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Six and One

The life and times of the Brown Family.

Updated: 2014-10-02T22:06:36.985-07:00


Our Trip to San Antonio


Hey there, everybody! Today we just got back from a nice weekend trip to San Antonio for Taj's dad's 70th birthday party. It was a surprise party, so we had a lot of fun doing a treasure hunt and giving him a birthday cake with 70 candles on it. Later in the evening we surprised him by taking him on a dinner cruise on the riverwalk and had a great time. Later we watched the Super Bowl with our 3D glasses, very cool and what an ending! Now the kids have 3 days off of school so we are just reorganizing and getting ready for the week ahead. Here is some pictures and video of our time there:

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3D Super Bowl Glasses from Jonathan Brown on Vimeo.

In addition, there is a new poll on this site on the right hand side. Just scroll down a little bit, you'll find it. We'd really appreciate it if you voted! As always, comments are welcome (just click the post title). Thanks so much for all your encouragement, prayers, and support! Hope you have an outstanding week.

An Update From Elisabeth


Hey this is Lizzy updating our family blog! Over the past few weeks we have been pretty busy, with many different things such as swim meets and college visitations (for JB). My dad just recently went to San Antonio to do some meetings, so the kids were at different houses. I was at my best friend Gabby’s house and the rest of my siblings were at the Anchors house. When I was at Gabby’s house, my schedule was pretty different, but I had lots of fun. I kept in touch with my siblings a little bit by email and text (of course) which was nice. When my dad got back last Friday, I was very excited to be able to sleep in my own bed again. But not for long! Soon we’ll be visiting my grandparents, because my grandpa is celebrating his 70th, YES 70th, birthday! Wahoo!

Other than that, life’s gone on as normal. The second semester started last week, and I’m proud to say that I had all A’s on my report card! I am loving school, and I am a part of my school’s backstage crew in our most recent musical, The Little Shop of Horrors. I actually have rehearsal tomorrow, so that should be interesting. At rehearsal there is never time to sit down because so many things have to be done in such a short amount of time, but I love it. Other than that, I don’t participate in any other extracurricular activities. I love that the work load at my school is manageable, and I usually have no problems getting it completed.

Well that is about it for now! I hope that you and your family are having a great first month of the year as well!

Love, Lizzy

Update from Jonathan:Below are some recent pictures from our annual Super Bowl family football game, played at Hill Country Bible Church:

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The Empty Seat


I wrote this a couple of weeks ago on a Sunday morning at church just before Christmas. As we start a New Year, make every moment count with your family and loves ones. Let the trivial, unimportant things go....

I am sitting in church with Jonathan, Emily and Elisabeth and there is an empty seat next to us. A seat that Taj will never fill again, it is such a huge void. This was a seat that she fought so hard and long to sit in. Taj endured tremendous suffering to live and be in this seat and be with us. God why is this seat now empty ? Who will now fill this important seat ?

God would you fill this seat with your Holy Spirit ? God did you feel this void we're feeling when Jesus, your precious Son died on the cross ? You didn't see an empty seat, You saw a blood stained and empty cross.

We just sang a beautiful song, the chorus was " Great is the name the name of Jesus, Great is the name the name of Jesus " As we sang this melody from our hearts the seat next to us and void in our hearts didn't seem so empty.

For all of you with an empty seat in your life, I pray that during this Christmas season that Jesus would heal the hurts and pains you have. A perfect peace can be found in Jesus Christ alone.

Psalm 18:6 - King David writes, " In my distress I called to the Lord, I cried to my God for help. From his temple he heard my voice, my cry came before him, into his ears "

Merry Christmas, we love you all,

Six and One,

David, Jonathan, Emily, Elisabeth, Josiah and Daniel on earth

Taj Renee in Heaven

Our New Year


Here we are already a week into a New Year and chapter in all of our lives. I hope this update finds everyone doing well and staying healthy. My mother and father in law in San Antonio have been sick for almost 2 weeks with a nasty virus. In Texas the unpredictable weather of one day being 80 degrees and the next day 40 degrees plays havoc on our bodies.

So how was your New Year’s Eve ? The kids and I went over to the Anchors for an evening of food, fellowship, games and of course watching the ball drop in a zero degree NY Times Square! The kids were all in bed by 12:30am, about 1am I headed to bed only to lay there for about an hour. I couldn’t stop thinking about Taj; we had brought in over 20 New Years together! If I could try to impart any words of wisdom at the start of this year, it is to let go of the trivial and make every moment with your loved ones count. To often we are distracted with work, TV, the internet, our homes and waiting on the sidelines is our wife, husband, our children, other family and friends. We need to fill our lives and time serving others and not being so concerned about ourselves. Ok, I will get off my soap box... :)

Well school is back into full swing and with it comes to with a new level of activity around the Brown household. I am so thankful that all 5 of my kids are doing well and have good overall attitudes in regards to school. Hopefully it will continue...

Please stay in touch and post a comment on how you are doing! We would love to hear from each of you.

- David

New Year's Resolutions - Part 3


In the final installment to our New Year's Resolutions series, David and Jonathan give some quick insight into what they plan on working towards throughout 2009.

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My New Year's Resolution

New Year's Resolutions - Part 2


As promised, here is the 2nd of 3 posts showing our New Year's Resolutions. This installment features Emily and Daniel talking about what they're going to change in 2009. As always, comments are welcome (just click the post title).

New Year's Resolutions - Part 1


     In celebration of the upcoming year of 2009, we have decided to see what each family member's New Year's Resolutions are. The first two you are about to see come from Elisabeth and Josiah, who talk about the things they want to strive to do better in during the upcoming year. The next 4 members of our family will have their New Year's Resolutions posted later in the day. Enjoy!

Closing Ceremonies


(image) Hi there everybody, this is Jonathan writing an update from a balmy (71°F!) Cedar Park, Texas. One thing you can always count on here is to not count on the weather - it can be 30 degrees one day and 80 the next, as we found out last week! We have been very busy lately, which explains the long hiatus between posts. Sorry about that!

Our Christmas Day yesterday was relaxing. We started the day off by making coffee and hot chocolate with cookies for breakfast, and then opened presents with just our family for the latter part of the morning. We had a great time, our dog Teddy even got a present - his own frisbee! Later in the day we went to Salado to visit some good friends of Taj's whose mother, Beverly Mitchell, was an absolute angel to Taj during all her visits to M.D. Anderson in Houston over the years. We had a nice time talking with them and eating chocolate fondue (but mostly just talking)!

As you can see on our Dopplr widget on the sidebar of this site, we will be at Bev and Dave Olivers' (Taj's parents) in San Antonio tomorrow through Monday morning. We will also be joined by John, Kim, and Hannah, who had already visited us earlier in the year when we went camping over Thanksgiving break. There we will have our traditional Christmas dinner, followed by games and movies. Should be a relaxing weekend as lately everybody has been rather spread out on weekends between work, swimming, schoolwork, and what-not. We're looking forward to it! Hope you all have had an outstanding Christmas full of fun and fellowship, and we hope you have kept your focus on Jesus - the reason for the season. With all the religious "neutralization" of the Christmas holiday there has been lately, sometimes it can be easy to take our eyes off the originator of this whole universe. Just a reminder. God Bless and we hope you all have a blessed 2009 as well!

One quick announcement I wanted to make - I have made it a lot easier for anybody to comment on our website and my website. Now, anybody that has a Facebook account can use that account to post comments on any post. Just click on the post title to get to the comments, scroll down, and click the button that says, "Connect With Facebook". Once you do that, your comments will show up on your Facebook newsfeed (and we will be able to see your comments on this site), but you can of course change the privacy settings within Facebook if you desire. As always, we LOVE LOVE LOVE when people post comments, so go right ahead! We're thinking of this as our new "CaringBridge Guestbook", so don't be bashful! ;) Again, hope you and your family is doing well this holiday season. Thank you for all your prayers and support. Until next time...

Camping and Turkey Day


     I hope this finds everyone in good spirits after a peaceful Thanksgiving Day and weekend. We had a very nice Thanksgiving Day with my mother and father in law, Bev and Dave Oliver, my brother in law, John Oliver and his wife, Kim and daughter, Hannah. We shared a delicious Thanksgiving meal with our dear friends the Anchors and the McGorty’s. Holly and Shawn were great hosts and prepared a yummy 25 lb Turkey and everyone provided different side dishes. We watched some football, visited, played some cards and games. I also celebrated my birthday on Thanksgiving Day and was treated like royalty. I received so many birthday cards and nice gifts. I truly am blessed to have so many wonderful family and friends in my life.

     Now let’s back up a few days from Thanksgiving. The kids and I left on Sunday afternoon for camping and spent 3 great days at Inks Lake State Park with the Anchors, McGorty’s, Tanners and Olivers. We enjoyed Gods creation in the full color of fall, it was so beautiful. There were plenty of campfires on chilly nights, cups of hot coffee in the morning, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, hiking, intense touch football games, cards, dominos, good talks and laughter. We also had moments of missing our #1 camper, Taj. One of Taj’s greatest loves was camping with family and friends. We honored Taj by going forward with this family camping outing and enjoying it to our fullest. Taj never gave up on anything and we will not either ! Here's some of our pictures from the camping trip:

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     Also, a quick reminder - we do have email notification support for the site now so you can do that, just type in your email address on the right side!

     We now move into the special Christmas Season. I hope that in the days and weeks to come that we would all embrace the greatest gift ever given, Jesus Christ.

Fall is in the Air...


Hello on a beautiful and chilly fall day in Cedar Park. This morning started early here as Uncle John (Taj’s brother), Jonathan, Josiah, Shawn Anchors and his boys, Joshua and Caleb ran in the Wing Ding 5K. The McGorty family joined the rest of the Browns and Anchors to cheer on all the runners. As part of the race they handed out large pumpkin pies to some of the race participants as they finished, our runners brought home 4 pumpkins in total ! They also handed out all kinds of free goodies after the race - smoothies, Chickfila food, coupons, popcorn, Gatorade drinks, bottles of Sweet Leaf Tea and other food. Daniel and Hannah even got to enjoy the climbing wall. Here's some pictures from the race and their visit: The last few weeks have gone quite well considering all of the adjustments since Taj was taken home to be with Jesus. The kids and I miss her so much, as we know you all miss her also. Taj left a legacy of loving God, Family and Friends, faithfulness, giving and giving some more. She was my “ Sweetpea “ and she always will be. We are really enjoying Uncle John, Aunt Kim and Hannah’s visit with us. They will be leaving tomorrow to spend some time in San Antonio with John and Taj’s parents. Next Sunday they will meet up with us at Ink’s Lake State Park for a few days of camping. Thanksgiving Day will be spent in Cedar Park with family and friends. We've also been playing a lot of ping-pong lately, resulting in epic battles between all members of the family. Here is a short video of one point played between John and myself:John and David Play Ping-Pong from Jonathan Brown on Vimeo. Also, if you look on the sidebar there is now a field in which you can type your email address in and click "subscribe" to get notifications of new posts. Of course, you will need to click the link in the email to see the full post - so be sure to do that! Also, make sure your spam filter doesn't filter out the updates...don't think there'll be a problem with that though. Let Jonathan know if you have any problems. We love when you post comments on our site. Please know how much we love and appreciate each one of you. Life is precious and it is more meaningful to share it with faithful friends like YOU !! God Bless and have a great weekend! - David [...]

A New Beginning


Hey there, thanks for stopping by! Today we are happy to announce that as of today, this new website you’re now on is live and open for business. We decided to make this site after seeing the way Taj’s site drew visitors and acted as an effective portal for communication with others. We tried to make this website easier to use and comment on, so leave us some feedback! We're going to try to post on a regular basis, probably 2-3 times a week (much like the CaringBridge website). This is about the extent of the core functionality of the site (the posts), but there’s a few more really critical features that we're excited to tell you about, so read on! As we began the transition from the CaringBridge site to our new family site, we began to think of ways we could improve the user experience over the CaringBridge site. The two drawbacks that really stood out to us were lack of customization and interactivity. As you will soon see, the customization part has already been taken care of. We are now able to embed videos, photos, and a multitude of other content - which means more fun things for you all to look at! The interactivity features are what I’m really excited about, so I’ll tell you about that now. In the past, we used the guestbook on CaringBridge. It was great, but other than the journal posts to you the audience, there wasn’t really any other way we could reply to the kind notes of encouragement you left - and that kind of bothered us. At the same time, we knew that a true “guestbook” could not be replicated on any other site. So, we no longer have a “guestbook” per se, but we have a solution that works equally well. That solution is a comment system that is based on the Disqus platform. From now on, “guestbook” posting will be replaced by leaving comments on the blog post of your choice (usually the most recent one). It’s a little complicated to explain, but bear with me. Here’s how it works: if you see a post that you want to leave a comment on (and we hope that you do), first click the link to go to the individual post. On our site, there are two ways to do this: 1st Way - Click the post title. 2nd Way - Scroll to the bottom of the post and click the link that says “x number of comments” Now that you’re onto the individual post’s page, it’s time to comment! Scroll down a bit and you’ll see the box where you write a comment, and a couple of other things. You can post anonymously, but we are going to ask that every commenter be registered with Disqus in order to comment. Go to this link: Signup For Disqus to sign up for a Disqus account - and please upload some sort of picture of yourself so that you are easily identifiable (your profile picture will show up next to your comment when you post it). The beauty of this system is that you only have to make one account on Disqus, and you can post comments on both this site and Jonathan's site. That way, Jonathan as the administrator can see who’s posting what on both sites, and we all can interact alot better with each other. The other cool thing is that instead of replying to the post itself, you can also reply to an individual comment. Just click the “reply” button on that individual comment. This will be really cool because the replies will show up as threaded conversations under the post - you’ll see what we mean when you do it. Jonathan also added another neat feature: if you have a webcam, just click the “Record Video Comment” button and the site will automatically recognize your webcam and you can record a message that will then show up under all the other comments on that post. Cool, huh? And when you mouse over the persons profile picture, you can see how many posts they made and some other neat stats. Well, that about wraps it up. Ther[...]