BrownTown Christmas 2010

BrownTown Christmas 2010BrownTown Christmas 2010 was absolutely one of our best.  The kids had a great day and it was actually somewhat relaxing.  No big crazy meal or difficult plan.  Just having a great time together.

Waffle HouseChristmas Eve was a bit of another story.  We had four services at Watermark (2pm, 4pm, 6pm and 11pm) so I was really busy all day that day and couldn’t really contribute too much.  We did manage to grab dinner at the Waffle House, one of the kids’ favorites, and then to see some amazing Christmas lights in the Deerfield area of Plano.  It was maybe a little WT, but fun nonetheless.

After that the kids were zonked.  We put a pallet down on the floor in the living room and let them all crash out in there, thus kicking off BrownTown Christmas Eve Sleepover 2010.  After I got home from the final service, I threw down a couple of mattresses and we all slept in the living room together.  Really fun.  I think we’ll do that every year. We all woke up together and were able to really enjoy the morning hanging out around the tree, eating breakfast and kicking off our day.

Baby JesusDesi had a great idea this year that I’m sure will be part of the BrownTown Christmas from here on out.  She had me bring home some straw which we then stuck into one of Abbie’s baby cradles, serving as our manger.  Then Desi wrapped up a baby doll – our Baby Jesus – and the kids opened that package first and then put Jesus in the manger.  It gave us a great way to talk about the most important part of Christmas first and then enjoy all the gift giving and all that.  Great times.  Way to go Mama B!

Christmas Miracle

Our day wasn’t perfect. Brothers will be brothers after all, but a couple of little squabbles didn’t ruin our morning.

Christmas night we went over and had a great meal with our friends the Hernandez’. (I forgot to take my camera in, so no pics). They made a fantastic Christmas dinner and our kids all played together really well. The XBOX Kinect didn’t hurt things either. Really fun.

All in all, BrownTown Christmas Day 2010 was a big success. We remembered Jesus and enjoyed family and friends – three key elements in any excellent Christmas Day.

BrownTown at the State Fair

BrownTown rolled out to the State Fair of Texas last week along with the Kreusch family. Great times were had by all. Here’s a few photos:

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BrownTown at the Dallas Arboretum

We took a little day trip to the Dallas Arboretum a week or two ago. Great time. I think we’ll get a family membership there at some point.

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Vacation Pics

We had a great vacation down at Cedar Creek Lake this past week.  The kids really enjoyed hanging out down there and having undivided attention from Mom and Dad.  It was great. We didn’t get as much sleep as we wanted to, but it was a lot of fun.  It was great getting out in the country and hanging out without having meetings to go to and places to be.  Our schedule was light and we had a lot of fun. Here’s a few pics to give you an idea of our busy schedule.

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Why So Many Kids?

The Brown Kids

Ed. note: This is a post that originally appeared on my personal blog, TheRoadLesTravels.com

“Why so many kids?” We get this question, or some variant of it all the time – in the mall, at restaurants, from complete strangers as well as our friends and family. It’s a reasonable question. Not many people are doing what we’re doing and we recognize that. For whatever reason, it’s become more the norm for a couple to have two or maybe three kids, and space them apart over several years. Because of that, a lot of people are surprised when they see us rolling into a restaurant with four kids under four. Most people smile or laugh, but some give nasty looks. Not often, but that does happen.

And the question remains. “Why so many kids?”

Well, the answer is pretty simple. We think God wants us to do this. Not only that but we believe that these kids aren’t just a responsibility but that they are a huge blessing. Take a look at Psalm 127:

1 Unless the Lord builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the Lord guards the city,
The watchman keeps awake in vain.

2 It is vain for you to rise up early,
To retire late,
To eat the bread of painful labors;
For He gives to His beloved even in his sleep.

3 Behold, children are a gift of the Lord ,
The fruit of the womb is a reward.

4 Like arrows in the hand of a warrior,
So are the children of one’s youth.

5 How blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them;
They will not be ashamed
When they speak with their enemies in the gate.

To me this says that real worth isn’t measured by the size of your nest egg, but by the size of your nest. Or something like that. Your bank account isn’t going to give you a full life, but rich relationships with a family that adores you can. Not only that, but having a “quiver” full of “arrows” is a sign of power. Your kids are arrows you launch into the world to defeat the works of the enemy – and the more arrows the better. If you love them well, raise them up in the admonition of the Lord, and prepare them as best you can for what awaits them in this world, then when it’s time for them to launch out on their own, they’re going to be strong and have an impact.

For me, I never care to have my name on a building or a fat bank account. I want my name on a bunch of kids who are living for and loving Jesus wherever they are. That’s why we’re having so many kids.