Annual Children’s Photos

This is a guest post by Anna Marie.

Eight years ago, as a first birthday gift, Christopher did a photo session with Abigail.

Abigail, 2009

As the years have gone by and the number of young Maxwells has increased, this has become an annual children’s photo event including all the Maxwell cousins. Christopher takes individual photos of each child.

Andrew, 2015
Lydia, 2016
Calia, 2017

Christopher also takes sibling groupings and “bonus” fun shots.

Abigail and Bethany, 2012
Abigail, Bethany, Christina, and Andrew, 2015

It’s sweet to see these two oldest cousins’ love for and capability with the younger ones.

Benjamin, Bethany, Abigail, and Daniel, 2017

We started doing a group shot in 2014, and it’s fun to see the yearly changes.


Finally, inspiration for our wrap-up photo this year comes from some news we wanted to share. Can you guess?!

We are looking forward to meeting our newest addition in February 2018, Lord willing! It’s fun to have the children increasing so much in understanding and enthusiasm. Ruthanne runs over to me and says “Good morning, New Baby!” to my tummy every morning. I’m feeling quite well (a little extra tiredness and nauseanothing like a lot of you moms go through), and we appreciate your prayers for a safe, healthy pregnancy.

Anna Marie

“But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not,
to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 19:14

Anna and Mary Are Home

My sisters are home! It was a joy to pick them up yesterday at the airport (John will be back later this week). There were happy tears as we welcomed them.

I especially delighted in seeing the nieces and nephews pure delight to have their aunts back.

Wow, it’s been a long time, but we’re thrilled Anna and Mary had opportunities to minister! Thank you for your prayers. We’re looking forward to ministering at the local county fair next week!


The signs Nathan and Melanie’s crew made were adorable!

We watched Nathan and Melanie’s children last night, and they had such sweet times with their aunts.

“For God is not unrighteous to forget your work
and labour of love, which ye have
shewed toward his name…”

(Hebrews 6:10)

Free Educational Resources from Microsoft

We wanted to let our blog readers know about an incredible eBook giveaway from Microsoft.

Over the years, Dad has encouraged people to be learners, to continue building your skill set. Dad himself is a great example of always learning.

This eBook giveaway is a superb educational opportunity. Check out the resources, and pass the link along to others. We’re not sure how long this offer lasts (we only found out yesterday), so don’t procrastinate.


“So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom,
and apply thine heart to understanding.”
(Proverbs 2:2)

Safety Tips for Single Women Flying Alone

I love to fly, and I’ve flown quite a few times without family. I thought of some safety items I’d like to share to help other single ladies. They aren’t earth-shattering, but these are things that have helped me.

  1. Act confident and walk with purpose (even if you don’t feel confident). If you walk as if you don’t know where you’re going or have a helpless-sort-of-attitude, that’s just an invitation for someone to approach you. So I look confident, even if I’m trying to find my way around.
  2. Stay alert. Do not zone out. Always be aware of your surroundings. Always.
  3. If you do happen to need help finding your gate, ask someone who works for the airline.
  4. Do not trust strangers. Honestly, evil people do not always look “bad,” and you must always be on guard.
  5. Very nice, friendly people can also be very convincing liars. Having grown up in a Christian home, we’re used to people telling the truth and trusting them! Well, liars can be extremely conniving and their ploy very believable. Be careful!
  6. When waiting for a flight, choose a public location and select carefully who you sit near. If you want to be by yourself in a secluded area (such as an area at the end of the terminal where no one is waiting), that’s inviting trouble. Even then, if a man approaches you and is being too friendly, just stand up and go somewhere else. This happened to me in a busy airport. So I went over to a group of business travelers (including ladies) and sat with them. I had no more issues.
  7. If you fly Southwest, that’s perfect, because you get to select your seat when you get on the plane. For me, I love window seats, but as I’m boarding, I will look to see who my seat mate will be if I choose a window seat. I may sit further back than I’d like to get a preferential seat mate.
  8. If you do sit next to a man who becomes too friendly (there’s a difference between a person being nice and someone being flirtatious), there’s nothing wrong with politely finding ways to dampen the conversation (talking to the person on your other side who isn’t an issue, reading your book, and only answering questions with as few words as possible, etc).
  9. This may seem obvious, but make sure your cell phone is fully charged and also carry a portable battery. I love the one I have from Amazon (Titus2’s affiliate link to Amazon: see our Privacy Policy if you want). It’s my favorite, and, of course, I have the pink one (the black one is $5 less).


Enjoy yourself! 🙂


“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil,
as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour.”
(1 Peter 5:8)

Children’s Books That Make an Impact

I’m excited to share a sweet testimony from loyal Moody readers. You know. The Moody Family Series is really like a mentor (without children realizing it), and the examples are set through engaging storylines.

Summer offers children more free time than normal, so why not purchase the first several in the series or the entire set?

Read what Kim shared with me.

Sarah, I want to thank you for your precious booksour girls have loved them.  My husband and I have also had an anniversary meal made for us each year because of the example you set in one of your books! We thank the Lord for your influence on our children personally and through your books! Here is a picture of the fruit of your influencea grand anniversary dinner. 🙂 Thank you! Kim

Anniversary dinner inspired by the Moodys! You all did AMAZING on it!

“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

Girl Time

Good morning! Today I’m traveling back home after a wonderful week at my friend’s house on the East Coast.

My friend is expecting her 7th baby and definitely gets a case of severe morning sickness. Her husband was going to have ankle surgery, so I knew she could use extra hands for awhile. I flew in the evening before the surgery.

I’ve been so blessed to be here, and I’ve loved spending time with six little girls. Yes, all girls! I’ve loved their squeals of delight over cute things, like upon opening my Bible, the girl sitting near me was thrilled with my cute pen. So fun. I’ve loved taking the girls on walks in the mornings, making lots of freezer meals, doing water balloons, going on errands with the whole crew, and just helping out. My friend is such a jewel, and I’m blessed by all the sweet fellowship we’ve had.

Enjoy some pictures below!


The flights out were a little rough, the most turbulence I’ve experienced.

“Trust in the LORD, and do good;
so shalt thou dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed.”
Psalm 37:3

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