Tuesday, May 17, 2011


A couple weeks ago, life threw us a surprising curve ball.  (Aren't they all?)  Let's just say there's been a shift in the tides, a bit of a role reversal in our household.  These are some photos of what life is like when Daddy is in charge, and Mommy is picking up extra shifts at work.

I'm thinking, life is more fun with Daddy around.  (Oh, and laundry's caught up, the house is clean, and the kids are happy, he is seriously making me look bad.)

A few years ago, this situation would have sent us into a tail spin.  I won't pretend it isn't difficult, but I think we are finally learning to make Arnold Palmers when life hands us lemons.

A trip to the museum.  Mommy looks more awake than she feels.

What a fun day we had!

Ben's first ride on a carousel.  He loved it!

Owen's dream job, glass blowing.  

Look out, Owen's driving, and Ben's talking on the CB radio.  Much better than Ben driving and Owen talking, I think.

Be still my heart.

An afternoon with nature.

A radiology appointment is never just another appointment when Ben is involved.  He's a charmer!

A little pedal tractor pull action.

Go, Owen.

Forgot the stroller?  No problem, we can improvise.  Actually we think it's much better than the stroller, this might just be the way we roll from now on.  There's room for the cooler, and everything else.

The winds of change are blowing for the Brown's, who knows where they will take us.  All I can say for sure is I love my family more than ever.  I feel so very, very blessed.


  1. If Jim gets bored and is all caught up at your house please tell him to feel free and stop by. I always have a load of laundry or two that needs to be done, a floor that needs to be cleaned...

  2. I know you have been very busy. But I'm still miss your posts...and Ben! my he is growing :) The family looks great, Jill!

  3. What a heartwarming post. You are living out the "be content in all circumstances..."given thanks in all circumstances" and the "be joyful always" that we are commanded to do. You have a beautiful family Jill. Praying that while the winds of change blow in, you stay anchored to the Source who gives you all strength and equips you with everything you need.

  4. Thanks ladies. Job loss is certainly something I never thought we would be dealing with (Not Jim's job anyway). Your support means more than you know in these scary and uncertain times.

  5. Jill -

    I found your blog when searching more info on Armenian adoption. This is my first time commenting.
    I will pray for your family during this time. My husband had been laid off (=stay at home dad) for over a year now. It is tough financially, but him being able to bond with the kids is really priceless.

  6. Hi Katya, thank you for commenting, and thank you for your prayers. If you have any questions about adopting from Armenia, please e-mail me, I would love to chat with you. browninmi@comcast.net Jill