Life is staying at a high-paced speed for us at the Maxwell house. As our trip-counter ticks down, again, we don’t need to consult the calendar to know it’s quickly approaching. The number of “trials” happening remind of us the unseen spiritual battle in progress. We would be very grateful for your prayers as we prepare for this next trip. May Jesus be glorified in everything!

On the bright side, we’ve continued to add new stops to the trip, with the latest new additions being–

To view the whole trip, click here.

Here are a few pictures of this past week.

The generator was not cooling adequately when running the a/c's and driving. Â We need to try to improve that since we are heading south and it is still very warm there.Â
No, Dad's not painting the bus, rather, he's preparing it for a new windshield. Lots of dish soap to help the new windshield slide in better.Â
Very messy "painting" the soap.
We noticed the windshield on the driver's side was cracked earlier in the week, and it hadn't been that way while driving. It obviously happened after we were home. It's called a "stress" crack when the forces in the bus alone cause the crack.
Holding on to that windshield! Praise the Lord we are actually getting faster replacing them and we didn't break it putting it in. We did learn that the earlier ones we had trouble installing were defective as they were slightly larger than they were supposed to be.Â
Working with the dashboard. The year-old sun visors began having problems on the last trip and the replacements meant a change in wiring. We found the problem one week before the warranty expired. Thank You, Lord. Normally, it is one week after the warranty expired. (smile)
Sewing--oh yes! Lots and lots of sewing as Mom, Anna, and Mary work on bridesmaids dresses.

“That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ” ( 1 Peter 1:7).

Another Nursing Home Church

It was a delight to be able to attend our friends’ nursing home church Sunday morning! We enjoyed talking to all their dear friends and learning about them. The service was just wonderful!

Mary, talking beforehand
The elderly love touch.
Mr. D. led singing and also preached.

After the church service, we all went into the “living room” and sang hymns together, a tradition each week, with the elderly picking out their favorite hymns.

Mom and Dad
Mrs. D.
Mr. D.
There were almost 30 of us!

What a joy it was to attend another nursing home church service!! It was a priceless time.


“Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world” (James 1:27).

Special times!

Now that we’re back home we have enjoyed seeing Nathan, Melanie, and the girls! Things are busy as we unpack, but we have found a few moments here and there to run over for some Abby and Bethany time! Bethany is so cute and of course everyone loves their turns holding her. Abigail is growing fast and is now a little chatterbox. She scampers here and there talking about the bus and going by-by or whatever else she finds interesting at that time. She is also very happy that we are home for a little while.

How sweet!
We really missed Abby!
Bethany and her Mommy!
Aunt Sarah and Bethany
Aunt Mary and Bethany
Snuggled close!

In Christ,

“But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.” (Matthew 19:14)

God’s Protection

Just a “blog thank you” note to express our gratefulness for your prayers for our traveling home. We saw two specific times where the Lord protected us from an accident, and those are only two that we clearly saw: there may have been others.

Yesterday, when we were in Ogden, Utah, a dump truck came within inches of side-swiping the bus. John was in the back bedroom and said if he’d had a sponge, he could’ve washed the side of the truck :-). We praise the Lord for His protection!

Then, as we motored along across Wyoming, we decided to stop for the 50 cent cones at Little America outside of Rock Springs. As we pulled off the exit, something caught Dad’s eye on the interstate, and what looked like a small explosion from a truck that we were about to pass, had we not taken the exit. Something flew off of the truck up into the air and landed in the grass and the truck crossed from the right lane into the median and came to a dusty halt.

As we looked from Little America we could see the left front fender of the truck had been destroyed from a high speed tire blowout.  Our hearts were filled with gratitude for the Lord’s protection, as it was very likely we would have been passing that truck when the tire blew and the fender flew apart. The truck would have likely hit the bus as it crossed traffic heading for the median. Amazing our Lord’s protection!

Sarah for all the rest!

“Thou art my hiding place and my shield: I hope in thy word” (Psalms 119:114).

Driving yesterday.

22 Hours and 1300+ Miles Later

We are now home! Praise the Lord for bringing us home safely. One member of the family slept a normal amount, but the rest of us got a few hours. So, sleep is needed for most, and then we’ll tackle other projects!

Sarah for my wonderful family

Home Again!

“I will bless the Lord at all times: his praise shall continually be in my mouth” (Psalms 34:1).

Still Driving…

John is now driving, and Anna, Jesse, and I are keeping him company! 🙂 It’s a beautiful morning, and the moon is giving enough light that it makes it interesting as we can see a bit of the countryside.


“For thou art my rock and my fortress; therefore for thy name’s sake lead me, and guide me” (Psalms 31:3).