Random Life From the Different Summer to Settling In

This summer was different than the last several. Anna and Mary are usually gone for ministry (4-8 weeks). And the County Fair was canceled. Then, basically every day, Mom, Anna, or Mary was over helping at Christopher’s a lot of the time.

We welcomed Elliot Rex shortly after our last Random Life. There’s not a lack of people ready to hold him, and John and Chelsy love to share the little fellow. It’s such a joy to have our lives abundantly blessed with the next generation!

Even though COVID seems to have canceled many things and made life so different, our summer has been full.

We have some interesting things to share soon, so stay tuned! God is gracious, and we’re grateful for His leading in our lives.

Love,
Sarah

Anna and Mary took the kids on a walk to listen for the tornado siren test–something Joshua especially is interested in. Then, on the way home, they had a snack party. My sisters are creative!
Little helper
Birthday girl (on a birthday picnic at aunties’ park)!
Mom meeting Elliot
Dad meeting him
Gigi was so delighted that John and Chelsy named Elliot Rex after Grandad (Rex)
A game of Bananagrams
Anna cut a lot of little fingernails and toenails during the season of Anna Marie being away.
I’m sure I’ve never seen her do this before on the railing, and I’m not sure what made her do this.
Saturday work project
Every Friday, Mom went over and cleaned at Christopher’s!
Father’s Day Crew
Father’s Day
Baby snuggles
Axton has his playtime with Grandma every Monday, and now Elliot joins him too.
We enjoyed dinner with the newlyweds.
The girls brought their wedding gifts. Mary gave them an ice cream maker (Jesse is refined-sugar free and loves homemade ice cream), and Anna gifted them with Christmas decorations (a tradition she has done for the last several brothers).
Anna Marie with her family the night before she came home. They invested so much in her treatments as well! Her dad took her to all her appointments, and her mom and sister helped with Simon Peter and her food preparation!
You never know when you might babysit kiddos so their parents can have an evening out. Here Mom is with all of Nathan and Melanie’s crew.
Making the Welcome Home sign for Anna Marie.
It’s what everyone says, but I guess mask-wearing is the new norm–even at the zoo.
A great evening with John and Chelsy!
A launch-the-website treat!
Anna Marie is enjoying her walks with Gigi again!
Those of us who would normally be available to help haven’t been lately, and we needed Chore books compiled. Dad and Mom took some time and made a great team working together.
Organizing in the attic
Nathan and crew enjoyed several days away in Missouri
Dad’s birthday dinner
These two. They both wanted in Dad’s office, and the reason why. They wanted treats. But Dad needed some peace and quiet.

“Finally, my brethren, rejoice in the Lord. To write the same
things to you, to me indeed is not grievous, but for you it is safe.”
Philippians 3:1

The Family Birthday Evening

We celebrated Dad’s birthday with almost all of the married siblings Friday evening (plus Gigi joined us for part of the time). It’s such a joy to get together and treasure these moments of fellowship with the family! We’re grateful everyone made the effort in the midst of busy schedules to come (and Jesse and Anna are out of town).

After the walk, we enjoyed Rice Krispy treats and chatting.

Love,
Sarah

“As arrows are in the hand of a mighty man;
so are children of the youth.” (Psalm 127:4)

Happy Birthday, Steve!

Steve and Teri Maxwell

Happy Birthday to my beloved husband.

How grateful I am that the Lord brought you to me as my husband even before we were saved. And how grateful I am that we were saved just a few weeks apart from each other and have been able to grow together in the Lord and walk with Him these past 44 years.

You have loved me and washed me with the water of the Word and blessed me beyond measure through the years of our marriage. Ephesians 5:25-26

You have loved your children and raised them in the nurture and admonition of the Lord, sacrificing your own pleasures to invest your heart and time in them. Ephesians 6:4

You have loved the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and have given your all for Him. Mark 12:30

You have had a passion to help other men be who God wants them to be in their personal walks with Christ and in their family relationships. 2 Timothy 2:2

I pray this is a year of continued growth in Jesus and joy walking with Him.

Happy Birthday!

Love,
Teri

“The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face
shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his
countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. ” (Numbers 6:24-26)

Sarah’s Life Update

Sarah Maxwell

Happy Wednesday, everyone! It feels like it’s been a long time since I’ve posted much of a life update. Below you’ll see in a nutshell what’s been going in my life.

God has been so gracious, and these past months have been very full and definitely had its challenges. One being I injured myself during a workout so the healing process is taking time (doctor estimated 3-6 months). I’m close to the 2-month mark and doing much better!

I finished first draft of the book July 1st. Very, very excited and grateful.

The book cover is in process.

Editing is in full swing.

Copyeditor date is late next month.

Press date is the end of October.

The Titus2 website was a huge project and one I’ve worked on for months. I’m so happy to have it released!

You haven’t seen wedding pictures yet because it took me almost two months to work through them before I got them to the newlyweds. You’ll see some–don’t worry.

Besides all of the above, I’m attempting to keep up with work too (bookkeeping for several companies, help desk support for another one, among other things).

Love,
Sarah

PS: I’m really hoping to pull off a Random Life for next week!

“Let us hold fast the profession of our faith without wavering;
(for he is faithful that promised;) And let us consider one
another to provoke unto love and to good works:” (Hebrews 10:23-24).

Titus2 Website Update

Happy Monday, everyone!

We’re excited to share that last Friday we launched a new shopping cart and website platform for Titus2. This was over a year-long project, and wow, it feels so incredible to have done. Special thanks to Jesse and Joseph for their help on the technical details and launch.

We’re still ironing out some small details, but we’re excited to streamline the website and continue to improve it.

Thank you for your encouragement through emails, letters, and blog comments on how the Lord is using Titus2.

“That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their
husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at
home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word
of God be not blasphemed (Titus 2:4-5).”

Anna Marie’s Latest Update From Home

Anna Marie shares her thoughts on being back at home. Love, Sarah

What an almost unbelievable feeling it was to actually hear I would get my last chemo and be coming home! A huge thank you to my parents for packing my suitcases for me the night before leaving for the airport at 4 AM. I should have packed sooner… but typical “me” fashion, I didn’t think it would take very long (those who know me well are probably laughing right now). Reality is, I had a LOT of stuff to fit in my suitcases (I didn’t realize I had accumulated more while out there!) and I am thankful that my mom is a very gifted packer; because if left to me, I think I would have ended up leaving a lot behind. They went so above and beyond to make my time out there as special and relaxing as possible, under the circumstances, and I’m very grateful to them for making the chemo out there possible.

It was overwhelming to get close to home and see Gigi and almost the entire Maxwell family assembled with welcome signs and balloons. Two new Maxwells joined our ranks while I was gone, and it was special to see Jesse’s wife, Anna, and John and Chelsy’s little Elliot amongst the welcoming crew! Cheers and laughter mingled with happy tears. It was SO good to see everyone again, and I felt so loved with the effort they all put into my welcome.

The children were bursting with stories and things to show me. Even Elizabeth took my hand and led me through the house showing me the little award signs Aunt Mary made for each of the children (Elizabeth’s says #1 snuggler 🙂 ). It’s sweet how much more Elizabeth is talking, and it’s neat to see ways the older four have all grown. They’re becoming great helpers, too! I’ve loved the snuggles, story times, singing times, etc. Of course, all the children were anxious to lavish their loving attention on Simon Peter, whose life for the last three+ months has been in a home of four adults. He has adjusted well and seems to enjoy all the little people pals. One of his favorite things to do is lie on the floor and kick his feet – and it is pretty cute when his siblings decide to join him. 🙂

To be very transparent, the first few days at home were more emotion-laden for me than I imagined they would be. I was disappointed to find myself crying so often. I think somehow coming home, all the emotions of the last twelve months hit me, combined with the fact that I’m on some hormone therapy and my energy and blood levels were probably at an all-time low. Once I realized what was happening and I started “focusing on my thoughts, not my feelings” (as encouraged in the Quieting A Noisy Soul Bible study I’ve been doing), things started getting better. I’m sure it also helped that I got rested up, too. Physical and spiritual well-being definitely go hand-in-hand in many ways. But God’s grace is sufficient for each need if I humbly accept it!

We met with the medical oncologist in Kansas City on Tuesday. We liked him in person as much as we did on our phone consult. He was supportive of our general approach so far; to the point of saying it’s exactly what he would have recommended (surgery followed by chemo). Right now we are waiting to hear from the financial coordinator at the hospital’s cancer center who is working on my care plan before we can schedule treatments. The plan is to start treatment in the next week or two. Currently the plan is that the treatments will primarily be the newly-announced subcutaneous injections that I should be able to do myself.

It was interesting to hear that the oncologist thinks my blood counts will stay in the lower range while I’m on the anti-HER2 therapy (through April). There’s another oral HER2 blocker I’ll probably be on for another year (so through April 2022) and I don’t know what effects that will have. But it definitely seems like I’ll be somewhat immune-compromised for the foreseeable future, which complicates trying to figure out what our socialization looks like. It seems like we have a lot of decisions and things like that kind of in the air right now, so we appreciate prayer for wisdom.

The cancer center our oncologist works at is associated with the hospital where Simon Peter was born, so it was neat to end up right near the same exit we came out six months ago with our little baby! What a journey this has been… from that exit, to New York, to Washington, and back again. God has been holding us up in every place, and I know He will continue to hold us up wherever else this journey leads us.

Love,
Anna Marie

“The eternal God is thy refuge,
and underneath are the everlasting arms…”
Deuteronomy 33:27

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