Eight Days and Counting

Now it can be said we’re leaving next week, and there is much to prepare! The guys have been diligently working on the bus, hoping to get the plumbing set, and all the tanks put back in. There have been many logistical discussions about all the details as Dad and Joseph planned the plumbing and tank layout, but it’s coming together nicely. Plus, we will have an extra tank of water this time, which will allow us to go about five days (being careful) between water fill ups. What a blessing!

In the meantime, Mary has been busy sewing. Bless her heart: she ended up needing to sew all four of the jumpers, because Anna and I didn’t have time. Anna has been planning out meals for the trip, making lists, and preparing them! You can tell we enjoy sampling what she cooks, when there is a note (from Mom) on the counter which requests that no more sampling be made :-).

Please be in prayer with us for this trip, that our hearts would be prepared to share, and that the Lord would bring the people He wants to the convention. Our first stop will be the ENOCH convention in Edison, NJ, May 14th and 15th.


Joseph and Dad have been working in some tight places!
The tanks are heavy, and again, being in a tight place, you can't move it around easily. After one tank was in, they had to pull out some things that had helped them put it in.
Dad was able to reach it while Joseph lifted up the tank.
Doing Mary's hem.
Each jumper (after it's cut out) takes Mary about five hours to make! She has made the pattern enough times recently that she's getting faster, as it's not a "2 hour" type of pattern.
Good job, Annie!
Quite a plumbing project!
Dad and John built a frame to put one of the tanks on, and here Dad was preparing to weld it.

“O Lord our Lord, how excellent is thy name in all the earth! who hast set thy glory above the heavens” (Psalms 8:1).

10 thoughts on “Eight Days and Counting”

  1. I love reading your blog. I’m especially interested in all the sweet jumpers that are constantly being made. As a mom of 2 girls, it’s getting harder to find modest clothing. How would you recommend a mom go about learning to sew if she hasn’t been taught by her mother? Is there any sort of guide out there that you know of? How I wish I would have listened to my mother when she told me I would need the skill. I surely need it now!

    Robyn K.
    Mrs. Robyn,
    That’s great that you are interesting in sewing. Here’s a link to a Mom’s Corner my mom wrote on it: http://www.titus2.com/corners/4-06-m.htm Hope that helps you! Sarah

  2. What an exciting, BUSY time for the Maxwells as you all prepare for this upcoming trip! πŸ™‚ I am keeping you all in my prayers, and will continue. Thanks for sharing the pictures – – especially enjoyed the ones of Anna cooking and Mary in the sewing room! And I had to chuckle at the notes your Mom leaves about the “sampling” – – I’m sure Anna is a wonderful cook! πŸ™‚ Love in Christ, Patti M.

  3. I will be praying for you on your oncoming trip! I was just wondering if you could share how you make the dressies??? Thay are so pretty. I know how busy you are getting ready to go away so it could even be when you get back. Or if there is a spot where I can buy a sewing kit for this kind of dress.

    Thanks and God Bless.
    We actually do use a pattern. It’s McCalls #3129, and we don’t put the zipper in it. Enjoy!

  4. Sarah- Thank you for taking the time to point me in the right direction. I really appreciate your help.


  5. If you could share the pattern # and manufacturer, I know many would appreciate it. I am in need of a modest pattern for my daughter.
    Sure, it’s McCalls #3129! We don’t put the zipper in it.

  6. Hi Sarah and all the Maxwells- I enjoy your blog so much, particularly the homemaking segments and especially anything about sewing. I was so blessed that my mom made sure I could sew at a young age. Although I sew very little clothing anymore, I’ve saved a fortune sewing for the home! Good for Mary- princess seams are a bit of a challenge.

  7. Hi everyone! I was surprised to see you will be in Edison, N.J. Are there tickets left and how can I get more information if there is space available? Your blog is wonderful, such a blessing.
    I e-mailed you the info–you may pre-register at the door!

  8. Thank you, Sarah, for the pattern number. I have a feeling I won’t be the only one to go pattern shopping. πŸ™‚
    Thank you!

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