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Quit It

Steve quit his job last week.

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A job he loved, was amazing at, and had so many great things about it. But it was also a job that was stressful, time-consuming and hard to manage with his already full load of responsibilities as a farmer, father, property manager, husband.

Anyone who knows us in real life has watched the struggle the past 12 years have been: project after endless project, three kids in four years, renovations up the wazoo, my jumping head-first into an unexpected career opportunity, the list goes on. It has been beautiful and challenging and hard and wonderful but for the past couple years we have been feeling the pull for more. Or, rather, less. Less stress, less laps around the hamster wheel of life, less busyness, less distance between me and Steve as two ships passing in the night as we struggled to keep our separate spheres from spinning out of orbit.

This has not been a rash decision, by any means. But that doesn’t mean it’s not still a little scary.

It’s good though. We knew there was no option to keep doing what we were doing, so here we go, jumping together into this new stage.

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Here we go!


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Angella - Hooray, Browns! I can’t wait to see where this change leads you. Love you guys!

Susie - Change can be scary but good for you for leaping out in faith! Praying for the Lords abundant blessings as you search for balance. 😃

Jen - Excited for you guys!!

Danica - Good choice, exciting times, beautiful family. <3

jenny peters - You are a courageous and wonderful couple! So impressed with this decision and excited for your Family and your Future!! Love and Hugs!

Kristin - You are so brave to make this choice especially in our culture that says more and faster is better! Love to you!

Sarah - Stoked that your family is making a healthy-for-the-heart & soul decision. Will eventually follow in your footsteps. <3


Generally, I find tea misleading and disappointing. Tea titles like “Cookie Dough” and “Salted Caramel” get me all excited, so I try them, let them steep and then take a steaming sip of…hot water. It’s HOT WATER, you guys.

I want to like tea. I do. But have you ever gone to David’s Tea, intending to quietly browse the selection along the perimeter of the store, when out of NOWHERE a peppy sales associate jumps out from behind you holding a huge tin of tea mere centimeters from your face and asked, eyes wide, “HAVE YOU SMELLED OUR NEWEST TEA?!”

Shaken, you stutter, “Um, no?”

“SMELL IT! INHALE DEEPLY! YOU WILL LOVE IT!!” he insists as the tin actually touches your nose, flecks of tea flying in your face.

So you take a tiny sniff, feign approval and try to move on.

But somehow you stay there for a half hour and have been forced to smell 56 tins of tea and you have also spent $86. ON TEA.

But, when you come home and brew a cup of “The Spice is Right” tea, with hopes set low, only to discover that it’s the best tea ever made? It’s all worth it.

I found a tea I like!




Birdy Squash

A couple years ago we ventured to a nearby fruit stand for all three girls to pick out a pumpkin for Halloween. Brin was two and did not want a pumpkin, instead she insisted on a weird, goosenecked gourd and she called it her Birdy and slept with it in her crib. Weird kid.


This year we made the trek again and instead of a pumpkin, like normal children prefer, she hand-picked the most perfect Birdy Squash she could find.

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Again, she was determined to sleep with it in her bed. (I don’t get it.)

We woke up early the next morning to her blood-curdling screams. Turns out the beloved Birdy Squash was decapitated in the night, during the throes of her slumber. She awoke to only the head of the squash by her pillow, and the body on the floor. Avelyn did some minor surgery on the squash (she used some scotch tape the repair the break) and all is well again.

Kids are weird, man.

It’s a little late, but but Happy Thanksgiving! We had a nice weekend filled with turkey, hikes, pumpkin pie and and family time.

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Bumpa - I’m assuming that all six of you ran all the way up Giant’s Head.