Life with a few pictures

I know we haven’t posted much of daily life the past few weeks, and for those wondering what we’re up to, I’ll post a quick summary 🙂 …

  • School, for the three left!
  • Titus2 Ministry Work (Dad, Sarah, and Joseph some of the time)
  • Doctor’s Appointments (for Grandad and Grandma; Mom takes them)
  • Replacing windows/siding for a lady (Joseph and John)
  • Music practice (beginning to prepare for our next trip, which is just five weeks away!)
  • Working on new sessions for the Christ-Led Family Conference (to be given in Tucson, Arizona, Jan. 15-16th, and McMinnville, Oregon, Jan. 29-30th)
  • Family time — on Thanksgiving, we had a nice, quiet day, which included decorating for Christmas and visiting our dear friends at the nursing home.
  • Bus work — our “final” furniture for the bus will be arriving early this week, Lord willing. This includes two long “benches”, which will replace the couch/love seat/recliners we currently use, plus a captain’s seat for Mom. We also ordered flooring for the front part of the bus.
  • There is much to be done before we embark on our West Coast trip in early January! The trip is still having new stops added, so check it out when you have a chance.
  • I had to send my camera in for service; it was hard to part with, but Joseph is graciously loaning me his. I didn’t realize how much I enjoy taking pictures until I was without one!
Grandma watched the process.
Grandad enjoyed it too!
Joseph did a wonderful job on the mantle.
Joseph did a wonderful job on the mantle.
We love having the names of Jesus on our mantle.
We love having the names of Jesus on our mantle.
Mary and Mom were a team.
Mary and Mom were a team.

I’ve been reading in Isaiah in my personal Bible time lately, and I’ve been enjoying it. Our Lord is so merciful and gracious–when we are so undeserving. May you have a blessed week, resting in Him.


“I have blotted out, as a thick cloud, thy transgressions, and, as a cloud, thy sins: return unto me; for I have redeemed thee” (Isaiah 44:22).

11 thoughts on “Life with a few pictures”

  1. I know the feeling. My camera is broken down and I hadn’t realized how I take it for granted!

  2. Could you share what kind of cameras (lenses?) that you use?

    Sure. Nikon D200 camera, and I have several lenses. Two Nikon: 1.4 50mm, and 1.8 35mm, and a Tamron lens, 2.8 17-50mm (sorry the first time I wrote this part about the Tamron lens, I had it incorrect :-)).

  3. Thank you for sharing this family update and the nice pictures. I really like your family’s idea of putting the names of Jesus on your mantle. ~ I am hoping to begin decorating my home this week. I am also striving to focus much more this year on the REASON for Christmas and not be “caught up” in so many other activities.
    Hugs from Georgia, Patti M. 🙂

  4. Thank you so much for the update Sarah! 😀 You all certainly have been busy! 😉 HeHe! Your mantle looks so beautiful! I love the names of Jesus on it, that is such a great idea! 😀 We usually would have our house decorated already because we do it the day after Thanksgiving, but it’s been a more filled week than in previous years, so we’ll have to wait until tonight or tomorrow night. 🙂 My youngest brother (Christopher, 12) is anxiously waiting to put up all the decorations. 😀 Lol! He wanted to do it in like September, but we convinced him to wait so we could enjoy our Autumn decorations. 😉

    I can’t wait to see how the bus looks with the new furniture and improvements! 😀 Your family has done an amazing job on it! 🙂 I so enjoy those posts about all that you and your family are doing on it. 🙂

    God Bless you all! I’ll keep this next trip and all the prep you all have to do in my prayers! May God touch many more hearts on this next trip! 🙂

    Love in Christ!
    ~Miss Rachel~

  5. P.S. Sarah, I also meant to add that you do a GREAT job with the pictures!! Thanks for sharing your talent with others–I always enjoy “visiting” with the Maxwells via the blog posts and pictures!
    Blessings, Patti M. 🙂

  6. Your mantle looks so beautiful! You have such pretty Christmas decorations 🙂 I love Mary’s hairband in the picture with her and Mrs. Maxwell. Were did you get it?

    Blessings, Erin H.

    The hairband is just a stretchy one from Wal-Mart we bought probably a year or two ago, although I imagine they still sell them. We fold it in half so it’s not so “thick”, and then Mary used hair clips to secure it so it doesn’t slip off her head. The hairbands came in a pack of three: brown, tan, and black.


  7. Your home is looking beautiful as you prepare for Christmas. We are just finishing all our unpacking, after our move to Redondo Beach, WA. I absolutely love living on the water and the view. God is so good. I look out our windows and am in awe of his creation.

    Our Thanksgiving was one of the busiest we have ever had, and next year I will take your que and have a quiet time at home with my family.

    Blessings, Mrs. Mari

  8. Isaiah is my favorite book of the bible, especially chapters 43 and 44. Chapter 43:1-7 are a real source of encouragement to me when I am feeling down. I am glad you are reading it too.

  9. Sarah,
    My children and I wanted to know if we could donate your Moody books to our local library? We want to give something for Christmas, and were thinking that if we could buy your books and donate the series to a library, then hundreds of children would have the opportunity to read them and learn about Jesus and the real gift of Christmas! Please let me know if this would be ok, I am not sure if there is any policy on this but we would love to do it! Thank you
    Mrs. Katie,
    What a great idea! 🙂 We do have a policy on the two Managers books and libraries, but the Moodys would be wonderful for the library. 🙂

  10. Just curious what the names of God above the mantle are made of. Did you all make them like ornaments out of wood and paint them? They are very beautiful.

    We just purchased them from a Christian Book store. I believe they are ceramic.


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