A Neighborly Invitation

Spur-of-the-moment things can be special; and that was the case for Thursday’s invitation to Christopher and Anna Marie’s for dinner.

Who could you bless? Perhaps there’s a new family in your neighborhood, and you could whip up a batch of chocolate chip cookies (our favorite recipe is the Ultimate Chocolate Chip Cookie recipe from Crisco). Or, you could take a few minutes to catch up with a neighbor on what’s been going on in his or her life.

Acts of kindness show others the love of Jesus.

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For those who wonder, these two bibs are a perfect, no, rather, a necessary combination to keep a little one clean. The long-sleeve is from IKEA, and the other is a Baby Bjorn Soft Bib.

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Watching Grandpa cutting down the tree! A little boy’s delight.

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“And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.”
Acts 1:7

Susannah Joy’s Lullaby with Love

Susannah, Nathan and Melanie’s first little girl, was born March 21st and went to be with Jesus March 24th. To read more of the background, see last year’s post.

It’s been on Joseph’s heart to re-record the lullaby he wrote for Susannah’s funeral. He didn’t want to just redo it; he wrote a bridge in addition for the song.  We know the deep ache many have felt as they’ve gone through the loss of a precious child, and we hope this song will minister to you. We all miss Susannah, yet we know this separation is only temporary.

And we can’t wait to meet you, when we see you at Heaven’s gates. 

vocals by Anna, Mary, and Joseph Maxwell
guitar by Joseph Maxwell
bass by Mary Maxwell
keyboard by Jesse Maxwell

“And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there …
but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.”

Revelation 21:25&27

Odds and Ends at the Maxwells’

Life has slowed down some with the new book being done. Dad and Mom invested much time and effort into Buying a House Debt-Free, and a number of us also helped out. We’re excited to pick up the books from the printer early in the week. I’m dreaming Moodys again, and Book #9′s outline is in the final stage. Lord willing, I’ll be writing very soon. If any of you Moody readers have ideas for things you’d like to see in future books, I’d love to hear from you.

It is also delightful to see spring emerging, with buds appearing on the trees, grass becoming greener, and some days feeling warmer.

I’m grateful for every day the Lord gives to serve Him. No matter where the Lord has us in life, He always has opportunities to minister. It could be something as simple as an encouraging card you send to a fellow believer, bringing a meal to someone who needs it, or having neighbors over for dinner. May we each be busy about what Jesus wants us to do.

Treasure each moment! Here are random photos from the last two weeks.

Love,
Sarah

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Sometimes one has to be creative, and we needed a picture to go along with the March Corner, so Anna helped me out.

Christina watching Grandpa grill.

Christina watching Grandpa grill.

The little girls were so excited to each give Ruthanne a gift.

The little girls were so excited to each give Ruthanne a gift.

It's time we introduce you to Chickie Mama, and this isn't something new. We'll do a special post on her and her chickens another time.

It’s time we introduce you to Chickie Mama. We’ll do a special post on her and her chickens another time.

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The aunts and Grandma went to see the new additions.

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Joshua enjoying his little 'sis.

Joshua enjoying his little ‘sis.

A shade tree was dying and the power company took it down before it fell on the power line.

A shade tree was dying and the power company took it down before it fell on the power line.

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“I will sing unto the Lord as long as I live:
I will sing praise to my God while I have my being.”
Psalms 104:33

The Winners of Buying a House Debt-Free Book Giveaway

You all had awesome entries for Buying a House Debt-Free.  We felt the common thread was: We don’t want our sons to be in debt like we are/were!  

With Joshua’s help, the winners are:
Tina
Allison

 Joshua Maxwell drawing a winner.

A big “thank you” to each person who took the time to comment.

“The rich ruleth over the poor,
and the borrower is servant to the lender.”
Proverbs 22:7

Buying a House Debt-Free, A Book Giveaway

We are excited about Buying a House Debt-Free. It’s a resource we believe will help families gain the vision and practical “how-tos” to equip their sons to purchase a home debt-free.

One of our pre-release test dads shared: “Rather than take the path most travelled, authors Steve and Teri Maxwell provide examples of how young men were able to buy their first homes debt free. These are inspirational stories about how God directed these young men, often in their early teen years to develop vocational skills, save money and look for opportunities to avoid the pitfalls and slavery of a mortgage.” 

We’ll be giving away two copies of Buying a House Debt-Free.

Two  winners will be selected by a drawing from the approved comments on Friday, March 21st. Participation is easy. All you have to do is comment under this post by Thursday, March 20th at noon CDT.

So, the question we’d like you to answer in your comment to enter is:

Why would you want your son
to have his home debt-free? 

Onto the fine print. This will be on the honor system, so we leave it to you.

  • Entry closed at noon on the 20th.  Thank you to those who entered. 
  • One entry per family.
  • We reserve the right not to post any comment or entry.
  • If you have already pre-ordered the book, don’t worry. Enter anyway. If you are a winner, we will refund your money.

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“Seest thou a man diligent in his business?
he shall stand before kings;
he shall not stand before mean men.”
Proverbs 22:29

The Little Things in Life: Celebrating Accomplishments

As homeschoolers there are plenty of opportunities to celebrate. For example the other day, Abigail completed one of her school books. She was given two celebrations: one with the aunts and one with her daddy and mommy. That particular night, the aunts were watching the three nieces while Nathan and Melanie had a Baby appointment (Baby is doing well, I might add). We took a delightful walk, and then we donned party hats, ate dinner, and had smoothies as our celebration treat. What accomplishment could you celebrate with your child this week? It’s not hard to create a party!

Joyfully His,
Sarah

Bethany has such a cheerful countenance.

Bethany has such a cheerful countenance.

Christina's sparkle is contagious. And the way she says my name is enough to melt a person!

Christina’s sparkle is contagious. And the way she says my name is enough to melt a person!

Don't want to get your bike wheels muddy? No problem. Just pick it up and carry it over the offending spot.

Don’t want to get your bike wheels muddy? No problem. Just pick it up and carry it over the offending spot.

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Abigail, a great helper.

Abigail, a great helper.

 

To get this group picture, we set my camera on a share, put the timer on, and then got into position. Gotta love those hats!

To get this group picture, we set my camera on a chair, set its timer, and then got into position. Gotta love those hats!

 

See what I mean? So sweet.

See what I mean? So sweet.

 

Aunt Mary and Niece Bethany matching: a special request for the aunt by the niece. Mary's braid is courtesy of Abigail.

Aunt Mary and Niece Bethany matching: a special request for the aunt by the niece. Mary’s braid is courtesy of Abigail.

 

Aunt Anna and Niece Abigail matching: another special request by a niece.

Aunt Anna and Niece Abigail matching: another special request by a niece.

“How sweet are thy words unto my taste!
yea, sweeter than honey to my mouth.”
Psalms 119:103

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