

* catch lightning bugs,

* never stop believing in Santa Claus.

You have an excuse to:

* keep reading the Adventures of Piglet and Pooh and sing the Winnie the Pooh song!

* watch Saturday morning cartoons or Noggin anytime! 

* go to Disney movies,  and

* wish on stars while laying in the hammock.

 

You get to frame rainbows, hearts, and flowers under refrigerator magnets and collect spray painted noodle wreaths for Christmas, hand prints set in clay for Mother’s Day, and cards with backward letters for Father’s Day.

For a mere $24.24 a day, there is no greater bang for your buck. You get to be a hero just for:

* retrieving a Frisbee off the roof,

* taking the training wheels off a bike,

* removing a splinter,

* filling a wading pool,

* coaxing a wad of gum out of bangs, and

* coaching a baseball or basketball team that never wins but always gets treated to ice cream regardless.

 

You get a front row seat in history to witness the:

* First step,

* First word,

* First jock strap (this originally said bra!),

* First date,

* F irst time behind the wheel.

You get to be immortal.  You get another branch added to your family tree, and if you’re lucky, a long list of limbs in your obituary called grandchildren and great grandchildren. You get an education in psychology, nursing, criminal justice, communications, and human sexuality that no college can match. In the eyes of a child, you rank right up there under God. You have all the power to heal a boo-boo, scare away the monsters under the bed, patch a broken heart, police a slumber party, ground them forever, and love them without limits, so one day they will, like you, love without counting the cost.

That is quite a deal for the price!!!!!!!

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I love being a Mommy.  It’s the best job I’ve ever had.  Thank you, Rhett (and Dr. Miller!)  for making me a Mom and thank you Reece, Garett, Logan, Harry, Chloe, Bella, Humphrey, Stephanie and Stitch for KEEPING me in a job!  The benefits are ENDLESS!!

Until Next Time, I’m Fondly Yours,

Jeanne

Queen of the I LOVE Being a Mommy Club!

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My New Favorite Place

I have a new favorite place.  Well, it’s not entirely new.  I used to go there alot.  Rhett and I used to walk there.  Sometimes daily.  I got engaged there.  After we got married we lived with in walking distance of this place.  But then I got prego with Reece and suddenly we needed a home with more than 1 bathroom so we moved.  I miss that house.  But I digress.  My new (old) favorite place is Furman University.

Two weeks ago Rhett and I had a date night.  We went and picked up dinner and went and had a picnic beside the lake.  Then we walked around the lake and talked.  And talked.  And talked some more.  It was WONSams Party ETC 067DERFUL! Since we had such a grand time, we took the Boys back on Sunday evening.  I packed a picnic.  Rhett packed the bikes and the stroller and away we went!  The Boys loved it!  They rode around the lake with Harry, Rhett and I following along.  We ate dinner under a big tree and continued on around.  We’ve gone to Furman for the last two weeks now and we’ll hopefully get to go tomorrow for Mother’s Day. 

I’ve learned so much while we’ve been there.  I’ve learned that Logan refuses to be left behind by the Big Boys.  I’ve learned that Reece and Garett can be beaten in a race against both Rhett and me.  I’ve learned that all of the Boys like exploring the koi pond and the rose garden.  I’ve learned that when faced with a Mama Duck and 10 little duckings all of the Boys go silent.  They were so cute, the Boys and the ducks!  I’ve learned that the Boys can be considerate and ride to the right when someone is coming toward us.  I’ve learned that people are amazed that Logan is riding without training wheels.  I’ve learned that no matter how rocky our week has been, an evening together at Furman makes it all better.  It’s a wonderful way to start our week.  And I wouldn’t miss the time we spend together for the world. 

Until Next Time, I’m Fondly Yours,

Jeanne

Queen of the Biker Browns

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