Tuesday, July 22, 2008


XBOX Wife Ten Things Tuesday

Good morning! Hope this finds all of you well and full of thanksgiving!

I decided to do a slightly different take on the list today by asking each of my two children to tell me five things for which they are thankful.

  1. "Our house because we don't have to sleep on the side of the street like some people do."
    ~ Twister
  2. "Food because we don't go hungry."
    ~ Tornado
  3. "Family because I have people to live with, they love me, and they take care of me."
    ~ Twister
  4. "Pretty weather because we get to play outside."
    ~ Tornado
  5. "Friends because it's somebody to play with and just to have somebody to talk to."
    ~ Twister
  6. "Our dog because we have somebody to play with when we go outside."
    ~ Tornado
  7. "Trees because they help us breathe and because it's fun to watch them change colors."
    ~ Twister
  8. "School because you get to learn subjects, and we get to see our friends."
    ~ Tornado
  9. "Clothes and shoes because they keeps us warm, and we don't get blisters on our feet."
    ~ Twister
  10. "Church because we get to learn about God and Jesus."
    ~ Tornado
Wow! I was so thankful to hear that they "get it"! Though I think my kids are great...and while my thoughts are that it's just fine to be thankful for trivial little things...and for entertainment things...and for modern convenience things...I am so thankful that they were thankful for the these things.

I am thankful for my two sweet kids!

Have a blessed day!

FEEL LIKE YOU'RE AN ACTIVE PARTICIPANT IN "TEN THINGS TUESDAY, and you do not see your name under the "BLESSING COUNTERS" in the sidebar, please email me at XBOXWIFE@HOTMAIL.COM, or you can leave a message in the comments. I have been trying to update the list, but it's entirely possible that people have been inadvertently omitted. If you are one of those people, please accept my apologies, and please let me know that you would like to be added to the list! As always, thank you for sharing your blessings with all of us!

Ten Things Tuesday Participants
1. Lisa Beth
2. mzzterry
3. Amy
4. Allyson
5. Rosheeda
6. Tracy
7. Trisha
8. Jen
9. Shaila
10. Andria
11. Chandra
12. Danna

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Friday, July 18, 2008


Dear Friends,

I would ask you to please life up in prayer our sweet friend "Mzzterry", her daughter Bean, and their respective husbands tonight. They are grieving the loss of their precious unborn child.

True to the form of the Terry we all know, they are glorifying God in all things. Please pray for them to experience the comfort that only He can provide. Please pray that they will be surrounded by people that care for and love them and that those people will be a great support system during this saddened time.

Thank you so much for all of your prayers on behalf of this family. Terry's has conveyed by email how much she appreciates all of the prayer support. She also appreciates prayers over the next few months as they all deal with the loss and the physical distance that separates them from being with Bean and her husband on a daily basis.

Blessings ~
Mrs. Brownstone

Tuesday, July 15, 2008


One of my blogging friends (and a fellow Ten Things blogger to many of you) has posted that her daughter, who is expecting a baby in February, is in the ER with pregnancy complications.

Please pray for Terry and her husband. Pray that they can be a source of strength to their daughter and her husband. Pray that they will draw their strength from their relationship with the Lord God Almighty.

Please pray for their daughter "Bean" and her husband "JBaby" right now. Pray that they keep their hearts focused on the Lord. Pray that they will have peace and comfort in this scary time. Please pray that Bean will remain safe and healthy.

se pray for the sweet unborn child growing in Bean's womb. Pray for the health and strength of the baby. Pray that the baby will come into this world with a love for the Lord and a desire to serve Him.

Please pray for the doctors and the nurses. Pray that they will use their God-given talents to the best of their abilities. Pray for their wisdom. Pray that they will have a gentle beside manner with the entire family during this time.

Thank you, dear friends, for lifting up our sweet friend "mzzterry" and her family!


XBOX Wife Ten Things Tuesday

Hmmmm...past 9:00 am? Check. That definitely means it is summer, as my "I'll try to have a link up by 9:00 am" has most assuredly fallen by the wayside! We have been staying up later and sleeping in later around here ~ both rites of summer for two kids on vacation. As a result, breakfast, etc., etc., etc....well, those are all happening later, too! Thank you for having patience for the links! Hope you're having as blessed a summer as the Brownstone Family!

  1. I am thankful for special times with my children! I am thankful to get to spend quality time with them together, as well as time with each of them individually.
  2. I am thankful for summer camps, which is where Tornado is this week. Though I miss the little force of nature terribly, I know that camp will be a blessing!
  3. I am thankful that my children are active! They are involved in lots of different things, and they like to do things during the day.
  4. I am also thankful for leisurely summer days! It's fun to just take a day to relax sometimes and do virtually nothing...together!
  5. I am thankful for grilled ham and cheese sandwiches. They are easy to make and an inexpensive option for a fancier homemade sandwich!
  6. I am thankful for grapes ~ red or green, fresh or frozen. They are always a tasty treat!
  7. I am thankful for oranges. They make the house smell so delicious!
  8. I am thankful that our almost 25-year-old air conditioner still works!!! It is HOT here!
  9. I am thankful for our quiet neighborhood. With major roads in the area, it could have been loud, but we are blessed by minimal traffic and quiet days and nights.
  10. I am thankful for good friends and family! We are getting to spend a lot of time with friends and family this summer, and it's been so awesome!
Have a wonderful week!

Ten Things Tuesday Participants
1. Amy
2. Jennifer
3. Jill
4. Stacy
5. Vicki
6. aloted
7. Jennifer
8. Emily
9. Joanna
10. Joy
11. mzzterry
12. sarah in disturbia
13. Chandra
14. Danna
15. Kipi
16. Tracy

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Thursday, July 10, 2008


My good friend Jill is taking final orders for her bow business. She is closing shop on July 31, so you have until then to place orders for these adorable, boutique-quality hair bows. She is offering them at an amazing 40% off the original pricing! What a bargain!

Order yours while you can ~ you won't regret it. I've ordered several for a baby gift, and the mom was so thrilled with the bows that she placed an additional order!

Click the button above to browse Jill's bow site. She has lots of options still available!

Best wishes to Jill in her new endeavors!

Tuesday, July 8, 2008


Hey, Y'all! You know that old saying "better late than never"? Well, I'm utilizing it today! We got in from a mini-vacation at 1:00 am this morning, so we all slept in a little. Technically, Mr. Brownstone did not get to sleep in as he had to go back to work. Poor thing!

To start things off today, I want to make sure we are all clear on something. You can post your Ten Things list anytime between Tuesday morning and the following Monday evening. Granted, it will be viewed by more people if you post it on Tuesday ~ mainly because I haven't really had a lot of time to blog lately, so traffic is down on the other days of the week. However, you are free to post it on any day!

Next on the day's agenda...I'd like to call attention to one of our regular "Ten Things Tuesday" bloggers. Mzzterry blogged in her list last week that she is going to be a new grandma! I just wanted to extend to her a heartfelt congratulations! She always has the most wonderful lists, and truly is thankful for her blessings! I think it would be fun if everyone left a "grandma name" in my comments section this week. I know thinking of grandparent names was one of the fun parts when I was pregnant with our first child. Of course, in the end, we went with what came out of Tornado's mouth...MOMO! How's that for a grandma name??? :) So...for fun, leave a grandma name in the comments! And again, congratulations to Mzzterry!! Many prayers for your daughter, her husband, and that sweet little blessing from God!


  1. I am thankful for a place to retreat! We are so blessed that my parents were able to purchase a home away from home when we were little kids. As adults, we are blessed to have use of Little Cabin. It holds so many dear memories, and it is such a delight to be able to make new memories with my own husband and children.
  2. I am thankful for mountains. We are so blessed that our God knows we need mountaintops ~ figuratively AND literally!
  3. I am thankful for the opportunity to view God's masterpiece of the nighttime sky the way it was meant to be viewed ~ with no city lights and no smog!
  4. I am thankful that God designed so many beautiful trees, plants, and flowers, each with their own look and their own fragrance. It was so peaceful to breathe deeply the scent of pine!
  5. I am thankful for varying climates and temperatures. To leave one home on a chilly, brisk morning and arrive at another home to a warm, muggy night...that's fantastic!
  6. I am thankful for rain. It is surely another of those scents that must delight God's nose! I am also thankful to be able to watch a storm unfold on the horizon. It is amazing to be able to look at an area and know that it is being refreshed by rain. And to hear the rumble of thunder and the see the streak of a lightning bolt in the sky? God's artwork at it's best!
  7. I am thankful for sunrises and sunsets. I am amazed that the same sun can rise and set every day, and it NEVER looks the same! We witnessed a sunset to marvel all others. It shone through a blanket of rain and beautiful dark blue clouds, making it appear that the sky was on fire!
  8. I am thankful for my parents. They are so good to us! I am thankful that they made it home from their trip safely and that they were safe while they traveled in the Holy Lands for almost a month! It was a really long time for them to be away, and we missed them! I am so thankful that they were able to go to Little Cabin with us. It was such a blessing to spend time with them and to hear all about their magnificent journey!
  9. I am thankful for Mr. Brownstone! We got to spend a couple of hours on a gorgeous golf course this weekend. The views, the scents, the silence ~ all amazing! It was like we were the only two people on Earth!
  10. I am thankful for our precious children and for the questions that they ask us! Whether it be the simplest thing, or a question we won't know the answer to until we reach Heaven, it is such a joyful thing to see their little minds at work! If you haven't ever done it, ask your children what questions they will ask God when they get to Heaven. You will be so blessed! And then, just for fun, ask them what they will do when they get to Heaven and who they want to meet when they are there. We had this conversation for at least an hour over the weekend, and I'm ready to have it again!
Have a blessed week!

Ten Things Tuesday Participants
1. Vicki
2. nikki
3. Amy
4. Jill
5. mzzterry
6. Chandra
7. Emily
8. Allyson
9. Joy
10. Kipi
11. Tracy
12. Danna

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Tuesday, July 1, 2008


Happy Tuesday, Y'all!
And an early Happy 4th of July!!!

  1. I am thankful for the men and women that serve our country.
  2. I am thankful for our forefathers that fought for our freedom.
  3. I am thankful that while we may not all agree on political issues, we can live peacefully among one another.
  4. I am thankful for our leaders ~ national, state, and local.
  5. I am thankful for the men and women that serve our communities.
  6. I am thankful that I had the freedom to be educated.
  7. I am thankful for my freedom to vote.
  8. I am thankful for my freedom to work if I choose to do so.
  9. I am thankful for the freedom to raise our children and be a homemaker.
  10. Most importantly, I am thankful for the freedom to openly worship my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
Ten Things Tuesday Participants
1. mzzterry
2. Sharon
3. Jennifer
4. Kipi
5. Amy
6. Allyson
7. Jennifer
8. Tracy
9. Jayne
10. bunmi bj
11. Vicki

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