Life at the Maxwells

Things have been busy as we continue on with normal life–at least as normal as life is when we’re at home! Last week, Dad took two days to visit Gram (his mom) who is in the final stages of Alzheimer’s. It was very hard for him to see her doing so poorly physically. It’s amazing how frail our bodies are.

We’ve been busy with school, working, ministry things, and family time. Grandad had minor hand surgery yesterday, which went well, so Mom was with Grandad and Grandma in Kansas City for a good portion of the day. On Monday, John installed a stove in the basement, and we’ve been enjoying the warmth–it’s not quite spring here in Kansas. Our other wood stove was not heating the basement enough, so it’s a blessing to have it warmer!

May Jesus give you grace to rest in Him, joy in Him, and delight in Him!


John positioning where the pipe will go.

We had a spur-of-the moment visit Tuesday night: a fiddler and a mandolin player! Several months ago, Dad had met the mandolin player at a convenience store.  As they walked out, Dad made a friendly comment to him striking up a conversation.  The man mentioned he comes to Leavenworth sometimes to visit a friend, who is a fiddler. They enjoy playing their instruments together. This man played the mandolin. Dad invited them to come over sometime! Tuesday evening, they called and wondered if they could come over, and we assured them they could. The fiddler had been playing for about 50 years! We were thrilled to listen, and several in our family brought out their instruments to join in. It was a special time. Grandad and Grandma were also with us, and we had a wonderful time in God’s Word after music.


Jesse’s guinea pig had died right before Christmas, and Mary had surprised Jesse with a replacement one the same day! Sadly, the new one died right after Christmas. It wasn’t a good time to get another one right before we left on our trip, so we waited until we arrived home and settled back in.

Pretty cute!
Even Abby likes him.

“A blessing, if ye obey the commandments of the Lord your God, which I command you this day” (Deuteronomy 11:27).

A Taste Away from Home: Gramma Mistake Bars

Gramma Mistake Bars
Christina M., Washington

1 cup butter
1 and  1/4 cups flour
1/2 tsp. salt
1 cup brown sugar
2 cups oatmeal
1/4 tsp. baking soda

Mix into a crumble. Pat 3/4 of it into a greased 9×13, saving the remaining 1/4 for top.

Melt: 1/2 cup margarine
1 can sweetened condensed milk
2 cup chocolate chips

Pour over bottom crust, then sprinkle remaining crumbs on top of the chocolate mixture.

Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.


A family gave us a platter of these delicious bars on the trip–yummy; we thought ya’ll might enjoy them too.


“My son, eat thou honey, because it is good; and the honeycomb, which is sweet to thy taste” (Proverbs 24:13).