Pictures!

Fridays are cleaning days for us, and today we cleaned two houses — ours and Nathan & Melanie’s. Abigail has learned to be a great help so in the photos below you will notice that she is helping to dust. Tomorrow we clean Grandma’s house.

Life has been very busy here! With Melanie being on bedrest, we’re over there a lot. Grandad and Grandma’s health isn’t doing very well so we help them! Not to mention all the other things that are going on.

With the reassurance of hearing the baby’s heartbeat, there is a new spark of joy that has reappeared in everyone’s countenances. There is renewed hope in looking forward to this new little one!

Melanie and Abi!
Dusting!
Sarah vacuuming.
Spring is here so Mom changed the flannel sheets on the bed back to the normal ones!
Miss Abigail is full of energy and life. It is such a joy to be able to spend time with her!
Abigail and Aunt Mary have matching pigtails!
Abigail helped Me-Ma fill the water purifier.

“Now the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that ye may abound in hope, through the power of the Holy Ghost.”
(Romans 15:13)

Praise God From Whom All Blessings Flow

Nathan and Melanie had a doctor’s appointment this afternoon, and as you know from Nathan’s last blog post, they have been concerned about this pregnancy and some of the warning signs. They went in to the visit expecting bad news, but our hearts are so full of joy and thankfulness: they heard Baby Max’s heartbeat! What a thrill. They’ve heard it several times before but over the last week or two, they’ve been concerned the pregnancy was in trouble. For now, little Baby Max is alive and kicking! Such a thrill :-). Melanie will continue to stay down, and we’re involved quite a bit with helping them while Melanie is on bed rest.

Thank you for praying, and we would greatly appreciate your continued prayers!

Sarah for all the rest

“Great is the Lord, and greatly to be praised; and his greatness is unsearchable. One generation shall praise thy works to another, and shall declare thy mighty acts” (Psalms 145:3-4).

A Request for Prayer

I’ve needed to write a blog post for a few weeks now and update everyone on where we’re at. First, and most importantly, Melanie is pregnant. That’s the good news! She’s 15 weeks along, and we’ve heard the baby’s heartbeat a couple times now. I feel like I should put something in right here along the lines of a reason for not posting sooner. I could blame busyness, work pressures/deadlines and the like … but instead I’ll just apologize for being late with this.

The challenging news is that we suspect she’s having complications again. She’s on bedrest, and we’re taking things day by day. Tonight in our family Bible time we read Ephesians 3 — we are desiring that He would do exceedingly abundantly above all we ask or think. What we’re seeing may turn out to be nothing, but based on Melanie’s history we’re concerned and watching.

We would be so grateful for your prayers.

Nathan

“Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us”
(Ephesians 3:20).

Week #3: Some Unposted Pictures

Sundays come fast, and thus it’s time for week #3 in unposted pictures.

Several blessings from that week:

  • Although we were in the midst of heavy, heavy rain, we had no major leaks. The bays where all the books were stayed dry, and the inside of the bus, except for a door leak, also stayed dry. We didn’t experience the high winds that had been forecasted, which was a blessing.
  • We did our first Wednesday evening service, with only a day’s notice, and it was incredible. What a joy to share that way!
  • We were able to make it to Sacramento over the Grapevine! I remember standing at the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library and hearing from Mom that the pass was closed. How we were going to make it, was the question? The Lord has proven Himself faithful time and time again, so it was only a matter of “how” not “if”. Sure enough, we were able to make it over the pass that evening, and shortly after that, it was closed again.
  • We crossed another mountain range going to Carson City with no problems through the famous Donner Pass. Even though up to 3 inches of snow had been predicted for Carson City Monday night, there was no measurable amount, and people came despite the predictions. Another “praise the Lord”!
Dad, on that Wednesday evening service.
Our great banjo player!
This picture doesn't do the view justice, as we drove up to the library, but even with the rain, the lush green valleys were gorgeous.
One interesting thing: as we drove up the winding road to the library, on each side of the road, were these signs about each different president, along with the years they served.
At one point, we looked outside of the library, and we could see Uriah. You'll want to click into the picture to see it bigger, but can you spot him?
We all enjoyed the tour of Air Force One.
Three of my brothers.
Mary and I
Talking...
Young ladies who enjoy the Moody books.
Chatting...
I saw this truck when we were leaving the place we parked after coming out of the Grapevinew. Must be a ton of carrots!
"Jesse, my boy, do you need some help bringing things in?"
"Okay, Jesse, I'll help. You can ride."
Setting up for the Sacramento conference.
Singing Friday evening.
Anna, Jesse, and Mary do a great job running the book tables. Sometimes it can get hectic, but they are wonderful at keeping up.
Christopher sharing with the young people and children.
Mom sharing with the ladies.
Driving to Carson City.
Going to tune up!
This is actually a unique shot. We are facing reflective glass, which looked like a mirror, at the back of the sanctuary. This time, I was able to be in the photo!
Mom

“For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me” (Psalms 31:3).

Bus Cleaning and Birthday Celebration #2

It’s been another busy week at the Maxwells. We love our Sundays: a day to worship the Lord and a day of resting to recharge for the coming week. Yesterday morning, we girls and Mom tackled cleaning the bus. We hadn’t had the time to tackle it since we’ve been back, and although we’d cleaned it many times on the road, it still needed a thorough one plus all of the bedding needed to be washed. There was much to be done, but in about two hours, the bus was back to being “road worthy.”

The next trip will be here before we know it! We will be doing three homeschool conventions in May, and we would love to do some single-evening conferences and church services in between. If you’re interested, please see our Speaking Schedule.

This past Friday, we also officially celebrated John’s birthday. When you have a birthday on the road, you get a bonus: you really end up with two birthdays, but only have to turn one year older! 🙂 I figured out that this year, over half of us will have birthdays while we’re away.

One of our friends at the nursing home appears to be dying. For two years now, Christopher has gone to pray with him each week that he’s able. It’s been a special time for both of them. As a side note, Mr. M. had prayed for several years for a church to do services at the home, and we were the answer to prayer. We know dear Mr. M. is trusting in the Lord Jesus for his salvation!

Noticed what happened to the numbers on his cake?!
The boys have started an exercise routine early in the morning, from 5-5:30 to wake them up for their Bible time right after that. One thing John received was a pull-up bar.
Mary
Mom
Vacuuming!
Yes, this is another new guinea pig! Jesse noticed his first pig wasn't doing very well, and after some research, he found they do better if they have a buddy. So, another one was acquired, and the guinea pigs are as happy as ever. Names have been discussed, and for now the lighter one is "Butter" and the darker "Peanut."
Cute!

“But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city” (Hebrews 11:16).

Mount Rainier

Seeing Mount Rainier brought back many memories from the time we lived in the Seattle area. I really loved looking at the mountain, well, at least when you could see it. I remember when I was told that the locals could even forecast the weather by looking at Rainier. If you could see it, that meant it was going to rain. If you couldn’t see the mountain, it was raining. I wonder if that is why it’s spelled “Rain”ier? It truly is a very beautiful place to live.

“Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God
(Psalms 90:2).

Steve