Amazing | Colorado with the Moodys

It truly is amazing to have the book in hand and going out the door. I am so grateful for the Lord’s guidance over these past 12 years as I’ve written the Moody books.

I often hear how grateful families are for my writing style and for the blessing of wholesome stories for their children. My next story is already in the planning stages (see last picture as I begin exploring small towns).

Anna’s been shipping Colorado with the Moodys everywhere. Not only to the United States but to many other countries, so the Moodys go international yet again!


It was an exciting day when we went to pick the books up from the printer.
A salted caramel mocha on the way back.
A salted caramel mocha on the way back.
Anna shipping
Anna shipping


Sweet sister times as we explored two small towns today (and yes, another salted caramel mocha!).
Sweet sister times as we explored two small towns today (and yes, another salted caramel mocha!).

“Providing for honest things, not only in the sight
of the Lord, but also in the sight of men.”
2 Corinthians 8:21

Scheduling for Success as a Homeschool Mom

“Successful, effective people are those who launch directly into their major tasks and then discipline themselves to work steadily and single-mindedly until those tasks are complete.” (Eat That Frog – 21 Ways to Stop Procrastinating and Get More Done in Less Time)

Aren’t little ones worth scheduling for? (Christopher took this picture of Ruthie on Monday.)

You know what? That’s the beauty of my schedule. It pre-determines my major tasks and carves out the necessary time to work through those jobs. It keeps my focus on my priorities.

Just like the business person wants to be successful in his vocation, we moms want to be successful and effective in the calling the Lord has placed on our lives when He gave us families. There is great satisfaction in accomplishing those special responsibilities the Lord puts into our lives.

If a businessman is effective with his time, he makes more money. If Mom is effective with her time, there are tangible fruits not only for her but also in the lives of her children, and that gives her joy. One result is wood, hay, and stubble. The other has eternal worth. You choose. Thousands of moms have proven scheduling with Managers of Their Homes works!

Trusting in Jesus,

“Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is” (1 Corinthians 3:13).

Prayer and Fasting Day | November 9th

November 9th we will have a day of prayer and fasting. During that day, I will fast and pray alongside those of you who would like to join me in fasting and praying.

On the sign up link, there is a place to put your specific requests. I will lift up those prayer requests with you throughout the day. The requests are not shared with others but only prayed for and known by myself and my girls, if they are joining me for some seasons of prayer during the day.

The moms who have been part of the prayer and fasting days in the past have indicated that it is a special time of crying out to the Lord and closeness to Him. I know it is for me! They have liked having a sister in Christ pray with them over their specific concerns and have found the fasting to be easier knowing other sisters around the world are fasting at the same time.

If you are pregnant, nursing, or have a health reason that prohibits you from fasting from food, you can still be part. Some in that situation have fasted from media, sweets, or even from chewing by getting their calories and nutrition from smoothies, broths, or other liquefied foods.

For men who are interested in prayer and fasting with Steve, you have the option of one or more days starting Saturday, November 7th, and ending Monday morning, November 16th. Choose a day(s) that works for you. Steve is fasting and praying that whole time. Sorry, ladies, I can’t manage that long of a fast so you only have one day offered!


Trusting in Jesus,


“Give ear, O LORD, unto my prayer;
and attend to the voice of my supplications.”
(Psalm 86:6)

Happy 23rd Birthday, Anna!

To an incredible woman who loves the Lord Jesus and desires to serve Him: Happy Birthday, Anna!

You all probably don’t realize it, but Anna is always an integral part of whatever she is around, quietly moving behind the scenes. She’s quick to volunteer to do a task; she’s ever willing to baby-sit when there’s an in-law who needs help; she makes amazing meals and turns ordinary ones into speciality-restaurant quality ones; the list could go on. She is such a delight.

Anna’s personality: vivacious, resourceful, diligent, happy, determined

What tops off an entire day of celebration? An extra hour!

Happy Birthday, Anna!

Anna MaxwellAnna Maxwell

“Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and
longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast
in the Lord, my dearly beloved.”
Philippians 4:1

Anna Marie Hosts a Surprise Party!!

Surprises are a wonderful, and Anna Marie knows just how to pull off a surprise celebration. She decided to have a surprise Moody Book party for Sarah. I have to add a little sis-in-law promotion. Anna Marie is super sweet, and she knows just how to make someone feel special. 

Here is the list of events as they unfolded.

Mary and I were playing with the kiddos on Friday morning at Gigi’s house when Anna Marie popped over to discuss the party food. We came up with a long list of foods that were in the Moody books (mostly desserts) and started weeding them down. We ended up deciding to keep it simple—homemade pizza and sugar cookies—because there was so much to fit into one evening besides eating. 

Hmm… wonder if someone was sampling a cookie.


Plans were coming together. The day before the party, we had Aunties’ playtime at Anna Marie’s house so Sarah wouldn’t come visit us. Mary let each of the girls take turns helping her make the cookies while I played with the littles outside. We then finished with a walk, staying away from our house because we didn’t want any little girls to announce that we had been making cookies.


Anna Marie busily worked on creating a sign and other projects while the rest of us felt a bit helpless, because we couldn’t do too much without Sarah knowing.

Abigail and Bethany frosted all the cookies and put sprinkles on top.

Tuesday, party day, rolled around, and things were finally coming together. Joseph and Elissa asked Sarah for some last minute help before dinner in order to allow us to finish the party preparations. Otherwise Sarah would wonder where we were all going. Yay! We could finally talk again as we raced over to Anna Marie’s.

Everyone was bursting at the seams with excitement.

Christopher called Joseph to see if Joseph would ask Sarah to drop a tool off at Christopher’s on her way home.


Sarah texted us to let us know that she would be a little late for dinner.


Christopher was out front “working” when she pulled in. 


She gave him the tool, and Christopher asked if she could go inside for a minute because Anna Marie wanted to show her something.


Everyone had gathered at the end of the front hallway. As she walked through the door, we all said, “Surprise” and then told her we were celebrating the completing of her Moody book series. 

Anna Marie’s surprise worked.




After dinner, the little ones went outside for a Moody I-J-N (In Jesus’ Name) project, picking up sticks at a widow’s house (aka Gigi’s house).DSC_3011We had Bible time and read 1 Corinthians 13, just like the Moodys did in one of their books.


We then played a Moody trivia game that I had written. It had everyone thinking hard and laughing hysterically as they tried to answer questions like, “Who was Mr. Adams?” Abby was the only one to get that one right.


Even Abby, Bethany, and Tina played.DSC_3024Meanwhile, Andrew occupied himself by trying to turn summersaults. 

Nathan got 1st place, Sarah 2nd place, and Abby 3rd place. Nathan has been reading the Moody books to his family in the evenings so they got almost all the questions right—even more than Sarah!

We closed out the evening with one of the games the Moodys enjoyed playing—rhythm.


Anna Marie did an amazing job of planning and coming up with a festive Moody-themed party! We all had a blast together that night.

DSC_3046Congrats to you, Sarah, on a job well done!

“Let no man despise thy youth; but be thou an example of the believers, in word, in conversation,
in charity, in spirit, in faith, in purity.”
1 Timothy 4:12

Excitement Builds

Yes, the excitement is evident for Moody readers across the world as they place pre-orders. But, not only for them, I’m excited! Last Wednesday, I received the F&G proof. It was my last proof to go through and make sure everything was in proper order before the books were bound. The book is beautiful, packed full of Colorado adventures. It’s almost surreal to see the proof sitting on my desk. Books will begin shipping next week.

Check out this e-mail I just received from a mom about Colorado with the Moodys:

Hi Sarah,
I just wanted to let you know that our 6 little ones (and their mother) are so very excited to hear of this, and read this new book!!  Thank you so, so, so much!!  We are more grateful than you will ever know.
Sounds like there’s a new upcoming writing project for you, also. Can’t wait to hear more.


Remember, between now and November 2nd (next Monday!), when you pre-order Colorado with the Moodys, I’ll sign your book. While you’re at it, don’t forget the redesigned Keeping Our Children’s Hearts. Many of you are ordering it, along with catching up on the Moody Series, and buying other Titus2 books.



“And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord,
and not unto men.”
Colossians 3:23

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