Back to Homeschool

It’s back to homeschool for many of our readers. Time to pull out the new books, plan your schedule, and launch into an exciting year of learning! Ladies, your investment in teaching your children is priceless. Bless you.

If you need a little kick-start encouragement, check out these helps from my mom:

Managers of Their Schools

Managers of Their Schools is a practical, confidence-building book written by my parents who had 30 years’ experience. Learn more here.

For the Maxwell families, school is beginning too, so we wanted to share a peek at the new students. We love seeing second-generation homeschoolers.

Anna Marie with her crew

“And thou shalt teach them diligently unto thy children,
and shalt talk of them when thou sittest in thine house,
and when thou walkest by the way, and
when thou liest down, and when thou risest up.”
Deuteronomy 6:7

God’s Handiwork

“When I consider thy heavens, the work of thy fingers,
the moon and the stars, which thou hast ordained;
What is man, that thou art mindful of him?
and the son of man, that thou visitest him?”
Psalm 8:3-4

Jesse took this photo at American Basin on the way up to Handies Peak.

Two Miles Short of Expectation

We are so grateful to have this time away in the mountains. Since Lake City, Colorado, is all new territory for us, we’re enjoying our exploring.

On Mary’s birthday, we wanted to climb a mountain we can see from our cabin — a 12 or 13er.

We started bright and early and enjoyed our time hiking.

Lots of beautiful aspen

When we got above the treeline, the views were so pretty.

We climbed to this scenic overlook and made some decisions. Based on the time, the looming clouds, and the distance yet to go, we decided not to attain the top. We were about a mile short of getting to the top. 🙂

Dad and Mom

Since we’d taken two vehicles to the trailhead, Jesse took the descent fast, so he could get a half-day of work in. We girls went a little further for an adventure and later caught up with Dad and Mom who headed down.

The clouds continued to build.

As we enjoyed a break (can you spot Anna on a recliner rock?), the storm with lightning began to move in.

The storm added some moisture and the lightning a little drama to the end of the hike but thankfully we were below the tree line.

Anna signing out of the trail log book
FaceTime with Calia and Elissa

We finished with a treat for the birthday girl in town. Happy Birthday!

“I press toward the mark for the prize of
the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.”
Philippians 3:14

Happy 23rd Birthday, Mary!

Mary with nieces and nephews

Happy 23rd Birthday, Mary! We’re so happy you get to celebrate another birthday in the mountains–for the record, this is the ninth consecutive in Colorado.

Mary is sold out to the Lord Jesus and her passion is serving Him especially in ministry to children. Her eyes sparkle and her happy laugh are a testimony to the joy of the Lord being her strength. She loves to help others and does so with a true servant’s heart.

With Bible club friends

Mary treasures her time in God’s Word and is faithful to deepen her walk.

We hope you have a delightful birthday in God’s Word, hiking, enjoying chocolate, a latte, and great family times. We love you!

Making happy kids
Mary Maxwell

“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his
righteousness; and all these things

shall be added unto you.” Matthew 6:33

Hiking With a Twist

Since we’re in a new area, we’re excited to explore and try new hikes. Monday morning, we set out on a hike to a lake. We soon found we had some unexpected “visitors” — mosquitoes. We became pretty adept at swatting at them and also were thankful for the bug spray Anna brought. Despite the mosquitoes, the terrain and scenery were lovely and the company delightful. After a couple of hours of hiking, we arrived at Thompson Lake, which was a small, marshy body of water. We didn’t stay too long (mosquitoes tend to keep one moving) but soon continued further on the trail for a while. The stately aspen groves were so pretty, and sometimes we could see the little town in the valley where we are staying. Near the beginning of the trail, we walked by a cemetery that actually went up the mountain, with the trail on either side, and into the woods. We’d never seen anything like that before, and some of the graves were quite recent.

Jesse stayed back to work; we’re grateful he can take some time off other times during the week to hike, and we’re grateful for good Wifi.


Anna found the perfect weed for tickling–felt a lot like the mosquitoes 🙂

“And the heavens shall declare his righteousness:
for God is judge himself. Selah.”
Psalm 50:6

Traveling Over Mountain Passes to Our Cabin Destination

Dad and Mom enjoying a walk on their anniversary

We broke our trip up to the cabin in two days (Friday and Saturday), which made it more relaxing and also gave us time to shop. Since we’re in a new area this year, and it’s very remote, the tiny groceries stores are very expensive. Mom is our master list extraordinaire, and she planned out what we could get at home and then what we needed closer in.

Our drive up Saturday involved a lot of traffic a lot of beautiful views. We stopped for coffee at a favorite place and then continued on.

View of Princeton–always love this one

When we reached Monarch Pass, we went on a little hike. At the top, the wind was so crazy strong, it was hard to even stand upright. Dad thought it was about 50 mph! Needless to say, we didn’t stay too long on the top but headed back down.

We reached our cabin by early evening, and it’s so delightful. The views of mountains out the windows are stunning, the sound of a nearby river flowing, the wind through the pine trees, and amazing family times. We celebrated Mom’s birthday too.

Sunday, we walked to a little church and enjoyed worship there. We’re so grateful for this opportunity to be away.

We met a lady at church who used Managers of Their Homes when homeschooling.
Enjoying the river


“Thy righteousness is like the great mountains;
thy judgments are a great deep: O Lord, thou
preservest man and beast. How excellent is thy
lovingkindness, O God! therefore the children
of men put their trust under the shadow of thy wings.”
Psalm 37:6-7

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