Many hands make light work! (Saturday)

We had an exciting day of progress! There is another family that has been attending our church at the nursing home, and we were so blessed by their help today. They carried many boxes, and it truly made our work light! One of the things accomplished was moving the shipping supplies over to our friends’ house who will be shipping for us while we are gone! We also got much of the bus loaded! We had been planning on loading Monday, but because they are calling for rain it was decided to load today.

Mom does a great job with all of her lists! It makes packing so much easier.

Loading up...
...and then unloading!
Now it's time to load the bus!
John does a great job at packing in as many boxes as possible!

Thursday Joseph and Dad cut a big hole in the roof of our bus! They then installed a fan in the roof that will be able to keep air moving in the bus when we don’t have the air conditioning on. They did a great job at installing it, and we’re excited to be able to use it.

See Joseph on top of the bus? He is in the process of cutting the hole in the roof!

We would appreciate your prayers as we keep packing and preparing to leave!

In Christ,

“Whom we preach, warning every man, and teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus: Whereunto I also labour, striving according to his working, which worketh in me mightily.” (Colossians 1:28-29)

Happy Mother’s Day

Today is a special day, and all of us Maxwell children are very grateful for our mom. What an incredible blessing she is to us!

Here are some little known facts and special things about Mom:

  • She got married on her 19th birthday.
  • She moved around many times in her childhood, since Grandad was in the military.
  • She almost was fatherless, as Grandad was wounded in Vietnam.
  • When I (Sarah) was a preschooler, she was excited that all three of us would be in school soon, and she dreaded summers. It was about that time, the Lord laid it on their hearts to homeschool :-).
  • Been homeschooling ever since!
  • Mom loves family times: her favorite activity is hiking in the woods surrounded by her family.

”Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies” (Proverbs 31:10).

Last tank in!

Progress! Praise the Lord. The last tank was carefully lifted into place Monday night, actually two times to be exact.

First time in!
Second time around. Okay, the tank isn't quite as heavy as it might seem, but it does weigh 150 pounds empty!
The last tank was another tight squeeze--it had to fit perfectly.
The big test--could the bay door close and not hit any of the plumbing?! It passed.
John working.
Yes, other trip preparations are under way...

“Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God” (Philippians 4:6).

Thank You and Another Request

Thank you to all the ladies who sent their testimonies of how the Lord has worked in their hearts about staying at home. We are praying that the Learning to Be Keepers at Home workshop for girls by we Maxwell girls would work mightily in many young women’s hearts.

I was now wondering if the moms who have been stay-at-home moms from the beginning could share testimonies with me concerning how they have benefitted by staying home. I would be interested in the testimonies including the little treasures that you have found in daily life at home, why you enjoy being home, and perhaps three things (or more if you want : )) you would say to a young lady about how she can prepare for her life ahead of her. Do you regret not having a career outside the home?

We cannot express our gratitude for your helping us with this. As I am working on refining this workshop, I am excited by how the testimonies I have and the ones you might give me will bring life and validation to the structure of the workshop. May the Lord bless you as you invest in the lives of others.

Mail them to:  [email protected]

In Christ,


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).