The First of The Season

Snow!

"Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow" (Psalms 51:7)
"For he saith to the snow, Be thou on the earth; likewise to the small rain, and to the great rain of his strength. He sealeth up the hand of every man; that all men may know his work" (Job 37:6-7).

Maxwell Family Photo Session

Photographers: Christopher and Joseph Maxwell

Moral Support: Grandad and Grandma Frazer

Dad and Mom
Dad and Mom
We did individual photos of all of us children, but of course Nathan, Melanie, and Abby are together for theirs!Â
Christopher, 30
Christopher
Sarah, 27
Sarah
Joseph
Joseph
John, 18
John
Anna, 17
Anna
Jesse
Jesse
Mary, 13
Mary
You'll probably need to click into this picture to compare it to the one below. See how many of you can catch the difference between the two?
For those of you who are observant, can you see the difference between this picture and the next one? (Remember you can click into a picture to enlarge it.)
What is Joseph doing (on the right)? He and Nathan are doing a 100 day fitness challenge, so he's taking care of some of his exercise while we took a break.
It almost seems as if Anna and Abby are having a conversation!
It almost seems as if Anna and Abby are having a conversation!
We girls try to get a picture each year, although last year we didnt.
Maxwell Ladies -- We girls try to get a picture each year, although last year we didn't.
"I will be glad and rejoice in thee: I will sing praise to thy name, O thou most High" (Psalms 9:2).
The final picture!
The final "decided on" picture!

November Dad’s and Mom’s Corners

We released the Dad’s and Mom’s Corners Tuesday late morning. It is a joy to share with our readers each month! For those of you who may be new to the blog, you may visit our Corners page to read many past Corners, as well as sign up for the monthly e-mail.

November Corners
November Corners

“Give thanks unto the Lord, call upon his name, make known his deeds among the people” ( 1 Chronicles 16:8).

The Fruitful Season: Part 6

In the building of our house, there were a few areas that needed an artist’s touch. When we redesign our web-site, an artist’s eye is very helpful. Joseph (20) has provided the artistic flare to our projects in recent years.

Joseph is the one who pictured our fireplace including the mantle in his mind, drew a plan, selected the materials, and then actually built the fireplace. It is now a lovely focal point of our living room.

Steve’s desire for our new home is that it have Scripture all over the walls. Because we put a texture coating on the walls painting, stenciling, and vinyl letters are not a good option. Last year for Christmas, Joseph and Sarah gave this gift to Steve.

Joseph used a photograph he had taken, chose the Scripture, designed it in Photoshop, found the place to make it, paid to have it done, and took responsibility for hanging it up.

Joseph has designed and put together our Titus2.com web-site and Chorepacks.com. He not only has the ability to plan something aesthetically pleasing, but he has the ability to program it as well.

In these years when our children are choosing to live in our home until the Lord calls them to marriage, we are experiencing the joys of the blessings they bring to our home through their presence in our lives and the abilities they bring to our family and ministry. These are the fruitful years.

Trusting in Jesus,
Teri

“And king Solomon sent and fetched Hiram out of Tyre. He was a widow’s son of the tribe of Naphtali, and his father was a man of Tyre, a worker in brass: and he was filled with wisdom, and understanding, and cunning to work all works in brass” (1 Kings 7:13-14).

Saturday’s Work

Dad
Dad and Christopher worked on grinding out the grout at Christopher's house.
Christopher
Christopher

Meanwhile, the decking was put down and finished on Saturday!

John, and notice who stopped over for a visit and is lending a hand (Anna)?
John, and notice who stopped over for a visit and is lending a hand (Anna)?
Jesse
Jesse
Nathan helped the boys Friday and Saturday
Nathan helped the boys Friday and Saturday

“But his delight is in the law of the Lord; and in his law doth he meditate day and night” (Psalms 1:2 ).

Decks and Cement Work!

What originally was going to be just a new deck to be built at Nathan and Melanie’s house grew into a bigger project. Starting Monday morning, Joseph and John, who are heading the project, began the task, which involved breaking out cement chunks from their “cement pad.”

They’ve invested many hours over the past few days in tearing out cement, preparing forms for the new cement pad plus a wonderful sidewalk to the shed, pouring cement, working on drainage (Nathan was having water in his basement previously), and much more! The building of the deck should begin tomorrow. It’s such a delight to see my brothers working hard together, enjoying it, and doing such a quality job!

Sarah

Preparing for the cement pour...
Preparing for the cement pour...
Since this had all started from just a deck, and it grew as discussion ensued and ideas, it was decided to do a sidewalk to the shed. Jesse was able to help after school, and hes diligently helped as much as he can in the afternoon and into the evening.
 Jesse has been helping after school, and he's diligently helped as much as he can in the afternoon and into the evening.
Building forms (Tuesday)
Building forms
When the cement truck arrived, John directed him in, and I couldnt resist taking a picture as Abby solemnly watched the process.
When the cement truck arrived, John directed him in, and I couldn't resist taking a picture as Abby solemnly watched the process.
All poured and setting up!
All poured and setting up!
Finishing work...
Finishing work...
John
John
Joseph
Joseph

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