Serving In Denver

God’s been tremendously blessing our time here in Denver serving with Operation Christmas Child. It’s been such an awesome time! We’ll give a full report with more pictures later, but I wanted to leave with you with a sneak preview.

We are also enjoying wonderful fellowship with friends we’re staying with.

Christmas blessings from snowy Denver,
Sarah

Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! Psalm 133:1

Monday's team
Monday’s team
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Mary pre-inspecting

Happy 40th Birthday to My Big Brother

Today is a very special day. It’s Nathan’s 40th birthday!

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Nathan is the most amazing, awesome brother. Okay, so yes, I have four others besides him, and I’m not picking favorites here, because they all have great qualities, but I think there’s something special about the oldest brother. The oldest Maxwell guy created many incredible, happy memories with his siblings: giving me driving practice, all casually leaned back in his seat, building model airplanes with Joseph in the basement, putting the little girls (Anna and Mary) to bed on Sunday nights, taking Mary to build-a-bear, etc.

It’s so awesome to see him invest in his own family. Nathan’s an incredible dad and husband: from bringing home pizza for dinner “just because,” to taking one of his girls to work, to making pancakes on Saturday mornings, to raising chickens with his little girl, to craft projects on Sunday afternoons, to taking Melanie for a special get-away as they prepare for a school year–and the list could go on.

Nathan many years ago -- noticing his love for little kiddos?
Nathan many years ago — noticing his love for little kiddos?
Here he is -- reading to Joseph, John, Anna, and Jesse
Here he is — reading to Joseph, John, Anna, and Jesse
Quite a fan club while lifting weights.
Quite a fan club while lifting weights.
Now with his own little girl!
Now with his own little girl!
The great big brother!
The great big brother!

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Happy Birthday, Nathan! We love you!

“And above all these things put on charity,
which is the bond of perfectness.”
Colossians 3:14

Operation Christmas Child: Here We Come!

Happy December y’all! We just completed a very full week, and I’m happy to be in the car and on our way to Denver. Yep. Plans changed a bit, and I’m taking Mom’s place. Anna, Mary, and I will be volunteering some this week at Operation Christmas Child. We’ll be sure to share about our time along with pictures.

We now have the revised Managers of Their Homes in stock! It’s exciting to be filling orders and shipping books across the nation, to long-time customers and new ones alike. Orders will continue to ship even though part of us are away.

Love,
Sarah

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“That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in
heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth.”
Philippians 2:10

 

Dinner and Handel’s Messiah

Friday night, our immediate family plus Joseph and Elissa had a delightful evening out. We went to dinner first, which was a sweet time of fellowship and great food. Christmas is a special time of year, and these outings make it even sweeter.

Mary and Jesse
Mary and Jesse
Anna and I
Anna and I
Joseph and Elissa
Joseph and Elissa

George Frideric Handel’s Messiah is amazing! We sat in awe as we listened to Scripture woven so masterfully into beautiful pieces of music. The four lead singers did an amazing job of expression and emotion as they sang. The Hallelujah chorus was my favorite part. Our King is so worthy to be praised! I honestly can’t imagine how much work those in the choir put into the music: thank you all!

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Merry Christmas!

Love,
Sarah

“All we like sheep have gone astray;
we have turned every one to his own way;
and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”
Isaiah 53:6

“… Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth.”
Revelation 19:6

The Revised Managers of Their Homes for Pre-Order

I’m thrilled to share with you the Titus2 project we’ve been hard at work since spring.

Managers of Their Homes
Managers of Their Homes

Completely revised! What resource could be better than Managers of Their Homes to bring families peace and order? The answer is the newly revised Managers of Their Homes!

Managers of Their Homes has been thousands of moms’ go-to resource for the past 17 years. But with time, comes even more experience besides our own and the pilot families who tested it out. We’ve gained new insights that we realized were vital to include in this treasured book.

Each chapter has been extensively revised and more helpful tips added. You’ll also find a special chapter on how to schedule when a mom faces health challenges or is on bedrest. Plus, what good is a schedule if you can’t make it run smoothly? Schedules ARE stress-busters, but you need the proper tools to make it that way. So with that in mind, we’ve given practical help on implementing despite the challenges you face. In addition, the chapter on putting your schedule together with the included Scheduling Kit gives an optional route if you choose to subscribe to the online scheduling software (ScheduleBreeze).

The book’s new design and format makes for a super easy and comfortable read. Grab your revised copy of Managers of Their Homes now!

Special pre-order bonus now through December 2nd: receive both volumes of Just Around the Corner for FREE when you order Managers of Their Homes. Just add the products to the cart, and the discount will show up.

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“I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children,
guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary
to speak reproachfully.”
1 Timothy 5:14

Operation Christmas Child Shoebox Assembly!

It was so exciting to see how the Lord provided for 100 shoeboxes. Anna and Mary asked the Lord in faith for that many, and then they were diligent to put the time and effort into their Independence Day/Christmas Breakfast fundraiser. They’re very grateful for the donors who gave the money they needed.

Anna and Mary worked throughout the year on carefully buying items on sale in preparation for the boxes.

For example, after Resurrection Sunday (Easter), they bought tons of candy (non-chocolate). At back-to-school time, they purchased many school supplies such as notebooks, pencils, etc, for good prices. Since quite a few of the boxes were for little girls ages 2-4, they decided to make headbands (see links below). They purchased tons of stuffed cats and sets of play trucks from IKEA (side note: the girls need to start carrying shoebox brochures with them on their shopping days because the comments one gets when one is purchasing so many cats or so many washcloths?!!!). The trucks were high quality and came in sets of three, so even though a box was maybe $12, it ended up to be $4 per truck.

Here are some of the items we purchased from Amazon in bulk. That may help you out for next year’s shoeboxes if you’re interested. The links are Titus2’s affiliate, so see our disclosure here.

 

Our dentist, Dr. Mark Clemens here in Leavenworth, very generously donated over 70 toothbrushes for the boxes!

Picking up the toothbrushes!
Picking up the toothbrushes!
Working on headbands
Working on headbands

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Assembly time came ::: and excitement filled the air.

Ready to begin!
Ready to begin!

Anna and Mary set up the line, with empty boxes on one end, and supplies on the table.

They labeled the bins of items so the girls would know how much to put in each.
They labeled the bins of items so the girls would know how much to put in each.

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The headbands turned out so cute!

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Anna is definitely the mover/shaker behind this project and took the lead role.

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Giving a cat a snuggle before it goes into its forever home.
Giving a cat a snuggle before it goes into its forever home.
Mary
Mary

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Abby
Abby
Those slap bracelet rulers are such fun!
Those slap bracelet rulers are such fun!

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Melanie stopped in for a few minutes and packed a box!
Melanie stopped in for a few minutes and packed a box!

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Mary gave the final quality touch and then closed the boxes with rubber bands.dsc_4479dsc_4507dsc_4538

::: God provided! :::

“Now faith is the substance of things hoped for,
the evidence of things not seen.”
Hebrews 11:1

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