Good news for Julie and Grace!

I received a sweet envelope in the mail yesterday–it was so cute, I had to take a picture before opening it. It was from a young lady, Julie, who enjoys the Moody books. She said it would be great if I could write more. Good news, Julie, and all of the other Moody readers! Winter Days will be soon in process. Lord willing, I hope to start arranging the ideas in outline form next week, and praying hard for the Lord’s direction for this book. Julie also mentioned that they made Grammies, a recipe in the book. Not too long ago, I received the cutest letter from a four year old named Grace. That one melted me too.

In addition, yesterday, I received an encouraging note from a dear mom of many who has been reading Autumn Days each day after breakfast. You all truly help keep the desire to write burning!

Some of you have noticed the new blog header. That’s thanks to Joseph’s design skills and Christopher’s photography (Sunday night we did a photo shoot).


Julie's envelope
The front side of Grace's letter. She's only 4!

“But the wisdom that is from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, and easy to be intreated, full of mercy and good fruits, without partiality, and without hypocrisy” (James 3:17-18).

The First Class

ITonRamp’s first class started yesterday, and students are excited about it. Nathan has a great group, and we’re all thrilled to see how the Lord has led. It’s been wonderful to already hear great feedback from students. We look forward to see how the Lord will use ITonRamp.

Yesterday morning, Dad, Nathan, and Joseph had a special prayer time, as they lifted this up to the Lord. It was sweet to see.

Something for the class video conference
PowerPoint Presentation

Then, early yesterday afternoon, Dad and John left for Oklahoma for training. What sort of training? They are taking a three day class on air brakes for the bus. I don’t know how one can learn about brakes for three days, but apparently you can. The training will be today, Wednesday, and Thursday. We already miss them, but training is important, especially when it deals with brakes, and I also know they will enjoy their special father/son time. Talking about brakes, on mountain passes, we often see “run away truck ramps,” and I’m always grateful we’ve never had to experience what that feels like.

The rest of us have had plenty on our “to do” plate; we look forward to having a productive summer. My goal is to begin on my Winter Days outline next week!


“My voice shalt thou hear in the morning, O Lord; in the morning will I direct my prayer unto thee, and will look up” (Psalms 5:3).

Recent Blog Comment

We received this comment to the Memorial Day post.

“I find the abortion comment in very poor taste comparing it to the lives of the servicemen and women who have given their lives in service to their country. Why don’t your children enlist and serve their country? Or are they too precious a commodity to lose?”

Sarah wrote the post, but I will respond since it appeared you addressed your comment to me. To me Memorial Day seemed a most fitting time to remember not only those servicemen and women who gave their lives for our great country, but also the millions of babies who have been killed legally in our country. Yes, our service men and women paid the ultimate price, and we are deeply grateful for them. Yet our country, has chosen to cheapen life in allowing the destruction of innocent children. We rightfully grieve when lives are lost due to war and disasters, but EVERY day over 3,000 innocent children are killed before they ever had a chance to take one breath. We remember when the Twin Towers came down at the loss of life, but “we” forget the 3,000 who will die today. May we NEVER forget!

Also, regarding your military question. I served my country in the military. So far, the Lord has not led any of my children to join the military. He would be the One you would have to ask about that. Concerning the preciousness of my children versus others — all children are too precious to die including those unborn babies.

Steve Maxwell

“He shall redeem their soul from deceit and violence: and precious shall their blood be in his sight.” Psalms 72:14