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A More Rugged Pull-up Bar and Washing Vehicles

Most know that the Maxwells enjoy working out, and we have our own home gym, which is awesome. One essential part of some workouts are pull-ups. And seeing as I have strong brothers, and sometimes three of them will be on the bar at once, well, you need a really strong bar. Our pull-up bar was in need of repair, so the guys put their minds together and came up with a brilliant way to craft a strong bar.

Installing the bar
Installing the bar

We had beautiful weather here in Kansas, and our vehicles were beyond need of washing, so the girls took time to clean them. The result? Sparkling vehicles!

“A wise man is strong; yea, a man
of knowledge increaseth strength.”
Proverbs 24:5

Verbalizing Our Praise

In the past 5 months, we’ve added something to the end of our evening family Bible time which has become very special. We share praises. Yes, simply put, something we saw the Lord do in our life or those around us that day. It’s been an awesome way of verbalizing what God is doing! Last night, we were reading in Mark, and this verse struck me.

“… Go home to thy friends, and tell them how
great things the Lord hath done for thee, and hath
had compassion on thee.” Mark 5:19

What great thing has the Lord done for YOU today?


Ice Sledding | Have You Tried It?

Anna and Mary watched Nathan and Melanie’s kids this weekend so they could have time away before Baby arrives. We had a glazing of ice overnight on Friday, so what could be better than ice sledding? The aunts and uncles had a great time too. There were many races, and it wasn’t who could go the fastest but the farthest.



Love Tina’s delighted look!

Even Uncle John joined in.

Wipe out

Jesse clearly was the winner on that one.

“Commit thy way unto the Lord;
trust also in him; and he shall bring it to pass.”
Psalm 37:5

Happy Birthday, John!

Happy Birthday, John! If I were to use three words to describe John’s character it’d be: servant, giver, problem-solver.

John, we love you so much, and it’s a joy to see your love for the Lord continue to grow and deepen.

Happy birthday to the best 26-year-old guy out there!

You’ll often find a little one on John’s lap.

“As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord,
so walk ye in him.” Colossians 2:6

Couples’ Date Night

Last year, Anna and Mary initiated a Maxwell married couples’ date night. They wanted to see all the married couples go out to eat while they babysat the children. It was a resounding success.

They wanted to see it happen again this year so with a new baby due in March, they decided to try to get it scheduled right away, which isn’t always easy with four families involved. The group is now 9 strong (well, that’s 9 nieces and nephews!), full of life, and the aunts and uncles have a blast with them.

Coloring time!

The nieces and nephews out number their sitters.
Bible time–3 to 1!

“Whoso findeth a wife findeth a good thing,
and obtaineth favour of the LORD.” Proverbs 18:22 

Christmas + Family

Hello to January! It’s amazing to think the new year has begun. 2017: I can’t wait to see what the Lord has in store.

But first, I want to catch you up on our Christmas celebrations. I seriously took hundreds of pictures, and narrowing them down was next to impossible, so I asked Mary to help me.

We’re very blessed to be able to spend time together celebrating Christ’s birth. What a wonder!


::: Christmas Eve Day :::

A delicious buffet breakfast, including cinnamon rolls Mary made.
Ellie was very pleased about her gift from Abby and promptly took it back to her crate to protect it.

It was darling to see the little girls’ enthusiasm and love of gifting!
Drew wanted to see Calia’s gift.
Nathan + Melanie + Baby
Gotta love Drew’s hat!
A selfie in action!
John + Betsy

Buddy + Jesse
The train set was a huge hit!
Tina with new puzzles.
Tina + Elissa
Mom and GiGi
I loved seeing Dad (Grandpa) playing with Bethany.
Mary’s chalk work!
John did a great job with our Christmas ham.

Calia and me
Jesse and Joseph accompanying our little Christmas program
Anna Marie + Danny
Now how much cuter can you get than this? Calia wanted to help Uncle Jesse play the piano!

::: Christmas Day :::

The guys traditionally make breakfast: sausage gravy over biscuits. Delicious!

Not much guessing here.
I discovered recently I don’t have any good, small bags for short trips, so now I’m all set!

Some of us like this game 🙂
John joins the Apple Watch club.

The espresso machine was definitely needed. See below photo.
The old one was literally falling apart.
I enjoy using photos as my to/from tag. The short version of how I make them: I pick out pictures (key is good ones!) of people, and then go to Photoshop, resize my picture to be small, and drop it on theirs.
Some of us went together and bought Mom a desk.

“When they saw the star, they rejoiced with exceeding great joy.”
Matthew 2:10