Uriah Needed a Good Washing

After so many miles, and so many miles that were definitely the opposite of bug-free, Uriah needed a bath. Jesse took the time to work on him last Saturday.

A ladder helps.
At home, we have a pressure washer that Jesse uses.
Even with a pressure washer it still takes a lot of scrubbing by hand to get the bugs off.

Part of normal life is cleaning. Everyone in some fashion has to clean (i.e. even washing your hands!). Life requires it. It’s something we do. Some enjoy it more than others, but a homemaker is wise if she learns to enjoy it :-).

As important as physical cleaning is, our spiritual cleansing is even more important. Dirt is like sin, it doesn’t go away  by itself. It takes sacrifice of time and effort to rid the home of dirt and it took the sacrifice of Jesus on the cross to pay the debt of sin that we could not remove ourselves. It also takes daily cleansing of our hearts before the Lord in repentance.

Many do not take or care to spend time in God’s Word each day. May we encourage you, if you haven’t already, to make it a daily habit of cleansing yourself in God’s Word. Don’t allow other things to crowd out that time. Make it your priority. It’s something each of us Maxwells do first thing in our morning :-).

Steve/Sarah

“Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean: wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow” (Psalms 51:7).

“Thy testimonies have I taken as an heritage for ever: for they are the rejoicing of my heart” (Psalms 119:111).

The Beginning of Autumn Days

As I begin to seriously work on the outline for Autumn Days, I would love input from Moody readers on what you’d like to see in this book. Maybe there’s something you read about in one of the books that was only talked about one time, and you’d like to see it more. On the other hand, readers are often creative with their ideas for what could happen to a character or just ideas for life with the Moodys.

The Lord has given me a number of things for which I want to include in this next book, for which I’m working into an outline. At the last convention, several children (thanks, H Family!) gave me ideas, and I also have some special suggestions from other families. I would value your input as well. Parents, this is an opportunity for you to submit ideas for what you see as being positive things for your children to read, maybe things you’d like to see in your children’s lives.

Please e-mail me ([email protected]) the suggestions (not posting as comments) so that if the ideas were used, it’ll be a surprise to the rest of the readers.

It is with excitement that I embark on this next book. The enthusiasm from families who we either meet at conventions or write us thrills my heart :-).

Most importantly, I would be very grateful for prayer as I work on this. It’s nothing that can be done on my own. I need the Lord’s guidance, wisdom, and clear leading every step of the way, even every word of the outline!

Only for Jesus,
Sarah

“O Lord, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps” (Jeremiah 10:23).

Inside and Underside

The last few days, we’ve been settling back into “home life” and also doing some projects. One afternoon, Anna and Mary spent some time cleaning Uriah, and then this morning, John tackled changing Uriah’s oil.

Putting away the cutting board.
A pile of rags comes in handy when cleaning!
Mary
Cleaning out the fridge.
It looks so nice, Girls. Thank you!
Uriah needed his oil changed, and John is our master guy at this task.
A messy job.

Sarah

“Praise ye the Lord. I will praise the Lord with my whole heart, in the assembly of the upright, and in the congregation” (Psalms 111:1).

The Unloading Process

Since we arrived home around noon, we had plenty of time to unload and settle in. Our hearts are still full of gratefulness to the Lord for the fruit He brought forth over these last three weeks. We are all settling back into life again, with each person having various projects and tasks to accomplish.

Notice how one has to step aside to let another pass? Normal life in the bus!

It depends on the person on how one wants to carry all one's things from the bus. You can either take it in armloads, find yourself a plastic tub, grab a laundry basket, or be creative!
Anna unloading the fridge.
Dad collecting up things from his area.
Mary is one who uses her luggage bag to bring everything in. Ah, the days where we carted everything into hotels via our bags!
You can guess Jesse's preferred method.
I opted for a laundry basket to bring a load of food in.
Carter and Tyler--see all those bugs on the bus again? Jesse will wish for your help when he washes it this weekend.
Taking sheets off beds.

Anna sorting the mail.

Sarah for the rest

“Thy mercy, O Lord, is in the heavens; and thy faithfulness reacheth unto the clouds” (Psalms 36:5).

Settling Back In

Yesterday we unloaded the bus, sorted mail, several took rests/nap, and unpacked. We’ll be posting some unloading pictures later. For now, I’ll leave you with a picture of Abby and Grandma, reading a book together last night, at a BBQ Nathan did for everyone.

Sarah

Reading to Abby

“Bless the Lord, O my soul: and all that is within me, bless his holy name” (Psalms 103:1).