Teri Maxwell’s (Mom’s) Retirement Celebration Day

Mom invested so much in our education, and we wanted to show her a small token of our appreciation. How? Anna and Mary had the idea for a zoo day, knowing Mom’s love for family time and seeing the little ones’ enjoyment of the animals. The girls planned extensively, around all sorts of obstacles. You probably don’t know how complicated it is to get about twenty people’s schedules to work out. But the day was agreed upon and set in stone, March 31st. That Tuesday proved beautiful, and around 7:30 am, the Maxwells headed north to the Omaha zoo.

Mom has very special memories of going to the zoo when Joseph, John, Anna, Jesse, and Mary were little. Now she experienced the grandchildren’s enjoyment, and it was wonderful time together as a family.

Scroll down to journey with us through pictures of the day. If you are in the Omaha, Nebraska area, the Henry Doorly Zoo is great. It’s worth the money!



Drew with a Snugars’ hat he was gifted with!DSC_1283DSC_1308

Christopher’s family, except Anna Marie and Lydia, came too. GiGi kept them company.DSC_1318DSC_1338DSC_1350DSC_1366DSC_1385DSC_1412

One of Joshua’s highlights was the goats.DSC_1437DSC_1440

I enjoy capturing selfie photos.DSC_1448DSC_1470DSC_1473

There’s more ways than one to eat a sandwich.DSC_1499DSC_1517DSC_1528

A tired little guy.DSC_1541DSC_1552DSC_1557DSC_1572

The cute threesome!DSC_1580DSC_1589

Taking a break at the aquarium. DSC_1616DSC_1624


Me with my camera bag.DSC_1638DSC_1649

John and Drew in the desert. DSC_1666DSC_1671

“Porky” the porcupine takes a ride.


Jesse talking with a zoo employee who was holding a tarantula.


Another selfie: this one at dinner. Some of us went out for pizza afterward.
DSC_1699The happy retired couple ;).

“And ye shall teach them your children, speaking
of them when thou sittest in thine house, and
when thou walkest by the way, when thou liest down,
and when thou risest up.”
Deuteronomy 11:19

Some Pictures from Lydia Maxwell’s Newborn Photo Session

The Saturday after Lydia was born, Christopher transformed their living room into a photo studio of sorts. I thought you might enjoy a peek at some pictures we took. Lydia was so good!


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This is our standard Christopher Maxwell family baby photo, but it’s interestingly hard to get.


“And a certain woman named Lydia, a seller of purple,
of the city of Thyatira, which worshipped God, heard us:
whose heart the Lord opened, that she attended
unto the things which were spoken of Paul.”
Acts 16:14

An Update on John Maxwell’s Trip

John’s trip is going well. John loves the villagers, and they love him. When he arrived, the head man bought him a cold 7 Up. John said that was the best 7 Up he has had in his life. Even with what little they have, they are eager to give.

Here in the US we are so spoiled. We complain about the AC not working. They don’t have AC and don’t complain when the fan doesn’t work.

So far, John has not gotten sick, and we are praying he doesn’t. Foreign food can be an adjustment, and he doesn’t want to miss any time in country.

Thanks for praying for him!

John's selfieQuack, quack.chickens-1

“… freely ye have received, freely give.”
Matthew 10:8

Joseph and Elissa Maxwell, An Update

Hello friends,

Seven months and six days ago, Elissa and I were happily married. Since then, we have greatly enjoyed setting up our new home. Between my work and Elissa’s upkeep around the home, the time has flown by. Our favorite time of the day is when we relax on our living room couch and open God’s Word. It is exciting to see how our love has grown over these past months as we draw closer to each other and to the Lord.

You probably wanted to know all of that information. Well, the reason for this blog post is to answer the question that you wanted to ask: we are expecting a child in October and are very excited about it. We believe that children are a blessing from the Lord, and we couldn’t be more overjoyed to welcome this little one into our family, and as many more as the Lord chooses to give us.

We covet your prayers as we travel this new (for us) and amazing journey. Elissa is now over the worst of her morning sickness, which is a blessing.

In Christ Jesus,
Joseph and Elissa


“But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood,
an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew
forth the praises of him who hath called you out
of darkness into his marvellous light.”
1 Peter 2:9

The Difference is One Country

Johns-trip-4When John was riding on a small trolley, a little girl who wanted to sell stickers to the passengers, peered in through the trolley “window.” What a heartbreak.  Statistically her future is very bleak.

“… Suffer little children, and forbid them not,
to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 19:14

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