New Jersey Bound!

It was a team effort, requiring all nine of us, to be able to finish all the details of leaving. As Anna mentioned, it seemed we were forgetting things, but we hope not. If we did, oh well. We’re on our way, and we’re not turning back.

So, what’s a departure morning like?

  • It was normal wake up time, before 5 for half the family, and 5:15 for the rest.
  • Then, individual time in God’s Word — a very special part of our morning.
  • Anna made pancakes for breakfast, and others hurried around, carrying their belongings out to the bus or finishing up other details.
  • Last minute loading was done, such as instruments and other items.
Loadin' up!
  • The departure time was tentatively set for 9, but we had no huge deadline, except for wanting to be past St. Louis before rush hour.
  • John did some maintenance on the bus, and then he had a quick 8:30 business appointment.
  • Joseph and Jesse did the rest of the bus loading.
Where's John?! Doing a bit of maintenance.
Mom does such a good job with all of the myriad of things to pack.
Washing the car!
  • After all the essentials were done for some people,  there was time for extras such as washing a car and cleaning!
Praying before we left.
  • Finally, around 10:30, we prayed and just as we were pulling out, someone realized they had forgotten their pillows, so they hurried back in.
  • We were expecting a package to come via UPS, and we were going to try to meet the UPS man, but it didn’t seem to work out, until we drove by Wal-Mart and saw his truck. Long story short (it ended up not to be our driver we saw, but he came shortly thereafter), we were able to meet him and get the package needed. It might seem insignificant, but we DO need shopping bags at the conferences. You can’t send people away from the book tables with books and no bag!

We would be so grateful for your prayers as we travel about 1500 miles to Edison, New Jersey over the next two days. This trip will involve a lot of driving 🙂 — a total of 5000 miles.

We’ll be keeping ya’ll updated!


“For he shall give his angels charge over thee, to keep thee in all thy ways” (Psalms 91:11).

4 thoughts on “New Jersey Bound!”

  1. Thank you for this update, sweet Sarah!! As soon as I awakened this morning, I immediately thought of the Maxwell family and began praying for you all! Throughout the day, whenever thoughts of you all enter my mind, I say a prayer, so I was thrilled when I clicked on your blog and saw this post with an update. ~ It is amazing how much your family gets done on a morning of a big trip – WOW! And you even had time for some cleaning – whew! 🙂 I look forward to reading blog updates as you travel and appreciate your doing that for your readers. I will continue lifting all of you up in prayer, and am excited about how the Lord will use to touch lives. Love in Christ, Patti M. 🙂

  2. I will be praying for you every day…probably many times a day as the Lord brings you to my mind.
    I always get encouragament when I see your posts of how you all work together so well and are so diligent. Rising so early and that time with the Lord must give you such a wonderful start to each day. As I have been writing our summer schedule, I’ve been thinking of how much earlier we could all be rising. Each time we do, we are always blessed and everyone likes it! Plus I never have trouble getting the little ones to take their naps 🙂
    We love you and will be praying for you! May this trip again be used to bring many hearts closer to the Savior.

  3. So glad to hear you were able to leave today as planned. We prayed this morning for you, as always, and will now be adding safe travels throughout this trip. I’m excited to pictures and hear your stories of workshops.

    I hope you will also be able to keep us updated on Melaine and BabyMax. Keeping them in prayer.

    Enjoy your travels and time spent together on Uriah 🙂

    Blessings, Mrs. Mari

  4. Wow! Up at 5 am or earlier is normal? I’d be curious to know your schedule when you arise so early. I’d be collapsing around 7pm!
    Yes, it’s normal! We definitely keep busy, but we work to get to bed at a good time so we’ll be ready for the morning.

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